Local News

  • More improvements coming for Idle Hour Park

    As we inch closer to the summer months, city officials continue to make preparations and improvements to Idle Hour Park in anticipation of this June’s Little League tournaments.

    This year’s state softball tournament—as well as the District 5 baseball tournament—will be held in Springfield, and the city is looking to make all resources available in time for the arrival of the high volume of guests. The next step in that process, it appears, will be alterations to the most recently built field at Idle Hour.

  • Robertson renovations: city targets early 2015 finish date

    Springfield city officials are looking to move forward quickly with renovations to the Robertson building on Main Street, expecting to have construction plans completed by May 1.

    A public meeting was held last week for members of the community to hear details about the proposed changes and to ask questions relating to the commercial section of the facility.

    Project Developer Johan Graham was on hand to share what changes can be expected, and he expressed hopes of putting the project out to bid in May so construction can get under way by mid-July.

  • Alerts warn of severe weather

    Spring is just around the corner, and severe weather will not be far behind.

    Last year, Washington County purchased a system that allowed its residents to be fully prepared for such events.

    The county previously had a one-call system to inform its inhabitants about local news, such as telling them that garbage pickup was canceled or that a road had been closed, but until this system was put into place, a warning for severe weather was never an option.

  • School schedule still up in the air

    The Washington County School Board is no closer to settling the remainder of the 2013-14 district schedule after Monday night’s monthly meeting, because the state legislature doesn’t appear to be any closer to deciding how many days districts will even be required to meet.

  • Leaving his mark on the farm

    This story is part of an on-going series recognizing the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce award winners.

    For Richard Medley, farming is more than a way of life; it’s a legacy.

    It is a tradition that was passed down from his grandfather to his father and eventually on to him, and though he and his wife, Mollie, don’t yet have children of their own, Medley hopes to one day pass that legacy on down the line.

  • Fire destroys Mayes Creek Home

    A Friday afternoon fire on Mayes Creek destroyed a home, but no injuries were reported.

    Justin Reynolds, training officer with the Mackville Fire Department, said the fire was reported just after 1 p.m. Friday.

    “When we showed up, it was pretty much on fire in the back porch area,” Reynolds said. “It had already got up into the attic space and the roof was starting to get weak.”

  • News briefs 3/12

    Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed at the Lincoln Legacy Museum. If you have any free time, even a couple of hours would be greatly appreciated. Call Lena Russell at 859-336-3232.

    Cradle School

  • Sew this & that: March tips

    By Marion Mulligan and Rita Yates

    For our show and tell this month, we would like to share this photo of the plaid fabric we spoke of last month. The plaid ended up as a shirt and  turned out better than expected. We had one happy hubby and one extremely relieved wifey!

  • Upcoming blood drive date in Willisburg

    Blood donors are everyday heroes who help save lives. During March, Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes these lifesavers, thanks them for their generosity and encourages others to join their ranks.

    Courtney Krisher will be forever grateful for the donors who helped save her brother, Lucas. The siblings, who are both members of the U.S. military, had given blood together just a few months before Lucas was in a motorcycle accident. He was rushed to the hospital with extensive internal bleeding and received four pints of blood.

  • Environmental health professionals week

    Kate Peake
    Washington County Environmental Services

    What is an environmentalist?