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  • Abell promoted to district superintendent

    Chuck Abell is the son of Kathleen Abell and the late Dickie Abell. He grew up in Springfield and graduated from Washington County High School. Abell attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in middle school education.  On July 1, he assumes the mantle of Assistant Superintendent of Spencer County Schools.

    Abell said his new job entails several important duties.

  • Quilting queen creates historic quilt

    Sometimes, you hear people say, ‘they don’t make ‘em like they used to.’ Not so for Clara Mae Blandford’s quilts. They’re still made the old fashioned way – by hand with needle and thread. The Springfield woman’s home is a virtual quilt museum, containing some of the finest examples to be found anywhere.  

  • No dropouts under age 18

    Starting this school year, Washington County students must stay in school until the age of 18. The Washington County Board of Education adopted the new policy during a special meeting on June 25. The Board joins 53 other school districts that made the change in response to a state initiative.

  • Teen dies in gun accident

    Austin B. McBride, 16, of Springfield, died from an accidental gunshot wound on Saturday afternoon at Kosairs Childrens Hospital in Louisville.

    According to a police report provided by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, McBride and his stepfather, Mark Riley, were preparing to travel to a shooting competition on Saturday morning. Just before 7 a.m., McBride accidentally shot himself in the abdomen with a .22 caliber semiautomatic target pistol, as he stood outside the rear passenger door of an SUV. A cleaning rod was found lying on the ground nearby.

  • State awards two asphalt contracts for Washington County

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded more than $54 million this month in asphalt rehab contracts across the state. The asphalt contracts are taking place in 59 of Kentucky’s 120 counties and two of the contracts are for Washington County.

    A two-mile section of Perryville Road (U.S. 150) from Texas-Mackville Road to just west of Pottsville Road, will be improved. Nally & Haydon Surfacing LLC was awarded the contract for $198,704. The estimated completion date is November 15.

  • Springfield actors' bash

    Central Kentucky Community Theater

    2012-13 Jeannie Award Winners

    Best Youth Actors Show 2012-13: Fiddler on the Roof
    Best Main Stage Show 2012-13: Harvey

    Best Main Stage Actress: Robin Humphress, White Christmas
    Best Main Stage Actor: Eric Greenwell, Harvey

    Best Supporting Main Stage Actress: Tracee Young, White Christmas
    Best Supporting Main Stage Actor: Brian Bishop, Harvey

  • Fiscal Court needs citizen input

    The Washington County Fiscal Court needs input from citizens on two important items. The Court discussed the issues during its meeting on Monday morning.

    First, the Court needs anyone who wants to receive emergency notifications from the County Emergency Management Service to either go online or call the County Judge/Executive office to get signed up. The service will provide warnings in the event of severe weather, such as tornados, winter storms or excessive heat. The alert system will also notify residents of calamities such as toxic chemical spills and other hazards.

  • Board of Ed deals with insurance pool collapse
  • Mudd Burden chronicles ordeal

    Springfield native Amanda Mudd Burden endured a nearly impossible ordeal and came through it stronger than ever. After seeing her husband, near death with a rare brain disease, Amanda was overjoyed to see him recover. But she and her young family still had to deal with the devastating memory loss that the disease inflicted on their beloved husband and father.

  • Campbell a rising star