Local News

  • Jail costs may be on the rise

    Jail costs may be going up for Washington County. That’s because the Marion County Detention Center is proposing a rate increase per inmate for each day they are in jail. The current rate of $35.64 per day is expected to go up to $40.41 per day.

    “They have not taken action on that in (fiscal) court,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “However, there have been discussions.”

  • Budget cuts may come to schools

    Nick Schrager


    The Washington County Board of Education has been backed into a corner, and it may have to cut jobs to get out of that position.

    Due to proposed budget cuts from Frankfort, the board of education voted for the decision after nearly an hour of discussions on staffing guidelines.

    “Once you have approved them, just a reminder that you can update them,” superintendent Robin Cochran said. “You can come back and give more.”

  • Mail re-delivered after thefts

    Springfield Postmaster Trae Purdom spent his day off on Presidents’ Day making sure more than 300 pieces of stolen mail made it home to the rightful owners.

    Dennis Ray Singletary Jr., 47, is accused of stealing mail in both Washington and Marion counties.

    In total, 338 pieces of mail were recovered here, and 125 in Marion County, where Singletary was allegedly caught in the act.

    The 338 pieces of mail affected 59 homes in Springfield.

  • The toy craftsman

    Nick Schrager


    Through the electric whir of power tools and a cloud of sweet smelling sawdust, Ronnie Smith is hard at work on an unusually hot February day.

    With his sleeves unbuttoned and a drop of sweat running down his forehead, he cuts a piece of wood using a table saw. That piece of wood will eventually end up as a toy, one of thousands he’s made over the years.

  • Sisters plan vigil for dreamers

    The Dominican Sisters of Peace’s Just Peace Action Group will be hosting a vigil for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) participants, also known as “Dreamers.”

    DACA gives temporary protection to immigrants who were brought into the county illegally as children. There will be no prayers or speeches, but participants are still encouraged to talk to one another and wave to passing vehicles.

    The vigil will take place tomorrow, Feb. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the St. Catharine Motherhouse.

  • Dispatcher looks to inform others using social media

    James “Danny” Crouch has been the E-911 Dispatch Captain since July 2017, and now he’s hoping to raise awareness about what’s going on in the community through the power of social media.

    “There were a couple of wrecks (over the weekend,)” he said. “There were a couple of people that had some injuries.”

    And that’s what made him want to inform others of what they need to expect when they dial 911, and to alert others of dangerous conditions. He said using Facebook is an opportunity to educate the public.

  • Singletary arrested for stealing mail

    The Washington County Post Office will be returning 463 pieces of stolen mail to the rightful owners after an arrest was made last week. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Dennis Ray Singletary Jr., 47, of Springfield, was arrested Friday and charged with theft of mail matters.

  • District looks to improve attendance

    Schools in Washington County have some of the highest attendance numbers in the state, but the district is looking to boost them up even more.

    According to Chad Willis, director of pupil personnel, the district is one of the top 5 in the commonwealth for attendance, but he’d like to get those numbers higher after a recent flu outbreak.

    “We want to highlight ways that we can improve attendance,” Willis said.

  • Tingle arraigned Monday

    Washington County Fiscal Court magistrate Terry Tingle pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned in court Monday afternoon.

    The long-serving magistrate was accused of three misdemeanor charges in December 2017. Those charges are reckless driving, fleeing or evading police, and resisting arrest.

  • Celebrating Black History Month


    Washington County native Chad Newby says he’s always had a desire to help others. Now, as an executive director of operations for ResCare Residential Services, Newby is in a position where he can provide assistance to a population in need.

    Newby, who now works in Louisville, grew up in Springfield and graduated from Washington County High School before attending St. Catharine College. Throughout that time, he credits basketball for helping provide an outlet.