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Today's News

  • County prepares for a summer of road work

    It's that time of the year again, when the weather is ideal for resurfacing and patching roads in Washington County. At its meeting held on Friday, the Washington County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to approve a resolution allowing Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles to enter into a standard county road aid agreement with the state.

  • What's with those purple boxes?Fighting the Ash Borer war

    What’s purple, glittery and is perched high up in trees? No, that’s not the setup for a punch line – that’s what some passersby in Washington County have been asking for the past few months as they have noticed several of the mysterious boxes along county roads. The boxes are really traps set out to catch the emerald ash borer; an insect that infests and destroys ash trees.

  • 4-H'ers attend leadership conference

    Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference is the annual leadership conference for high school 4-H members.  This year’s conference took place June 14–17 on the University of Kentucky campus.

  • Springfield native, husband killed in motorcycle accident

    A Springfield native and her husband have died after their motorcycle crashed Monday morning about one-half mile south of Westview, Ky., on Highway 79/259 in Breckinridge County.

  • Scout tobacco fields

    Blue mold is still being reported in North Carolina, but is not thought to be active elsewhere in the United States. For Kentucky, the threat from blue mold is low at this time. The weather has been unfavorable for disease development, and should remain this way during the week of June 21. Still, growers should scout fields regularly and be prepared to act if the disease is found.

  • Local man attacked by black bear

    Tim Scott is an experienced hiker, but on Sunday afternoon, he experienced something completely unexpected when he was attacked by a black bear along a trail in the Red River Gorge. In fact, Scott experienced the first recorded attack by a bear on a person in modern times, according to a report issued by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    Scott, 56, of Springfield, was hiking along the Gray’s Arch trail near the Wolfe-Menifee county lines in Eastern Kentucky around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. He said he was in the area with his wife and son, as well as his dog.

  • Springfield Independence Day Celebration is tonight

    The 11th annual Springfield Independence Day Celebration will take place tonight, Friday, July 2. The festivities start at 6 p.m. when the food booths open. At 6:15 p.m., the Best Decorated Dog contest takes place on the front lawn of the 1816 Courthouse, followed by the Best Decorated Bike contest at 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for the winners.

    The parade starts at 7 p.m., with Larry and Mary Elliott serving as the grand marshals. The Elliotts are members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, portraying Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln respectively.

  • Big-league success is not always in the cards

    Success can rarely be predicted in sports, and anyone who follows baseball, basketball or football on the professional level knows that all too often, the hottest prospect who is supposed to be the next big star often falls flat on his face.  As I took my turn to pinch hit for Jimmie Earls this week, I couldn’t help but think of all of the hype surrounding so many young pro athletes these days, as well as those when I was growing up. Despite the continued failures, it seems we just never learn.

  • Highway dedicated in fallen soldier's name

    Five years ago, Johnathan Adam Hughes was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. Last week, a new road was dedicated in Marion County to preserve his memory.

    Family and friends, state and local officials, veterans and dozens of others were on hand for the dedication of the Adam Hughes Memorial Highway June 15.

    Hughes was serving with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Bravo Battery, 1st  Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery, which is based in Campbellsville, at the time of his death. He was 21 years old.

  • Senior citizens learn about weather preparedness

    Senior citizens from Washington County got some sound weather advice from a familiar face recently. Former WHAS-TV weatherman Ken Schulz, now a spokesman for Humana’s MarketPOINT program, talked to area seniors at the Springfield Senior Citizen Center about how to stay safe in case severe weather approaches.