Local News

  • African-American Heritage Festival is Friday


    One of Springfield’s biggest events is about to take place once again.

    The 14th annual African-American Heritage Festival will take place Friday, and city officials are gearing up for a night filled with entertainment and education.

    Springfield Main Street Director Nell Haydon said this year’s event is entitled “Distinguished African-American Women,” and celebrates women of the community and region.

  • Vehicle seized, two interviewed in Wheatley death


    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has interviewed two people of interest in the hit-and-run death of Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield.

    Wheatley was found dead, lying in the roadway near the entrance to Maker’s Mark Distillery early Sunday morning, July 16. At 2:42 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a body laying in the roadway on Bill Samuels Road in Loretto.

    Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found the deceased body of Wheatley lying in the westbound lane of Bill Samuels Road.

  • No sibling rivalry in Taylor family


    Kayleen Taylor loves to bake, and that’s not anything new for her.

    Last year, she said, she baked some pies and sold them. There was no real purpose for that baking, it was just something she enjoyed doing.

    This year, however, her baking has been backed with a purpose.

    Kaylean, a 13-year-old who will be an 8th grader at St. Dominic, has made blackberry cobblers to help her younger brother’s baseball team.

  • Community VBS held at Idle Hour Park


    Kyle Yankey has been hearing a calling for some time now to conduct a community-wide vacation bible school in Washington County, and this past week, he and others have answered that calling.

    A community-wide vacation bible school took place at Idle Hour Park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week.

  • Arrest made in Dollar General robbery


    The man believed to be responsible for the June 20 robbery of the Springfield Dollar General Store is behind bars in Ohio.

    Montiest Barney, 25, of Elizabethtown, was arrested last week after allegedly robbing a store near Middletown, Ohio.

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, local police were alerted to the case after Barney was arrested and began to tell officers in Ohio of other robberies he claimed to have committed.

  • Man hit by vehicle dies near Loretto


    A Washington County man is dead after what is being investigated as a possible hit-and-run accident.

    Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield, was found dead at 2:42 a.m. Sunday, July 16. He was discovered on Bill Samuels Road, near the entrance of Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto.

  • Special attorney assigned in Pennington murder case


    The man charged in the July 3, 2016, murders of Robert Jones and Crystal Warner was back in Washington County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon for another pretrial conference.

    Craig Pennington, 52, walked into the courtroom and looked at the families of Jones and Warner, and that look stirred emotion in the families of the victims, particularly for Robert’s parents, Bill and Sandy Jones.

  • Salvation Army holds Christmas in July


    A familiar sight in December has sprung up in the heat of summer – the Salvation Army’s troop of bell ringers.

    Teresa Smothers, a co-chair for Washington County’s Salvation Army branch, said Christmas in July is a fundraising effort that aims to raise money for those in need in Washington County.

    “The important thing is to raise funds to be able to help the people in the community,” Smothers said.

    The Salvation Army raised $6,000 last year, and hopes to increase that by 25 percent this year.

  • All-star team packed with pitchers


    Baseball is the mainstay of many communities, and Little League is no exception. Here in Springfield, kids from across the county gather every summer to compete with and against each other, and some are fortunate enough to be picked to their all-star teams. The 8-10 year old all-star group has been playing together for quite some time, but the team possesses a trait few others do: all the players know how to pitch.

    “It’s a nice luxury,” said head coach Leonard Abell.

  • 8-10-year-old all-stars are state bound


    Who are the happiest kids in Washington County right now? The 8-10 year old Little League all-stars would be a good answer. The team competed in the District 5 Little League Baseball Tournament last week and, after defeating Glasgow 11-0 on Sunday, completed its quest for not only a championship, but a berth in the state tournament this weekend in Middlesboro.

    “It’s something that hasn’t happened around here for a while,” said head coach Leonard Abell. “I’m extremely happy for them.”