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Today's News

  • Mackville Harvest Festival grows in 2014

    Last year, the Mackville Harvest Festival was put on for the first time in eight years. Because of the success of its revival in 2013, it will be back again this year and perhaps bigger than ever.

    The festival has expanded to two days—Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13—this fall, with last year’s festivities only lasting one.

    Festival committee member Donna Harmon hopes this extra day can bring in even more guests — especially out-of-towners — than it did last year.

  • Learning legislature

    Middle school students at North Washington received a crash course on the inter-workings of state legislature last Wednesday morning, as they received a visit from Rep. Kim King.

    King handed out activity and fact books relating to the legislative process, even providing students with the tools to suggest any law that they feel should be put into place.

    King shared her background and some of the more interesting aspects of being in legislature before taking questions from the youngsters.

  • County unemployment drops, hiring continues

    Just as many prepare to enjoy a well-deserved Labor Day holiday, area job opportunities are growing.

    Unemployment figures are improving throughout most of Kentucky and workforce development professionals are optimistic that trend will continue.

    In Washington County, the unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent in July, compared to 8.7 percent in July 2013, the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reported last week.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: The Giver

    When Bethany Wheatley started playing volleyball during her seventh grade year, she didn’t know whether or not she would stick with it. She enjoyed the game, sure, but she wasn’t positive that she wanted to continue playing once she got into high school.

    It wasn’t until her eighth grade year that she decided she would be a Washington County Commanderette volleyball player.

    It turned out to be the right decision.

  • Boys' golf team defeats Green County

    In the team’s fifth match of the season, the Washington County Commander boys’ golf team was able to defeat the Green County Dragons for its third win of the year.

    WC posted a 183 as a team while Green shot a 216.

    The Commanders were led by freshman Landon Taylor, who carded a 42 on the evening.

    Senior Luke Mattingly and junior Evan Mattingly each added scores of 44. All three of WC’s top scores bested Green’s top scorer, who recorded a 45.

    Freshman John Mann rounded out the Commanders’ final score with a 53.

  • WC volleyball dominates opening-week games

    Last week, the Washington County Commanderette volleyball team opened its 2014 season by knocking off the Danville Admirals last Thursday in three straight sets (25-7, 25-10, 25-7) and winning its opening-season game versus the Campbellsville Eagles in consecutive sets as well (25-13, 25-19).

    Danville
    The Commanderettes were able to build off their strong performance against Campbellsville on Thursday, taking control of the game from the very start.

  • New briefs 8/20

    August 22-24

    Revival
    Mt. Freedom Baptist Church, 1088 Cardwell Road., will host a revival Friday and Saturday. Aug. 22-24 at 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. There will be special music each day. Bro Cal Adams pastor of Temple Baptist Church will be the evangelist. For more information, call Bro. Jamie Chesser at 8599805-0607.

    Saturday, Aug. 23

    Gospel sing

  • Rep. Guthrie set to visit SCC on Aug. 27

    In what has become an annual event, Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) will have a town hall meeting at St. Catharine College next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Pettus Auditorium, which is located inside the Hamilton Building. This year’s speaking engagement will have a similar feel to ones in years past with the primary focus on answering questions from the audience.

  • Washington County strives to be ‘work ready’

    Gov. Steve Beshear’s office announced the latest counties to be recognized as “work ready” last week, and it may be sooner rather than later that Washington County joins that list.

    On the heels of Nelson and Pulaski counties becoming certified as Kentucky Work Ready communities, Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority (SWEDA) Executive Director Daniel Carney said the necessary criteria for Washington County to be eligible has nearly been met.

  • Raise in tax rate discussed

    The first reading of an ordinance outlining the property tax rate in the city of Springfield for 2014 was presented at last week’s monthly city council meeting, and it will likely see an increase from the 2013 rate.

    The rate for 2014 has been calculated at 15.24 based on an assessment by the Washington County PVA’s office, and that would allow for a four-percent increase in revenue over last year.