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  • School construction site sustains minor wind damage

     High wind gusts last week damaged the construction site of the new Washington County High School, off the U.S. 150 bypass. Crews said they are still calculating the damages, but haven’t determined if it warrants filing an insurance claim. The destruction is not expected to cause great delays. The school is expected to open in fall 2014. 

  • Father charged with incest wants tracking device removed

     The public defender for a Springfield father accused of incest is asking a Washington County judge to order the removal of an ankle monitoring device meant to keep the man away from his child.  

    For the past 17 months, officers of the court have used GPS to track Kenneth W. Thompson, 45. 

    He is accused of raping his own son sometime between spring 2010 and March 2011. Thompson has four children who are reportedly in the custody of a guardian in Willisburg. 

  • 1 lane at a time

    Washington County’s continued mission to improve local roadways is taking another stride forward with work this week on Spaulding Lane near KY-555.

    Traveling the one-lane road had become a pain for local residents, officials say, so work began last Wednesday to accommodate a higher volume of traffic.

  • Man who stole car, bashed fastfood restaurant's window, now faces assault charges

     A 20-year-old man accused of stealing a car and going ballistic at a McDonald’s last month, is facing additional charges after state troopers say he attacked his father at their Perryville Road home last week.  

    Stephen Trent, of Springfield was arrested Feb. 17 and charged with assault. 

  • 1852 plantation mansion burns

     A 161-year-old pre-Civil War mansion burned to the ground Feb. 20, leaving a Washington County family unharmed, but searching for a new place to live. 

    Dispatchers received a call about 2:20 a.m. from an occupant who reported black smoke and fire coming from the two-story frame home at 4290 Bloomfield Road. 

    The home is owned by New Zealand native Mike Crawshaw and his family. 

  • Robinson honored with Youth Salute award
  • The badge that bonds

    Growing up, A.J. Lewis looked up to his father, Ray, as a hero who helped the people of Bardstown, but he also knew the dangers his father faced and would cry when he wasn’t home on time.

    As an adult, A.J. now walks in his father’s footsteps, as Sgt. A.J. Lewis for the Springfield Police Department.

    A.J. has been an officer for about a year and a half and is one of the few African-Americans to become sergeant in the region. Ray was the first African-American to become a major in Bardstown.

  • Passion to ride

     SPRINGFIELD — Two Washington County residents have found a way to turn their passions into a friendly competition with a little help from a Burgin-based business.

    You can likely find Sherrell Cornish and Bill Newton on the open road this time of year, as they share a love of motorcycles that goes beyond the elements and in fact, encourages them.

  • Popular site remembers 'Growing up in The 'Burg'

     FREDERICKTOWN — A Facebook site devoted to a small village in western Washington County is  helping past and present residents there reconnect. 

    Since its January launch, the page — “Growing up in the Burg” — has attracted nearly 500 followers who often share photos and memories of  the Fredericktown community — dubbed simply “The Burg” by most locals.  

  • Serving up a side of 'jams'

    It’s shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday and the Catholic lunch crowd who came for the Lenten fish special has largely died down. Less than an hour from now a stream of loud high schoolers is expected to descend on Cecconi’s, the small, family-owned diner on Main Street in Springfield.