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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Taking Aim

    Fighting through the searing summer heat and humidity, one Washington County girl has been making a name for herself in a male-dominated sport – trap shooting.

    Hannah Simpson, 17, begins her practice by putting on a vest and stuffing its pockets with boxes of shotgun shells. She casually puts on her ear and eye protection – specially designed to help see the target for the day’s weather – and grabs her gun, a Beretta 692 Xtrap.

  • Lebanon evens President's Cup series

    The Lebanon Country Club bested Springfield’s Lincoln Homestead Country Club in the 18th annual President’s Cup this past weekend, avenging last year’s defeat.

    The President’s Cup is a local golf tournament that pits the two country clubs against each other in a four-event, two-day clash that has become an annual tradition.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • St. Dominic Jr. Beta group wins at nationals

    It’s a case of the underdog coming out on top.

    According to St. Dominic’s Junior Beta sponsor Heather Carrico, the team – in its first year of existence – took first place in visual design during the Junior Beta National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, last month. 

  • Program helps parents with child support issues

    Washington County Attorney Bill Robinson has brought together the county’s child support office and the Kentucky Career Center to give parents who are behind on their child support a second chance at providing for their children.

    The Right Choice Program provides job-finding assistance to parents who have been unable to secure employment and have fallen behind on payments. On top of this, the program also offers assistance with resume building, interview skills and job training.

  • Former resident to participate in international pageant

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