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  • Council members approve $4.3M budget

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    There are few surprises and no big-ticket items featured in the budget finalized Tuesday by the Springfield City Council, but one city official pointed at one important item missing: a tax increase.

    The $4.3 million spending plan has few major expenditures, City Clerk Laurie Smith said, though spending will be closely monitored.

    “We are extremely fortunate our budget is quite healthy for a city our size,” Smith said. “We closely watch our expenses, as we always have.”

  • Washington County School Board agrees to travel fundraiser

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    A travel group wishing to use Washington County school facilities to host a fundraiser will be allowed to do so, as long as certain steps are taken to meet insurance requirements, School Board members agreed Monday.

    Heather Sothen, a Washington County High School teacher, is organizing the trip to Italy and Greece this summer for students and other area residents. The group, EF Tours, wants to stage a classic car show on July 20 at the high school to raise funds for the tour.

  • Washington County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office honored for support of organ donor program

    The Washington County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office was among the top offices in Kentucky for collecting $1 donations during April to help support organ and tissue donation awareness, according to a state clerk’s group release.

    The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life sponsored a challenge during April, which was designated National Donate Life Month, to thank driver’s license offices for collecting $1 donations for the program.

  • Springfield's Farmers' Market at the Depot having a banner year

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    If the first weeks are any indication, the Farmers’ Market at the Depot is in for a banner year, a market official said.

    Located at the covered pavilion off of Depot Street in Springfield, the market is entering its third week this week.

    “This is probably the biggest Farmers’ Market we’ve had in some time,” City of Springfield Projects Coordinator Kathy Elliott said. “We have at least 13 vendors and it’s been very popular with shoppers.”

  • Recycling efforts hampered by global economic concerns

    As people continue to recycle, recycling companies are facing a big problem — manufacturers can make new products less expensively than making the products out of recycled goods.

    This economic reality is forcing an overflow of recycled products with nowhere to go as markets for the materials dry up. It is starting to affect everyone — even on the local level.

  • Delays continue for new driver's licenses

    As of January 2019, the new Kentucky driver’s license was supposed to be released by the state, but issues developed that have continually forced the date to be pushed.

    The date was moved from January to April, and then to the end of summer, but the licenses still have not been released for the circuit clerks to be able to issue them.

  • Washington County Fiscal Court approves budget

    The Washington County Fiscal Court on Monday approved the second reading of its 2019-20 budget, which was slightly modified after the first draft was reviewed by state officials.

    Washington County Judge-Executive Timothy Graves said after the first reading, the budget resolution was sent to the state for approval and, other than one clerical/monetary change, the budget was approved.

  • Harrodsburg couple killed in Saturday cycle crash

    A Harrodsburg couple died Saturday evening when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Jeep about five miles east of Springfield, according to Kentucky State Police.

    John Bailey, 39, who was operating a 1999 Harley Davidson, was traveling east on Highway 150 about 7 p.m. when he allegedly tried to pass several vehicles in a no passing zone, according to a KSP release.

    The motorcycle struck a 2007 Jeep driven by Warren Purdom, 59, of Springfield, who had slowed down to make a left turn, the release states.

  • 10 seek Distinguished Young Woman title

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    For all of the contestants vying for the 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County title, practice for the scholarship competition has been going on for at least two months. But according to one of the event organizers, some of the hopefuls have been practicing for years.

    Ten Washington County students have entered the competition this year, said Lauren Riney, one of the event co-chairs. The contest, which hits the stage Saturday with a weather-themed show, can be intense, she said.

  • Pennington murder trial date reset for January 2020

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    Prosecutors can still seek the death penalty against a Washington County man accused of killing his landlords, a judge ruled Friday before resetting the trial date to early next year.

    The trial date for Craig Pennington was June 24, but due to issues regarding the complexity of the case and jury selection, 11th District Circuit Judge Allan Bertram postponed the trial until Jan. 13, 2020, after consulting with defense attorneys and prosecutors.