Local News

  • His legacy lives on

    After a long battle with cancer, legendary girls’ basketball coach Bill Newton passed away last Monday, but the legacy he left behind will ensure that his mark is left on Washington County for years to come.

    Newton was the head coach of the Washington County Commanderettes for 26 seasons, compiling a 444-276 career record before stepping into retirement in 2003.

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    Protect Your Family

    Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction, get him or her the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals.  Call 800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com on the Internet.

    Volunteers Needed

  • February Sew This & That

    Marion Mulligan and Rita Yates

    Once upon a time there was an old black winter coat; it wasn’t expensive, but it had a nice fit and worthy of upgrading.  Sadly the back lining had split down the middle and torn away from the stitches. During one of our Sew This & That consultations we concluded that the stitched-at-the-bottom lining contributed to the ripping, as there was no ease for movement.  Now a new heavier red lining will be created and will be free-swinging once inside the coat. 

  • ‘Precious Memories’ of a forgotten activist

    Bell County native Sarah Ogan Gunning became a renowned activist and folk performer in the mid-20th Century, but in the years since her death in 1983, much of her legacy has been forgotten by the general public.

    Born in 1910, Gunning was raised during the rise of the coal industry and the Great Depression, and faced numerous hardships.

    Her struggle to overcome her situation led to the inspiration of modern-day activists like Sue Massek.

  • City discusses 5k logistics

    At the January meeting of the Springfield City Council, three requests to host a 5k downtown this year were presented, with officials deciding to put a plan in place to address the proposals at a later day.

    With three more potential races being presented since that meeting, the city decided that the time to discuss how to handle the requests was now.

  • Celebrating Black History month

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield is pleased to start celebrating Black History Month in Springfield by exhibiting the 2014 African American Heritage Festival display panels at Washington County High School. The exhibit celebrates the contributions made by local African Americans in the health care industry.

  • George pays visit to St. D
  • Conservation district request

    Is the cost worth the price?

    That’s one question that Washington County’s Fiscal Court, and citizens, will have to keep in mind in the months to come.

    According to Judge-Executive John Settles, the Court was left with difficult, but good questions regarding the Washington County Conservation District on Jan. 23.

    During the court meeting, the conservation district asked to become its own special purpose governmental entity by being placed under a millage tax, which is a tax rate placed on property owners.

  • Vehicle break-ins reported

    Springfield Police are looking into a string of reports that items are being taken out of cars in local neighborhoods. Below is a rundown provided by the department on its Facebook page:

  • Manufacturer, student program goes statewide

    A program that allows individuals to break into the workplace and receive an education without the tuition bills has gone statewide and could benefit Springfield as soon as 2016.