Local News

  • Plane crash claims life of pilot

    A fatal airplane crash at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport last week claimed the life of the pilot.

    Kent Douglas Shilling, 40, of Springfield, was killed when the Piper PA-28 Cherokee airplane he was piloting went down about one mile from the airport.

    Shilling, a native of Baton Rouge, La., was the fixed-base operator at the local airport, and was returning from a flight to Alabama, according to airport manager Jim Tucker.

  • Chamber honors local citizens

    Although the theme of the evening was teamwork, several local individuals were recognized for their leadership during the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership and awards banquet last Thursday. In fact, how leadership plays a role in developing teamwork was intertwined throughout the event.

    From his opening remarks, chamber president Ralph Blandford thanked the 2010 board of directors.

    “These are the people who will be working hard this year on our behalf,” he said.

  • Friend of victim found plane crash

    The plane crash that claimed the life of Kent Shiling was discovered Tuesday evening, and one of the people who discovered the crash was a long-time friend of the victim.

    Shilling was expected to return to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport late Monday night, and he had a meeting scheduled with Chris “Doc” Bailey, a fellow aviator and president of the Central Missouri University Aviation Alumni Association. Bailey said he has known Shilling for 10 years.

  • St. Catharine tops Pikeville for win in tournament opener

    St. Catharine College head basketball coach J.T. Burton was named Mid-South Conference coach of the year Friday evening after leading his team to a 21-9 regular-season record. Then on Friday, Burton's boys opened play in the Mid-South Conference Tournament with a 62-60 win over Pikeville.

    Arthur Latham scored 22 points, Josh Edwards had 20 points and five rebounds and No. 4-seed St. Catharine College held off a surge led by Trevor Setty to beat No. 5-seed Pikeville (Ky.) College 62-60 on Friday in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference basketball tournament.

  • Ex-deputies arraigned in federal court; trial begins April 27

    Two former Washington County deputies had their first appearance in federal court last Tuesday afternoon.

    According to Christopher Francis, victim-witness coordinator with the United States Attorney’s office,  Norris Wayne Bartley, 42, and Billy Joe Mattingly Jr., 41, entered not guilty pleas on charges of possession of marijuana and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a federal drug trafficking crime. Each of the men was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

    The two are scheduled to go to trial in federal court on Tuesday, April 27 in Louisville.

  • Three injured in KY 555 crash Monday

    A three-vehicle accident on KY 555 Monday afternoon injured three people and sent them to the hospital.

    A vehicle driven by Elsie Coulter, 82, of Springfield, was traveling east on Industry Drive attempting to cross KY 555 when she pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by Derrick Lewis, 20, of Willisburg, who was traveling south on KY 555.

  • New bypass showing progress

    It might look like the work is almost done to passersby, but the bulk of the work on the new bypass connecting highways KY 150 at KY 555 with US 150 west of St. Catharine is really just getting started.

    While crews are busy moving dirt and rocks from the path of the new road, officials say things are still on schedule to wrap up as originally planned.

  • Fuller Center hopes to build houses in Haiti

    The Fuller Center is all about helping people in need of a home, and right now, few places have more people with that need than Haiti.

    Warren Whitaker, with The Fuller Center of Springfield, said he hopes local people will get on board with the project’s theme.

  • Business growing for young entrepreneurs

    Young entrepreneurship in Washington County is growing - literally! During the second annual Fostering Youth Entrepreneurship from the Ground Up competition this year, Washington County High School student Bryan Smith won for his plan to grow a specialty hay product for alpacas, while freshman Danielle Coulter also won for her plan to open a pet sitting business. For winning the contest, both Smith and Coulter will receive $500 for start-up funds, a Dell laptop computer, a Lexmark printer and free guidance by members of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute.

  • Snow days extend school calendar

    Whether you’re a student or a teacher, almost everyone loves a snow day. But after a while, those snow days come with a price.

    Washington County students have missed seven days of school due to snow this school year, and Washington County Director of Pupil Personnel Chad Willis said even with those days, the local school system is still in pretty good shape.