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Today's News

  • WC golf team takes wins

    The Washington County High School golf team is teeing it up and already making big strides on the greens. And one player, Emily Cox, earned a ticket to the All “A” State tournament for her sixth time.

    On Aug. 1, Cox qualified for the state tournament by shooting an 81 and tying for fifth in the David “Big Daddy” Parsons Cardinal Classic hosted at Campbellsville Country Club.

  • State gas tax rate drops felt

    Washington County Fiscal Court met Aug. 10, and the reverberations from the state gas tax rates dropping were felt with great effect.

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the court received one of its county road aid checks from the state and it was significantly lower than what was expected.

    It was estimated Washington County would receive $135,000 but instead received a check for $121,435.
    Settles said the county’s other two upcoming checks for this year will also be significantly lower.

  • Local family hosts exchange student from Japan

    Imagine having a visitor whose home is approximately 6,000 miles away and the only way to communicate is by using a book or smartphone.

    Now imagine having that visitor for nearly a month, and despite every language barrier, your cultures are shared and a lifetime friendship is built.

    That’s the way it is at the Samudio house this month. The family of five is hosting a young lady who came all the way from Japan through the Labo International Exchange Program.

    Her name is Himari Okomoto.

  • Flowers brothers return from GSP

    This is the first installment of a series focusing on Washington County students who attended the Governor’s Scholars Program.

    Andrew and Patrick Flowers, both 17, sons of Dr. Don and Dana Flowers, are not your average teenage boys. When you meet them for the first time, they smile and give you a hearty handshake, and speak with confidence.

  • Blandford has third book published

    In 17 years of teaching science, Washington County native Millie Blandford used a large variety of activities that her students enjoyed, and now, she is sharing those ideas with the world.

    This past April, Blandford saw her third resource book, Literacy in the Science Classroom, published by Incentive Publications by World Book.

    Specifically, she said that the resource book shares classroom activities geared toward helping students learn to read, write, listen to and speak about scientific texts and presentations in the classroom.

  • Former Washington County sheriff remembered

    Bruce Evans Burkhead, 78, a former two-term Washington County Sheriff, passed away on July 30. The former law-enforcement officer, who served as sheriff between 1982-1989, and also as a deputy for 10 years, left behind a wife, Kay Russell, two children, Russell and Ethelyn, as well as a number of other family members. He was a former tobacco farmer and U.S. Army veteran.

    Russell Burkhead, Bruce’s son and former Washington County Commander basketball coach, said his father was a big cut up at home.

  • Soil still a problem at new high school

    They want it all redone, and they want it all redone the right way.

    That was the message that the Washington County School Board members gave Eric Steva, an architect for Ross Tarrant and project manager for the Washington County High School project, during last week’s special-called board meeting regarding the topsoil depth on the site of the new Washington County High School building.

  • A peek inside a renovated landmark

    There was a packed house during Friday’s ribbon cutting hoping to see firsthand the long-anticipated renovations of the historic 1896 W.K. Robertson Building.

    It was originally constructed in 1896 as a dry goods store and served as a staple of downtown Springfield until the 1980s, the last time its facilities were used as a business.

  • Raikes’ passion for FCCLA, teaching ‘an asset’ for WCHS

    When Sarah Raikes first arrived at Washington County High School in 2000, the family and consumer science program — then still being called home economics — was in trouble.

    There were only six members involved in the school’s struggling Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization.

    But Raikes, who had spent the previous 13 years teaching what is now known as family and consumer science at Campbellsville High School, looked forward to the challenge of rejuvenating the program.

  • Friday accident turns fatal

    A two-car collision near Bloomfield on Friday turned into a fatality Monday morning.

    Several emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle accident Friday morning. The accident caused the drivers of both vehicles to be transported to the University of Louisville. The driver of the Grand Marquis, William Sympson of Springfield, was airlifted to the University of Louisville via Air Methods Kentucky. He died Monday morning.