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  • Kick Butts Day: RISE youth program spreads awareness of tobacco dangers (Photos)

    It was Kick Butts Day in Washington County last Friday, and local youth celebrated by encouraging residents to kick the habit of using tobacco.

    The Kick Butts program is a nationwide effort to spread awareness about the dangers of tobacco use, and RISE Coordinator Wilma Sorrell said it’s the kids themselves who spearhead the movement locally.

  • Architect hears community’s ideas for new library

    Architect Chris Gottongim has been charged with the task of designing Washington County’s next public library, and last week he got to know the community in an effort to find out what needs to go into the construction of the facility.

    Cottongim, of 5253 Design Group in Louisville, spoke to between 25 and 30 community members for an hour last Thursday at the Washington County Cooperative Extension Office, and it didn’t take long for him to realize what is important to local residents.

  • Bible reading marathon starts this weekend

    The Bible reading marathon is back this year, beginning on Sunday at 6 p.m., and there are still plenty of slots available for anyone who wants to take part in the event in its ninth annual year.

    The marathon has seen residents of Washington County and surrounding communities read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation each of the last eight years, and it’s an event that Bro. Cal Adams of Temple Baptist Church said presents a unique opportunity to the area.

  • Home burglary yet to be resolved

    A home burglary was reported a few weeks ago on E. High St. in Springfield and remains unresolved.

    Sammie Nichols reported the crime on March 31 and informed authorities that the burglary occurred between March 24 and 31.

    According to the police report, the offender broke in through the back door of the home, breaking several windows in the process, before making away with three antique chairs, four tables, vases, a doll collection, silverware and china, fishing equipment, tools, clothes, jewelry, a jar of change and two lamps.

  • Third-graders learn about Earth Day

    Springfield and Washington County celebrated Earth Day on Monday with North Washington Elementary School third-graders, who found the importance of going green and learning more about the foods they eat.

    Sr. Claire McGowan OP of the New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future spoke about what it means to conserve energy and protect the environment.

  • Support Autism Holds fair, gives back to school system

    The Support Autism group in Washington County held its fair/walk on Saturday at River of Life Church and the event was a success as $6,500 were raised with the community’s help.

    The big announcement was Support Autism donating $2,000 of what they collected to the Washington County Special Education Division.

    According to one of the event’s organizers, Melody McClain, the money will be used toward a summer program and will fill several needs that the board of education had on its wish list.

  • Washington County Circuit Clerk’s Office celebrates Donate Life Month in April

    “This April, and every day, I am proud of the impact this office has on the lives of others, especially those in need of life-saving organ transplants. I am humbled at the generosity of our community,” said Washington County Circuit Clerk, JoAnne Miller. “Even through tough economic times, our community is committed to helping others.”

  • Autism fair and walk is Saturday

    Families across the nation are affected by autism, with one in 88 children reportedly suffering from the disorder in some form.

    Washington County is no exception, and the fourth annual Autism Fair and Walk on Saturday is an opportunity for the community to show support while finding out more about a condition that many are still trying to understand.

    April is Autism Awareness Month, and with the help of the annual fair, awareness of how to treat autism has vastly expanded in recent years.

  • WCHS sophomore accepted to Gatton

    Dennis George
    Contributing Writer
     
    Washington County High School sophomore Rachel Cook has been accepted to the prestigious Gatton Math and Science Academy located on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

     The 15-year-old Cook was recognized Monday night at the meeting of the Washington County Board of Education.

  • Brooklyn has believers in Washington County

    Daniel and Erin Disselkamp of Elizabethtown have been fighting for their daughter, Brooklyn, since she was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma — a form of cancer — at 14 months old on Nov. 23.

    The attention Brooklyn needs has led Erin to step away from her job to provide the everyday care her daughter needs, but the Disselkamp family has been far from alone throughout the trying process.