Local News

  • Hernandez named Junior Mister

    More than $3,000 was raised for Washington County Relay for Life during 2017’s Junior Mister contest Saturday night.

    According to Traci Blandford, an organizer for the event, a total of $3,100 was raised for the cause. Debbie McIntosh emceed the well-attended event, which was hosted at the River of Life Church in Springfield. 

    Jesus Hernandez was named this year’s junior mister after 10 boys competed for the title. Hernandez also won self-expression, talent, interview and spirit awards. 

  • Lebanon woman killed in hit-and-run

    A Lebanon woman was killed near the Washington/Marion County line over the weekend after a hit-and-run occurred near the intersection on KY 55 and Airport Road. 

    Kentucky State Police said Latoya C. Norris, 32, of Lebanon, was found lying off the northbound shoulder of KY 55.

    Kentucky State Police trooper Adam Likins and Detective Josh Dicken are investigating the collision, which is believed to have occurred on March 5 between the hours of 3 a.m. and sunrise.

  • Superintendent's contract is renewed for another four years

    Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran will lead the district for another four years. 

    That’s because Cochran’s four-year employment contact was renewed for another term during February’s school board meeting last week.

    She said the district’s “work will never be done.” 

  • City receives top marks in financial audit

    The city of Springfield received the results of its annual financial audit for the 2016 fiscal year at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Springfield City Hall.

    Mayor Debbie Wakefield and the city council were presented the audit results by Jason Strange from Smith & Company CPAs PLLC in Bardstown. Overall, Strange said the city had a very solid financial position and everything reviewed in the audit was presented fairly and correctly.

  • Langford earns Young Leader award at chamber gala

    Spencer Langford is a young man that Washington County “can be proud of.”

    Bart Mattingly, who presented this year’s Young Leader of the Year award at the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce awards gala, said Langford is someone the county can be proud of and focuses his time and efforts in a variety of activities.

  • Lebanon career center will continue to serve locals

    The career center in Lebanon will remain open and continue to serve people in Washington County. 

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, Marion County and the city of Lebanon put in $30,000 each to keep one employee on staff there. Settles said the Offices of Veterans Affairs, Farm Workers, Office of the Blind will continue to be there during certain times of the month and will pay a certain amount to use the space and office equipment there. 

  • Fire destroys pool hall in Mackville

    A pile of burnt debris is all that’s left after an early morning fire destroyed the pool hall at Mackville last week. 

    According to Justin Reynolds, the Mackville fire chief, the call about the blaze was received at 6:20 a.m. on Feb. 21.

    No one was hurt and Reynolds said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined. 

    “We’re not 100 percent sure (what caused the fire),” Reynolds said. “But most of the fire when we first got there was around where the electrical panels and jukebox were.”

  • Couple arrested in cattle-rustling case

    A man and woman were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property in a modern day cattle-rustling case. 

    Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston said Jennifer Moore, 38, and Steven Jones, 31, were arrested after allegedly selling stolen cattle at the Washington County Livestock Center last week. 

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    A group of women are working to honor African Americans in Washington County, and they’re doing it one person at a time.

    The idea for honoring three African American men from Washington County’s past came with a simple walk through downtown.

    Julia Stateman said she was walking around when she saw benches on Main Street and had the idea to dedicate one to Louis Sansbury, a man who risked his life to care for the sick and bury the dead during two cholera epidemics in the 1800s.

  • Hunt serves Sorghum Festival for more than 30 years

    This year’s Sidewalk Hall of Fame winner is a woman who’s worked tirelessly for years in Washington County. 

    Roberta Hunt, Washington County extension agent, was announced to be this year’s winner at the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce awards gala.

    “Without Miss Roberta Hunt’s help and her involvement with teen leadership, this venture may have failed before it even started,” ... said.  

    She said it was a surprise to learn she had won the award.