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Today's News

  • 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.  

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Six indicted by grand jury

    Six people were indicted by a Washington County grand jury.

  • Fourth of July celebration is Monday

    Springfield will soon be bustling again for Independence Day with its 17th annual Fourth of July Celebration event Monday, July 3. Springfield Main Street Promotions Committee member Nell Haydon said the event is always a big event that draws people from across Washington County.

    “It’s really a great celebration and we always have a great crowd,” Haydon said. “It’s grown by leaps and bounds over the years.”

  • School board saves money by switching insurance carriers

    The Washington County Board of Education switched insurance carriers June 19 and pocketed a hefty savings for taxpayers.

    After receiving bids from insurance companies, the board chose to take the lowest bidders for property and liability insurance, workers compensation insurance, a fidelity bond and base plan for all students plus catastrophes.

  • All-Stars begins June 22

    With summer in full swing, many Little League All-Star tournaments are starting to get underway. Washington County will not only participate in these tournaments, but will also host one this year.

    Starting tomorrow through Sunday, Little League softball players from ages 9-12 will compete in the District 5 Little League tournament at Idle Hour Park. The tournament will see Washington, Adair, Russell and Marion county 9/10 and 11/12-year-old teams compete over three days leading up to the championship games on June 25.

  • Keene has umpired for over 30 years

    For many, baseball is a hobby. People who love baseball will do anything to be around it, regardless of whether it puts them on the field or in the stands. This is exactly why Felix Keene became a Little League umpire more than 30 years ago.

    “It’s always been a hobby of mine,” he said. “I played all sports growing up, but baseball was my main one.”