Local News

  • Ground broken for new library

    The day has finally come.

    After a month-long setback, Monday morning saw the groundbreaking ceremony for the new

    Washington County Public Library, which is set to open its doors on June 20, 2016, winter weather permitting.

    Local and state government, as well as students from St. Dominic School, library employees and others, attended the event.

    For Tara O’Hagan, the Washington County Public Library director, the moment was astonishing.

  • Five county roads will be resurfaced

    The Washington County fiscal court will be able to partially resurface five roads within the county roads system after a motion was passed during Monday’s special-called meeting.

    “As you all know, we are constantly applying for supplemental money,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said.

  • Resolution still not reached at new school

    After meeting away from the public for executive session over pending litigation, the Washington County Board of Education returned by mediaplayer"> to open business during a special-called meeting on Sept. 21.

    During her report, Washington County Superintendent Robin Cochran said board member Pat Clements recently had a meeting with Alliance over trying to resolve the soil issue at the new high school.

  • Sorghum Festival is this weekend

    Three … two … one …

    The countdown has begun for this year’s Sorghum Festival, and when Friday rolls around, people in Washington County are sure to be delighted. That’s because there’s a number of new attractions for people to see this year.

    According to Wendy Devine, the executive director of the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, things will kick off early with the Farm City Breakfast Friday morning at 7 a.m. Tickets are $10 each and available through the Extension Office.

  • Mother Mills and her homemade mixes

    In a small wood cabin, sweet things to be are being made and packaged, with a little love, of course. The warm, spicy smell of cinnamon fills the air as Jamie Mills whisks together various dry ingredients, which will form a product, apple cider muffin mix, that will be unveiled at Marion County’s Country Ham Days Festival, a mere two days away.

    Despite the fact the dedicated kitchen is a business, the atmosphere can only be described one way – homey.

  • Rebels spoil WC homecoming

    Injuries are a part of football, but Washington County Commanders (2-3) head coach Eric Sagrecy had never enountered a situation like he had to face on Friday night in a 26-16 loss to the Casey County Rebels (3-2).

    Four starters were forced out of action either the day before or during the game. Chaz Curtsinger, a starter on the defensive line, was hurt during walkthrough, and Morrison Smith, Garrett Floyd and Anterius Edelen all sustained injuries in the first half, forcing them out for the remainder of the game.

  • Bluegrass Dairy, house take damage in separate fires

    The Washington County Fire Department responded to a late night fire last week on McMurtry Lane off of Highway 55 that left no one injured but two dogs dead. They received mutual aid from the Willisburg and Mackville Fire Departments in battling the blaze.

    According to Washington County Fire Chief Jim Logsdon, they received the call at 10:58 p.m. on Sept. 15 and responders were on scene 10 minutes later.

  • Rash of trailer thefts hits county

    On Sept. 9, a trailer was stolen in Washington County, along with a lawnmower and air compressor. And according to Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Melissa Knopp, it’s just one of several thefts of its kind in the county.  

    “Most of these have all occurred during broad daylight,” Knopp said. “People will leave their trailers in their side yards, back yards and people will just drive up, hook to them, take right off. You know, it takes a matter of minutes.”  

  • Climate Change Rally to be held in Springfield

    The Washington County Judicial Center will be a hotbed of activity this week as the We Stand with Francis on Climate Change Rally is set to take place Thursday.

    “It’s a rally to publically say that we of New Pioneers and the people of the area, meaning the tri-county area … stand with Pope Francis, who’s going to be speaking that morning to a joint session of congress on the urgent need to do something about climate change,” Sister Claire McGowan, executive director of New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future said.

  • A Day in the Life ... of a Mail Carrier

    In a room that resembles a warehouse, fast hands shuffle through thick stacks of envelopes, cards and catalogues. Each piece of paper has it’s own important message and the crisp sound of the dry paper being thumbed through is punctuated by the occasional joke and laughter as workers poke fun at one another under the warm hue of a yellow light.