Local News

  • Residents call for solutions to problems on High Street

    Taxation with representation – that was the rallying cry for several residents of East High Street in Springfield at the June 8 meeting of the Springfield City Council. A group of citizens concerned about issues such as loitering, noise, littering and general disregard for private property turned out to speak with council members.

  • Outstanding in his field: Settles wins prestigious FFA award

    It’s not uncommon to say someone grew up on a farm in Washington County, and it’s as true of Jordan Settles as it is of anyone you’ll meet. Not only did he grow up on a farm, the 19-year-old literally grew up farming.

    “He’s been working cattle since he was four years old,” said Charlotte Settles, Jordan’s mother. “He and Jeff came in and Jeff said, ‘Tell Momma what you’ve been doing.’ He had been opening and closing the gate as they got the cattle in. I couldn’t believe it.”

  • Grand jury indicts five

    A Washington County grand jury has returned indictments against five people.

    Thomas R. Combs, also known as Thomas R. Cornish, 29, of 10071 Highway 555 in Willisburg, was charged with a total of 10 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument 2nd degree, a Class D Felony, and two  counts of being a persistent felony offender.

    According to court documents, the charges are in relation to forged checks, allegedly written between April 10 and May 11, 2010. Bond for Combs/Cornish was set at $20,000 cash.

  • Junior Miss contest is Saturday night

    A group of 13 young ladies will take center stage Saturday night to compete for the title of 2011 Washington County Junior Miss.

    Jordon Mudd, co-chair of the event, said the participants have worked hard, and she sees a lot of responsibility and determination from the group.

  • County switches insurance plans for employees

    No one likes to see their insurance deductibles go up, but the Washington County Fiscal Court voted 5-0 Monday to switch the county’s insurance coverage for its employees to a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) managed by Peel and Holland Insurance through KACo. The vote was unanimous, with magistrate Greg Simms absent from the meeting.

  • Jake's Day event canceled

    The Jake's Day event scheduled for Saturday, June 12 at River of Life Church has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

  • Local Relay for Life kicks off Friday night

    This Friday, the campus of St. Catharine College will shake, rattle and roll as the Washington County Relay for Life takes place. The theme this year is “Music of the Night” and each campsite will celebrate their favorite song or music style.

    The festivities kick off at 7 p.m. with the opening ceremony, followed by the survivors ceremony and lap. A silent auction will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The luminaria ceremony, honoring those who have fought cancer or have lost their fight, will be held at 10 p.m.

  • Local man killed in tractor accident

    A 61-year-old Washington County man was killed in a farm accident Thursday afternoon, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Mark Falkenstein of Springfield was operating a tractor that was towing another tractor uphill when the tractor he was driving overturned, pinning him beneath it. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    For more on this story, see next week's issue of The Springfield Sun.

  • Local FEMA office will close Saturday at 6 p.m.

    After just opening Monday morning, the Springfield Disaster Recovery Center located in the Washington County Court Annex at 111 North Cross Main Street, will close its doors for business Saturday at 6 p.m.

  • FEMA repairing lives, rebuilding homes

    Tom and Mary Ann Tingle have been married for 13 years. They have lived in their home on Midway Lane off Bloomfield Road since they married, and Tom has owned the property since 1982. When heavy rains and flooding took place the first weekend of May, it was nothing new to the Tingles. They had seen flooding before, and although they had suffered damage in the past, they had recovered and been able to return to their home.