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Today's News

  • Nickel tax hearing set for June 2

    Washington County property owners may be looking at a slight tax increase in the future. That’s because the Washington County Board of Education will be considering the same thing several other school districts in Kentucky have: the recallable “nickel” tax.

    During last week’s meeting, board members voted to hold a public hearing regarding a recallable nickel tax, an approximate 5-cent tax on every $100 of assessed real estate and personal property. The tax does not apply to motor vehicles.  

  • Mt. Zion Covered Bridge under construction

    The Mt. Zion Covered Bridge – the longest covered bridge in the state – is getting a facelift. 

    According to Hamilton Simms of the Washington County Covered Bridge Authority, the bridge is now under construction, and the project, which will take at least 500 days, is the first of its kind since 1982.

    Simms said the contractor, Arnold Graton, of Arnold M. Graton Associates, Inc., from New Hampshire, will do the work.

  • Commanderettes advance to finals

    With a trip to the district championship and a berth in the region tournament on the line, the Washington County Commanderettes (16-11, 7-2) cruised to a 12-2 win in Monday night’s semifinal matchup against Thomas Nelson. The victory was WC’s second in a row, following a 5-2 win in the team’s regular-season finale against Adair County.

  • WC trounces Bardstown in semifinals

     The Washington County Commanders (18-16, 8-1) took home the 19th District championship last season, and on Monday night, they put themselves in a position to repeat that feat.

    In a semifinal matchup against Bardstown, the Commanders pulled away for a lopsided 9-2 victory, clinching a spot in the district championship game and a berth in the region tournament. On Thursday, the Commanders lost to Fern Creek 5-4 in extra innings during their regular-season finale.

  • Drury’s season ends at region tourney

    Washington County tennis player Chase Drury was just one win away from qualifying for the state tournament, but after losing last Wednesday, his season came to a close in the 5th Region Tournament when he lost 6-1, 6-0 to Taylor County’s Liam Schaaders, who would go on to win the region tournament.

    While the loss was disappointing, head coach Beth Gooch thinks it will only motivate him to make the state tournament next season.

  • Bass fishing team competes at state

    It was almost like a passing of the torch.

    At least that was the best way that Washington County’s bass fishing head coach Tim Messer could describe it.

    This past weekend, there were four WC athletes who participated in the 2016 KHSAA State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake — seniors Trevor Sagrecy and Michael Shelton in one boat and sophomore Nathaniel Messer and freshman Mason Hamilton in another.

  • Hail storm causes damage in Mackville

    It’s been more than a decade since Washington County has seen this type of damage from a hail storm, and while the worst of it bypassed Springfield, it sure didn’t miss Mackville. 

    Mackville was hit by a hail storm of epic proportions on May 10. 

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said he was watching the storm from Springfield when it hit. 

  • Rash of car thefts pops up locally

    Springfield residents are reminded to lock their vehicle doors and take their keys with them. 

    According to police reports, there have been several vehicle thefts in the area recently, though all of the vehicles have been recovered, and an arrest has been made. As of press time, no name was available.

  • Commanderettes continue winning ways

    The Washington County Commanderettes (14-9, 6-2) have been on a roll since returning from spring break in early April, and they picked up two more wins last week to maintain their hot streak.

    After defeating Thomas Nelson 8-2 on Tuesday and Danville 15-0 on Friday, the Commanderettes improved to 8-2 since playing in the Fort Walton Beach Bash.

     

    Danville

  • City approves updated nuisance ordinance

    With the second reading of the nuisance ordinance already on the agenda, two Springfield citizens helped further the discussion by bringing up two separate and unrelated nuisance complaints to the Springfield City Council.

    First to speak to the council during last week’s meeting was Mark Haas, owner of Old and Odd in Nature, located on the corner of Doctor St. and Main St.