Local News

  • Mark Twain: American Icon

    Washington County Public Library, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present Mark Twain: American Icon on Thursday, September 11 at 5:30 pm.

  • Beware of IRS scam

    The Springfield Police Department warned residents on Monday of a scam in the area that involves transferring money between accounts.

    According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, residents have been receiving calls warning them that they are at risk of arrest.

    “If someone calls you, especially on a home number, and claims to be from the IRS demanding that you transfer money to an account to avoid being arrested, THIS IS A SCAM,” the update read.

  • Inmate caught in Indiana

    A Marion County Detention Center inmate who walked away from a work detail in Washington County on Aug. 6 has been captured.

    Darrell Arrwood, 28, of Louisville was caught Aug. 9 in Indiana by the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, according to Marion County Jailer Barry Brady. Arrwood is awaiting extradition to Kentucky and he will face escape charges in Washington County.

    Arrwood, 28, walked away from the Washington County recycling center around 2 p.m. Aug. 6.

  • Photo: St. D's Porter earns award
  • 9 injured in collision

    A two-vehicle accident on KY-55 Saturday evening left nine people injured, including two Washington County residents.

    Brian J. Willman, of Lebanon, was operating his 2003 Dodge Caravan heading south and attempting to turn left onto Booker Road around 6:26 p.m., when the vehicle collided with a northbound 2003 GM Yukon driven by Terry B. Murphy of Campbellsville.

  • Library tax rate raised

    Several entities had representatives give presentations during the most recent fiscal court meeting this past Monday. Washington County Public Library Director Tara O’Hagan was the first to come before the court when she presented the library board tax rates.

    The construction of the new library, which is expected to break ground in April, will, in part, cause the library’s tax rates to be raised on both tangible personal property and real estate for the 2014 year.

  • Not so fast: School move in question

    A special session was called for the Washington County School Board last Friday, and though the timing of the move to the new Washington County High School was discussed, a final decision was tabled for a later meeting.

    With a number of construction delays and change orders in recent months — as well as delays due to vandalism late last month — the fall break move-in date for the new facility has been called into question.

  • Sheriff, mayor highlight fall election races

    The election season is upon us and plenty of seats are up for grabs this November in Washington County.

    Some of the most noteworthy election races include a  two-man race for sheriff, four people vying for mayor of Springfield and 12 names tossed in for six city council seats.

    With the impending retirement of Sheriff Tommy Bartley, Jerry Pinkston will represent the Democratic party on November’s ticket after moving on in May’s primary, while Jim “Buford” Crouch will be the Republican representative for the vote.

  • Sulphur Creek E. coli study complete

    After a study that took more than two years to complete, the Sulphur Creek Watershed that connects northern Washington County to Anderson and Mercer counties has been found to have higher than acceptable E. coli levels.

    As was reported in The Sun in 2012, the Kentucky Department of Water suspected the high levels, which led to the study, but Katie McKone of the energy and environment cabinet said the overall condition of the watershed is actually slightly better than the E. coli levels would suggest.

  • Taylor Co. hires Hilton

    Bobby Brockman
    Landmark News Service

    Washington County native Dudley Hilton was named the 10th head football coach at Taylor County High School on Monday.