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  • Green Festival is next weekend

    This year marks the 5th-annual Green Festival, and according to Sr. Claire McGowan, it’s going to be the largest event to date, rain or shine.

    Unlike past years, the event will take place behind the judicial center from 4-8 p.m. on April 27.

    “This is the first time we’ve ever done it on a Friday evening,” McGowan said.

    The Green Festival started as a way to promote sustainability.

    “It’s designed to be fun,” she said. “But it’s also designed to be educational.”

  • Mattingly wins Sidewalk of Fame award

    The Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce awarded this year’s Sidewalk of Fame award to someone very special, Bart Mattingly.

    Charlie Haydon, who presented the award, said he’s fortunate and honored to give the award to Mattingly.

    “The winner of this award is a lifelong Springfield resident who has given back to his community consistently,” Haydon said. “And this year is no different.”

  • Political forums to be held April 26 and May 3

    According to Nell Haydon, a member of the Democratic Women’s Club of Washington County, two “Meet the Candidates” forums will be held at St. Catharine Hall on April 26 and May 3 at 7 p.m.

    “We’ve worked very hard to host two forums because of the large number of candidates running in Washington County,” Haydon said. "This is historic that we have this many candidates running in Washington County. We’ve never, as far as I know, had this many candidates run.”

  • Tingle pleads guilty in pursuit case


    Washington County Fiscal Court Magistrate Terry Tingle has pleaded guilty to a pair of charges last week.

    Tingle, who was arrested on Dec. 16, 2017, for reckless driving, fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest, pleaded guilty to amended charges.

  • Yard sale spreads proceeds across the globe

    How far can a dollar go? Purchases during River of Life Church’s yard sale this past weekend are spreading dollars across the globe.

    The biannual yard sale is put on in order to raise money for the church’s mission fund. From there, it will be distributed to various projects and mission trips that the church organizes to aid areas in need.

  • Begley selected for Gatton Academy

    A Washington County High School sophomore has been selected to attend The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.

    Belle Begley, the daughter of Ken and Cindy Begley, is one of the 99 Kentucky sophomores in the class of 2020 selected for the prestigious program.

  • McMillin wins Above and Beyond award

    When it comes to awards from the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, there’s one that’s given out only so often, and that’s the Above and Beyond award.

    “This individual worked tirelessly planning and organizing, and was right in the trenches with us even though she wasn’t part of the chamber,” said Pat Rose, who presented the award. “If it came to advertising, desktop publishing, working the event, sponsoring the event – words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation.”

  • First SRO hired by district

    Washington County Schools

    Curt Bowen has been hired by the Washington County School District and the city of Springfield to be the district’s first school resource officer, according to an announcement from Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran.

  • April proclaimed 'Child Abuse Prevention Month'

    Child abuse cases in Kentucky are on the rise. Nearly 57,000 reports met criteria for investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS) in 2017, according to data from CPS and the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services. That number is up from around 54,000 the year before.

  • Settles wins Lifetime Achievement award

    Nick Schrager


    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet last week.

    County Attorney Bill Robinson presented the award.