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  • Future of career center discussed by Springfield City Council

     The Springfield Tourism Commission and the Springfield City Council met in a joint session on Monday, Feb. 27, in the Opera House conference room to discuss the future of the career center in Washington County.

  • Smith reflects on a lifetime of achievements

    Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith is no stranger to the long hours or difficulties that come with being a community leader. 

    In fact, her hard work and perseverance are a big reason why Springfield has been able to build a farmers market, renovate the Opera House, and transform the Robertson building into a residential and commercial space. 

  • Learning starts before the classroom

    According to the Washington County Board of Education, there are things parents can do now that will help their kids later on down the road as they prepare for preschool. 

    Assistant Superintendent Jason Simpson and Paula Turner, assistant director of special education, said engaging young children on a deeper level will help better prepare them for preschool and kindergarten. 

    “We love the how and why questions,” Turner said. “Because that makes them think beyond a simple answer.”

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    Tyler Brown

    Staff Writer

    Black History Month is a time to reflect on the numerous achievements made by African Americans in this country. Many dedicated their lives to the betterment of their communities on a national scale, but there are those who served at the local level.

    In Washington County, a name recognized by many is George Melwood Hocker.

  • 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.