Today's News

  • Lebanon man shot in Springfield Thursday night


    A Lebanon man was shot Thursday night in Springfield and is now in the hospital in stable condition.

  • County awarded grant for road work

     Washington County has been awarded almost half a million dollars in grants for repaving and resurfacing work, Nick Vanover from Rural Municipal Aid told the county fiscal court at its regular meeting Monday. 

  • Springfield's July 3 Celebration starts holiday with a bang

    By David Stone

    It may be a day early, but Springfield’s July 3 Independence Day Celebration is expected to usher in the holiday with a bang, according to event organizers.

    The celebration, which is now in its 18th year, begins at 6 p.m. downtown behind the Washington County Judicial Center.

  • Jets Over Kentucky brings tiny planes, big crowds to Lebanon-Springfield airport

    The “world’s grandest jet event,” Jets Over Kentucky, returns to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport July 7-14.

    Last year, thousands of spectators attended the event — and organizers are expecting no difference this year — to watch scaled-down, remote controlled, jet-powered aircraft take to the skies.

  • Sinatra tribute comes to the Opera House

    By David Stone

    From bobby soxer teen heartthrob to velvet-voiced crooner, “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra ” now playing at the Springfield Opera House has everyone’s favorite Rat-Packer covered.

    During a recent technical rehearsal, the cast blazed through medley after medley of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ standards covering the gamut of his career, beginning with his big band days through his Vegas residencies.

  • Washington County School Board agrees to travel fundraiser

    By David Stone

    A travel group wishing to use Washington County school facilities to host a fundraiser will be allowed to do so, as long as certain steps are taken to meet insurance requirements, School Board members agreed Monday.

    Heather Sothen, a Washington County High School teacher, is organizing the trip to Italy and Greece this summer for students and other area residents. The group, EF Tours, wants to stage a classic car show on July 20 at the high school to raise funds for the tour.

  • Cancer patient stays optimistic during fight

    By David Stone

    This isn’t her first go-around with cancer. As a younger woman, Rosemary Devine battled ovarian cancer. And won.

    Later in life came colon cancer. It’s a fight she’s still waging, while trying to remain pragmatic.

    “I still have it,” Devine said. “It’s not active, but it isn’t in remission. It hasn’t grown or spread. I’ll take that.”

  • Hollywood South Film Festival returns

    A film festival showcasing the works of dozens of independent filmmakers is set to take another red carpet stroll next month in Springfield.

    The Hollywood South Film Festival returns to the Springfield Opera House begins its three-day run on July 5, Springfield-Washington County Tourism Director Stephanie McMillin said.

    “It’s called the fastest growing film festival in the United States,” McMillin said. “There are 50 separate countries represented. It’s truly an international film festival.”

  • Library boasts ‘Universal’ appeal during Summer Reading Program

    On Monday, the Washington County Public Library hosted Mark Comley as part of its Summer Reading Program.

    Ione Pinkston, who is the youth services assistant at the library, said the program is designed to keep children reading while school is out for the summer.

    “Summer reading is for those from birth through 18,” Pinkston said. “We have activities during the months of June and July such as magic shows, the zoo is coming and we have an illusionist coming. We try to have two to three things a week.”

  • Council members approve $4.3M budget

    By David Stone

    There are few surprises and no big-ticket items featured in the budget finalized Tuesday by the Springfield City Council, but one city official pointed at one important item missing: a tax increase.

    The $4.3 million spending plan has few major expenditures, City Clerk Laurie Smith said, though spending will be closely monitored.

    “We are extremely fortunate our budget is quite healthy for a city our size,” Smith said. “We closely watch our expenses, as we always have.”