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Today's News

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Trae Coulter

    Whenever Trae Coulter steps onto the mound, he knows that he is in control of the entire game. And in his four years as a starter for the Washington County Commander baseball team — including multiple years as the team’s ace — it’s a role he has come to embrace.

    “Everybody feeds off how you’re doing,” he said, “and whenever you’re on the mound, the game’s in your hands and it’s all up to you.”

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Shawn Byrd

    Growing up, Shawn Byrd said he was taught the importance of hard work.

    And according to Washington County head baseball coach Adam Blair, those lessons show each and every time Byrd steps onto the baseball field.

    “Shawn’s just a hard-working kid, a player who’s going to give you 110 percent all the time,” Blair said. “He would run through a wall for any of his teammates.”

  • WC trounces Bardstown in semifinals

     The Washington County Commanders (18-16, 8-1) took home the 19th District championship last season, and on Monday night, they put themselves in a position to repeat that feat.

    In a semifinal matchup against Bardstown, the Commanders pulled away for a lopsided 9-2 victory, clinching a spot in the district championship game and a berth in the region tournament. On Thursday, the Commanders lost to Fern Creek 5-4 in extra innings during their regular-season finale.

  • Commanderettes advance to finals

    With a trip to the district championship and a berth in the region tournament on the line, the Washington County Commanderettes (16-11, 7-2) cruised to a 12-2 win in Monday night’s semifinal matchup against Thomas Nelson. The victory was WC’s second in a row, following a 5-2 win in the team’s regular-season finale against Adair County.

  • Mt. Zion Covered Bridge under construction

    The Mt. Zion Covered Bridge – the longest covered bridge in the state – is getting a facelift. 

    According to Hamilton Simms of the Washington County Covered Bridge Authority, the bridge is now under construction, and the project, which will take at least 500 days, is the first of its kind since 1982.

    Simms said the contractor, Arnold Graton, of Arnold M. Graton Associates, Inc., from New Hampshire, will do the work.

  • Nickel tax hearing set for June 2

    Washington County property owners may be looking at a slight tax increase in the future. That’s because the Washington County Board of Education will be considering the same thing several other school districts in Kentucky have: the recallable “nickel” tax.

    During last week’s meeting, board members voted to hold a public hearing regarding a recallable nickel tax, an approximate 5-cent tax on every $100 of assessed real estate and personal property. The tax does not apply to motor vehicles.  

  • WC softball loses in Mercer

    The Washington County Commanderettes (14-10, 6-2) had more hits and fewer errors than the Mercer County Titans (14-13) in a matchup between the two teams on Monday night, but they couldn’t pull out a win in a game that went down to the wire, losing 6-5.

    Monday night’s matchup quickly transformed from a defensive battle to an offensive outburst in the sixth inning after the Titans took a 2-0 lead after five innings.

  • Commanders 17-13 on season

    The Washington County Commanders (17-13, 7-1) picked up their 17th win of the season last week, defeating John Hardin on Friday by a score of 7-2. WC was unable to build off this success, though, losing to Adair County 7-0 the next day before falling 5-4 to the Danville Admirals (19-12) just before press time Monday night.

     

    John Hardin

  • Drury’s season ends at region tourney

    Washington County tennis player Chase Drury was just one win away from qualifying for the state tournament, but after losing last Wednesday, his season came to a close in the 5th Region Tournament when he lost 6-1, 6-0 to Taylor County’s Liam Schaaders, who would go on to win the region tournament.

    While the loss was disappointing, head coach Beth Gooch thinks it will only motivate him to make the state tournament next season.

  • Bass fishing team competes at state

    It was almost like a passing of the torch.

    At least that was the best way that Washington County’s bass fishing head coach Tim Messer could describe it.

    This past weekend, there were four WC athletes who participated in the 2016 KHSAA State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake — seniors Trevor Sagrecy and Michael Shelton in one boat and sophomore Nathaniel Messer and freshman Mason Hamilton in another.