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  • Fiscal court profits from auction

    Washington County Fiscal Court just got paid for using two Mack trucks for a year.

    The two trucks more than paid for themselves at the auction, even after the man hours spent transporting them there and the 7-percent seller’s fee.

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, one truck was sold for $145,000, and another brought in $148,500.

    Though it’s just a preliminary figure, Settles said that was a profit of approximately $1,200 when you take out purchase and lease pricing of the trucks last year.

  • Saylor pleads guilty to manslaughter

    More than two years after being charged with the the murder of Shane E. Thomason at the Washington County Livestock Center, Eric T. Saylor entered a guilty plea in a Washington County court Thursday.

    On Feb. 1 2016, Saylor was accused of shooting Thomason outside of the livestock center building during a cattle auction. The next day, Kentucky State Police announced that Saylor was being held on unrelated charges at the Marion County Detention Center when he was arrested on the murder charge. He was held on a $1 million bond.

  • Community voices concerns on school safety

    Nick Schrager


    The Washington County School District heard the voices of community members when it held a public forum on school safety.

    “We want everyone to be safe,” Loren Carl, a facilitator of the public comments, said. “We want you to go home, we want the students to go home, we want the teachers to go home, we want everybody safe.”

    After an opening prayer by Bobby Joe Mattingly, Craig Settles took to the podium to speak.

  • Truck rear-ends school bus

    A pickup truck rear-ended a school bus with 22 students on board from North Washington School and Washington County High School on March 13 on KY 555.

    The collision occurred just north of Brush Grove Road.

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said none of the students sustained visible injuries in the collision, but the driver of the pickup truck was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

  • Trial date set in double-murder case

    The man accused of killing Crystal Warner and Robert Jones will spend nearly another year in jail before going to trial.

    During Craig Pennington’s pretrial conference on Wednesday, March 14, a tentative trial date of Feb. 5 at 8:30 a.m. was set. A venue has not been set.

    For the victims’ families, it’s a small victory that’s been a long time coming.

    Warner’s mother, Mary Reeve, approved of the court date as both sides prepare for trial.

  • Fiscal court discusses jail costs

    Washington County Fiscal Court had a long talk with Marion County Judge-Executive David Daugherty and Jailer Barry Brady Monday morning about the rising costs of jailing inmates.

    Daugherty said he wished he was at the meeting under better circumstances.

    “Costs have gone up like everywhere else,” Daugherty said. “The cost of medical, employees, basically everything has gone up.”

  • 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.”