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Today's News

  • Dean charged with using pot to pay in murder-for-hire scheme

    A Mackville man has been charged with allegedly trying to hire someone to commit murder.

    Ryan Lynn Dean, 20, of Mackville, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Louisville on charges of soliciting a murder for hire, according to U.S. Attorney General Candace Hill of the Western District of Kentucky.

    The indictment alleges that in June 2009, Dean tried to hire someone to carry out a murder, promising to pay 10 pounds of marijuana in exchange for the killing.

  • Back 2 back!Commander band wins second state title in a row

    It wouldn’t be hard to think of the seniors in this year’s Washington County Marching Commander band as spoiled. After all, they’ve been in high school for four years and have never missed reaching the state finals of the Kentucky Music Educators’ Association marching band championships.

    The seniors and the other Commanders were back in the finals Saturday night at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville, and for the second time in as many years, they came home with a state championship.

  • Economy doesn't slow spending for local lottery players

    You can’t win if you don’t play. That’s the slogan used by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC), but playing certainly doesn’t guarantee you will be a winner, either.

    With constant reports in the news about the economy and how people are cutting back expenses, you might think a non-essential expense like lottery tickets would be at or near the top of their list from which to cut. Think again.

  • Filing begins for 2010 elections

    Filing for 2010 elections began last Wednesday, and some local incumbents have already tossed their hats into the ring.

    Among those to file are seven incumbents, and no challengers have filed for office at this time, although the deadline is not until Jan. 26, 2010, according to the Washington County Clerk’s office.

    All county offices will be up for election in 2010, and those seeking re-election include:

    Ben Settles, Morris Sweazy and Terry Tingle - magistrates

    John Settles - Washington County Judge-Executive

  • Awards given to 4-H members

    The country ham project is just one of the many character building and educational programs 4-H offers that don’t require youth or their families to own considerable amounts of acreage or livestock or have a background in agriculture.

    Kentucky has a rich tradition in producing quality country ham. Similar to horse racing, some people consider country ham to be one of the standard symbols of the state. Kentucky ranks second in the nation in country ham production.

  • Wait to cover strawberry plants

    One of the last gardening chores before winter is putting the strawberry plants to bed for winter. Strawberry plants have already set flower buds for spring and they need to be protected to ensure those buds don’t freeze during winter’s annual frigid cruelty. A fully dormant strawberry plant can protect its flower buds down to about 15 degrees below zero, however other factors like wind chill, length of the cold spell, and freeze can affect if the flower buds can actually withstand temperatures down to 15 below.

  • Forage testing is a must for this year's hay crop; weather damages corn

    While driving the highways of Kentucky this fall, the need for testing this year’s hay has become painfully apparent. While driving I see rows and rows of round hay bales stored outside, with green grass growing on top of the bales. This is due primarily to two factors. First, the hay was made at a very mature stage and had a tremendous amount of viable seed in the seed heads of the hay when baled. This seed ensures that the hay was way past an optimal nutrient value when it was harvested thus reducing quality dramatically.

  • Questions sought for Senatorial debates

    The stage is set. On Dec. 8, we’ll go to the polls and choose a new state senator to represent the 14th Senatorial district. The Republican party has chosen State Rep. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, as its candidate for the special election. The Democratic party selected former state representative Jodie Haydon, Bardstown, as its choice.

  • St. Catharine men start 3-0, women start 0-3 in basketball

    The varsity basketball programs at St. Catharine College have started the new season headed in different directions. While the men have gained three victories in as many games, the Patriot women remained winless through the first three games of a brutally tough early schedule.

  • Commanders fall in playoffs, 42-7

    In playoff football, it all comes down to a win-or-go-home situation. The Washington County Commanders (3-7) traveled to Tompkinsville Friday night to take on the Monroe County Falcons (6-4) in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs, and coach Mark Perry’s team ran into a good, athletic squad.

    Washington County came in having won two of its last four games, including the regular-season finale over Campbellsville. On the other side of the field, Monroe County had dropped three of its last four, despite a 6-0 start to the season.