Local News

  • Springfield native arrested

    A Springfield native is behind bars and charged with robbing a Campbellsville bank.

    Thomas Riley, 51, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with robbing the Forcht Bank in Green River Plaza, according to a release from the Campbellsville Police Department.

    Riley allegedly robbed the bank and fled the scene in a black Jeep Grand Cherokee with an undetermined amount of cash and a handgun. Officers observed the vehicle at the intersection of Broadway and Federal Place and were able to take Riley into custody without incident.

  • Taking her talent to state

    Washington County Distinguished Young Woman Erika Weir returned home from the DYW Kentucky competition this past week, and she said her experience was a good one.

    “It was a great opportunity to connect with people who I will keep in contact for a lifetime,” she said. “I know that the girls will come to do great things and it was a privilege to get to know them.”
    She also said she was pleased with her showing, particularly in the talent category.

  • Sun news team earns General Excellence

    The Springfield Sun news team received the award for General Excellence at this past weekend’s Kentucky Press Association Convention in Louisville, earning the title of best class 2 weekly publication in the state.

    The Sun also took second place in Advertising Excellence, finishing a spot behind The McCreary County Voice.

    The announcement of General Excellence gave The Sun news team its sixth first-place award of the night, to go with six second-place finishes. They also racked up six third-place awards and received honorable mention in one category.

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    Protect Your Family
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  • Local man wanted in separate thefts

    According to reports made available by Springfield Police, James L. Spalding, of East High Street in Springfield, is suspected of theft by unlawful taking in two separate December incidents.

    Both reports were filed based on complaints from Erica Foster, of Springfield, and occurred around Dec. 10 and Dec. 22, respectively.

  • 2014 sheriff activity

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office recently made its 2014 activity report available, and the numbers closely reflect the activity from 2013.

    Accidents were up last year, with the department working 169 wrecks compared to 143 the previous year.

    The department also reported working 43 UOR (uniform offense report) cases, up six from 37 in 2013.

    The sheriff’s office also filed 204 incident reports (152 in 2013), served 240 e-warrants or e-summons (236 in 2013) and served 826 civil summons or subpoenas (815 in 2013).

  • New city council meets

    Springfield City Council held its January meeting last Tuesday at City Hall, and it was the first time the group has met  officially since many of the faces changed with last November’s election.

    Newly elected mayor Debbie Wakefield had the new council introduce itself to visitors from Washington County Teen Leadership prior to addressing the agenda, which focused in part on the installation of new lighting at Idle Hour Park.

  • Officials support a jailer

    A report from the Courier-Journal earlier this month brought attention to the policy in Kentucky that requires counties to have an elected jailer regardless of the existence of a county jail. The article noted that jailers and their deputies contribute to a cost of around $2 million in taxpayers’ dollars each year.

    In the weeks since, there has been much discussion about the necessity of the office and whether the workload warrants the cost, and some in state government have suggested eliminating the office altogether.

  • Ribbon cutting held for new fire department

    Local officials, first responders and residents celebrated the opening of the Springfield/Washington County Fire Department with a ribbon cutting last Friday.

    The new facility on Main Street has been in use for several weeks, but last week’s event represented the final step in the local firefighters’ move to their long overdue new home.

    Government officials and representatives from the USDA Rural Development program were in attendance to speak on the importance of the new building to Springfield and Washington County.

  • PHOTOS: In honor of Dr. King

    Members of the Washington County and surrounding communities came together Monday night at River of Life Church to celebrate the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The celebration included a message from keynote speak Dr. Darrick A. Briscoe, pastor at First Baptist Church in Danville, as well as performances from community members.

    Several individuals shared stories of past struggles or witnessing the struggle of others to attain racial equality.