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Local News

  • Future of career center discussed by Springfield City Council

    The Springfield Tourism Commission and the Springfield City Council met in a joint session on Monday, Feb. 27, in the Opera House conference room to discuss the future of the career center in Washington County.

  • Springfield State Bank wins Chamber Member of the Year

    A local business with a long history in Springfield was recognized at the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce awards gala. 

    Springfield State Bank was presented the 2016 Chamber Member of the Year award, and Robbie Polin, president and CEO of Springfield State Bank, accepted. 

    David Purdom introduced Polin with a brief history of the bank’s ties with Springfield and Washington County.

  • Home destroyed by fire

    Four people escaped tragedy when their home was engulfed in flames over the weekend.

    According to Springfield Fire Chief Jim Logsdon, a fire at 1108 Lebanon Road in Springfield left Michelle Hagan and her two children without a home. Logsdon said Hagan’s boyfriend was also staying there that evening. 

    “They all bailed out through the window,” Logsdon said. 

    Though the people inside managed to escape, a small dog was killed in the fire. 

  • Hernandez named Junior Mister

    More than $3,000 was raised for Washington County Relay for Life during 2017’s Junior Mister contest Saturday night.

    According to Traci Blandford, an organizer for the event, a total of $3,100 was raised for the cause. Debbie McIntosh emceed the well-attended event, which was hosted at the River of Life Church in Springfield. 

    Jesus Hernandez was named this year’s junior mister after 10 boys competed for the title. Hernandez also won self-expression, talent, interview and spirit awards. 

  • Hernandez named Junior Mister

    More than $3,000 was raised for Washington County Relay for Life during 2017’s Junior Mister contest Saturday night.

    According to Traci Blandford, an organizer for the event, a total of $3,100 was raised for the cause. Debbie McIntosh emceed the well-attended event, which was hosted at the River of Life Church in Springfield. 

    Jesus Hernandez was named this year’s junior mister after 10 boys competed for the title. Hernandez also won self-expression, talent, interview and spirit awards. 

  • Lebanon woman killed in hit-and-run

    A Lebanon woman was killed near the Washington/Marion County line over the weekend after a hit-and-run occurred near the intersection on KY 55 and Airport Road. 

    Kentucky State Police said Latoya C. Norris, 32, of Lebanon, was found lying off the northbound shoulder of KY 55.

    Kentucky State Police trooper Adam Likins and Detective Josh Dicken are investigating the collision, which is believed to have occurred on March 5 between the hours of 3 a.m. and sunrise.

  • Superintendent's contract is renewed for another four years

    Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran will lead the district for another four years. 

    That’s because Cochran’s four-year employment contact was renewed for another term during February’s school board meeting last week.

    She said the district’s “work will never be done.” 

  • City receives top marks in financial audit

    The city of Springfield received the results of its annual financial audit for the 2016 fiscal year at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Springfield City Hall.

    Mayor Debbie Wakefield and the city council were presented the audit results by Jason Strange from Smith & Company CPAs PLLC in Bardstown. Overall, Strange said the city had a very solid financial position and everything reviewed in the audit was presented fairly and correctly.

  • Langford earns Young Leader award at chamber gala

    Spencer Langford is a young man that Washington County “can be proud of.”

    Bart Mattingly, who presented this year’s Young Leader of the Year award at the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce awards gala, said Langford is someone the county can be proud of and focuses his time and efforts in a variety of activities.

  • Lebanon career center will continue to serve locals

    The career center in Lebanon will remain open and continue to serve people in Washington County. 

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, Marion County and the city of Lebanon put in $30,000 each to keep one employee on staff there. Settles said the Offices of Veterans Affairs, Farm Workers, Office of the Blind will continue to be there during certain times of the month and will pay a certain amount to use the space and office equipment there.