Local News

  • SCC students protest

    Last Monday a group of St. Catharine students gathered at the school’s administration building to draw attention to concerns that communication between the administration and the student body was lacking.

    According to SCC President William Huston, their message was heard.

  • FCCLA prepping for state

    On Feb. 16, 2013 Washington County High School FCCLA attended the Region 5 STAR Events. STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) events are individual and team competitions which allow students to showcase their leadership skills. Students compete in one of two divisions: Junior (7th-9th grade) and Senior (10th-12th grade). It was a clean sweep for the chapter as all won first place and have earned the right to compete at state competition on Mar. 25-27 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. This was the most from any school in the region.

  • Some academic team members advancing to state
  • Tasting Bash for Habitat for Humanity March 19

    It’s often said that many hands make light work. Bonnie Cecil has learned that’s as true of the Tasting Bash for Habitat for Humanity as it is for Habitat itself.

  • Woodcarver lured here by infamous 'Turtle Man'

    Washington County has a new resident who intends to be a big part of the community —and Ernie “Turtleman” Brown, Jr. helped lure him here.
    Tony Abbott has been a woodcarver since the winter of 2001-02 and it’s brought him on a journey from Chanute, Kan. to Springfield with a couple of stops along the way.

  • Authorities searching for man who stabbed 4

    SPRINGFIELD—Police and immigration officials are searching for a 37-year-old Latino man who they say stabbed four people—including one teenager—before fleeing from an Eddleman Court altercation on March 2.

  • Quest for the Crown, Part II:
  • Pair of vacancies leaves planning commission searching for candidates

    The search is on to fill a pair of vacancies on the Washington County Planning Commission and anyone wanting to help push WC in the right direction is encouraged to apply.

    Not much is required of anyone interested in the openings as far as prerequisites according to Washington County Planning Commissioner Buddy Parker, just that newcomers have a real desire to improve the county.

  • Commander College saving time, money

    With the Washington County Commander College program in its third year, local school officials recently assessed its impact on student development, and they found that the program is producing just the results they’d hoped for.

    “It has definitely been a great success and a wonderful opportunity for our students who have participated,” said Washington County High School Principal Paul Terrell. “These students will have had the opportunity to earn an associate degree while completing their high school requirements as well.”

  • Educator cuts looming in district

    Declining student enrollments could translate to fewer educators when Washington County Schools begins its academic year in August.  

    Staffing formulas approved by the board of education last week indicate possible cuts to as many as four educator positions at the high school and one position at Washington County Elementary.

    North Washington Elementary could also cut an educator’s position, under newly released district staffing formulas.