Local News

  • Man arrested for attempted murder

    A potential mass shooting was thwarted in Springfield yesterday afternoon.

    Matthew R. Smith, 37, of Willisburg was arrested and charged with attempted murder, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, resisting arrest and third-degree criminal trespassing.

    Springfield Assistant Chief Joe Templeman and Captain Tony Golden responded to LB Manufacturing.

    According to Templeman, dispatch received a call at approximately 1:51 p.m. from a supervisor at the plant concerning a suspicious vehicle.

  • Friday fire damages Cecconi’s Restaurant

    A Friday evening fire left damage to a local landmark.

    A fire alarm sounded for Cecconi’s Restaurant, located at 117 W. Main Street in Springfield, Friday evening around 6:30 p.m., according to Springfield Fire Chief Jim Logsdon.

    The fire apparently began in a wall, according to Logsdon. He said a bird’s nest was found inside the wall, but he is not certain if it had anything to do with the fire. He did say a cigarette could possibly have contributed to the fire.

  • State’s longest covered bridge reopens

    Kentucky’s longest wooden covered bridge is open once again. A ribbon cutting at the Beech Fork Bridge last week celebrated the completion of a restoration project that began over two years ago.

    “It is our responsibility to restore and preserve the wonderful heritage of design and craftsmanship that is represented in this iconic structure. The Beech Fork Covered Bridge is a treasure that the nation, state and especially our county can be proud of,” said Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles in a press release.

  • Local voter turnout among state’s highest

    With a voter turnout of 57.81 percent, Washington County voters should be proud to have represented themselves as well as nearly any county in Kentucky in last week’s general election. Of the registered 8,932 voters, the county saw 5,164 turn out at the polls. Only five other counties had a higher voter turnout, with Woodford County leading the way at 60.8 percent.

  • ‘Blessing Box’ provides food for community

    A newly installed ‘Blessing Box’ outside of the Springfield Police Station will provide a new resource for those in need. The box acts as a small food pantry, open for anyone at any time.

  • High school honors veterans

    Washington County High School hosted its annual Veteran’s Day celebration Friday morning. The guest speaker was Roger Milburn, a veteran who retired in 2010 after serving more than 43 years in the Army National Guard.

  • St. Catharine to be auctioned

    St. Catharine College is going on the auction block again.
    According to paperwork filed in federal court, the auction of the now-closed school will be held Nov. 30 in the Emily W. Hundley Library.
    The deadline to submit a bid is Nov. 27.

    The minimum bid for tracts 1-4 has been set at $1.3 million, and the minimum bid for tracts 1-3 known as bypass property is $3,000 per acre. The minimum bid for all of the properties as a package is $1.42 million.

  • Graves wins judge, Pinkston still sheriff


    There was no doubt Washington County would have a new judge-executive following Tuesday’s election. The only thing in doubt was who would claim the position.

    In a tight race, separated by only 172 votes, Democrat Timothy Graves defeated Republican Tony Royalty 2,621 to 2,449.

  • Kelly to serve as commonwealth’s attorney in northern Kentucky

    A Washington County native will soon serve as commonwealth’s attorney for two northern Kentucky counties.
    Louis Kelly, son of Dan and Darlene Kelly of Springfield, will soon be the new commonwealth’s attorney for Boone and Gallatin counties. Although it won’t be official for a couple of weeks, Kelly will win his Nov. 6 election, as he is unopposed in the general election. He won the primary in May, defeating longtime incumbent Linda Tally Smith.

  • Marker pays tribute to late senator

    A bronze marker installed at the corner of Jimtown Road and Keene Lane marks the birthplace of former state senator Georgia Davis Powers, the first woman and first African-American elected to the Kentucky Senate.

    More than 100 fourth graders from Washington County’s elementary schools were invited to the sign unveiling to hear about what made Sen. Powers such an important figure to the county.