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  • Robinson earns Citizen of the Year Award

    You can’t keep her down. 

    This year’s Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award was presented to a woman who fights multiple sclerosis every day so that she can help children get the education they deserve.

    The recipient is Cassie Robinson.

    Robinson, a Washington County native, said she was in “total shock” when she found out she would be receiving the award. 

  • Springfield native gets 25 years

    Franklin Clark
    Landmark News Service

    A Springfield native was convicted Tuesday in connection with a bank robbery that took place in January 2015.

    After a trial that lasted less than two days, a jury gave Thomas E. Riley, 52, now of Lexington, 25 years in prison. He’ll have to serve at least 85 percent of that time.

    Forcht Bank employees cheered when his conviction was announced. The Green River Plaza branch of Forcht Bank was the site of the Jan. 23, 2015 robbery.

  • County receives check

    The Washington County Fiscal Court got a nice surprise Monday morning in the form of a $7,500 check from the Washington County Conservation District. 

    The check presentation gave the county more money for dead animal removal.

  • Sr. Traffas wins Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual awards night recently, and one thing in particular was learned; a person don’t have to have lived in Washington County their whole life to earn praise from the community.

    “Even the briefest glance of our 2015 lifetime achievement award recipient would convince anyone that the person you are about to meet is exceptionally deserving,” Sr. Claire McGowan said at the banquet as she introduced this year’s award winner. 

  • Locals start drive to help needy in Flint

    It all started with a Facebook post.

    Timmy Churchill and Jamilla Smalley have been working diligently to bring much-needed relief to Flint, Mich., where the water is unsuitable to drink. The two have organized a campaign called the “Flint Water Challenge” to collect drinking water and ship it for distribution to Flint residents. 

    “It actually started with a Facebook status from a friend in Bardstown,” Churchill said. 

  • Arrest made in stockyard murder

    A Lancaster man was arrested last week and arraigned on Monday in a murder case that occurred at the Washington County Livestock Center.

    Eric T. Saylor, 47, is accused of killing Shane E. Thomason, 53, also of Lancaster, on Feb. 1 with a handgun. The shooting occurred outside of the building during a cattle auction.

  • Arrest made in stockyards shooting

    An arrest has been made related to the shooting death of Shane E. Thomason at the Washington County Livestock Center on Monday afternoon.

    Kentucky State Police recently announced that Eric T. Saylor, 47, of Lancaster was arrested at the Marion County Detention Center. KSP stated in the announcement that Saylor was being held at MCDC on unrelated charges.

    Saylor has been charged with murder and will remain lodged at MCDC on a $1 million bond. The bond was issued by the Washington County Attorney's Office and the case remains under investigation.

  • Kentucky caucus is March 5

    With the Republican Party’s caucus fast approaching, many republican voters may be left with one question – what exactly is a caucus?

    Susan Breeding, vice-chair of the Washington County Republican Party, said when the caucus comes on Saturday, March 5, it will look just a little bit different from a normal primary election, and Kentucky’s will look different from other state caucuses.

  • Turner twins share passion for driving buses

    Leland and Lynden Turner, 55, are twin brothers that have worked under five different superintendents and seven different transportation supervisors in their 33-year tenure as bus drivers for Washington County Schools.

    The Washington County natives have racked up a lot of miles over that time, and one thing’s for sure: they’re not quite done driving buses yet.

    According to Lynden, they got their start driving buses when they were asked about the opportunity.

  • Tibetan monks visit Springfield

    After having traveled over 7,000 miles by air, seven Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehradun, India, have made it to the United States and passed through Springfield last week. While here, they hosted demonstrations on debate, chanting, culture and compassion on the Saint Catharine College campus while also creating a World Peace Sand Mandala, a piece of art created with colorful sands.