Today's News

  • Behind the Scenes ... of a band performance

    With a commanding roar of wind instruments and the ear-crushing crash of drums, the Washington County High School Marching Band could easily be called a force to be reckoned with. What few people realize – or fully appreciate – is the time and effort it takes for the students to put on an award-winning show.

    According to band director Scotty Burns, the 55-member band, which plays more than 10 different instruments, will perform its new and original show entitled “Disturbed,” this year.

  • WC volleyball win streak hits five

    After an 0-4 start to the season, the Washington County Commanderettes (5-4, 0-2) have finally found their groove, winning their next five matches, including last week’s matchups with the Woodford County Yellow Jackets (7-5) and the Danville Admirals (2-9).

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    WC head coach John Rogers said the team has been working on improving its serving all year long, and that focus showed through in the Commanderettes’ three-set win (25-14, 25-11, 25-17) over Woodford County.

  • Sure Shot

    Brady Lawson practically grew up with a gun in his hand.

    By the time he was 7 years old, he was already hunting, and within three years, he had picked up a sport that would become his passion: trapshooting.

    “I just kind of started shooting trap out with [his grandfather, Glenn Lawson] in the backyard,” Brady said. “He’s loved guns ever since he could pick one up,” added his father, Tim. “My dad was a trapshooter, and [Brady’s] just got a natural knack for it.”

  • Commanders lose 63-28 to Kentucky Country Day

    The Washington County Commanders (0-3) were able to keep up for one half in a road game against the Kentucky Country Day Bearcats (2-1) on Friday night, but a second-half surge by KCD ended in a 63-28 blowout Commander loss.

    The Bearcats started the game off with a quick score on their opening possession, but the Commanders answered back on their next drive. Facing a 3rd and 12, WC quarterback John Floyd threw a long pass to Jason Anderson, who drew a pass interference penalty on a KCD cornerback at the Bearcats’ 38-yard line.

  • Saylor, Hardesty appear in court last week

    An accused murderer and alleged sexual predator both appeared in Washington County Circuit Court on Aug. 31.

    Eric Saylor, 47, of Lancaster, entered the courtroom in shackles for a pretrial conference. Saylor is accused of shooting Shane E. Thomason at the Washington County Livestock Center on Feb. 1. The shooting occurred outside of the stockyard building during a cattle auction.  

    A bond hearing for Saylor was set for Oct. 12 and a jury trial was scheduled for March 6.

  • Mackville Harvest Homecoming Festival returns this Saturday

    When the Mackville Harvest Homecoming Festival was revived in 2013, it was the return of a long-beloved community event that had been dormant for eight years.

    This Saturday will mark the fourth year of the festival after its revival, and co-chair Amanda Preston hopes to see the popular celebration reach new heights again this year after seeing consistent growth in years past.

  • Local job market looks 'very stable'

    As Labor Day approaches and the national conversation turns to the current state of employment, Executive Director of the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority Daniel Carney said Washington County is a “great” place to be employed. 

  • Commanders fall to 0-2 on season

    The Washington County Commanders (0-2) had the ball with less than a minute to play with an opportunity to win Saturday night but fell just short against the Taylor County Cardinals (1-1) in the Forcht Bank Bowl, losing 32-26.

    The matchup literally started with a bang, as thunder and lightning forced the game into a delay that would last for three hours and caused the cancellation of a contest featuring Casey County and Glasgow that was slated to follow WC’s game.

  • 3-Peat

    Three years. Three championships.

    Ever since a realignment placed Washington County in the 12th Region of the All “A” Classic in 2014, the Commanderette volleyball team has dominated, winning the title each season in its new region. 

    WC continued that streak on Saturday at Somerset High School, defeating Somerset and Danville on its way to a third consecutive championship.

  • Small tax hike could bring in almost $15,000 for county

    For the first time in more than 10 years, the county’s tax levy on property will be 8 cents per every $100 in assessed value.

    The current rate is 7.7 cents and the raise will bring in $14,918 in one year. 

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, someone who owns property valued at $100,000 could expect to see their taxes go up $3.