Today's News

  • 'I didn't think I'd be here'

    A small airplane made an emergency landing on a highway in northern Washington County Thursday afternoon.

    A 1977 Grumman American Tiger four-seater went down around 1 p.m. on Ky. 555 near Willisburg Exit 42 of the Bluegrass Parkway.

    Pilot Robert Kinion, 57, of Chester, S.C., was piloting the craft alone.

    “I lost power and had to do an emergency landing,” he said. “I picked this spot and I just put it down.”

    No one was injured, but the experience left the pilot shaken.

  • News briefs for 5/27



  • Willisburg Memorial Day 2015
  • African American Heritage Festival to celebrate church history

    This year’s African American Heritage Festival will be held on Friday, July 31, beginning at 6 p.m. and will celebrate the theme “History of Black Churches in Springfield/Washington County.”  The planning committee, chaired by Councilman Willie Ellery, requests that anyone that has information on the African American churches in our county to contact the Main Street/Renaissance Program Office at (859) 336-5412 ex 2.  The committee hopes to gather much information to share with the public at the festival.

  • KSP looking for new leads in Ofc. Ellis killing

    Nearly two years have passed since the murder of Bardstown Police Department Officer Jason Ellis. Kentucky State Police hope a new video plea for information will provide fresh leads about the case.

    KSP Public Affairs Officer Trooper Jeff Gregory hopes today’s video release will encourage someone, who may have information about the case, to contact authorities.

  • CORRECTION: Sheriff looking into pair of thefts

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a pair of burglaries last week and though similar items were taken in both incidents, sheriff Jerry Pinkston said he does not feel the crimes are connected.

    The first incident occurred on Seibert Creek Road in Springfield on Wednesday around 3 p.m., with Michael Bland reporting to police that his home had been broken into.

  • Junior kindergarten pays off for students

    Assessment scores and feedback from teachers and parents of students taking junior kindergarten classes in Washington County indicate the program has been beneficial, according to superintendent Robin Cochran.

  • A decade of Pioneers

    The New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future celebrated 10 years of going green with an awards reception, dinner and a packed house at St. Catharine College last Thursday.

    Arthur and Martha Young were recognized with the first ever New Pioneers Green Living award, while Mary Berry earned the New Pioneers Trailblazer award.

    New Pioneers Executive Director Sr. Claire McGowan reflected on the past 10 years and what her vision has grown to over the last decade.

  • Hot Summer Nights concert series starts Friday

    This weekend marks the beginning of the “Hot Summer Nights” concert series in Springfield and youth are particularly encouraged to attend.

    Washington County High School junior Ernie “Sticktight” Akins and his band will kick off the series that will continue through the summer. Other acts that have already been scheduled include Kaleb Cecil on June 12 and DJ SweetTea (Malcom Jones) on July 10. Mayor Debbie Wakefield said the idea for the concert series clicked at a recent event where Akins was performing.

  • SCC president Bill Huston nears retirement

    One thing that’s certain about the 18-year tenure of St. Catharine College President William D. Huston: the school has made major strides and expanded into areas that couldn’t be imagined just a few short years ago.