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Local News

  • Tank testing turns heads at local Shell gas station

    It looked like a lunar landing mission as workers donned protective gear and used strange-looking devices to probe below ground level. In reality, it wasn’t the surface of the moon that was getting all of the attention Thursday; it was just the entrance to Simms Shell station at the corner of Main Street and Walnut Street in Springfield.

    Workers with ATC Associates, a Lafayette, La., based company, were drilling holes through the concrete while conducting tests on underground storage tanks on the property owned by Pinkston Oil Co.

  • Three-vehicle accident on KY 55 injures two

    A three-car accident at the intersection of KY 55 and Booker Road in Springfield Friday morning left two people injured. According to a report by Washington County Deputy Sheriff Jackie Robinson, the accident occurred when Lauren Smith, 51, of Booker Road in Springfield, was driving a 2001 Pontiac Montana van. The report said Smith pulled onto the southbound lane of KY 55 from Booker Road and struck a 1999 Lincoln driven by Edward B. Cecil, 70, of Louisville.

  • 'Cover the Uninsured Week' is March 14-20

    Health care is on the mind of almost every American citizen these days, including the leaders of our government. That’s why it’s only fitting that this week is designated to bring attention to those who have little or no health insurance.

    March 14-20 is “Cover the Uninsured Week,” and the Lincoln Trail District Health Department is looking to bring even more attention to the services it offers to those with little or no health insurance.

  • Early state prison releases may be costly to counties

    As the commonwealth struggles with a $1 billion budget deficit, a Kentucky House committee has approved a measure that would save the state $30 million by offering early release to as many as 2,000 non-violent, non-sexual prisoners. That proposal has given Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles some concerns as he says the state is looking to save money by putting that burden on county governments.

  • School decisions put on hold awaiting state budget funding

    The Washington County School Board had several key issues before it Monday night, but few decisions could be made because of money concerns. The local school system, like others across the state, is awaiting word from the state legislature on funding for its schools. With no choice but to play the waiting game, the board decided to table a decision on many staffing issues.

  • St. Catharine College, Barnes & Noble partner for mystery night

    Tonight will be full of mystery as Barnes & Noble partners with St. Catharine College to celebrate the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read at 6:30 p.m.

  • Steve Hale retires as scoutmaster

    The fellowship hall at Temple Baptist Church was crowded on Tuesday, Feb. 23 as Scoutmaster Steve Hale signed off after 30 years of scouting.

    In his final official act as scoutmaster,  Hale presented Springfield with four new Eagle Scouts.  Philip Wesley Campbell, Bob Grider, Will Hale and Jordan Simpson were honored at the Eagle Scout ceremony, followed by a banquet for scouts, their families, and special guests.  

  • NTSB releases report on plane crash

    Although no official cause has been determined, a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that ice had formed on the wings of the plane that crashed one mile from the Lebanon-Springfield Airport Feb. 23.

  • Old cell phones cause problems for 911 staff

    Dialing 911 is not child’s play, but recently, that’s exactly what local dispatchers have experienced.

    Two local dispatchers said they and their co-workers have experienced an increasing number of calls that are not actually reporting an emergency.

    “We are getting a lot of 911 calls from people who have given their old phones to kids to play with, and they are dialing 911,” said dispatcher Francisco Vazquez.

  • County looks into flood problems

    When flood waters rise in Washington County, so does the cost to prevent, fix or clean-up the mess. That’s why the county is making a wish list of hazard mitigation projects that need to be addressed. When the Washington County Fiscal Court met last Friday, Pamela Bowling, a community development specialist for the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, asked the court to come up with a prioritized list of problem areas.