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  • O'Daniel a Herald-Leader columnist

    Kris O’Daniel has led a worldly life. From traveling across the globe to farming in Springfield, it’s safe to say she has a lot of stories to tell.

    And now, she has an outlet in which to tell them.

    O’Daniel was recently selected as a community columnist for The Lexington Herald-Leader.

    “I was going on my way to vacation in Denmark,” O’Daniel said. “So, I sat in the Lexington airport and bought a Lexington Herald-Leader.”

  • Sorghum Festival is this weekend

    Springfield’s annual Sorghum Festival is back again this weekend, with events beginning Saturday morning.

    Returning to the schedule this year will be a parade down Main Street.

    “The Sorghum Festival is run on dollars that are raised, not tax payers dollars,” explained Pat Rose, president of the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Last year’s parade was scrapped after no sponsors stepped forward.

  • New driver's licenses to be issued next year

    New driver’s licenses will start being issued next year, and they look a whole lot different from the current ones.

    “The whole look of the new driver’s license is different,” Washington County Circuit Clerk Joanne Mudd-Miller said. “It’s black and white and holograms and everything is totally different.”

    The new holograms are to make the cards more secure.

    There are two different types of licenses, a regular one, and one with a star on it, which indicates that it’s a Voluntary Travel ID.

  • School test scores among state's best

    The Kentucky Department of Education’s state assessment for 2017-18 reveals several areas where Washington County students are performing well. Across the district, students are outperforming the state average in elementary reading, and at the middle school grades in reading, mathematics, social studies, and writing. At the high school, Washington County is among the state’s top five schools for graduation rate.

  • Kalarama Farm earns 22 titles at state fair

    Larry Hodge, Kelly Lockhart and Daniel Lockhart were among a team of many that brought home 22 world championship awards, eight of which were world grand championships, from the Kentucky State Fair.

    The horse, The Daily Lottery, owned by James and Misdee Miller of Hillcroft Farm, won the World’s Grand Championship 5 Gaited division.

    Hodge said it’s like winning the Kentucky Derby or World Series of their profession.

  • Teen killed by electrocution

    A 16-year-old has died as a result of a construction accident on Sept. 10 in Washington County.

    A report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office provided to The Sun on Sept. 20, said Gilberto Medina, 16, of Louisville, was found dead at a home on Bardstown Road.

    According to the report, Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston arrived on scene and was advised by EMS that there was a male lying deceased near the home.

  • District creates clause for parents with misdemeanors

    The Washington County Board of Education passed a sunset measure allowing parents with misdemeanors older than four years to supervise their children at school functions.

    “We saw that if you look at section 3; that it says applicants with convictions shall not be authorized to volunteer,” Superintendent Robin Cochran said at Monday’s board meeting.

  • AT&T expands wireless internet access

    More than 900 rural homes and small business in Washington County will be eligible for wireless internet access through AT&T and the FCC’s Connect America Fund.

    “Technology infrastructure is an integral part of our community being economically competitive,” said Washington County Judge Executive John Settles in a press release. “This last mile solution ensures our families and businesses have the connections they need.”

  • Brothers evacuate bases ahead of Hurricane Florence

    Seth and Thomas Mattingly, the sons of Steve and Vicky Mattingly, had to pack their families up in a hurry last week. That’s because the brothers, both Marines, were on station in North Carolina before Hurricane Florence struck Friday morning.

    Seth said they have experienced tropical storms, but he could sense something was different with Hurricane Florence.

    “I’d say we felt this one was going to be much more serious,” he said. “The atmosphere of it being bigger was noticeable everywhere we went.”

  • District's SRO was 2002 plane crash hero

    There’s no such thing as a typical day for Washington County’s school resource officer, but one thing’s for sure, officer Curt Bowen has had an exciting career in law enforcement.

    Before coming to Washington County as the district’s first SRO, Bowen had made a career in law enforcement in Lexington.

    “I was in the field most of the time,” he said.

    For 13 of those years, he was a field training officer, and also worked special assignments.