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Today's News

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Michael Wheatley

    It was Michael Wheatley’s junior season as a Washington County Commander.

    His team was taking on its biggest rivals in the Marion County Knights during his first year playing high school football, and the Commanders had lost the last two games in the historically close rivalry.

    After the game ended on a controversial game-winning, fourth-and-goal touchdown by Marion County in overtime, Wheatley and his teammates couldn’t forget the agonizing feeling of that defeat.

  • Senior Spotlight: Brandon Smith

    Growing up, Brandon Smith always preferred basketball over football. He played “a little bit” in pee-wee football and two years in middle school, but other than that, Smith always chose to play basketball if he could.

    “I liked it growing up because basketball’s more free,” Smith said. “You’re more loose, and there’s a lot going on. It’s just what I liked playing as a kid.”

  • WC boys battle, fall short in first two games

    Before the season, head coach Bernard Smalley said that the Washington County Commanders boys’ basketball team was going to run and gun. And so far, his team has not disappointed.

    Although the Commanders have fallen short in their first two games — a 72-65 loss to the Model Patriots (1-3) and a 71-68 loss to the Beth Haven Bears (3-0) — they have reached at least 65 points in both games, something last year’s WC squad was only able to do twice the entire season.

    Beth Haven

  • Commanderettes pick up first win

    In only its third game of the season, the Washington County Commanderettes (1-2) girls’ basketball team is already halfway to its win total from last year.
    After the Commanderettes defeated the Brown Bears (1-1) on Saturday by a score of 49-33, first-year head coach Lena Bramblett also recorded her first win at the helm for WC. The victory came on the heels of losses to the West Jessamine Colts (2-0) and Taylor County Cardinals (2-1).

    Brown

  • Santa Walk is this Saturday

    Springfield will be a hub of holiday spirit this weekend as multiple Christmas-themed events, including this year’s Santa Walk, unfold in town.

    The Santa Walk will take place Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. Those wanting to trot with the jolly man should arrive at the new fire station on 400 W. Main St. at 11:15 a.m. The walk will take St. Nick, his fans, the Washington County Band and the Salvation Army Canteen up Main St.

    Those interested are urged not to forget their Santa cap if they’re feeling festive.

  • Scammed

    If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

    That’s one thing Washington Countians should keep in mind, not just for the holidays, but for every time of the year, as scam artists are out there.  

    One Washington County victim of scamming, who spoke to The Sun on the condition of anonymity, said they were recently scammed out of $700 through Facebook.

  • Car-theft victim shares story

    On Nov. 25, The Sun reported on a police officer being hit by a car that was allegedly stolen by juveniles. Last week, Thomas Pendleton, 57, told The Sun that it wasn’t one vehicle that was originally taken, but two, and events that transpired afterward are straight out of a Hollywood movie.

    Pendleton said that he and his wife, Kimberly, were at home when the thieves took his son’s 2010 Mercedes C300 and his 2009 Buick Enclave from their driveway. His son, Daniel, 31, was at work during the theft.

  • Woman injured in parkway crash

    Emergency personnel were called to the scene of an injury accident with entrapment on the Bluegrass Parkway early Monday morning. 

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Taylor Blandford, of Springfield, was operating a 2001 Toyota Corolla traveling eastbound when she exited the roadway and struck a tree on the driver’s side of her vehicle.

  • Local couple wants to help the needy this Christmas

     It’s called paying it forward. 

    Mark and Sherry Speakman, pastors of Willisburg Church of God, are working with the Washington County Salvation Army unit and Washington County Schools Family Resource Youth Service Center to provide food for the less fortunate this Christmas. The program they are coordinating, which will provide a basket of food to the elderly, is called Returning the Favor to Washington County. 

  • County hires two temporary road employees

    The Washington County Fiscal Court announced at last Friday’s special meeting that it will be hiring two temporary employees for the road department.

    During Dale Mann’s road department report, it was announced that a committee had interviewed applicants for a temporary position on the road department. 

    “We originally had four applications,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “One withdrew at the last minute because of his work.”