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Local News

  • WCHS is on most challenging schools list

    The Washington Post has been ranking schools nationally based on testing criteria since 2011 as part of their Challenge Index, and Washington County High School made the list for the 2011-12 school year.

  • Lebanon man given life for Knoxville murders

    George Thomas, 30, of Lebanon, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole last week for his role in the murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom in 2007 in Knoxville.

    Thomas, who will be eligible for parole after 51 years served, was found guilty of felony murder, aggravated rape, robbery and other charges after the jury deliberated for seven hours over two days.

    Thomas faced 46 charges and was found guilty on all counts.

  • Two teens injured in single car crash

    Two Washington County teenagers were treated for injuries following a single-car accident late Friday night, two miles north of Springfield on Bloomfield Road.

  • Commander College: First graduating class of ten students to hit the stage

    The Commander College program has been a joint effort at Washington County High School and St. Catharine College for more than two years, and after hard work by the students at WCHS and the administration at both schools, the first group of graduates is ready to take the stage.

    The 10 students who have completed the program will enter their first year of college well ahead of the game.

  • Friday Night Live kicks off June 7

    Springfield’s next big thing in entertainment was discussed at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and according to Nell Haydon, director of Springfield Main Street/Renaissance, June 7 will mark the beginning of an exciting program for downtown.

    Beginning in two weeks, the Friday Night Live summer series will provide a chance for guests to take in live music, great food and discounts at local businesses.

  • Struggles won’t stop Tallant

    Washington County High School senior Stephen Tallant has a big day this Friday, as do a number of other students when they take part in graduation ceremonies for the 2012-13 school year.

    Tallant, however, will have gone through more than most students could imagine to get to that point. He suffers from moyamoya disease, which has led to a pair of brain surgeries, as well as MED (multiple epiphyseal dysplasia), which led to surgeries on his hips and legs.

  • BPW Wine and Stein Tasting is May 18

    The Springfield Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) is finalizing plans for their 2013 upcoming 11th Annual Wine & Stein Tasting on Saturday, May 18, in downtown Springfield.  The event will be outside on Cross Main Street, under an enormous tent and inside The Louisville Store Building located at 101 W. Main Street from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

  • SCC commencement: 159 earn diplomas

    SCC Communications

    It was a historic year for St. Catharine College, as 159 students received diplomas on May 11 during the 81st commencement ceremony at the college.

    This year two pioneer groups crossed the stage. One was a group of 11 students from Washington County High School that received an Associate of Arts from the college before they received their high school diplomas the following weekend. The group was part of the inaugural Commander College class, which is a group of students who have been taking courses at St. Catharine.

  • Farmers add canola to their crop rotation

    On the roads that straddle Marion and Nelson counties, drivers may have seen fields that look like they have been marked with a giant highlighter. The farmers of Peterson Farm have added canola to their crop rotation this year, and people are taking notice.

    “I’ve seen people taking photographs, and I’ve also seen people go out and cut it for cut flowers,” said Albert Peterson, who farms with his father, Bill, and his uncles, Bernard and David.

  • Band director receives recognition

    Washington County High School band director Debbie Harrod was honored on April 27 at the University of Kentucky as part of the Teachers Who Made a Difference program, and it was the impact she left on her students 20 years ago that led to the recognition.

    Harrod, who’s finishing up her 30th year as a teacher and 20th at Washington County, was nominated for the award by a pair of students from her time in the Nelson County school system, where she spent 10 years.