Local News

  • Band director receives recognition

    Washington County High School band director Debbie Harrod was honored on April 27 at the University of Kentucky as part of the Teachers Who Made a Difference program, and it was the impact she left on her students 20 years ago that led to the recognition.

    Harrod, who’s finishing up her 30th year as a teacher and 20th at Washington County, was nominated for the award by a pair of students from her time in the Nelson County school system, where she spent 10 years.

  • Fiscal court meets

    Washington County fiscal court held a regular session on Monday, and officials handled several financial matters and reflected on how recent work has been a success through daunting spring weather.

    “We have had two significant rains since Grundy Home Road bridge has been open and it hasn’t been closed either time,” said Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles of the bridge that opened in March. “As you all know, it was closed before we got it opened to the public because it flooded.”

  • Woods to host skydiving fundraiser

    Troy Woods made a name for himself in Washington County last summer when he broke the state record for skydive jumps in a single day (80) at Arnold’s Airport in Springfield. Woods will be back on June 1 with a different mission, but it will be a day filled with skydiving once again.

  • Natural options exist for back pain

    Some Kentucky residents have shown concern about the difficulty of attaining prescription drugs following the passing of the “pill mill bill” (House Bill 217), which went into effect in March.

    Many suffering from lower back pain, the leading cause of disability in North America, are anxious to know how difficult it will be to get medication. They may benefit, however, from looking elsewhere to treat their ailments.

  • BPW Unhappy Hour held in recognition of National Equal Pay Day

    The Springfield Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted an Unhappy Hour at Mordecai’s Restaurant on Tuesday, April 23.

    This was in recognition of National Equal Pay Day.  

    April represents the month that a woman must continue working through in order to earn what a man makes by the end of the previous year.  

    Nationally, women are paid 77.4 cents for every dollar men earn. The wage gap remained statistically unchanged for 2012.

  • Madox Roberts letters needed for book

    Washington Countians are being called on to help breathe life into the work of the area’s most celebrated author, and all they have to do is take a look around the attic.
    Bill Slavick, a retired English professor who spent most of his career at the University of Southern Maine, has put in a call for letters to complete his book, “Roberts’ Letters from the Little Country.”

  • BPW Wine and Stein Tasting is May 18

    The Springfield Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) is finalizing plans for their 2013 upcoming 11th Annual Wine & Stein Tasting on Saturday, May 18, in downtown Springfield.  The event will be outside on Cross Main Street, under an enormous tent and inside The Louisville Store Building located at 101 W. Main Street from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

  • Beloved priest honored at Holy Trinity Mass

    By Trisha Weber
    LCNI News Service

    Hundreds of parish members filled the pews at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fredericktown on Sunday. The crowd was bigger than usual, and although Mass stayed true to Catholic tradition, this one was different.

    Dedicated to the memory of the late Father John Christopher Allegra, Holy Trinity’s beloved priest who passed away unexpectedly last October, the Mass was teeming with people eager to pay their respects.

  • No major surprises in budget

    County officials met last month to discuss the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, and while it appears there will be alterations from last year’s budget, major changes shouldn’t be expected when the spending plan is finalized this summer.

    Less than two weeks after the first reading of the proposed budget, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the magistrates and other officials are still early in the process with plenty of time to make changes, but the foundation for the upcoming budget has been set.

  • Derby Blankets created for Governor’s Derby Celebration

    FRANKFORT — Artwork created by students at 30 Kentucky schools will be featured as unique art installations on the grounds of the Old State Capitol during the Governor’s Derby Celebration Saturday in downtown Frankfort.