Local News

  • Operation Christmas Child collects 1,000s of boxes for needy children overseas

    Operation Christmas Child has been in full swing, and local churches are hopeful of raising thousands of boxes for needy children across the globe.

    According to Jessica Wechter, the drop-off team leader for Springfield Christian Church, the church has served as a drop-off location for the shoeboxes filled with items for approximately 7 or 8 years.

    As of press time, she said they’ve collected more than 800 boxes.
    “So far, we’ve got about 830,” Wechter said.

  • Moreland to leave The Sun

    Jeff Moreland, publisher of The Springfield Sun and the Central Kentucky News-Journal, will be starting a new chapter in his life and career.

  • 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.

  • 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.