Local News

  • SWEDA notes ‘right to work’ preference with companies

    At its regular meeting last month, the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority discussed ways of bringing new businesses to the county, including the official hiring of Daniel Carney as its executive director.

    Carney, who took the position and began work on April 8, will earn $45,000 annually with benefits that include insurance, retirement, a cell phone plan and vacation.

  • Lincoln Legacy: Museum honors 16th president

    The Lincoln Legacy museum at the 1816 Courthouse was officially opened to the public on Friday, and the display received plenty of praise.

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles and Springfield Mayor John Cecconi helped introduce the museum to the community, and Cecconi told the group outside the courthouse that the building’s rich history made it the perfect home to honor Lincoln.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    A small committee of Washington County Homemakers has been meeting since the beginning of the year, with help from former committee chairwoman, Pat Sutton, who due to health reasons has been unable to participate.

    The focus of the committee is to reach as many countywide as possible. With this in mind, Marilyn Peters, art teacher at Washington County High School, will again have her students participating in a poster contest. Last year the entries were very thoughtful and meaningful.

  • Major changes planned for school budget

    Changes are on the way for the Washington County School District, thanks to what Superintendent Robin Cochran described as “the perfect storm,” which has led to a need to decrease its budget by $935,000 for the 2013-14 school year to reach a 15 percent contingency.

    A final draft of the budget is due in May, but according to the rough draft that was recently created, it looks like changes for local teachers as a whole will be minimal.

  • Hwy. 150 bridge to be finished by fall

    By Randy Patrick

    Those traveling U.S. 150 between Springfield and Bardstown will have to put up with dirt, dust and delays for several months, but when the work is done, they’ll have a wider, safer bridge across the Beech Fork River.

    The $4.53 million bridge replacement project is well under way, and Van  Meter Contracting, which was awarded the job on Dec. 21, has 108 working days to finish. That means it should be done by the end of September.

  • Family content to cut losses after close call

    One Washington County family had a close call on Friday afternoon, when a car fire blazed out of control and nearly became something more serious.

    The fire started at Aline Chesser’s residence on Goatley Lane near Lincoln Homestead State Park and burned for several minutes until the Washington County  Fire Protection Association firefighters arrived on the scene.

    The Chevrolet Blazer that ignited belonged to Vickie Smith, Chesser’s granddaughter.

  • Resettling of America

    SCC Communications

    Major figures came to St. Catharine College on Saturday, April 6 to discuss environmental issues, farming, finance and what it will take to resettle America.

    The Berry Center, a non-profit organization established in 2011 to preserve the work of John M. Berry, Jr., John M. Berry, Sr., and Wendell Berry, organized the conference titled “From Unsettling to Resettling: What Will It Take to Resettle America?”

  • Concert to benefit priest’s ministry in Africa

    By Randy Patrick

    The Rev. John Judie, a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, first went to East Africa on a six-month sabbatical in 1994. Ever since, he has returned each year to the motherland to do mission work.

    “He’s been going for 18 years, so he’s got a mighty ministry going on there,” said David Kimberland, a friend and former parishioner who is organizing a concert next month in Bardstown to support Father John Judie Ministries.

  • Legislators pleased with strong finish

    By Randy Patrick

    Jimmy Higdon has been in the state legislature for a decade, and every session he’s been involved in, lawmakers have parted on the last day with harsh words and hurt feelings.

    This year it was different.

    “It’s the first time I’ve ever left with a smile on my face,” the

    Republican state senator said Thursday, two days after the end of the 2013 Regular Session.

  • Guthrie visits Willisburg

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., paid a visit to Washington County on Thursday, stopping by North Washington School before touring Isaiah House, which the congressman said left a strong impression on him.

    Guthrie, who took office in 2009, made the rounds in Willisburg, as he spoke to fifth-graders about the importance of government, heard stories of overcoming addiction from those at the Christian-based rehab center and interacted with local government officials.