Local News

  • More distinguished ratings for band

    Washington County Concert Band traveled to John Hardin High School last Thursday, where they competed in the KMEA Concert Band Festival.

    They played very beautifully and professionally and came away with Distinguished Ratings from all four judges.

  • A statewide inspiration

    Casey Schaeffer, Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky, visited Springfield recently on her tour through Kentucky. Schaeffer has set a goal to meet every mayor in the Commonwealth to help spread the message of the needs of people with disabilities.

    The Ms. Wheelchair America competition was started in 1972 by a physician in Ohio to raise awareness of the talent and courage of the disabled.

    The organization’s website (www.mswheelchairkentucky.org) notes that unlike the Miss America Pageant, the Ms. Wheelchair America program is “in no way a beauty contest.”

  • State reps looking for a bigger office

    With the 2015 General Assembly concluded, at least two state legislators hope they won’t be back for the 2016 session.

    State Rep. Richard Heath (R-Mayfield) and State Rep. Ryan Quarles (R-Georgetown) are hoping to succeed outgoing Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, who is running for governor.

    The winner of the Republican primary between Heath and Quarles will face the lone Democrat in the race, Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, in November.

  • Sheriff’s office returns excess fees to county

    The Washington County Fiscal Court wrapped up the month of March last Friday.  After the approval of the last three meeting’s minutes, Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston gave the court his report.

    He told the court they had 31 summons served and 78 subpoenas served.

    There were nine attempts to serve warrants or civil papers and they had 151 calls to service. On top of these issued, Pinkston announced they issued 23 concealed carry of a deadly weapons licenses.

  • Heroin bill approved by legislators

    A bill was finalized last week that will mean a lot of change in regard to heroin in Kentucky.

    Among the primary points of Senate Bill 192 are stiffer penalties for traffickers, particularly those crossing state lines and additional funding for treatment of those suffering with addiction.

    A ‘Good Samaritan’ provision was also included that gives a heroin user immunity from facing charges if they report an overdose victim, as was the approval for expanded use of naloxone, an anti-overdose drug.

  • Washington County top 10 in overall health

    The County Health Rankings were recently made available with Washington County ranking in the top 10 in the state overall, as well as top five in quality of life.

    The rankings — available at www.countyhealthrankings.org — list Washington County ninth overall in overall health outcomes, fourth in quality of life and first overall in physical environment. Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield said the statistics from the study make a great portfolio piece for bringing business to the area.

  • PHOTOS: Soaring over Springfield
  • County road fund to take a hit

    Before the state legislative session came to a close last week, lawmakers were able to hash out an agreement for a new floor for the gas tax.

  • News briefs for 3/25


    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

  • A closer look at disaster prep

    When Mother Nature strikes, it’s best to be prepared.

    The effort of any community to bounce back from a major disaster can be an uphill battle, so it’s important to take the proper steps to prepare for such an event.

    That’s what the city of Springfield has been doing as it recently provided updated information for the 2015 Lincoln Trail Regional Hazard Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Plan. The plan will allow the region to focus on improving equipment and processes in order to be better prepared.