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Today's News

  • WC track team ready to start a new season

    According to head coach Eric  Sagrecy, one of the main goals for the Washington County Commander track and field team this season was to “get more kids involved.”

    In track and field, it can be hard for schools with smaller teams to be competitive at events because they aren’t able to participate in many of the disciplines.

  • WC strives for return trip to region

    When the Washington County Commanderette softball team reached the 5th Region Tournament last season, it was the first time the team had reached this milestone since 2011.

    And head coach Christy Baker believes that this was just the beginning.

    That trip to the region tournament made a big impact on the Commanderettes, according to Baker, and the team will continue to use last year’s performance as motivation for this season.

  • WC tennis plays first match of the season

    The Washington County Commander tennis team opened its season last week when it took on the Bethlehem Eagles.

    The Commanders picked up its lone win in singles play as junior Chase Drury defeated Bethlehem’s Davis Downs by scores of 6-4 and 6-2 in two sets.

    In other boys’ action, WC senior Thomas Graves was unable to take down Hunter McCoy, losing 6-1 and 0-6.

  • Commanders beat Marion County 9-0

    It was a great start to the season for the Washington County Commander baseball team last week. In fact, it was almost a perfect one.

  • Judge-executive’s office moving to 1816 courthouse

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles’ office is moving to the upstairs of the 1816 courthouse, and you’ll soon be able to voice your opinion on what to do with the old office. 

  • Edelen urges to 'Keep Kind Kentucky'

    Washington County’s Distinguished Young Woman has been quite busy lately selling t-shirts for a good cause – to remind everyone there’s good in this world and give one Washington County High School senior a scholarship for college.

    “Everybody has the ability to wake up with a good attitude,” WCHS senior Hannah Edelen said. 

  • City to apply for grant to replace poles

     The city of Springfield could be receiving a grant up to $75,000 to replace the poles and lights on the field at Idle Hour Park used by the high school baseball team.

    At last week’s regularly scheduled meeting, City Administrator Laurie Smith told the city council about the possibility of applying for a land and water conservation fund grant that would allow the city to apply for funding to replace the poles on that field.

  • Essex gets five years for police pursuit

    Kendra Peek
    The Advocate-Messenger

    A Springfield man who allegedly evaded police for about a month before being captured in a Nicholasville motel was sentenced Tuesday, March 8, in Boyle County.

    John Michael Essex was sentenced to five years, to run concurrent with a sentence he is expected to receive on Mercer County charges. He was scheduled to be sentenced in Mercer County District Court on March 15 after press time.

  • SCC continues fight for federal aid

     Saint Catharine College’s fight against the U.S. Department of Education took a turn last week when the DOE said it would pay some funds that were withheld from the Catholic college. However, according to SCC Communications Director Jesse Osbourne, a teleconference call involving the DOE and SCC last Tuesday resulted in the setting of a court hearing, which will begin this morning at the federal courthouse in Louisville. 

  • Former police chief dies

    Former Springfield Police Chief Larry Tousignant passed away last week at the age of 74. Tousignant, originally from Michigan, served as Springfield’s police chief from 1993-2001.

    “He was instrumental in the formation of the city and county E911 system and served during the construction of the new Police Department and E911 Dispatch Center,” City Administrator Laurie Smith said. “I recall him well and remember him to always be a gentleman and friend.”