• Springfield's July 3 Celebration starts holiday with a bang

    By David Stone

    It may be a day early, but Springfield’s July 3 Independence Day Celebration is expected to usher in the holiday with a bang, according to event organizers.

    The celebration, which is now in its 18th year, begins at 6 p.m. downtown behind the Washington County Judicial Center.

  • Library boasts ‘Universal’ appeal during Summer Reading Program

    On Monday, the Washington County Public Library hosted Mark Comley as part of its Summer Reading Program.

    Ione Pinkston, who is the youth services assistant at the library, said the program is designed to keep children reading while school is out for the summer.

    “Summer reading is for those from birth through 18,” Pinkston said. “We have activities during the months of June and July such as magic shows, the zoo is coming and we have an illusionist coming. We try to have two to three things a week.”

  • Hollywood South Film Festival returns

    A film festival showcasing the works of dozens of independent filmmakers is set to take another red carpet stroll next month in Springfield.

    The Hollywood South Film Festival returns to the Springfield Opera House begins its three-day run on July 5, Springfield-Washington County Tourism Director Stephanie McMillin said.

    “It’s called the fastest growing film festival in the United States,” McMillin said. “There are 50 separate countries represented. It’s truly an international film festival.”

  • 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.

  • Sinatra tribute comes to the Opera House

    By David Stone

    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.

  • Cancer patient stays optimistic during fight

    By David Stone

    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.”

  • Council members approve $4.3M budget

    By David Stone

    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

    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.

  • Washington County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office honored for support of organ donor program

    The Washington County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office was among the top offices in Kentucky for collecting $1 donations during April to help support organ and tissue donation awareness, according to a state clerk’s group release.

    The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life sponsored a challenge during April, which was designated National Donate Life Month, to thank driver’s license offices for collecting $1 donations for the program.