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Today's News

  • Sinatra tribute comes to the Opera House

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    From bobby soxer teen heartthrob to velvet-voiced crooner, “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra ” now playing at the Springfield Opera House has everyone’s favorite Rat-Packer covered.

    During a recent technical rehearsal, the cast blazed through medley after medley of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ standards covering the gamut of his career, beginning with his big band days through his Vegas residencies.

  • Council members approve $4.3M budget

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    There are few surprises and no big-ticket items featured in the budget finalized Tuesday by the Springfield City Council, but one city official pointed at one important item missing: a tax increase.

    The $4.3 million spending plan has few major expenditures, City Clerk Laurie Smith said, though spending will be closely monitored.

    “We are extremely fortunate our budget is quite healthy for a city our size,” Smith said. “We closely watch our expenses, as we always have.”

  • Washington County School Board agrees to travel fundraiser

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    A travel group wishing to use Washington County school facilities to host a fundraiser will be allowed to do so, as long as certain steps are taken to meet insurance requirements, School Board members agreed Monday.

    Heather Sothen, a Washington County High School teacher, is organizing the trip to Italy and Greece this summer for students and other area residents. The group, EF Tours, wants to stage a classic car show on July 20 at the high school to raise funds for the tour.

  • Cancer patient stays optimistic during fight

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    This isn’t her first go-around with cancer. As a younger woman, Rosemary Devine battled ovarian cancer. And won.

    Later in life came colon cancer. It’s a fight she’s still waging, while trying to remain pragmatic.

    “I still have it,” Devine said. “It’s not active, but it isn’t in remission. It hasn’t grown or spread. I’ll take that.”

  • North Washington Elementary awarded $490,000 for community learning center program

    North Washington Elementary School has been selected to receive a $490,000 grant to participate in the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program from the Kentucky Department of Education.

  • Career center helps Marion, Washington counties

    The current unemployment rate in Kentucky is 4 percent. For those unemployed in the area there are options, beginning with the Kentucky Career Center, which has offices in both Lebanon and Springfield.

    Terri Thomas is the director of the Kentucky Career Center in Lebanon and also works at the Washington County office.

  • 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.

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

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    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.”

  • 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.