• Time for the Heart of Kentucky Holiday festival

    ‘Tis the season for the Heart of Kentucky Holiday festival, which was recently awarded as a top 20 event for winter 2011 by the Southeast Tourism Society, which is comprised of 14 states.

    “The whole rationale behind our festival is to let people come and experience a country Christmas,” Nell Haydon, director of Springfield / Main Street Renaissance, said.

  • Bridge under review

    The Washington County fiscal court held its regular scheduled meeting on Monday, and the bridge on Tick Creek Road was a focal point.

    The piers of the bridge are showing signs of deterioration and compromising the bridge’s architectural stability, and Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said something has to be done.
    “It’s a very serious situation. It is a structural problem and there doesn’t appear to be any way to repair what’s there.”

  • High school plans approved

    After much debate, the exterior drawings of the new Washington County High School building have been approved by the school board.

    As has been the case with the exterior drawings, the decision did not come easily.
    “What is the sentiment of the community?” Patsy Lester, school board chair, said prior to voting. “I’m here prepared to vote. If that’s not what part of our board agrees to do, we don’t need a split vote on this.”

  • School district audit report indicates improperly spent funds

    The annual audit for Washington County Public Schools resulted in more than $52,000 in funds that were called into question.

    The audit report was presented by Charles White of White & Company on Nov. 21 at the regular-scheduled school board meeting.
    “We looked at these expenses,” White said. “We determined that they weren’t spent in the area that they should have been. We’re not trying to suggest to you that the money was wasted. That’s not the case.”

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  • New roof on the way

    A new roof is on the way for the Robertson building downtown. It comes with a nearly $44,000 price tag that the tourism commission will pay.

    “The building can be great things for the community,” Laurie Smith, city administrator, said. “We’re looking at a lot of potential in terms of grant availability, and where we can do some great things for our community.”
    The city received the building as a gift recently, and the city council has been discussing the possibility of fixing the leaking roof.

  • SCC students feel wrath of deer

    Two St. Catharine College students driving through Lebanon were recently blindsided by a deer.

    “We were just driving and out of nowhere came a deer,” Jacob Williams, of Indianapolis, Ind., a passenger in the vehicle, said via email Sunday night. “It was a sudden impact and the next thing I know there was a deer looking at me.”
    According to a police report from Lebanon City Police, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT driven by William E. Carter of Nineveh, Ind., was struck by a deer at 2:07 p.m. on Nov. 13 on North Spalding Avenue.