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  • Trial date set in double-murder case

    The man accused of killing Crystal Warner and Robert Jones will spend nearly another year in jail before going to trial.

    During Craig Pennington’s pretrial conference on Wednesday, March 14, a tentative trial date of Feb. 5 at 8:30 a.m. was set. A venue has not been set.

    For the victims’ families, it’s a small victory that’s been a long time coming.

    Warner’s mother, Mary Reeve, approved of the court date as both sides prepare for trial.

  • Fiscal court discusses jail costs

    Washington County Fiscal Court had a long talk with Marion County Judge-Executive David Daugherty and Jailer Barry Brady Monday morning about the rising costs of jailing inmates.

    Daugherty said he wished he was at the meeting under better circumstances.

    “Costs have gone up like everywhere else,” Daugherty said. “The cost of medical, employees, basically everything has gone up.”

  • Students discuss safety

    Employees of the Washington County School District heard the candid voices of their students Friday as they discussed school safety.

    A random number of students was selected and divided into groups to talk to staff about what makes them feel safe, and what makes them feel unsafe at school.

    The focus groups came prior to a public hearing held by the district Tuesday night after press time as a way for the students to voice their own concerns.

  • Churches keep their eyes on the flock

    In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead and others wounded, a renewed urgency has been sparked in public safety. While the most commonly discussed issue has been school security, churches have begun taking a more serious look at what they need to do to prevent them from being vulnerable targets for violence.

  • Washington County has high percentage of organ donors

    Zac Oakes

    Landmark News Service

    Statistics released through the Kentucky Organ Donors Affiliates show that 60.1 percent of Washington County residents are registered organ donors.

    That number resembles the percentage of registered organ donors in many counties in the surrounding area.

    Nelson County has a rate of of 60.8 percent, Marion County has 52.8 percent, Boyle County has 61.4 percent, Anderson County has 62 percent and Mercer County has 63.3 percent.

  • County trucks used on multiple levels

    The county is doing all it can to squeeze every bit of life out of its vehicles because much of its fleet is aging.

    “We only have four trucks that are less than 10 years old,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “We’ve got five that were bought before the year 2000. When you look at a list, it makes you realize how many you got, but there’s so many uses.”

  • Free yard sale held in Springfield

    Springfield Baptist Church was reaching out into the community Saturday with its second semi-annual free yard sale.

    According to one of the event‘s organizers and active church member Marsha Lanham, the yard sale is a way for the church to interact with others in the area.

  • Three arrested for school threat

    According to the Washington County School District officials, two juveniles and an 18-year-old student were arrested and charged with terroristic threatening, second degree, pending further investigation after allegedly talking about a shooting threat.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said the two juveniles, both 17 years old, were arrested after discussing the threats at Washington County High School. A third suspect, Orion Keistan Hash, 18, was arrested Friday on the same charge and lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

  • Jail costs may be on the rise

    Jail costs may be going up for Washington County. That’s because the Marion County Detention Center is proposing a rate increase per inmate for each day they are in jail. The current rate of $35.64 per day is expected to go up to $40.41 per day.

    “They have not taken action on that in (fiscal) court,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “However, there have been discussions.”

  • Budget cuts may come to schools

    Nick Schrager

    editor@thespringfieldsun.com

    The Washington County Board of Education has been backed into a corner, and it may have to cut jobs to get out of that position.

    Due to proposed budget cuts from Frankfort, the board of education voted for the decision after nearly an hour of discussions on staffing guidelines.

    “Once you have approved them, just a reminder that you can update them,” superintendent Robin Cochran said. “You can come back and give more.”