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  • Third-graders learn about Earth Day

    Springfield and Washington County celebrated Earth Day on Monday with North Washington Elementary School third-graders, who found the importance of going green and learning more about the foods they eat.

    Sr. Claire McGowan OP of the New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future spoke about what it means to conserve energy and protect the environment.

  • Support Autism Holds fair, gives back to school system

    The Support Autism group in Washington County held its fair/walk on Saturday at River of Life Church and the event was a success as $6,500 were raised with the community’s help.

    The big announcement was Support Autism donating $2,000 of what they collected to the Washington County Special Education Division.

    According to one of the event’s organizers, Melody McClain, the money will be used toward a summer program and will fill several needs that the board of education had on its wish list.

  • Washington County Circuit Clerk’s Office celebrates Donate Life Month in April

    “This April, and every day, I am proud of the impact this office has on the lives of others, especially those in need of life-saving organ transplants. I am humbled at the generosity of our community,” said Washington County Circuit Clerk, JoAnne Miller. “Even through tough economic times, our community is committed to helping others.”

  • Autism fair and walk is Saturday

    Families across the nation are affected by autism, with one in 88 children reportedly suffering from the disorder in some form.

    Washington County is no exception, and the fourth annual Autism Fair and Walk on Saturday is an opportunity for the community to show support while finding out more about a condition that many are still trying to understand.

    April is Autism Awareness Month, and with the help of the annual fair, awareness of how to treat autism has vastly expanded in recent years.

  • WCHS sophomore accepted to Gatton

    Dennis George
    Contributing Writer
    Washington County High School sophomore Rachel Cook has been accepted to the prestigious Gatton Math and Science Academy located on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

     The 15-year-old Cook was recognized Monday night at the meeting of the Washington County Board of Education.

  • Brooklyn has believers in Washington County

    Daniel and Erin Disselkamp of Elizabethtown have been fighting for their daughter, Brooklyn, since she was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma — a form of cancer — at 14 months old on Nov. 23.

    The attention Brooklyn needs has led Erin to step away from her job to provide the everyday care her daughter needs, but the Disselkamp family has been far from alone throughout the trying process.

  • Hospitals hopeful governor’s plan to address Medicaid disputes will succeed

    Frankfort, Ky. — While disappointed by the veto of House Bill 5, hospitals throughout Kentucky encouraged by the recent  announcement from Gov. Steve Beshear regarding the state’s Medicaid managed care system. At a press conference in Frankfort, Beshear announced a plan to resolve billing disputes which have resulted in private, out-of-state managed care organizations owing millions of dollars to Kentucky hospitals for treatment provided to Medicaid patients.

  • Fiscal court approves constable appointment

    The decision of whether to approve Dr. David Donathan’s bid to fill Washington County’s vacant position of constable has been a hot issue at recent fiscal court meetings, and after Donathan spoke to county government leaders face-to-face last Monday, he was finally accepted for the position.

    Donathan ensured the court that he has no ulterior motives for requesting to fill the office of constable and simply wants to serve in the position before it is potentially removed in the near future.

  • SWEDA notes ‘right to work’ preference with companies

    At its regular meeting last month, the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority discussed ways of bringing new businesses to the county, including the official hiring of Daniel Carney as its executive director.

    Carney, who took the position and began work on April 8, will earn $45,000 annually with benefits that include insurance, retirement, a cell phone plan and vacation.

  • Lincoln Legacy: Museum honors 16th president

    The Lincoln Legacy museum at the 1816 Courthouse was officially opened to the public on Friday, and the display received plenty of praise.

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles and Springfield Mayor John Cecconi helped introduce the museum to the community, and Cecconi told the group outside the courthouse that the building’s rich history made it the perfect home to honor Lincoln.