Today's News

  • Spreading the word about autism

    Many people are already aware of the impacts of autism because their family lives with it.

    Currently, one in 68 children in the United States suffers from the disorder, with boys receiving the diagnosis at a rate more than four times that of girls. Though the number of children impacted by autism has increased in recent years, the general public still does not have the same knowledge of the disorder as with other conditions.

  • SCC finances under review

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 544 schools that are being kept under a close eye after questions were raised in regard to finances. Of those, 69 schools reportedly face an investigation for “severe” findings in their audit. Included among those 69 schools was St. Catharine College.

    Schools found to have severe issues were placed on the HCM2 (heightened cash monitoring) list, which means the department of education will begin closely watching the handling of funds at those institutions.

  • Chesser indicted in shooting

    On March 24, a Washington County Grand Jury filed an indictment against Charles Chesser, 72, of Willisburg, in a shooting that resulted in a man, Joseph Hill, being hospitalized.

    According to the indictment, the charge being placed against Chesser is assault in the first degree, a Class B felony.

    The lone count of the charge reads that on or around Jan. 13, in Taylor County, Chesser intentionally caused serious injury to Hill with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument with indifference to the value of human life.

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  • No major flood concerns

    Substantial rain hit the area late last week, leading to flash flooding in many areas. Damage in Washington County was minimal, however, with around four to four-and-a-half inches coming down in most places.

    Despite Gov. Steve Beshear declaring a state of emergency, Washington County Road Department Supervisor Dale Mann said the flooding locally did not reach levels that it has in the past. Still, several roads and bridges throughout the county had to be temporarily closed.

  • WC boys go full steam ahead

    Moving like a freight train, the Washington County Commanders entered their week of play strong, knocking off the Burgin Bulldogs 21-2, and the Thomas Nelson Eagles 9-0.

    The Commanders gave the Bulldogs (0-3) few options when they scored 13 runs in the first inning and had four batters earn three RBI each. Junior catcher Trae Coulter had six putouts from behind the dish to lead the team’s defense.

  • WC girls hard at work last week

    The Washington County Commanderettes had a busy week of play, picking up two wins while suffering three losses.

    On March 31, the Commanderettes traveled to play against the Marion County Lady Knights in their fourth game of the season. The Commanderettes fell 11-3 despite rallying for two runs in the sixth inning.

    “You gotta hit to score and score to win,” Commanderettes head coach Christy Baker said.

    She added that her team scored too late in the game and had too many errors, allowing things to snowball against them.

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  • First group of inmates complete new GED program

    The pomp may have been lower key, but the circumstance was just as important to the seven most recent graduates of the GED program at the Marion County Detention Center.

    David Nelson, 36, was the first person at the jail to earn his GED after the implementation of a computer-only testing system.

    “It’s been 20 years since I dropped out of school. It was not easy,” Nelson said.

    For him, completing the GED, along with the substance abuse program at the jail, is a new step in his life.

  • Lincoln Trail first to receive certification

    By Daniel Carney

    As an economic developer for Springfield and Washington County, my job centers on business attraction and business retention for our community. 

    Much like my counterparts throughout the Lincoln Trail region, my success is typically measured in job growth and more broadly what I do to help position the community for greater economic prosperity.