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Today's News

  • Petition to become wet circles county

    A countywide wet/dry petition is circling around, and the number of signatures required to put the measure on the ballot is not exactly known. 

    Washington County Clerk Glenn Black said the number of signatures required will be based on when the first signature was put on paper.

  • Baseball starts preseason with win at Hart County

     It was the beginning of a new season for the Washington County Commanders baseball team on Friday, March 3, and it started out just as everyone hoped: with a win. The Commanders took on Hart County in pre-season play and came away with a 9-3 win. Head coach Adam Blair was pleased with how his team performed against the host Raiders.

    “The game went well for our first time stepping on the field against another team,” Blair said.

  • Future of career center discussed by Springfield City Council

     The Springfield Tourism Commission and the Springfield City Council met in a joint session on Monday, Feb. 27, in the Opera House conference room to discuss the future of the career center in Washington County.

  • Smith reflects on a lifetime of achievements

    Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith is no stranger to the long hours or difficulties that come with being a community leader. 

    In fact, her hard work and perseverance are a big reason why Springfield has been able to build a farmers market, renovate the Opera House, and transform the Robertson building into a residential and commercial space. 

  • Learning starts before the classroom

    According to the Washington County Board of Education, there are things parents can do now that will help their kids later on down the road as they prepare for preschool. 

    Assistant Superintendent Jason Simpson and Paula Turner, assistant director of special education, said engaging young children on a deeper level will help better prepare them for preschool and kindergarten. 

    “We love the how and why questions,” Turner said. “Because that makes them think beyond a simple answer.”

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    Tyler Brown

    Staff Writer

    Black History Month is a time to reflect on the numerous achievements made by African Americans in this country. Many dedicated their lives to the betterment of their communities on a national scale, but there are those who served at the local level.

    In Washington County, a name recognized by many is George Melwood Hocker.

  • Baker’s Commanderettes set to defend first district title

    Success is always something to savor and enjoy. For the Washington County softball team, coming off its most successful season ever last year, expectations are high for head coach Christy Baker and her players, and confidence is growing for the upcoming season.

    “We’re looking good so far,” Baker said.

  • Blair’s Commanders open season as two-time district champs

    As this crazy weather season moves into March, high school baseball follows soon after at Washington County High School. For head coach Adam Blair, he expects his team to heat up very quickly this season.

    Blair enters his third season as coach of the Commander baseball team. During his time as coach, the team has won two consecutive district championships and has been successful in district play, posting a 17-3 district record last season. For obvious reasons, Blair says he expects more of the same this year.

  • St. Dominic students 'March for Life'

    More than 200 students, parents and parishioners of St. Dominic School and catholic churches from across the county marched downtown in Springfield last week, demonstrating their stance against abortion.  

    According to Rachel Fenwick and Angela Young, organizers of St. Dominic’s March for Life, it’s a national event that’s held annually on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case. That case determined a woman’s right to have an abortion. 

  • Smith wins Lifetime Achievement award

    Eight residents were recognized  for their contributions to the community during the annual Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala Monday night. 

    Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith was acknowledged with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her tireless efforts to better the city of Springfield. 

    “I’ve been blessed to live in a community that’s allowed me to work here and do what I love every single day,” Smith said when she accepted the award.