Local News

  • Struggles won’t stop Tallant

    Washington County High School senior Stephen Tallant has a big day this Friday, as do a number of other students when they take part in graduation ceremonies for the 2012-13 school year.

    Tallant, however, will have gone through more than most students could imagine to get to that point. He suffers from moyamoya disease, which has led to a pair of brain surgeries, as well as MED (multiple epiphyseal dysplasia), which led to surgeries on his hips and legs.

  • BPW Wine and Stein Tasting is May 18

    The Springfield Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) is finalizing plans for their 2013 upcoming 11th Annual Wine & Stein Tasting on Saturday, May 18, in downtown Springfield.  The event will be outside on Cross Main Street, under an enormous tent and inside The Louisville Store Building located at 101 W. Main Street from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

  • SCC commencement: 159 earn diplomas

    SCC Communications

    It was a historic year for St. Catharine College, as 159 students received diplomas on May 11 during the 81st commencement ceremony at the college.

    This year two pioneer groups crossed the stage. One was a group of 11 students from Washington County High School that received an Associate of Arts from the college before they received their high school diplomas the following weekend. The group was part of the inaugural Commander College class, which is a group of students who have been taking courses at St. Catharine.

  • Farmers add canola to their crop rotation

    On the roads that straddle Marion and Nelson counties, drivers may have seen fields that look like they have been marked with a giant highlighter. The farmers of Peterson Farm have added canola to their crop rotation this year, and people are taking notice.

    “I’ve seen people taking photographs, and I’ve also seen people go out and cut it for cut flowers,” said Albert Peterson, who farms with his father, Bill, and his uncles, Bernard and David.

  • Band director receives recognition

    Washington County High School band director Debbie Harrod was honored on April 27 at the University of Kentucky as part of the Teachers Who Made a Difference program, and it was the impact she left on her students 20 years ago that led to the recognition.

    Harrod, who’s finishing up her 30th year as a teacher and 20th at Washington County, was nominated for the award by a pair of students from her time in the Nelson County school system, where she spent 10 years.

  • Fiscal court meets

    Washington County fiscal court held a regular session on Monday, and officials handled several financial matters and reflected on how recent work has been a success through daunting spring weather.

    “We have had two significant rains since Grundy Home Road bridge has been open and it hasn’t been closed either time,” said Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles of the bridge that opened in March. “As you all know, it was closed before we got it opened to the public because it flooded.”

  • Woods to host skydiving fundraiser

    Troy Woods made a name for himself in Washington County last summer when he broke the state record for skydive jumps in a single day (80) at Arnold’s Airport in Springfield. Woods will be back on June 1 with a different mission, but it will be a day filled with skydiving once again.

  • Natural options exist for back pain

    Some Kentucky residents have shown concern about the difficulty of attaining prescription drugs following the passing of the “pill mill bill” (House Bill 217), which went into effect in March.

    Many suffering from lower back pain, the leading cause of disability in North America, are anxious to know how difficult it will be to get medication. They may benefit, however, from looking elsewhere to treat their ailments.

  • BPW Unhappy Hour held in recognition of National Equal Pay Day

    The Springfield Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted an Unhappy Hour at Mordecai’s Restaurant on Tuesday, April 23.

    This was in recognition of National Equal Pay Day.  

    April represents the month that a woman must continue working through in order to earn what a man makes by the end of the previous year.  

    Nationally, women are paid 77.4 cents for every dollar men earn. The wage gap remained statistically unchanged for 2012.

  • Madox Roberts letters needed for book

    Washington Countians are being called on to help breathe life into the work of the area’s most celebrated author, and all they have to do is take a look around the attic.
    Bill Slavick, a retired English professor who spent most of his career at the University of Southern Maine, has put in a call for letters to complete his book, “Roberts’ Letters from the Little Country.”