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Today's News

  • Taylor supports friends, teammates with state tournament donation

     

    As the Washington County 8-10-year-old all-stars prepared to head to Middlesboro this past weekend for the Little League Baseball State Tournament, members of the community were asked to make donations to help with the financial expenses related to their trip.

    Local businesses and even citizens stepped up to help the youngsters realize their dream of competing for a state title.

    While all donations were important, one stood out from the rest.

  • Special attorney assigned in Pennington murder case

     

    The man charged in the July 3, 2016, murders of Robert Jones and Crystal Warner was back in Washington County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon for another pretrial conference.

    Craig Pennington, 52, walked into the courtroom and looked at the families of Jones and Warner, and that look stirred emotion in the families of the victims, particularly for Robert’s parents, Bill and Sandy Jones.

  • All-stars shine, fall short of state semi-finals

     

    Washington County’s 8-10-year-old all-star team stepped onto a very big stage this past weekend as it began play in the Little League state tournament.

    The tournament operated with eight teams in pool play, and each team was guaranteed three games, with the two top teams from each pool advancing to the state semi-finals.

    Washington County opened play Saturday afternoon against a tough Owensboro Southern team, and the result was a 4-1 loss.

    After the game, head coach Leonard Abell said his team’s bats didn’t show up.

  • Man hit by vehicle dies near Loretto

     

    A Washington County man is dead after what is being investigated as a possible hit-and-run accident.

    Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield, was found dead at 2:42 a.m. Sunday, July 16. He was discovered on Bill Samuels Road, near the entrance of Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto.

  • Salvation Army holds Christmas in July

     

    A familiar sight in December has sprung up in the heat of summer – the Salvation Army’s troop of bell ringers.

    Teresa Smothers, a co-chair for Washington County’s Salvation Army branch, said Christmas in July is a fundraising effort that aims to raise money for those in need in Washington County.

    “The important thing is to raise funds to be able to help the people in the community,” Smothers said.

    The Salvation Army raised $6,000 last year, and hopes to increase that by 25 percent this year.

  • All-star team packed with pitchers

     

    Baseball is the mainstay of many communities, and Little League is no exception. Here in Springfield, kids from across the county gather every summer to compete with and against each other, and some are fortunate enough to be picked to their all-star teams. The 8-10 year old all-star group has been playing together for quite some time, but the team possesses a trait few others do: all the players know how to pitch.

    “It’s a nice luxury,” said head coach Leonard Abell.

  • Jets Over Kentucky back at airport this week

     

    For 13 years now, model jet enthusiasts from all over the world have been coming to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport to fly their aircraft in an event known as Jets Over Kentucky.

    When it started, there were only 28 participants, according to event organizer Lewis “The General” Patton. When this year’s event opened Sunday, there were already many more than that, and Patton said the event is expected to draw between 160 and 180 participants.

  • 8-10-year-old all-stars are state bound

     

    Who are the happiest kids in Washington County right now? The 8-10 year old Little League all-stars would be a good answer. The team competed in the District 5 Little League Baseball Tournament last week and, after defeating Glasgow 11-0 on Sunday, completed its quest for not only a championship, but a berth in the state tournament this weekend in Middlesboro.

    “It’s something that hasn’t happened around here for a while,” said head coach Leonard Abell. “I’m extremely happy for them.”

  • Practice makes perfect for sharpshooters

    Sports are at the center of many communities big and small across the United States. Whether it’s high school, college, or professional sports, people come from all over to watch and cheer on their favorite team or player. Here in Washington County, there’s a sport more than 20 years old and has seen many participants go on to compete at higher levels in competitions across not only Kentucky, but also the country.

  • Baseball All-Stars battle in District 5

    The District 5 Little League All-Star Baseball Tournament began Saturday, July 1, at Beaver Creek Park in Glasgow. Washington County’s 8-10 and 10-12 year old teams took on Marion County Saturday and Glasgow Sunday. The teams also took on Boyle County Monday and Adair County on Tuesday, though results weren’t available at press time. Washington County will finish play against Campbellsville today, July 5, at 5 p.m. CT. Be sure to see more in next week’s issue of The Sun.