Today's News

  • Prayer walk held for local schools


    A lot of changes have taken place in education across Washington County since last school year. Washington County Elementary School is now in a different building, there’s a new principal at Washington County High School, and there are plenty of other, smaller changes too numerous to mention.

    With those changes often comes concern, and that’s what led one Washington County educator to host a prayer walk last week in preparation for the start of the new school year.

  • Two arrested in drug bust


    A search warrant executed Saturday night has led to the arrest of two men, and the confiscation of cash, drugs and other paraphernalia.

    Springfield Police Officer Rusty Johnson gathered evidence and obtained the search warrant on a residence at 309 Perryville Road in Springfield. Around 8 p.m. Saturday, Officer Nick Holmes searched the residence, with his K9 partner Pike indicating areas of possible controlled substances inside.

  • St. Catharine Farm rooted in mission of Dominican Sisters


    The land surrounding the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse has been farmed since 1822.

    In the beginning, the sisters farmed the verdant hills to feed the community and the students they taught.

    Today, the farm is tended by a farm manager and a part-time farm hand who primarily raise beef cattle.

    At the heart of the farm’s mission is to promote sustainable farming practices and provide quality beef for the sisters and consumers alike, said Danny Spalding, farm manager.

  • County awarded state funds to resurface some local roads


    Things are being fixed up around Washington County, including more than 3 miles of roads that are being resurfaced.

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said state money from a discretionary fund has been approved for the resurfacing of two roads in the county. The roads selected were Pottsville Road and Maker’s Mark Road. Settles said 1.113 miles on Pottsville Road, near East Texas, and 2.085 miles of Marker’s Mark Road, off Highway 152 near Loretto, will be resurfaced with the $213,928 provided by the state.

  • Hardin calls it a career with county


    Steve Hardin said there are things he will miss about being Washington County’s jailer, but elections are not one of those things.

    “No, not at all,” he said with a laugh.

    Hardin has been elected five times, and he’s been working in the law enforcement field for more than 27 years, with some of that as a deputy jailer, but the majority as the elected jailer.

    What he will miss is the people he has worked with over the years.

  • African-American Heritage Festival is Friday


    One of Springfield’s biggest events is about to take place once again.

    The 14th annual African-American Heritage Festival will take place Friday, and city officials are gearing up for a night filled with entertainment and education.

    Springfield Main Street Director Nell Haydon said this year’s event is entitled “Distinguished African-American Women,” and celebrates women of the community and region.

  • Vehicle seized, two interviewed in Wheatley death


    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has interviewed two people of interest in the hit-and-run death of Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield.

    Wheatley was found dead, lying in the roadway near the entrance to Maker’s Mark Distillery early Sunday morning, July 16. At 2:42 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a body laying in the roadway on Bill Samuels Road in Loretto.

    Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found the deceased body of Wheatley lying in the westbound lane of Bill Samuels Road.

  • No sibling rivalry in Taylor family


    Kayleen Taylor loves to bake, and that’s not anything new for her.

    Last year, she said, she baked some pies and sold them. There was no real purpose for that baking, it was just something she enjoyed doing.

    This year, however, her baking has been backed with a purpose.

    Kaylean, a 13-year-old who will be an 8th grader at St. Dominic, has made blackberry cobblers to help her younger brother’s baseball team.

  • Community VBS held at Idle Hour Park


    Kyle Yankey has been hearing a calling for some time now to conduct a community-wide vacation bible school in Washington County, and this past week, he and others have answered that calling.

    A community-wide vacation bible school took place at Idle Hour Park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week.

  • Arrest made in Dollar General robbery


    The man believed to be responsible for the June 20 robbery of the Springfield Dollar General Store is behind bars in Ohio.

    Montiest Barney, 25, of Elizabethtown, was arrested last week after allegedly robbing a store near Middletown, Ohio.

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, local police were alerted to the case after Barney was arrested and began to tell officers in Ohio of other robberies he claimed to have committed.