Local News

  • City to apply for grant to replace poles

     The city of Springfield could be receiving a grant up to $75,000 to replace the poles and lights on the field at Idle Hour Park used by the high school baseball team.

    At last week’s regularly scheduled meeting, City Administrator Laurie Smith told the city council about the possibility of applying for a land and water conservation fund grant that would allow the city to apply for funding to replace the poles on that field.

  • Essex gets five years for police pursuit

    Kendra Peek
    The Advocate-Messenger

    A Springfield man who allegedly evaded police for about a month before being captured in a Nicholasville motel was sentenced Tuesday, March 8, in Boyle County.

    John Michael Essex was sentenced to five years, to run concurrent with a sentence he is expected to receive on Mercer County charges. He was scheduled to be sentenced in Mercer County District Court on March 15 after press time.

  • SCC continues fight for federal aid

     Saint Catharine College’s fight against the U.S. Department of Education took a turn last week when the DOE said it would pay some funds that were withheld from the Catholic college. However, according to SCC Communications Director Jesse Osbourne, a teleconference call involving the DOE and SCC last Tuesday resulted in the setting of a court hearing, which will begin this morning at the federal courthouse in Louisville. 

  • Former police chief dies

    Former Springfield Police Chief Larry Tousignant passed away last week at the age of 74. Tousignant, originally from Michigan, served as Springfield’s police chief from 1993-2001.

    “He was instrumental in the formation of the city and county E911 system and served during the construction of the new Police Department and E911 Dispatch Center,” City Administrator Laurie Smith said. “I recall him well and remember him to always be a gentleman and friend.”

  • Cruz takes Washington County

    Republican voters in Kentucky made their voices heard when Republican Party frontrunner Donald Trump narrowly picked up a win in last week’s Republican caucus.

    Despite Trump’s win in Kentucky, Texas senator Ted Cruz was the winner in Washington County with 209 votes, just eight more than Trump’s 201. 

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio trailed in third with 115 votes, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich managed to pick up 56 votes. No one else on the ticket could reach double digits.

  • Taylor sisters win Youth Leadership Award

    It all started in the summer of 2014.

    Each year, Madison, 11, and Lauren Taylor, 6, had grown a garden, but they always seemed to have a surplus. With the New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future and the city of Springfield trying to rebuild the farmers market at that time, family members started encouraging them to start a business.

    And 2 Chicks’ Farm was born.

  • Mac Stevens named Junior Mister

    Twelve Washington County High School students took to the stage over the weekend to raise money for a good cause - Relay for Life. The fourth annual Junior Mister pageant raised more than $5,000 for the cancer survivor’s program on March 5.

    Junior Mister is a spoof of the Distinguished Young Women competition formerly known as Junior Miss.

  • Woman hides meth on child

     A Washington County mother was arrested in Boyle County last week after law enforcement claim that she hid crystal meth on her juvenile child. 

    Tonya M. Davis, 37, of Willisburg, was arrested by the Boyle County Sheriff’s Department on March 3 by BCSD deputy Casey McCoy. 

    According to a press release, McCoy, a K-9 handler, conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle leaving the area of Super 8 Motel in Danville.

  • GOP caucus set for Saturday

    Landmark News Service

    After the impact of Super Tuesday voting this week, Kentucky’s Republicans get their turn in the presidential political spotlight Saturday.

    All Washington County Republicans will vote at a single site in the banquet room of Mordecai’s on Main in downtown Springfield. Voting hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Instead of being staged the county clerk, the Republican caucus is organized and run by the Republican Party of Kentucky.

  • St. Dominic’s Junior Beta going to nationals

    St. Dominic School’s junior beta team learned something they did not expect recently - that they’re going to New Orleans, Louisiana, for the Junior Beta National Convention. 

    Heather Carrico, a sponsor for the club, said this is the school’s first year having a Junior Beta team, and they learned they’d be going after earning the spot in the Kentucky Junior Beta State Convention in Louisville. 

    “We are very excited about it,” Carrico said.