Local News

  • SPD raises funds for K-9 unit

    The Springfield Police Department is looking to get a new employee within the next six months to a year  - an employee of the canine variety. 

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, they’re looking to have a fully trained officer working a K-9 in the near future. 

  • Instilling a love of literature

     Her name is Ione Pinkston, but everyone around the county just calls her Ms. Ione. 

    Pinkston, 69, is a Washington County native who has been working at the Washington County Public Library since July 1988. 

    Though a Washington County native, Pinkston lived in West Virginia when she was originally hired by the WCPL. 

  • County's Total Patcher temporarily put to halt

    With exceptionally warm temperatures filling the forecasts for much of December, the Washington County Fiscal Court would have loved to have taken advantage by repairing some potholes and cracks in county roads, but there’s just one problem: they can’t get a hold of one of the materials necessary to do it. 

  • Robinson selected for National Young Arts Week

    Aaron Robinson isn’t your typical teenager.

    The Bethlehem High School student, who earlier this year was selected for the Youth Leadership Award in the annual chamber of commerce awards, will soon get the chance of a lifetime. He’s going to Florida for the 35th annual National Young Arts Week in Miami.

  • County purchases ambulance

    The Washington County Fiscal Court will soon be spending more than $100,000 on a new ambulance.

    When the purchase was originally considered, there were five bidders offering to sell the county an ambulance, and the winning bid was presented by Mid America Ambulance and Coach in Campbellsville.

    Magistrate Morris Sweazy, who served on a committee that reviewed the bids, said the recommendation was to purchase a unit from Mid America, which only has 23 miles on it.

  • Ash settling in as city attorney

    Tim Ash, a Louisville native, was recently hired as Springfield’s city attorney and has been settling in to his new position.

    But if it hadn’t been for a change in majors during college, he would never have had the chance.

    Becoming a Lawyer

    When Ash started out at the University of Louisville, his plan was to major in business so he could become a CPA.

  • 2015: A year in review

    • The new Washington County High School opened its doors for classes for the first time on Jan. 5.
    • Katie George, granddaughter of Bob Noe and Martha Ann Haydon of Springfield, was named Miss Kentucky USA 2015.
    • The new Springfield/Washington County Fire Department celebrated the station’s opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
    • Erika Weir represented Washington County and competed in the Distinguished Young Women of Kentucky competition.

  • 20,000 pounds and counting

    Times are tough. While most struggle to make ends meet, for some families in Washington County, putting food on the table is more than struggle. For them, hunger is a real danger and food is more than an arm’s reach away.

    But three men from Rockbridge Baptist Church in Willisburg are working to take the edge off that struggle, and they’re doing it with one pound of food at a time.

  • Local woman accused of online scams

    An intricate web of lies that stretched across North America and duped innocent, hardworking people of more than $16,000 was allegedly spun right here in Washington County. 

    According to a press release from Attorney General Jack Conway’s office, Frankie Louise Yates, 63, of Springfield, was indicted recently by a grand jury on a charge of theft by deception over $10,000. The charge is a class C felony.

  • WC picks up first district win

    “Heat check!” a voice rang throughout the gym.

    Washington County junior DT Yocum had already scored seven points in the first three minutes and 30 seconds, so when he pulled up for his second 3-point attempt of the night, one enthusiastic fan couldn’t help but vocalize what the rest of the Commander supporters were thinking.