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Local News

  • Springfield gets $180,000 gift

    The mayor and the Springfield City Council had exciting news after exiting executive session on Tuesday of last week.

    Mayor Dr. John Cecconi announced that the city executed a deed accepting the historic Robertson building at 100 West Main Street.
    According to the mayor and a press release from the city, the property was donated to the city by Wright Way, Inc., through it’s vice president, Deborah Strickland.

  • Magisterial districts could be redrawn by next election


    The county reapportionment committee and members of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District (LTADD) spoke before the Washington County Fiscal Court on Monday during the regular scheduled meeting.

    The committee was in charge of redrawing county magisterial lines after the most recent census.
    If its plan is passed by the fiscal court, and later by the state, district four could see change.

  • A lifetime of love


    Like heirloom earrings tucked away in a jewelry box, Joe and Margie Coulter relaxed in a dimly-lit back-room in the basement of their brick home.

    Instantly, Joe and Margie are welcoming. It comes easy after nearly 74 years together. They will celebrate their 74th wedding anniversary this Sunday, Aug. 14.  
    They met in grade school, at the one-room school known as Mount Freedom.
    Who made the first move?
    “It’s long forgotten,” Joe said, smiling. His smile indicates otherwise.

  • Farmer's Market events this weekend

    Family dinner can be cooked in a cardboard box using only the power of the sun. Darlene Kelly of Springfield will demonstrate how it's done on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Farmers  Market.

    In addition, Michelle Moore will be selling "a mess   of" her best sweet corn. Other local products will include tomatoes, peppers, green beans, beets, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplants, potatoes, onions, flowers, herbs, all  cuts of beef, farm-fresh eggs,  home-canned goods, and more.

  • City makes cuts in proposed budget


    The Springfield city council presented the first reading of the 2011-12 budget on June 14 at the regular scheduled meeting. The proposed budget comes in at $2,163, 885

    The upcoming proposed budget is $87,956 less than last fiscal year’s proposed budget. Expenditures across the board were slashed to compensate for the smaller budget.
    Mayor Dr. John W. Cecconi provided a written message to go with the first reading of the budget.

  • Cycling event finds a home


    St. Catharine College hosted the 25th annual Bike MS: Bike the Bluegrass event on Saturday and Sunday. More importantly, the organization’s development coordinator said the organization would like to keep the event at the campus.

    Bike MS is a fund raising event for the Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

  • Local voter turnout higher than state average in primary


    Washington County voters, like most of the state, trickled to the polls last Tuesday to cast a vote in the primary election.

    Of the county’s 8,117 registered voters, 1,022 showed up to vote.
    Washington County’s voter turnout of 12.5 percent is two points higher than the state average of 10.35 percent.
    Franklin County had the highest voter turnout in the state, with 32.27 percent coming out.
    Gallatin County had the lowest turnout, with 5.23 percent reporting.

  • City budget recommendations made before first reading


    The first reading of the Springfield city budget will be a balanced budget, according to city administrator Laurie Smith.

    Smith told the city council at the regularly scheduled meeting on May 10 that the budget committee has accomplished a balanced budget while making some changes and conservatively estimating revenue.
    The recommendations the budget committee presented before the first reading included laying off two city workers in favor of several part-time or seasonal workers.

  • Local heart recipient meets donor’s family


    A healthy heart is the size of a fist.
    Joey Smith’s old heart was large enough to fill the bottom of a one-gallon pail.

  • Primary elections set for Tuesday, May 17


    Washington County residents will have a chance to weigh in on state government office primaries on May 17.

    Races of note include the one for governor and lieutenant governor,  commissioner of agriculture and auditor of public accounts.
    The Democratic primary for the governor and lieutenant governor positions include Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (Lexington) and former mayor of Louisville Jerry Abramson (Louisville). Current Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo wasn’t chosen for re-election by Beshear.