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  • Manton store open for business again


    Manton General Store operated just fine for 61 years without running water.
    Just fine, that is, until the contents of the store were auctioned off in January.

    The Newton family ran the store during that period, but the boys (John and Bob) decided it was time to auction off all the old goods and knick knacks.
    Running a business takes a lot of time, and they were looking for other ways to spend it.
    “It was too many hours,” John said. “I miss the people, talking to them. We spent 65 hours a week in here.”

  • Library offers e-book checkout

     

    Library patrons have a way to avoid late fees, if they’re hip to the technology.
    For about a year now, the Washington County Public Library (WCPL) has offered an e-book lending program.
    Patrons can check out a Sony Reader, an e-book reader, at the library, according to library director Joy Wandrey.

  • Preservation Pedal kicks off in Springfield

     

  • Jets Over Kentucky to land at local airport this weekend

     

    The 2011 Jets Over Kentucky model jet show will have international flair.
    Pilots are expected from Britain, China, Spain, South Korea and throughout the United States, according to event organizer, Lewis “The General” Patton.
    “It should be our biggest ever,” Patton said.

  • Mackville Road repair work to start Friday

     

    The Kentucky Department of Highways will begin a project on Mackville Road, KY 152, starting on Friday.
    As of 6 p.m. Friday, a two-tenths of a mile stretch of the road, beginning at mile point 9.5 east of the US 150 intersection will be closed.

  • Man dies in cycling event

     

    A Louisville man died Saturday while participating in a local biking event.
    William Hash, 60, of Louisville, was riding in the Mayes Creek area of Washington County when he collapsed.

  • Local woman dies in Ireland beach accident

     

    The family of a local woman confirmed that she has been killed while touring in Ireland.
    Jena Hill, 57, of Springfield, was in Ireland with her husband, Ronnie, and a group of friends, when she was struck by a vehicle on a beach there. Hill and her group were staying in the Killarney Valley Hotel in Fossa, outside Killarney.

  • County makes switch in phone service

    The Washington County fiscal court opted to change phone services on Friday, leaving AT&T for SouthEast Telephone.
    With the change, the county is consolidating from four bills to one.

    “There will be no change in numbers, no change in service,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said.
    Lee Stevens and Chris Hill from SouthEast Telephone presented to the court on Friday at the regular scheduled meeting.
    Stevens and Hill said they could guarantee savings of at least $250 a month for the county.

  • Independence Day celebration is tonight

     

    Springfield’s  annual Independence Day celebration will take place tonight in downtown Springfield. This year marks the 12th annual celebration for the city to honor members of the military and veterans, according to Nell Haydon, Springfield’s Main Street Renaissance director.

  • Two indicted for sexual abuse of children

    A Washington County man was indicted in Marion County for his alleged role in the sexual abuse of a child.
    Christopher Grigsby, 30, of Bardstown Road in Springfield, was indicted for  first-degree rape (victim under 12, two counts), first-degree sodomy (victim under 12, four counts), first-degree sexual abuse (victim under 12) and incest (victim under 18, six counts).