Local News

  • Superintendent negotiating new 4-year contract

    Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran is negotiating a new four-year contract with the district.
    Preliminary terms of the agreement indicate Cochran will earn no less than her current annual salary of $109,249.25.
    Details will be finalized sometime before July 1, Cochran said, when the new contract is expected to begin.
    “I’m really excited,” she said. “I’ll be working to keep stability in the district.”

  • Hodgenville firm wins local bridge bids

    County officials on Monday discussed
    projects at Valley Hill and Grundy Home roads.
    Bridge replacements are needed at both locations and Hornback Construction, based in Hodgenville, was awarded both projects after submitting the lowest bids for each. Hornback placed a bid of $29,940 for work on Valley Hill Road, with an estimate of $148,370 for the Grundy Home Road project.

  • Postal service cutting Saturday service

    Saying it was tired of waiting for Congress to take action, the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday announced it plans to stop delivery and collecting of letters on Saturdays effective Aug. 5. But packages will continue to be delivered.
    The postal service said the move would save $2 billion a year, according to CNN.
    “It’s a responsible decision. It makes common sense,” said Patrick Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO of the postal service.

  • Too cool for a school

    When the new Washington County High School opens its doors in fall 2014, district officials say it will be modern and refined with contemporary amenities found at Starbucks and other upscale businesses.
    Plans for the 600-student capacity school show a sleek, 100,000 square-feet building, featuring Wi-fi hotspots and computerized kiosks meant to serve as a one-stop concierge for students and staff. A grand foyer will welcome visitors, while
    furnishings will be flanked mostly in red, blue and neutral accents.

  • Fire, death, assault

    Details uncovered in court documents reveal a glimpse into the life of a Springfield family afflicted by tragedy and may ultimately provide a motive for a destructive 2010 house fire and the damning allegations that surfaced nearly a year later.  
    Kenneth W. Thompson, 45, of 202 Commercial Ave., who faces 36 counts of incest, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Feb. 20 in Washington Circuit Court.  

  • Hero saves family

    On Saturday, Jan. 5 at around 5 p.m., Springfield native Christy Dye, now of Lebanon, was traveling down KY 555 in her 2008 Kia Sportage chatting with passengers Tina Cocanougher (her mother) and Mary Riley (her grandmother) on their way to see Cocanougher’s sister in Willisburg.

  • Trial set Feb. 12 for Springfield man charged with incest

    A Springfield man charged with incest is scheduled for trial in Washington Circuit Court on Feb. 12.

  • Langford named county's solid waste/recycling coordinator

    Washington County fiscal court announced the hiring of Washington County Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator George Ann Palmer’s replacement on Friday. The newest county employee got started immediately, with training beginning on Monday of this week.
    Brad Langford was selected to succeed Palmer, who announced last month that she will be stepping down from the position on March 1.

  • Ky. licenses carry new marks for state's organ donors

    Kentucky residents have seen several changes to their driver’s license over the last year, and now there’s one final tweak and state officials are excited about it.

  • Willisburg fire completely destroys family's home

    A Willisburg family is safe but without their home, after it was completely destroyed by a Saturday morning fire.
    Fire and rescue crews were called to the burning structure on Montgomery Lane, just south of the Bluegrass Parkway, sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. on Feb. 2, according to reports from Willisburg Fire Chief Jessie Carney.
    “The structure was fully involved when we got there,” he said. “We knocked the fire down on it, but everything was completely destroyed.”