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  • Jets Over Kentucky back at airport this week

     

    For 13 years now, model jet enthusiasts from all over the world have been coming to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport to fly their aircraft in an event known as Jets Over Kentucky.

    When it started, there were only 28 participants, according to event organizer Lewis “The General” Patton. When this year’s event opened Sunday, there were already many more than that, and Patton said the event is expected to draw between 160 and 180 participants.

  • Nelson County woman found

    UPDATE: According to a report from The Kentucky Standard, Ball has been found safe.

  • Be prepared for disasters

    Washington County had a brush with disaster when high winds struck the area last week causing damage to structures and blocking roadways.

    Kevin Devine, the director of Washington County’s Office of Emergency Management, said the storm was an eye-opener for how fast things can turn sour.

  • When seconds count

    “Emergency 911, where is your emergency, what is your county?’”

    No matter what time of day or what day of the week, dispatchers at the Springfield Police Department are on standby, waiting to help you during your time of need. 

    E-911 Captain Francisco Vazquez, who’s been working as a dispatcher for 16 years, said someone is always on duty – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each person works a 12-hour shift for three days a week, followed by a four-hour shift. 

  • Jets Over Kentucky is next week

    Whoosh!

    The sound of jet engines will fill the air when approximately 200 people come to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport to fly in the 13th annual Jets Over Kentucky next week.

    According to the event’s organizer, Lewis ‘The General” Patton, it’s expected to be the largest remote controlled jet show he’s put on to date.

    “We are very satisfied,” Patton said. “This is the world’s largest jet event.”

  • Keeping kids full in the summer

    Tyler Brown

    Staff Writer

    No child in Washington County has to worry about going hungry during the summer, thanks to the summer feeding program sponsored by the Washington County School district. 

    The program has been in place since before current food service director Regina Hood took over eight years ago, saying they serve children of all ages across the county.

    “It is for children of any age from 2 to 18, and it is open to any child in the community,” Hood said.

  • School board saves money by switching insurance carriers

    The Washington County Board of Education switched insurance carriers June 19 and pocketed a hefty savings for taxpayers.

    After receiving bids from insurance companies, the board chose to take the lowest bidders for property and liability insurance, workers compensation insurance, a fidelity bond and base plan for all students plus catastrophes.

  • Fourth of July celebration is Monday

    Springfield will soon be bustling again for Independence Day with its 17th annual Fourth of July Celebration event Monday, July 3. Springfield Main Street Promotions Committee member Nell Haydon said the event is always a big event that draws people from across Washington County.

    “It’s really a great celebration and we always have a great crowd,” Haydon said. “It’s grown by leaps and bounds over the years.”

  • Six indicted by grand jury

    Six people were indicted by a Washington County grand jury.

  • Fighting for one another

    Cancer comes in a variety of ways and affects each person differently. One Springfield family of three, Karen Purdom and her parents, Earl and Wilma Grigsby, has had not one, but three separate cases of cancer, and all are surviving to this day.

    “We have a lot of cancer in our family,” Karen Purdom said.

    Each year, the number of new cases of cancer is around 455 per 100,000 men and women each year, according to the National Cancer Institute, and the number of cancer deaths is approximately 171 per year.