Today's News

  • Hardin calls it a career with county


    Steve Hardin said there are things he will miss about being Washington County’s jailer, but elections are not one of those things.

    “No, not at all,” he said with a laugh.

    Hardin has been elected five times, and he’s been working in the law enforcement field for more than 27 years, with some of that as a deputy jailer, but the majority as the elected jailer.

    What he will miss is the people he has worked with over the years.

  • African-American Heritage Festival is Friday


    One of Springfield’s biggest events is about to take place once again.

    The 14th annual African-American Heritage Festival will take place Friday, and city officials are gearing up for a night filled with entertainment and education.

    Springfield Main Street Director Nell Haydon said this year’s event is entitled “Distinguished African-American Women,” and celebrates women of the community and region.

  • Vehicle seized, two interviewed in Wheatley death


    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has interviewed two people of interest in the hit-and-run death of Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield.

    Wheatley was found dead, lying in the roadway near the entrance to Maker’s Mark Distillery early Sunday morning, July 16. At 2:42 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a body laying in the roadway on Bill Samuels Road in Loretto.

    Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found the deceased body of Wheatley lying in the westbound lane of Bill Samuels Road.

  • No sibling rivalry in Taylor family


    Kayleen Taylor loves to bake, and that’s not anything new for her.

    Last year, she said, she baked some pies and sold them. There was no real purpose for that baking, it was just something she enjoyed doing.

    This year, however, her baking has been backed with a purpose.

    Kaylean, a 13-year-old who will be an 8th grader at St. Dominic, has made blackberry cobblers to help her younger brother’s baseball team.

  • Community VBS held at Idle Hour Park


    Kyle Yankey has been hearing a calling for some time now to conduct a community-wide vacation bible school in Washington County, and this past week, he and others have answered that calling.

    A community-wide vacation bible school took place at Idle Hour Park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week.

  • Arrest made in Dollar General robbery


    The man believed to be responsible for the June 20 robbery of the Springfield Dollar General Store is behind bars in Ohio.

    Montiest Barney, 25, of Elizabethtown, was arrested last week after allegedly robbing a store near Middletown, Ohio.

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, local police were alerted to the case after Barney was arrested and began to tell officers in Ohio of other robberies he claimed to have committed.

  • Taylor supports friends, teammates with state tournament donation


    As the Washington County 8-10-year-old all-stars prepared to head to Middlesboro this past weekend for the Little League Baseball State Tournament, members of the community were asked to make donations to help with the financial expenses related to their trip.

    Local businesses and even citizens stepped up to help the youngsters realize their dream of competing for a state title.

    While all donations were important, one stood out from the rest.

  • All-stars shine, fall short of state semi-finals


    Washington County’s 8-10-year-old all-star team stepped onto a very big stage this past weekend as it began play in the Little League state tournament.

    The tournament operated with eight teams in pool play, and each team was guaranteed three games, with the two top teams from each pool advancing to the state semi-finals.

    Washington County opened play Saturday afternoon against a tough Owensboro Southern team, and the result was a 4-1 loss.

    After the game, head coach Leonard Abell said his team’s bats didn’t show up.

  • Man hit by vehicle dies near Loretto


    A Washington County man is dead after what is being investigated as a possible hit-and-run accident.

    Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield, was found dead at 2:42 a.m. Sunday, July 16. He was discovered on Bill Samuels Road, near the entrance of Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto.

  • Special attorney assigned in Pennington murder case


    The man charged in the July 3, 2016, murders of Robert Jones and Crystal Warner was back in Washington County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon for another pretrial conference.

    Craig Pennington, 52, walked into the courtroom and looked at the families of Jones and Warner, and that look stirred emotion in the families of the victims, particularly for Robert’s parents, Bill and Sandy Jones.