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Today's News

  • Fire destroys Springfield home

    At approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon, crews from the Springfield, Washington County and Willisburg fire departments were called to the scene of a house fire at 25 Coleman Lane in Springfield.

    The home of Cecil and Julie (Judy) Smalley was totally engulfed when firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.

    Crews remained on the scene until 4:30 p.m. No official cause was determined and an investigation is pending.

  • Social news and events

    BIRTHS

    Baker: It's a girl!

    Coralee Brooklyn Baker

    Angel Tarrence and Chris Baker of Washington County announce the birth of their daughter at 2:03 p.m. Jan. 29, 2010 at Suburban Hospital in Louisville.

    Coralee Brooklyn Baker weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length.

    Hamilton: It's a girl!

    Sophia Grace Hamilton

    Devon and Joshua Hamilton of Elizabeth-town announce the birth of their daughter on Dec. 6, 2009 at 3:41 p.m. at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.

  • Fire association seeks funding for new station

    At the meeting of the Springfield City Council held Feb. 9, Springfield Fire Chief John Goatley updated the city on the status of the construction of the proposed new fire station on West Main Street. The key sticking point at this time seems to be funding the new building, which will house the city’s fire department and part of Washington County’s fire department. Currently, the departments are using the old National Guard Armory, but a lack of space is posing plenty of problems for the firefighters.

  • Local auto industry still in high gear

    Much of the automobile industry has found itself stuck in low gear lately, and with the recall of several models of Toyota vehicles, you might expect factories producing parts for the company to slow down or come to a complete stop, but that has not been the case.

    Dianne Kelly, human resources manager for Toyotomi, said the company is not only maintaining its production staff, but it’s looking to fill some open positions.

  • Commanders lead early, but fall 49-39 to rival Knights

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    The Washington County Commanders got the early lead against Marion County Friday night in Lebanon, but they struggled from the outside and the Knights were able to take the lead and earn the win, as the Commanders fell 49-39.

    “We were 1-for-23 from the three-point line,” said head coach Russell Burkhead. “That’s not going to win you many ball games.”

    The Commanders took an 8-7 lead as the first quarter ended. Marion came back in the second, outscoring WC 10-6 to lead 17-14 at the half.

  • SCC men ‘box’ out

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    Usually, the St. Catharine mens’ basketball team is used to racking up lots of baskets on the hardwood. But last Thursday, the Patriots took time to stuff a different kind of basket - commodity baskets given out by Washington County Community Action.

    Head coach J.T. Burton and his team braved the chilly weather to warm the hearts and tummies of those in need.

  • Tips for managing diseases of tobacco transplants

    The float-bed system is a convenient and efficient way to produce tobacco transplants.  One drawback to this method is the potential for significant disease development. Large numbers of plants packed into a small, water-filled area create conditions in which many diseases thrive. 

  • Commander baseball chili supper

    The Washington County Commander baseball team will host a chili supper and silent auction on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the WCHS cafeteria during the WC basketball games.

    The meal includes chili, sandwich, tea and dessert. Cost is $3 for kids 10 and under and $6 for adults.

    During the supper, a silent auction will take place for three separate baskets featuring car products, UK products and Commander products.

    Tickets can be purchased at the door or from a member of the Commander baseball team.

  • Once again, Patriots knock off ranked opponent

    SCC Sports Information

    Matt Stearsman, assistant coach to J.T. Burton for the men’s basketball team at St. Catharine College, made a pre-season prediction that if the Patriots stayed healthy they could find themselves among the leaders of the perennially powerful Mid-South Conference. That prognostication may have seemed a bit bold after last season when the Patriots completed their first NAIA season with a 5-24 record that included a 1-11 conference slate.

  • Test old seeds before buying new ones

    Every good gardener has noticed that seed catalogs are continually showing up in their mailboxes and seed and garden hardware are in full display at garden centers and department stores.  Many of you are like me, you have seeds left from last year and an eye for more plants than your garden can hold.  Don’t buy new seeds just yet.  There is a good chance that your old seeds will still germinate even if they were stored in the cupboard.  Most vegetable and flower seeds are still viable after several years.