Local News

  • Family escapes Monday fire

    A family on Valley Hill Road avoided a close call Monday morning when their home burst into flames, but fortunately all seven people inside — including five children — were able to get to safety before flames engulfed the home.

    According to Springfield Fire Chief Jim Logsdon, the call to respond to the fire came around 5 a.m., with firefighters spending roughly five hours battling the flames.

    The home, which was formerly the Valley Hill General Store, was a loss, but no one inside was injured in the incident.

  • Miss Kentucky USA 2015

    Springfield has a stunned, though proud, family this week following the announcement on Sunday night at the Ursuline Arts Center in Louisville that Katie George would be crowned Miss Kentucky USA 2015.

    George, the daughter of Tim and Ann (Haydon) George, has family in Washington County that includes her grandparents, Bob Noe and Martha Ann Haydon. After this past weekend’s competition, they’re all still wrapping their heads around what just happened.

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    Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction, get him or her the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals.  Call 800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com on the Internet.

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  • PHOTOS: Simms recognized by committee
  • Sew This & That in the New Year

    Marion Mulligan and Rita Yates

    Hey girls and boys, ladies and gentlemen, did you survive Christmas and New Year with all the whoopee stuff? Here’s hoping the true meaning of Christmas got to you. Donating to needy causes or distributing foods was top of the list for many because we really do not need all that ‘stuff’ anymore. The children enjoy the magic and that is just perfect; innocence is almost non-existent these days and the art expressed in our little sewing column here today.

  • New sheriff settling into role

    Kentucky State Police recently made information available regarding highway fatalities across Kentucky, including a breakdown for each county.

    In 2014, there were 661 fatalities in the state, 23 more than the previous year. The number, however, is still well below the totals from 2010 (759), 2011 (717) and 2012 (746).

  • Grant arms SPD with vests

    The Springfield Police Department got good news recently, when they were approved for a $4,280 grant to cover the cost of eight new body armor vests for the force.

    The grant was approved on Dec. 18, and the announcement came from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.

    SPD Chief Jim Smith said he knew a grant existed for this type of equipment, and he was confident they would be able to benefit from it.

  • Thursday night accident claims life

    A single-car wreck took the life of a 23-year-old Washington County resident late Thursday night.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Jordan Haydon, of Springfield, was traveling north on Bloomfield road in a 2001 Ford vehicle when the accident occurred just after midnight.

    A press release from KSP stated that Haydon lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway before striking a tree.

  • PHOTOS: Taking the show on the road
  • PHOTOS: In the door at last

    Washington County students have been waiting for this moment, and on Monday, it finally arrived.

    The new Washington County High School building opened its doors to students and a new era officially began for Washington County Schools.

    The cost of the building was in the neighborhood of $17 million, and the project was led by Ross Tarrant Architects and Alliance Corporation, the primary contractor.