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    It didn’t take long for Isaac Yates to get attached to the game of baseball. 

    He remembers starting T-ball when he was either 3 or 4 years old, and from the moment he put on his glove, baseball has been a part of Yates’ life.

    “I really enjoyed the game, and I just stuck with it ever since,” he said.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Tanner Yates

    When Tanner Yates’ mother asked him if he wanted to play baseball when he was around 3 or 4 years old, his answer was simple: “Well, yeah.”

    That answer proved to be the right choice for Yates, who immediately became attached to the game.

    One of the things he liked about it, especially when he was younger, was the connections he was able to make through the game.

  • Golf lessons being offered locally

    Two separate chances to learn about the game of golf are being sponsored this summer.

    The first golf clinic is being held by Washington County High School golf head coach and Lincoln Homestead golf pro Bobby Bartholomai.

    The junior clinic, which will take place at Lincoln Homestead, will be held from May 31 through June 3. 

    Golfers ages 10 and under will participate from 8 to 9 a.m., while Bartholomai will work with those who are 11 and older from 9 to 10 a.m.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Trae Coulter

    Whenever Trae Coulter steps onto the mound, he knows that he is in control of the entire game. And in his four years as a starter for the Washington County Commander baseball team — including multiple years as the team’s ace — it’s a role he has come to embrace.

    “Everybody feeds off how you’re doing,” he said, “and whenever you’re on the mound, the game’s in your hands and it’s all up to you.”


    Growing up, Shawn Byrd said he was taught the importance of hard work.

    And according to Washington County head baseball coach Adam Blair, those lessons show each and every time Byrd steps onto the baseball field.

    “Shawn’s just a hard-working kid, a player who’s going to give you 110 percent all the time,” Blair said. “He would run through a wall for any of his teammates.”

  • WC trounces Bardstown in semifinals

     The Washington County Commanders (18-16, 8-1) took home the 19th District championship last season, and on Monday night, they put themselves in a position to repeat that feat.

    In a semifinal matchup against Bardstown, the Commanders pulled away for a lopsided 9-2 victory, clinching a spot in the district championship game and a berth in the region tournament. On Thursday, the Commanders lost to Fern Creek 5-4 in extra innings during their regular-season finale.

  • Commanderettes advance to finals

    With a trip to the district championship and a berth in the region tournament on the line, the Washington County Commanderettes (16-11, 7-2) cruised to a 12-2 win in Monday night’s semifinal matchup against Thomas Nelson. The victory was WC’s second in a row, following a 5-2 win in the team’s regular-season finale against Adair County.

  • Mt. Zion Covered Bridge under construction

    The Mt. Zion Covered Bridge – the longest covered bridge in the state – is getting a facelift. 

    According to Hamilton Simms of the Washington County Covered Bridge Authority, the bridge is now under construction, and the project, which will take at least 500 days, is the first of its kind since 1982.

    Simms said the contractor, Arnold Graton, of Arnold M. Graton Associates, Inc., from New Hampshire, will do the work.

  • Nickel tax hearing set for June 2

    Washington County property owners may be looking at a slight tax increase in the future. That’s because the Washington County Board of Education will be considering the same thing several other school districts in Kentucky have: the recallable “nickel” tax.

    During last week’s meeting, board members voted to hold a public hearing regarding a recallable nickel tax, an approximate 5-cent tax on every $100 of assessed real estate and personal property. The tax does not apply to motor vehicles.  

  • WC softball loses in Mercer

    The Washington County Commanderettes (14-10, 6-2) had more hits and fewer errors than the Mercer County Titans (14-13) in a matchup between the two teams on Monday night, but they couldn’t pull out a win in a game that went down to the wire, losing 6-5.

    Monday night’s matchup quickly transformed from a defensive battle to an offensive outburst in the sixth inning after the Titans took a 2-0 lead after five innings.