Local News

  • Wakefield next Springfield mayor

    The unofficial results are in, and Springfield has a new mayor after Debbie Wakefield tallied 322 votes in Tuesday’s election. Lisa Haydon followed with 294 votes, then Bobby Brady at 223 and John Cecconi with 206.

    Jerry Pinkston will be Washington County’s next sheriff after taking more than 60 percent of the vote against Jim “Buford” Crouch. Pinkston defeated Crouch 2,780-1,769.

    The race for county attorney was close much of the way, with Bill Robinson prevailing with 2,533 votes to Greg Goatley’s 2,038.

  • Make your voice heard

    With the November election less than a week away, I hope everyone in the Washington County area makes it out to the polling places next week to take part in their constitutional right to cast their vote for political office.

    Having spent a lot of time around this year’s local candidates, I can say with confidence that Springfield and Washington County have a lot of qualified people looking to lead the community in the right direction.

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  • News briefs 10/29


    Absentee Voting Machine
    The absentee voting machine is now open in the county clerk’s office. It will be open from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for those who are going to be out of town on Election Day or precinct workers who work in another precinct. Oct. 28 is the last day to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot.

    Election Sign

  • Avoid trick-or-treat injuries

    Ashley Spalding

    Halloween serves as one of the most popular holidays among children. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 40 million children will participate in trick-or-treat activities this year. Parents should make sure that this fun-filled event does not end with a trip to the emergency room.

  • Local author to host book signing

    Stevie Lowery
    Landmark News Service

    Always expect the unexpected.

    That’s a life lesson Missy C. Luckett, 46, has learned time and time again.

  • Another week, another strong showing

    The Washington County Marching Commander Band will be heading to the State Sweet 16 of Marching Band. Last Saturday, the Commander band competed in the KMEA Class 2A West Regional Quarterfinals in Muhlenberg County. Twelve of the best Class 2A bands in western Kentucky competed to advance to the state semifinals. Only eight bands would make the cut. When the contest was complete, Washington County earned the right to advance by placing second in the entire contest. They also earned a distinguished rating. Only four bands earned a distinguished rating that day.

  • Law change on campaign signs near polling places

    A recent federal appeals court ruling will affect how campaigning is done in Kentucky, which is an important development with Election Day coming up next week.

    One of the main impacts that the ruling will have on the state is that any private property within 300 feet of a polling place can now put up signs endorsing any candidates. Previously, all campaigning was prohibited within that 300 feet buffer zone.

    However, the ruling did not overturn any other part of the previous statute.

  • Arrest in WCHS gun incident

    Mellwood H. Robinson, of Lebanon, was arrested on Friday, Oct. 20 by Springfield Police after allegedly dropping a firearm at a Washington County High School football game, resulting in a shot being fired.

    According to the police report, no one was injured by the stray bullet, but Robinson was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, which is a felony charge.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith returned from training on Monday of this week and commented on the incident.

  • Burglary at St. Rose home

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home burglary at 1639 St. Rose-Lebanon Road on Monday, Oct. 20.

    According to a report provided by authorities, the home of Richard L. “Dickie” Mudd, Jr. was broken into between between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

    Mudd’s daughter, JoAnne Mudd-Miller, informed the department that the back door had been kicked in, which Sheriff Tommy Bartley and Deputy Jackie Robinson confirmed on arrival.