Local News

  • Bond set for man who allegedly threatened Washington woman at husband’s funeral

    The Danville Adovcate-Messenger is reporting that a Boyle County man who faces charges for threatening a Washington woman at her husband’s funeral in 2011 was released from jail Jan. 24 on a $15,000 cash bond. 

    Bobby Lee Wilson, 56, waived his rights to a preliminary hearing. Wilson’s movements will be tracked by a GPS monitoring device attached to his ankle. He is allowed only to travel between his home place and work, the Advocate-Messenger reported. He faces a grand jury in Danville as early as today (Jan. 30).

  • Chamber names annual county honorees

     The Washington County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Thursday night at Mordecai’s restaurant in Springfield where several local residents were honored for their contributions to the community throughout the years. Awards included the lifetime achievement award, citizen of the year, young leader of the year, agriculture lifetime achievement award, agriculture leader of the year and the sidewalk hall of fame.

    Lifetime achievement

  • Party ends with a bang

     A party ended with a bang last week after a Springfield man reportedly fired two shots with a pistol —  sending one bullet through his foot. 

    Springfield Police say Kevin Newsome, 45, 3651 Bloomfield Rd, arrived intoxicated and injured at the downtown station about 2 a.m., on Jan. 21, to report the injury. 

    He suffered self-inflicted shots to his right foot and was transported to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon by EMS. 

  • Son driven to 'drive-thru' rage

    The mother of a 20-year-old Springfield man accused of stealing a car and going “ballistic” at a McDonald’s, says her son was fueled on drugs and acting out of character during an incident she hopes can be resolved outside of the court system.


    Meet the Allreads. Just your typical couple, raising 20 alpacas on their 24-acre farm at Booker Road, outside of Springfield.
    Two years ago, husband and wife, Ron and Judi, packed up the pack in two trailers and spent three days hauling the two-ton herd from northern Idaho to central Kentucky, where they launched Serano Alpacas & Yarns.
    In addition to serving as home to their 11 female and nine male alpacas, the operation offers tours and sells socks, sweaters and blankets made from alpaca and other natural fiber.

  • Willisburg winery banks on 'gorilla' marketing campaign

    Grape yields weren’t great across the state last year, but one Washington winery could reach a broader audience than ever in 2013, thanks in part to increased distribution, a bucolic setting and clever marketing tactics.
    The six-acre wooded site of Horseshoe Bend Winery is tucked away off Lawson Lane near Willisburg in northern Washington County. It’s a popular destination along the Kentucky Wine Trail, which stretches hundreds of miles to encompass more than 60 state wineries — including at least six sites in and around Washington County.  

  • Convicted felon: 'Justice failed me'

    A Willisburg man, who pleaded guilty last year to repeatedly sexually assaulting his juvenile stepdaughter, says he was failed by the judicial system and nearly died at the hands of incompetent jail house medics.  
    After serving 180 days in the Marion County Detention Center for his crimes,  Bobby Lee Hudson, 68, is now releasing details he said were never heard by Washington County circuit-court mediators. He maintains his innocence and said he was silenced by court-appointed defenders and coaxed by prosecutors to accept a plea bargain.

  • Prized calf likely shot, butchered by poachers

    A Springfield farmer says he found his prized calf shot dead and butchered on a neighbor’s property Saturday.
    He’s offering a reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case.
    Tim Graves, of Rudd Lane, told The Springfield Sun that his three-month old Senepol heifer had been missing for more than a week.
    He later found its butchered remains about 30 feet from his own property line.
    The calf had apparently been shot and skinned, he said.

  • 'Fiddler' debuts this week

    Central Kentucky Community Theatre presents the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” this weekend at the The Opera House in Springfield.

    It will make you laugh. It will make you cry.  It will leave you humming the many memorable songs you’ll hear, long after the curtain closes. 

    The drama centers around poor Jewish milkman, Tevye, his wife (Golda) and their five daughters (Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze and Bielke.) It’s set in a small Russian town called Anatevka in 1905.  

  • Ready to Relay

    American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Washington County will launch its annual fundraising and awareness campaign 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at the UK Cooperative Extension Office, 211 Progress Ave. 

    Volunteers and relay participants will gather for a soup cook-off. Teams will collect votes for their soup in the form of donations. 

    “We want everyone to come,” said Vickie Grassman, senior community representative for the American Cancer Society.