Today's News

  • Renovating hay and pasture fields

    If you have a less-than-productive grass pasture or hayfield, following a few simple renovation techniques could increase the field’s productivity. Some things you can do include planting a legume such as red clover, controlling pests and adding lime and fertilizer. Be aware though, some techniques require you to start as early as the middle of February.
    Adding legumes to pasture and hayfields has several benefits including higher yields, improved quality, nitrogen fixation and more summer growth.

  • FEMA reimburses county for Trent Lane project

    County officials received a $135,980.24 reimbursement check from FEMA for repairs on three sections of Trent Lane. Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said he believes the check is 90 percent of the total amount the county will receive. The remaining will be available following final inspection by FEMA, which Settles said could take up to two years.

    “This was money we paid out of our road department fund, so it’s great to get that reimbursed,” Settles said. 

  • 4-H clubs get the new year started

    Several Washington County 4-H clubs kick off the new year with meetings next week. The 4-H Sharpshooters will meet on Monday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the extension office. The 4-H Spurs and Furs will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the extension office and the 4-H Food Stars will meet on the Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the extension office.

  • Flu cases on the rise

    Kentucky has seen an increase in the amount of flu cases this season.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, Kentucky’s current flu activity level is considered widespread — the highest level of activity.  

  • IN MEMORY: Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012


    On Dec. 14, a gunman in Newtown, Conn. committed one of the most heinous and highly-publicized crimes in the country’s history, and recently a local church made a gesture to remember those that died that day.

  • Patriots’ coach upbeat despite team’s slide


    In listening to St. Catharine head coach J.T. Burton, one might suspect that his Patriots are on a winning streak – instead of the two game slide they endured last week. But the losses at Cumberland (Tenn.) and University of the Cumberlands haven’t broken the optimism of the Patriot mentor whose team fell to 7-7 overall and 1-5 in the Mid-South Conference.

    “I really believe that we are the best 1-5 team of any conference,” said Burton. “And Travis Wilkins is probably the best player in the nation right now.”

  • Second call for alcohol


    Petitioners have revived a measure that could force a special vote on expanded alcohol sales in Washington County as early as this May. 

    After a previous failed attempt, petitions began recirculating at various sites in Springfield last November and have since expanded to the outlying communities of Mackville, Manton and Willisburg.  

    It’s unclear how many are in circulation, but each petition asks voters to sign if they are in favor of county-wide alcohol sales. 

  • SCC women get pair of big conference wins


    With games last week at Cumberland University in Tennessee and University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, the St. Catharine women looked to narrow the gap between them and the Mid-South Conference leaders, and that is exactly what Lena Bramblett’s team did in winning both contests against nationally ranked opponents.

    The Patriots (9-4, 3-3) won a thrilling 81-79 decision at Cumberland on Thursday and followed that with a 60-57 win at Cumberlands on Saturday.

  • All-A matchups too tough to call

    Next Monday the Washington County boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will each have a chance to pick up big wins when they host Green County in a doubleheader in the opening round of the 5th Region All-A Classic.

    The Commanders (4-11) will take the court first at 6 p.m. against the Dragons (3-13), as the teams face off for the first time since they met in the first round of the 2009-10 5th Region All-A Classic. Green County took the last meeting 55-41, but WC will be looking to turn the tables this time around.


     A new report issued by Washington County Public Schools shows elementary and middle school students engage in just 50 minutes of physical education each week throughout the academic year. High schoolers enrolled in physical education receive less than 21 minutes of activity per week throughout the same period.    

    While elementary students and some middle schoolers receive additional recess time, none of the activity alone is enough to meet guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.