Local News

  • 45 hours in despair

    Nearly 45 hours after disappearing, Randall Chesser was found alive, next to a creek off of Coulter Lane, lying on the ground, roughly three miles from his home.

    The seven-year-old autistic boy from Willisburg endured rain, wind and storms that started on Sunday night and lasted into Monday morning.
    “We praise God for just the fact that we found him, and found him alive and he seems to be healthy,” John Settles, Washington County judge/executive, said.

  • Seven-year-old found alive and well

    Seven-year-old Randall Chesser has been found.  He was conscious and responsive.  He was found at 2:45 PM EDT by a ground search team from Mercer County next to a creek approximately 3 miles from his residence.  He is being transported to an undisclosed medical facility for observation.

    Check back later for more information that was disclosed at a press conference on Monday afternoon.

  • Search for seven-year-old will continue and expand

    The Kentucky State Police are expanding the search for 7-year-old Randall Leon Chesser.  In spite of inclement weather, the field search will continue this morning as 60 Cadets from the Kentucky State Police Training Academy will join in the effort. 

    KSP is looking to expand the geographical area of the search and have reached out to the military for additional air support that will be provided once the weather breaks.

  • Search for a seven-year-old ongoing in Willisburg

    According to the Kentucky State Police (KSP), they are currently investigating the disappearance of seven-year-old Randall Leon Chesser.  According to a press release issued by KSP, Chesser was last seen wearing a light blue hoodie, blue jeans and cowboy boots with spurs.  He is a white male, four-foot tall, weighing approximately 40 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a birthmark in the hairline above his forehead and is Autistic.

  • Man air-lifted from accident scene on Bardstown Rd.

    A man was air-lifted via helicopter at approximately 4:35 p.m. on Thursday from an accident scene near 1440 Bardstown Rd. in Springfield. 

    No other details were available from city and county officials. More details will be released as they become available.

  • SCC observes Banned Books Week Sept. 27-29

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Holy Bible are all books that you would most likely find in any household or on any library shelf in America.

    These same books have also been banned at some point in time. That’s why St. Catharine College will hold their Fourth Annual Banned Books Week Read-Out Sept. 27-29.

  • News briefs

    Sept. 23
    WCHS SBDM election
    The WCHS SBDM will be conducting an election for one parent representative on Friday, Sept. 23 in the high school lobby.
    The election will be held from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The parents that are running for the position are Diane Edwards and Melinda Wingfield. Any questions you may contact Joey Spalding at 336-3939.

    Sept. 23-25
    Historical Harvest Homecoming

  • Small-town homecoming

    Ninie (Glasscock) Hammon left Springfield in 1995 after serving five years as editor, general manager and eventually publisher of The Springfield Sun.

    After 16 years away, Hammon returned to Springfield on Wednesday of last week to sign copies of her books at the Washington County Public Library.
    She’s been quite busy in the last 16 years.
    Currently, she spends most of her time writing.

  • Mackville man dies in auto accident last Tuesday

    Harold Lewis, Jr., 27, of Mackville died Tuesday in a fatal accident on KY 433, 2.6 miles north of Mackville, according to a press release from the Kentucky State Police.

    According to the release, Lewis was driving a 1997 Dodge Neon and was traveling north when he apparently swerved to miss a cow in the northbound lane and struck a second cow that was on the road in the southbound lane.
    The vehicle left the roadway, traveled through a fence and came to rest in a creek bed where the vehicle burned.
    Lewis worked at Calumet Farm in Lexington.

  • District lands another $100K

    The Washington County School Board voted to accept a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during its regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

    It is the second grant of the same amount to come from the foundation.
    Washington County Public Schools received a similar grant in February to help students prepare for college.
    The school district is just one of 12 in the state to receive the grant, which totals $8.8 million over three years.