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Today's News

  • County schools out for the eclipse

    School has just started back in Washington County, but students are about to get an unexpected day off soon.

    On Monday, Aug. 21, there will be no school in Washington County. That decision was announced this past Wednesday.

  • Knopp retires from sheriff's office

    Melissa Knopp has spent nearly 23 years in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Now, after all that time, she’s ready to call it a career.

    Knopp entered retirement at the end of July, having served under three sheriffs.

  • Haydon is world champ again

     

    He’s only been a professional since 2012, but Springfield resident Phillip Haydon is one of the best cornhole players in the world.

    Haydon recently won his second doubles world championship in as many years. He and his playing partner, Daymon Dennis, of Brownsville, Kentucky, won the American Cornhole League doubles title July 22 in Cherokee, North Carolina.

    “We won the senior division, which is 55 and over. There were 30-some teams in it,” Haydon said.

  • County will not increase tax rates

    Nick Schrager

    Sun Editor

    County tax rates on real estate, motor vehicles and watercraft, as well as the airport tax, will remain the same for 2017. 

  • Job program expanding at Isaiah House

    When most people hear of Isaiah House, the first thing that crosses their minds is the fact that it’s a drug and alcohol treatment center.

    While that is the case, there’s much more going on in the facility to help the men who seek treatment there.

    David Cobb, public relations and marketing manager for Isaiah House, said the facility also offers job skills training to get Isaiah House clients ready for employment and life after their treatment is complete.

  • Cheatham dies in July 31 accident

     

    A Washington County man died last week in a one-vehicle automobile accident.

    According to Kentucky State Police, 25-year-old Dylan Cheatham was killed Monday, July 31, when he lost control of the 2003 Toyota Corolla he was driving on KY 152. The vehicle crossed the westbound lane, left the roadway and struck an embankment and a tree, according to a report from KSP Trooper Jonathan Carlock.

  • Viewing Monday's eclipse: Local doctor says be sure to be safe

    On Monday, Aug. 21, all of North America — as well as parts of South America, Europe and Africa — will, weather permitting, be able to view a partial eclipse of the sun. A total eclipse will be viewable to the select 12.2 million Americans living within the path of totality, a 70-mile band stretching across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina. 

  • Prayer walk held for local schools

     

    A lot of changes have taken place in education across Washington County since last school year. Washington County Elementary School is now in a different building, there’s a new principal at Washington County High School, and there are plenty of other, smaller changes too numerous to mention.

    With those changes often comes concern, and that’s what led one Washington County educator to host a prayer walk last week in preparation for the start of the new school year.

  • Two arrested in drug bust

     

    A search warrant executed Saturday night has led to the arrest of two men, and the confiscation of cash, drugs and other paraphernalia.

    Springfield Police Officer Rusty Johnson gathered evidence and obtained the search warrant on a residence at 309 Perryville Road in Springfield. Around 8 p.m. Saturday, Officer Nick Holmes searched the residence, with his K9 partner Pike indicating areas of possible controlled substances inside.

  • County awarded state funds to resurface some local roads

     

    Things are being fixed up around Washington County, including more than 3 miles of roads that are being resurfaced.

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said state money from a discretionary fund has been approved for the resurfacing of two roads in the county. The roads selected were Pottsville Road and Maker’s Mark Road. Settles said 1.113 miles on Pottsville Road, near East Texas, and 2.085 miles of Marker’s Mark Road, off Highway 152 near Loretto, will be resurfaced with the $213,928 provided by the state.