Today's News

  • 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.

  • County schools out for the eclipse

    School has just started back in Washington County, but students are about to get an unexpected day off soon.

    On Monday, Aug. 21, there will be no school in Washington County. That decision was announced this past Wednesday.

  • Knopp retires from sheriff's office

    Melissa Knopp has spent nearly 23 years in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Now, after all that time, she’s ready to call it a career.

    Knopp entered retirement at the end of July, having served under three sheriffs.

  • Haydon is world champ again


    He’s only been a professional since 2012, but Springfield resident Phillip Haydon is one of the best cornhole players in the world.

    Haydon recently won his second doubles world championship in as many years. He and his playing partner, Daymon Dennis, of Brownsville, Kentucky, won the American Cornhole League doubles title July 22 in Cherokee, North Carolina.

    “We won the senior division, which is 55 and over. There were 30-some teams in it,” Haydon said.

  • County will not increase tax rates

    Nick Schrager

    Sun Editor

    County tax rates on real estate, motor vehicles and watercraft, as well as the airport tax, will remain the same for 2017.