Local News

  • News briefs for 4/1

    2015 Relay for Life March Team Registration Challenge

  • First group of inmates complete new GED program

    The pomp may have been lower key, but the circumstance was just as important to the seven most recent graduates of the GED program at the Marion County Detention Center.

    David Nelson, 36, was the first person at the jail to earn his GED after the implementation of a computer-only testing system.

    “It’s been 20 years since I dropped out of school. It was not easy,” Nelson said.

    For him, completing the GED, along with the substance abuse program at the jail, is a new step in his life.

  • Lincoln Trail first to receive certification

    By Daniel Carney

    As an economic developer for Springfield and Washington County, my job centers on business attraction and business retention for our community. 

    Much like my counterparts throughout the Lincoln Trail region, my success is typically measured in job growth and more broadly what I do to help position the community for greater economic prosperity.

  • Conway: ‘I’m ready to be governor’

    Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    A Republican criticism of Jack Conway is that he’s a “career politician,” but the 45-year-old state attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor said Wednesday his nearly 14 years of experience in state government means he won’t have to learn on the job.

    “I’m ready to be governor,” Conway said during a visit to The Kentucky Standard while on his way to Marion County.

  • More distinguished ratings for band

    Washington County Concert Band traveled to John Hardin High School last Thursday, where they competed in the KMEA Concert Band Festival.

    They played very beautifully and professionally and came away with Distinguished Ratings from all four judges.

  • A statewide inspiration

    Casey Schaeffer, Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky, visited Springfield recently on her tour through Kentucky. Schaeffer has set a goal to meet every mayor in the Commonwealth to help spread the message of the needs of people with disabilities.

    The Ms. Wheelchair America competition was started in 1972 by a physician in Ohio to raise awareness of the talent and courage of the disabled.

    The organization’s website (www.mswheelchairkentucky.org) notes that unlike the Miss America Pageant, the Ms. Wheelchair America program is “in no way a beauty contest.”

  • State reps looking for a bigger office

    With the 2015 General Assembly concluded, at least two state legislators hope they won’t be back for the 2016 session.

    State Rep. Richard Heath (R-Mayfield) and State Rep. Ryan Quarles (R-Georgetown) are hoping to succeed outgoing Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, who is running for governor.

    The winner of the Republican primary between Heath and Quarles will face the lone Democrat in the race, Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, in November.

  • Sheriff’s office returns excess fees to county

    The Washington County Fiscal Court wrapped up the month of March last Friday.  After the approval of the last three meeting’s minutes, Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston gave the court his report.

    He told the court they had 31 summons served and 78 subpoenas served.

    There were nine attempts to serve warrants or civil papers and they had 151 calls to service. On top of these issued, Pinkston announced they issued 23 concealed carry of a deadly weapons licenses.

  • Heroin bill approved by legislators

    A bill was finalized last week that will mean a lot of change in regard to heroin in Kentucky.

    Among the primary points of Senate Bill 192 are stiffer penalties for traffickers, particularly those crossing state lines and additional funding for treatment of those suffering with addiction.

    A ‘Good Samaritan’ provision was also included that gives a heroin user immunity from facing charges if they report an overdose victim, as was the approval for expanded use of naloxone, an anti-overdose drug.

  • Washington County top 10 in overall health

    The County Health Rankings were recently made available with Washington County ranking in the top 10 in the state overall, as well as top five in quality of life.

    The rankings — available at www.countyhealthrankings.org — list Washington County ninth overall in overall health outcomes, fourth in quality of life and first overall in physical environment. Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield said the statistics from the study make a great portfolio piece for bringing business to the area.