Local News

  • WCPL hires new director

    Washington County has a new library director, and he’s bringing years of experience with him.

    Shaun Whiteaker, 46, started his new job last week, and said he’s looking forward to building upon the success of Washington County Public Library. Whiteaker, and his wife, Holly, have two children, Elijah and Jonah.

  • 'Ghost Out' brings realism to consequences of impared driving

    It sometimes takes more than statistics and charts to make people truly understand. For administrators at Washington County High School, communicating the dangers of impaired and distracted driving to their students required making an extra effort. The ‘Ghost Out’ program was developed by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety to help students “experience the seriousness and finality…and understand the dreadful consequences resulting from impaired driving.”

  • Campbell living a life in show business

    Nick Schrager


    Charlotte Campbell, a 2011 graduate of Washington County High School, has been living a dream – one that has taken her to New York City and beyond.

    Charlotte, the daughter of Philip and Erika Campbell, has made a living in show business, and is currently in Colorado co-costuming “Ragtime” and playing Evelyn Nesbit in the show, a showgirl and pop culture figure in 1906.

  • Learning valuable lessons

    How well do you know the constitution? I mean, really know it. Enough to sit in front of a panel of judges and explain how the values and principals embodied within it have shaped American institutions and practices throughout history?

    If you’re in need of a lifeline, your best bet may be Amy Thompson’s AP government class at Washington County High School.

  • Board abolishes job description amid deficit

    The Washington County Board of Education axed one job description, leaving its duties to be absorbed by others.
    The board voted unanimously to abolish the college and career ready position in the wake of a $400,000 budget deficit.
    “We have to live within that,” Superintendent Robin Cochran said. “I don’t have three people saying they’re interested in a tax increase, either…”
    Cochran said many districts have that position, and it’s needed, but the board needs to reduce expenditures.

  • Reladyne has oil spill in Springfield Thursday

    Reladyne, a lubricant and fuel distributor, spilled oil into the stream off Main Street last week.
    According to Ashley Rickman and Sean Largent of Reladyne, recycled oil spilled into the stream off Main Street near Bluegrass Dairy around noon Thursday, but the oil has been contained.
    Both said cleanup efforts are in the works, and there’s no danger to the public.
    “It’s been contained to a specific area,” Largent said. “And we have an environmental company on site cleaning it up right now.”

  • Fiscal Court: Landfill will need to close

    The Department of Environmental Protection and Waste Management sent a letter stating that the Washington County Landfill will need to close. The Department’s report last year found four violations at the county landfill, three of which were because of the lack of a certified landfill operator. The county was able to satisfy those demands, but an issue with the slope on the sides of the landfill means that a complete shutdown is necessary.

  • Green Festival is next weekend

    This year marks the 5th-annual Green Festival, and according to Sr. Claire McGowan, it’s going to be the largest event to date, rain or shine.

    Unlike past years, the event will take place behind the judicial center from 4-8 p.m. on April 27.

    “This is the first time we’ve ever done it on a Friday evening,” McGowan said.

    The Green Festival started as a way to promote sustainability.

    “It’s designed to be fun,” she said. “But it’s also designed to be educational.”

  • Mattingly wins Sidewalk of Fame award

    The Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce awarded this year’s Sidewalk of Fame award to someone very special, Bart Mattingly.

    Charlie Haydon, who presented the award, said he’s fortunate and honored to give the award to Mattingly.

    “The winner of this award is a lifelong Springfield resident who has given back to his community consistently,” Haydon said. “And this year is no different.”

  • Political forums to be held April 26 and May 3

    According to Nell Haydon, a member of the Democratic Women’s Club of Washington County, two “Meet the Candidates” forums will be held at St. Catharine Hall on April 26 and May 3 at 7 p.m.

    “We’ve worked very hard to host two forums because of the large number of candidates running in Washington County,” Haydon said. "This is historic that we have this many candidates running in Washington County. We’ve never, as far as I know, had this many candidates run.”