Local News

  • Greenwell retires after 46 years at extension office

    Correction: The original lead to this story states that the extension office will have to start looking for Greenwell's replacement next month. This is not correct. Greenwell is retiring this month. The story below has been corrected.

    In the last 90 years, Washington County has had only two agriculture extension agents – soon, the extension office will have to start looking for its third. 

    Rick Greenwell, Washington County’s agriculture extension agent for the last 46 years, is retiring. 

  • Recovering addicts to have home

    A Christian-based organization in Washington County is working toward providing a safe haven for recovering addicts to rebuild their lives.

    The Way Home is a house on Bardstown Road that will soon be housing up to six men - some possibly from this county - that are coming out of rehab.

    Terry McIlvoy, pastor of Rockbridge Baptist Church, said the home will have a program and structure to help recovering addicts transition their way back to life. 

  • Grand jury indicts seven

    Five people were indicted on robbery charges following an armed home invasion that occurred last month. 

    Michael D. Yocum, 22, of Springfield, Coty D. Franklin, 23, of Lebanon, Cory A. Burkhead, 24, of Springfield, Miranda N. Collins, 21, of Bardstown, and Timothy D. Bartley, 22, of Springfield, were all indicted on charges related to the incident. 

  • Two fatal wrecks occur over weekend

    Two Washington County people were killed in separate wrecks over the weekend. 

    Justin Dewayne Dean, 30, of Kelly Shop Lane in Springfield, was killed in a 1986 Oldsmobile on Bloomfield Road on May 1.

    Thomas Barry “Tommy” Taylor, 44, of Short Creek Road in Springfield, was killed in an four-door Chevy Cobalt on U.S. 150 on April 29. 

  • Local Salvation Army effort undergoing reorganization

    The local Salvation Army service unit committee is currently undergoing reorganization and is encouraging anyone looking to make a difference in the Washington County community to join.

    That’s the message that temporary committee chairperson Merle Ray Dalrymple hopes to spread throughout the community.

  • Annual Bible Read-a-Thon needs volunteers

    The Rev. Cal Adams was living in Louisiana when he first heard about Washington County’s Bible Read-a-Thon, and he immediately became intrigued with the idea.

    “I thought it was one of the greatest things I’d ever heard of,” Adams said, reflecting on when his father- and mother-in-law, Bobby and Kathy Gabhart, first told him about the annual event.

  • Judge declines Yates’ plea deal

    A Washington County woman who’s accused of operating an online scam and stealing more than $10,000 appeared in court on April 20. 

    Frankie Louise Yates was expected to make a plea in the morning hearing, but after clarifying the allegations, Circuit Court Judge Samuel Todd Spalding did not accept the pretrial diversion agreement. 

  • INOAC celebrates 25 years in Springfield

    When Springfield Products Inc., began operations in June 1991, there were approximately 60 employees and the factory only made one piece of equipment: armrests for automobiles.

    In the past 25 years, though, SPI has seen some major changes.

    For one, it is now known as INOAC Group North America. 

  • Free lunch coming to most students

    The Washington County Board of Education took a roll of the dice last week when it elected to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision program, a federal program that helps eligible schools provide free breakfast and lunches for all students. 

    Preschool through 8th-grade schools in the county are eligible to participate in the program. Unfortunately, Washington County High School is just under the threshold requirements at the moment. 

    The Board held a work session before coming to the decision. 

  • Beer sales at Main Street festivals approved

    Beer can now be sold at Springfield Main Street festivals, pending clearance from the Kentucky League of Cities.

    This development occurred during last week’s regularly scheduled Springfield City Council meeting.

    Springfield Main Street Director Nell Haydon brought the request to the council, and a motion to do so was passed unanimously.