Local News

  • Anna Pettus crowned 2011 Junior Miss

    Anna Pettus and Ellen Goatley have been best friends since they were small children. That closeness came in handy Saturday as they were the final two in the running for the title of 2011 Washington County Junior Miss.

    Pettus, daughter of John and Barbara Pettus of Springfield, was crowned the winner, and her best friend said she couldn’t have been happier.

    “We’ve been best friends ever since we were little,” Goatley said. “We weren’t expecting (to win) much, so it was a big surprise for both of us.”

  • City approves $2.25 million budget

    The Springfield City Council has approved a $2.25 million budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year. The estimated revenues include $725,000 from occupational taxes, $275,000 from property taxes, $360,000 from city licenses and $120,000 from tourism taxes. It also includes $323,741 carried over from the previous year.

    Estimated expenditures include $599,135 for police, $483,130 for administration, $321,994 for public works, $296,476 for dispatch, $168,875 for Idle Hour Park, $167,464 for fire, and $129,667 for the Springfield Main Street Renaissance Commission.

  • Man killed in farm 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.

  • Relay raises more than $27,000

    Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating this weekend as the rains fell during the 2010 Washington County Relay for Life. But while attendance was down, the event still managed to raise more than $27,000 for the American Cancer Society.

    “With the economy the way it is, I was hoping to reach $20,000,” said Cathy Carrico, a member of the Relay committee. “We still have some money coming in, and our fundraising for the year ends in August, so we’re hoping to get a little more.”

  • 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.