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Today's News

  • SCC sees some early dismissals

    As of Thursday, approximately 85 people will be out of a job a month earlier than expected. 

    According to St. Catharine College President Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, the school was asked to cut expenditures shortly after announcing that it would be closing. As time has gone on, she said the bond trustee for the school has refused “to allow the college to use their cash collateral for certain expenditures, such as making the full payroll.”

  • New library construction behind schedule

    Washington County’s new library is approximately 55 days behind schedule. Although there is no official date for the grand opening, officials expect to open the doors to the public on the Tuesday after Labor Day. 

    According to Tara O’Hagan, the library director, staff members are well under way in getting new materials, computers with touch screens, and adding new library programs. 

  • 11-12-year-old All-Stars split first two

     The Washington County 11-12-year-old Little League Softball All-Star team participated in the District 5 Little League Tournament this past weekend, splitting its first two games. After losing 7-0 to Russell County on Saturday, WC bounced back with an 18-5 blowout of Adair County on Sunday.

    WC was originally scheduled to play Marion County on Monday, but due to inclement weather, the game was postponed until Tuesday after press time.

  • 9-10-year-old All-Stars wrap up action

     Since this year’s Washington County 9-10-year-old Little League Softball All-Stars started practicing three weeks ago, one of the players’ main areas of focus has been to continue giving their all until the end of the game, no matter the score, according to head coach Theresa Mattingly.

    And this past weekend in the District 5 Little League Tournament, Mattingly said her team did just that, despite losses to Russell and Marion counties.

  • Independence Day, 1816 Courthouse's 200th anniversary celebrations to take place Friday

    Starting last year, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles and his staff began the primary planning stages for the 200th anniversary celebration of the 1816 Courthouse.

    While he knew that he wanted an event commemorating the milestone, Settles also wanted it to be well-attended by both community members and even those from outside the community.

    “We were afraid that, as a stand-alone celebration, people might not turn out,” Settles said.

  • Hardesty arraigned in court

     A Spring-field man who is accused of sex abuse was arraigned in Wash-ington County Circuit Court on June 22.

    Charles L. Hardesty, 40, was arraigned on a sodomy first-degree charge and a count of first-degree sexual abuse.

    The charges stem from a May indictment. 

    Circuit Court Judge Samuel Todd Spalding set a trial date for Hardesty’s case on Oct. 26, at 8:30 a.m. and a pretrial conference on Aug. 31, at 10 a.m.

  • School officials feel ALICE Training a success

    The ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, evacuate) training that members of Washington County schools have received is already making them think of other ways to apply their knowledge to other emergency situations.

    In fact, according to Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran, it’s also the kind of training that has gotten the most positive feedback from staff members.

  • It's a lucky dog's life

     It’s been a tough road for a dog that once roamed the parking lots of local grocery stores and restaurants searching for food, but these days, she’s living the good life.

  • Man found shot in county dies

    A Bardstown man died last week from a single gunshot wound to the head, passing away nearly 12 hours after a Washington County resident first discovered him on his property.

    A press release from Kentucky State Police, which is investigating the apparent murder, states that Yul Andre Rayford, 51, was found lying inside a vehicle just off Bloomfield Road, 1.5 miles north of Springfield, but was still alive despite the bullet wound.

  • Rates to possibly change for water, sewer

    The water and sewer rates for the city of Springfield could see an increase in the near future.

    Andy Lange, who is with the Kentucky Rural Water Association, was present at last week’s Springfield City Council meeting to discuss a suggested change to the current water and sewer rates.

    Before talking about potential increases, though, Lange first presented the council with numbers concerning the current financial state of the city’s water and sewer services.