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  • Woman airlifted after wreck on KY 55

    A three-vehicle collision on KY 55 last week left two people injured and required a helicopter evacuation to the University of Kentucky Hospital. 

    According to a report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a 2004 Buick Century driven by Steven M. Key, 58 of Springfield was rear-ended as it attempted to make a right turn. Kay stated in the report that he had signaled and slowed down in order to make a turn on Old Lebanon Road when he was struck by a 1998 Dodge Dakota driven by Anthony K. Kordenbrock, 61, of Hustonville.

  • Scam hits Washington County

    Have you gotten a call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service and demanding that you pay money? If so, don’t call them back; it’s most likely a scam. 

    According to Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston and Deputy Jackie Robinson, they received numerous calls last week from Washington County citizens who have been receiving phone calls from people who are demanding that they be paid.  

  • K-9 unit starts work in Springfield

    The Springfield Police Department has a new, precise tool that’s capable of detecting drugs and finding missing people - and it’s made of flesh, blood and fur. 

    Pike, SPD’s new K-9 officer, had his first day on the job last week.

    Officer Nick Holmes, Pike’s handler, said his four-legged partner is a great asset to the community and will be very successful.

  • Greenwell retires after 46 years at extension office

    Correction: The original lead to this story states that the extension office will have to start looking for Greenwell's replacement next month. This is not correct. Greenwell is retiring this month. The story below has been corrected.

    In the last 90 years, Washington County has had only two agriculture extension agents – soon, the extension office will have to start looking for its third. 

    Rick Greenwell, Washington County’s agriculture extension agent for the last 46 years, is retiring. 

  • Recovering addicts to have home

    A Christian-based organization in Washington County is working toward providing a safe haven for recovering addicts to rebuild their lives.

    The Way Home is a house on Bardstown Road that will soon be housing up to six men - some possibly from this county - that are coming out of rehab.

    Terry McIlvoy, pastor of Rockbridge Baptist Church, said the home will have a program and structure to help recovering addicts transition their way back to life. 

  • Grand jury indicts seven

    Five people were indicted on robbery charges following an armed home invasion that occurred last month. 

    Michael D. Yocum, 22, of Springfield, Coty D. Franklin, 23, of Lebanon, Cory A. Burkhead, 24, of Springfield, Miranda N. Collins, 21, of Bardstown, and Timothy D. Bartley, 22, of Springfield, were all indicted on charges related to the incident. 

  • Two fatal wrecks occur over weekend

    Two Washington County people were killed in separate wrecks over the weekend. 

    Justin Dewayne Dean, 30, of Kelly Shop Lane in Springfield, was killed in a 1986 Oldsmobile on Bloomfield Road on May 1.

    Thomas Barry “Tommy” Taylor, 44, of Short Creek Road in Springfield, was killed in an four-door Chevy Cobalt on U.S. 150 on April 29. 

  • Local Salvation Army effort undergoing reorganization

    The local Salvation Army service unit committee is currently undergoing reorganization and is encouraging anyone looking to make a difference in the Washington County community to join.

    That’s the message that temporary committee chairperson Merle Ray Dalrymple hopes to spread throughout the community.

  • Annual Bible Read-a-Thon needs volunteers

    The Rev. Cal Adams was living in Louisiana when he first heard about Washington County’s Bible Read-a-Thon, and he immediately became intrigued with the idea.

    “I thought it was one of the greatest things I’d ever heard of,” Adams said, reflecting on when his father- and mother-in-law, Bobby and Kathy Gabhart, first told him about the annual event.

  • Judge declines Yates’ plea deal

    A Washington County woman who’s accused of operating an online scam and stealing more than $10,000 appeared in court on April 20. 

    Frankie Louise Yates was expected to make a plea in the morning hearing, but after clarifying the allegations, Circuit Court Judge Samuel Todd Spalding did not accept the pretrial diversion agreement.