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Today's News

  • Drury named to all-state band

    Washington County High School’s band program has a strong history, including a couple of recent state championships, so success is no surprise. Still, it is good news.

    The latest good news for the program came with the announcement that a WCHS senior has been named all-state.

    Chase Drury, the son of Tony and Kim Drury, recently earned that honor, and WCHS band director Scotty Burns said it’s one that comes from time to time.

  • Inmate severs fingers at recycling center

    An inmate volunteering at the Washington County Recycling Center was rushed off to Jewish Hospital in Louisville on Jan. 5 after he severed multiple fingers while on the job. 

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said he couldn’t release much information due to probable litigation, but confirmed an inmate was injured while operating heavy machinery.

  • Pennington to face the death penalty

    A man accused of murdering a northern Kentucky couple and dumping their bodies miles apart is now facing the death penalty. 

    The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office filed an intent to seek the death penalty against Craig A. Pennington, 52, in Washington County Circuit Court last week. 

    Pennington is charged with killing Robert Jones and Crystal Warner in July over a rent dispute and dumping their bodies in Clark and Bath counties.

    The cabin Pennington was renting from the couple is located on Texas Road in Springfield. 

  • Dominican Sisters will remain at St. Catharine

    `Though St. Catharine College’s doors have been closed, the Dominican Sisters of Peace won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. 

    According to Sr. Anne Lythgoe in Columbus, Ohio, the St. Catharine Motherhouse, Sansbury Care Center and St. Catharine Farm are all separate entities from SCC and will remain in Washington County. 

    In fact, Lythgoe said while the Dominican Sisters of Peace are not planning to expand their property, they are looking for new ways to continue to serve the community.

  • Sticktight keeps on rocking

    What some people can only dream of – or spend a lifetime trying to achieve – has been accomplished by a Washington County teenager in just six years. 

    Ernie “Sticktight” Akins Jr., 19, of Willisburg, just signed his first record deal with ZoKay Publishing/TBD Promotions in London, Kentucky.

    “It was overwhelming,” Akins said, “and definitely humbling, because, you know, this is something I’ve wanted for a while … patience pays off and timing is everything.”

  • Webb sells books to benefit Freear's Hope

    When you walk into The Springfield Sun, the last thing you may expect to see is a small library, but Renee Webb, the circulation manager of the small-town newspaper, has built just that – and for a good cause. 

    “(I’m selling the books) to raise money for families who are going through chemotherapy and are having a hard time with regular bills, medical bills and medicine.” Webb said.

    The patients Webb is raising money for go to the Commonwealth Cancer Clinic in Danville. 

  • Girls show character through losing streak

    Young teams face struggles, and that has been the case for the Washington County Commanderettes. Lena Bramblett’s girls’ basketball team has posted a record of 2-13 so far this season, but one thing Bramblett and assistant coach JT Roby have seen from the squad is a determination to keep fighting and never give up.

    After Saturday night’s game at Marion County, a 56-23 loss, Bramblett said here players are responding to encouragement from their coaches.

  • WC knocks off Knights

    The Washington County Commanders broke out of a four-game losing streak Saturday night in fine fashion, knocking off rival Marion County 80-75 on the Knights’ home court.

    From the opening tip, it looked like a game that would be close as the teams took turns holding the lead throughout the first quarter, with the Commanders holding a 20-16 edge after the first 8 minutes of play.Sophomore guard Cameron Willis helped lead the way, sinking three 3-point baskets in the quarter.

  • Girls lose three in tournament play

    Some tough competition over the Christmas holiday left the Washington County Commanderettes in the midst of an eight-game skid as they get ready for the new year.

    The ladies played three games in Campbellsville’s Food Pantry Holiday Classic last week, falling in all three games.

  • Seven indicted by grand jury

    Staff Report

     

    Seven people were indicted by a Washington County grand jury last week. 

    Makayla C. Ostertag, 20, of Louisville, was indicted for disorderly conduct in the second degree, a class B misdemeanor, and harassment, a violation. Bond was set at $500 full cash and she was ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness.