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  • Author to visit Springfield

    December 1862 brought the realities of the Civil War to the small, quiet town of Springfield, making friends and neighbors become bitter enemies. Historian and author, Betty Gorin-Smith, brings to life Morgan and his Raiders’ march from Lebanon to Springfield from her book “Morgan is Coming!’ Confederate Raiders in the Heartland of Kentucky.”

    The author will be selling signed copies of her book and speaking at the old Louisville Store, Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

  • County resurfacing project discussed at fiscal court

    During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Washington County fiscal court on Jan. 24, Patty Dunaway and other representatives with the Kentucky Rural Secondary Roads program were present to discuss the resurfacing project planned for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

    The rural secondary program uses a five-point formula to determine the funding for each county.

  • Jobless rates drop across the state

    Ninety-eight of 120 Kentucky counties saw their unemployment rate drop from December 2012 to December 2013, and Washington County was one of those to see a decrease.

    According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training—an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet—unemployment in Washington County dropped from 8.1 percent at the end of 2012 to 7.7 percent just over a month ago.

  • 4 indicted on felony charges

    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.

    - Jason D. Morris, 34, of 2512 South Comer Road in Scottsburg, Ind., was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property under $10,000 (Class D felony) and one count of being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • 3 to vie for Washington County sheriff

    The deadline to file to run for public office passed recently and seven county seats will have competition between at least two candidates.

    Sheriff Tommy Bartley will be stepping away from his position after this year, leaving the role vacant for one of three candidates to take over.

    Jerry Pinkston (D), Jim “Buford” Crouch (R) and William “Bill” Hill (D)—all of Springfield—have each thrown their hat in the ring in time for the primary (May 20) and general (Nov. 4) elections in 2014.

  • Winter weather contributes to accidents around the county

    Winter weather has made an impact on the roadways in recent weeks, with the Springfield Police Department reporting seven minor accidents, including a hit-and-run that was resolved. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported working an injury accident last week at the intersection of Bloomfield Road and US 150.

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    Encore Performance
    There will be an Encore Performance weekend of Jekyll and Hyde, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 7 p.m. at the Springfield Opera House.


  • FCCLA’ers attend cluster meeting in N.C.

    Jenny Begley

    Students from the Washington County High School FCCLA chapter attended a “Cluster Meeting” in Charlotte, N.C. during the month of November. Cluster Meetings are a series of leadership workshops for high school students, while also making new friends and increasing our social skills.

  • DUI accident on Mt. Zion Road

    Timothy Carney, 29, of Springfield, was arrested and charged with second-degree/aggravated DUI on Saturday night and lodged in the Marion County jail following an accident that left one passenger injured, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Carney was traveling south on Mt. Zion Road about three miles south of Maud when he lost control of the 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck he was driving due to ice on the roadway.

    The truck “traveled up an earth embankment and overturned,” according to the accident report.