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Local News

  • District to keep tax rates the same

    Tax rates will remain the same for the Washington Country School District next year.

    The proposed rate, which is the same as this year, will be 60.2 cents on real property and 61 cents on personal property. The rate means you will pay $602 on a $100,000 property.

    According to Chief Financial Officer Judy Spalding, the tax rate brought in $3,530,186 in 2018 and is expected to bring in $3,641,089.22.

  • Duncans to be inducted into 4-H hall of fame

    Washington County native Ruth Duncan and her husband George were recently nominated to be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. According to a statement from the University of Kentucky School of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Duncan’s are being recognized for “their lifetime achievements and contributions to the nation’s young people.”

    Ruth was born on a farm Washington County to Bill and Polly Cocanougher Hatchett. She described her interest in home economics coming at a young age.

  • Eight vying for city council

    Eight people are vying for six spots on the Springfield City Council.

    Incumbents John “Willie” Ellery, Chuck Polin, Brooke Murphy Coulter, Carolyn Hardin, Lisa Jones Haydon and Chris Essex have two challengers in November. They are Jason C. Hilton and Vhonda Barlow.

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield is running unopposed.

    In Willisburg, Mayor Wanda K. Thompson is being challenged by Myron Byrd. Running for Willisburg City Council are Ricky Settles and Rea Byrd.

  • Where the water flows

    Having clean water to drink, bathe, wash dishes, clothes, and your car is something many people take for granted. But the next time you turn on your faucet, think about all the steps it takes to get water from Willisburg Lake to your glass.

    According to David Bartley, water system manager at the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, the water starts at Willisburg Lake and takes an approximate 12-mile journey thanks to 200-horsepower pumps. The pumps send the water through a 16-inch line to the plant in Springfield.

  • District receives comprehnsive literacy grant

            The Washington County School District recently received a generous grant to help promote literacy in conjunction with the Washington County Public Library.

    According to Cherry Boyles, chief academic officer of Washington County Schools, the district received money from the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant.

    Boyles said it’s a federal grant that is dispersed to the states and provided a district meets certain requirements; it can apply for the money.

  • Mule gives birth to 'Miracle' baby

    She stands just 18 inches tall and weighs 21 pounds, but a tiny new arrival is making big news on the farm of Jerry and Teresa Smothers near Perryville.

    Peanut, a miniature mule, gave birth to a baby on July 31. The birth is such big news because mules can’t give birth; or at least that’s what the experts say.

    “We bought Peanut from a local veterinarian, Dr. Ross, 17 years ago, and he told us she would never be able to have babies,” said Jerry. He explained that mules have an odd number of chromosomes and therefore cannot reproduce.

  • City hopes to slow down speeders with radar sign

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said the city’s new speed limit radar sign has had a positive effect thus far.

    According to Smith, the department has already received several comments from the community that mention cars slowing down as they approach the sign.

  • New owner has big plans for college campus

    Since the doors of St. Catharine College closed two years ago, members of the local community have been wondering what would happen with the property.

    Now, one man knows what he wants to see happen, and he’s taking the steps to make it a reality.

  • Attorneys look into bank records in Pennington case

    Prosecution and defense attorneys in the case of Craig Pennington, who allegedly killed Crystal Warner and Robert Jones, were in Marion County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.

    Attorneys in the case are looking into bank records for payments made for the cabin on Texas Road that Pennington rented from Warner and Jones.  

    According to Pennington’s attorney, Tom Griffiths, there are at least five eyewitnesses that have moved out of state.

  • County approves new tax rate

    Washington County Fiscal Court passed a motion that approved the raising of real estate property tax rates by less than a penny. The motion passed by a 4-3 vote.

    The Fiscal Court was previously taxing real estate at a rate of 8 cents per $100 of the assessed value. A state bill allows the court to raise that amount by four percent without the use of a public referendum. The court’s vote raises the tax rate by one-third of a cent and is projected to bring in about $16,000 more than last year.