Local News

  • Holiday festival again named top-10 in Kentucky

    For the second year in a row, the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival, taking place in Springfield and Lebanon from Dec. 6 to 8 has been named a Kentucky Travel Industry Association top-10 winter/holiday festival.

  • Burg residents want old bridge open

    Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    At the annual parish turkey supper at Holy Trinity Catholic Church last weekend, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles thought he might get an earful from constituents about the closing of the Old Fredericktown Road bridge. He was “pleasantly surprised” that only two or three people mentioned it to him and were unbiased about it.

  • Test scores show progress in local school district

    No school was left out as the Washington County School District received high marks for the progress it has made over the last school year.

    The Kentucky Department of Education’s Kentucky School Report Card, which has a major focus on college and career readiness, gave those associated with Washington County Schools a lot to be proud of when recent test scores were released.

  • Civil War dedication this month in Springfield

    There will be a dedication for a member of the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry, which served the Union army during the Civil War, on Oct. 20 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Springfield.

    The ceremony for Sgt. William Frank Hall will begin at 2 p.m. and all descendants are encouraged to attend.

    The event will start with the master of ceremonies, John Kalbfleisch, Com. E.P. Marrs Camp 5, followed by the invocation from Robert Orbach, chaplain, E.P. Marrs Camp 5.

  • Federal shutdown has impact at all levels

    A lot of questions have been asked since the federal government shutdown began on Oct. 1, but the main thing everyone wants to know is how the shutdown affects them personally.

    The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, is not a clear-cut one.

    Dr. David Donathan, professor of management at St. Catharine College, said most people won’t be immediately affected by the shutdown unless they’re a federal employee. There will, however, be a greater impact felt by Americans everywhere if the shutdown carries on for an extended time.

  • News briefs 10/9

    LTADD/kynect provides In Person Assisters for Kentucky’s Health Benefits Exchange.  Assistance is available for individuals and small businesses (2-50 full time employees) with questions about, or enrollment in, the health coverage offered through qualified health plans.  In Person Assisters are certified and able to provide accurate and unbiased information to help citizens understand and enroll in a health plan, IPAs will focus on understanding and meeting the needs of underserved, vulnerable and difficult to access populations.

  • Old Fredericktown bridge closed

    Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    The one-lane metal bridge on Old Fredericktown Road may not reach the century mark. Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts ordered the county bridge closed last week because its wooden deck is rotted and its metal corroded.

    “It was in horrible shape,” Watts said Wednesday after he visited the bridge and ordered it closed.

    In his opinion, the bridge is unsafe.

  • GED program to see changes

    Now, maybe more than ever, is the time to get a GED in the state of Kentucky with mass changes to testing coming at the turn of the year.

    Richie Hamilton, administrative assistant at the Washington County Adult Education Center, said the program will move away from paper testing to become completely computerized in 2014. Those who have already completed portions of the test risk losing their progress if they don’t act by the December deadline.

  • PHOTOS: Harvesting a good time

    The Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival took over downtown Springfield on Saturday, and it offered something for everyone from start (7 a.m.) to finish (midnight).

    This year’s event, which was condensed into one day, kicked off with the Harvest breakfast, with arts and crafts vendors opening their booths and Zumba with Katie Essex getting underway shortly after.

  • PHOTOS: BLAST and Walk of Life events