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Today's News

  • Pastor’s new book offers hope to people facing life’s trials and tragedies


    By Stevie Lowery
    Landmark News Service

    Storms can wreak havoc on our lives.
    The folks in West Liberty can attest to that after a tornado ripped through their community March 2.
    After experiencing such devastation and loss, it’s hard to imagine picking up the pieces and moving on. In fact, it almost seems impossible.
    But, it’s not.
    There’s always hope.

  • Willisburg man indicted for Web crimes


    The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

    A Willisburg man was indicted on Feb. 22 for possession and distribution  of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
    James Travis Cheatham, 33, of 6217 Hwy. 433 in Willisburg, was charged with 16 counts of distributing and 20 counts of possession of material portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

  • The number of local children in poverty on the rise


    The number of children living in poverty in Washington County has risen, according to a recent report.

    According to the 2011 Kentucky KIDS COUNT Data Book, the number of children living in poverty in the county in 2000 was 398 (15 percent of children ages 0-17).
    The number living in poverty from 2005 to 2009 was 746, a rise to 27 percent.
    The study cites Census 2000 data to define poverty. In 1999, the poverty threshold for a family of four with two children was $16,895.

  • Republican delegates selected soon


    Local Republicans  could play a factor in the 2012 Presidential race. 

    If none of the current candidates get enough votes for the nomination, the delegates at the convention will select the next GOP presidential nominee.
    The process for selecting delegates to the national convention starts on  Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m., at the 1816 Washington County Courthouse in Springfield.
    Four delegates to the Second District convention will be elected.

  • Bridge construction began Monday


    The Tick Creek Road bridge goes under construction on Monday, and the road will be closed as a result.

    Local traffic can still use the alternate route that was established when the bridge was closed in the past few months.
    An alternative, three-quarter-mile route goes through two residents’ private properties, which connects Tick Creek Road to Hagan Lane.
    County officials said the construction and closure could last three to four weeks.

  • Motorcycle wreck results in fatality


    A motorcycle wreck at the Mt. Zion intersection in Maud resulted in a fatality on Feb. 27.

    Dudley D. Foster, 74, of Louisville, died from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident.
    According to a collision report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Foster was traveling west on Hwy. 55 when his front tire hit an uneven asphalt patch filled with gravel.

  • PHOTO: Spring fever in the flower patch
  • The Music Man inducted into Sidewalk of Fame


    He’s known around town as the Music Man, and anyone who has attended a local festival, parade or just about any other event that requires music has enjoyed his work.

    Now, Charlie Walls has been named the recipient of the 2012 Sidewalk Hall of Fame award, presented by the Chamber of Commerce.

  • New taxiway project in early stages


    The Lebanon-Springfield Airport could be safer and more convenient after the completion of a new taxiway.

    The airport board learned recently that federal funding from the Airport Improvement Program was approved for the project.
    The project will also change the access road coming into the airport.
    Board chairman Craig Arnold said the project is something that’s been discussed ever since he joined the board three years ago.

  • Local man dies in collision Sunday, another injured

    A fatal collision occurred on Lincoln Park Road on Sunday in Springfield.

    According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Trooper Jonathan Houk is investigating a fatal collision that occurred Sunday at 12:14 p.m. on Lincoln Park Road, one mile west of Springfield.
    Michael Benedict, age 17, of Springfield, was operating a 2002 Chevy Pickup west on Lincoln Park Road, when he crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a 1995 Ford Explorer operated by Joseph Linton, age 42, of Springfield.