Local News

  • Library will not raise taxes

    The Washington County Public Library will not be raising its tax rates this year, despite the construction of its new building.

    “We are not taking further income in,” Tara O’Hagan, the director of the library said at Friday’s Washington County Fiscal Court meeting. “We have budgeted well enough that we can go with what we’ve made to pay our bills, and still pay off our loan.”

  • Taylor is tops as Commanders cruise to victory

    The Washington County boys’ golf team continued its winning ways at My Old Kentucky Home State Park last week.

    The Commanders took on host Bethlehem High School on Wednesday, and Landon Taylor led the way with the low score of the event as he shot a 38 to lead his team to a win.

    Overall, Washington County won the match 170-181.

    Drew Yates was close behind Taylor, shooting a 40, and carding the second-best score in the match. Grant Satterly shot a 45, and Logan Wilson shot a 47.

  • Commanderettes top Nelson for first win

    Washington County made quick work of Nelson County Monday night, picking up its first volleyball win of the season.

    Getting out of the gate with a pair of losses might be concerning to some coaches, but John Rogers knew his team was playing some top-level competition early on as they faced two of the better teams in the 5th Region.

  • 8/23/17 Briefs


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  • Keeping the 'Mean Man' away

    With my arm draped around my almost 5-year-old grandson, I draw him close as he munches on his cheese burger. We’re nestled in a booth at his favorite fast food restaurant.

    Then, his question: “PopPop, you won’t let any mean man get me, will you?” 

    I know why he asks.

  • Interpreting dreams

    “Be careful what you wear to bed at night; you never know who you’ll meet in your dreams.” 

    Unknown author


    I don’t know of anyone that hasn’t, at one time or another, been fascinated by dreams. I’ve gone through periods when I dreamed a lot and other times when I’ve hardly dreamed at all. Lately I’ve been dreaming almost nonstop, so I decided to do a little research and write a column on the subject. 

  • County Clerk receives clean audit report

    Nick Schrager


    The Washington County Clerk’s office received good news from the state auditor recently.

    State Auditor Mike Harmon released his completed audits for 2016 last week, including a clean fee audit for Glenn Black’s office. In fact, there was even a surplus of $76,511. A majority of those funds have been returned to the county’s budget and the remainder will be sent back this year.

  • District lowers tax rates on real property

    Nick Schrager


    The Washington County Board of Education has decided to not hold a tax hearing this year. In fact, it’s decreasing its tax rates. 

    The board voted to have 60.2 cents on every $100 of assessed real property and 61.2 cents on personal property. Last year’s rate was 61.2 cents for both real and personal property. The motor vehicle and watercraft tax rate of 55 cents per every $100 of assessed value remained the same.  

  • Springfield man indicted on rape allegations

    Staff Report

    A Springfield man was indicted on two counts of rape on Aug. 16.

    A Washington County grand jury accused Pedro Caal, 28, of Springfield, of multiple charges in two separate indictments. His first indictment accuses him of two counts of rape in the third degree, as well as wanton endangerment, unlawful imprisonment, intimidating a witness in the legal process, and terroristic threatening.

    The rape charges stem from two alleged incidents that occurred in October 2015.

  • City to destroy and fill in pool

    Nick Schrager


    A Springfield landmark that has become a target for vandalism over the years will be destroyed. 

    The Springfield city pool on Armory Hill, which has been closed since 2008, will be destroyed and filled in over in the coming weeks. In fact, the work has already begun.

    Public Works Director Glenn Mattingly was given to OK by the city council on Aug. 15.