https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Local voter turnout among state’s highest https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/local-voter-turnout-among-state%E2%80%99s-highest <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gravessigns.jpg" alt="Timothy Graves, who was elected Washington County’s new county judge-executive last Tuesday, was busy taking down his election signs last Wednesday." title="Timothy Graves, who was elected Washington County’s new county judge-executive last Tuesday, was busy taking down his election signs last Wednesday." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> With a voter turnout of 57.81 percent, Washington County voters should be proud to have represented themselves as well as nearly any county in Kentucky in last week&rsquo;s general election. Of the registered 8,932 voters, the county saw 5,164 turn out at the polls. Only five other counties had a higher voter turnout, with Woodford County leading the way at 60.8 percent.</p> State’s longest covered bridge reopens https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/state%E2%80%99s-longest-covered-bridge-reopens <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bridge2_0.jpg" alt="The Mt. Zion Bridge was officially re-opened last week following a long process of repairs being made to the historic structure." title="The Mt. Zion Bridge was officially re-opened last week following a long process of repairs being made to the historic structure." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Kentucky&rsquo;s longest wooden covered bridge is open once again. A ribbon cutting at the Beech Fork Bridge last week celebrated the completion of a restoration project that began over two years ago.</p> <p> <br /> &ldquo;It is our responsibility to restore and preserve the wonderful heritage of design and craftsmanship that is represented in this iconic structure. The Beech Fork Covered Bridge is a treasure that the nation, state and especially our county can be proud of,&rdquo; said Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles in a press release.</p> Friday fire damages Cecconi’s Restaurant https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/friday-fire-damages-cecconi%E2%80%99s-restaurant <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2018-11-14_at_8.27.18_am.png" alt="Firefighters battle a fire at Cecconi’s Restaurant in Springfield. " title="Firefighters battle a fire at Cecconi’s Restaurant in Springfield. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A Friday evening fire left damage to a local landmark.</p> <p> <br /> A fire alarm sounded for Cecconi&rsquo;s Restaurant, located at 117 W. Main Street in Springfield, Friday evening around 6:30 p.m., according to Springfield Fire Chief Jim Logsdon.</p> <p> <br /> The fire apparently began in a wall, according to Logsdon. He said a bird&rsquo;s nest was found inside the wall, but he is not certain if it had anything to do with the fire. He did say a cigarette could possibly have contributed to the fire.</p> WCHS alum earns starting spot at Cumberlands https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wchs-alum-earns-starting-spot-cumberlands <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/smith_adam_9124.jpg" alt="Adam Smith (50) has started all 11 of University of the Cumberlands’ games this season." title="Adam Smith (50) has started all 11 of University of the Cumberlands’ games this season." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> College football was not the original plan for Adam Smith, but four years of hard work have seen him rise from scout teamer to varsity starter at the University of the Cumberlands.</p> <p> <br /> The road to get there hasn&rsquo;t been a simple one.<br /> &ldquo;During high school, I was more looking into playing baseball,&rdquo; Smith says.<br /> When a good opportunity to play in college wasn&rsquo;t available, he took a year at community college, taking classes and trying to figure out what he should do next.</p> Commanders prepare for Lloyd Memorial https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-prepare-lloyd-memorial <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10-31-football-main-image-web.jpg" alt="Ja&#039;tavian Churchill lines up at quarterback for the Commanders during a Monday&#039;s practice." title="Ja&#039;tavian Churchill lines up at quarterback for the Commanders during a Monday&#039;s practice." align="left" hspace="6" width="100" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s win or go home for Washington County football, as the team prepares for Friday night&rsquo;s contest with Lloyd Memorial in the first round of the Class 2A KHSAA State Tournament.</p> <p> A bye last week gave the Commanders a week off to regroup and reorganize after a tough loss to Christian Academy of Louisville. In the time since, head coach Eric Sagrecy has been preparing his team for the Juggernauts.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Getting healthy</strong></p> Kelly to serve as commonwealth’s attorney in northern Kentucky https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/kelly-serve-commonwealth%E2%80%99s-attorney-northern-kentucky <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/c151qp01002c.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A Washington County native will soon serve as commonwealth&rsquo;s attorney for two northern Kentucky counties.<br /> Louis Kelly, son of Dan and Darlene Kelly of Springfield, will soon be the new commonwealth&rsquo;s attorney for Boone and Gallatin counties. Although it won&rsquo;t be official for a couple of weeks, Kelly will win his Nov. 6 election, as he is unopposed in the general election. He won the primary in May, defeating longtime incumbent Linda Tally Smith.</p> Marker pays tribute to late senator https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/marker-pays-tribute-late-senator <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/powers1.jpg" alt="Students from fourth-grade classes across Washington County attend an unveiling ceremony for a historic marker in honor of Sen. Georgia Davis Powers, the first female and the first African-American elected to the Kentucky Senate." title="Students from fourth-grade classes across Washington County attend an unveiling ceremony for a historic marker in honor of Sen. Georgia Davis Powers, the first female and the first African-American elected to the Kentucky Senate." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A bronze marker installed at the corner of Jimtown Road and Keene Lane marks the birthplace of former state senator Georgia Davis Powers, the first woman and first African-American elected to the Kentucky Senate.</p> <p> <br /> More than 100 fourth graders from Washington County&rsquo;s elementary schools were invited to the sign unveiling to hear about what made Sen. Powers such an important figure to the county.</p> Esports come to Kentucky high schools https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/esports-come-kentucky-high-schools <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/playvs_logo.jpg" alt="PlayVS, an online gaming provider, partnered with the NFHS to help with the management of the leagues in each state." title="PlayVS, an online gaming provider, partnered with the NFHS to help with the management of the leagues in each state." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The newest competition among high schools won&rsquo;t take place on the court or on the field, but online. The National Federation of State High School Associations, the body responsible for governing high school sports nationwide, announced earlier this year that they would begin introducing esports to high schools and state associations around the country.</p>