Local News

  • Local candidates have filed

    Multiple city council and school board seats are up for grabs this year, and voters will go to the polls to decide who will fill them on Nov. 8.

    Tuesday, Aug. 9, was the last day for candidates to file for election.

    According to Washington County Clerk Glenn Black, three school board seats are up for the taking, as well as all six spots on the Springfield City Council.

  • WCHS students win national FCCLA honors

     Washington County High School’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is not only one of the biggest chapters in the commonwealth, it’s also had some its members recently recognized at the national level.

  • Film could lead to local coffee shop

    The Woman’s Club building has been transformed into a coffee shop called Gushers, and it could remain that way after the most recent city council meeting.

    The film “Tragedy Girls,” which has also been referred to by its production name Sadie & McKayla, has been filming in Springfield since the end of July, and when the movie called for a smoothie shop for the main characters to visit, the props department created one in the Woman’s Club building.

  • Part of Beechwood Drive to be adopted by county

    Residents of the Beechwood subdivision off of KY 555 will be glad to hear that an approximate 800-foot stretch of Beechwood Drive will be adopted by the county. 

    Washington County Fiscal Court voted to begin the ordinance process so that the county can provide maintenance to the road. 

    This comes after a request from members of the subdivision last year. In September 2015, the fiscal court denied the residents’ request for adoption after it was determined the road did not meet county specifications.

  • School officials preparing for upcoming year

    Children and teens in Washington County are headed back to school tomorrow, and according to Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran, a lot has been done in preparation for their return. 

    “We are very excited about the 16-17 school year,” Cochran said in an email. “WCSD staff, while on summer break, has spent a great deal of time planning and preparing for the upcoming year.”

    She said many staff members have undergone course work over the summer.

  • Receiver named to oversee SCC assets

    The doors of St. Catharine College closed permanently on July 31, and now the assets of the school are under the control of a federal court-appointed receiver as the result of a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by Huntington National Bank as trustee, to recoup more than $24 million under various loans, bonds and mortgages.

  • Body found, identified as Robert Jones

    A body found in Clark County off Goshen Road near Winchester Friday afternoon has been identified as that of Robert “Bobby” Jones, 38, of Florence, Kentucky.

    The remains were discovered Friday afternoon by four people collecting cans along Goshen Road near U.S. 60 and Interstate 64’s exit 101, Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said. According to a statement released Monday evening from Kentucky State Police Public Relations Officer Billy Gregory with Post 15 in Columbia, Jones’ identity was confirmed by dental records.

  • African American Heritage Festival to take place Friday

    Former Kentucky Sen. Georgia Davis Powers, the Springfield native who became the first black and female senator in the commonwealth, will be honored during the 13th annual African American Heritage Festival. The festival is scheduled to begin Friday at 6 p.m. located at the corner of Cross Main Street near the 1816 Courthouse.

  • Juveniles arrested for thefts

    Two juveniles have been arrested in connection with a number of thefts that occurred on Sunday night. 

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, the suspects in the case are accused of stealing two vehicles, as well as taking items from a number of other vehicles. 

    The vehicles stolen were a 2004 Chevy Silverado and a 2006 Toyota Camry. Both vehicles were recovered, and Smith said both of the juveniles have appeared in court. 

  • Weir reflects on summer at Governor’s School for the Arts

    Anna Weir first heard about the Governor’s School for the Arts in 2014.

    Her sister, Erika, was too old for the program, but she knew that it would be something that interested her younger sister Anna when it came time for her to apply in two years, when Anna would be eligible as a rising junior.

    Anna, the daughter of Ted and Hisako Weir, was instantly intrigued by the possibility of spending three weeks working on her skills as a pianist surrounded by other students with similar interests as her.