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Today's News

  • WCHS hopes to be ‘hero’

    Washington County High School has partnered with the American Red Cross in an effort to aid disaster relief funds around the area.

    For its side of the partnership, the high school will be sponsoring a blood drive on May 15 (they host an annual blood drive each fall and spring semester). But in addition to the donations of blood, the high school is looking to make an impact by finding sponsors for each student that signs up.

    However, WCHS principal Paul Terrell wanted to make sure that it didn’t fall on the students to seek out potential donors.

  • Searching for a fresh start

    A family of seven is being forced to start over after a fire took their home a little over a week ago. Ashley Simms and her six children escaped last Saturday’s blaze at their home at 456 Rosary Heights in Springfield without injury, but she said the entire ordeal has been “an actual nightmare.”

    “It’s been crazy because I have three kids with me at my mother’s house and my other three are staying with my dad, so it’s hard all being split up right now,” she said.

  • COLUMN: UK's great expectations

    Please don’t do it again, UK fans.

    Don’t fall into the same old traps.

    When Willie Cauley-Stein, the Harrisons, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress ALL returned for another season, the immediate reaction was extreme jubilation for every UK fan, which is completely called for.

  • WC tennis ends regular season on high note

    When the Washington County Commanders tennis team faces off in the Heartland Conference Tournament this week, freshman Chase Drury will be sitting in the driver’s seat after securing the number-one seed in the boys’ singles portion of the event.

    Drury claimed the spot after going undefeated for the entirety of the regular season, which ended last Wednesday.

    In that match, a home contest for the Commanders against the Adair County Indians, WC outperformed their foes by winning three of the evening’s five total matches.

  • WC softball suffers loss

    In a lopsided loss last week, the Washington County Commanderette softball team (6-13, 2-3) fell by a score of 16-2 against the Bethlehem Banshees (18-6, 6-0)., dropping WC to third place in the 19th District while clinching  the top seed in next month’s tournament for the Banshees.

    The 14-run WC loss occurred only a week after Bethlehem defeated the Commanderettes by just four. Bethlehem put the game out of reach early, building a nine-run lead in the first two innings. The Banshees also exploded for 17 total hits in the five-inning contest.The loss to

  • WC baseball on year's longest win streak

    The Washington County Commanders wrapped up a busy week with a perfect showing in the first-ever Breast Cancer Awareness Invitational in Marion County this past weekend.

    The Commanders went 3-0 in the event.

    LaRue County
    WC head coach Derek Schuler described his team’s performance against the LaRue County Hawks last Saturday as “a real feel-good win.”

    Earlier in the season, Schuler thinks his team might have reacted differently facing a 2-0 deficit headed into the sixth inning.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: The Baseball Brotherhood

    Whether it’s baseball or football, Adam Smith is all about developing relationships or, as he puts it, “becoming a brotherhood” when it comes to sports.

    He realizes that not any one individual can win a game by themselves and the more united a team can get, the better they will perform as a unit.

    “Having these close relationships, you’ve got a bond that’s gonna last forever,” Smith said. “Not everyone gets to experience that because having it on a team is such an important thing. You almost have to have it.”

  • 4-H announces Meet Talk winners

    The top speakers from across the county, in our Washington County 4-H County-wide Talk Meet held on April 29, at St. Catharine College, competed for the opportunity to advance to the District 5 competition scheduled for May 10 in Elizabethtown.

    In the 9-year-old division, winning champion was Emma Smith with her speech, “The One and Only.”

    Reserve champion was Leah Russell with her speech “My Daddy Daughter Dance.”
    Receiving blue ribbons were Kyla Yankey and Kaelyn Adams.

  • A look at the burley market

    Burley, like most of our agricultural enterprises, is produced in a global marketplace.

    Higher global grain prices in recent years have not only encouraged Kentucky and U.S. farmers to raise more grain but also corn and soybean producers around the globe.

    As a result of increasing global supplies, grain prices have predictably declined from the record levels we experienced in 2012.

    The global burley market has a similar story.

  • PHOTOS: New Beginning