Local News

  • WC in good position to plan for future

    The story of the economy in Washington County over the last six years is much the same as it has been throughout the state and across the nation; unemployment rates peaked in 2009 and have been on the mend ever since. With jobless rates in Kentucky dipping below eight percent each of the last three months, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, it would appear that we’re reaching the light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Make-up days put in place

    Washington County Superintendent Robin Cochran announced via the Washington County Schools Facebook page on Monday that school will be in session two days that were previously scheduled to be part of spring break.

    Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1 will be used as make-up days, while the rest of the break will remain intact.

    The announcement also states that the school day will extend by four minutes in the afternoon beginning Monday, April 7.

  • Can’t go it alone

    This story is part of an on-going series recognizing the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce award winners.

    The Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce added the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award to its list of honors at this year’s awards gala, and the inaugural winner certainly fits the bill.

    Wesley Smith, owner of Smith Contracting in Springfield, was recognized for the work he’s done as a business owner over the last decade, as well as his continuous drive to expand into other ventures.

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  • News briefs 3/19

    Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed at the Lincoln Legacy Museum. If you have any free time, even a couple of hours would be greatly appreciated. Call Lena Russell at 859-336-3232.

    Central Ky Head Start Program

  • Teen injured in accident on Sunday

    Kentucky State Police reported an injury accident in Washington County on Sunday evening at 6:13 p.m.

    According to the accident report, the wreck occured three miles east of Springfield on Bardstown Road.

    Tpr. Chase Willis worked the accident and reported that 19-year-old Jessica Hyke was traveling east in a 2002 Chevrolet when the wreck occurred.

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  • WC above state average in school readiness

    In a study produced by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) to highlight barriers to school readiness in Kentucky, Washington County exceeded or was near the state average in most categories.

    The study, titled “The Early Childhood Profiles” and distributed in a press release by The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC), is aimed at providing “fuller data about every county in the state, thanks to results from a new kindergarten screener used in every school district last fall.”

  • More improvements coming for Idle Hour Park

    As we inch closer to the summer months, city officials continue to make preparations and improvements to Idle Hour Park in anticipation of this June’s Little League tournaments.

    This year’s state softball tournament—as well as the District 5 baseball tournament—will be held in Springfield, and the city is looking to make all resources available in time for the arrival of the high volume of guests. The next step in that process, it appears, will be alterations to the most recently built field at Idle Hour.

  • Robertson renovations: city targets early 2015 finish date

    Springfield city officials are looking to move forward quickly with renovations to the Robertson building on Main Street, expecting to have construction plans completed by May 1.

    A public meeting was held last week for members of the community to hear details about the proposed changes and to ask questions relating to the commercial section of the facility.

    Project Developer Johan Graham was on hand to share what changes can be expected, and he expressed hopes of putting the project out to bid in May so construction can get under way by mid-July.