Today's News

  • Washington County Fiscal Court approves budget

    The Washington County Fiscal Court on Monday approved the second reading of its 2019-20 budget, which was slightly modified after the first draft was reviewed by state officials.

    Washington County Judge-Executive Timothy Graves said after the first reading, the budget resolution was sent to the state for approval and, other than one clerical/monetary change, the budget was approved.

  • Delays continue for new driver's licenses

    As of January 2019, the new Kentucky driver’s license was supposed to be released by the state, but issues developed that have continually forced the date to be pushed.

    The date was moved from January to April, and then to the end of summer, but the licenses still have not been released for the circuit clerks to be able to issue them.

  • Recycling efforts hampered by global economic concerns

    As people continue to recycle, recycling companies are facing a big problem — manufacturers can make new products less expensively than making the products out of recycled goods.

    This economic reality is forcing an overflow of recycled products with nowhere to go as markets for the materials dry up. It is starting to affect everyone — even on the local level.

  • Springfield's Farmers' Market at the Depot having a banner year

    By David Stone

    If the first weeks are any indication, the Farmers’ Market at the Depot is in for a banner year, a market official said.

    Located at the covered pavilion off of Depot Street in Springfield, the market is entering its third week this week.

    “This is probably the biggest Farmers’ Market we’ve had in some time,” City of Springfield Projects Coordinator Kathy Elliott said. “We have at least 13 vendors and it’s been very popular with shoppers.”

  • Washington County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office honored for support of organ donor program

    The Washington County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office was among the top offices in Kentucky for collecting $1 donations during April to help support organ and tissue donation awareness, according to a state clerk’s group release.

    The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life sponsored a challenge during April, which was designated National Donate Life Month, to thank driver’s license offices for collecting $1 donations for the program.

  • Commanderettes add JV Soccer program for 2019-2020 season.

    Washington County Schools announced that it will be adding a JV soccer program for the 2019-2020 school year. The hope is to expand the program and eventually add a varsity program the following year. For now, the team is only offered to girls, but there is a plan to eventually add a team for the guys as well.

    Athletic director Eric Sagrecy said that it will be a great addition to the school. There was an interest in soccer noticed on the title nine report the school does each year and they started the process to look into starting the program.

  • Commanderettes fall to Elizabethtown in region opener

    After a hard fought season the Washington County Commanderettes fell to Elizabethtown in the opening round of the regional tournament. WC played a very tough game and ended up one run short of Elizabethtown who moved on to play Green County in the semi-finals.

  • Relay for Life cleared for takeoff

    A cancer fighting fundraising effort known for pounding miles of pavement may be taking to the skies this year — weather permitting.

    Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser organized by Marion and Washington counties, returns to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport for the third year.

    “This year, weather permitting, they will offer plane rides,” said Cathy Carrico, a Washington County Relay for Life organizer. “We were going to do it last year, but we had to cancel because the winds were too high.”

  • Mary Medley named Distinguished Young Woman

    The shine of the spotlight, the flashes of cameras, and the cheering of the crowd met Mary Medley as she was named the 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County.

    She was congratulated first by the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman winner Kate Taylor, before her family joined her on stage to celebrate.

    Medley enjoyed being a part of DYW and said it was a experience of a lifetime. She also said that DYW represents everything she stands for.

  • Harrodsburg couple killed in Saturday cycle crash

    A Harrodsburg couple died Saturday evening when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Jeep about five miles east of Springfield, according to Kentucky State Police.

    John Bailey, 39, who was operating a 1999 Harley Davidson, was traveling east on Highway 150 about 7 p.m. when he allegedly tried to pass several vehicles in a no passing zone, according to a KSP release.

    The motorcycle struck a 2007 Jeep driven by Warren Purdom, 59, of Springfield, who had slowed down to make a left turn, the release states.