Local News

  • St. Dominic students 'March for Life'

    More than 200 students, parents and parishioners of St. Dominic School and catholic churches from across the county marched downtown in Springfield last week, demonstrating their stance against abortion.  

    According to Rachel Fenwick and Angela Young, organizers of St. Dominic’s March for Life, it’s a national event that’s held annually on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case. That case determined a woman’s right to have an abortion. 

  • Smith wins Lifetime Achievement award

    Eight residents were recognized  for their contributions to the community during the annual Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala Monday night. 

    Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith was acknowledged with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her tireless efforts to better the city of Springfield. 

    “I’ve been blessed to live in a community that’s allowed me to work here and do what I love every single day,” Smith said when she accepted the award. 

  • Boone will be deported back to the U.S.

    The question of whether Johnny Boone will be brought back to the United States to face federal drug charges has been answered.

    Boone, 73, who’s been in custody in Canada since December 2016, will be deported. The Montreal Gazette reported that a date for his return to the U.S. has not been set. 

  • Commanderettes fall in a close one to Hart

    It continues to be a tough season for the Washington County Commanderettes, but at the same time, it’s a season where a young team is learning the ropes along the way.

    Lena Bramblett’s team fell to Hart County Saturday night by a score of 54-44, but it was the closest score they have had in a loss. While that may not sound like much, it’s something Bramblett and her team can hang their hats on going forward.

    Hart held a narrow 12-8 lead after the first period, and it remained close at the half as the Commanderettes trailed 23-18.

  • Boys pick up two big wins

    The Washington County Commanders had a busy 24-hour period between Friday and Saturday nights. The team, whose record is now 9-9 on the season, traveled to northern Kentucky to take on Dayton High School Friday, then returned home for a Saturday night meeting with Hart County. The Dayton game was one that had been rescheduled from Jan. 13 due to inclement weather.

    The early stages of the Dayton game looked like a close game, and the Commanders held a narrow lead at the half, 37-36.

  • Renovation project 95 percent complete

    Work on the old Washington County Middle School renovation is nearly complete. 

    Jean-Paul Grivas, the project’s architect, said about 95 percent of the work has been completed but an issue with water leaking into four rooms needs to be addressed. 

    In an effort to save an estimated $50-$60,000, Grivas said the construction company has made repairs to two of the rooms to prevent water from coming in. The rooms will act as a test case before deciding whether or not to “full bore” with the more expensive fix.

  • The Springfield Sun earns coveted awards

    Nick Schrager


    The Springfield Sun was awarded first place in advertising general excellence and second place in news general excellence during the annual Kentucky Press Association winter convention last week.

    “I think these awards just prove that this small-town paper truly is one of the best in the state,” Sun Editor Nick Schrager said. “Our ad department and editorial team work hard each and every day to bring a good product to this community.”

  • WCFD is building substation at Fredericktown

    More than 300 homes in the county will be getting better coverage from the Washington County Fire Department. 

    That’s because the WCFD broke ground on a new substation at Fredericktown, which is something that’s been in the works for the past 13 years. 

    “Since the beginning of the mandatory membership fee, we’ve been setting aside money for this project,” Washington County Fire Chief Forrest Carrico said. “This is one of hopefully two or three more.”

  • Commanders run into hot-shooting Somerset

    Washington County head coach Bernard Smalley watched game film of Somerset before heading into the All- ‘A’ Classic 12th Region tournament Monday night.

    What he saw was a team that hit just two three-point baskets in two games worth of film. What he saw Monday night was a completely different team.

    Somerset hit 16 3-pointers in a 78-51 win over the Commanders, ending their hopes of reaching the finals in the tournament and potentially advancing to the All - ‘A’ Classic state tournament in Frankfort.

  • WC teams fall in All-’A’

    As the 12th Region All- ‘A’ Classic basketball tournament got under way Monday, Washington County faced Somerset, with the winner advancing to play Friday night with a shot at reaching the All- ‘A’ state tournament on the line.

    The young Commanderette team  found itself fighting an uphill battle against the Lady Briarjumpers, and it didn’t get any easier as the night went on.

    Somerset jumped out to an early 24-8 lead after the first period, and stretched that margin to 42-14 at halftime.