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  • November general election races set

     

    The votes have been counted and the November general election is officially set after 3,679 voters went to the polls for a total turnout of 41.5 percent in Washington County’s primary election Tuesday.

    In the race for Washington County Judge/Executive, Tim Graves and Tony Royalty will meet up on the November ballot.

  • Carricos win entrepreneur of the year award

    Washington County’s award for Entrepreneur of the Year was presented to Jimbo and Perry Carrico, owners of Springfield Laundry. In their time managing business operations together, the two have seen the company expand from a modest local dry cleaner into an industrial laundry business that serves 5,000 customers across 25 counties and processes 1.5 million pounds of laundry every year.

  • Wine tasting is Saturday

    Anyone age 21 or over is invited to attend the 16th annual Springfield BPW Wine Tasting this Saturday.

    According to Virginia “Ginny” White-Schatzke, vice president of the Springfield Business and Professional Women’s Club, “the event will be held on May 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the historic Louisville Store Building located at 101 West Main Street in downtown Springfield and outside under a very large tent covering most of Cross Main Street.”

    The wine tasting will go on rain or shine.

  • Getting a green thumb

    Nick Schrager

    editor@thespringfieldsun.com

    For the last three years, students have been getting out of the classroom and into the workforce.

    The greenhouse at Washington County High School is teaching students multiple lessons, from how to cultivate plants to customer service.

  • Willisburg to host Memorial Day celebration

    Memorial Day weekend will kick off with a full day of festivities in Willisburg on Saturday, May 26.

    A parade through the town’s streets will begin at 10 a.m., and will feature a real smorgasbord of participants.

    “We’ve got horses. We’ve got the Boy Scouts. We’ve got fire trucks and EMS,” said Willisburg Mayor Wanda Thompson. “We’ve got old cars, trucks and tractors; possibly motorcycles [and sidecars] too…Dr. John Isaacs in Springfield is trying to get us an Army vehicle as well.”

  • Herald reflects on Citizen of the Year award

    This year’s Citizen of the Year Award went to someone who’s dedicated the last five years to Central Kentucky Community Theatre, Craig Herald.

  • Hunt retires from 4-H after more than 34 years

    Washington County 4-H agent Roberta Hunt is calling it a career.

    Hunt retired from her position after more than 34 years. She started her career in September 1983. Prior to that, she worked as an agent for three years in Hickman County, near the Mississippi River.

    Washington County was a prime spot for the Montgomery County native.

    “It was an hour from Louisville, and hour from Lexington,” she said. “It was only an hour-and-a-half away from home.”

  • Willisburg bank robbed Friday

    A bank robbery occurred in Willisburg Friday, and police are still searching for the suspect.

    The Willisburg branch of Springfield State Bank was robbed just before 6 p.m. Friday evening.

    According to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the department responded to the call at approximately 5:50 p.m.

  • Tourism tax used to benefit community

    Three percent.

    That’s what anyone in Springfield pays on top of their bill at restaurants, hotels and Air BnB homes.

    But where does that 3 percent go?

    It goes into tourism.

    According to Springfield Tourism Director Stephanie McMillin and tourism board chair Channing Nally, the tax, which was implemented in 2008, brings in approximately $140,000-$240,000 annually.

    The tourism board oversees the funds, and like any other entity, McMillin said they are audited every year.

  • WCPL hires new director

    Washington County has a new library director, and he’s bringing years of experience with him.

    Shaun Whiteaker, 46, started his new job last week, and said he’s looking forward to building upon the success of Washington County Public Library. Whiteaker, and his wife, Holly, have two children, Elijah and Jonah.