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  • Commanderettes fall in a close one to Hart

    It continues to be a tough season for the Washington County Commanderettes, but at the same time, it’s a season where a young team is learning the ropes along the way.

    Lena Bramblett’s team fell to Hart County Saturday night by a score of 54-44, but it was the closest score they have had in a loss. While that may not sound like much, it’s something Bramblett and her team can hang their hats on going forward.

    Hart held a narrow 12-8 lead after the first period, and it remained close at the half as the Commanderettes trailed 23-18.

  • Boys pick up two big wins

    The Washington County Commanders had a busy 24-hour period between Friday and Saturday nights. The team, whose record is now 9-9 on the season, traveled to northern Kentucky to take on Dayton High School Friday, then returned home for a Saturday night meeting with Hart County. The Dayton game was one that had been rescheduled from Jan. 13 due to inclement weather.

    The early stages of the Dayton game looked like a close game, and the Commanders held a narrow lead at the half, 37-36.

  • Renovation project 95 percent complete

    Work on the old Washington County Middle School renovation is nearly complete. 

    Jean-Paul Grivas, the project’s architect, said about 95 percent of the work has been completed but an issue with water leaking into four rooms needs to be addressed. 

    In an effort to save an estimated $50-$60,000, Grivas said the construction company has made repairs to two of the rooms to prevent water from coming in. The rooms will act as a test case before deciding whether or not to “full bore” with the more expensive fix.

  • The Springfield Sun earns coveted awards

    Nick Schrager


    The Springfield Sun was awarded first place in advertising general excellence and second place in news general excellence during the annual Kentucky Press Association winter convention last week.

    “I think these awards just prove that this small-town paper truly is one of the best in the state,” Sun Editor Nick Schrager said. “Our ad department and editorial team work hard each and every day to bring a good product to this community.”

  • WCFD is building substation at Fredericktown

    More than 300 homes in the county will be getting better coverage from the Washington County Fire Department. 

    That’s because the WCFD broke ground on a new substation at Fredericktown, which is something that’s been in the works for the past 13 years. 

    “Since the beginning of the mandatory membership fee, we’ve been setting aside money for this project,” Washington County Fire Chief Forrest Carrico said. “This is one of hopefully two or three more.”

  • Commanders run into hot-shooting Somerset

    Washington County head coach Bernard Smalley watched game film of Somerset before heading into the All- ‘A’ Classic 12th Region tournament Monday night.

    What he saw was a team that hit just two three-point baskets in two games worth of film. What he saw Monday night was a completely different team.

    Somerset hit 16 3-pointers in a 78-51 win over the Commanders, ending their hopes of reaching the finals in the tournament and potentially advancing to the All - ‘A’ Classic state tournament in Frankfort.

  • WC teams fall in All-’A’

    As the 12th Region All- ‘A’ Classic basketball tournament got under way Monday, Washington County faced Somerset, with the winner advancing to play Friday night with a shot at reaching the All- ‘A’ state tournament on the line.

    The young Commanderette team  found itself fighting an uphill battle against the Lady Briarjumpers, and it didn’t get any easier as the night went on.

    Somerset jumped out to an early 24-8 lead after the first period, and stretched that margin to 42-14 at halftime.

  • Wakefield appoints two to recycling committee

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield has appointed two people to the county’s new recycling committee. 

    At the request of Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, Wakefield said she would like to appoint two people of her choosing. She selected Bernard Smalley and Brooke Coulter for the county’s committee because of their ties with Idle Hour Park. 

    “What this committee will do is try to beautify and make this place a little better out there,” Wakefield said. 

  • OET will pull workers from career centers

    Nick Schrager


    The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training will pull officials from 31 career center offices across the commonwealth – including the one in Washington County.

    Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority Director Daniel Carney said the office’s removal of employees will be a cost-saving measure and will begin in mid-February.  

    “They haven’t actually directly came out and said they’re closing,” Carney said.

  • Medley shines at DYW

    Elizabeth Medley represented Washington County well this past weekend as she brought home first runner-up honors from the Kentucky Distinguished Young Women competition.

    Medley, an 18-year-old senior at Washington County High School, is the daughter of Tony and Julie Medley of Springfield. She won the local competition last year, earning the right to represent the county in state competition against 30 other contestants in Lexington at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts.