Today's News

  • McConnell visits Springfield

    Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. was in Washington County on Thursday to speak to community leaders at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s Springfield campus.

    McConnell – who made several stops throughout the Commonwealth last week – addressed the current condition of the economy, and said that with the way things are headed, our nation’s financial situation could get worse before it gets better.

  • Local man to pay $750,000 settlement

    A former Springfield city employee will have to pay a $750,000 civil suit settlement after a judge’s ruling on Dec. 27.

    Michael Delbert Bonzo, a former police officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), has been involved in the civil suit since 2007 with John Matthew Woolridge.

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  • County hires new road department supervisor

    A new Washington County road supervisor was named at a regular scheduled fiscal court meeting on Monday morning.

    Dale Mann was recommended by Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles to take over the duties effective  Jan. 17. Albert Wimsatt stepped down from the position on Dec. 20 after 26 years of service.
    A motion was made by magistrate Billy Riney, Jr. to approve the hiring, which will be contingent upon Mann passing a physical, as well as a state-required test that is to be taken in Elizabethtown.

  • Sentencing rescheduled

    Sentencing was rescheduled once again for former Washington County deputies Norris Wayne Bartley and Billy Joe Mattingly.

    The hearing began, but a motion for downward departure (a motion to defer from the sentencing guideline range for a statutory minimum sentence) resulted in a nearly 15-minute off-the-record conversation between the judge and attorneys for each side.
    Prosecuting attorney Larry Fentress offered to explain the details of the motion to the judge off-the-record.

  • Woman said salesman ripped her off

    A local woman wants to warn people in the county about a door-to-door salesman after a recent encounter.

    Kathy Harvey, of Springfield, said a door-to-door salesman took advantage of her special needs son over the holidays.
    Her son, Kuyle (pronounced Kyle) Bowman, 25, has autism.
    While Bowman was out visiting her brother, who had come in from out-of-state, she said a door-to-door meat salesman took advantage of her son.

  • Birth - Newton: It's a girl!


    Brandon Newton and Teresa Hall announce the birth of their daughter  on Dec. 9, 2011 at Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown.
    Taylan Alaya Newton weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.
    She was welcomed home by her sisters, Kylie, 3 1/2  and Chanley, 2.
    Maternal grandparents are Randy and Betty Hall of Springfield.
    Paternal grandparents are Annelle Noel and Bill and Susan Newton of Springfield.

  • Nursing homes ratings are high, show room for improvement

    Springfield’s nursing homes are above average places for long-term care, according to ratings issued by Medicare.

    However, inspection records show at least one of the area’s nursing homes was understaffed in 2010.
    Records show that at least one resident at Springfield Nursing and Rehabilitation received only one shower during a two-month period. The records did indicate that the resident did receive bed baths in lieu of showers.

  • Cornbread Mafia book dives into local history and the origins of the syndicate

    This story is the second of two parts about the upcoming book, “The Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicate’s Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History.”

    This part examines the material the author found in his reporting. Last week’s story looked at how the author got the story.

  • Couple celebrates 50th anniversary


    Mr. and Mrs. Ralph D. Lewis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise celebration at the Willisburg Church of God Pavilion with family and friends.
    The couple were married Dec 23, 1961. They have four sons: Lloyd and Vicki Lewis, Wayne and Heather Lewis, Greg and Teresa Lewis, and Lee Lewis; and seven grandchildren.