Local News

  • Much of Chesser’s disappearance a mystery

    Randall Chesser, a 7-year-old autistic boy who was found last week after being missing for 45 hours, now refers to the episode as the time he “went hunting.”

    For the 500 or more volunteers and emergency workers who scoured hills, creeks and fields, it was a hunting trip they won’t soon forget. Fortunately, the story had a happy ending.
    After spending a couple days at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville to be treated for dehydration, Randall returned home Thursday.

  • Educators optimistic about No Child Left Behind scores

    The Washington County school district didn’t necessarily make the grade with its recent No Child Left Behind results, but neither did the majority of the state.

    Less than 13 percent of school districts in Kentucky met all of their No Child Left Behind (NCLB) adequate yearly progress goals, according to the NCLB 2011 adequate yearly progress (AYP) report. Only 42 percent of schools in the state met all of their goals.

  • School board to present new high school exteriors to the public Thursday

    A special-called meeting of the Washington County Board of Education will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at central office.

    An item to be discussed on the agenda is the review of a compilation of exteriors of the new high school.

    Public attendance and feedback about the exteriors is encouraged.

  • WC earns title at Classic

    Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    The Commanderette volleyball team just finished its busiest week of the season, and they came away from the eight-game week with a 5-3 record, a Purples Classic trophy and three individual awards. The varsity team wasn’t the only one earning accolades though.
    The freshman team was also in action at the Queen of the Court tournament hosted by Central Hardin. They took on the hosts of the tournament in the first match and lost handily 8-21, 2-21, but they bounced back in a big way.

  • Community briefs

    Wednesday, Sept. 28

    Willisburg Church of God Speaker
    The Isaiah House chaplain Rev. Gregg W. Anderson will speak Sept. 28 at the Willisburg Church of God, 64 McCann Ridge Lane, Willisburg. The service begins at 7 p.m. For more information call (859) 441-7097 ext. 111.

    Thursday, Sept. 29

    Street Lights Collection

  • Reapportionment reading passes

    The first reading of an ordinance passed on Friday during the regular scheduled Washington County fiscal court meeting that will change the magisterial lines in the county for the first time in at least 20 years.

    The magisterial districts must remain within 10 percent in population between the most and least populated districts.
    Districts are up for review every 10 years after a census, and no change has occurred in Washington County’s magisterial districts in at least 20 years.

  • Farmer vs. a farmer in race for ag commissioner

    One candidate to be Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture has done stand-up comedy. His opponent thinks his campaign is a joke.

    The Democratic candidate, Robert “Bob” Farmer of Louisville operates his own marketing firm, in addition to his occasional comedy performances. James Comer of Monroe County, the Republican candidate, is a farmer who has also served as a state representative.

  • Crossroads Harvest Festival and Jim Beam BBQ Classic are set for this weekend

    A big weekend in Springfield officially kicks off on Friday, when festivities for the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival and Jim Beam BBQ Classic begin.

    The event, sponsored by Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with a community pep rally and a “Spirit Parade,” featuring the Washington County High School football team as the grand marshals.

  • SCC athlete hit by vehicle last week

    A St. Catharine College student was hit by a vehicle on Thursday at around 4:14 p.m. while jogging on Bardstown Rd, one mile west of the city limits.

    Jose P. Zamora, 22, of 2670 Bardstown Road in Springfield was flown to University Hospital in Louisville via helicopter after suffering injuries from the collision. He remained in the hospital as of late Monday night, but hospital personnel would not release his condition to The Springfield Sun.
    Zamora is listed as a junior tennis player from Spain on the St. Catharine College athletics website.

  • 45 hours in despair

    Nearly 45 hours after disappearing, Randall Chesser was found alive, next to a creek off of Coulter Lane, lying on the ground, roughly three miles from his home.

    The seven-year-old autistic boy from Willisburg endured rain, wind and storms that started on Sunday night and lasted into Monday morning.
    “We praise God for just the fact that we found him, and found him alive and he seems to be healthy,” John Settles, Washington County judge/executive, said.