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  • Hlavinka, Davis take over youth programs

    The Washington County Youth Actors and Bluegrass Kids programs are under new leadership, and new instructors Sue Hlavinka and Jolene Davis both see this community as a chance to continue their love of music and entertainment.

    Hlavinka (Youth Actors) is an Oregon native who moved to Kentucky in 2007 to be closer to family, but even after her family relocated, she stayed because she said the Bluegrass feels so much like home.

  • Student looks to jumpstart business

    It’s never too early for any entrepreneur to take on the challenge of starting their first business. That’s especially true when that business centers around something that person is passionate about.

    For Washington County High School junior Brooke Williams, that passion is photography, and she was already ahead of the curve on setting up her career path before even acquiring her driver’s license.

  • Harvest Festival is this weekend

    When the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival takes place this Saturday, it will mark the first time that the event will be held on only one day.

    The festival, sponsored by the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, used to be a three-day extravaganza, but according to chamber president John Weis, the shorter time frame will better serve the event.

    “It will have everything that it used to have,” Weis said. “It’s one free day, absolutely packed with things to do.”

  • Sheriff looking into forged check

    The Washington County Sheriff‘s Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into an attempt to cash a forged check in Springfield Laundry Inc.’s name.

    Susan L. Becknell of Conyers, Ga. was arrested in Willisburg on Friday after attempting to cash a $9,875.50 check at the Willisburg branch of Springfield State Bank.

    The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, and the subject was taken into custody an hour-and-a-half later.

  • No greater surprise

    LeAnne Shouse and her son, Hayden, have been waiting for a year.

    They’ve been waiting for their husband and father, Jason Shouse (Army Reserve), to return home from Afghanistan, where he’s been serving his second year-long deployment.

    That wait finally ended last week much to Hayden’s surprise, as he walked into his kindergarten class at St. Dominic School on Thursday to find none other than his father sitting at his desk waiting to embrace his family for the first time in months.

  • On-the-job training leads to spirited career

    Stevie Lowery
    Landmark News Service

    A batch of moonshine isn’t made overnight.

    And neither is a successful business, especially in the spirits industry.
    But, in less than two years, Limestone Branch Distillery has doubled its sales, introduced several new products, and started a new career for at least one employee.

  • Holding a steady aim for the top

    For the Washington County 4-H Sharpshooters, winning has become a habit. Seemingly every shoot the group enters, numerous first-place finishes follow. The group has taken on a mindset that they can outshoot anybody in the state, and they’re proving it.

  • School board discusses success, concerns

    The Washington County School Board held its monthly meeting last monday, and recently acquired information helped shed light on what the district has been doing well and what areas could use improvements.

    One area that has been improving yearly has been Washington County High School’s Advanced Placement program.

    Carolyn Ray, WCHS gifted coordinator, said the assistance from the Advance Kentucky grant over the last two years has made a major difference, and the numbers back her up.

  • County, Whayne reach agreement

    In a special-called meeting of the Washington County fiscal court, three Whayne Supply representatives were in attendance to explain what happened to drive up the cost of repairs to a county road grader that was discussed in the Sept. 11 issue of The Springfield Sun.

    The representatives were District Sales Rep Jim Whitis, VP (Louisville) Branch Operations Manager David Cummins and Nicholas Hill, a service foreman at Whayne.

  • PHOTOS: Mackville Harvest Festival