Today's News

  • Getting started, changing paths, starting over

    By Stevie Lowery

    Landmark News Service


    Felicia Hazelwood, 41, of Lebanon is on her way to becoming a certified medical assistant and making a better life for herself and her nine-year-old son.

    Kambron Hayden, 19, of Springfield is working part-time at Barber Cabinets while also going to college to earn his industrial maintenance degree.

  • Commanders Conquer Cambpellsville

    Jeff Moreland

    Regional Publisher

    After knocking off Campbellsville High School Saturday night in the Forcht Bank Bowl, Washington County head coach Eric Sagrecy told his team that 1-0 is a great way to start a season.

    The Commanders hadn’t opened with a win since 2013 when they topped LaRue County 20-7, and they had only done so twice under Sagrecy since his tenure began in 2011, also opening with a win that year.

  • 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.

  • The moon casts its shadow

    The first total solar eclipse visible from coast-to-coast in 99 years was visible here Monday afternoon. Kentucky was one of the prime locations to witness the event, and the skies stayed clear for the show. The next total solar eclipse to occur in the United States will be on April 8, 2024, and Kentucky will be close to the line of totality for the event. At left is a composite image of various stages of the eclipse. Se more photos online at www.readthesun.com.

  • Volleyballers fall in opener at E-town

    Jeff Moreland

    Regional Publisher

    Washington County volleyball head coach John Rogers knew his team was going up against a tough opponent Monday night as the Commanderettes opened their season at Elizabethtown.

    “I haven’t seen E-Town play, but I’ve heard they have one of the better teams they’ve ever had here, and of course E-Town’s won the region several times, so to say they have one of the best teams they’ve ever had means they’re going to be good,” Rogers said.

    He was right.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • WC golfers finding a groove

    Jeff Moreland

    Regional Publisher

    The Washington County High School boys’ golf team is having some early success on the course. The team won its match last week against Nelson County and Bardstown high schools. The match was scheduled to be plays at Maywood Country Club in Bardstown, but was moved to Lincoln Homestead State Park in Springfield.

    The five-man varsity Commander group posted a low score of 171, followed by Bardstown with a 183 and Nelson County with a 190.

  • 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.

  • Job program expanding at Isaiah House


    When most people hear of Isaiah House, the first thing that crosses their minds is the fact that it’s a drug and alcohol treatment center.

    While that is the case, there’s much more going on in the facility to help the men who seek treatment there.

    David Cobb, public relations and marketing manager for Isaiah House, said the facility also offers job skills training to get Isaiah House clients ready for employment and life after their treatment is complete.