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  • Learning valuable lessons

    How well do you know the constitution? I mean, really know it. Enough to sit in front of a panel of judges and explain how the values and principals embodied within it have shaped American institutions and practices throughout history?

    If you’re in need of a lifeline, your best bet may be Amy Thompson’s AP government class at Washington County High School.

  • Board abolishes job description amid deficit

    The Washington County Board of Education axed one job description, leaving its duties to be absorbed by others.
    The board voted unanimously to abolish the college and career ready position in the wake of a $400,000 budget deficit.
    “We have to live within that,” Superintendent Robin Cochran said. “I don’t have three people saying they’re interested in a tax increase, either…”
    Cochran said many districts have that position, and it’s needed, but the board needs to reduce expenditures.

  • Reladyne has oil spill in Springfield Thursday

    Reladyne, a lubricant and fuel distributor, spilled oil into the stream off Main Street last week.
    According to Ashley Rickman and Sean Largent of Reladyne, recycled oil spilled into the stream off Main Street near Bluegrass Dairy around noon Thursday, but the oil has been contained.
    Both said cleanup efforts are in the works, and there’s no danger to the public.
    “It’s been contained to a specific area,” Largent said. “And we have an environmental company on site cleaning it up right now.”

  • Fiscal Court: Landfill will need to close

    The Department of Environmental Protection and Waste Management sent a letter stating that the Washington County Landfill will need to close. The Department’s report last year found four violations at the county landfill, three of which were because of the lack of a certified landfill operator. The county was able to satisfy those demands, but an issue with the slope on the sides of the landfill means that a complete shutdown is necessary.

  • Green Festival is next weekend

    This year marks the 5th-annual Green Festival, and according to Sr. Claire McGowan, it’s going to be the largest event to date, rain or shine.

    Unlike past years, the event will take place behind the judicial center from 4-8 p.m. on April 27.

    “This is the first time we’ve ever done it on a Friday evening,” McGowan said.

    The Green Festival started as a way to promote sustainability.

    “It’s designed to be fun,” she said. “But it’s also designed to be educational.”

  • Mattingly wins Sidewalk of Fame award

    The Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce awarded this year’s Sidewalk of Fame award to someone very special, Bart Mattingly.

    Charlie Haydon, who presented the award, said he’s fortunate and honored to give the award to Mattingly.

    “The winner of this award is a lifelong Springfield resident who has given back to his community consistently,” Haydon said. “And this year is no different.”

  • Political forums to be held April 26 and May 3

    According to Nell Haydon, a member of the Democratic Women’s Club of Washington County, two “Meet the Candidates” forums will be held at St. Catharine Hall on April 26 and May 3 at 7 p.m.

    “We’ve worked very hard to host two forums because of the large number of candidates running in Washington County,” Haydon said. "This is historic that we have this many candidates running in Washington County. We’ve never, as far as I know, had this many candidates run.”

  • Tingle pleads guilty in pursuit case


    Washington County Fiscal Court Magistrate Terry Tingle has pleaded guilty to a pair of charges last week.

    Tingle, who was arrested on Dec. 16, 2017, for reckless driving, fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest, pleaded guilty to amended charges.

  • Yard sale spreads proceeds across the globe

    How far can a dollar go? Purchases during River of Life Church’s yard sale this past weekend are spreading dollars across the globe.

    The biannual yard sale is put on in order to raise money for the church’s mission fund. From there, it will be distributed to various projects and mission trips that the church organizes to aid areas in need.

  • Begley selected for Gatton Academy

    A Washington County High School sophomore has been selected to attend The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.

    Belle Begley, the daughter of Ken and Cindy Begley, is one of the 99 Kentucky sophomores in the class of 2020 selected for the prestigious program.