Local News

  • Copper taken from school site

    An undisclosed amount of type L copper piping was taken from the site of the new Washington County High School last weekend, and the Springfield Police Department is looking for leads.

    According to police, between the night of Friday, Aug. 23 and Monday, Aug. 26, someone entered the construction property on Hwy-150 and drove away with 300 feet of copper piping. The culprits took 100 feet each of one-inch, two-inch and two-and-a-half inch pipes. Some of the piping had already been installed and welded into place, and was removed from the framework.

  • Ground broken

    The Washington County Fire Protection Association and Washington County Fire Department are getting a much-needed addition in the near future. As of last Thursday, ground has been broken at the future site of the new fire department building, and construction can get underway.

  • Redistricting approved for second time in two years

    The Kentucky legislature last week approved redistricting plans for the state House of Representatives and Senate for the second time in two years.

    The new districts were signed into law Friday by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    “I expect these maps will withstand legal scrutiny, so all Kentuckians can be assured of appropriate representation in the General Assembly,” Beshear said in a press statement.

    The General Assembly included an emergency provision so that the new districts took effect as soon as they were signed into law.

  • Abell named MCHS principal

    Stevie Lowery
    Landmark News Service

    Mike Abell, 41, of Springfield has been an educator for 19 years, and becoming a principal has always been one of his aspirations.

    He fulfilled that dream Monday, which was his first day at Marion County High School as its new principal.

    “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity,” Abell said last week after the SBDM council unanimously hired him for the position. “As a principal, you have such an opportunity to influence more students on a larger scale.”

  • Former WCHS student returns from D.C.

    Ellen Goatley, a 2011 graduate of Washington County High School, may have just found the spark to take on a career in politics. While the University of Kentucky junior isn’t completely sure of what her career plans will be, she’s using this summer’s internship at U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie’s office as a learning experience.

  • Eminent domain, disaster risks discussed at pipeline meeting

    Many residents who own property along the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline have been worried about the threat of eminent domain as of late. That threat, while not expected by many to hold up in court, has still been enough to convince a growing contingency within the state to call for action.

  • Today in History
  • State commission on human rights issues ruling on Susie’s Bottoms Up

    The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights recently reviewed three separate complaints regarding an incident at Susie’s Bottoms Up in Raywick on April 30, 2012.

  • United Way hopes to expand to Washington, Marion Counties

    Representatives from the United Way of Nelson County visited the Springfield Rotary Club meeting last week to discuss the possibility of extending their service to Washington County.

    The meeting came just two weeks after the group visited Marion County for the same cause.

    Kenny Fogle, Jamie Sizemore and Nicky Rapier of the United Way discussed the benefits of the organizxation, and emphasized that there is no negative aspect to the county jumping on board.

  • Local hunters produce film entirely in Washington County

    For four lifelong Washington County residents, hunting is more than a pastime. Yes, their time in the woods is limited by jobs, family and other responsibilities, but that hasn’t stopped their passion or their project.

    The project—for Brandon Coslow, Blake Chesser, Stephen Parrott and Steven Yaste—has been a one-hour and 45-minute hunting DVD that was filmed entirely in Washington County.