• County unemployment numbers among state’s lowest

    The latest figures from the Kentucky Center for Statistics brought positive news for Washington County. The county’s unemployment rate was reported at three percent, half a point lower than the state average. Among the surrounding counties, only Anderson (2.9 percent) and Spencer (2.7 percent) ranked lower.

  • Hagan named general manager of The Sun

    Dave Hagan has been named general manager of The Springfield Sun. He will also continue in his role as advertising manager at The Lebanon Enterprise.

    “I look forward to working closely with the staff at The Springfield Sun as general manager to overcome challenges and pursue the new opportunities for improvement available to the newspaper,” said Hagan.

  • Fiscal court ends year with send off for exiting members

    Washington County Fiscal Court finished its year by saying goodbye to five magistrates and it’s judge-executive. Each of the exiting court members had the chance to speak.

    Johnny Coyle
    Magistrate Coyle said he’s enjoyed working with all of the people in his district.
    “It’s a great district as far as Washington County’s concerned,” Coyle said. 
    He added he’s enjoyed working Judge-Executive John Settles and his fellow magistrates.

    Benjamin Settles

  • Open for business

    Some of Washington County’s youngest entrepreneurs had their wares on display during Friday night’s Christmas Market at City Hall.

    The annual event serves as a showcase for local artisans and gives the public a chance to shop from a variety of handmade Christmas gifts.

  • School’s aviation program taking off

    Four years after its creation, the Washington County High School aviation program is going strong.
    Students from a variety of backgrounds, and with a wide variety of interests within aviation, come together to learn aviation basics and put some of that knowledge to the test.

  • 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.