Today's News

  • Schools moving forward with tax

    The clock is ticking for those who want to put a stop to the recallable nickel – that’s because Washington County School Board members voted 3-1 to move forward with the tax after a public hearing last week.  


    With board member Julita Nance-Leachman absent from the June 2 meeting, several board members took time to explain the reason behind their votes.


    Jeremy Thompson was the lone dissenter.


    Growing up in Washington County, Mac Stevens always enjoyed the small-town atmosphere of his hometown because, as he put it, “you have a lot more space than a lot of other kids do.”

    “In a highly populated area, you don’t have the opportunity to go and play whenever you want,” Stevens said. “You can go hiking, you can go backpacking. I’ve always liked that about living here.”

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Stephen Thompson

    Stephen Thompson first started playing baseball around the age of 3 or 4, and it was something he had fun doing from the very beginning. From the action on the field to the camaraderie in the dugout, Thompson enjoyed every aspect of this newfound sport.

  • St. Catharine College to close July 31

    When Saint Catharine College closes its doors signaling the end of summer classes, they will not be reopened in the fall.

    The school has announced it will be closing permanently on July 31, which will put a quiet end to the college’s 85 years of providing education to the tri-county area.

    John Turner, chairman of the board for SCC, and school president Dr. Cindy Gnadinger said the decision to close the Roman Catholic liberal arts college wasn’t one that was taken lightly.

    “It was a long meeting; it was a difficult meeting,” Gnadinger said.

  • Commanders clinch back-to-back district titles

    The Washington County Commanders (19-17, 9-1) saw their season come to a close Monday with a 4-3 loss to the Elizabethtown Panthers (26-12) in the opening round of the 5th Region Tournament. The loss came on the heels of an 8-7 win against the Bethlehem Eagles (17-18, 6-4) last week in the 19th District championship game, which clinched the Commanders’ first back-to-back district titles since the 2001-2002 seasons.


    19th District Championship

  • WC softball wins first-ever district title

    It was a week of firsts for the Washington County Commanderette fast-pitch softball team. 

    Nearly a week after WC clinched its first-ever district championship with a 3-0 win over Bethlehem, the Commanderettes defeated North Hardin by a score of 11-3 to earn its first-ever victory in the 5th Region Tournament.


    5th Region Tournament

    “Why not us?”

  • Esper shares her story as a cancer survivor

    Jean Esper, 71, has been a cancer survivor for more than a decade. And while she’s been through a lot, she still remains positive to this day.

    “I have been very blessed with how everything’s turned out other than my having to live with the complications from my scarring tissue,” Esper said. 

    Sixteen years ago, Esper was working for the United States Postal Service as an auditor when she began to feel ill.

  • Celebrating history

    A very special birthday is coming up, and a big party is being planned.

    The 1816 Courthouse will celebrate its 200th birthday on July 1, the same day an Independence Day celebration is planned.

    “We’re having a birthday party that day,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “This building that we’re in is 200 years old this year.”

  • WCSD accepts bid for renovation

    The Washington County Board of Education received a new bid for the renovation of the old high school and it came in a lot lower because of their decision to sit tight and rebid the project out. 

    American Roofing won the project with a base bid of $1.2 million plus the cost of alternate projects. In total, the project will be $2.1 million.

    “The other bidder was $200,000 higher,” board treasurer Judy Spalding said. 

  • An in-depth look at the nickel tax

    The future of Washington County Schools will be decided during a public hearing at Washington County High School tomorrow. That’s because a public hearing regarding the adoption of a recallable nickel tax will be held there on June 2 at 5:30 p.m.

    According to Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran, the decision to look at the tax has been around for a while. 

    “The discussions have been ongoing for a couple of years now,” Cochran said.