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Today's News

  • Schools moving forward with tax

    The clock is ticking for those who want to put a stop to the recallable nickel – that’s because Washington County School Board members voted 3-1 to move forward with the tax after a public hearing last week.  

     

    With board member Julita Nance-Leachman absent from the June 2 meeting, several board members took time to explain the reason behind their votes.

     

    Jeremy Thompson was the lone dissenter.

  • St. Catharine College to close July 31

    When Saint Catharine College closes its doors signaling the end of summer classes, they will not be reopened in the fall.

    The school has announced it will be closing permanently on July 31, which will put a quiet end to the college’s 85 years of providing education to the tri-county area.

    John Turner, chairman of the board for SCC, and school president Dr. Cindy Gnadinger said the decision to close the Roman Catholic liberal arts college wasn’t one that was taken lightly.

    “It was a long meeting; it was a difficult meeting,” Gnadinger said.

  • Local officials say closure will negatively impact economy

     With Saint Catharine College closing its doors at the end of July, county and city officials are looking at the repercussions down the line. 

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the immediate damage will hurt.

    “Last year, their portion that they paid to the county in occupational tax was $42,242.50,” Settles said. 

  • Today in History
  • District play changing format in baseball

    A new wrinkle has been added to next year’s Washington County Commander baseball schedule, and it’s one that WC head coach Adam Blair feels will help his team — and the entire 19th District, for that matter — once it comes time for the postseason.

    In what will resemble a college baseball team’s schedule, 19th District squads will now play a three-game series against each of their four district opponents, with the games taking place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the same week.

  • Midway hires three SCC coaches

    At least three St. Catharine College sports programs will live on past the school’s July 31 close date, although they will be doing so in Midway Eagles uniforms.

    Last week, Midway announced that it had signed three current SCC coaches: Joe Krupinski, men’s basketball; Tim Wolz, men’s soccer; and Luther Bramblett, baseball.

    “We are pleased to bring these coaches and their team members into our Eagles athletics family,” said Rusty Kennedy, Midway’s athletics director.

  • Distinguished Young Women program is Saturday

    Fourteen rising seniors at Washington County High School will be competing Saturday for the chance to be Washington County’s next Distinguished Young Woman.

    This year’s program will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the old WCHS gym, but for the entire group, preparation for the event began months ago.

    And some have even been working to attain the Distinguished Young Woman title since they were young girls, according to Lauren Riney, one of the program’s chairpersons.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Dayanna Railey

    Keep it light-hearted and upbeat.

    Every time Dayanna Railey steps onto a softball field, she has a natural ability to keep herself and her teammates positive by doing these two things.

    “I just laugh everything off every time I make a mistake,” Railey said. “I have to be positive because if I don’t, I feel like I’m just letting the team down and the team is going to collapse with me. I think you’ve got to stay positive in order to succeed.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Vanessa Mejia

     “She’s just a true spitfire.”

    Washington County Commanderette softball coach Christy Baker couldn’t think of any other way to describe one of her most outspoken leaders, Vanessa Mejia.

    ”She’s high energy, fun to be around,” Baker added. “She’s very vocal in the dugout and kind of helps lead the team there, which kind of sets the tone for how we play.”

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Mary Beth Begley

    When Mary Beth Begley first began playing tee-ball, she couldn’t contain how excited she was.

    She loved every aspect of the game from the very get-go, and from then on, she took full advantage of every chance she had to play softball.

    “I never stopped wanting to play,” Begley said. “I loved it that much. I just liked being part of a team, and I really just love baseball in general, so being able to play softball is one of my favorite things.”