Local News

  • County jobless rates unchanged

    Ninety-six Kentucky counties saw unemployment rates rise over the course of the last year, but Washington County was among the 24 to see a decrease or stay the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    From October 2012 to October 2013, Washington County maintained a 7.9 percent jobless rate. Unemployment was at 7.2 percent in the county in August of this year, before climbing back to 7.6 percent in September and finishing October at the same 7.9 percent rate as last year.

  • Nelson County Sheriff still searching for missing teen

    The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office is still on the lookout for a Nelson County teen who was reported missing last month.

    Nelson County Sheriff Stephen Campbell said there were no new developments Monday in the case of 16-year-old Corey Wade Bogard, who hasn’t been seen since Oct. 15.

    But Campbell said they still believe Bogard is in the area.

    Bogard is a 5’7” white male with brown hair and blue eyes and weighs 185 pounds.

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  • Arrest made after hit-and-run

    The Springfield Police Department reported working a minor car accident last Thursday on KY-528, as well as four accidents Nov. 25-27. No injuries were noted in any of the accident reports, however, a Nov. 26 incident resulted in an arrest following a hit-and-run at 70 Bardstown Road.

    According to the report, Julian Rocha of Springfield was taken into custody after being pulled over and informing an officer that he had no driver’s license or insurance and that the tags on the 1993 Ford Aerostar van he was driving were revoked.

  • 5th Region official arrested

    A Taylor County man has been arrested in connection with a rape that allegedly occurred earlier this year.

    According to a news release from the Campbellsville Police Department, Jeffery Watson, 41, of 337 Puryear Road, was arrested and charged with third degree rape following an investigation by the Campbellsville Police Department and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation was initiated on Nov. 16, according to the release. The rape allegedly took place in July of this year, according to the release.

    Watson was released on a $5,000 bond.

  • Leach, Pratt to speak at SCC

    Two legends of University of Kentucky athletics will be speaking at the Washington County Circle of Friends event on Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Spalding Student and Community Center at St. Catharine College.

    Tom Leach and Mike Pratt, teammates for the IMG Sports Radio Network, will be the guest speakers for the Circle of Friends, one of the college’s biggest fundraisers of the year.  The two are synonymous with UK athletics.

  • County officials discuss requests

    Several items were discussed during this past week’s Washington County fiscal court meeting, but the main topics centered around three separate presentations.

    The first presenter was Lynne Robey, Executive Director of the Central Kentucky Community Action Council.

    According to their website, the CKCAC is a private, non-profit organization that was incorporated in March 1966 to provides services to the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, which includes Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington Counties.

  • Q&A with Rep. Kim King

    When redistricting of legislature at the state level concluded in August, Washington Countians quickly discovered they were in for a change.

    Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, and Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville were out as state representatives for the area, and in stepped Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, and Rep. Kim King, R-Harrodsburg.

    A Q&A session with Buford was published in the Nov. 20 issue of The Sun. This week, we get to know King, whose new district will cover Mercer, Washington and part of Jessamine counties.

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