Local News

  • Students take art downtown

    More than 100 pieces of art are making their way onto Main Street in Springfield with an event entitled Spring ARTportunity and local businesses are being used as the exhibit.

    The artwork was created by the Washington County High School art department as part of Youth Art Month and the work will be featured in 19 businesses. The event starts on Friday with a reception at Springfield City Hall. Maps will be available, detailing all the downtown locations where students’ pieces will be on display. The artwork will be available for viewing until March 31.

  • Benefits of tourism tax being seen

    In 2008, many Springfield residents and business owners were weary of a newly implemented tax by the city. Seven years later the additional funds are proving to be a boon to the community events that have become commonplace in Springfield.

    The Springfield tourism tax was adopted via an ordinance by city council and has been enforced and collected by the city since. According to city administrator Laurie Smith, all restaurants and individuals selling prepared foods within city limits are included under the tax.

  • County talks trucks, leaky roof

    Washington County Fiscal Court made out like bandits Monday during a special called session Monday afternoon that lasted just 11 minutes. During the meeting, it was reported the recent sale of the county’s three Mack trucks brought in serious funds for the county, allowing it to purchase one 2016 model out right and lease another.

    The tri-axel truck that went to auction finished with a $140,000 sale price, which was more than the $129,916 that the court paid for it last year. 

  • Public library in need of trustees

    The Washington County Public Library is governed by a Board of Trustees. It is comprised of five volunteers representing all areas of Washington County. Trustees come to their volunteer roles with a range of experiences and backgrounds, and a strong desire to ensure the long-term vitality of our public library.  

  • News briefs for 3/18


    Free tree seedlings

    The Washington County Conservation District has free tree seedlings available to the public. Species available are Hazelnut, White Pine, Pin Oak, Dogwood, and Redbud. There is a limit of 20 per person. Our office is located at 461 Lincoln Drive in Springfield or you can contact the office at (859) 336-7777 ext 108.
    2015 Relay For Life March Team Registration Challenge

  • News briefs for 3/11

    2015 Relay For Life March Team Registration Challenge

  • Big winter for Commander band
  • April declared Child Abuse Prevention Month

    The Washington County Fiscal Court met for the first time this month on March 3.

    Kicking off discussions was Sue Clements, along with Betty Rudd and Mary Ann Mare of the Washington County Homemakers. They asked for the court’s support and a proclamation from Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles.

    “We’re here for our 20th year in the campaign to prevent child abuse,” Clements said.

    They noted they weren’t taking Pat Sutton’s place because no one could do so.

  • Arrest made after hotel incident

    An arrest was made over the weekend in connection to reports of domestic abuse and damage to a hotel room at the Springfield Inn. This according to a report provided by Springfield Police.

    Mation L. Price, of College Street in Lebanon, was arrested and charged with domestic abuse as well as first-degree criminal mischief.

    Brittany Wiser of Lebanon reported the crime, and according to Ofc. Tony Golden’s report, Price was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident.

  • Premiere of film at SCC

    A documentary giving recognition to iconic Kentucky women is set to premiere this month and Springfield will play host to one of the initial showings.

    The hour-long documentary “Dreamers & Doers: VOICES of Kentucky Women” is produced by Washington County native Michael Breeding and will debut in Frankfort and Louisville before it is shown in Springfield and finally, Lexington.