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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Boys take two in tourney

    Jeff Moreland

    Publisher

     

    All the Washington County Commanders wanted for Christmas was to win the Arby’s/KFC Holiday Classic at McCreary Central High School. Santa didn’t bring that present, but coach Bernard Smalley’s boys did deliver two wins against tough opponents in their four-game stint in the tournament.

    The Commanders opened things up to face Whitley County last Tuesday night, and they came out ready to play.

  • 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. 

  • Year in review

    January

    • The Springfield Police Department started a fundraiser to purchase a K-9.

    • De’porres S. Thompson, of Springfield, was paralyzed after being shot. Mitchell Hughes, of Springfield, was accused of the assault.

    • Hannah Edelen, daughter of Kevin and Jennifer Edelen, competed in the state’s Distinguished Young Woman contest and earned the Spirit Award.

     

    February

  • 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. 

  • Selling St. Catharine

    Editor’s note: this is the first installment of a series looking at the sale of items at St. Catharine College.

     

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    With the dust settled from the auction at St. Catharine College, one thing’s for sure; many items from the small Catholic college will be staying in the county.

  • Johnny Boone captured

    The eight-year run from the law by former Cornbread Mafia leader John Robert “Johnny” Boone has been put to an end.

    According to the U.S. Marshals Service, law enforcement officials captured Boone in a small town outside of Montreal, Canada, on Dec. 22. He’s facing U.S. federal drug charges.

     “This arrest was a result of investigative efforts by the U.S. Marshals Service in the Western District of Kentucky and Canadian Law Enforcement Officials,” the marshal service said. 

  • Ladies take two tough district losses

    A tough season continued down that path for the Washington County Commanderettes last week as they hosted a pair of district opponents.

    Nelson County visited the Commanderettes last Tuesday, handing the ladies a 69-23 loss.

    Madison Snellen led Washington County with eight points, followed by Lucky Burton with five and Kailey Thompson with four.

    Friday night brought the Bethlehem Banshees to visit. Although the Commanderettes got a better offensive output, the result was a 59-41 loss.