Local News

  • Job program expanding at Isaiah House

    When most people hear of Isaiah House, the first thing that crosses their minds is the fact that it’s a drug and alcohol treatment center.

    While that is the case, there’s much more going on in the facility to help the men who seek treatment there.

    David Cobb, public relations and marketing manager for Isaiah House, said the facility also offers job skills training to get Isaiah House clients ready for employment and life after their treatment is complete.

  • County will not increase tax rates

    Nick Schrager

    Sun Editor

    County tax rates on real estate, motor vehicles and watercraft, as well as the airport tax, will remain the same for 2017. 

  • Knopp retires from sheriff's office

    Melissa Knopp has spent nearly 23 years in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Now, after all that time, she’s ready to call it a career.

    Knopp entered retirement at the end of July, having served under three sheriffs.

  • County schools out for the eclipse

    School has just started back in Washington County, but students are about to get an unexpected day off soon.

    On Monday, Aug. 21, there will be no school in Washington County. That decision was announced this past Wednesday.

  • Cheatham dies in July 31 accident


    A Washington County man died last week in a one-vehicle automobile accident.

    According to Kentucky State Police, 25-year-old Dylan Cheatham was killed Monday, July 31, when he lost control of the 2003 Toyota Corolla he was driving on KY 152. The vehicle crossed the westbound lane, left the roadway and struck an embankment and a tree, according to a report from KSP Trooper Jonathan Carlock.

  • Prayer walk held for local schools


    A lot of changes have taken place in education across Washington County since last school year. Washington County Elementary School is now in a different building, there’s a new principal at Washington County High School, and there are plenty of other, smaller changes too numerous to mention.

    With those changes often comes concern, and that’s what led one Washington County educator to host a prayer walk last week in preparation for the start of the new school year.

  • Two arrested in drug bust


    A search warrant executed Saturday night has led to the arrest of two men, and the confiscation of cash, drugs and other paraphernalia.

    Springfield Police Officer Rusty Johnson gathered evidence and obtained the search warrant on a residence at 309 Perryville Road in Springfield. Around 8 p.m. Saturday, Officer Nick Holmes searched the residence, with his K9 partner Pike indicating areas of possible controlled substances inside.

  • St. Catharine Farm rooted in mission of Dominican Sisters


    The land surrounding the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse has been farmed since 1822.

    In the beginning, the sisters farmed the verdant hills to feed the community and the students they taught.

    Today, the farm is tended by a farm manager and a part-time farm hand who primarily raise beef cattle.

    At the heart of the farm’s mission is to promote sustainable farming practices and provide quality beef for the sisters and consumers alike, said Danny Spalding, farm manager.

  • County awarded state funds to resurface some local roads


    Things are being fixed up around Washington County, including more than 3 miles of roads that are being resurfaced.

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said state money from a discretionary fund has been approved for the resurfacing of two roads in the county. The roads selected were Pottsville Road and Maker’s Mark Road. Settles said 1.113 miles on Pottsville Road, near East Texas, and 2.085 miles of Marker’s Mark Road, off Highway 152 near Loretto, will be resurfaced with the $213,928 provided by the state.

  • Hardin calls it a career with county


    Steve Hardin said there are things he will miss about being Washington County’s jailer, but elections are not one of those things.

    “No, not at all,” he said with a laugh.

    Hardin has been elected five times, and he’s been working in the law enforcement field for more than 27 years, with some of that as a deputy jailer, but the majority as the elected jailer.

    What he will miss is the people he has worked with over the years.