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Local News

  • Clements found not guilty

    Local businessman and school board member Pat Clements was found not guilty of violating Washington County's social host ordinance, which prohibits adults from hosting parties or providing alcohol to minors.

    It took a Washington County jury about 10 minutes to return with a verdict of not guilty and clear Clements in the case charging him with providing alcohol to minors at a party that took place on June 6 of this year.

    The verdict was returned at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. See a complete story in next week's Springfield Sun.

  • Bank robbery suspect arrested

    After receiving word that a man wanted in connection with the Nov. 7 robbery of Springfield State Bank was in their city, Louisville Metro Police took the suspect into custody on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

  • Springfield 911 dispatch center voted smoke free by city council

    You can smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em at the Springfield Police Department, but you’ll have to take ‘em outside.

    At a meeting held on Nov. 10, the Springfield City Council approved a motion to make the Springfield Police Department a smoke-free building.

    Previously, employees who smoked were allowed to use a small kitchen as a smoking area. Now, no one is permitted to light up inside.

  • SCC Circle of Friends eclipses $200,000

    Even in these uncertain economic times there is one thing that remains a certainty. That is the annual support of the Washington County community for St. Catharine College. Such support was evident again Thursday night at the Washington County Circle of Friends dinner that generated $201,693 for the local school.

    “I am continually amazed by the generosity of the people in Washington County,” said Jenna Copple, Vice-President for Advancement. “Even in this tough economy they stepped up again to support these students and the college.”

  • Local voters don’t stick with parties

    Democrats outweigh Republicans by more than 2 to 1 in Washington County, but you couldn’t tell it by looking at the totals from last week’s election.

    Locally, four partisan races were on the ballot, and three of those four were won by Republicans, despite the number of Democrats registered to vote. According to Washington County Clerk Glenn Black, there are 5,569 Democrats registered in the county, while only 2,252 Republicans are registered. An additional 246 voters were classified as “other.”

  • Remembering their service

    “It is important to reflect on the tremendous debt this nation owes its veterans, and to never forget the sacrifices of those who have gone before us as they defended our freedom and way of life.”

    Those words were spoken by Brigadier General Lonnie Culver Friday morning to a gymnasium filled with students, as well as veterans and other members of the community. Gen. Culver was the keynote patriotic speaker at Washington County High School’s annual Veteran’s Day celebration.

  • Lottery proceeds help local students in higher education

    Washington Countians spent more than $1 million on Kentucky Lottery tickets last year. While there were some winners and some losers when it came to lottery prizes, there were hundreds of local winners in the form of college scholarships and grants. A total of $846,260 in lottery proceeds was given to Washington County students, with 503 total awards being given, according to according to figures released by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

  • Bank robbery suspect arrested

    After receiving word that a man wanted in connection with Friday’s Springfield State Bank robbery was in their city, Louisville Metro Police took the suspect into custody Tuesday night.

  • EMS to stop making "free house calls"

    Washington County EMS is tired of making free house calls with the cost going to county taxpayers. Director Mark Hale said at a Washington County Fiscal Court meeting on Monday that something needs to be done.

    “Too many people are abusing the system,” said Hale. “We get some calls where people just want us to pick somebody up off the floor.”

    Effective immediately, after two courtesy calls for medical assistance, the patient will be charged $100 for each trip thereafter if no transport is needed.

  • Springfield State Bank branch robbed

    A Bardstown man is wanted in connection with Friday’s armed robbery of the Springfield State Bank branch on Bardstown Road in Springfield.

    According to Springfield Police Chief Fred Armstrong, a black male entered the bank at 1:47 p.m. Friday and handed a note to an employee demanding money. The note instructed the woman to put money in a bag, but said to not put a dye pack in the bag. The woman followed the instructions, and the man left with an undisclosed amount of money.