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Local News

  • Flu level raised in Kentucky

    According to a press release from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky Department for Public Health officials determined last week that influenza (flu) activity across the state has been upgraded from “regional” to “widespread.”

    The widespread designation means that increased flu-like symptoms or flu outbreaks have been reported in at least half of the regions in the state.

  • Mayor expected home soon

    Springfield Mayor John Cecconi is recovering from open heart surgery in Louisville, according to City Administrator Laurie Smith.

    Cecconi underwent the operation on Thursday at Baptist East Hospital, where he is still recuperating.

    According to Smith, the surgery was “very successful,” and Cecconi is expected to be home within a matter of days.

    She added that the mayor is expected to make a full recovery.

  • LaPalme stepping away from role at Isaiah House

    Life changed for Mark LaPalme in 1999. He decided to walk away from a dark past and stepped toward a higher calling.

    LaPalme put a past that included 24 years of drug addiction, nearly 50 arrests, 13 rehab stints and years of making the wrong choices in the rearview mirror in favor of a life helping others find the same path.

  • Vandalism at old Fredericktown bridge

    This past Monday, in a regularly scheduled meeting of Washington County Fiscal Court, District 6 Magistrate Greg Simms made it known that there had recently been reports of vandalism on and near the ‘Burg bridge.

  • Red Cross to hold first meeting of the new year

    Springfield—The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to fulfill its mission, and individuals with many skill sets are needed.  Trainings throughout the year are available for those who would like to volunteer with the Red Cross, free of charge. Training provides volunteers the tools and education to respond to disasters, enabling people to have the skills to help people in their time of need.  

  • 2 indicted in Washington County Circuit Court

    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.

    Perry W. Curtsinger, 40, of Willisburg, was indicted on three felony counts—two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of assault in the second degree—in Washington County Circuit Court last month for an incident that occurred on Nov. 25.

  • Prevent pipes from freezing, bursting

    With frigid temperatures and wind chills hitting hard this week, the Kentucky Division of Water reminds citizens to protect the water systems in their homes and businesses from freezing.

    When water freezes, it expands. When water freezes in a pipe and expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold outside air to flow across the pipes.

  • Police reports: pair of juveniles arrested

    A pair of juveniles were arrested for first-degree wanton endangerment (a class D felony) on New Year’s Day morning by Charles Osbourn of the Springfield Police Department. SPD did not immediately return calls for comment and to elaborate on the incident, but the report did note that alcohol was suspected to be a factor. The arrests were made on West Main Street in Springfield.

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    Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed at the Lincoln Legacy Museum. If you have any free time, even a couple of hours would be greatly appreciated. Call Lena Russell at 859-336-3232.

    Mary Ministry

  • Spring View names new CEO

    Spring View Hospital in Lebanon, which has served much of the region—including those in Washington County—since 1944, has officially named Timothy Trottier as its chief executive officer (CEO), effective this past Monday.

    Trottier is the third full-time CEO to take the helm at Spring View in recent years, after Mike Sherrod (2007-2010) stepped down from the position to pursue other opportunities four years ago and Ruth McDaniel (2010-2013) retired from the job on Aug. 31 of last year.