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  • WC knocks off Knights

    The Washington County Commanders broke out of a four-game losing streak Saturday night in fine fashion, knocking off rival Marion County 80-75 on the Knights’ home court.

    From the opening tip, it looked like a game that would be close as the teams took turns holding the lead throughout the first quarter, with the Commanders holding a 20-16 edge after the first 8 minutes of play.Sophomore guard Cameron Willis helped lead the way, sinking three 3-point baskets in the quarter.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Webb sells books to benefit Freear's Hope

    When you walk into The Springfield Sun, the last thing you may expect to see is a small library, but Renee Webb, the circulation manager of the small-town newspaper, has built just that – and for a good cause. 

    “(I’m selling the books) to raise money for families who are going through chemotherapy and are having a hard time with regular bills, medical bills and medicine.” Webb said.

    The patients Webb is raising money for go to the Commonwealth Cancer Clinic in Danville. 

  • 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.”