Local News

  • Wakefield appoints two to recycling committee

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield has appointed two people to the county’s new recycling committee. 

    At the request of Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, Wakefield said she would like to appoint two people of her choosing. She selected Bernard Smalley and Brooke Coulter for the county’s committee because of their ties with Idle Hour Park. 

    “What this committee will do is try to beautify and make this place a little better out there,” Wakefield said. 

  • OET will pull workers from career centers

    Nick Schrager


    The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training will pull officials from 31 career center offices across the commonwealth – including the one in Washington County.

    Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority Director Daniel Carney said the office’s removal of employees will be a cost-saving measure and will begin in mid-February.  

    “They haven’t actually directly came out and said they’re closing,” Carney said.

  • Medley shines at DYW

    Elizabeth Medley represented Washington County well this past weekend as she brought home first runner-up honors from the Kentucky Distinguished Young Women competition.

    Medley, an 18-year-old senior at Washington County High School, is the daughter of Tony and Julie Medley of Springfield. She won the local competition last year, earning the right to represent the county in state competition against 30 other contestants in Lexington at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts.

  • WC knocks off Knights

    The Washington County Commanders broke out of a four-game losing streak Saturday night in fine fashion, knocking off rival Marion County 80-75 on the Knights’ home court.

    From the opening tip, it looked like a game that would be close as the teams took turns holding the lead throughout the first quarter, with the Commanders holding a 20-16 edge after the first 8 minutes of play.Sophomore guard Cameron Willis helped lead the way, sinking three 3-point baskets in the quarter.

  • Inmate severs fingers at recycling center

    An inmate volunteering at the Washington County Recycling Center was rushed off to Jewish Hospital in Louisville on Jan. 5 after he severed multiple fingers while on the job. 

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said he couldn’t release much information due to probable litigation, but confirmed an inmate was injured while operating heavy machinery.

  • Board of education starts new year

    t’s the start of a new year, which means the Washington County Board of Education had some housekeeping to attend to last week. 

    Patsy Lester, as well as newly elected member Sherri Cheser, were sworn into office by Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles on Jan. 6. Carissa Harley, another newly elected board member, was not present that evening but was sworn into office Monday.

  • Drury named to all-state band

    Washington County High School’s band program has a strong history, including a couple of recent state championships, so success is no surprise. Still, it is good news.

    The latest good news for the program came with the announcement that a WCHS senior has been named all-state.

    Chase Drury, the son of Tony and Kim Drury, recently earned that honor, and WCHS band director Scotty Burns said it’s one that comes from time to time.

  • Fate of St. Catharine College buildings is unclear

    The recent court-ordered sale of the books, desks and all other school-related assets contained within the walls of the Saint Catharine College buildings leaves vacant buildings and land to be sold in an attempt to recover the millions of dollars owed to Huntington Bank, Farmers Bank, and other creditors.  The college property was annexed into to the City of Springfield and is zoned R-1 residential (single-family dwellings).  Schools are a permissible use under R-1 zoning.  Any other use of the property will likely require a zone change.  

  • Former ‘Cornbread Mafia’ member speaks out

    A former member of the “Cornbread Mafia” says a vicious rumor about the gang’s guard dogs is completely false. 

    Mary Jo McDonald, 52, of Marion County, said she was at the farm in Minnesota where John Robert “Johnny” Boone was arrested in October 1987. McDonald, who knew Boone personally at the time, said she has proof that multiple Rottweiler dogs did not have their larynxes cut so they could attack without making noise.

    In fact, she said, she doesn’t even know where the rumor about the dogs was started. 

  • Fire destroys home on Covington Avenue

    A house fire on Covington Avenue in Springfield during the early morning hours of Jan. 9 is being described as a total loss. 

    Washington County Fire Chief Jim Logsdon said more than 20 firefighters from throughout the county responded to the fire, which was most likely caused by electricity. 

    The home belonged to Cherry Gibson but no one was home at the time of the incident. 

    “Thank goodness she wasn’t home,” Logsdon said.