• New trials ordered in Knoxville double-homicide case

    Four years ago, the body of 21-year-old Channon Christian was found at a house in Knoxville, Tenn. The body of her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, 23, was found near some railroad tracks.

    Five people - including three who were arrested in Lebanon - were convicted of various crimes in connection with those deaths, but four of them will receive new trials as a result of official misconduct by the judge who presided over their trials.

  • An early Christmas present

    Santa Claus came a little early for one local couple. He traveled farther than the North Pole for this delivery.

    Anita and Matthew Pinkston recently spent nearly a month in Africa to adopt their new family member, Malachi Moise Pinkston.
    It took over two years to finalize the adoption, but the Pinkstons now have Malachi in their arms.

  • Blaze destroys Willisburg mobile home

    A fire destroyed a mobile home on Tatum Springs Road in Willisburg on Friday afternoon.

    Willisburg Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Washington County Fire Department was en route with a tanker, but was called off.

    "It was fully involved when we got here," Willisburg fire chief Jessie Carney said.

    Carney said no electricity was hooked up to the trailer.

  • Fiscal court meets again about Tick Creek Road bridge


  • News briefs for 11-30


    Harvest for the Hungry

    The holiday season is a time of financial hardships for many Kentucky families. Your food bank needs your help! Start collecting non-perishable food items now through Dec. 15. Your food donations will help those who may otherwise go without. Participate by calling (270) 735-1407.

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  • Radio auction set for Sunday

    The Lions / Rotary radio auction begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday and can be heard on WLSK 100.9 Mike FM radio.

    For those who want to see the auction live, it can be seen at Simms & Montgomery Insurance & Real Estate in downtown Springfield.
    Some of the items featured this year include University of Kentucky basketball tickets, Cincinnati Reds tickets, Louisville Ballet tickets to see Cinderella, grandstand seats at Keeneland, 25 tons of commercial rock and a Rumpke garbage can.
    Bids can be called in at (859) 336-3937.

  • School district receives more grant money

    Washington County Schools is part of another grant that will help students aim for career and college readiness.

    The school board voted to accept $140,000 from the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) Continuous Assessment and Algebraic Thinking: Keys for Career and College Readiness (CAAT) grant during the regular-scheduled meeting on Nov. 21 at Washington County High School.
    The grant, which focuses on math professional development throughout the district, begins on Jan. 1.

  • Time for the Heart of Kentucky Holiday festival

    ‘Tis the season for the Heart of Kentucky Holiday festival, which was recently awarded as a top 20 event for winter 2011 by the Southeast Tourism Society, which is comprised of 14 states.

    “The whole rationale behind our festival is to let people come and experience a country Christmas,” Nell Haydon, director of Springfield / Main Street Renaissance, said.

  • Bridge under review

    The Washington County fiscal court held its regular scheduled meeting on Monday, and the bridge on Tick Creek Road was a focal point.

    The piers of the bridge are showing signs of deterioration and compromising the bridge’s architectural stability, and Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said something has to be done.
    “It’s a very serious situation. It is a structural problem and there doesn’t appear to be any way to repair what’s there.”