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Today's News

  • Two bubbas and a leaf blower

    My friend Pogo retired from work a while back and became a stay-at-home domestic god for his sweet and kindly wife, Vickie.  

    I semi-retired from accounting work at the end of February. I say semi-retired because I’m still working two part-time jobs and just dropped my one full-time job. 

  • 3/29/2017 Briefs

    Kindergarten Registration

    If your child will be attending Washington County Elementary School in the fall and you missed registration, please stop by the school office to complete a packet as soon as possible.  Planning for next year has already begun, so it is very important to come and register your child as soon as possible.  The school office is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.      

     

    Head Start Applications

  • Fiscal court declares April Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    April has been declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in Washington County. 

    The proclamation came from Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles after a presentation from Sue Clements, who represents the Washington County Homemakers.

    “Yes, we’re here again,” Clements said. “That means the problem has not gone away, I’m sorry to say.”

    According to Clements, the drug epidemic plaguing the country has made child neglect worse.

  • Edwards participates in Archways to Opportunity program

    As the end of the school year approaches, many seniors are contemplating their futures. Where they are going to school, what they want to do for a career; all these things are in the forefront of their minds. 

    One student at Washington County High School is working to ensure he has all he needs to be successful after high school through a program offered by his part-time employer.

  • State auditor gives county clean report for 2015

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    Washington County just received a clean financial audit from the state. 

    According to a 44-page document released from the state auditor’s office, “The Washington County Fiscal Court had total receipts of $6,613,729 and disbursements of $6,544,704 in fiscal year 2015. This resulted in a total ending fund balance of $1,767,764, which is an increase of $265,461 from the prior year.”

    The report also said there were no violations found. 

  • Mattingly wins Agriculture Leader of the year award

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    This year’s Agriculture Leader of the Year award was presented to someone who not only grew up on the farm and continues to raise crops and cattle, but also goes to work every day to teach youngsters about his passion.

    According to Beth Osbourne, president of Washington County FFA, Bart Mattingly, who received this year’s award from the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, isn’t someone who’s afraid of hard work. 

  • Wages to increase for some school staff

    Some teachers and staff in Washington County will be getting a pay raise. 

    The Washington County School Board passed a new salary schedule that would compete with Marion County’s school district.

    “We didn’t take money away from anyone,” Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran said. 

    As an example, if an instructional assistant is making more here than in Marion County, their pay would remain the same. But, if the same person makes less than an instructor in Marion County, their pay would increase. 

  • Tree and shrub planting

    Now is a good time to add trees and shrubs to your lawn and landscape.  It is important to keep in mind that proper planting now will save you money, time, and labor in the future; so do it right the first time!

  • Law and Justice Day for Teen Leadership

    Thursday, March 9 was Law and Justice Day for Teen Leadership Washington County. On Law and Justice Day we got to do an activity similar to the Amazing Race to learn about the law and justice system of our community. The day was organized by District Judge Amy Anderson. We got to go to the new Washington Co. Judicial Center, the old court house, lawyers’ offices, and the Marion County Detention Center. The day was fun filled and we learned a lot about our community that we never knew.

  • 3/22/2017 Briefs

    Kindergarten 

    Registration

    If your child will be attending Washington County Elementary School in the fall and you missed registration, please stop by the school office to complete a packet as soon as possible.  Planning for next year has already begun, so it is very important to come and register your child as soon as possible.  The school office is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.      

     

    Head Start

    Applications