Local News

  • WCHS celebrates National FCCLA Week

    As Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) celebrates its national week this week, the club reflected recently on what has made it such a success at the local level.

    With nearly 200 members, Washington County FCCLA has established itself as the largest chapter in Kentucky for the last eight years and has been in the conversation for largest in the nation on at least two occasions.

  • Majestic memories

    For years, the Majestic Theatre on Main Street was the central source of entertainment in Springfield.

    For the cool price of a buck, a family of three could take in the Sunday night movie and have change enough left for a treat. Those days are distant memories for anyone fortunate enough to recall them, but for at least one local resident, they remain the sweetest of memories.

  • Todd Allen named Marketer of the Year

    1851 Maple Hill Manor, one of the world’s finest bed and breakfasts, has a number of prestigious accolades under its belt.  From being named the Best Bed and Breakfast recipe in 2013, to being called the commonwealth’s best B&B by Kentucky Monthly Magazine, Springfield’s icon has been featured in USA Today’s Best Years magazine twice and by The Kentucky Standard.

    In fact, they have more awards than any other bed and breakfast in Kentucky, and will be featured by the Lehman Report in the near future.

  • Lisa Haydon honored by award

    Lisa Haydon was named Citizen of the Year by the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce at the awards gala held on Jan. 29, and she said it felt good to know that the work she has put in over the years has not gone unnoticed.

    “I felt very honored to be recognized because I have worked hard for Springfield since I’ve been here,” Haydon said.

  • Suspect flees, later arrested

    A man who eluded authorities on two occasions last week has been taken into custody.

    Alvin D. Miller, 30, of Lebanon, was wanted by Springfield Police on a wanton endangerment charge stemming from an incident reported by Kim D. Berry of Springfield on Jan. 21.

    The Springfield Police Department posted on Facebook last Tuesday that they and Lebanon Police were searching for Miller, who had already twice fled on foot.

  • Alpaca fiber plant set to open in Springfield

    You may not have heard of the name U.S. Natural Fibers yet – but you will soon.

    USNF is a fiber processing plant that is currently under works in Springfield and will bring several new jobs to the community in the months to come.

    Shawn Malloy, who helped found the companies Kentucky Royalty, and in 2013 Altera, both of which are known for their alpaca fiber socks, said the two companies are the catalyst of what’s to come with USNF.

  • His legacy lives on

    After a long battle with cancer, legendary girls’ basketball coach Bill Newton passed away last Monday, but the legacy he left behind will ensure that his mark is left on Washington County for years to come.

    Newton was the head coach of the Washington County Commanderettes for 26 seasons, compiling a 444-276 career record before stepping into retirement in 2003.

  • News briefs 2/4


    Protect Your Family

    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.

    Volunteers Needed

  • February Sew This & That

    Marion Mulligan and Rita Yates

    Once upon a time there was an old black winter coat; it wasn’t expensive, but it had a nice fit and worthy of upgrading.  Sadly the back lining had split down the middle and torn away from the stitches. During one of our Sew This & That consultations we concluded that the stitched-at-the-bottom lining contributed to the ripping, as there was no ease for movement.  Now a new heavier red lining will be created and will be free-swinging once inside the coat. 

  • ‘Precious Memories’ of a forgotten activist

    Bell County native Sarah Ogan Gunning became a renowned activist and folk performer in the mid-20th Century, but in the years since her death in 1983, much of her legacy has been forgotten by the general public.

    Born in 1910, Gunning was raised during the rise of the coal industry and the Great Depression, and faced numerous hardships.

    Her struggle to overcome her situation led to the inspiration of modern-day activists like Sue Massek.