Today's News

  • Commanders clinch back-to-back district titles

    The Washington County Commanders (19-17, 9-1) saw their season come to a close Monday with a 4-3 loss to the Elizabethtown Panthers (26-12) in the opening round of the 5th Region Tournament. The loss came on the heels of an 8-7 win against the Bethlehem Eagles (17-18, 6-4) last week in the 19th District championship game, which clinched the Commanders’ first back-to-back district titles since the 2001-2002 seasons.


    19th District Championship

  • WC softball wins first-ever district title

    It was a week of firsts for the Washington County Commanderette fast-pitch softball team. 

    Nearly a week after WC clinched its first-ever district championship with a 3-0 win over Bethlehem, the Commanderettes defeated North Hardin by a score of 11-3 to earn its first-ever victory in the 5th Region Tournament.


    5th Region Tournament

    “Why not us?”

  • Esper shares her story as a cancer survivor

    Jean Esper, 71, has been a cancer survivor for more than a decade. And while she’s been through a lot, she still remains positive to this day.

    “I have been very blessed with how everything’s turned out other than my having to live with the complications from my scarring tissue,” Esper said. 

    Sixteen years ago, Esper was working for the United States Postal Service as an auditor when she began to feel ill.

  • Celebrating history

    A very special birthday is coming up, and a big party is being planned.

    The 1816 Courthouse will celebrate its 200th birthday on July 1, the same day an Independence Day celebration is planned.

    “We’re having a birthday party that day,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “This building that we’re in is 200 years old this year.”

  • WCSD accepts bid for renovation

    The Washington County Board of Education received a new bid for the renovation of the old high school and it came in a lot lower because of their decision to sit tight and rebid the project out. 

    American Roofing won the project with a base bid of $1.2 million plus the cost of alternate projects. In total, the project will be $2.1 million.

    “The other bidder was $200,000 higher,” board treasurer Judy Spalding said. 

  • An in-depth look at the nickel tax

    The future of Washington County Schools will be decided during a public hearing at Washington County High School tomorrow. That’s because a public hearing regarding the adoption of a recallable nickel tax will be held there on June 2 at 5:30 p.m.

    According to Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran, the decision to look at the tax has been around for a while. 

    “The discussions have been ongoing for a couple of years now,” Cochran said.


    It didn’t take long for Isaac Yates to get attached to the game of baseball. 

    He remembers starting T-ball when he was either 3 or 4 years old, and from the moment he put on his glove, baseball has been a part of Yates’ life.

    “I really enjoyed the game, and I just stuck with it ever since,” he said.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Tanner Yates

    When Tanner Yates’ mother asked him if he wanted to play baseball when he was around 3 or 4 years old, his answer was simple: “Well, yeah.”

    That answer proved to be the right choice for Yates, who immediately became attached to the game.

    One of the things he liked about it, especially when he was younger, was the connections he was able to make through the game.

  • Golf lessons being offered locally

    Two separate chances to learn about the game of golf are being sponsored this summer.

    The first golf clinic is being held by Washington County High School golf head coach and Lincoln Homestead golf pro Bobby Bartholomai.

    The junior clinic, which will take place at Lincoln Homestead, will be held from May 31 through June 3. 

    Golfers ages 10 and under will participate from 8 to 9 a.m., while Bartholomai will work with those who are 11 and older from 9 to 10 a.m.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Trae Coulter

    Whenever Trae Coulter steps onto the mound, he knows that he is in control of the entire game. And in his four years as a starter for the Washington County Commander baseball team — including multiple years as the team’s ace — it’s a role he has come to embrace.

    “Everybody feeds off how you’re doing,” he said, “and whenever you’re on the mound, the game’s in your hands and it’s all up to you.”