Local News

  • Festival kicks off on Friday

    More than 12 years ago, then-Springfield mayor Mike Haydon wanted a celebration of the heritage of the local African American people that coincided with the Holy Rosary Catholic Church picnic.

    That idea blossomed into what is now known as the African American Heritage Festival, one of the largest festivals in the city and an event that returns to Springfield this Friday night.

    For Main Street Executive Director Nell Haydon, the festival is one of the most important — and most fun — events in the area.

  • Former chief of police passes away at 93

    Thomas Leroy “Roy” Fenwick, former chief of police in Springfield, passed away at Springfield Nursing and Rehab on July 19 at the age of 93.

    Fenwick, a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, was on Springfield’s police force from 1970 until 1987, and he held the position of chief from 1979 until 1987.

    His son, Danny Fenwick, served as a spokesperson for the family.

    He said it’s hard to summarize a man’s life in a few words.

  • High school schedule to see changes

    Hillary C. Wright
    Washington County Schools

    Washington County High School is starting the 2015-2016 school year by implementing a new hybrid schedule, one that is a bit more rigorous, but will offer several different areas of study.

  • Waters longest active housing commissioner in state

    For more than half a century, Allen Darnell Waters has been giving a hand to the less fortunate by helping provide affordable and safe housing in Springfield.

    Waters, 85, a commissioner of the Springfield Housing Commission, recently received a South East Regional Conference award for being the longest serving commissioner in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

    “I’ve been on there give or take a little time, 55 years,” Waters said.  

  • Manton Music Jam on Sunday

    Bring your lawn chair, and come on down for an evening of “fun-filled entertainment.”

    That’s the message that co-organizer Bobby Smith is spreading about this year’s Manton Music Jam, which will take place on Sunday, July 26, from noon to dusk this year.

    In its 11th year, the Manton Music Jam has become known around the area as a must-attend event for local music enthusiasts.

    This is no more evident than in the growth the jamboree has seen since its inception in 2005.

  • Tractor mysteriously disappears

    A tractor has recently gone missing, and there are no clues to where it might be, according to Sheriff Jerry Pinkston.

    The Ford 4000 Special Utility farm tractor is owned by Willisburg resident Nancy Settles and has a red primer hood, white round fenders with Armstrong rear tires and a radio mounted in the front of the steering wheel.

  • Grider goes to Germany to study engineering

    Bob Grider knew he wanted to study abroad. The only problem was figuring out the logistics of making it happen.

    Originally from Washington County, Grider chose to study mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech University after graduating high school in 2011. As a sophomore, he tried to find a way to transfer to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland but was unsuccessful in this quest.

    After this disappointment, Grider reluctantly accepted the fact that he wouldn’t get his chance to study abroad.

  • Pastor makes plea for law change

    The Rev. Cal Adams of Temple Baptist Church was present at last week’s city council meeting to make a case to overturn the recently passed amendment to the ABC ordinance that allows Springfield’s businesses to sell alcohol on Sundays.

    The first reading of the amendment was held at the Tuesday, June 9, regularly scheduled meeting, and it was passed at a special-called meeting on Tuesday, June 23. It was passed with a vote of 5-1, with council member Bob Goodlett as the only dissenting vote.

  • Local Boy Scouts help save fellow scout’s life

    Reed Breunig, 15, and Tyler Ashlock, 12, were just coming back from a get-together for members of the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society for the Boy Scouts.

    They had decided to leave early because it was getting late.

    But on the way back to their camp, they were stopped in their tracks by what Ashlock described as a wheezing sound.

  • Fire claims home

    A house fire on the Washington County side of the Washington-Boyle line left a local resident Patrick Hamilton’s home a total loss this past Friday morning.

    Fortunately, though, no one was home at the time of the fire, according to Jim Logsdon, chief for the Springfield-Washington County Fire Department.

    The fire was called in at 9:32 a.m. on Friday, after a passerby saw the smoke rising from the home, which sat off the roadway and was surrounded by trees.