Local News

  • Q&A session with Springfield’s new mayor

    Debbie Wakefield’s tenure as mayor of Springfield may be less than two months in, but that doesn’t mean it has been without historical significance locally.

    Wakefield became the first female and first African American mayor of Springfield when she claimed last November’s race over three other candidates.

    She is a Springfield native and 1988 graduate of Washington County High School who has served the past six years as a city council member.

  • Fires claim two homes

    Last week’s winter storm may have meant a few days off work for some residents, but for the Springfield and Washington County fire departments, it was anything but.

    Springfield Fire Chief Jim Logsdon said the first responders made 10 runs between Feb. 18 and Feb. 22, including one fatal car accident, two serious house fires and a barn fire. They also responded to four instances of water flow issues after at- or below-zero temperatures caused pipes to burst.

  • Officials deal with snow issues

    Some say last week’s snowfall was the worst snowstorm since 1978, and it’s hard to argue.

    With record-breaking snowfall and viciously cold temperatures, Washington County, like all of central Kentucky, has had a lot of stress and school closings on its plate.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said the police department was fortunate to have several four-wheel drive vehicles at its disposal last week.

  • Fatal collision on US 150 Wednesday

    One person is dead following a two-vehicle accident on US 150 Wednesday afternoon.

    Rhonda Yates, 51, of Danville, was transported to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon following the collision, where she was pronounced dead.

    According to Kentucky State Police, the accident occurred at 5:15 p.m., with Yates heading east on US 150 in a 2003 Mitsubishi one mile east of Springfield.

    According to a news release from KSP, Westbound Hoyt Calhoun, 50, of Boston, Ky., crossed the center line in a 2010 Chevrolet and collided with Yates.

  • PHOTOS: Black History Month

    A Black History Month celebration was held at Johnson’s Chapel on East High Street in Springfield on Sunday. Local residents reflected on their history and spoke on the future during the event. Bobby Harris was on hand as the guest speaker, while Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield and Perryville Mayor Anne Sleet were recognized as the first female African American mayors in their respective communities.

  • Dedication of a lifetime

    A lifetime achievement award is intended for someone who has dedicated countless years of service to a cause or a community. It’s someone who has stepped up to the plate to lead when direction is needed. That description could not be more apt for Dr. John W. Cecconi, the winner of the 2015 Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement award.

  • Kentucky authors to visit for March 5 event

    It may not seem like it, but the New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future just turned 10 years old.

    You may not have heard of the non-profit organization until five years, three years or even just a year ago, but Sr. Claire McGowan and the New Pioneers have been hard at work for a decade trying to send the message of the importance of preserving the world around us, and on Thursday, March 5 they’ll celebrate that decade of progress.

  • City talks on 5k, market

    City officials received a tour of the Robertson building prior to last week’s monthly meeting, as the historic facility undergoes renovation.

    Johan Graham, project developer, and AU Associates, the contractor out of Lexington, provided the tour as the makeover begins to take form.

    Upon completion, the building will be host to seven residential units — three two-bedroom and four one-bedroom apartments — as well as an area on the ground floor that will be designated for commercial (merchant) use.

  • Kellys prep for 18-month mission

    Pieces of paper marked with alien glyphs hang taped to a bedroom closet door. Away from the bed sits a table with more papers strewn about and an iPad that looks recently used. At first glance, the scene looks strikingly similar to a spy’s secret lair.

    There’s not any kind of covert operation being conducted though.

    Instead, it’s a sort of homemade tutoring center for learning a new language - one that’s difficult and must be mastered in a hurry.  

  • PHOTOS: Open (mother)house

    The Dominican Sisters of Peace at the St. Catharine Motherhouse welcomed guests to their facility on Sunday afternoon in an event that was the first of its kind.

    As part of the Year of Consecrated Life — Nov. 30, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2016 — the Dominican Sisters held an open house to allow the community to learn more about how the sisters live and what makes up their daily life.

    Sr. Diane Traffas said the initiative was started by Pope Francis as a way to celebrate the way priests and sisters live throughout the world.