Local News

  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church to start children's choir

    Note: In this week's edition, Doug O'Neill's email adress was incorrectly listed. This story has his correct email address, which is: oneilldoug52@gmail.com

    Starting after Labor Day, the Holy Trinity Church in Fredericktown will have a new choir – one comprised of children.

    According to Doug O’Neill, director of sacred music, there has not been a children’s choir in their parish for a long time.

  • Walker's wheels keep on turning

    6:16 a.m.

    While much of the county is just now waking up, James Murray Walker Jr., 77, who’s already been up since 4:30, performs a walk around on his bus — No. 39. The sound of bus engines idling fills the air as Walker checks the lights, looks for damage and checks the tire pressure.

    Safety strobes flash through the darkness as he steps inside and turns the key. The dashboard lights up like a pilot’s cockpit, and Walker checks the engine gauges for proper operation. Everything’s good to go.

  • Local woman wins $200,000 in lottery

    You can stop checking your tickets.

    That’s because one lucky lady from Washington County has won the lottery.

    Friday night’s Cash Ball drawing yielded a $200,000 winner. She purchased the ticket from the Five Star located at 810 Bardstown Road in Springfield.

    The winning numbers were 2 – 5 – 21 – 27. The Cash Ball was 9.

    Susan Riggle, a manager at the location, said they’ve never sold a winning ticket with that kind of value, to her knowledge.

    “I think it’s awesome,” she said.

  • Blandford has third book published

    In 17 years of teaching science, Washington County native Millie Blandford used a large variety of activities that her students enjoyed, and now, she is sharing those ideas with the world.

    This past April, Blandford saw her third resource book, Literacy in the Science Classroom, published by Incentive Publications by World Book.

    Specifically, she said that the resource book shares classroom activities geared toward helping students learn to read, write, listen to and speak about scientific texts and presentations in the classroom.

  • Flowers brothers return from GSP

    This is the first installment of a series focusing on Washington County students who attended the Governor’s Scholars Program.

    Andrew and Patrick Flowers, both 17, sons of Dr. Don and Dana Flowers, are not your average teenage boys. When you meet them for the first time, they smile and give you a hearty handshake, and speak with confidence.

  • Local family hosts exchange student from Japan

    Imagine having a visitor whose home is approximately 6,000 miles away and the only way to communicate is by using a book or smartphone.

    Now imagine having that visitor for nearly a month, and despite every language barrier, your cultures are shared and a lifetime friendship is built.

    That’s the way it is at the Samudio house this month. The family of five is hosting a young lady who came all the way from Japan through the Labo International Exchange Program.

    Her name is Himari Okomoto.

  • State gas tax rate drops felt

    Washington County Fiscal Court met Aug. 10, and the reverberations from the state gas tax rates dropping were felt with great effect.

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the court received one of its county road aid checks from the state and it was significantly lower than what was expected.

    It was estimated Washington County would receive $135,000 but instead received a check for $121,435.
    Settles said the county’s other two upcoming checks for this year will also be significantly lower.

  • Park could see multi-purpose facility

    Brian Mattingly, speaking on behalf of the Idle Hour Park Board, presented a project during last week’s regularly scheduled Springfield City Council meeting about the possibility of building a multi-purpose facility at Idle Hour Park.

    Mattingly stated that the facility would have a variety of functions, but mainly, it would serve three purposes.

    For one, the project would provide year-round batting, pitching and base-running practice for both softball and baseball players.

  • 'Take up your cross...'

    As the cars passed by Daniel Byrd heading east down US 150, driver double takes were frequent, with looks that seemed to be begging the question of whether or not their eyes were deceiving them.

    They weren’t.

    What they saw was Byrd, hoisting a large, white cross as he trudged along the highway, his eyes continuously looking ahead with an occasional return wave to friendly passers-by.

  • A peek inside a renovated landmark

    There was a packed house during Friday’s ribbon cutting hoping to see firsthand the long-anticipated renovations of the historic 1896 W.K. Robertson Building.

    It was originally constructed in 1896 as a dry goods store and served as a staple of downtown Springfield until the 1980s, the last time its facilities were used as a business.