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  • Fiscal Court: County to partner with UK for energy savings upgrades

    The county’s annex building has an outdated boiler. The armory building, itself outdated, also houses an old boiler. These are two projects that will be looked at for energy upgrades that could come at essentially no cost to the county.

    The county will partner with the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Research to identify facilities that need energy updates, and submit proposals for energy companies to do the upgrades—with a guarantee the energy savings will pay for the payments made on the debt taken on to complete the projects.

  • County's sole animal control officer resigns

    Washington County’s sole animal control officer has resigned.

    Ariella Gibson submitted her resignation effective Aug. 28, county judge-executive Timothy Graves announced Monday at a meeting of the Washington County Fiscal Court.

    The resignation comes after complaints regarding stray cats from residents of Maplewood Avenue in Springfield. Gibson was working with the cats’ caretaker to have the cats spayed or neutered and vaccinated, then returned to the property.

  • Washington County schools feed at least 220 after-school meals daily

    Under a new program this year, students staying after school at Washington County Schools can have an afternoon meal at no cost.

    The elementary and middle schools in town are feeding about 150 students per day through the new program. North Washington School in Willisburg is feeding 70 to 80.

  • Washington County High School put on 'soft lockdown' last Wednesday

    Washington County High School was put on a “soft lockdown” last Wednesday after a student reportedly inhaled a THC substance through a vaping device and became unresponsive.

    During the lockdown, students were held in their classrooms for about 10 minutes.

    A search for the device was conducted, Washington County Schools superintendent Robin Cochran said.

  • Sun names new general manager

    The Sun will soon have a new leader to take the place of Dave Hagan, who left at the end of July.

    Alice Walker, who has been with The Sun’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers, for 15 years, will take on the role of general manager beginning Sept. 1.

  • Washington County Fiscal Court: Landowners speak against road closure

    Washington County Fiscal Court magistrates heard from two local farmers on a proposed road closure within the county during Friday morning’s regular monthly meeting.

     

    First to speak against the proposed closure of Hall Lane was Steve Settles. Settles said he owns farm land on Hall Lane and regularly used the road.

     

  • Animal control working on TNR for stray cats in the city

    A Springfield couple say their lives have been turned upside down by a cat colony living next door to their Maplewood Avenue home.

    The couple, Bobby and Vickie Chesser, have contacted city mayor Debbie Wakefield, presented to the Springfield City Council and to the Washington County Fiscal Court, and taken numerous other steps to be sure their nuisance is known.

    In short, they want the cats gone.

    The situation with the cats has gradually gotten worse over the last few years, Bobby Chesser said.

  • New director puts the 'Community' back in Central Kentucky Theatre

    One of the first things Kolton Winfield did after being named new director of the Central Kentukcy Theatre was change its name, putting the 'community' back in it.

    Each show at the Central Kentucky Community Theatre brings an opportunity to build community, and building community is what a community theater is about, says Kolton Winfield, the theater’s new director.

    Winfield, who took the helm of the community theater at the beginning of August, said one of his goals for the theater is to ensure its shows resonate with area residents.

  • Washington County Schools adds CARE to curriculum

     

     

    A class of middle-schoolers at North Washington Elementary spent time Friday morning talking about the importance of “filling each other’s baskets,” an idea most probably hadn’t heard since kindergarten.

     

    “We focus so much on the negative,” Kerrie Sneed, their teacher, said to the class.

  • Local woman holding shoe drive for clean water systems

    For millions of people, deciding what to do with their time isn’t a tough choice; they spend most of it in the pursuit of water. For many, the very water they work all day to collect leads to sickness, and often, death.