Today's News

  • Schrager added to news team

    The Springfield Sun is welcoming a new member to its news team this week, with the addition of Nick Schrager as the publication’s new sports and news reporter.

    Schrager will be replacing John Overby, who is taking a reporter position at the Central Kentucky News Journal in Campbellsville.
    After spending his previous two years as a freelance sports writer for The Lebanon Enterprise, Schrager said he is ready to take on a role that encompasses more than just the sports beat.

  • Washington County gets snow day waiver

    Washington County was one of 13 districts to receive special approval recently for a non-traditional instruction waiver to allow students to stay on top of their work, even when the weather keeps school from being in session.

    Washington County School Board applied for the waiver in August, and chose to ask for five of the 10 possible days to be used for what the district has coined “Commander Days.”

  • SPD look into WCMS incident

    Springfield Police reported responding to an incident at Washington County Middle School on Nov. 13 after an altercation between a fan and a basketball official.

    According to the incident report, Ofcs. Paul O’Bryan and Tony Golden responded to WCMS after a call came in shortly after 8 p.m. about a fight at the school.

    Upon their arrival, they were informed that a fan in attendance, David Alex Cambron, had hit referee Jay Mattingly. When the officers entered the gymnasium, they found Cambron being subdued by several men on the gym floor.

  • District hopeful of boosting scores

    Last month, The Sun reported that the overall accountability score for Washington County Schools following end-of-course testing dropped two points from the previous school year. This past week, Superintendent Robin Cochran and principals in the district discussed what’s being done to boost that score in 2014-15.

    Washington County posted a score of 66.1 in 2013-14, down from 68.2 the year before. While Cochran said the district is not pleased with the progress in some areas, a lot is being done to help prepare students going forward.

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  • Springfield native left mark on WWII

    Growing up, Daniel McIlvoy struggled in school. He failed the fourth grade in his first go-around, and by the time he was in high school, he knew he’d had enough and dropped out.

    Only 17 at the time, he had to lie about his age in order to join the National Guard, which at the time was a cavalry unit. His unit was subsequently sent to Harlan County — then referred to as “Bloody Harlan” because of violent coal mine strikes in the early 1930s.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Home Sweet Home

    Michael Moreland may have just moved to Washington County around 10 years ago, but it is the place that he considers home.

    When Moreland, who is originally from eastern Kentucky and moved to WC from eastern Maryland, first came to Springfield, there were a few things that stood out right away.

    For one, it was clear that it was a “real close-knit town,” something he values about WC.
    What really separates Springfield from the other places he has lived, though, is what all he has experienced in the community.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: A Natural Leader

    Both on and off the football field, Nick Hagan is a leader.

    Playing for Washington County this past season, he readily accepted the leadership role that was thrust upon him because of his status as a senior. In fact, he embraced it.

    “Just seeing the younger guys behind me, you’ve got to show the younger kids what to do and what the coaches expect from you as a player,” Hagan said. “You’ve got to let them know that they have to bring their ‘A’ game every day they come to practice.”

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: The Total Package

    Offense, defense and special teams.

    In all three phases of football, Jordan Bottoms played an integral part during his career playing for the Washington County Commanders.

    On offense, Bottoms played fullback in a run-first offense. It was from this spot that he scored the first touchdown of his varsity career against Thomas Nelson earlier this year.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Tough Enough

    “Jimmy Wheatley is one of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached.”

    When Washington County Commanders head football coach Eric Sagrecy says this about one of his senior captains, it is not just idle praise; he means every word of it.

    “I’ve only coached a few players in the past like him,” Sagrecy said. “He has an extreme amount of heart, and he’s going to give you 110 percent all the time. You just always know what Jimmy Wheatley is going to bring, and that’s everything he’s got.”