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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Social news and events

    BIRTHS

    Wilson: It's a girl!

    Allie Claire Wilson

    Nicole and Brandon Wilson of Springfield announce the birth of their daughter on May 22, 2010 at 6:33 a.m. at Norton Suburban Hospital in Louisville.

    Allie Claire weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.

    Bryant: It's a boy!

    Brayden De'Shae Bryant

    Courtney Bryant of Lebanon announces the birth of her son on May 13, 2010 at Spring View Hospital in Lebanon.

  • Family living expenses continue to rise

    Farm business analysis specialists saw an increase in both net farm income and family living expenses during 2009.  This is according to data collected on 103 farms enrolled in the Kentucky Farm Business Management Program that provide family living information.

  • 4-H members win awards at event in Lexington

    Summer is here and several of our projects clubs are in full swing!  The 4-H Sharpshooters have been busy participating in various tournaments and doing very well.  They will be participating in the District 4 Shoot in Mercer County this weekend and I’m sure they will make Washington County proud!  The 4-H Young Riders have been busy with their summer events as well.  The State Horse Events were held in Lexington on June 10 – 11 and as always the club received many awards.  Congratulations to these two clubs for their successes so far.  Below you wi

  • Anna Pettus crowned 2011 Junior Miss

    Anna Pettus and Ellen Goatley have been best friends since they were small children. That closeness came in handy Saturday as they were the final two in the running for the title of 2011 Washington County Junior Miss.

    Pettus, daughter of John and Barbara Pettus of Springfield, was crowned the winner, and her best friend said she couldn’t have been happier.

    “We’ve been best friends ever since we were little,” Goatley said. “We weren’t expecting (to win) much, so it was a big surprise for both of us.”