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Today's News

  • Keeping kids full in the summer

    Tyler Brown

    Staff Writer

    No child in Washington County has to worry about going hungry during the summer, thanks to the summer feeding program sponsored by the Washington County School district. 

    The program has been in place since before current food service director Regina Hood took over eight years ago, saying they serve children of all ages across the county.

    “It is for children of any age from 2 to 18, and it is open to any child in the community,” Hood said.

  • Nelson County woman found

    UPDATE: According to a report from The Kentucky Standard, Ball has been found safe.

  • Jets Over Kentucky is next week

    Whoosh!

    The sound of jet engines will fill the air when approximately 200 people come to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport to fly in the 13th annual Jets Over Kentucky next week.

    According to the event’s organizer, Lewis ‘The General” Patton, it’s expected to be the largest remote controlled jet show he’s put on to date.

    “We are very satisfied,” Patton said. “This is the world’s largest jet event.”

  • Behind the scenes at Idle Hour Park

    Everyone in Springfield knows the name Idle Hour Park. Little League is played there, Washington County High School plays many of their sports there, and community members enjoy walks around the track or days on the playground with their kids there.

    People who visit the park see well-kept fields and an overall clean environment. But keeping it that way isn’t a small task, something park director Bernard Smalley knows all too well.

    “We do what we can out here, I think we do a good job with what we have,” he said.

  • When seconds count

    “Emergency 911, where is your emergency, what is your county?’”

    No matter what time of day or what day of the week, dispatchers at the Springfield Police Department are on standby, waiting to help you during your time of need. 

    E-911 Captain Francisco Vazquez, who’s been working as a dispatcher for 16 years, said someone is always on duty – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each person works a 12-hour shift for three days a week, followed by a four-hour shift. 

  • Be prepared for disasters

    Washington County had a brush with disaster when high winds struck the area last week causing damage to structures and blocking roadways.

    Kevin Devine, the director of Washington County’s Office of Emergency Management, said the storm was an eye-opener for how fast things can turn sour.

  • Relay for Life raises more than $70,000 in total

    More than $13,000 was raised to fight cancer at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport on Saturday.

    Relay for Life teams from both Washington and Marion counties came together for their cause during the joint event, which ran from noon to midnight. 

  • Armed robbery at Dollar General

    The Dollar General store on KY 555 was robbed at gunpoint on June 20 and the person who’s responsible is still at large. 

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, a man wearing a hoodie, sunglasses and gloves entered the store at approximately 9:22 a.m. Tuesday morning and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the store’s cashier. Smith said the employee gave the suspect approximately $100 out of the register. 

  • High winds strike county

    High winds ripped through the country Friday evening, which caused damage to buildings and downed multiple trees.

    “I was devastated,” Joyce Hardin said. 

    Hardin, who lives on Mclain Road in Springfield lost 12 trees to the winds, with one of them smashing through her carport. 

    “I’m still coping, but it’s a lot more emotional than I thought,” Hardin said.

    Her late husband, Scott, had planted all the trees that were destroyed in the storm.  

  • Fighting for one another

    Cancer comes in a variety of ways and affects each person differently. One Springfield family of three, Karen Purdom and her parents, Earl and Wilma Grigsby, has had not one, but three separate cases of cancer, and all are surviving to this day.

    “We have a lot of cancer in our family,” Karen Purdom said.

    Each year, the number of new cases of cancer is around 455 per 100,000 men and women each year, according to the National Cancer Institute, and the number of cancer deaths is approximately 171 per year.