Today's News

  • Heroin bill approved by legislators

    A bill was finalized last week that will mean a lot of change in regard to heroin in Kentucky.

    Among the primary points of Senate Bill 192 are stiffer penalties for traffickers, particularly those crossing state lines and additional funding for treatment of those suffering with addiction.

    A ‘Good Samaritan’ provision was also included that gives a heroin user immunity from facing charges if they report an overdose victim, as was the approval for expanded use of naloxone, an anti-overdose drug.

  • Washington County top 10 in overall health

    The County Health Rankings were recently made available with Washington County ranking in the top 10 in the state overall, as well as top five in quality of life.

    The rankings — available at www.countyhealthrankings.org — list Washington County ninth overall in overall health outcomes, fourth in quality of life and first overall in physical environment. Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield said the statistics from the study make a great portfolio piece for bringing business to the area.

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  • County road fund to take a hit

    Before the state legislative session came to a close last week, lawmakers were able to hash out an agreement for a new floor for the gas tax.

  • News briefs for 3/25


    Free Tree Seedlings
    The Washington County Conservation District has free tree seedlings available to the public. Species available are Hazelnut, White Pine, Pin Oak, Dogwood and Redbud. There is a limit of 20 per person. Our office is located at 461 Lincoln Drive in Springfield or you can contact the office at (859) 336-7777 ext 108.
    2015 Relay For Life March Team Registration Challenge

  • A closer look at disaster prep

    When Mother Nature strikes, it’s best to be prepared.

    The effort of any community to bounce back from a major disaster can be an uphill battle, so it’s important to take the proper steps to prepare for such an event.

    That’s what the city of Springfield has been doing as it recently provided updated information for the 2015 Lincoln Trail Regional Hazard Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Plan. The plan will allow the region to focus on improving equipment and processes in order to be better prepared.

  • Contest recognizes survivors

    While the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Day conjure up the thought of horses, mint juleps and giant hats, for some, it means something just a little bit more — the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade.

    According to the Kentucky Derby website, the Survivors Parade is where survivors of breast and ovarian cancer march on the Churchill Downs track. This year, 141 survivors will take to the track prior to the 141st running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks race, but first, the survivors must be nominated.

  • Man accused of bank robbery appears in court

    Franklin Clark
    Landmark News Service

    An alleged bank robber pleaded not guilty to related charges in Taylor County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon.

    Thomas E. Riley, 52, of Lexington, will face a pre-trial conference at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, and a jury trial at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10.

    Riley is currently lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center on a $25,000 full cash bond, said Taylor County Circuit Judge Samuel Spalding. The jail website lists his bond at $100,000.

  • WCHS library collection policy gets makeover

    A challenged book was a focal point of last Monday’s school board meeting that was held at the new high school.

    The book, “Girl, Interrupted,” was brought to the attention of the board by Bro. Cal Adams and Jay Hatfield, pastors at Temple Baptist Church and Willisburg Baptist Church, respectively, during the January meeting.

    They expressed concerns that the book included content that is not suitable for all high schoolers and suggested that a special section be devoted to mature content reading material.

  • Walk on Washington County

    National Walk Day is right around the corner, and coming along with it, is Washington County’s Walk on Washington, which encourages people to get up and get walking!

    Walk on Washington is set to begin on April 1 and will wrap up on July 31. There will be group walks at Idle Hour Park on Mondays at 9:30 am and on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Along with walking there will be conversations about staying hydrated, stretching, healthy snacking for energy, and how walking improves your health.