Local News

  • District hopeful of boosting scores

    Last month, The Sun reported that the overall accountability score for Washington County Schools following end-of-course testing dropped two points from the previous school year. This past week, Superintendent Robin Cochran and principals in the district discussed what’s being done to boost that score in 2014-15.

    Washington County posted a score of 66.1 in 2013-14, down from 68.2 the year before. While Cochran said the district is not pleased with the progress in some areas, a lot is being done to help prepare students going forward.

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  • Springfield native left mark on WWII

    Growing up, Daniel McIlvoy struggled in school. He failed the fourth grade in his first go-around, and by the time he was in high school, he knew he’d had enough and dropped out.

    Only 17 at the time, he had to lie about his age in order to join the National Guard, which at the time was a cavalry unit. His unit was subsequently sent to Harlan County — then referred to as “Bloody Harlan” because of violent coal mine strikes in the early 1930s.

  • News briefs 11/19


    Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed at the Lincoln Legacy Museum. If you have any free time, even a couple of hours would be greatly appreciated. Call Lena at (859) 336-3232.

    Volunteers Needed
    Consider volunteering out at Lincoln Homestead State Park in 2015. If interested please contact Bobby Bartholomai at the pro shop. (859) 336-7461

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  • WCHS ‘Go All Out’ at FFA convention

    Courtney Jewell
    WCHS Chapter Reporter

    The Washington County FFA Chapter attended the 87th National Convention and Expo located in Louisville. In a four-day period, more than 60,000 blue corduroy jackets invaded the Kentucky Convention and Expo Center.

  • PHOTO: Three honored at St. D
  • SPD look into assault

    Springfield Police are conducting an ongoing investigation into a report of an assault on East Virginia Ave. on Nov. 4. The call to authorities came in at 5:02 p.m.

    According to the incident report, the victim, Bluford J. Franklin, was assaulted by Dale L. O’Rafferty of Springfield.

    Details of the incident were not available at press time, however the report noted that the suspect was wanted for first-degree assault with a blunt object and third-degree terroristic threatening.

  • City nearing surge resolution

    In April, Main Street in Springfield suffered a power surge that left city buildings with extensive damage to equipment, and now they may be nearing an agreement to be reimbursed for the damage.

    City Administrator Laurie Smith said at last week’s city council meeting that negotiations have been ongoing with the insurance company for Osmos, the subcontractor for Kentucky Utilities that was working in town at the time of the accident.

  • Springfield Tourism hires executive director

    Carla Abbi knows what it takes to boost tourism in Central Kentucky.

    As the former executive director for the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, she’s spent the last four years helping Marion County grow.

    Now, she’s going to get the chance to do the same thing in her new home of Springfield, and she said she’s ready to get to work.

  • Local woman escapes crash

    Halloween night held an extra scare for one Washington County native this year, but it wasn’t the type of fright that anyone intentionally seeks out.

    Emily White, daughter of Keith and Carrie White of Springfield, found herself in a collision with a tractor-trailer and her car in flames, but she, fortunately, escaped the incident with only a few bruises.