Today's News

  • Surge at opera house

    A recent incident that damaged electrical sources equipment throughout the Springfield Opera House was discussed at last week’s city council meeting.

    City Administrator Laurie Smith spoke to the council about the power surge that occurred on April 16 and said the city’s insurance provider through the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has been informed of the incident.

  • Memories worth keeping

    Bob Purdom said his family isn’t a special case.

    Sure, several members of the Purdom family have taken up life in the military and served this great nation with pride.

    Sure, their roots track back to the Korean War, World War I and II and even the Civil War.

    And sure, the stories of battles, hardships and perseverance have been passed down through the generations, but he said that’s just something his family has in common with millions of other Americans.

  • Pinkston moves on in sheriff race

    The unofficial results of the 2014 primary election in Washington County were released on Tuesday night, with the race for county clerk drawing the most attention as the votes rolled in.

    In the end, Glenn Black retained his seat with a 1,157-895 tally over Billy Abell. Abell kept the race close with a 209-88 advantage at the armory, but Black was able to pull out the victory behind a 169-82 difference at the courthouse polling place and taking 109 votes to Abell’s 29 in Mackville.

  • WC Commanderettes ousted

    Nelson County
    The Washington County Commanderettes faced off against the Nelson County Lady Cardinals in their 19th District Tournament semifinal matchup last Monday night, falling by a score of 19-9.

    The Commanderettes would have secured a berth in the championship game and the 5th Region Tournament with a win, something they haven’t accomplished since 2011.

  • Maple petiole borer and carpenter bees

    Are numerous leaves dropping from your maple trees?

    The culprit this time of year is probably the maple petiole borer.  

    There are several other reasons why leaves will fall from maples like squirrels, drought, and heavy aphid or scale infestations, however the characteristics of the maple petiole borer is obvious.  

    When petiole borers attack a leaf it looks generally healthy when it detaches from the tree.  

  • Disaster program a possibility for some farmers

    Livestock Losses:
    We had a really bad winter on livestock and lost a lot of cattle.  The FSA office is taking applications for these weather-related losses.  

    People are beginning to hear about this opportunity, and I thought it would be good to have a little bit about the programs in this column.

    Livestock disaster program enrollment opened on April 15, 2014.

    These disaster programs are authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill as permanent programs and provide retroactive authority to cover losses that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011.

  • 4-H news: Noise control an important tool

    The days are growing longer, the temperatures are rising and it’s time for   4-H members to finalize their registration for summer camp. Washington County 4-H will be camping June 24 - 28 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp.  

    Applications are available from the extension office and the deadline to pre-register is June 2.

    The cost for camp is $170 and partial scholarships are available for those that qualify. Call the extension office at 336-7741 for questions about 4-H Camp.


    Moving to a new school can be an intimidating endeavor, but doing it as a senior—with only a few months to readjust to a new setting before moving on—has disaster written all over it.

    But when Kari Creech was thrust into this very situation earlier this year, moving from Letcher County to Washington County, she decided to make the best of her opportunity.

    That didn’t come easy at first, though.

    “It was pretty hard at first, coming in as a senior and trying to make friends,” Creech said.

  • SCC baseball season ends after successful year

    While the season may be over for the St. Catharine College Patriots, the Bat Pats’ year was by no means a failure.  

    Several Patriots broke or set season, as well as career, records for the school, and the Pats finished a best-ever third in the strong Mid-South Conference.

    The Patriots went over the 200-win total as a four-year program. Head coach Luther Bramblett has led the Pats to a 201-135 record since joining the NAIA and Mid-South Conference.  

    He has a of 459-223 overall record at St. Catharine College.

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