Local News

  • Sheriff trims $30,000 from budget

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Washington County Fiscal Court approved a leaner version of the 2009 budget for Sheriff Tommy Bartley Monday morning. The approved budget of $486,100 was $30,000 less than the one for $516,100 submitted Dec. 22. At the December meeting, the court asked county departments to look for ways to tighten their budgets due to lower-than-expected tax revenues for the county.

  • Growing business from the ground up

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The DECA club at Washington County High School recently held a contest for students who were interested in starting their own business or wanting to expand an existing business. After the score sheets were totaled up, the two winners of the contest were Katie Cambron and Palmer Grigsby. Each will receive a laptop computer, wireless printer, free coaching from the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute and $500 to invest into their business.

  • Burglaries keeping sheriff's office, KSP busy

    A rash of recent burglaries have kept local and state law enforcement officers busy in Washington County.

    Sheriff Tommy Bartley said deputies in his office, as well as officers from Kentucky State Police Post 15 in Columbia, have been investigating multiple burglaries in the county. Bartley said among the items being taken, power tools seem to be the hottest commodity.

  • Students compete for business funding

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It’s not often that enterprising high school students are given a chance to start their own business, but that’s exactly what the DECA program at Washington County High School is trying to accomplish. Through a partnership with the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute, DECA students are sponsoring a contest where two contestants will have a chance to start or expand their own business.

  • Future still promising for local economy

    The economy in the United States did not get to its current state over night, and it will not be fixed over night. Still, it can be fixed. That’s the opinion of Len Spalding, a Washington County native who can be considered an economic expert. He is chairman of the investment committee of JP Morgan/Chase Global Mutual Fund Complex, and continues to serve on that group’s board of directors. In addition, he is a member of the board of the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority.

  • St. Catharine hosts open house for new dorm

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    After construction crews squeezed 10 months of work into seven months and a total price tag of $4.2 million, the new dorm at St. Catharine College is finally ready to welcome the 74 students who will call it home. The public will get a chance to check out the new facility when the college hosts an open house Friday from 3-6 p.m. A tour will be provided along with light refreshments.

  • Proposed parkway could mean jobs; development

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    A proposed parkway could make Central Kentucky more attractive to businesses and development. That’s the hope of a new area committee dedicated to seeing that what is being called The Heartland Parkway comes to pass.

    The highway would stretch 63 miles from the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway and KY-555 interchange in Washington County, passing through Marion and Taylor counties along KY-55 to the interchange of the Louis B. Nunn Parkway and KY-61 in Adair County.

  • UK AD to speak at chamber banquet

    When the 2009 Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Banquet tips off on Jan. 29, a very special keynote speaker will be the center of attention.

    Mitch Barnhart, director of athletics at the University of Kentucky, has been secured as the speaker for this year’s event. Dawn Pettus, executive director of the chamber, said Barnhart has confirmed that he will speak at the annual event.

    Ralph Blandford, president of the chamber, said Barnhart will be an excellent draw to the chamber banquet.

  • Fire guts family farm house

    There’s no replacing the 1930s wedding dress worn by her grandma, or those school photos that once hung in the family’s office. Gone are the Christmas presents, including her daughter’s new iPod.

    But Julia Hutchins is coping with other realities now – like the fact that her daughter doesn’t even have shoes since a Monday morning fire destroyed the family’s two-story home at 1269 Johnson Rd., and most everything in it.

    “I’m so lost right now,” she said.

  • 2008 Year in review


    The Central Kentucky Community Theater raised the curtain for the first time on Jan. 11 as “Nunsense” took the stage as the theater group’s first-ever performance.

    April Reinle made her way to Lexington to compete in state junior miss competition. Reinle, who was named Washington County 2008 Junior Miss, was among 36 participants to take part in the state event. She placed in the top 10 overall, and won top honors for physical fitness.