Local News

  • Barnett faces five years in prison

    By Calen McKinney
    Landmark News Service
    After completing the majority of it, a Springfield man charged in 2008 after a one-vehicle crash left his passenger dead has failed the terms of his pretrial diversion. And, as a result, he could be sentenced to serve five years in prison.

    Michael A. Barnett, 23, of 301 Hagan Lane, was indicted twice in 2008, with each of the indictments stemming from a September 2007 crash after which Aaron W. Couch was pronounced dead.

  • Little dresses take Hodgen to TV

    Robert Hodgen Jr.’s and Juanita Hodgen’ passion for providing dresses for young girls in need has led to a chance to share Juanita’s work across the region this week when she visits “The Rachel Platt Show” on Friday.

    Hodgen, whose work was featured in The Springfield Sun in January 2012, had already been providing pillow-case dresses to girls in Haiti and Africa, but the mission has expanded and picked up momentum in recent months.

  • Town hall meeting: Festival may see changes

    How to improve the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival was the topic of a town hall  meeting the Washington County Chamber of Commerce hosted at Mordecai’s in Springfield last Wednesday.

    Chamber of Commerce President John Weis posed the question of how to enhance the event to several community members and local officials, who agreed changes need to be made.
    Chamber members are hoping to increase turnout at future events, while also finding ways to include more of what makes Washington County unique.

  • Cash, cigs taken from Springfield Chevron

    An unidentified, white male broke into the Springfield Chevron on Bloomfield Road on Thursday, March 7.

    The culprit made away with roughly $300 in cash and six cartons of cigarettes ($180 value).

    The suspect broke into the store through the overhead door located at the rear of the building. Security footage captured the crime in progress, but the suspect was wearing gloves and a mask to conceal his identity.

    If you have any information regarding the break-in, contact the Springfield Police Department at (859) 336-5450.

  • Parish center to be named after Fr. Chris Allegra

    By Randy Patrick

    The Rev. Christopher Allegra played such a major role in building the parish center for Holy Trinity Catholic Church that it seemed only fitting that part of the building be named for him.
    So when Deacon Joe Dant pitched the idea of “Allegra Hall” to the people of the Fredericktown parish, they liked it. So did Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, who will be speaking at the dedication on May 25.

  • SCC students protest

    Last Monday a group of St. Catharine students gathered at the school’s administration building to draw attention to concerns that communication between the administration and the student body was lacking.

    According to SCC President William Huston, their message was heard.

  • FCCLA prepping for state

    On Feb. 16, 2013 Washington County High School FCCLA attended the Region 5 STAR Events. STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) events are individual and team competitions which allow students to showcase their leadership skills. Students compete in one of two divisions: Junior (7th-9th grade) and Senior (10th-12th grade). It was a clean sweep for the chapter as all won first place and have earned the right to compete at state competition on Mar. 25-27 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. This was the most from any school in the region.

  • Some academic team members advancing to state
  • Tasting Bash for Habitat for Humanity March 19

    It’s often said that many hands make light work. Bonnie Cecil has learned that’s as true of the Tasting Bash for Habitat for Humanity as it is for Habitat itself.

  • Woodcarver lured here by infamous 'Turtle Man'

    Washington County has a new resident who intends to be a big part of the community —and Ernie “Turtleman” Brown, Jr. helped lure him here.
    Tony Abbott has been a woodcarver since the winter of 2001-02 and it’s brought him on a journey from Chanute, Kan. to Springfield with a couple of stops along the way.