• Relay for Life posts successful drive despite stormy weather

    By David Stone

    The skies were dark and, to hear national weather forecasters tell it, the ominous clouds over Washington County Saturday morning were going to cause a deluge that would wash away any hope for Marion-Washington Relay for Life’s annual fundraiser.

    But the weather didn’t follow the script, and the American Cancer Society fundraiser was able to cap a tremendously successful year.

  • Washington County School Board begins planning for new bus garage

    By David Stone

    Washington County Board of Education members took the first step toward the development of a new bus garage center during a called meeting Monday.

    No money was formally approved for the project, but the move will allow the district to begin planning for the facility, Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran said.

    “This is just the beginning steps of a discussion,” Cochran said of a new bus garage after the meeting. “We definitely have a need for one.”

  • Jets Over Kentucky brings tiny planes, big crowds to Lebanon-Springfield airport

    The “world’s grandest jet event,” Jets Over Kentucky, returns to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport July 7-14.

    Last year, thousands of spectators attended the event — and organizers are expecting no difference this year — to watch scaled-down, remote controlled, jet-powered aircraft take to the skies.

  • 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.”