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  • News briefs 8/27

    Wednesday, Aug 27

    Community Meal

    Springfield United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal at the Wesley Center located at 301 East Main St. in Springfield at 5:30 p.m.  This meal is for anyone looking to have a wholesome hot meal with old & new friends as well as providing a greater connection to our neighborhood, our town, and our Washington County Community.

    Town Hall

  • Six-week manhunt ends at motel

    Victoria Aldrich
    The Advocate-Messenger

    An alleged Springfield drug dealer is behind bars at the Boyle County Detention Center after a month-long manhunt.

    U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force members arrested 51-year-old John Michael Essex last Monday night at an unnamed Nicholasville motel, according to Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott.

    “They called for local agencies for assistance,” Elliott said. Boyle and Mercer county deputies, Kentucky State Police troopers and Nicholasville police responded.

  • Backpack program needs contributions

    Since 2001, the Washington County 4-H program and local schools have provided for children in need with the Washington County Food for Kids Backpack Program. With the early deadline looming, the group needs the community’s help to reach its goal.

    According to Roberta Hunt, the local extension agent for 4-H youth development, the program is intended to provide weekend meals for children who may not each much, if at all, otherwise. The program allows a $100 allotment per student for the duration of the school year.

  • INOAC plans to expand

    It was announced last week that one business in Springfield will receiving a hefty tax incentive that will help the company expand and could equate to more jobs in Washington County.

    INOAC Group North America has called Springfield home to one of its facilities for nearly 25 years, and its recent approval for a $2.45 million tax incentive is the latest remind that the company will be part of the community for years to come.

  • UPDATE: New high school vandalized early Friday morning

    Four suspects have been identified in connection with the vandalism that occurred at the new Washington County High School facility on Friday morning.

    William K. Gibson, Raymond C. Witten and Devin D. Abell, each 18 years old, and an unnamed 17-year-old, were listed as suspects in a release on the Springfield Police Department's Facebook page on Sunday. All four suspects are 2014 graduates of Washington County High School.

  • New briefs 8/20

    August 22-24

    Revival
    Mt. Freedom Baptist Church, 1088 Cardwell Road., will host a revival Friday and Saturday. Aug. 22-24 at 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. There will be special music each day. Bro Cal Adams pastor of Temple Baptist Church will be the evangelist. For more information, call Bro. Jamie Chesser at 8599805-0607.

    Saturday, Aug. 23

    Gospel sing

  • Rep. Guthrie set to visit SCC on Aug. 27

    In what has become an annual event, Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) will have a town hall meeting at St. Catharine College next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Pettus Auditorium, which is located inside the Hamilton Building. This year’s speaking engagement will have a similar feel to ones in years past with the primary focus on answering questions from the audience.

  • Washington County strives to be ‘work ready’

    Gov. Steve Beshear’s office announced the latest counties to be recognized as “work ready” last week, and it may be sooner rather than later that Washington County joins that list.

    On the heels of Nelson and Pulaski counties becoming certified as Kentucky Work Ready communities, Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority (SWEDA) Executive Director Daniel Carney said the necessary criteria for Washington County to be eligible has nearly been met.

  • Raise in tax rate discussed

    The first reading of an ordinance outlining the property tax rate in the city of Springfield for 2014 was presented at last week’s monthly city council meeting, and it will likely see an increase from the 2013 rate.

    The rate for 2014 has been calculated at 15.24 based on an assessment by the Washington County PVA’s office, and that would allow for a four-percent increase in revenue over last year.

  • A grade that saves

    The Springfield and Washington County fire departments already knew they would soon see a change in venue, and it was recently announced that another change relating to the first responders is on the way. This one could result in savings for many local residents.

    It was announced last week that Springfield’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating is being moved to split classification 4/4x, down from class 6. The grades are determined on a 1-10 scale, with lower classifications being viewed as safer locations and 10 being least safe.