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Today's News

  • Hot cars are a danger to people and pets

    As summer inches ever closer, temperatures are on the rise. As hot as it gets outside in the summer months, one place in particular can become dangerously unbearable: your car.

    That’s because when the sun heats the air inside a vehicle, it has nowhere to go, creating a “greenhouse effect.” In just 10 minutes, the interior of any vehicle can reach temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and even on less hot days it can increase by as much as 40 degrees.

  • Chesser combats blindness, becomes Coca-Cola Scholar

    One Washington County woman is not letting blindness get in the way of achieving her dreams.

    Deanna Chesser, 47, is legally blind, and she was recently named Kentucky’s Coca-Cola New Century Scholar.

    When she found out she received the scholarship, she said “it was overwhelming.”

    “You have to be nominated by your college,” Chesser said.

  • Commanderettes win back-to-back district titles

    The Washington County softball team competed in the 19th District Tournament last week at Bardstown High School. After defeating Nelson County in the first game and Bethlehem in the second, the Commanderettes completed back-to-back seasons as 19th District champions.

    “It’s been a great year coaching these girls,” head coach Christy Baker said. “They’ve all stepped up and played hard and the results now speak for themselves.”

    Washington County 18 Nelson County 0

  • Commanders defeated by Bardstown 7-5 in district tournament

    The Washington County baseball team competed in the first round of the 19th District Baseball Tournament last week at Bardstown High School against Bardstown. The team fell five runs behind by the fourth inning and its effort to come back came up just short, losing to the Tigers 7-5 on Tuesday.

    “Our guys played hard and fought back into this game, we just couldn’t quite get back after getting down so early,” head coach Adam Blair said.

  • District receives grant to form skills center

    Washington County School District isn’t just thinking outside of the box, it’s rebuilding it.

    According to Cherry Boyles, chief academic officer of Washington County Schools, the local school district recently received a $763,000 grant from the commonwealth to invest in its existing infrastructure and create work skills programs at the old elementary school.

  • Pursuit ends in Springfield

    A two-county police pursuit that began in Marion County ended on Main Street in Springfield on May 24.

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Bradley Watts, 43, of Lebanon after Watts fled from Deputy Tristan Hayden when he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Barbers Mill Road.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said Watts made his way into Springfield on Jimtown Road, but his run from authorities was cut short after it was apparent the pursuit was becoming increasingly dangerous.

  • Fiscal court discusses water line easements

    Washington County Fiscal Court has formed a committee in order to consider creating a comprehensive permitting process which would allow citizens to tap into a waterline on county land.
    Tim Hall approached the court about creating an encroachment permit process for him, along with anyone else in the county, to use county right of ways in order to install private water lines.

    “This would be setting precedent that we do not have at this point,” Judge-Executive John Settles told the court.

  • CKCT could see changes in the near future

    Central Kentucky Community Theatre’s artistic director, Eric Seale, is hoping the Springfield Opera House will be getting a makeover soon.  

    According to Seale, plans are in the works for the theatre to make a 90-degree turn to the right, which will give the stage a lot more depth, a little less width, and better lighting all around.

    It’s an idea he said he had from the moment he laid eyes on it.

    “The very first thing I thought when I walked in was; turn it – I mean it was just an instant thought.”

  • Commanders defeat Green County 11-1

    The Washington County baseball team won its last two games of the regular season, defeating Green County 11-1 on Wednesday, May 17, and Campbellsville 20-1 Thursday, May 18. The wins put the Commanders three games above .500 (19-16) going into the postseason.

    Washington County 11

    Green County 1

  • Commanderettes fall to Lincoln on Senior Night

    Monday’s game against Lincoln County was senior night for the Commanderettes softball team, but it was a long night for the home team as they fell to the visiting Lady Patriots 7-2.

    Prior to the game, three seniors were recognized from the Washington County team: Madison White, Teresa Fenwick and Anne Fallis.

    “It was a joy and a privilege to get to coach these girls during their time here,” said head coach Christy Baker. “I wish them all the best in their futures.”