Today's News

  • Washington County in state top-10 for child well-being

    According to information from the 2013 County Data Book, Washington County can stake claim to being one of the top counties in Kentucky when it comes to overall child well-being.

    The rankings are determined by scores for economic security, education, health and family and community. Washington County was ranked sixth, behind only Oldham, Boone, Calloway, Spencer and Woodford counties in the overall rankings.

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  • Chemical de-icing materials and salt can damage landscape

    With the recent cold and snowy weather, it is time to discuss protecting landscapes from unintentional harm.  

    If you like to put salt and de-icer on your sidewalks, drives and steps, you must take care not to damage valuable landscape plants.  

    Generally, physical removal of ice and snow is better for the landscape, as long as you don’t pile it on your plants.  

    However, many people aren’t physically able to shovel snow and ice.  

    In this case, chemicals are needed to keep walkways safe.

  • Burley and dark tobacco review for 2013 and 2014 outlook

    2013 Review
    Following a 25 percent decline in world burley production in 2012, tobacco buyers were hopeful that the U.S. would supply more burley in 2013.  

    World burley production likely rebounded in 2013, but most of the growth occurred in lower quality/filler-style markets.

    U.S. burley contract volume and acres planted were up in 2013, but excessive rains in some areas destroyed acreage and likely caused yields to fall.  

  • WCMS 8th grade 16-1 at Christmas break, 7th grade 15-2

    The last game for Head Coach Barrett Tingle and his WCMS eighth-graders before heading to Christmas break turned into a thriller.

    Old Kentucky Home traveled to WCMS in hopes of avenging the tournament championship game loss at the hands of WCMS in early November.

    The game turned into a defensive battle throughout the first half, with OKH taking a 16-14 lead into the locker room.

  • WC girls can't stop skid

    Despite only giving up 34 points for the entire game, the Washington County Commanderettes (1-6, 0-4) were unable to pull out a win last Friday night against the Bethlehem Banshees (2-4, 1-2), losing on a last-second shot, 34-32.

    The loss was the team’s sixth in a row.

    “When you only give up 34 points, you’re supposed to win,” Head Coach Bernard Smalley said after the game, “but unfortunately, we weren’t able to do that [against Bethlehem].”

  • Commanders now 1-6 on the season

    Even before last week’s matchup against the Bethlehem Eagles (2-3, 1-2) began, Washington County Head Coach Russell Burkhead knew that the game was going to be trouble for the Commanders (1-6, 0-4).

    As the team was heading to the game, their bus broke down, making them late for the start of the contest.

    And things quickly got out of control for WC once the matchup was underway, losing 66-34 in a blowout that was only close in the opening moments.

  • Behind the Scenes

    Washington County sports are just in Jason Hilton’s blood.

    Born and raised in Washington County, Hilton picked up this inborn love at an early age, and it continued on through high school.

    While he played three years of basketball at WCHS, it was baseball that drew his attention the most, partially because his father, Billy, ran Idle Hour Park and coached him all through little league.

    Hilton would go on to be a three-year starter at the varsity level for the Commander baseball team.

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  • Giving back to emergency services

    Each year since 2002, fred’s Super Dollar stores have commemorated the fallen heroes of 9/11 through a fundraiser for the emergency teams that serve their store locations. The campaign was successful again this year, and fred’s Super Dollar is donating a total chain-wide of over $327,615 to local emergency teams across their regions. “Hero Hats” were sold at fred’s Super Dollar stores for $1 each, with all proceeds going to selected emergency teams around store locations. In addition, all operating profits from store sales on Sept. 11 were also donated.