Local News

  • Hero saves family

    On Saturday, Jan. 5 at around 5 p.m., Springfield native Christy Dye, now of Lebanon, was traveling down KY 555 in her 2008 Kia Sportage chatting with passengers Tina Cocanougher (her mother) and Mary Riley (her grandmother) on their way to see Cocanougher’s sister in Willisburg.

  • Trial set Feb. 12 for Springfield man charged with incest

    A Springfield man charged with incest is scheduled for trial in Washington Circuit Court on Feb. 12.

  • Langford named county's solid waste/recycling coordinator

    Washington County fiscal court announced the hiring of Washington County Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator George Ann Palmer’s replacement on Friday. The newest county employee got started immediately, with training beginning on Monday of this week.
    Brad Langford was selected to succeed Palmer, who announced last month that she will be stepping down from the position on March 1.

  • Ky. licenses carry new marks for state's organ donors

    Kentucky residents have seen several changes to their driver’s license over the last year, and now there’s one final tweak and state officials are excited about it.

  • Willisburg fire completely destroys family's home

    A Willisburg family is safe but without their home, after it was completely destroyed by a Saturday morning fire.
    Fire and rescue crews were called to the burning structure on Montgomery Lane, just south of the Bluegrass Parkway, sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. on Feb. 2, according to reports from Willisburg Fire Chief Jessie Carney.
    “The structure was fully involved when we got there,” he said. “We knocked the fire down on it, but everything was completely destroyed.”

  • 50 years: Remembering the struggle for civil rights

    In 1963, The Beatles’ first song, “From Me to You,” hit the UK charts. Mickey Mantle knocked a baseball out of Yankee Stadium. And “The Judy Garland Show” debuted on the CBS network.  But for African-Americans who endured that tumultuous year the memories were often rooted in fear, coercion and intimidation.
    In 1963, segregationists clashed — sometimes violently — with blacks and those who supported their civil rights. African-Americans fought firehoses, corrupt cops and Ku Klux Klan crucifixions.

  • $400k of unclaimed money could belong to you

     Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach says  that he and the Treasure Finders program will be at the extension office on Friday in an effort to get unclaimed property to its rightful owners. 

    The program mostly returns misplaced money to its original owner, but Hollenbach said tangible items that aren’t easily converted to cash will also possibly be returned.

    “We’ve identified $400,000 that belongs right here in Washington County,” Hollenbach said. “That’s 1,522 unique claims.”

  • Doctors defend indicted Willisburg man's alleged pill-mill ring

     The Georgetown News-Graphic is reporting that doctors are defending several alleged pill-mill clinics, operated by federally-indicted Ernest William Singleton, of Willisburg. 

    One doctor who worked at Singleton’s clinic in Georgetown told the News-Graphic: “We felt like we were taking pretty good care of our patients ... We were trying to be very careful.”   

  • Bond set for man who allegedly threatened Washington woman at husband’s funeral

    The Danville Adovcate-Messenger is reporting that a Boyle County man who faces charges for threatening a Washington woman at her husband’s funeral in 2011 was released from jail Jan. 24 on a $15,000 cash bond. 

    Bobby Lee Wilson, 56, waived his rights to a preliminary hearing. Wilson’s movements will be tracked by a GPS monitoring device attached to his ankle. He is allowed only to travel between his home place and work, the Advocate-Messenger reported. He faces a grand jury in Danville as early as today (Jan. 30).

  • Chamber names annual county honorees

     The Washington County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Thursday night at Mordecai’s restaurant in Springfield where several local residents were honored for their contributions to the community throughout the years. Awards included the lifetime achievement award, citizen of the year, young leader of the year, agriculture lifetime achievement award, agriculture leader of the year and the sidewalk hall of fame.

    Lifetime achievement