Today's News

  • Sorghum Festival is this weekend

    Three … two … one …

    The countdown has begun for this year’s Sorghum Festival, and when Friday rolls around, people in Washington County are sure to be delighted. That’s because there’s a number of new attractions for people to see this year.

    According to Wendy Devine, the executive director of the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, things will kick off early with the Farm City Breakfast Friday morning at 7 a.m. Tickets are $10 each and available through the Extension Office.

  • Ground broken for new library

    The day has finally come.

    After a month-long setback, Monday morning saw the groundbreaking ceremony for the new

    Washington County Public Library, which is set to open its doors on June 20, 2016, winter weather permitting.

    Local and state government, as well as students from St. Dominic School, library employees and others, attended the event.

    For Tara O’Hagan, the Washington County Public Library director, the moment was astonishing.

  • Bluegrass Dairy, house take damage in separate fires

    The Washington County Fire Department responded to a late night fire last week on McMurtry Lane off of Highway 55 that left no one injured but two dogs dead. They received mutual aid from the Willisburg and Mackville Fire Departments in battling the blaze.

    According to Washington County Fire Chief Jim Logsdon, they received the call at 10:58 p.m. on Sept. 15 and responders were on scene 10 minutes later.

  • A Day in the Life ... of a Mail Carrier

    In a room that resembles a warehouse, fast hands shuffle through thick stacks of envelopes, cards and catalogues. Each piece of paper has it’s own important message and the crisp sound of the dry paper being thumbed through is punctuated by the occasional joke and laughter as workers poke fun at one another under the warm hue of a yellow light.

  • Sorghum has deep roots in Springfield

    Before the first Sorghum Festival was celebrated in 1976, Washington County Extension Agent Rick Greenwell said festivals were springing up all over the region at the time.

    And the Springfield-Washington County’s Chamber of Commerce wanted one of it’s own and wanted to name the festival something that would keep a rural theme.

    “They came up with sorghum because nobody else had that,” Greenwell said.

    At the time, he said Washington County had a few sorghum producers.

  • Climate Change Rally to be held in Springfield

    The Washington County Judicial Center will be a hotbed of activity this week as the We Stand with Francis on Climate Change Rally is set to take place Thursday.

    “It’s a rally to publically say that we of New Pioneers and the people of the area, meaning the tri-county area … stand with Pope Francis, who’s going to be speaking that morning to a joint session of congress on the urgent need to do something about climate change,” Sister Claire McGowan, executive director of New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future said.

  • Rash of trailer thefts hits county

    On Sept. 9, a trailer was stolen in Washington County, along with a lawnmower and air compressor. And according to Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Melissa Knopp, it’s just one of several thefts of its kind in the county.  

    “Most of these have all occurred during broad daylight,” Knopp said. “People will leave their trailers in their side yards, back yards and people will just drive up, hook to them, take right off. You know, it takes a matter of minutes.”  

  • On a Roll

    Coming out victorious in down-to-the-wire football games has become the norm for this year’s Washington County Commanders (2-2), who pulled out a thrilling 34-27 win over the Thomas Nelson Generals (1-3) on Friday night.

    It was the second victory in a row for the Commanders, and it was also the second consecutive game where the outcome wouldn’t be decided until the final whistle, following WC’s 40-36 win over Kentucky Country Day last week.

  • City discusses proposed park facility

    A cost-sharing method of building a multi-purpose facility at Idle Hour Park may not be a feasible option, according to Brian Mattingly, a representative for the park board who spoke with the Springfield City Council during last week’s regularly scheduled meeting.

  • WC gets first win after late-game rally

    Trick plays were on full display by the Washington County Commanders (1-2) in their thrilling 40-36 victory over the Kentucky Country Day Bearcats (1-2) last Friday night.

    A fake punt, an onside kick and two touchdown passes thrown by someone other than the quarterback were all part of WC’s arsenal in pulling out its first win of the season.