Today's News

  • News briefs for 11-30


    Harvest for the Hungry

    The holiday season is a time of financial hardships for many Kentucky families. Your food bank needs your help! Start collecting non-perishable food items now through Dec. 15. Your food donations will help those who may otherwise go without. Participate by calling (270) 735-1407.

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  • Radio auction set for Sunday

    The Lions / Rotary radio auction begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday and can be heard on WLSK 100.9 Mike FM radio.

    For those who want to see the auction live, it can be seen at Simms & Montgomery Insurance & Real Estate in downtown Springfield.
    Some of the items featured this year include University of Kentucky basketball tickets, Cincinnati Reds tickets, Louisville Ballet tickets to see Cinderella, grandstand seats at Keeneland, 25 tons of commercial rock and a Rumpke garbage can.
    Bids can be called in at (859) 336-3937.

  • School district receives more grant money

    Washington County Schools is part of another grant that will help students aim for career and college readiness.

    The school board voted to accept $140,000 from the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) Continuous Assessment and Algebraic Thinking: Keys for Career and College Readiness (CAAT) grant during the regular-scheduled meeting on Nov. 21 at Washington County High School.
    The grant, which focuses on math professional development throughout the district, begins on Jan. 1.

  • Time for the Heart of Kentucky Holiday festival

    ‘Tis the season for the Heart of Kentucky Holiday festival, which was recently awarded as a top 20 event for winter 2011 by the Southeast Tourism Society, which is comprised of 14 states.

    “The whole rationale behind our festival is to let people come and experience a country Christmas,” Nell Haydon, director of Springfield / Main Street Renaissance, said.

  • Bridge under review

    The Washington County fiscal court held its regular scheduled meeting on Monday, and the bridge on Tick Creek Road was a focal point.

    The piers of the bridge are showing signs of deterioration and compromising the bridge’s architectural stability, and Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said something has to be done.
    “It’s a very serious situation. It is a structural problem and there doesn’t appear to be any way to repair what’s there.”

  • High school plans approved

    After much debate, the exterior drawings of the new Washington County High School building have been approved by the school board.

    As has been the case with the exterior drawings, the decision did not come easily.
    “What is the sentiment of the community?” Patsy Lester, school board chair, said prior to voting. “I’m here prepared to vote. If that’s not what part of our board agrees to do, we don’t need a split vote on this.”

  • School district audit report indicates improperly spent funds

    The annual audit for Washington County Public Schools resulted in more than $52,000 in funds that were called into question.

    The audit report was presented by Charles White of White & Company on Nov. 21 at the regular-scheduled school board meeting.
    “We looked at these expenses,” White said. “We determined that they weren’t spent in the area that they should have been. We’re not trying to suggest to you that the money was wasted. That’s not the case.”

  • McClains to celebrate 10th anniversary

    Melody and Rusty McClain of Willisburg will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 1, 2001.
    They are both employed at Woodie’s Major Appliance Service. They love their family, UK basketball and fishing.
    They are the parents of Jesse James McClain of Willisburg and Emily McClain at EKU in Richmond.

  • Rucker, Hamilton marry Nov. 11

    Kara Rucker and Todd Hamilton were wed at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at Chapeze House in Bardstown.
    She is the daughter of June and Geri Rucker of Lebanon.
    He is the son of Nick and Sherry Hamilton of Springfield.
    The ceremony was performed by Kentucky Colonel Michael Masters.
    The bride was given in marriage by her father, June Rucker.
    Matrons of honor were the bride’s sisters, Becky Clark and Vicky Hatchel, both of Lebanon. Honorary bridesmaids were Dana Pineda, Carrie King and Kari George.