Local News

  • More city properties added to National Historic Register

    A section of Main Street in Springfield was recently added to the National Register as a historic district.

    Properties from roughly Commercial Avenue to College Street, and from McCord and High Streets to East Depot Street are included in the historic register.
    Springfield was one of two locations in Kentucky to be listed on the register last month, along with several properties on Main Street in Harrodsburg.

  • Bardstown Road home burglarized

    Burglars made out with several thousand dollars worth of stolen items sometime on Jan. 13 at a home on Bardstown Road.

    According to a police report, a residence at 7655 Bardstown Road was broken into sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 13.
    The victim stated to police that he was not home at the time of the burglary, but his vehicles were still in the driveway. Dogs were also present at the residence, but were housed in a kennel.

  • Feeling the pinch

    Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear issued a stark address to the state on Jan. 17, indicating cuts will come to agencies across the board.

    While the budget is just a proposal now, Washington County shouldn’t expect to come away unscathed after the budget has passed.
    One area that will continue suffering is education.
    Beshear noted in his address that SEEK funding (Support Education Excellence in Kentucky), measured in per-student funding, has slipped back to the same level as 2008.

  • Trouble in a roundabout way

    Commuters will notice a change in the roundabout on US-150 in front of the St. Catharine campus in the near future, after a number of accidents in recent months.

    A one-vehicle injury crash on Jan. 11 was the ninth accident at the roundabout since it opened after construction last summer.
    Five of those accidents, occurring between Aug. 18 and Oct. 5 of last year, show that drivers’ unawareness of the new addition likely contributed to the high number of accidents.

  • News briefs for 01-18

    Wednesday, Jan. 18

    CKCA Meeting
    The Central Kentucky Community Action, Inc. Area Board of Directors meeting will be held on Jan. 18 at 2:30 p.m. The meeting location will be at the Lincoln Trail Office located at 613 College Street Road, Elizabethtown.

    LTADD Meeting

    The Lincoln Trail Area Development District Board of Directors will meet (today) Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Trail ADD office in Elizabethtown.

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  • Local woman waits faithfully for a double-lung transplant

    Springfield resident Lisa Hamilton’s battle with cystic fibrosis (CF) has been a long one, as she was diagnosed at less than one-year old, and now she’s reached the biggest obstacle of all in her fight.

    She and her husband, Ray, are awaiting a phone call informing them of when Lisa will receive a double-lung transplant.
    The Hamiltons have been preparing for the transplant since November, when Lisa went for what she thought was going to be a typical CF check-up.

  • County could have a new legislator

    Washington County could have a new legislator in the future if the redistricting plan that passed the Kentucky House of Representatives also makes it out of the Senate.

    According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, “the plan, prepared by House Democratic leadership, puts nine incumbents across the state in districts with other incumbent representatives. Of those, eight are Republicans and one is a Democrat.”

  • Minors questioned, to be charged in juvenile court for mailbox damage

    Juveniles have been questioned and will be charged in juvenile court for the damage to over 25 mailboxes in the Beechland Road, Valley Hill Road and Lincoln Park Road area.

    The damage occurred over the course of a weekend in mid- to late December. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident.
    In other police news:
    - Another accident happened at the roundabout near the St. Catharine campus on Jan. 11, this time resulting in an injury.

  • City sees rise in revenue and expenses

    Finances are looking better for the city of Springfield, according to auditor and certified public accountant Danny Hardin. He spoke at the city council meeting on Jan. 10.

    “Things are a little bit better, but we still feel uneasy,” he said. “The city has taken a lot of steps to improve, and watch over things. So, we want to ask you to continue a vigilant effort to keep expenses under control, and to make sure all the taxes are collected and managed also.”