Local News

  • The Sun hires two to staff

    The Springfield Sun has hired John Overby as the new sports/news reporter, and he began serving the community on Tuesday of this week.

    Overby, a 2009 graduate of Russell County High School and a 2013 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College where he majored in media studies, has spent most of his life in Jamestown, so he said he’s familiar with a friendly, small-town environment.

  • Rep. Guthrie speaks at SCC

    United States Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., stopped by St. Catharine College last Wednesday to host a town hall meeting, where members of the community were able to voice their concerns and pose questions to the member of the House of Representatives.

    During Congress’ time off, Guthrie has been visiting each of the 21 counties in his congressional district to get feedback from the Commonwealth about what issues are important to them.

  • Local woman named to UK board

    A former Washington County resident and WCHS graduate was recently honored by being appointed to the University of Kentucky board of trustees.

    Angela Logan Edwards, who acquired her law degree from UK, said she was floored when she found out Gov. Steve Beshear and his nominating committee had chosen her as the next board member.

  • Copper taken from school site

    An undisclosed amount of type L copper piping was taken from the site of the new Washington County High School last weekend, and the Springfield Police Department is looking for leads.

    According to police, between the night of Friday, Aug. 23 and Monday, Aug. 26, someone entered the construction property on Hwy-150 and drove away with 300 feet of copper piping. The culprits took 100 feet each of one-inch, two-inch and two-and-a-half inch pipes. Some of the piping had already been installed and welded into place, and was removed from the framework.

  • Ground broken

    The Washington County Fire Protection Association and Washington County Fire Department are getting a much-needed addition in the near future. As of last Thursday, ground has been broken at the future site of the new fire department building, and construction can get underway.

  • Redistricting approved for second time in two years

    The Kentucky legislature last week approved redistricting plans for the state House of Representatives and Senate for the second time in two years.

    The new districts were signed into law Friday by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    “I expect these maps will withstand legal scrutiny, so all Kentuckians can be assured of appropriate representation in the General Assembly,” Beshear said in a press statement.

    The General Assembly included an emergency provision so that the new districts took effect as soon as they were signed into law.

  • Abell named MCHS principal

    Stevie Lowery
    Landmark News Service

    Mike Abell, 41, of Springfield has been an educator for 19 years, and becoming a principal has always been one of his aspirations.

    He fulfilled that dream Monday, which was his first day at Marion County High School as its new principal.

    “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity,” Abell said last week after the SBDM council unanimously hired him for the position. “As a principal, you have such an opportunity to influence more students on a larger scale.”

  • Former WCHS student returns from D.C.

    Ellen Goatley, a 2011 graduate of Washington County High School, may have just found the spark to take on a career in politics. While the University of Kentucky junior isn’t completely sure of what her career plans will be, she’s using this summer’s internship at U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie’s office as a learning experience.

  • Eminent domain, disaster risks discussed at pipeline meeting

    Many residents who own property along the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline have been worried about the threat of eminent domain as of late. That threat, while not expected by many to hold up in court, has still been enough to convince a growing contingency within the state to call for action.

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