Local News

  • St. Catharine College to close July 31

    When Saint Catharine College closes its doors signaling the end of summer classes, they will not be reopened in the fall.

    The school has announced it will be closing permanently on July 31, which will put a quiet end to the college’s 85 years of providing education to the tri-county area.

    John Turner, chairman of the board for SCC, and school president Dr. Cindy Gnadinger said the decision to close the Roman Catholic liberal arts college wasn’t one that was taken lightly.

    “It was a long meeting; it was a difficult meeting,” Gnadinger said.

  • Esper shares her story as a cancer survivor

    Jean Esper, 71, has been a cancer survivor for more than a decade. And while she’s been through a lot, she still remains positive to this day.

    “I have been very blessed with how everything’s turned out other than my having to live with the complications from my scarring tissue,” Esper said. 

    Sixteen years ago, Esper was working for the United States Postal Service as an auditor when she began to feel ill.

  • Celebrating history

    A very special birthday is coming up, and a big party is being planned.

    The 1816 Courthouse will celebrate its 200th birthday on July 1, the same day an Independence Day celebration is planned.

    “We’re having a birthday party that day,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “This building that we’re in is 200 years old this year.”

  • WCSD accepts bid for renovation

    The Washington County Board of Education received a new bid for the renovation of the old high school and it came in a lot lower because of their decision to sit tight and rebid the project out. 

    American Roofing won the project with a base bid of $1.2 million plus the cost of alternate projects. In total, the project will be $2.1 million.

    “The other bidder was $200,000 higher,” board treasurer Judy Spalding said. 

  • An in-depth look at the nickel tax

    The future of Washington County Schools will be decided during a public hearing at Washington County High School tomorrow. That’s because a public hearing regarding the adoption of a recallable nickel tax will be held there on June 2 at 5:30 p.m.

    According to Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran, the decision to look at the tax has been around for a while. 

    “The discussions have been ongoing for a couple of years now,” Cochran said.

  • Mt. Zion Covered Bridge under construction

    The Mt. Zion Covered Bridge – the longest covered bridge in the state – is getting a facelift. 

    According to Hamilton Simms of the Washington County Covered Bridge Authority, the bridge is now under construction, and the project, which will take at least 500 days, is the first of its kind since 1982.

    Simms said the contractor, Arnold Graton, of Arnold M. Graton Associates, Inc., from New Hampshire, will do the work.

  • Nickel tax hearing set for June 2

    Washington County property owners may be looking at a slight tax increase in the future. That’s because the Washington County Board of Education will be considering the same thing several other school districts in Kentucky have: the recallable “nickel” tax.

    During last week’s meeting, board members voted to hold a public hearing regarding a recallable nickel tax, an approximate 5-cent tax on every $100 of assessed real estate and personal property. The tax does not apply to motor vehicles.  

  • Habitat for Humanity works to improve quality of life

    While many associate Habitat for Humanity as an organization that builds homes, few know that it does more than that.

    Rick Wagoner, president of My New Kentucky Home Habitat For Humanity Board this year – which serves Nelson, Marion, and Washington counties - said last week that the group also repairs homes several times a year. 

  • Springfield is home away from home for Beverley

    For more than 40 years, Christopher Beverley has traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to stay in Springfield. During that time, he’s made friends and laid the foundation for a second family – that’s because during that time, he’s come for both good times and bad.  

    Beverley first came to Springfield in 1969 as a student ambassador for the World University Service. 

  • City approves updated nuisance ordinance

    With the second reading of the nuisance ordinance already on the agenda, two Springfield citizens helped further the discussion by bringing up two separate and unrelated nuisance complaints to the Springfield City Council.

    First to speak to the council during last week’s meeting was Mark Haas, owner of Old and Odd in Nature, located on the corner of Doctor St. and Main St.