Today's News

  • 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.”

  • North Washington Elementary awarded $490,000 for community learning center program

    North Washington Elementary School has been selected to receive a $490,000 grant to participate in the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program from the Kentucky Department of Education.

  • Career center helps Marion, Washington counties

    The current unemployment rate in Kentucky is 4 percent. For those unemployed in the area there are options, beginning with the Kentucky Career Center, which has offices in both Lebanon and Springfield.

    Terri Thomas is the director of the Kentucky Career Center in Lebanon and also works at the Washington County office.

  • Washington County Fiscal Court approves budget

    The Washington County Fiscal Court on Monday approved the second reading of its 2019-20 budget, which was slightly modified after the first draft was reviewed by state officials.

    Washington County Judge-Executive Timothy Graves said after the first reading, the budget resolution was sent to the state for approval and, other than one clerical/monetary change, the budget was approved.

  • Springfield's Farmers' Market at the Depot having a banner year

    By David Stone

    If the first weeks are any indication, the Farmers’ Market at the Depot is in for a banner year, a market official said.

    Located at the covered pavilion off of Depot Street in Springfield, the market is entering its third week this week.

    “This is probably the biggest Farmers’ Market we’ve had in some time,” City of Springfield Projects Coordinator Kathy Elliott said. “We have at least 13 vendors and it’s been very popular with shoppers.”

  • Delays continue for new driver's licenses

    As of January 2019, the new Kentucky driver’s license was supposed to be released by the state, but issues developed that have continually forced the date to be pushed.

    The date was moved from January to April, and then to the end of summer, but the licenses still have not been released for the circuit clerks to be able to issue them.

  • Recycling efforts hampered by global economic concerns

    As people continue to recycle, recycling companies are facing a big problem — manufacturers can make new products less expensively than making the products out of recycled goods.

    This economic reality is forcing an overflow of recycled products with nowhere to go as markets for the materials dry up. It is starting to affect everyone — even on the local level.

  • Washington County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office honored for support of organ donor program

    The Washington County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office was among the top offices in Kentucky for collecting $1 donations during April to help support organ and tissue donation awareness, according to a state clerk’s group release.

    The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life sponsored a challenge during April, which was designated National Donate Life Month, to thank driver’s license offices for collecting $1 donations for the program.

  • Commanderettes add JV Soccer program for 2019-2020 season.

    Washington County Schools announced that it will be adding a JV soccer program for the 2019-2020 school year. The hope is to expand the program and eventually add a varsity program the following year. For now, the team is only offered to girls, but there is a plan to eventually add a team for the guys as well.

    Athletic director Eric Sagrecy said that it will be a great addition to the school. There was an interest in soccer noticed on the title nine report the school does each year and they started the process to look into starting the program.

  • Commanderettes fall to Elizabethtown in region opener

    After a hard fought season the Washington County Commanderettes fell to Elizabethtown in the opening round of the regional tournament. WC played a very tough game and ended up one run short of Elizabethtown who moved on to play Green County in the semi-finals.