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  • SPD raises funds for local kids’ Christmas

    Last week, the Springfield Police Department decided to set up a pair of roadblocks in town for one hour to see how much money they could raise to support a family in need this Christmas. They soon found out that the outpouring of support meant they’d be able to help a few more people than they’d even expected this holiday season.

    Earlier this month, the department posted on its Facebook page that they were looking to help a family in need to buy Christmas presents.

  • Gas prices could hurt counties

    With gas prices falling to new lows, people’s wallets might be feeling a little heavier, except for the commonwealth’s. That’s because the state’s gas tax rate is also expected to fall.

    In a Washington County Fiscal Court meeting held on Dec. 7, Judge-Executive John Settles made it known that the state tax rate on gas prices can only rise in increments, but has no floor when fuel prices drop. This could be a major concern for roadways in the years to come because 48.5 percent of the state gas tax goes to county roads.

  • Coleman denied parole

    Jamie Satterfield
    Knoxville News Sentinel

    NASHVILLE — In her first public comments since she was arrested in one of Knoxville’s most horrific crimes, Vanessa Coleman on Wednesday said her only crime was in choosing the wrong people with whom to associate.

  • PHOTOS: Open at long last

    The new Washington County High School had its big reveal Monday night, with a countless number of community members stopping by to check out the open house.

    Following the school board meeting, the doors were opened to tours of the facility and a ribbon-cutting cereomy marked the occasion.
    WCHS students spearheaded the event by leading tours and preparing a welcome video.

    Principal Thad Elmore expressed excitement on his behalf as well as his students for the opening of the facility, and Superintendent Robin Cochran welcomed those in attendance.

  • PHOTOS: Santa came to town
  • State grants city $800,000 for museum

    Gov. Steve Beshear brought his entire staff to Springfield on Thursday for the announcement of an $800,000 grant for the construction of a transportation museum that will be located on Police Drive.

    City officials are now hashing out the details of the museum, but it will maintain a theme that focuses on transportation in the area and throughout the state. They city of Springfield’s contribution will be the roughly $200,000 piece of land where construction will soon begin for the million-dollar project.

  • Move-in schedule set at WCHS

    The move-in schedule into the new Washington County High School has officially been set and students and staff will take over the new facility later this month.

    After several delays and months of prep work trying to get the building ready to hold classes this school year, Superintendent Robin Cochran announced late last week that school will indeed be in session at the new facility in January.

    The final day for students this semester will be Wednesday, Dec. 17, with students being released at noon.

  • New pipeline in the works

    On the heels of a victory for local community members fighting to keep the Bluegrass Pipeline from passing through central Kentucky, another project has been proposed that residents fear could bring the same, or even greater, risks.

    A public forum was held last Tuesday at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s (ECTC) Springfield campus, and several people expressed concerns over the most recent proposal.

  • Encore: Holiday performances to entertain

    With the holiday season in full gear and Christmas just 15 days away, Springfield has no shortage of activities going on – including festive performances being hosted by the Central Kentucky Community Theatre.

    According to William Davis, managing artistic director of the theatre, “A Princess Tea” will be held on Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Old Louisville Store building.

  • Bypass to get water line extension

    A new project involving the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission was approved at Monday night’s city council meeting, and it will be a benefit to a pair of schools in the area.

    The water company’s rural development water line extension project will consist of a new water line being installed along the bypass. The line will extend from the intersection at Lincoln Park Road to the intersection at St. Catharine College.