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  • Students discuss safety

    Employees of the Washington County School District heard the candid voices of their students Friday as they discussed school safety.

    A random number of students was selected and divided into groups to talk to staff about what makes them feel safe, and what makes them feel unsafe at school.

    The focus groups came prior to a public hearing held by the district Tuesday night after press time as a way for the students to voice their own concerns.

  • Churches keep their eyes on the flock

    In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead and others wounded, a renewed urgency has been sparked in public safety. While the most commonly discussed issue has been school security, churches have begun taking a more serious look at what they need to do to prevent them from being vulnerable targets for violence.

  • Washington County has high percentage of organ donors

    Zac Oakes

    Landmark News Service

    Statistics released through the Kentucky Organ Donors Affiliates show that 60.1 percent of Washington County residents are registered organ donors.

    That number resembles the percentage of registered organ donors in many counties in the surrounding area.

    Nelson County has a rate of of 60.8 percent, Marion County has 52.8 percent, Boyle County has 61.4 percent, Anderson County has 62 percent and Mercer County has 63.3 percent.

  • County trucks used on multiple levels

    The county is doing all it can to squeeze every bit of life out of its vehicles because much of its fleet is aging.

    “We only have four trucks that are less than 10 years old,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “We’ve got five that were bought before the year 2000. When you look at a list, it makes you realize how many you got, but there’s so many uses.”

  • Free yard sale held in Springfield

    Springfield Baptist Church was reaching out into the community Saturday with its second semi-annual free yard sale.

    According to one of the event‘s organizers and active church member Marsha Lanham, the yard sale is a way for the church to interact with others in the area.

  • Three arrested for school threat

    According to the Washington County School District officials, two juveniles and an 18-year-old student were arrested and charged with terroristic threatening, second degree, pending further investigation after allegedly talking about a shooting threat.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said the two juveniles, both 17 years old, were arrested after discussing the threats at Washington County High School. A third suspect, Orion Keistan Hash, 18, was arrested Friday on the same charge and lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

  • Jail costs may be on the rise

    Jail costs may be going up for Washington County. That’s because the Marion County Detention Center is proposing a rate increase per inmate for each day they are in jail. The current rate of $35.64 per day is expected to go up to $40.41 per day.

    “They have not taken action on that in (fiscal) court,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “However, there have been discussions.”

  • Budget cuts may come to schools

    Nick Schrager


    The Washington County Board of Education has been backed into a corner, and it may have to cut jobs to get out of that position.

    Due to proposed budget cuts from Frankfort, the board of education voted for the decision after nearly an hour of discussions on staffing guidelines.

    “Once you have approved them, just a reminder that you can update them,” superintendent Robin Cochran said. “You can come back and give more.”

  • Mail re-delivered after thefts

    Springfield Postmaster Trae Purdom spent his day off on Presidents’ Day making sure more than 300 pieces of stolen mail made it home to the rightful owners.

    Dennis Ray Singletary Jr., 47, is accused of stealing mail in both Washington and Marion counties.

    In total, 338 pieces of mail were recovered here, and 125 in Marion County, where Singletary was allegedly caught in the act.

    The 338 pieces of mail affected 59 homes in Springfield.

  • The toy craftsman

    Nick Schrager


    Through the electric whir of power tools and a cloud of sweet smelling sawdust, Ronnie Smith is hard at work on an unusually hot February day.

    With his sleeves unbuttoned and a drop of sweat running down his forehead, he cuts a piece of wood using a table saw. That piece of wood will eventually end up as a toy, one of thousands he’s made over the years.