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Today's News

  • Sheriff's office receives clean financial audit

    Staff Writer
    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a clean financial audit last week when state auditor Mike Harmon found no issues with the office’s spending.

    “We were all very pleased with the results,” said Deputy Melissa Knopp, who also serves as the chief financial officer for the sheriff’s office. “We strive for results like this with all our audits.”

    The audit covered financial statements from the fiscal year that ended Dec. 31, 2015.

  • County approves first reading of 2017-18 budget

    Washington County Fiscal Court will be looking into possible ways of expanding broadband internet access to residents living in the county.

    The first reading of the 2017-18 fiscal year budget saw $20,000 set aside to research expanding high-speed internet access to rural parts of the county. The budget will be sent to Frankfort for approval before its second reading.

    Magistrate Hal B. Goode said he believes the court should look into finding some capital to research getting “a stronger broadband presence in Washington County.”

  • Bible Read-a-Thon completes 14th year

    For 14 years, Temple Baptist Church has been bringing people of different Christian faiths together.

    That’s because for a handful of days each spring, a Bible Read-a-Thon is hosted at the front steps of the 1816 Courthouse. No matter rain or shine, day or night, people sign up to help read the Bible from cover to cover in an effort to spread God’s love and wisdom leading up to the National Day of Prayer.

    Rev. Cal Adams, the pastor at Temple Baptist Church, said the program began after local realtor Steve Hale attended a read-a-thon in Washington D.C.

  • Officials discuss possible school resource officer

    City and county leaders, along with the Kentucky Center of School Safety, discussed the possibility adding a law enforcement officer in the county’s schools.

    According to Lucy Riffle, a retired middle school principal and representative for KCSS, school resource officers, or SROs, are a valuable addition to schools and not only help keep students safe, but act as role models, as well.

  • Murder remains unsolved after 27 years

    Twenty-seven years.

    That’s how long it has been since a Washington County native was murdered in Nelson County, and the case has never been solved.

    Lucinda (Osbourne) Strange, a 1969 graduate of Washington County High School, was found stabbed more than 40 times and left for dead a mere 150 yards away from her home on March 25, 1990. Though her case has gone cold, her death is not forgotten.

    Jerome Strange, Lucinda Strange’s husband, remembers the night as if it happened yesterday.  

  • The love of a dog

    Not many things bring a smile to a person’s face like the company of a dog.

    That’s the purpose of Canines for Christ, a program made up of volunteers who share their trained therapy dogs with others. The program gives volunteers a chance to share their dogs, as well as their faith, with residents of nursing homes and patients in hospitals.

  • Recycling center open at its new location

    The Washington County Recycling Center has moved to a new location in Springfield, and the county’s solid waste coordinator, Brad Langford, wants the public to know the center is open for business once again.

    “We’re just trying to get the word out,” he said. “Recycling is a good program, it’s good for the environment.”

  • County plans to have budget of $6.3 million for 2017-18

    The Washington County Fiscal Court reviewed the first draft of its budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year at its meeting Friday.

  • Grass trimmings cause woes for motorcyclists

    As warm weather rolls into the commonwealth, its clear that the season’s biggest chore — mowing grass — is in full force.

    But while many homeowners are pushing or riding their way to healthy looking lawns, one Washington County couple is concerned about the way it’s being handled.

    Brandon and Felicia Wheeler say homeowners leaving grass clippings on the roadways are causing an unnecessary hazard for motorcycle riders.

  • RV park proposed at city council meeting

    The Springfield City Council met at city hall Tuesday, March 12, to discuss plans for an RV park and campground slated for construction on Booker Road. Mayor Debbie Wakefield said she was able to meet with an engineer last week and visit the site, and the council has since been provided with some ideas about how the location will be laid out. 

    “We’re ready to move forward,” Wakefield said.