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Today's News

  • Willisburg man injured in wreck

    A motorcycle wreck Friday left one man severely injured when he was thrown from his motorcycle.

    No official report was available at press time, but according to his father, William “Bloop” Johnson, Russell William Johnson, 36, of Willisburg, was thrown from his motorcycle on Loretto Road and suffered a severe leg injury.

    Washington County EMS and the sheriff’s office responded to the accident and Johnson was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital.

  • From Stun to Kill

    To secure their second straight trip to the All “A” State Classic, the Washington County Commanderettes (5-2, 1-1) would have to first come back from the brink of elimination.

    The Commanderettes won last year’s 12th Region All “A” Classic in four straight sets, but WC found itself tested early on this year, falling behind two sets to none in its opening-round game against the Somerset Briar Jumpers (4-3).

    “They didn’t start off as strong as we would have liked,” WC head coach Casey Mudd said.

  • School board elects to keep tax rate the same

    Editor's Note: Washington County PVA Fran Carrico pointed out to The Sun this morning that a number of Washington County citizens have Harrodsburg addresses. The Sun wishes to clarify this information, as two people quoted in the article are listed as having Harrodsburg addresses. The Sun will print this clarification in next week's edition.

    Washington County dodged a tax increase when the Washington County Board of Education voted 3-2 to keep its tax at the compensating rate of 58.9 cents on $100 of real and personal property last week.

  • Today in History
  • GSP meets Begley's high expectations

    When Mary Beth Begley’s cousin, Will, returned from his Governor’s Scholars Program experience in 2012, she was intrigued every time she listened to him talking about his experiences.

    She knew it was something that she wanted to try and do when it came her time to apply as a high school junior.

    Even though she said she had always been studious in school, she took it even more seriously and also began to explore outside opportunities to strengthen her résumé.

    And she wanted to get to work on it right away.

  • Walker's wheels keep on turning

    6:16 a.m.

    While much of the county is just now waking up, James Murray Walker Jr., 77, who’s already been up since 4:30, performs a walk around on his bus — No. 39. The sound of bus engines idling fills the air as Walker checks the lights, looks for damage and checks the tire pressure.

    Safety strobes flash through the darkness as he steps inside and turns the key. The dashboard lights up like a pilot’s cockpit, and Walker checks the engine gauges for proper operation. Everything’s good to go.

  • Renovations moving forward on old high school

    Immediately after voting on the tax rate, the Washington County Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting. The main topic of concern during the evening’s meeting was the old high school renovation.

    Jean-Paul Grivas, vice president of Patrick D. Murphy Architects, gave a slideshow presentation to the board, which gave an overview of options and prices.

    The board elected to move forward to the next steps of the process where the company will begin tightening up the budget and start on some more field studies.

  • Accused murderer indicted

    A Washington County grand jury returned a murder charge against Hoyt J. Calhoun of Boston, Ky., recently, while indicting six others, including two on drug production and cultivation charges. 

    Calhoun, 51, of Icetown Road in Boston, was charged with one count of murder (class A felony), one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense (class B misdemeanor), and one count of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.

  • Local woman wins $200,000 in lottery

    You can stop checking your tickets.

    That’s because one lucky lady from Washington County has won the lottery.

    Friday night’s Cash Ball drawing yielded a $200,000 winner. She purchased the ticket from the Five Star located at 810 Bardstown Road in Springfield.

    The winning numbers were 2 – 5 – 21 – 27. The Cash Ball was 9.

    Susan Riggle, a manager at the location, said they’ve never sold a winning ticket with that kind of value, to her knowledge.

    “I think it’s awesome,” she said.

  • Edelen has positive experience at GSP

    Hannah Edelen had to make a decision.

    She had been dreaming of becoming a national officer for FCCLA, or Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, since she was a freshman in high school. But after she found out she had been accepted into the Governor’s Scholars Program, she had to choose between the two life-altering opportunities because there was a conflict in the two programs’ schedules.

    In the end, she chose to attend GSP, and after looking back on her time this summer, she knows that she made the right choice.