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Today's News

  • Fire destroys home on Covington Avenue

    A house fire on Covington Avenue in Springfield during the early morning hours of Jan. 9 is being described as a total loss. 

    Washington County Fire Chief Jim Logsdon said more than 20 firefighters from throughout the county responded to the fire, which was most likely caused by electricity. 

    The home belonged to Cherry Gibson but no one was home at the time of the incident. 

    “Thank goodness she wasn’t home,” Logsdon said. 

  • Former ‘Cornbread Mafia’ member speaks out

    A former member of the “Cornbread Mafia” says a vicious rumor about the gang’s guard dogs is completely false. 

    Mary Jo McDonald, 52, of Marion County, said she was at the farm in Minnesota where John Robert “Johnny” Boone was arrested in October 1987. McDonald, who knew Boone personally at the time, said she has proof that multiple Rottweiler dogs did not have their larynxes cut so they could attack without making noise.

    In fact, she said, she doesn’t even know where the rumor about the dogs was started. 

  • Board of education starts new year

    t’s the start of a new year, which means the Washington County Board of Education had some housekeeping to attend to last week. 

    Patsy Lester, as well as newly elected member Sherri Cheser, were sworn into office by Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles on Jan. 6. Carissa Harley, another newly elected board member, was not present that evening but was sworn into office Monday.

  • Boys take two in tourney

    Jeff Moreland

    Publisher

     

    All the Washington County Commanders wanted for Christmas was to win the Arby’s/KFC Holiday Classic at McCreary Central High School. Santa didn’t bring that present, but coach Bernard Smalley’s boys did deliver two wins against tough opponents in their four-game stint in the tournament.

    The Commanders opened things up to face Whitley County last Tuesday night, and they came out ready to play.

  • Fate of St. Catharine College buildings is unclear

    The recent court-ordered sale of the books, desks and all other school-related assets contained within the walls of the Saint Catharine College buildings leaves vacant buildings and land to be sold in an attempt to recover the millions of dollars owed to Huntington Bank, Farmers Bank, and other creditors.  The college property was annexed into to the City of Springfield and is zoned R-1 residential (single-family dwellings).  Schools are a permissible use under R-1 zoning.  Any other use of the property will likely require a zone change.  

  • Drury named to all-state band

    Washington County High School’s band program has a strong history, including a couple of recent state championships, so success is no surprise. Still, it is good news.

    The latest good news for the program came with the announcement that a WCHS senior has been named all-state.

    Chase Drury, the son of Tony and Kim Drury, recently earned that honor, and WCHS band director Scotty Burns said it’s one that comes from time to time.

  • Inmate severs fingers at recycling center

    An inmate volunteering at the Washington County Recycling Center was rushed off to Jewish Hospital in Louisville on Jan. 5 after he severed multiple fingers while on the job. 

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said he couldn’t release much information due to probable litigation, but confirmed an inmate was injured while operating heavy machinery.

  • Pennington to face the death penalty

    A man accused of murdering a northern Kentucky couple and dumping their bodies miles apart is now facing the death penalty. 

    The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office filed an intent to seek the death penalty against Craig A. Pennington, 52, in Washington County Circuit Court last week. 

    Pennington is charged with killing Robert Jones and Crystal Warner in July over a rent dispute and dumping their bodies in Clark and Bath counties.

    The cabin Pennington was renting from the couple is located on Texas Road in Springfield. 

  • Dominican Sisters will remain at St. Catharine

    `Though St. Catharine College’s doors have been closed, the Dominican Sisters of Peace won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. 

    According to Sr. Anne Lythgoe in Columbus, Ohio, the St. Catharine Motherhouse, Sansbury Care Center and St. Catharine Farm are all separate entities from SCC and will remain in Washington County. 

    In fact, Lythgoe said while the Dominican Sisters of Peace are not planning to expand their property, they are looking for new ways to continue to serve the community.

  • Sticktight keeps on rocking

    What some people can only dream of – or spend a lifetime trying to achieve – has been accomplished by a Washington County teenager in just six years. 

    Ernie “Sticktight” Akins Jr., 19, of Willisburg, just signed his first record deal with ZoKay Publishing/TBD Promotions in London, Kentucky.

    “It was overwhelming,” Akins said, “and definitely humbling, because, you know, this is something I’ve wanted for a while … patience pays off and timing is everything.”