Today's News

  • Officials support a jailer

    A report from the Courier-Journal earlier this month brought attention to the policy in Kentucky that requires counties to have an elected jailer regardless of the existence of a county jail. The article noted that jailers and their deputies contribute to a cost of around $2 million in taxpayers’ dollars each year.

    In the weeks since, there has been much discussion about the necessity of the office and whether the workload warrants the cost, and some in state government have suggested eliminating the office altogether.

  • Ribbon cutting held for new fire department

    Local officials, first responders and residents celebrated the opening of the Springfield/Washington County Fire Department with a ribbon cutting last Friday.

    The new facility on Main Street has been in use for several weeks, but last week’s event represented the final step in the local firefighters’ move to their long overdue new home.

    Government officials and representatives from the USDA Rural Development program were in attendance to speak on the importance of the new building to Springfield and Washington County.

  • PHOTOS: In honor of Dr. King

    Members of the Washington County and surrounding communities came together Monday night at River of Life Church to celebrate the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The celebration included a message from keynote speak Dr. Darrick A. Briscoe, pastor at First Baptist Church in Danville, as well as performances from community members.

    Several individuals shared stories of past struggles or witnessing the struggle of others to attain racial equality.

  • Patriots play Trailblazers, Bulldogs

    The Patriot women’s basketball team (6-11) kicked off the new year with a 65-57 victory over the visiting Trailblazers of Ohio Christian University (8-8). Lena Bramblett’s squad not only started the new year off right, but they also put an end to a three game skid dating back to Dec. 15.

    The Patriots used a balanced scoring attack with four players scoring in double figures led by Cora Moore (Louisville, Ky.) and Heather Sandlin (Florence, Ky.), who scored 15 apiece in the win. Sandlin nearly notched a double-double with seven assists on the night.

  • Rough week for WC girls

    The Washington County Commanderettes suffered painful blows last week when they were dealt a 72-10 loss against the Nelson County Lady Cardinals, a 50-21 defeat to the East Jessamine Jaguars, and a 55-33 loss to the Knox Central Lady Jaguars.

    Senior Jadiesha Durham opened scoring for the match up against East Jessamine (11-2) with a field goal, but the fire from the team would be quickly extinguished.

    Down 17-5 at the end of the quarter, the Commanderettes would respond to the Jaguar attack by throwing blind passes in the second and third periods.

  • Commanders top Vikings 82-80

    By Nick Schrager
    Sun sports writer

    Overtime, game tied 80-80, 2.1 seconds remaining. No slow-motion, no dramatic fireworks - nothing but net.

    The Washington County Commanders notched the first win of the season over the Valley Vikings when junior Kambron Hayden fired in a two-point buzzer beater on an assist by sophomore DT Yocum.

    The crowd was left wild after the hard earned victory.

  • Man in critical condition after Tuesday night shooting

    Joseph Hill, 24, of Willisburg, is in critical condition at University of Kentucky Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound last Tuesday night.

    Hill was allegedly shot once after an altercation with 71-year-old Charles Chesser. Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston said Chesser is believed to be the shooter.

    The incident happened in the roadway on Glens Creek Road in Willisburg.

    Pinkston said the investigation is ongoing, and that the department, with support from Kentucky State Police, is looking into what led to the confrontation.

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  • PHOTO: Board members sworn in
  • Commander Day off without a hitch

    The inaugural Commander Day went smoothly last Thursday, as students and teachers adjusted to the new snow day lesson plan that allows students to complete assignments when school is not in session.

    While students had the day off, teachers reported to their respective schools at 10 a.m. in order to be available if students needed assistance with their assignments. Initial feedback from teachers indicated that everything got off to a good start. Several indicated that they see how the take-home lesson plans can be a big help for students.