Today's News

  • Poet Maurice Manning is harvesting a different type of Kentucky crop

    Tom Eblen
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Clouds were gathering for an early evening shower as Maurice Manning leashed his three big dogs and took off down one of the mowed paths that criss-cross almost 20 acres behind his 1850s farmhouse.

    “One of my vows when I was in grad school in Alabama was that if I ever made any money from writing, I would buy land in Kentucky,” he said as we ambled through woods, past a stream and across meadows of wildflowers in full August bloom.

  • School system making ends meet

    It hasn’t been a secret that the state’s funding of education has taken a step back in recent years.

    The numbers show where cutbacks have hit the hardest, as SEEK (Support Education Excellence in Kentucky) funding decreased from $7.6 million in 2009 to a current allocation of $6.6 million, according to Washington County Schools Finance Officer Judy Spalding.

    “We’ve had a six percent overall decline in revenue in five years between our property tax and SEEK,” Spalding said.

  • A week in a foreign land

    Ken Mattingly is entering his 20th year as a teacher at Rockcastle County Middle School in Mt. Vernon, but he recently spent a week teaching in a much different environment.

    The 1984 graduate of Washington County High School got the opportunity thanks to his involvement with the Portland, Ore.-based Assessment Training Institute. Using what he’s learned through the institute, Mattingly has done work across Kentucky and elsewhere helping school districts develop assessment literacy and standards-based grading from elementary to high school.

  • Farm Service Agency reminds producers of deadlines

    Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director SED John W. McCauley reminds producers of two important Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) deadlines this month.

    Producers who have either not yet enrolled in DCP or have not yet signed their DCP contracts must do so by close of business Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.  Contracts filed after this date will be elevated from the county office to the state office and will require State Committee action.

  • County, Whayne Supply at crossroads on grader repair

    Washington County fiscal court met on Monday morning, and the primary conversation centered around a recent dispute the county has had with Whayne Supply Company in Louisville.

  • Maple Hill Manor to participate in National Alpaca Days

    On Sept. 28 and 29, alpaca breeders from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals, the luxury fiber they produce and why the alpaca business is perfect for environmentally conscious individuals!  From 1 - 5 p.m, each day, Maple Hill Manor will welcome guests and their families to join them for many activities including farm tours, and attendance is free .


  • 4-H programs teach life skills

    Chances are if your young person has an interest, 4-H has a program that explores it. Not only does 4-H provide an opportunity for its members to try something they think they might enjoy, but 4-H’s programs are designed in a way that 4-H’ers will learn many valuable life skills in the process.

    With the start of the new school year, it’s time for local youth to join 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages 9 to 18. 

  • SCC volleyball takes two in Tennessee

    The SCC Patriots (6-4, 1-0 MSC) traveled to east Tennessee and the Milligan College Mountain Madness last weekend for their final tune up before the full conference schedule begins.

    Head Coach Jason McDannold referred to the trip as “our last opportunity to prepare for conference quality teams without feeling the harsh penalty for taking chances with rotations.”

    On Friday, the Patriots displayed their conditioning level by playing the host Milligan Buffaloes (0-7) and the Emmanuel College Lions (3-2) to 5 sets, taking the win in both games.  

  • SCC men’s soccer loses heartbreaker to Oakland City

    The St. Catharine men’s soccer team (0-1, 0-0 MSC) came into Saturday’s home opener with the hopes of gaining momentum to propel them into a tough conference schedule but had those hopes erased in the final minutes as the Oakland City Mighty Oaks (1-0) made their third goal past the diving finger tips of Patriot keeper CJ Powell.

    “I thought I had it,” Powell said. “I blocked the first shot and the ball rebounded right back to their feet.”

  • Boys’ golf cards 369 at All-A State Classic

    John Overby
    Sun Sports Writer

    This past Saturday, the WCHS Commanders boys’ golf team carded a 369 as a team in the 2013 All-A Classic Statewide Tournament.

    Senior Thomas Pettus led the Commanders with a score of 85, 15 strokes behind the tournament winner, St. Mary’s Seth Powell.

    Fellow senior J.P. Cecconi recorded a 91, the second-highest score for WCHS.