Local News

  • WCHS grad dies in one-vehicle crash

    A recent Washington County High School graduate was killed in a car wreck last week, along with two others.

    Jacob Frick, 17, was one of the three people were killed as a result of a single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 4 a.m. on July 21 in Boyle County.

    Boyle County coroner Donald Hamner identified the other two victims of last week’s crash — who were pronounced dead at the scene — as Matt Darland, 21 and Briana Coffman, 21. 

  • Movie to begin filming in Springfield later this month

    Lights, camera, action.

    Springfield is about to receive an influx of people and an economic boost as a result of a decision made by Tragedy Girls Production, LLC — a partnership of two production companies — who will be filming a movie in the city at the end of the month.

    The local economic impact of this decision is expected to be significant, according to Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield.

  • Petition filed against nickel tax

    More than 1,000 people in Washington County have signed the petition against the Washington County School District’s recallable nickel tax, which will put the tax levy to a countywide vote later this year.

    According to Washington County Clerk Glenn Black, the petition was filed with his office last week and contained approximately 1,036 signatures from Washington County residents.

  • City has first meeting with hike and bike trail engineers

    The Mike Haydon Hike and Bike Trail project is officially underway. 

    Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith reported at the July 12 city council meeting that the city has had its first meeting with engineers for the project and preliminary plans are being drawn up. The plans will eventually be brought before the council for input. 

  • Missing couple's bodies still not found

    The man arrested in connection with the disappearance and murders of a Florence, Kentucky, couple has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury.

    Craig Pennington, 52, of 1217 Texas Road in Springfield, has been indicted on 11 counts in relation to the deaths of Robert “Bobby” Jones, 38, and Crystal Warner, 35, who were last seen on July 3 at Pennington’s residence.

  • Teenager killed in car wreck

    A Washington County teenager has died as a result of a July 11 automobile accident.

    Opal White, 16, of Willisburg, died last Monday night when a vehicle she was riding in was involved in a crash. She would have been a sophomore at Washington County High School this August.

    Washington County Superintendent of Schools Robin Cochran said Opal was a unique member of the Washington County School District family.

  • 9-10-year-olds see season end

    What started out as a tough tournament for Washington County’s 9-10-year-old all-stars got a little tougher as the Kentucky District 5 Little League Tournament continued last week.

    On Tuesday, the all-stars looked to bounce back from their two earlier losses as they took on Boyle County.

    Unfortunately, Boyle topped Washington County 13-5.

  • Former resident to participate in international pageant

     A former Washington County resident will be competing in the Mrs. International pageant later this month.

  • Program helps parents with child support issues

    Washington County Attorney Bill Robinson has brought together the county’s child support office and the Kentucky Career Center to give parents who are behind on their child support a second chance at providing for their children.

    The Right Choice Program provides job-finding assistance to parents who have been unable to secure employment and have fallen behind on payments. On top of this, the program also offers assistance with resume building, interview skills and job training.

  • County funding for school busing down

    Washington County Fiscal Court will not be able to give as much as requested for non-public school transportation this year.

    Judge-Executive John Settles said that’s because when the county wrote up this fiscal year’s budget, they requested a sheet from the board of education outlining how much the total would be for transporting students to St. Dominic School.

    “And they were not able to get that to me while we were budgeting,” Settles said. “So we put $26,000 in our budget.”