Local News

  • Survey finds teen mental health issues on rise statewide

    By Melissa Patrick

    Kentucky Health News

    The school districts of Bullitt, Henderson and Warren counties will participate in a five-year, $9 million program to increase awareness of mental-health issues among Kentucky students.

  • Cheers to 10 years

    It was just 10 years ago when construction of what is now the Washington County Judicial Center was completed. Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, the building is where many local judges, attorneys, and court staff members spend their time.

    All costs associated with the building are paid by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), which leases the space.

  • Springfield hires new assistant clerk

    City of Springfield

    Mayor Debbie Wakefield has announced that Jessica Edelen Hart has accepted the position at Springfield City Hall as Assistant City Clerk.

    Hart officially began her duties May 6, according to a press release.

  • Treasurer: no surprises in 2019-20 county budget

    By Abigail Whitehouse

    There are no major surprises to be found in Washington County’s budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, according to Treasurer Carla Hardin.

    The Washington County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of the budget on May 13.

    Hardin said there were few changes in the budget, compared to last year.

    “There’s really not a lot of differences,” she said following Tuesday’s meeting. “We pretty much followed last year’s (budget).”

  • Giving back is what it is all about

    Jesse McClain is a sixth-grade student at North Washington Elementary School and like most kids he has a passion. While some students love sports, and others love academics, it is clear in the first few minutes of meeting Jesse that his passion is art.

    Giving back is something that Jesse is adamant about, he said. He said he just wants people to enjoy his artwork.

    “I like to use my art to give back to people,” Jesse said. “I like to make people happy and joyful. I really like to bring a smile on peoples faces with my artwork.”

  • A mother's blessing

    Angela “Tulie” Railey has what most would consider a big family. She is the mother of 11 kids, six girls and five boys. The eldest two come from her first marriage, and the other nine come from her current marriage.

    “My oldest two were by my first marriage, then I got a divorce,” Railey said. “I ended up with my husband now. We had the other nine children, and he’s been around the oldest since they were two and three so he is more of their dad.”

  • Springfield Green Festival a delight

    The Springfield Green Festival was hosted in Springfield Friday afternoon.

    According to the New Pioneers Director Sister Claire McGowan, the festival has been going on for six years.

    She said it’s come a long way since it began.

    “I think we have a lot more variety and diversity,” McGowan said. “We have more vendors, for one thing.”

    One of the biggest sights for folks was a section on raptors.

  • Citizens, officers honored

    Three LB Manufacturing employees and two Springfield Police Department officers were honored with awards for their roles in stopping a potential mass shooting last year.

  • Getting their hands dirty: WCHS greenhouse a success

    Students are getting their hands dirty at Washington County High School – literally.

    The greenhouse at the high school is in its fourth year of producing plants. Before then, the greenhouse at the old high school was open for more than 20 years.

    According to Bart Mattingly, the agriculture teacher at WCHS, the greenhouse is a Kentucky Ag Development funded program.

    “It’s something we’ve built a cliental from over 20 years,” he said.

    Currently, there are 22 students enrolled in the course.

  • Esper to be Honor Flight passenger

    Dennis Esper, a Vietnam veteran, will be getting the welcome home he never got when he goes on the Honor Flight on April 27.

    The flight will take him and 75 other veterans from Vietnam and the Korean War to the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

    Dennis, a resident of the Texas community, has been in Washington County with his wife, Jean, for the last 10 years.