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  • Local project assists families who have lost a child

    A local woman with a heart for children is helping families during a time of need.

    Carissa Harley of Springfield began a project earlier this year to help families who have lost a child. 

  • ‘Pokémon Go’ craze hits Springfield

    Monsters have invaded Springfield. Monsters of the digital kind.

    “Pokémon Go,” and augmented reality game that allows users to track, catch, train and fight creatures with super powers in the real world has taken the world by storm, and Springfield is no exception. 

    The game was released on July 6 and is another addition to the Pokémon franchise that began in the 1990s. 

  • WCHS grad dies in one-vehicle crash

    A recent Washington County High School graduate was killed in a car wreck last week, along with two others.

    Jacob Frick, 17, was one of the three people were killed as a result of a single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 4 a.m. on July 21 in Boyle County.

    Boyle County coroner Donald Hamner identified the other two victims of last week’s crash — who were pronounced dead at the scene — as Matt Darland, 21 and Briana Coffman, 21. 

  • Movie to begin filming in Springfield later this month

    Lights, camera, action.

    Springfield is about to receive an influx of people and an economic boost as a result of a decision made by Tragedy Girls Production, LLC — a partnership of two production companies — who will be filming a movie in the city at the end of the month.

    The local economic impact of this decision is expected to be significant, according to Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield.

  • Petition filed against nickel tax

    More than 1,000 people in Washington County have signed the petition against the Washington County School District’s recallable nickel tax, which will put the tax levy to a countywide vote later this year.

    According to Washington County Clerk Glenn Black, the petition was filed with his office last week and contained approximately 1,036 signatures from Washington County residents.

  • City has first meeting with hike and bike trail engineers

    The Mike Haydon Hike and Bike Trail project is officially underway. 

    Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith reported at the July 12 city council meeting that the city has had its first meeting with engineers for the project and preliminary plans are being drawn up. The plans will eventually be brought before the council for input. 

  • Missing couple's bodies still not found

    The man arrested in connection with the disappearance and murders of a Florence, Kentucky, couple has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury.

    Craig Pennington, 52, of 1217 Texas Road in Springfield, has been indicted on 11 counts in relation to the deaths of Robert “Bobby” Jones, 38, and Crystal Warner, 35, who were last seen on July 3 at Pennington’s residence.

  • Teenager killed in car wreck

    A Washington County teenager has died as a result of a July 11 automobile accident.

    Opal White, 16, of Willisburg, died last Monday night when a vehicle she was riding in was involved in a crash. She would have been a sophomore at Washington County High School this August.

    Washington County Superintendent of Schools Robin Cochran said Opal was a unique member of the Washington County School District family.

  • 9-10-year-olds see season end

    What started out as a tough tournament for Washington County’s 9-10-year-old all-stars got a little tougher as the Kentucky District 5 Little League Tournament continued last week.

    On Tuesday, the all-stars looked to bounce back from their two earlier losses as they took on Boyle County.

    Unfortunately, Boyle topped Washington County 13-5.

  • Former resident to participate in international pageant

     A former Washington County resident will be competing in the Mrs. International pageant later this month.