Local News

  • 50 years: Remembering the struggle for civil rights

    In 1963, The Beatles’ first song, “From Me to You,” hit the UK charts. Mickey Mantle knocked a baseball out of Yankee Stadium. And “The Judy Garland Show” debuted on the CBS network.  But for African-Americans who endured that tumultuous year the memories were often rooted in fear, coercion and intimidation.
    In 1963, segregationists clashed — sometimes violently — with blacks and those who supported their civil rights. African-Americans fought firehoses, corrupt cops and Ku Klux Klan crucifixions.

  • $400k of unclaimed money could belong to you

     Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach says  that he and the Treasure Finders program will be at the extension office on Friday in an effort to get unclaimed property to its rightful owners. 

    The program mostly returns misplaced money to its original owner, but Hollenbach said tangible items that aren’t easily converted to cash will also possibly be returned.

    “We’ve identified $400,000 that belongs right here in Washington County,” Hollenbach said. “That’s 1,522 unique claims.”

  • Doctors defend indicted Willisburg man's alleged pill-mill ring

     The Georgetown News-Graphic is reporting that doctors are defending several alleged pill-mill clinics, operated by federally-indicted Ernest William Singleton, of Willisburg. 

    One doctor who worked at Singleton’s clinic in Georgetown told the News-Graphic: “We felt like we were taking pretty good care of our patients ... We were trying to be very careful.”   

  • Bond set for man who allegedly threatened Washington woman at husband’s funeral

    The Danville Adovcate-Messenger is reporting that a Boyle County man who faces charges for threatening a Washington woman at her husband’s funeral in 2011 was released from jail Jan. 24 on a $15,000 cash bond. 

    Bobby Lee Wilson, 56, waived his rights to a preliminary hearing. Wilson’s movements will be tracked by a GPS monitoring device attached to his ankle. He is allowed only to travel between his home place and work, the Advocate-Messenger reported. He faces a grand jury in Danville as early as today (Jan. 30).

  • Chamber names annual county honorees

     The Washington County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Thursday night at Mordecai’s restaurant in Springfield where several local residents were honored for their contributions to the community throughout the years. Awards included the lifetime achievement award, citizen of the year, young leader of the year, agriculture lifetime achievement award, agriculture leader of the year and the sidewalk hall of fame.

    Lifetime achievement

  • Party ends with a bang

     A party ended with a bang last week after a Springfield man reportedly fired two shots with a pistol —  sending one bullet through his foot. 

    Springfield Police say Kevin Newsome, 45, 3651 Bloomfield Rd, arrived intoxicated and injured at the downtown station about 2 a.m., on Jan. 21, to report the injury. 

    He suffered self-inflicted shots to his right foot and was transported to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon by EMS. 

  • Son driven to 'drive-thru' rage

    The mother of a 20-year-old Springfield man accused of stealing a car and going “ballistic” at a McDonald’s, says her son was fueled on drugs and acting out of character during an incident she hopes can be resolved outside of the court system.


    Meet the Allreads. Just your typical couple, raising 20 alpacas on their 24-acre farm at Booker Road, outside of Springfield.
    Two years ago, husband and wife, Ron and Judi, packed up the pack in two trailers and spent three days hauling the two-ton herd from northern Idaho to central Kentucky, where they launched Serano Alpacas & Yarns.
    In addition to serving as home to their 11 female and nine male alpacas, the operation offers tours and sells socks, sweaters and blankets made from alpaca and other natural fiber.

  • Willisburg winery banks on 'gorilla' marketing campaign

    Grape yields weren’t great across the state last year, but one Washington winery could reach a broader audience than ever in 2013, thanks in part to increased distribution, a bucolic setting and clever marketing tactics.
    The six-acre wooded site of Horseshoe Bend Winery is tucked away off Lawson Lane near Willisburg in northern Washington County. It’s a popular destination along the Kentucky Wine Trail, which stretches hundreds of miles to encompass more than 60 state wineries — including at least six sites in and around Washington County.  

  • Convicted felon: 'Justice failed me'

    A Willisburg man, who pleaded guilty last year to repeatedly sexually assaulting his juvenile stepdaughter, says he was failed by the judicial system and nearly died at the hands of incompetent jail house medics.  
    After serving 180 days in the Marion County Detention Center for his crimes,  Bobby Lee Hudson, 68, is now releasing details he said were never heard by Washington County circuit-court mediators. He maintains his innocence and said he was silenced by court-appointed defenders and coaxed by prosecutors to accept a plea bargain.