Today's News

  • Medley shines at DYW

    Elizabeth Medley represented Washington County well this past weekend as she brought home first runner-up honors from the Kentucky Distinguished Young Women competition.

    Medley, an 18-year-old senior at Washington County High School, is the daughter of Tony and Julie Medley of Springfield. She won the local competition last year, earning the right to represent the county in state competition against 30 other contestants in Lexington at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts.

  • OET will pull workers from career centers

    Nick Schrager


    The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training will pull officials from 31 career center offices across the commonwealth – including the one in Washington County.

    Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority Director Daniel Carney said the office’s removal of employees will be a cost-saving measure and will begin in mid-February.  

    “They haven’t actually directly came out and said they’re closing,” Carney said.

  • WC teams fall in All-’A’

    As the 12th Region All- ‘A’ Classic basketball tournament got under way Monday, Washington County faced Somerset, with the winner advancing to play Friday night with a shot at reaching the All- ‘A’ state tournament on the line.

    The young Commanderette team  found itself fighting an uphill battle against the Lady Briarjumpers, and it didn’t get any easier as the night went on.

    Somerset jumped out to an early 24-8 lead after the first period, and stretched that margin to 42-14 at halftime.

  • Commanders run into hot-shooting Somerset

    Washington County head coach Bernard Smalley watched game film of Somerset before heading into the All- ‘A’ Classic 12th Region tournament Monday night.

    What he saw was a team that hit just two three-point baskets in two games worth of film. What he saw Monday night was a completely different team.

    Somerset hit 16 3-pointers in a 78-51 win over the Commanders, ending their hopes of reaching the finals in the tournament and potentially advancing to the All - ‘A’ Classic state tournament in Frankfort.

  • Boys take two in tourney

    Jeff Moreland



    All the Washington County Commanders wanted for Christmas was to win the Arby’s/KFC Holiday Classic at McCreary Central High School. Santa didn’t bring that present, but coach Bernard Smalley’s boys did deliver two wins against tough opponents in their four-game stint in the tournament.

    The Commanders opened things up to face Whitley County last Tuesday night, and they came out ready to play.

  • Wakefield appoints two to recycling committee

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield has appointed two people to the county’s new recycling committee. 

    At the request of Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, Wakefield said she would like to appoint two people of her choosing. She selected Bernard Smalley and Brooke Coulter for the county’s committee because of their ties with Idle Hour Park. 

    “What this committee will do is try to beautify and make this place a little better out there,” Wakefield said. 

  • Board of education starts new year

    t’s the start of a new year, which means the Washington County Board of Education had some housekeeping to attend to last week. 

    Patsy Lester, as well as newly elected member Sherri Cheser, were sworn into office by Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles on Jan. 6. Carissa Harley, another newly elected board member, was not present that evening but was sworn into office Monday.

  • Former ‘Cornbread Mafia’ member speaks out

    A former member of the “Cornbread Mafia” says a vicious rumor about the gang’s guard dogs is completely false. 

    Mary Jo McDonald, 52, of Marion County, said she was at the farm in Minnesota where John Robert “Johnny” Boone was arrested in October 1987. McDonald, who knew Boone personally at the time, said she has proof that multiple Rottweiler dogs did not have their larynxes cut so they could attack without making noise.

    In fact, she said, she doesn’t even know where the rumor about the dogs was started. 

  • Fire destroys home on Covington Avenue

    A house fire on Covington Avenue in Springfield during the early morning hours of Jan. 9 is being described as a total loss. 

    Washington County Fire Chief Jim Logsdon said more than 20 firefighters from throughout the county responded to the fire, which was most likely caused by electricity. 

    The home belonged to Cherry Gibson but no one was home at the time of the incident. 

    “Thank goodness she wasn’t home,” Logsdon said. 

  • Fate of St. Catharine College buildings is unclear

    The recent court-ordered sale of the books, desks and all other school-related assets contained within the walls of the Saint Catharine College buildings leaves vacant buildings and land to be sold in an attempt to recover the millions of dollars owed to Huntington Bank, Farmers Bank, and other creditors.  The college property was annexed into to the City of Springfield and is zoned R-1 residential (single-family dwellings).  Schools are a permissible use under R-1 zoning.  Any other use of the property will likely require a zone change.