Local News

  • Officers capture robbery suspect

    By Randy Patrick

    Landmark News Service

    UPDATE 6:35 p.m.: Bardstown Police have identified Kevin Purdom, 32, of Washington County, as the man arrested for an armed robbery in Bardstown this afternoon. Bardstown Police Chief Kim Kraeszig said he faces a charge of first-degree robbery, as well as additional charges in Washington County. She said one person was injured in the wreck on Springfield Road that led to Purdom's capture.

  • County hires new animal control officer

    Ariella Gibson has been hired as the county’s new animal control officer.

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the county had three good candidates apply for the position.

    Magistrate Johnny Cole, who gave a report on the application process, said Gibson was unanimously picked by the hiring committee for the job.

  • Seating costs extra for board of ed

    Nick Schrager


    Washington County Board of Education split hairs Monday when it received a bill over budget for repairs to the seats at the Washington County Elementary School gym.

    According to Superintendent Robin Cochran, the board agreed to pay up to $2,500 for the repairs of the seats at the gym, but was presented with a bill for $3,360.

    “There were areas that needed to be sanded, you couldn’t just paint over top of it,” Cochran said.

  • Concealed carry applications on the rise

    The number of concealed handgun permits in the United States is soaring, and there’s no sign that the number is going to go anywhere but up.

    Since 2007, the Crime Prevention Research Center stated in a report that there has been a 256 percent increase in the number of concealed carry permits across the nation. There were a record-breaking 1.8 million permits issued in the last year alone. More than 16 million Americans, around 6.5 percent of the country, are permit holders.

  • Siblings meet for the first time after 75 years

    It took 75 years, but two siblings finally met each other for the first time earlier this month.

    Samuel Lambert, 77, of Willisburg, met his half sister, Karen Condron, 75, of Effingham, Illinois, through a DNA testing service.

    “I received this DNA kit as a gift from my daughter, Kimberly Hamilton,” Lambert said.

    He never expected to find a long-lost relative. That’s because his daughter had also taken the test.

  • Washington County Fiscal Court approves first reading of 2018-19 budget

    Washington County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of the 2018-19 budget on May14.

    “Now, this is the biggest decision we make all year long,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said.

    The total general fund appropriations amounted to $3,613,329, the road fund amounted to $2,098,628, the jail fund totaled $548,491, and Local Government Economic Assistance Fund was $29,000, for a total of $6,289,428.

    The budget will be sent to Frankfort for review before a second reading.


  • November general election races set


    The votes have been counted and the November general election is officially set after 3,679 voters went to the polls for a total turnout of 41.5 percent in Washington County’s primary election Tuesday.

    In the race for Washington County Judge/Executive, Tim Graves and Tony Royalty will meet up on the November ballot.

  • Carricos win entrepreneur of the year award

    Washington County’s award for Entrepreneur of the Year was presented to Jimbo and Perry Carrico, owners of Springfield Laundry. In their time managing business operations together, the two have seen the company expand from a modest local dry cleaner into an industrial laundry business that serves 5,000 customers across 25 counties and processes 1.5 million pounds of laundry every year.

  • Wine tasting is Saturday

    Anyone age 21 or over is invited to attend the 16th annual Springfield BPW Wine Tasting this Saturday.

    According to Virginia “Ginny” White-Schatzke, vice president of the Springfield Business and Professional Women’s Club, “the event will be held on May 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the historic Louisville Store Building located at 101 West Main Street in downtown Springfield and outside under a very large tent covering most of Cross Main Street.”

    The wine tasting will go on rain or shine.

  • Getting a green thumb

    Nick Schrager


    For the last three years, students have been getting out of the classroom and into the workforce.

    The greenhouse at Washington County High School is teaching students multiple lessons, from how to cultivate plants to customer service.