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Today's News

  • Conway: ‘I’m ready to be governor’

    Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    A Republican criticism of Jack Conway is that he’s a “career politician,” but the 45-year-old state attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor said Wednesday his nearly 14 years of experience in state government means he won’t have to learn on the job.

    “I’m ready to be governor,” Conway said during a visit to The Kentucky Standard while on his way to Marion County.

  • First group of inmates complete new GED program

    The pomp may have been lower key, but the circumstance was just as important to the seven most recent graduates of the GED program at the Marion County Detention Center.

    David Nelson, 36, was the first person at the jail to earn his GED after the implementation of a computer-only testing system.

    “It’s been 20 years since I dropped out of school. It was not easy,” Nelson said.

    For him, completing the GED, along with the substance abuse program at the jail, is a new step in his life.

  • Lincoln Trail first to receive certification

    By Daniel Carney

    As an economic developer for Springfield and Washington County, my job centers on business attraction and business retention for our community. 

    Much like my counterparts throughout the Lincoln Trail region, my success is typically measured in job growth and more broadly what I do to help position the community for greater economic prosperity.

  • News briefs for 3/25

    Ongoing

    Free Tree Seedlings
    The Washington County Conservation District has free tree seedlings available to the public. Species available are Hazelnut, White Pine, Pin Oak, Dogwood and Redbud. There is a limit of 20 per person. Our office is located at 461 Lincoln Drive in Springfield or you can contact the office at (859) 336-7777 ext 108.
     
    2015 Relay For Life March Team Registration Challenge

  • A closer look at disaster prep

    When Mother Nature strikes, it’s best to be prepared.

    The effort of any community to bounce back from a major disaster can be an uphill battle, so it’s important to take the proper steps to prepare for such an event.

    That’s what the city of Springfield has been doing as it recently provided updated information for the 2015 Lincoln Trail Regional Hazard Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Plan. The plan will allow the region to focus on improving equipment and processes in order to be better prepared.

  • Contest recognizes survivors

    While the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Day conjure up the thought of horses, mint juleps and giant hats, for some, it means something just a little bit more — the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade.

    According to the Kentucky Derby website, the Survivors Parade is where survivors of breast and ovarian cancer march on the Churchill Downs track. This year, 141 survivors will take to the track prior to the 141st running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks race, but first, the survivors must be nominated.

  • Man accused of bank robbery appears in court

    Franklin Clark
    Landmark News Service

    An alleged bank robber pleaded not guilty to related charges in Taylor County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon.

    Thomas E. Riley, 52, of Lexington, will face a pre-trial conference at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, and a jury trial at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10.

    Riley is currently lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center on a $25,000 full cash bond, said Taylor County Circuit Judge Samuel Spalding. The jail website lists his bond at $100,000.

  • WCHS library collection policy gets makeover

    A challenged book was a focal point of last Monday’s school board meeting that was held at the new high school.

    The book, “Girl, Interrupted,” was brought to the attention of the board by Bro. Cal Adams and Jay Hatfield, pastors at Temple Baptist Church and Willisburg Baptist Church, respectively, during the January meeting.

    They expressed concerns that the book included content that is not suitable for all high schoolers and suggested that a special section be devoted to mature content reading material.

  • Walk on Washington County

    National Walk Day is right around the corner, and coming along with it, is Washington County’s Walk on Washington, which encourages people to get up and get walking!

    Walk on Washington is set to begin on April 1 and will wrap up on July 31. There will be group walks at Idle Hour Park on Mondays at 9:30 am and on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Along with walking there will be conversations about staying hydrated, stretching, healthy snacking for energy, and how walking improves your health.

  • New program takes flight

    The Washington County School Board approved a program last week that will allow high school students to get their foot in the door of one of the fastest growing industries in the state.

    Working in collaboration with the Air and Space Academy and the Lebanon-Springfield Airport Board, the school district was able to implement a four-year program that will expose students to aviation and aerospace science. It will offer a pathway to a vast array of career fields that include engineering, mechanics and manufacturing.