Today's News

  • Fire claims home

    A house fire on the Washington County side of the Washington-Boyle line left a local resident Patrick Hamilton’s home a total loss this past Friday morning.

    Fortunately, though, no one was home at the time of the fire, according to Jim Logsdon, chief for the Springfield-Washington County Fire Department.

    The fire was called in at 9:32 a.m. on Friday, after a passerby saw the smoke rising from the home, which sat off the roadway and was surrounded by trees.

  • Miller hired as new WCES principal

    Washington County Superintendent Robin Cochran saw Jennifer Miller’s passion about education right away.

    As Miller interviewed for the position of Washington County Elementary School principal, every new question led to an enthusiastic answer by Miller, many of which focused on helping each and every student improve, both inside and outside of the classroom.

    It was hearing her plans on how to help students progress in their education that convinced Cochran that Miller was the perfect fit for this position.

  • Conservation district will not be able to tax

    After months of waiting, debate and concern, Washington County finally has its answer – and it came with the dry crack of a slamming gavel.

    Washington County Fiscal Court voted 5-1 against the Conservation District’s request to be placed under a millage tax Monday morning during it’s regularly scheduled meeting.

    The apprehensive court took its time before making the decision and the only dissenter was District 5 Magistrate Billy Riney Jr.

    District 4 Magistrate Morris Sweazy motioned to vote no on the formation of the taxing district.

  • Idle Hour Park to get new lights

    It’s been a long time coming.

    Idle Hour Park’s Little League fields are slated to get new lights in the near future, and it’s something that’s been needed for a while, according to the park’s director, Bernard Smalley.

    “Those lights have been there since 1976, so starting [this] week — weather permitting — we’ll be starting on a new set of lights on both fields.”

    The lights, nearly 40 years old, have not been replaced since being installed but have been repaired constantly over the years.

  • Taxing district public hearing a mixed bag

    Forty-one people attended the public hearing about the conservation district’s request to be on a millage tax, and there’s only way to describe the public’s opinion on the matter: the feelings are mixed.

    After hearing the history of the district and explanation of what they’re about and the projects and services they provide, the public was allowed to comment on whether or not they would like to see the district go on a millage tax. A number of people voiced their opinions and asked several questions about the matter.  

  • County clerk doing 'business as usual'

    As multiple county clerks across the state continue to fight the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled same-sex couples have a constitutional right to get married, Washington

    County Clerk Glenn Black has been going about “business as usual.”

    At least three county clerks across the state — in Rowan, Casey and Clinton counties — were still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of press time.

    But for Black, since the new ruling is now a mandated law, it was just a matter of him doing his job.

  • DUI leads to murder indictment

    A man who faced numerous charges after a collision involving three vehicles on Sunday, May 3, in Springfield that left a Bardstown man dead has been indicted by a grand jury in Washington Circuit Court.

  • All-Stars fall in title game

    All good things must come to an end, and on Monday night, a great baseball seaon for Washington County’s 11-12-year-old all-stars wrapped up in Columbia.

    With a trip to the Little League state tournament on the line, Washington County entered the District 5 championship with a perfect 11-0 record, needing only to defeat Glasgow to reach the state tournament.

    One win would send Washington County to state, but Glasgow, coming out of the losers’ bracket of the tournament, would have to win two games to get there.

  • Jets Over Kentucky still soaring after 11 years

    Eleven years ago, Lewis “The General” Patton organized the first remote control model jet show in Kentucky.

    “It was just a three-day event, and there were only 28 people here,” Patton recalled.

    Today, Jets Over Kentucky is considered the largest r.c. jet show in the world. The 2015 event started this past weekend and continues until this Sunday at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport, and more than 250 r.c. pilots from across the globe with more than 400 jets are expected this year.

  • Unemployment down in Washington County

    Washington County Fiscal Court met for the last time in the month of June last week.
    Daniel Carney came before the court with some good news – unemployment is down.
    The news came during Carney’s SWEDA report.

    “Kentucky’s finally risen above pre-recession levels of unemployment,” Carney said.

    As of April, Washington County’s unemployment level was at 4 percent.
    Two years ago, Carney said the county was at 7 1/2 percent, and in 2009, the County was at 13 percent.