Local News

  • Woman 'terrorized' by man relieved after his arrest

     A Washington County woman says she’s relieved now that the man who allegedly threatened her life at her own husband’s funeral is temporarily  behind bars. 

    Bobby Lee Wilson, 56, of Boyle County was jailed in Danville last week after making similar death threats against a judge there. 

  • Honoring the 'King' of peace

    Washington County religious leaders, officials, students and others will mark the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with ceremonies across the county this Sunday and Monday.

    Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Springfield will pay tribute in song and worship with a Sunday Mass beginning at noon. 

    “We have a gospel choir that’s singing and the kids are going to read a few pieces about his life and sing a song at the end of the service,” said Pam Grundy, director of religious education at the church.  

  • POLITICS: Will our state officials bring home the bacon?


    Last week, the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly convened for the four-day organizational week and at the top of the agenda when session resumes on Feb. 5 will be finding a solution to the pension plan for state employees.

    An estimated $33 billion in pension money is without funding and both of Washington County’s representatives in Frankfort said correcting the issue will take bipartisan effort.

  • Federal agents swarm Double D Farm in Willisburg

    Ernest William Singleton, 44, was arrested Monday and charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to launder funds. 

    Singleton is the owner of Double D Farm in Willsburg and  records show he once operated several pain clinics , including Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management Center, formerly in Georgetown and Grant County Wellness Clinic, formerly in Dry Ridge. 

  • 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide

     Two are dead after an apparent murder-suicide Sunday night at a northern Washington County residence. 

    William Woodford, 52, and his 58-year-old mother-in-law, Phyllis Tarter, both of Washington County were pronounced dead early Sunday morning. Autopsies are pending at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Frankort, but investigators say it’s possible Woodford shot Tarter before killing himself. 

  • Crime sentencings

     The following people were sentenced in Washington County. 

    David Bruce Tingle - 12-CR-00014– was sentenced on Dec. 19, 2012, for trafficking in a controlled substance (less than 4 grams) first-degree, first-offense (Class-D Felony) five years probated for five years, Defendant to pay court cost, $2,000 in restitution. 

    Cedric D. Thompson - 12-CR-00062 – was sentenced on Dec. 19, 2012 for wanton endangerment first-degree (Class-D felony) one year to serve. 

  • Free trees offered

     Residents of Kentucky will receive 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. 

    By joining the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will get two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two goldenrain trees.

  • Flu cases on the rise

    Kentucky has seen an increase in the amount of flu cases this season.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, Kentucky’s current flu activity level is considered widespread — the highest level of activity.  

  • IN MEMORY: Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012


    On Dec. 14, a gunman in Newtown, Conn. committed one of the most heinous and highly-publicized crimes in the country’s history, and recently a local church made a gesture to remember those that died that day.

  • Second call for alcohol


    Petitioners have revived a measure that could force a special vote on expanded alcohol sales in Washington County as early as this May. 

    After a previous failed attempt, petitions began recirculating at various sites in Springfield last November and have since expanded to the outlying communities of Mackville, Manton and Willisburg.  

    It’s unclear how many are in circulation, but each petition asks voters to sign if they are in favor of county-wide alcohol sales.