• 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.

  • Springfield council honors former mayor

    Former Springfield Mayor Mike Haydon’s contributions to the community have not been forgotten. City Council approved a special honor for the late mayor during its meeting on Monday evening.

    Upon request by the African-American Heritage Fest Committee, council unanimously approved a resolution in honor of Haydon. The proclamation will be read and presented to Haydon’s family at the festival on August 2. Haydon was serving as the Chief of Staff to Governor Steve Beshear at the time of his death in 2012.

  • Jets over Kentucky wraps up at S-L Airport

    Cody Thomas

    Contributing Writer

    This weekend the Lebanon/Springfield Airport hosted Jets Over Kentucky heralded as the Grandest Jet Event in the World. The week long extravaganza showcased rare and noticeable planes, talented pilots, and even an hour long fireworks show on Friday night. The event brought in pilots and spectators from the United States as well as around the globe.

  • Church officials decry cemetery vandalism

    “Rest in peace” is what people say when someone passes away, but somebody in Springfield has little respect for a local final resting place.

    Gus Cooper, pastoral administrator at Holy Rosary Church in Springfield, reported that vandals had driven ATVs and four-wheel drive trucks onto cemetery property, doing “donuts” and tearing up the field.