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  • 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.

  • Pulling with a purpose

    On a good day, Tim Benham’s small garden tractor can pull a sled that weighs a few thousand pounds. Somewhere behind the roars and whines of the engine and amid the clouds of dirt and sprays of mud, Benham has found his happy place.

    “The reason I got into it was that it was like therapy,” he said. “To get my mind off everything.”

  • City filings begin for 2018 election

    The race for city positions has begun.

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield has filed for re-election. As of press time, she is running unopposed. According to Washington County Clerk Glenn Black, the deadline to file is Aug. 14, at 4 p.m.

    Running for Springfield City Council are incumbents Chuck Polin, Brooke Coulter, and Carolyn Hardin. There are a total of six seats on the council.

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  • Hale to be remembered at firefighter memorial

    More than 30 years after his death, Tommy Hale, a former Springfield fire chief, will be added to the Kentucky Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Lexington this fall.

    His widow, Anne Romano, said Hale had been involved with the fire department from 1955 until his death in 1983.

    “It was an all-volunteer unit,” she said.

    According to a Jan. 19, 1983, article in The Springfield Sun, Hale was stricken with a heart attack while commandeering firefighters during a massive fire at a tobacco redrying operation.

  • Court looks at new heavy machinery

    Washington County Fiscal Court is looking at replacing an important piece of equipment.

    The court took steps toward purchasing a new swing arm bush hog and tractor Friday when it voted to look at financing options. The court’s current machine has undergone too many repairs in a short amount of time.

    It would cost anywhere between $14,000-$18,000 to repair the current machine, which has gone through two engines in seven years.

    “It goes through the ringer for what it does,” Magistrate Hal B. Goode said.

  • St. Dominic School to play with WCMS/NWS football team

    Six St. Dominic School football players will be joining the Washington County Middle School/North Washington Middle School football team.

    The decision was made after a unanimous vote by the Washington County Board of Education during a special called session Monday night.

    One concern discussed was student discipline.

    John Graves, an athletic director at St. Dominic, said discipline is taken care of either by a coach or the athletic director, and then followed up with by the school’s principal, Pam Breunig.

  • African American Heritage Festival is Friday

    “Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes.”

    Those are the words of John “Willie” Ellery, the chairman of the African American Heritage Festival.

    The festival, which is set for Friday, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a commemorative book, which will be available for sale, as well as live music, food, and a parade.

  • School bus stops to change

    Students in Washington County Schools will see a few bus stop changes this upcoming school year.

    According to Bob Holderman, the director of transportation for Washington County Schools, there are some areas where bus stops could be condensed.

    “That could potentially make our routes safer,” Holderman told the board. “And a lot of this just makes sense.”

  • County now utilizing Smart911 interface

    Washington County’s 911 Dispatch Center has been on the forefront of new technology for years, and now it’s just gotten more high tech.

    According to E-911 Dispatch Captain Danny Crouch, Washington County is one of the smallest counties in the commonwealth to adopt Smart911.