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Today's News

  • Independence Day, 1816 Courthouse's 200th anniversary celebrations to take place Friday

    Starting last year, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles and his staff began the primary planning stages for the 200th anniversary celebration of the 1816 Courthouse.

    While he knew that he wanted an event commemorating the milestone, Settles also wanted it to be well-attended by both community members and even those from outside the community.

    “We were afraid that, as a stand-alone celebration, people might not turn out,” Settles said.

  • 9-10-year-old All-Stars wrap up action

     Since this year’s Washington County 9-10-year-old Little League Softball All-Stars started practicing three weeks ago, one of the players’ main areas of focus has been to continue giving their all until the end of the game, no matter the score, according to head coach Theresa Mattingly.

    And this past weekend in the District 5 Little League Tournament, Mattingly said her team did just that, despite losses to Russell and Marion counties.

  • 11-12-year-old All-Stars split first two

     The Washington County 11-12-year-old Little League Softball All-Star team participated in the District 5 Little League Tournament this past weekend, splitting its first two games. After losing 7-0 to Russell County on Saturday, WC bounced back with an 18-5 blowout of Adair County on Sunday.

    WC was originally scheduled to play Marion County on Monday, but due to inclement weather, the game was postponed until Tuesday after press time.

  • Rates to possibly change for water, sewer

    The water and sewer rates for the city of Springfield could see an increase in the near future.

    Andy Lange, who is with the Kentucky Rural Water Association, was present at last week’s Springfield City Council meeting to discuss a suggested change to the current water and sewer rates.

    Before talking about potential increases, though, Lange first presented the council with numbers concerning the current financial state of the city’s water and sewer services.

  • SCC wrestling program transferring to Bellarmine

    Bellarmine University recently announced plans to begin a collegiate wrestling program competing at the NCAA Division II level this fall by essentially absorbing the former Saint Catharine College Patriot wrestling team. 

  • Rogers prepping for first season at helm

     It was at Morehead State University where John Rogers cultivated his love of volleyball.

    While playing for the club team, he also helped MSU’s women’s team as a line judge, keeping the book and whatever the team needed.

    “That’s where I fell in love with volleyball,” Rogers said.

  • It's a lucky dog's life

     It’s been a tough road for a dog that once roamed the parking lots of local grocery stores and restaurants searching for food, but these days, she’s living the good life.

  • Fr. Brown turns the page

    After working as a priest at Holy Rosary Church in Springfield for six years – and serving as a man of God for more than 40 years – Fr. Ben Brown will turn to the last chapter of his career later this month when he leaves Springfield for a new job in Cecilia. His last official day at the church is June 21 and he will take over as parish administrator at St. Ambrose Church and St. Agnes Church on June 22. Brown’s last official Sunday at St. Rose is on June 19.

  • St. Catharine Farm remains open despite college’s closure

    Even though St. Catharine College is closing at the end of July, the Saint Catharine Farm isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    According to John Settles, chairman of the St. Catharine Farm Advisory Council and farm manager Danny Ray Spalding, there are no plans to close the other entities at St. Catharine.

    “[The farm] is alive and well, as well as the motherhouse and Sansbury Care Center,” Settles said. “They’re all separate entities from the college.”

  • Jail fees to increase

    Washington County Fiscal Court voted to approve a slight increase in its current jail fees to Marion County Detention Center.

    Previously, Washington County paid the detention center $29.43 per inmate, but according to Marion County jailer Barry Brady, Marion County Fiscal Court recently voted to raise that cost to $35.64 per inmate due to rising costs of incarceration and the rising jail population.