Local News

  • Manton Music Jam on Sunday

    Bring your lawn chair, and come on down for an evening of “fun-filled entertainment.”

    That’s the message that co-organizer Bobby Smith is spreading about this year’s Manton Music Jam, which will take place on Sunday, July 26, from noon to dusk this year.

    In its 11th year, the Manton Music Jam has become known around the area as a must-attend event for local music enthusiasts.

    This is no more evident than in the growth the jamboree has seen since its inception in 2005.

  • Tractor mysteriously disappears

    A tractor has recently gone missing, and there are no clues to where it might be, according to Sheriff Jerry Pinkston.

    The Ford 4000 Special Utility farm tractor is owned by Willisburg resident Nancy Settles and has a red primer hood, white round fenders with Armstrong rear tires and a radio mounted in the front of the steering wheel.

  • Grider goes to Germany to study engineering

    Bob Grider knew he wanted to study abroad. The only problem was figuring out the logistics of making it happen.

    Originally from Washington County, Grider chose to study mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech University after graduating high school in 2011. As a sophomore, he tried to find a way to transfer to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland but was unsuccessful in this quest.

    After this disappointment, Grider reluctantly accepted the fact that he wouldn’t get his chance to study abroad.

  • Pastor makes plea for law change

    The Rev. Cal Adams of Temple Baptist Church was present at last week’s city council meeting to make a case to overturn the recently passed amendment to the ABC ordinance that allows Springfield’s businesses to sell alcohol on Sundays.

    The first reading of the amendment was held at the Tuesday, June 9, regularly scheduled meeting, and it was passed at a special-called meeting on Tuesday, June 23. It was passed with a vote of 5-1, with council member Bob Goodlett as the only dissenting vote.

  • Local Boy Scouts help save fellow scout’s life

    Reed Breunig, 15, and Tyler Ashlock, 12, were just coming back from a get-together for members of the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society for the Boy Scouts.

    They had decided to leave early because it was getting late.

    But on the way back to their camp, they were stopped in their tracks by what Ashlock described as a wheezing sound.

  • Fire claims home

    A house fire on the Washington County side of the Washington-Boyle line left a local resident Patrick Hamilton’s home a total loss this past Friday morning.

    Fortunately, though, no one was home at the time of the fire, according to Jim Logsdon, chief for the Springfield-Washington County Fire Department.

    The fire was called in at 9:32 a.m. on Friday, after a passerby saw the smoke rising from the home, which sat off the roadway and was surrounded by trees.

  • Miller hired as new WCES principal

    Washington County Superintendent Robin Cochran saw Jennifer Miller’s passion about education right away.

    As Miller interviewed for the position of Washington County Elementary School principal, every new question led to an enthusiastic answer by Miller, many of which focused on helping each and every student improve, both inside and outside of the classroom.

    It was hearing her plans on how to help students progress in their education that convinced Cochran that Miller was the perfect fit for this position.

  • Conservation district will not be able to tax

    After months of waiting, debate and concern, Washington County finally has its answer – and it came with the dry crack of a slamming gavel.

    Washington County Fiscal Court voted 5-1 against the Conservation District’s request to be placed under a millage tax Monday morning during it’s regularly scheduled meeting.

    The apprehensive court took its time before making the decision and the only dissenter was District 5 Magistrate Billy Riney Jr.

    District 4 Magistrate Morris Sweazy motioned to vote no on the formation of the taxing district.

  • Idle Hour Park to get new lights

    It’s been a long time coming.

    Idle Hour Park’s Little League fields are slated to get new lights in the near future, and it’s something that’s been needed for a while, according to the park’s director, Bernard Smalley.

    “Those lights have been there since 1976, so starting [this] week — weather permitting — we’ll be starting on a new set of lights on both fields.”

    The lights, nearly 40 years old, have not been replaced since being installed but have been repaired constantly over the years.

  • Taxing district public hearing a mixed bag

    Forty-one people attended the public hearing about the conservation district’s request to be on a millage tax, and there’s only way to describe the public’s opinion on the matter: the feelings are mixed.

    After hearing the history of the district and explanation of what they’re about and the projects and services they provide, the public was allowed to comment on whether or not they would like to see the district go on a millage tax. A number of people voiced their opinions and asked several questions about the matter.