Local News

  • Students visit capital

    The fourth- and fifth-graders at North Washington Elementary School got an firsthand look at the inner workings of Kentucky government recently, and the trip could go a long way to helping students meet core content requirements this year.

    Frankfort was paid a visit by 113 students and more than 25 adults on Sept. 12, and Miranda Yonts, the teacher from North Washington who led the trip, said it is already paying off, with students being able to relate what’s on the curriculum with what they saw up close two weeks ago.

  • County approves taxes

    Following a public hearing before last week’s regularly scheduled Washington County Fiscal Court meeting, the county’s magistrates unanimously voted to approve the second reading of the fiscal year 2014 property tax rates.

  • Sorghum returns to Springfield

    For the last seven years, Springfield has hosted the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival, but it’s getting back to its roots in 2014.

    The Sorghum Festival has been reborn, and this year’s event offers more ways for the community to get involved than ever.

    More than 55 vendors and non-stop entertainment will be offered in downtown Springfield, as the event that many still view as synonymous with Washington County makes its return.

  • Vandalism suspects indicted

    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.

    Raymond Witten, of Harrodsburg, and Devin Abell and William Gibson, both of Springfield, all 18, were each indicted separately on two felony counts—first-degree criminal mischief (class D) and third-degree burglary (class D)—in Washington County Circuit Court last month for incidents that occurred on or about Aug. 22.

  • 50 years of BPW and counting

    The Springfield chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Club celebrated the milestone of its 50th anniversary last Tuesday, as well as one of its members, who has been along for the ride since the very beginning.

    Cherry Gibson, the club’s parliamentarian, has been with BPW since its inception in 1964, and she’s seen the club’s impact grow exponentially in that time.

  • Cleaning the community

    Over the last 75 years, few local businesses have had as sparkling clean a reputation as Springfield Laundry and Dry Cleaners, which is why it’s still part of the local community today.

    Ownership of the business has been passed down through three generations, and the Carrico family’s dedication to customer satisfaction has stood the test of time.

  • Horseshoe Bend again official wine of festival

    So how does a small winery in the middle of Kentucky end up being the official wine of a Hollywood film festival on a resort island just outside of Los Angeles? It was as simple as a chance meeting on a plane.

    For the fourth year in a row, Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery, located in Willisburg, is the official wine of the Catalina Film Festival on Santa Catalina Island.

  • News briefs for 9/24

    WC Fair Books
    Washington County Fair books are now available. They are at the following locations: Washington County Public Library, Springfield State Bank, Farm Bureau Ins. and the Washington County Extension Office. For more information call Krista Thompson (859) 284 5524

    Through Sept. 26

    Hydrant flushing

  • No smoke in gov’t buildings

    In response to Kentucky being the worst-ranked state in the United States in terms of smoking and cancer deaths, one of Gov. Steve Beshear’s goals in his kyhealthnow initiative is to reduce smoking rates by at least 10 percent by 2019.

    “Tobacco products have a deadly grip on thousands of Kentuckians.  Smoking and tobacco use are the single-biggest causes of preventable illness and death in our state,” Governor Steve Beshear said in a press release.

  • WCHS students getting on track

    Much of last week’s Washington County School Board meeting was spent discussing the schedule for the move-in of the new high school, but several other topics were also addressed.

    Chad Willis, director of pupil personnel, updated district officials on the progress of students working in the high school’s Commander Academy, and said the work study program continues to grow and be a successful model.