Local News

  • Governor’s mansion doc has local influence

    As part of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration, a new documentary about the architectural, social and political history of the residence is being released. The film, titled “Kentucky Governor’s Mansion:  A Century of Reflection” was directed and produced by Washington County native, Michael Breeding.

    The film is narrated by Kentucky native and ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer and will premiere on Jan. 15 at the Grand Theater in Frankfort and on Jan. 16 at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington.

  • News briefs 1/15

    Washington County Schools Make up Day
    Friday, Jan. 17, was originally scheduled as a “work day” without students for staff professional learning.  School WILL BE in session for a regular school day with students on Friday, Jan. 17, due to the four days that have already been missed and the need to have instructional days.


  • Flu level raised in Kentucky

    According to a press release from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky Department for Public Health officials determined last week that influenza (flu) activity across the state has been upgraded from “regional” to “widespread.”

    The widespread designation means that increased flu-like symptoms or flu outbreaks have been reported in at least half of the regions in the state.

  • Mayor expected home soon

    Springfield Mayor John Cecconi is recovering from open heart surgery in Louisville, according to City Administrator Laurie Smith.

    Cecconi underwent the operation on Thursday at Baptist East Hospital, where he is still recuperating.

    According to Smith, the surgery was “very successful,” and Cecconi is expected to be home within a matter of days.

    She added that the mayor is expected to make a full recovery.

  • LaPalme stepping away from role at Isaiah House

    Life changed for Mark LaPalme in 1999. He decided to walk away from a dark past and stepped toward a higher calling.

    LaPalme put a past that included 24 years of drug addiction, nearly 50 arrests, 13 rehab stints and years of making the wrong choices in the rearview mirror in favor of a life helping others find the same path.

  • Vandalism at old Fredericktown bridge

    This past Monday, in a regularly scheduled meeting of Washington County Fiscal Court, District 6 Magistrate Greg Simms made it known that there had recently been reports of vandalism on and near the ‘Burg bridge.

  • Red Cross to hold first meeting of the new year

    Springfield—The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to fulfill its mission, and individuals with many skill sets are needed.  Trainings throughout the year are available for those who would like to volunteer with the Red Cross, free of charge. Training provides volunteers the tools and education to respond to disasters, enabling people to have the skills to help people in their time of need.  

  • 2 indicted in Washington County Circuit Court

    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.

    Perry W. Curtsinger, 40, of Willisburg, was indicted on three felony counts—two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of assault in the second degree—in Washington County Circuit Court last month for an incident that occurred on Nov. 25.

  • Prevent pipes from freezing, bursting

    With frigid temperatures and wind chills hitting hard this week, the Kentucky Division of Water reminds citizens to protect the water systems in their homes and businesses from freezing.

    When water freezes, it expands. When water freezes in a pipe and expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold outside air to flow across the pipes.

  • Police reports: pair of juveniles arrested

    A pair of juveniles were arrested for first-degree wanton endangerment (a class D felony) on New Year’s Day morning by Charles Osbourn of the Springfield Police Department. SPD did not immediately return calls for comment and to elaborate on the incident, but the report did note that alcohol was suspected to be a factor. The arrests were made on West Main Street in Springfield.