Today's News

  • PHOTO: New Pioneers forum on sustainability
  • Celebrate the birth of Abraham Lincoln

    In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 203rd birthday, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office invite the public to revisit both the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail and the KHS HistoryMobile.

  • Robberies on the rise in Springfield

    Springfield Police saw a series of robberies and break-ins during the last few weeks.

    On Feb. 3, a 2001 white Ford was stolen from Rosary Heights Road.
    According to a press release from the police, suspect Stephen Trent of Springfield allegedly ordered two  people out of the vehicle by threatening the use of force, then fled with the vehicle.
    Trent was later arrested at a residence in Springfield where the vehicle was recovered, according to the release.
    Trent was arrested for first-degree robbery.


    Springfield Fire Department Chief Jim Logsdon was incorrectly identified last week in a story about a garage fire.

    In the same story, information provided on the run report was disputed by property owner Tommy Noel.
    Noel said the fire didn’t start because of the reasons stated on the run report, which is written by the fire department.
    The report is in the process of being changed, according to Logsdon.

  • No Child Left Behind gets left behind in Kentucky

    Students, teachers and administrators in Washington County wave goodbye to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) laws, as Kentucky was recently one of 10 states to receive a waiver from the mandates.

    “Kentucky’s public school system will have one comprehensive system of accountability for both state and federal purposes to ensure college/career readiness for all students,” according to a Kentucky Department of Education press release last week.

  • New road supervisor gives first update

    Washington County fiscal court held a regular scheduled meeting on Friday morning, and Dale Mann was introduced as the county’s road department supervisor.

    Mann -- who took over as supervisor on Jan. 17 -- informed the court that the construction on Logan Road bridge has been completed, pending minor repairs this week.
    “It was two days and the guys were done,” Mann said. “They did a great job.”

  • Three arrested for Web crimes

    According to a press release, Kentucky State Police have arrested three men on charges related to child pornography.

    One of the men involved was from Willisburg.
    The action was the result of search warrants pertaining to illegal Internet activity executed by the agency’s Electronic Crime Branch. One of the arrests followed an investigation spanning two states and involved a nine-year-old victim.

  • ‘It’s hard. But you can’t give up.’

    (Editor’s note: Each week during Black History Month, we’ll run a profile of an African-American who is a positive role model. This is the third part in a five-part series.)

    The beauty salon at 108 Cross Main is filled with a big, sincere laugh.
    Betty Ellery said she hates smiling for pictures, but she can’t keep herself from flashing a thousand-watt beam.
    Ellery has been in the salon business for 30 years. Twenty of those years have been as sole owner of Shear Magic Beauty Salon in Springfield.

  • Local offices will change in January

    Come January, the judicial and legislative landscape will look different in Washington County and the surrounding area.

    One change is that Tim Cocanougher, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit, is stepping down. Cocanougher, who serves Green, Washington, Marion and Taylor counties, didn’t file to run for re-election.
    “The primary reason for not filing is that at the end of my term (December 2012), I will have 27 years with the state and eligible to retire,” Cocanougher said via email.

  • Part of Sulphur Creek waterway polluted with E. coli

    A pair of local waterways have been listed as impaired, with one of those resulting from high levels of E. coli.

    A 10-mile section of Sulphur Creek in Washington, Anderson and Mercer counties has been classified as impaired due to high E. coli levels, and the water was determined to not support “primary contact recreation (swimming).”
    Additionally, a 3.7-mile stretch of Cheese Lick has been determined to not support aquatic habitat use.