Today's News

  • News briefs for 4/1

    2015 Relay for Life March Team Registration Challenge

  • First group of inmates complete new GED program

    The pomp may have been lower key, but the circumstance was just as important to the seven most recent graduates of the GED program at the Marion County Detention Center.

    David Nelson, 36, was the first person at the jail to earn his GED after the implementation of a computer-only testing system.

    “It’s been 20 years since I dropped out of school. It was not easy,” Nelson said.

    For him, completing the GED, along with the substance abuse program at the jail, is a new step in his life.

  • Lincoln Trail first to receive certification

    By Daniel Carney

    As an economic developer for Springfield and Washington County, my job centers on business attraction and business retention for our community. 

    Much like my counterparts throughout the Lincoln Trail region, my success is typically measured in job growth and more broadly what I do to help position the community for greater economic prosperity.

  • Conway: ‘I’m ready to be governor’

    Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    A Republican criticism of Jack Conway is that he’s a “career politician,” but the 45-year-old state attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor said Wednesday his nearly 14 years of experience in state government means he won’t have to learn on the job.

    “I’m ready to be governor,” Conway said during a visit to The Kentucky Standard while on his way to Marion County.

  • More distinguished ratings for band

    Washington County Concert Band traveled to John Hardin High School last Thursday, where they competed in the KMEA Concert Band Festival.

    They played very beautifully and professionally and came away with Distinguished Ratings from all four judges.

  • A statewide inspiration

    Casey Schaeffer, Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky, visited Springfield recently on her tour through Kentucky. Schaeffer has set a goal to meet every mayor in the Commonwealth to help spread the message of the needs of people with disabilities.

    The Ms. Wheelchair America competition was started in 1972 by a physician in Ohio to raise awareness of the talent and courage of the disabled.

    The organization’s website (www.mswheelchairkentucky.org) notes that unlike the Miss America Pageant, the Ms. Wheelchair America program is “in no way a beauty contest.”

  • State reps looking for a bigger office

    With the 2015 General Assembly concluded, at least two state legislators hope they won’t be back for the 2016 session.

    State Rep. Richard Heath (R-Mayfield) and State Rep. Ryan Quarles (R-Georgetown) are hoping to succeed outgoing Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, who is running for governor.

    The winner of the Republican primary between Heath and Quarles will face the lone Democrat in the race, Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, in November.

  • Sheriff’s office returns excess fees to county

    The Washington County Fiscal Court wrapped up the month of March last Friday.  After the approval of the last three meeting’s minutes, Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston gave the court his report.

    He told the court they had 31 summons served and 78 subpoenas served.

    There were nine attempts to serve warrants or civil papers and they had 151 calls to service. On top of these issued, Pinkston announced they issued 23 concealed carry of a deadly weapons licenses.

  • News briefs for 3/25


    Free Tree Seedlings
    The Washington County Conservation District has free tree seedlings available to the public. Species available are Hazelnut, White Pine, Pin Oak, Dogwood and Redbud. There is a limit of 20 per person. Our office is located at 461 Lincoln Drive in Springfield or you can contact the office at (859) 336-7777 ext 108.
    2015 Relay For Life March Team Registration Challenge

  • A closer look at disaster prep

    When Mother Nature strikes, it’s best to be prepared.

    The effort of any community to bounce back from a major disaster can be an uphill battle, so it’s important to take the proper steps to prepare for such an event.

    That’s what the city of Springfield has been doing as it recently provided updated information for the 2015 Lincoln Trail Regional Hazard Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Plan. The plan will allow the region to focus on improving equipment and processes in order to be better prepared.