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    When Bernard Smalley took over as the Washington County boys’ basketball head coach last year, one of the biggest lessons he hoped to instill in his new players was work ethic.

    And in then-junior D.J. Keeling, he found a player who bought into this philosophy from the start.

    “D.J. is just one of those scrappy kids,” Smalley said. “He always gives you 110 percent.”

  • Commanders ready for season opener

    The Milford (Ohio) Eagles saw a different Washington County Commander squad when they came to town for their annual boys’ basketball scrimmage last week. While the jerseys may have been the same for the Commanders, it was the team’s play that differentiated them from years past, when Milford was able to consistently get the best of WC.

  • Learning life and basketball

     Lena Bramblett is in her first year as head coach of the Washington County Commanderette basketball team, but she’s working to teach her team about a lot more than basketball.

    The Commanderettes were in action last week against Henry County in their final scrimmage before the regular season tips off Thursday night, and Bramblett said she is seeing her team make a lot of progress on and off the court.

  • Murphy retires from bank after 64 years on the job

    Ann Murphy finished her career at Springfield State Bank after a total of 64 years of service last week. At the age of 88, she said goodbye to her coworkers during a party that was held on Nov. 5.

    “It has been so good I can’t even describe it,” Murphy said about her time at the bank. “It’s been wonderful. I’ve seen a lot of people go and come.”

  • Man tries to hit deputy with truck

    A Harrodsburg man found himself in the Marion County Detention Center on a charge of wanton endangerment first of a police officer last week. 

    According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Melvin L. Ison, 31, of Harrodsburg was arrested on Nov. 24 after he allegedly nearly struck Washington County Sherriff’s Deputy Charlie Osbourn with his vehicle. 

    Osbourn fired his weapon at the vehicle during the incident. 

  • Former resident faces murder charge

    A former Washington County man is facing serious charges in Jefferson County after police say he killed one and tried to kill another.

    William “Tony” Mattingly, 40, of Louisville and formerly of Washington County, was arraigned in court last week on a charge of murder and a charge of attempted murder.

    A Louisville Metro Police Department report says on Nov. 13, Mattingly placed Thomas Grismer in a chokehold until he died. Grismer was found dead in a hotel room that morning.

  • Grand jury indicts five

    The Washington County Grand Jury indicted six people recently, four from Willisburg, one from Springfield, and another from Bardstown.

  • School board receives top marks in financial audit

    The Washington County School Board met for its regularly scheduled meeting last week. After returning from executive session concerning superintendent Robin Cochran’s evaluation, the board heard its positive annual financial audit report from Artie White of White & Associates from Richmond.

    The board got the best report that one can receive.

    White said the reports they give the board are basically giving their opinion on their financial statements.

  • Juveniles steal car, hit cop

    Two juveniles found themselves in police custody facing multiple charges after being arrested by the Springfield Police Department when they were pulled over in a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

  • Campbell enjoys a lifetime of crafting

     In a quiet, cozy studio that overlooks a flock of sheep and St. Catharine College, Norma Jean Campbell sits under the warm glow of a chandelier, meticulously handcrafting figurine scenes of people and nature. Each scene, each character and each animal has its own story, crafted delicately and with care, just like the works of art themselves.  

    Campbell, 84, has been creating needle sculptures for the last six years.