Today's News

  • County resurfacing project discussed at fiscal court

    During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Washington County fiscal court on Jan. 24, Patty Dunaway and other representatives with the Kentucky Rural Secondary Roads program were present to discuss the resurfacing project planned for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

    The rural secondary program uses a five-point formula to determine the funding for each county.

  • Jobless rates drop across the state

    Ninety-eight of 120 Kentucky counties saw their unemployment rate drop from December 2012 to December 2013, and Washington County was one of those to see a decrease.

    According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training—an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet—unemployment in Washington County dropped from 8.1 percent at the end of 2012 to 7.7 percent just over a month ago.

  • 4 indicted on felony charges

    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.

    - Jason D. Morris, 34, of 2512 South Comer Road in Scottsburg, Ind., was indicted for one count of receiving stolen property under $10,000 (Class D felony) and one count of being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • 3 to vie for Washington County sheriff

    The deadline to file to run for public office passed recently and seven county seats will have competition between at least two candidates.

    Sheriff Tommy Bartley will be stepping away from his position after this year, leaving the role vacant for one of three candidates to take over.

    Jerry Pinkston (D), Jim “Buford” Crouch (R) and William “Bill” Hill (D)—all of Springfield—have each thrown their hat in the ring in time for the primary (May 20) and general (Nov. 4) elections in 2014.

  • Winter weather contributes to accidents around the county

    Winter weather has made an impact on the roadways in recent weeks, with the Springfield Police Department reporting seven minor accidents, including a hit-and-run that was resolved. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported working an injury accident last week at the intersection of Bloomfield Road and US 150.

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  • WC 4-H volunteer recognized

    Washington County 4-H volunteer, Tana Wells, was recognized by KY 4-H as one of the top five 4-H horse club leaders in the state at the KY 4-H Volunteer Forum Awards Banquet held Friday night at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.  

    The awards night was a part of the three-day forum held every other year for volunteers across the state. The forum theme was “Celebrating 4-H with the Stories We Tell” and the forum included workshops, 4-H program exhibits, commercial exhibits and recognition events the volunteers attended.  

  • Prune fruit trees in February

    When we get some relief from the cold weather, this month is the time to do some yard work.

    February is the right time to prune most fruit trees.  

    Apples, plums, pears, cherries and just about any other tree fruit you can think of needs a little help now before they actively start pushing out new growth.

    Peaches are the only ones you should wait on; prune them after flowering.  

    Pruning is a necessary process that will increase your yields, decrease insect and disease problems and give you a healthy tree in the process.

  • Latest update on farm bill

    This is the latest updated from Dr. Will Snell, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Food and Environment, Department of Agriculture Economics:

    After several years of debate, extensions and much uncertainty, a new farm bill moved much closer to reality this week as the U.S. House voted 251 to 166 to support The Agricultural Act of 2014.

    The U.S. Senate is taking up the bill very soon, with passage anticipated, and the President is expected to sign the 2014 farm bill into law within the next week or two.

  • Lady Patriots drop 10th straight

    Lindsey Wilson College
    The SCC Lady Patriots (3-14, 1-10 MSC) couldn’t hold on late against the visiting Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders (15-8, 5-6 MSC), despite a strong start.

    After keeping the game close against the Cumberland University Bulldogs in their last contest, the Lady Patriots didn’t waste any time proving to the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders that they were a much-improved squad.