Local News

  • Planning, fundraising underway for One Bridge to Hope

    The drug epidemic continues to wreak havoc across the state of Kentucky and beyond. More often than not, it’s creating a revolving door for many abusers, who are sent to jail only to be released and return to their addiction.

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady has seen a dramatic increase in incarcerations for both Marion and Washington counties within the past five years.

  • St. Catharine Farm wins Agriculture Axhievement award

    St. Catharine Farm got its beginnings in 1822 when sisters Angela and Benvin Sansbury bought the deed to 159 acres and one year of provisions to settle in rural Kentucky. This helped form the Dominican Sisters of Peace located at St. Catharine.

  • Third film festival coming to Springfield

    Nick Schrager


    Springfield will be hosting its third James Bond III film festival this weekend.

    According to Springfield-Washington County Tourism Director Stephanie McMillin, though the film festival hasn’t happened yet, there are plans in the works for a fourth.

    “And they’re already gearing up for their fourth,” she said. “Which is in July.”

    Everyone is invited to attend this week’s festival which will be hosted Friday-Sunday at the Springfield Opera House.

  • Remembering Bob Noe Haydon

    Robert Noe “Bob” Haydon Sr., 88, a well-known businessman and community member, passed away on Feb. 23.

    His son, Bobby, said Haydon lived a long life.

    “I’d say he did most of what we wanted to do, if not all,” Bobby said.

    Haydon joined the family business, Haydon Coal and Oil Co., which was started by Haydon’s grandfather, Charles Joseph Haydon Sr. in 1918.

  • Blair wins Sidewalk Hall of Fame award


    The annual Sorghum Festival is a time of celebration for most people and that would be no different for Sue Blair, who was awarded the Sidewalk Hall of Fame award at the Chamber of Commerce awards. This award was created in 2004 to honor a person who has made significant contributions to the Sorghum Festival. Recipients have generally put many hours into making the festival a success.

    “The chamber runs the festival and it’s very near and dear to my heart,” Blair said.

  • Turning T-shirts into jump ropes for children

    Diane McDaniel is turning T-shirts into jump ropes for needy children in Africa.

    She had the opportunity last October to go on a mission trip to eSwatini in Africa.

  • Rain causes shift in soil at reservoir

    A shift of topsoil at the reservoir behind Bluegrass Dairy in Springfield has officials working to drain approximately 8 feet of water from the back up source of water.

    According to David Bartley, the water system manager at the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, heavy rain caused the soil to move last week, and he’s already been in touch with the Dam Safety and Compliance section of the Division of Water.

  • Hale is recipient of Lifetime Acheivement award

    The Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce posthumously awarded Steve Hale the Lifetime Achievement award on Feb. 25.

    Steve was born and raised in Springfield. Janice Hale-Burkhead, his sister, laughed when telling about Steve’s childhood. One such story involved a special-ordered football helmet.

  • Road and bridge repair discussed at fiscal court

    Trent Taylor


    Gary Tomblyn, Commissioner of Rural and Municipal Aid, attended Friday’s fiscal court meeting to discuss roads and bridges that were being updated. Paul Sanders, Chief District Engineer of District Four, was also in attendance to help with the discussion.

  • Smith indicted on federal charges

    Matthew R. Smith, the man who allegedly was planning a mass shooting at L.B. Manufacturing in Springfield, was indicted on federal charges last week.