Local News

  • Court looks at new heavy machinery

    Washington County Fiscal Court is looking at replacing an important piece of equipment.

    The court took steps toward purchasing a new swing arm bush hog and tractor Friday when it voted to look at financing options. The court’s current machine has undergone too many repairs in a short amount of time.

    It would cost anywhere between $14,000-$18,000 to repair the current machine, which has gone through two engines in seven years.

    “It goes through the ringer for what it does,” Magistrate Hal B. Goode said.

  • St. Dominic School to play with WCMS/NWS football team

    Six St. Dominic School football players will be joining the Washington County Middle School/North Washington Middle School football team.

    The decision was made after a unanimous vote by the Washington County Board of Education during a special called session Monday night.

    One concern discussed was student discipline.

    John Graves, an athletic director at St. Dominic, said discipline is taken care of either by a coach or the athletic director, and then followed up with by the school’s principal, Pam Breunig.

  • African American Heritage Festival is Friday

    “Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes.”

    Those are the words of John “Willie” Ellery, the chairman of the African American Heritage Festival.

    The festival, which is set for Friday, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a commemorative book, which will be available for sale, as well as live music, food, and a parade.

  • School bus stops to change

    Students in Washington County Schools will see a few bus stop changes this upcoming school year.

    According to Bob Holderman, the director of transportation for Washington County Schools, there are some areas where bus stops could be condensed.

    “That could potentially make our routes safer,” Holderman told the board. “And a lot of this just makes sense.”

  • County now utilizing Smart911 interface

    Washington County’s 911 Dispatch Center has been on the forefront of new technology for years, and now it’s just gotten more high tech.

    According to E-911 Dispatch Captain Danny Crouch, Washington County is one of the smallest counties in the commonwealth to adopt Smart911.

  • School supplies for Tanzanian children

    The adage says that it takes a village to raise a child. The village of Springfield is taking that a step further, drumming up a community effort that is sending aid to more than 300 children in the Tanzanian town of Likamba.

  • Robinson back on stage in Kentucky

    Springfield native Aaron Robinson’s career began on a small stage in Springfield’s Opera House, and it continues to grow on larger stages all the time. Most recently, Robinson wrapped up a run of “The Music Man” with The Lexington Theatre Company.

  • City to consider proclamation

    The city of Springfield’s city council will consider a new proclamation when it meets next month.

    Angela Garner, chair of the legislative committee of Kentucky Indigenous Peoples, spoke at Springfield City Council’s meeting Tuesday evening. She was involved with the passing of the first Indigenous People’s proclamation in Stanford, Kentucky, after she approached the city council there about the proclamation.

  • Fake money used to purchase goods

    Some fake money has been circulating around Springfield, and police are investigating the appearance of the phony money.

    According to Assistant Chief of Police Joe Templeman, replica bills have been passed off as real money to several locations around town in the last week.

    “It looks real, it’s pretty close,” he said. “If you didn’t look at it and read where it said ‘replica’ or ‘for motion picture use only,’ it’s pretty similar.”

  • Film festival held in Springfield over the weekend

    The Springfield Opera House was transformed into a movie theater over the weekend.

    Springfield hosted the Hollywood South Film Festival, which brought filmmakers from around the country – as well as Canada and Europe – in for what was the first of three film festivals planned for the area.