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  • Former worship leader indicted for sexual abuse

    A former Washington County worship leader has been indicted on 11 counts of sexual abuse by a grand jury.

    Jonathan Linwick, 29, of Lexington, and formerly of Mockingbird Lane in Springfield, was charged with 11 counts of sexual abuse in the 1st degree, a Class D felony.

    See the complete story in this week's edition of The Springfield Sun!

    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt. Anyone who is indicted is innocent until proven guilty.

  • Mackville hosts truck and tractor pull

    When most men were little boys, they spent time playing with toy trucks in the dirt. Even when you didn't have a toy truck, a nice big rock was a good substitute. Like all kids at heart, some guys grow up, but they still feel the need to play in the dirt. That was never more evident than this past Saturday at the Mackville Community Center. Mackville Community Development, in cooperation with the Mackville Lions Club, hosted their annual fall truck and tractor pull. All money raised helps to keep the community center funded throughout the year.

  • County road work nearly completed

    Most of the repair work on FEMA-approved road slide projects has been completed, according to Washington County Road Supervisor Albert Wimsatt. That is music to the ears of many students and parents who were inconvenienced by the re-routing of two school bus routes along Hardesty Road. The work was completed by King Crete Drilling, owned by Gary King of Beattyville, Ky.

  • New life for an old field

    The old youth football field behind the Washington County Board of Education building has sat dormant for decades, but thanks to a local businessman and permission from the school board, some new life is being given to the old field.

  • Dean enters guilty plea in murder-for-hire case

    A Washington County man has entered a guilty plea in connection with a 2009 murder-for-hire case.

    Ryan Dean, 21, of Mackville, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept. 8, to soliciting a murder for hire, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky.

    Dean admitted that in June 2009, he sought to have a murder committed, and solicited an undercover Kentucky State Police deterctive to commit the murder. In exchange, Dean promised to pay the undercover officer by giving him 10 pounds of marijuana.

  • EMT pleads not guilty to drug charges

    Christopher Hood, the suspended Washington County EMT, appeared in Franklin County Circuit Court Friday morning and pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges. His girlfriend, Katie Sewell, also entered a not guilty plea. The court will set a pre-trial conference and a date for a jury trial.

  • Minority test scores on the rise at WCHS

    African-American students in Washington County made significant gains on the ACT Test given this spring to all 11th graders in the state. These students improved by two points on the national exam.

    Hispanic students scored one point higher on the test than last year. Even though there is much work to be done, this reduces the gap significantly and is encouraging to the administration and teachers at Washington County High School.

  • Springfield State Bank to celebrate 100 years in business

    One of the pillars of the community is preparing to celebrate a milestone anniversary.

    Springfield State Bank will be celebrating its 100th year in business on Friday, Sept. 17, and the public is invited to attend.

    Springfield State Bank has four locations in Washington County, including the main office at 125 East Main Street in Springfield, as well as branches at 1060 Bardstown Road, 2559 Main Street in Willisburg and 10780 Main Street in Mackville.

  • 4th annual Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival takes place Oct. 1-3

    In just a few weeks, the smell of state championship barbeque will once again hover over downtown Springfield when the city hosts the 4th Annual Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival Oct 1-3. Although one of the main attractions to the festival is the Jim Beam Barbeque Classic, an event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and serves as the Kentucky state barbeque championship, there are plenty of things for young and old to do during the three-day event.

  • Book chronicles local native's time in Vietnam

    It’s a long, long way from the farmlands of Washington County to the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, but for one county native, serving his country gave him the chance to see the world. His experiences in Asia have been chronicled in his recently released book Lasting Visions: With the 7th Marines in Vietnam, 1970, published by Merriam Press.