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Today's News

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Carney named Entrepreneur of the Year

    This year’s entrepreneur of the year started her business more than 10 years ago and has grown her space into a Springfield icon.

    Nancy Carney, owner of Nancy’s Place on Main Street, said she was surprised to find out she won the award during the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala.

    “I was shocked and very humbled,” Carney said, “because I don’t like being honored, and that’s just not my thing, but I was very proud to get it. It was a privilege, that’s for sure.”

  • 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.

  • Commanderettes fall to Elizabethtown in opener

     The Washington County Commanderettes softball team didn’t quite get off to the start it was hoping for, losing its season opener at Elizabethtown 15-3 Thursday. The game ended after five innings.

    Washington County was able to string a few good hits together and scored some runs late in the game, but a 10-run third inning by Elizabethtown put the game out of reach.

    Head coach Christy Baker was disappointed to start the season with a loss against a quality team.

  • Construction of new extension office to begin

    The Washington County Extension Office has been serving farmers, their families, and this community for 87 years. In January 2018, it will have a new building to call home.

    A groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the construction of a new 9,300-square-foot extension office in the industrial park off KY 555 will happen next Thursday at 10 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

    “We’ll have a lot more space, which is what we’ve needed,” Family and Consumer Science Agent Cabrina Buckman said. 

  • Pennington arraigned on new charge

    Lines of people wearing green T-shirts that read “Justice for Crystal and Bobby” sat silently in a Washington County courtroom last week as family members of the slain couple waited to see the accused murderer arraigned on another charge. 

  • Nine indicted by grand jury

    A Willisburg man was indicted on two sex abuse charges last week. 

    Shane Chesser, 38, of Willisburg, was charged on March 15 with two counts of sexual abuse 1st degree, victim under 12 years of age, class C felonies. The indictment said both alleged incidents occurred in 2012. Bond was set at $10,000 full cash, and Chesser was ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness and to have no unsupervised contact with any minor.

    The Washington County grand jury also indicted eight others unrelated to Chesser’s case.

  • City meets in special session

    The Springfield City Council convened in a special session on Tuesday, March 14, at Springfield City Hall.

    Several city business matters were discussed including; the Washington County Homemakers made a request for the council to make a small donation for the Head Start Child Abuse Awareness Walk on Friday, April 7, and for all city residents to wear blue in support.

  • Morgeson wins agricultural achievement award

    This year, the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce presented the agriculture achievement award to someone very special, Dennis Morgeson 

    According to sister Claire McGowan, who presented Morgeson with the award, he is someone who has served the community with his courses on gardening. 

    “If you are a county resident who has questions about or problems with your garden, your landscape or your woodlands, he’s always the one to call for reliable guidance and friendly encouragement,” McGowan said.