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  • Shoppers find big savings with coupons

     

    In an economy when times can be tough, there’s nothing like saving money. That’s what has driven the recent coupon craze across the country, and Washington Countians are no stranger to it, either.
    Amy Willis clips coupons and saves money for her family budget, and she said she sees some drastic savings with her trips to the grocery store.

  • Cell provider to help hearing impaired

     

    Regionally-based cellular provider Bluegrass Cellular is now offering a text-only plan for customers who are hearing-impaired.
    The new plan began on July 1 and provides text-only service to the Bluegrass Cellular network.

  • African-American Heritage Festival is Aug. 5

     

    When the eighth annual African American Heritage Festival gets under way in Springfield on Friday, Aug. 5, it will feature a special theme.
    This year’s festival will address the needs of hungry children in Washington County. Nell Haydon, director of Springfield’s Main Street Renaissance program, said the idea was brought up by members of the festival committee.

  • Springfield native to work for air ambulance service at local airport

     

    Local residents may have the comfort of knowing that one of their own is caring for them in the event of an emergency.
    Andrea Hale, a Washington County native, is currently going through orientation to work for Air Methods at the Springfield-Lebanon Airport.
    Air Methods is the company with a critical care flight team based at the airport.

  • County ends fiscal year with budget surplus

    Washington County will have a carryover of $287,569.73 from the 2010-11 fiscal year budget.
    During the regular scheduled meeting this week, the Washington County fiscal court voted to amend the budget to allow for the carryover into the 2011-12 fiscal year budget.
    The county brought in nearly $10,000 more than anticipated in real property taxes, and roughly $42,000 more than anticipated in occupational tax fees.
    The county began the 2011-12 fiscal year with a budget of over $5.6 million.

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  • Summer programs facing heat safety challenges

     

    With severe heat in the area last week, several teams and organizations were fighting Mother Nature in order to get in practice time.
    High school athletics resumed on July 11, only to be hit by a heat wave.
    With heat indices in the 100s, teams had to take caution.

  • School district's droput rate falls

     

    The Washington County School District has stressed the value of a high-school education in recent years, and the creation of a program called The Commander Academy is reinforcing that importance. The proof of that value can be found in a much-improved dropout rate.

  • CORRECTION: Loretto Food Land advertisement

    An advertisement for Loretto Foodland in the July 25 Twin County Advantage contains price misprints.

    The ad should read as follows:

    - 10 pound Idaho potatoes should be $3.99

    - 16 ounce Kraft Salad Dressing should be three for $5

    We apologize for the error.

  • Former Springfield mayor to head up Kentucky Speedway traffic team

    Widening Interstate 71 probably wouldn’t improve traffic flow into the Kentucky Speedway, Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday as he confirmed that his chief of staff will lead a team looking at ways to avoid traffic jams on race days.
    Beshear, speaking during a news conference that had been called to discuss another topic, said the massive traffic tie-up that forced thousands of fans to miss the track’s inaugural Sprint Cup race July 10 probably was caused by parking problems.

  • Springfield carries surplus into fiscal year 2011-12

    The city budget is off to a better start in the new fiscal year.
    The city began the 2010-11 fiscal year with $62,005.22, and went under budget by $49,348.63 in the same fiscal year.
    In FY 2011-12, Springfield started with a balance of $111,353.85. The city began the 2009-10 fiscal year with a balance of $131,497.04.