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Today's News

  • Isaiah House receives grant for upgrades to phone system

    The Isaiah House Recovery Center in Willisburg recently received a $5,000 grant from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation. The grant, along with an anonymous matching grant of $5,000, will be used to purchase a new phone system for the 82-bed center, which provides residential treatment for individuals struggling with addiction and alcoholism.

    The new phone system is a critical need at Isaiah House due to its facility’s growth since opening in Willisburg in 2007.

  • New reading initiative to be put into place

    In late May, Washington County Schools superintendent Robin Cochran met with the principals from each school, and from that meeting, a new district-wide reading campaign was born.

    Cochran announced the new initiative during her superintendent report at last week’s regularly scheduled school board meeting.

    She noted that the idea for more independent reading was something that was “just kind of mentioned” during that May meeting but grew quickly from there.

  • Festival kicks off on Friday

    More than 12 years ago, then-Springfield mayor Mike Haydon wanted a celebration of the heritage of the local African American people that coincided with the Holy Rosary Catholic Church picnic.

    That idea blossomed into what is now known as the African American Heritage Festival, one of the largest festivals in the city and an event that returns to Springfield this Friday night.

    For Main Street Executive Director Nell Haydon, the festival is one of the most important — and most fun — events in the area.

  • Former chief of police passes away at 93

    Thomas Leroy “Roy” Fenwick, former chief of police in Springfield, passed away at Springfield Nursing and Rehab on July 19 at the age of 93.

    Fenwick, a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, was on Springfield’s police force from 1970 until 1987, and he held the position of chief from 1979 until 1987.

    His son, Danny Fenwick, served as a spokesperson for the family.

    He said it’s hard to summarize a man’s life in a few words.

  • High school schedule to see changes

    Hillary C. Wright
    Washington County Schools

    Washington County High School is starting the 2015-2016 school year by implementing a new hybrid schedule, one that is a bit more rigorous, but will offer several different areas of study.

  • Jackson named men’s basketball assistant coach at SCC

    Head coach of the Patriot men’s basketball team, Joe Krupinski, has announced the hiring of Jamie Jackson as assistant coach.

  • Borkowski inks free agent deal with Atlanta Braves

    Steven Borkowski became the second player from the 2015 Patriot Baseball team to sign a Major League Baseball contract when he signed a free-agent deal with the Atlanta Braves.  

    It wasn’t that long ago when former Patriot Baseball pitcher John Werner was drafted in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers. Borkowski joins his teammate as the second from last year’s squad and the fourth from the Mid-South Conference.

  • It just runs in the family

    The family that runs together stays together.

    That’s one way to put it when you’re talking about Sheila and Tobe Yankey, along with their daughter, Claudette Herald.

    Recently, the three of them ran in The Great Buffalo Chase 5k in Frankfort. That’s where each placed second in their age division. In fact, the three of them have run as a group in a couple of 5ks during the last two months.  

    It should come as no surprise because running has been in the family’s blood for years.

  • WCHS golf team readies for season

    The Washington County High School golf squad is just a week away from teeing off, and they’re already getting into the swing of things.

    Head coach Bobby Bartholomai said the team’s goal, this year, as it is every year, is for players to practice and improve their game, which is something they can take with them for the rest of their lives.

    “If you want to improve in golf you have to practice outside of playing,” Bartholomai said. “And that’s what I hope to instill in them.”

  • Waters longest active housing commissioner in state

    For more than half a century, Allen Darnell Waters has been giving a hand to the less fortunate by helping provide affordable and safe housing in Springfield.

    Waters, 85, a commissioner of the Springfield Housing Commission, recently received a South East Regional Conference award for being the longest serving commissioner in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

    “I’ve been on there give or take a little time, 55 years,” Waters said.