Local News

  • Drug problem on the rise in Springfield

    “Springfield is a quintessential small town in America,” Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said. “But like all other towns in this great country, we have our problems like everybody else.”

    The problems the chief of police is talking about include a rising amount of drugs in the community. In fact, he said the illicit substances are getting more plentiful and cheaper.

    “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years, and this is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” Smith said. 

  • The thin blue line

    The city of Springfield is fighting to keep police officers on its streets as other local departments are offering more money for the same job.

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, the city has lost officers in the past to other agencies and could possibly lose more in the near future.

    “It’s hard to keep and recruit good officers,” Smith said.

  • Mackville fall festival's future uncertain

    The Mackville Harvest-Homecoming Festival has brought delight to people all over the county, but this year the event was put on hold. 

    The festival, which was scheduled to take place over this past weekend, was not held, and the decision to do so was not because of money or interest, but a lack of help. 

  • Lebanon man and woman plead not guilty in hit-and-run case

    Stevie Lowery

    Landmark News Service

    Meagan Medley, 23, and Thomas E. Fleener, 26, both of 3701 Boss Luckett Road in Lebanon, have pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the hit and run death of Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield.

    Both Medley and Fleener were in Marion Circuit Court Thursday to face charges of tampering with physical evidence and leaving the scene of an accident - failure to render and/or aid assistance.

  • DACA debate hits home

    Mirna and Dora Lozano are your typical bubbly teenagers who grew up in Springfield and are working their way through college.

    Mirna, 19, and her sister, Dora, 18, aren’t United States citizens, though, and they’re worried they’ll have to leave the country in a couple of years.

  • Thanked with a kiss

    For more than 20 years, residents in Washington County have enjoyed an annual rabies clinic to help get their furry loved ones the vaccinations they need.

    And this year was no exception.

    Washington County Fiscal Court hosted the annual clinic Thursday afternoon with the help of local veterinarian Dr. Laura Webb.

    Webb, who’s been involved with the clinic for 10 years, said any mammal can contract rabies.

    Theoretically, even a whale could contract rabies, and that means you, too.

  • Finding homes for children in need

    A Washington County native is doing everything in her power to find temporary homes for children in need.

    Sara Beth Wells, an employee of the National Youth Advocate Program, said her agency was recently licensed to find homes for children in Kentucky. The NYAP has been around since 1978 and worked with kids in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and now, Kentucky.

  • Kalarama Farm wins big at state fair

    Kalarama Farm in Springfield has a reputation of training fine horses and winning awards, and recently, the farm took home top marks at the largest competition of the year.

    Larry Hodge, who’s been at Kalarama Farms since the early 1970s, is the trainer at the historic farm in Springfield. Hodge, along with his training staff, Kelly Self and Danny Lockhart, recently brought home a mountain of awards from the Kentucky State Fair.

  • Two arrested for hit-and-run death

    Stevie Lowery

    Landmark News Service


    A Lebanon man and woman have been indicted for the hit-and-run death of Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield.

    Meagan Medley, 23, of 3701 Boss Luckett Road in Lebanon was arrested Tuesday evening, Aug. 29, after being indicted for tampering with physical evidence and leaving the scene of an accident -failure to render and/or aid assistance, both Class D felonies. She is being held at the Marion County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

  • Springfield Opera House undergoes changes

    Guests at the Springfield Opera House will be doing double takes when they walk into the theatre Friday night during the season opener.

    According to the theatre’s director, Eric Seale, the stage has done a 90-degree turn and guests will now have three entrances to come in.

    “We had to tear down the (control) booth,” Seale said. “Tear down the old stage, the old wall behind it, and clear out everything underneath it.”