• Ice skating rink to open Dec. 15

    Christmas will be coming to Springfield early this year.
    According to Springfield Tourism Director Stephanie McMillin, the city will be hosting a free Christmas ice skating rink downtown on Saturday, Dec. 15.

    The event will take place from 1-9 p.m. for the general public, but will open early at noon for students and folks with special needs and their families who may be comfortable with a smaller crowd.
    “It is wheelchair accessible,” McMillin said.

  • Road crews brace for winter weather

    Don’t expect last week’s snowfall to be the last.
    Washington County Road Department Supervisor Dale Mann says his crews are already gearing up in anticipation of more.

    “The way all the almanac predictions are, we’re going to get a lot more snow,” Mann said. “I would hope that we would get less, but we’re going to get some.”

  • Springfield native Peggy Cooper wins award in San Diego

    Springfield native Peggy Cooper, the daughter of Sarah and the late Kenneth Newby, has made quite a name for herself in San Diego, California.

    Cooper, a 1976 graduate of Washington County High School, was named one of the most influential women in San Diego by The Daily Transcript in March.

    Cooper, the senior communications specialist of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, said the award was an honor. She joined 29 other women in winning the accolade.

  • School district staff to participate in active shooter training

    Staff in the Washington County School District will soon be participating in real-life active shooter mock scenarios at the close of the school year. All staff members will be undergoing mandatory training through Away, Barricade, Counter (ABC) Civilian Active Shooter Training led by national law enforcement trainer Robert Tirollo, according to an announcement from Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. The training is part of the district’s effort to be proactive in the area of school safety, and is being sponsored by the United Steelworkers Local 241 in Bardstown.

  • Calvary Campers complete relief mission

    In 1960, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Coulter, members of the Willisburg Christian Church, donated 26 acres of land to be used as a spiritual camp for kids. The first group of 86 campers arrived in the summer of 1963 and learned about the teachings of Jesus Christ. Since those early days, the camp has expanded to more than 400 acres. Dormitories, meeting halls and a covered pavilion have been built. Last year, more than 1,200 campers attended events at Camp Calvary.

  • Navy vet charts course for St. Catharine's future
  • High school building project on schedule

    Construction of a new Washington County High School building began in May 2012 and is expected to be complete by March 2014. The $17 million project is currently on-schedule and on-budget.

    Kelly Ives, with Lexington-based Ross Tarrant Architects, is the project manager. During Monday evening’s Washington County Board of Education meeting, Ives provided an update on the project status.

  • Veteran officer joins Springfield Police

    After an officer’s recent resignation, Springfield had to find a new policeman. But the City didn’t have to hire a rookie. Michael Cotton, with several years of law enforcement experience under his belt, was able, willing and ready to come to work in Springfield.

  • Popular theater director departs

    As accolades pour in, it seems clear that Jan Fattizzzi enriched many lives in Washington County. A founder and director of the Central Kentucky Youth Theatre and Community Theatre, Fattizzi resigned to accept a job in Florida, where she will continue to teach theater at Master Class Academy in Orlando.

    Theatre Board President Dr. John Isaacs wrote that Fattizzi’s departure creates a void.

  • Local teacher receives national honors

    Every now and then everyone likes a reminder that they're making a difference in others' lives. For Anne Harrison of Willisburg, her most recent reminder came in the form of the 2013 American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award at the end of last month.