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Today's News

  • All in the family

    In the Robinson family, giving back to the community they call home is second nature. So too is being recognized for that selflessness.

    Aaron Robinson, a junior at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, received the award for 2014 Youth Leadership at January’s Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce awards gala, and no, you’re not having déjà vu.

  • Just STOP

    Stop.

    One word, four letters.

    Easy to read, write and understand - or is it?

    According to local law enforcement and Washington County school officials, there have been some drivers who aren’t obeying school bus stop signs when they’ve been activated.
    In fact, there have been three or four incidents in Paul Terrell’s eight months as director of transportation for the Washington County School District.

  • Q&A session with Springfield’s new mayor

    Debbie Wakefield’s tenure as mayor of Springfield may be less than two months in, but that doesn’t mean it has been without historical significance locally.

    Wakefield became the first female and first African American mayor of Springfield when she claimed last November’s race over three other candidates.

    She is a Springfield native and 1988 graduate of Washington County High School who has served the past six years as a city council member.

  • Fires claim two homes

    Last week’s winter storm may have meant a few days off work for some residents, but for the Springfield and Washington County fire departments, it was anything but.

    Springfield Fire Chief Jim Logsdon said the first responders made 10 runs between Feb. 18 and Feb. 22, including one fatal car accident, two serious house fires and a barn fire. They also responded to four instances of water flow issues after at- or below-zero temperatures caused pipes to burst.

  • Officials deal with snow issues

    Some say last week’s snowfall was the worst snowstorm since 1978, and it’s hard to argue.

    With record-breaking snowfall and viciously cold temperatures, Washington County, like all of central Kentucky, has had a lot of stress and school closings on its plate.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said the police department was fortunate to have several four-wheel drive vehicles at its disposal last week.

  • SCC has two athletes of the week, baseball, wrestling

    St. Catherine had two athletes of the week last week.

    Francisco Gonzalez is the Mid-South Conference Baseball Player of the Week and Lindsey Wilson’s (Ky.) Scott Sebald is the MSC Pitcher of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

    This week’s awards mark the first player of the week honors of the 2015 season. Sebald earns his second career player of the week honor while Gonzalez picks up his first career weekly honor.

  • District defeat

    The Washington County Commanderettes lost any hope of making it to region play when they were knocked out of the 19th District tournament Monday night. The Commanderettes suffered a 73-54 defeat at the hands of the Bethlehem Banshees in the first round of play.

    “We thought we had a game plan together to come here and win,” Commanderettes head coach Mike Holt said after the game.  “We let it get out of our hands.”

    Holt said the Banshees had tall players with long arms that disabled the Commanderettes’ long passes.

  • WC boys fall in 19th district tournament

    The Washington County Commanders’ year came to a close when they fell in the 19th District tournament to the Thomas Nelson Generals for the third time this season. The contest was lost 66-55 after fans were given an exciting final quarter.

    According to Commanders head coach Bernard Smalley, while it was a disappointing end to the season, they improved as the year progressed.

    “My kids didn’t give up,” Smalley said. “And I’m proud of them û they could have laid down but they played until the final horn.”

  • Fatal collision on US 150 Wednesday

    One person is dead following a two-vehicle accident on US 150 Wednesday afternoon.

    Rhonda Yates, 51, of Danville, was transported to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon following the collision, where she was pronounced dead.

    According to Kentucky State Police, the accident occurred at 5:15 p.m., with Yates heading east on US 150 in a 2003 Mitsubishi one mile east of Springfield.

    According to a news release from KSP, Westbound Hoyt Calhoun, 50, of Boston, Ky., crossed the center line in a 2010 Chevrolet and collided with Yates.

  • PHOTOS: Black History Month

    A Black History Month celebration was held at Johnson’s Chapel on East High Street in Springfield on Sunday. Local residents reflected on their history and spoke on the future during the event. Bobby Harris was on hand as the guest speaker, while Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield and Perryville Mayor Anne Sleet were recognized as the first female African American mayors in their respective communities.