• Washington County School Board raises pay for substitutes

    Substitute teachers for Washington County Schools will receive higher daily pay after an increase was approved Monday by the school board.

    The board approved an increase of about $2 per day, according to superintendent Robin Cochran.

    The increase was the first time in several years pay for substitutes in the district has been raised, the superintendent said.

  • County farmers struggling with dry conditions, market challenges

    With high temperatures and rain showers few and far between the last several weeks, farmers are feeling the heat. On top of many area farmers facing the possibility of low yields, they also are looking at a tightening market with dropping prices.

    Local farmer Aaron Hale, who grows corn and soybeans, has kept track of the rain on which his crops depend.

    The county has seen two inches of rain since June 20; typically three to four inches will fall in that time frame.

  • More Washington County voters are registering as Republican


    Mirroring a statewide trend, Washington County’s number of registered Republicans has grown steadily,


  • Bump in city property tax rates proposed

    City residents will pay a bit more in property taxes this year if a proposal for a slight hike is approved.

    As it has each year since 2012, the Springfield City Council is looking to take a tax rate that will bring in 4 percent more revenue than last year’s rate.

    The rate on real property (real estate) and personal property will go from 16.86 cents for every $100 of assessed value to 16.91 cents, increasing the tax on a $100,000 home by 50 cents.

  • Almost 13 percent of Washignton County is food insecure
  • Springfield Police chief abruptly retires

    Springfield’s chief of police has retired after an abrupt announcement last week.

  • Benefit to be held for local toddler battling rare cancer

    Corbin Noel has been through so much for a three-year-old.
    Typically, most kids his age are preparing for preschool or playing with toys.
    Corbin is fighting for his life.
    Corbin was diagnosed with Stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, on Aug. 6. Only around 800 cases of neuroblastoma are reported each year in the United States, according to cancer.org.

  • Johnson indicted on assault, PFO charges

    A Springfield man charged with the July 11 shooting in Springfield has been indicted on charges of first-degree assault and first-degree persistent felony offender.

    If convicted on both charges, Dyron A. Johnson, 38, of Maplewood Avenue, could face up to 50 years, or life, in prison

    Johnson is accused of non-fatally shooting Andrew Hawkins of Lebanon just before midnight July 11 at the intersection of U.S. 150 and KY 555.

  • School board votes to keep same property tax rate

    Washington County taxpayers will pay the same rate this year in school taxes after a vote Thursday by the school board.

    The board voted at a special-called meeting to keep the rate on real property (real estate) at 60.2 cents per $100 of assessed value ($602 on a $100,000 home).

    The rate will bring in about $3.78 million for the district, just over $170,000 more than last year, Washington County Board of Education finance director Judy Spalding said.

    Most of the $171,619 in additional revenue ($166,899) will be spent on instruction, Spalding said.

  • Report: Speed a factor in garbage truck accident

    Speed was a factor in the overturning of a garbage truck on Bardstown Road last Monday that closed the road for about six hours, according to the accident report by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

    The report notes that the road was wet, and says the Rumpke garbage truck was traveling “too fast for conditions.”

    The truck struck a guardrail, traveled over an embankment and struck a utility pole. It then overturned.

    The road was closed as crews worked to remove fiber-optic wires from the roadway, and a wrecker towed the truck.