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Today's News

  • Medley wins 2017 DYW

    Elizabeth Medley was in disbelief.

    She had just been named the Washington County’s Distinguished Young Woman of 2017 — including being awarded a medallion, a bouquet and taking her first walk on the stage with that distinction — but she still was in shock about the momentous occasion.

  • Jail fees to increase

    Washington County Fiscal Court voted to approve a slight increase in its current jail fees to Marion County Detention Center.

    Previously, Washington County paid the detention center $29.43 per inmate, but according to Marion County jailer Barry Brady, Marion County Fiscal Court recently voted to raise that cost to $35.64 per inmate due to rising costs of incarceration and the rising jail population.

  • Family upset over SCC scholarship

     

    Fran Blandford was a student at St. Catharine College when she was killed in a car crash in March of 2000. Following her death, her parents, Albert and Mary Jane Blandford, established a scholarship fund in her memory. They also created the Fran Blandford Memorial Garden on the college campus and maintained that garden over the years since.

  • St. Catharine Farm remains open despite college’s closure

    Even though St. Catharine College is closing at the end of July, the Saint Catharine Farm isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    According to John Settles, chairman of the St. Catharine Farm Advisory Council and farm manager Danny Ray Spalding, there are no plans to close the other entities at St. Catharine.

    “[The farm] is alive and well, as well as the motherhouse and Sansbury Care Center,” Settles said. “They’re all separate entities from the college.”

  • Fr. Brown turns the page

    After working as a priest at Holy Rosary Church in Springfield for six years – and serving as a man of God for more than 40 years – Fr. Ben Brown will turn to the last chapter of his career later this month when he leaves Springfield for a new job in Cecilia. His last official day at the church is June 21 and he will take over as parish administrator at St. Ambrose Church and St. Agnes Church on June 22. Brown’s last official Sunday at St. Rose is on June 19.

  • 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
  • SCC wrestling program transferring to Bellarmine

    Bellarmine University recently announced plans to begin a collegiate wrestling program competing at the NCAA Division II level this fall by essentially absorbing the former Saint Catharine College Patriot wrestling team.