Today's News

  • ‘Precious Memories’ of a forgotten activist

    Bell County native Sarah Ogan Gunning became a renowned activist and folk performer in the mid-20th Century, but in the years since her death in 1983, much of her legacy has been forgotten by the general public.

    Born in 1910, Gunning was raised during the rise of the coal industry and the Great Depression, and faced numerous hardships.

    Her struggle to overcome her situation led to the inspiration of modern-day activists like Sue Massek.

  • City discusses 5k logistics

    At the January meeting of the Springfield City Council, three requests to host a 5k downtown this year were presented, with officials deciding to put a plan in place to address the proposals at a later day.

    With three more potential races being presented since that meeting, the city decided that the time to discuss how to handle the requests was now.

  • Celebrating Black History month

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield is pleased to start celebrating Black History Month in Springfield by exhibiting the 2014 African American Heritage Festival display panels at Washington County High School. The exhibit celebrates the contributions made by local African Americans in the health care industry.

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  • Conservation district request

    Is the cost worth the price?

    That’s one question that Washington County’s Fiscal Court, and citizens, will have to keep in mind in the months to come.

    According to Judge-Executive John Settles, the Court was left with difficult, but good questions regarding the Washington County Conservation District on Jan. 23.

    During the court meeting, the conservation district asked to become its own special purpose governmental entity by being placed under a millage tax, which is a tax rate placed on property owners.

  • Vehicle break-ins reported

    Springfield Police are looking into a string of reports that items are being taken out of cars in local neighborhoods. Below is a rundown provided by the department on its Facebook page:

  • Manufacturer, student program goes statewide

    A program that allows individuals to break into the workplace and receive an education without the tuition bills has gone statewide and could benefit Springfield as soon as 2016.

  • Cecconi earns ‘Lifetime Achievement’

    Under the warm glow of candlelight, the Knights of Columbus Hall hosted the annual chamber awards on Jan. 29.

    Guests were presented with dinner and gave applause as outstanding members of the community received their awards.

    Taking this year’s lifetime achievement award was Dr. John Cecconi, with his son Dr. John Cecconi, Jr., presenting the award.  

    Beyond Cecconi, a major applause was given to this year’s citizen of the year recipient, Lisa Haydon.

  • Commanderettes drop heart breaker 67-64

    If there could ever be such a thing as a great loss, it would have been last weekend.

    That’s because the Washington County Commanderettes (1-14) fought the good fight and fell 67-64 after a failed three-point attempt to tie the game against the Hart County Lady Raiders on Jan. 24.

    “I can live with that loss,” Commanderettes head coach Mike Holt said after the game.

    Proud of the girls’ efforts, he said they never gave up.

  • Boys notch another win

    The Washington County Commanders had a mixed bag of luck last week when they took a win and two losses against some of the Commonwealth’s finest.

    After falling to the Somerset Briar Jumpers (11-10) 80-59 in the 12th Region All “A” Classic on Jan. 19, Washington County picked up a game and a 64-55 win over the sixth region’s number three squad, the Beth Haven Bearcats (13-3) on Jan. 23.