Today's News

  • WCFD is building substation at Fredericktown

    More than 300 homes in the county will be getting better coverage from the Washington County Fire Department. 

    That’s because the WCFD broke ground on a new substation at Fredericktown, which is something that’s been in the works for the past 13 years. 

    “Since the beginning of the mandatory membership fee, we’ve been setting aside money for this project,” Washington County Fire Chief Forrest Carrico said. “This is one of hopefully two or three more.”

  • Commanders run into hot-shooting Somerset

    Washington County head coach Bernard Smalley watched game film of Somerset before heading into the All- ‘A’ Classic 12th Region tournament Monday night.

    What he saw was a team that hit just two three-point baskets in two games worth of film. What he saw Monday night was a completely different team.

    Somerset hit 16 3-pointers in a 78-51 win over the Commanders, ending their hopes of reaching the finals in the tournament and potentially advancing to the All - ‘A’ Classic state tournament in Frankfort.

  • WC teams fall in All-’A’

    As the 12th Region All- ‘A’ Classic basketball tournament got under way Monday, Washington County faced Somerset, with the winner advancing to play Friday night with a shot at reaching the All- ‘A’ state tournament on the line.

    The young Commanderette team  found itself fighting an uphill battle against the Lady Briarjumpers, and it didn’t get any easier as the night went on.

    Somerset jumped out to an early 24-8 lead after the first period, and stretched that margin to 42-14 at halftime.

  • Wakefield appoints two to recycling committee

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield has appointed two people to the county’s new recycling committee. 

    At the request of Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, Wakefield said she would like to appoint two people of her choosing. She selected Bernard Smalley and Brooke Coulter for the county’s committee because of their ties with Idle Hour Park. 

    “What this committee will do is try to beautify and make this place a little better out there,” Wakefield said. 

  • OET will pull workers from career centers

    Nick Schrager


    The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training will pull officials from 31 career center offices across the commonwealth – including the one in Washington County.

    Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority Director Daniel Carney said the office’s removal of employees will be a cost-saving measure and will begin in mid-February.  

    “They haven’t actually directly came out and said they’re closing,” Carney said.

  • Medley shines at DYW

    Elizabeth Medley represented Washington County well this past weekend as she brought home first runner-up honors from the Kentucky Distinguished Young Women competition.

    Medley, an 18-year-old senior at Washington County High School, is the daughter of Tony and Julie Medley of Springfield. She won the local competition last year, earning the right to represent the county in state competition against 30 other contestants in Lexington at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts.

  • Girls show character through losing streak

    Young teams face struggles, and that has been the case for the Washington County Commanderettes. Lena Bramblett’s girls’ basketball team has posted a record of 2-13 so far this season, but one thing Bramblett and assistant coach JT Roby have seen from the squad is a determination to keep fighting and never give up.

    After Saturday night’s game at Marion County, a 56-23 loss, Bramblett said here players are responding to encouragement from their coaches.

  • WC knocks off Knights

    The Washington County Commanders broke out of a four-game losing streak Saturday night in fine fashion, knocking off rival Marion County 80-75 on the Knights’ home court.

    From the opening tip, it looked like a game that would be close as the teams took turns holding the lead throughout the first quarter, with the Commanders holding a 20-16 edge after the first 8 minutes of play.Sophomore guard Cameron Willis helped lead the way, sinking three 3-point baskets in the quarter.

  • Inmate severs fingers at recycling center

    An inmate volunteering at the Washington County Recycling Center was rushed off to Jewish Hospital in Louisville on Jan. 5 after he severed multiple fingers while on the job. 

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said he couldn’t release much information due to probable litigation, but confirmed an inmate was injured while operating heavy machinery.

  • Board of education starts new year

    t’s the start of a new year, which means the Washington County Board of Education had some housekeeping to attend to last week. 

    Patsy Lester, as well as newly elected member Sherri Cheser, were sworn into office by Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles on Jan. 6. Carissa Harley, another newly elected board member, was not present that evening but was sworn into office Monday.