Local News

  • WCHS principal wants to be among first to act

    Since Gov. Steve Beshear signed the graduation bill (Senate Bill 97) in March, each school district has the option of raising the high school dropout age from 16 to 18 years old.

    Eventually, the entire state will be forced to adopt the change, but Washington County High School Principal Paul Terrell would like to see his district to be among the first to take action.

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  • Commission receives grant

    A grant that will be used for personal safety equipment, training and traffic control aids was accepted by the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission last week.

    The check, for $3,000, was presented by Marty Nemes, senior marketing agent at the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services.

    “KLCIS has been our insurance provider for several years and strive to help us maintain a safe working environment,” said Angela Culver of the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission.

  • Road work to take place

    Mayor John W. Cecconi announces that blacktop work will take place in Springfield on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1 on the following streets:  Ballard, Scott, Claybrooke, Short, George Russell, Depot, McCord and Cemetery Hill.

    Residents of these areas are asked to park off the street to accommodate the work crews and equipment, and others traveling in these areas are asked to be patient while the work is taking place.

  • Paul aide addresses fiscal court about vultures

    The Washington County Fiscal Court held a regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, but had a special guest in Jennifer Decker, a representative of Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

    Decker, who is one of nine representatives covering counties for Paul, requested that Washington Countians inform the senator of any concerns.

    “If there are constituents who have issues with federal government, we’d like to know about it, and the senator would like to help,” Decker said.

  • INOAC’s future includes Washington County

    INOAC North America has been entrenched in the Washington County community for more than two decades, and if Friday’s meeting with local government was any indication, they’re going to be providing jobs for Washington Countians for many more years.

  • Heroes campaign grows in county

    The Nelson County chapter of the American Red Cross took major strides forward with fundraising in Marion and Washington counties this year, and that’s because it’s become more than just a one-county organization.

    Fundraising efforts have been a part of the Heroes campaign, which designates a person or group as a Red Cross Hero for raising or donating at least $1,000. Better representation on the Red Cross board has led to a big increase in local involvement in the organization.

  • Indictments made in Washington County

    Indictments have come down for 11 individuals involving crimes in Washington County, and among those named is Alejandro P. Ponce, who is charged with the stabbing of four people—including one teenager— on March 2.

    A grand jury charged Ponce with three counts of first degree assault and one count of second degree assault.

    The indictment states that Ponce “intentionally caused serious physical injury to at least three other persons by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.”

    Ponce’s bond was set at $50,000.

  • Kick Butts Day: RISE youth program spreads awareness of tobacco dangers (Photos)

    It was Kick Butts Day in Washington County last Friday, and local youth celebrated by encouraging residents to kick the habit of using tobacco.

    The Kick Butts program is a nationwide effort to spread awareness about the dangers of tobacco use, and RISE Coordinator Wilma Sorrell said it’s the kids themselves who spearhead the movement locally.

  • Architect hears community’s ideas for new library

    Architect Chris Gottongim has been charged with the task of designing Washington County’s next public library, and last week he got to know the community in an effort to find out what needs to go into the construction of the facility.

    Cottongim, of 5253 Design Group in Louisville, spoke to between 25 and 30 community members for an hour last Thursday at the Washington County Cooperative Extension Office, and it didn’t take long for him to realize what is important to local residents.