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  • Arrest made in Dollar General robbery

     

    The man believed to be responsible for the June 20 robbery of the Springfield Dollar General Store is behind bars in Ohio.

    Montiest Barney, 25, of Elizabethtown, was arrested last week after allegedly robbing a store near Middletown, Ohio.

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, local police were alerted to the case after Barney was arrested and began to tell officers in Ohio of other robberies he claimed to have committed.

  • Man hit by vehicle dies near Loretto

     

    A Washington County man is dead after what is being investigated as a possible hit-and-run accident.

    Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield, was found dead at 2:42 a.m. Sunday, July 16. He was discovered on Bill Samuels Road, near the entrance of Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto.

  • Special attorney assigned in Pennington murder case

     

    The man charged in the July 3, 2016, murders of Robert Jones and Crystal Warner was back in Washington County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon for another pretrial conference.

    Craig Pennington, 52, walked into the courtroom and looked at the families of Jones and Warner, and that look stirred emotion in the families of the victims, particularly for Robert’s parents, Bill and Sandy Jones.

  • Salvation Army holds Christmas in July

     

    A familiar sight in December has sprung up in the heat of summer – the Salvation Army’s troop of bell ringers.

    Teresa Smothers, a co-chair for Washington County’s Salvation Army branch, said Christmas in July is a fundraising effort that aims to raise money for those in need in Washington County.

    “The important thing is to raise funds to be able to help the people in the community,” Smothers said.

    The Salvation Army raised $6,000 last year, and hopes to increase that by 25 percent this year.

  • All-star team packed with pitchers

     

    Baseball is the mainstay of many communities, and Little League is no exception. Here in Springfield, kids from across the county gather every summer to compete with and against each other, and some are fortunate enough to be picked to their all-star teams. The 8-10 year old all-star group has been playing together for quite some time, but the team possesses a trait few others do: all the players know how to pitch.

    “It’s a nice luxury,” said head coach Leonard Abell.

  • 8-10-year-old all-stars are state bound

     

    Who are the happiest kids in Washington County right now? The 8-10 year old Little League all-stars would be a good answer. The team competed in the District 5 Little League Baseball Tournament last week and, after defeating Glasgow 11-0 on Sunday, completed its quest for not only a championship, but a berth in the state tournament this weekend in Middlesboro.

    “It’s something that hasn’t happened around here for a while,” said head coach Leonard Abell. “I’m extremely happy for them.”

  • Jets Over Kentucky back at airport this week

     

    For 13 years now, model jet enthusiasts from all over the world have been coming to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport to fly their aircraft in an event known as Jets Over Kentucky.

    When it started, there were only 28 participants, according to event organizer Lewis “The General” Patton. When this year’s event opened Sunday, there were already many more than that, and Patton said the event is expected to draw between 160 and 180 participants.

  • Nelson County woman found

    UPDATE: According to a report from The Kentucky Standard, Ball has been found safe.

  • Be prepared for disasters

    Washington County had a brush with disaster when high winds struck the area last week causing damage to structures and blocking roadways.

    Kevin Devine, the director of Washington County’s Office of Emergency Management, said the storm was an eye-opener for how fast things can turn sour.

  • When seconds count

    “Emergency 911, where is your emergency, what is your county?’”

    No matter what time of day or what day of the week, dispatchers at the Springfield Police Department are on standby, waiting to help you during your time of need. 

    E-911 Captain Francisco Vazquez, who’s been working as a dispatcher for 16 years, said someone is always on duty – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each person works a 12-hour shift for three days a week, followed by a four-hour shift.