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  • The love of a dog

    Not many things bring a smile to a person’s face like the company of a dog.

    That’s the purpose of Canines for Christ, a program made up of volunteers who share their trained therapy dogs with others. The program gives volunteers a chance to share their dogs, as well as their faith, with residents of nursing homes and patients in hospitals.

  • Murder remains unsolved after 27 years

    Twenty-seven years.

    That’s how long it has been since a Washington County native was murdered in Nelson County, and the case has never been solved.

    Lucinda (Osbourne) Strange, a 1969 graduate of Washington County High School, was found stabbed more than 40 times and left for dead a mere 150 yards away from her home on March 25, 1990. Though her case has gone cold, her death is not forgotten.

    Jerome Strange, Lucinda Strange’s husband, remembers the night as if it happened yesterday.  

  • Congressman Guthrie visits WCES last week

    Students at Washington County Elementary School were treated with a special guest speaker from the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.

  • Grass trimmings cause woes for motorcyclists

    As warm weather rolls into the commonwealth, its clear that the season’s biggest chore — mowing grass — is in full force.

    But while many homeowners are pushing or riding their way to healthy looking lawns, one Washington County couple is concerned about the way it’s being handled.

    Brandon and Felicia Wheeler say homeowners leaving grass clippings on the roadways are causing an unnecessary hazard for motorcycle riders.

  • Elmore to leave WCHS

    Washington County High School Principal Thad Elmore will be leaving WCHS and moving to Marion County High School.

    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser told The Lebanon Enterprise last week that Elmore will be joining MCHS next school year as principal. 

    “I believe that Mr. Elmore brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will support each and every student,” Schlosser said. 

    For Elmore, the last three years at WCHS have been wonderful.

  • Man escapes arrest

    A  man is accused of fleeing from police in his vehicle and nearly hitting a 2-year-old and Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston in the process. 

    Pinkston said he and deputy Jackie Robinson went to serve two bench warrants against Steven Curtis Releford Jr., 37, of Mercer County Thursday when he fled the scene in his 2002 silver Pontiac Grand Am.

    Releford is still at large and a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office for information leading to his capture.

  • RV park proposed at city council meeting

    The Springfield City Council met at city hall Tuesday, March 12, to discuss plans for an RV park and campground slated for construction on Booker Road. Mayor Debbie Wakefield said she was able to meet with an engineer last week and visit the site, and the council has since been provided with some ideas about how the location will be laid out. 

    “We’re ready to move forward,” Wakefield said.

  • Greenhouse teaches more than horticulture

    Two courses at Washington County High School are taking kids out of the classroom and letting them get their hands dirty – literally. 

    The greenhouse and plant land science courses at WCHS are not only teaching students the fundamentals of growing tomatoes, bedding and hanging plants, but also the fundamentals of economics.  

    According to the courses’ teacher, Bart Mattingly, students must be sophomores or above in order to join the program, but most of the 28 students involved are juniors or seniors. 

  • Commanderettes rout Nelson County

    The Washington County Commanderettes got a well-deserved win this week, defeating the visiting Nelson County Lady Cardinals 15-0 in three innings Monday. It was only the Commanderettes’ second win of the season, but it couldn’t have come at a better time with the team coming off a disappointing trip to Tennessee last week.

  • Students participate in Talk Meet