Today's News

  • Petition to become wet circles county

    A countywide wet/dry petition is circling around, and the number of signatures required to put the measure on the ballot is not exactly known. 

    Washington County Clerk Glenn Black said the number of signatures required will be based on when the first signature was put on paper.

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    As an elected official, those who serve have immense responsibility to serve and protect the community they represent. Springfield’s mayor, Debbie Wakefield, uses her responsibilities to enact positive change within her community.

    Wakefield, a lifelong resident of Springfield, is a 1984 graduate of St. Dominic School and a 1988 graduate of Washington County High School. She took office as Springfield’s mayor in January 2015 and said it’s an honor serving a place she’s lived and loved all her life. 

  • Boys on 3-game win streak

    Bernard Smalley’s Washington County Commanders (12-11) have put together a three-game winning streak, matching their longest such streak of the season.

    Not only are they winning games, but they are also scoring plenty of points in the process. The boys have averaged nearly 83 points per game over that winning streak, knocking off Campbellsville, Thomas Nelson and Cumberland County in the process.

  • Commanderettes make close-call comeback after 27-point deficit


    Rarely will fans enjoy a game in which their team loses, but regardless of the results, that’s exactly what the crowd on hand for the Washington County Commanderettes (2-23) game against Cumberland County (7-16) did Friday night.

    The Commanderettes suffere≈d a 77-72 loss, but there was a time that score would have seemed pretty far-fetched.

    The Lady Panthers held a 20-7 lead after the first quarter, and at halftime that lead stood at 21, but had been as much as 27 points.

  • Learning starts before the classroom

    According to the Washington County Board of Education, there are things parents can do now that will help their kids later on down the road as they prepare for preschool. 

    Assistant Superintendent Jason Simpson and Paula Turner, assistant director of special education, said engaging young children on a deeper level will help better prepare them for preschool and kindergarten. 

    “We love the how and why questions,” Turner said. “Because that makes them think beyond a simple answer.”

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    Tyler Brown

    Staff Writer

    Black History Month is a time to reflect on the numerous achievements made by African Americans in this country. Many dedicated their lives to the betterment of their communities on a national scale, but there are those who served at the local level.

    In Washington County, a name recognized by many is George Melwood Hocker.

  • Lady Knights top Commanderettes

    Head coach Lena Bramblett’s young Washington County Commanderettes continue to experience some growing pains, but you can see the growth beginning to take place.

    After taking two tough losses earlier in the week at the hands of Bardstown, 58-14 last Tuesday, and Marion County, 63-19 on Saturday, the Commanderettes executed their game plan and made some strides against Campbellsville Monday night that excited Bramblett.

  • Smith reflects on a lifetime of achievements

    Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith is no stranger to the long hours or difficulties that come with being a community leader. 

    In fact, her hard work and perseverance are a big reason why Springfield has been able to build a farmers market, renovate the Opera House, and transform the Robertson building into a residential and commercial space. 

  • WC falls to Marion

    It’s been a tough week for the Washington County Commanders (10-11), who took two losses in three games over the past week to Bardstown and Marion County, before topping Campbellsville Monday night. 

    Bardstown picked up the 68-62 win over the Commanders last Tuesday despite DT Yocum’s 31 points. He went 11-for-13 from the charity stripe and grabbed four rebounds in the game. Fellow senior Shylan Key followed with 14 points and grabbed five rebounds against a tough and athletic Bardstown squad, whose record improved to 15-4 with the win.

  • Smith wins Lifetime Achievement award

    Eight residents were recognized  for their contributions to the community during the annual Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala Monday night. 

    Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith was acknowledged with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her tireless efforts to better the city of Springfield. 

    “I’ve been blessed to live in a community that’s allowed me to work here and do what I love every single day,” Smith said when she accepted the award.