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Today's News

  • Accepting defeat


    I read an article by Larry David in The New Yorker recently about his golf game.

    David describes a physics-defying tee shot that goes only 90 yards and veers 30 degrees to the right.
    It’s ugly, but he’s used to it now after years of hacking.
    I can relate. I’ve hit that shot and I’ll probably keep hitting it.
    David describes coming to the point of acceptance that he’ll never be a fantastic golfer.

  • Glow-ball winners announced


    The Lincoln Men’s Golf Club recently held its annual Glow-ball tournament. 

    A Glow-ball is a ball that glows in the dark.  They come in really handy when playing golf outside after the sun goes down.
    The first nine holes were played late in the afternoon.  At the finish of the first nine holes, everyone took a break for hamburgers and hotdogs.  
    When the sun finally set (9:45 p.m.), players went back to the course to finish the final nine holes.
    The eventual winning score was 10-under par.  

  • Award winners announced


    The Washington County High School baseball team recently announced post-season award winners at the team banquet.

    Blake Smith and Tyler Coulter shared MVP honors on the varsity level.
    Smith also walked away with the pitching award, while Coulter earned the offensive award.
    Seth Mattingly earned the defensive award for his work behind the plate.
    Connor Riney earned most improved honors. He returns next season, along with Smith and many others.
    The coach’s award went to seniors Javier Gonzalez and Travis Smith.

  • All-Stars fall in two


    The 11-and-12-year-old all-stars couldn’t reap the benefits of home field advantage over the weekend, falling out of the district tournament after two games.

    The locals got off to a shaky start on Friday as they opened the tournament against Russell County.
    Washington County got behind 3-0 to start the game, but countered with two runs in the top of the second to make it 3-2.
    Russell County stepped on the gas in the bottom of the second, scoring four runs to go up 7-2.

  • All-Stars have staying power


    The 9-and-10-year-old Little League softball all-stars from Washington County hung around after the first weekend of play of the district tournament at Idle Hour Park.

    The locals played the second game of the tournament, facing Russell County on Friday in the night cap.
    Washington County scored two runs in the second and third, as well as one in the fifth inning to accumulate a 5-0 lead.
    The all-stars took advantage of three consecutive walks and an error to go on a five-run scoring binge in the top of the sixth.

  • County makes switch in phone service

    The Washington County fiscal court opted to change phone services on Friday, leaving AT&T for SouthEast Telephone.
    With the change, the county is consolidating from four bills to one.

    “There will be no change in numbers, no change in service,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said.
    Lee Stevens and Chris Hill from SouthEast Telephone presented to the court on Friday at the regular scheduled meeting.
    Stevens and Hill said they could guarantee savings of at least $250 a month for the county.

  • Independence Day celebration is tonight

     

    Springfield’s  annual Independence Day celebration will take place tonight in downtown Springfield. This year marks the 12th annual celebration for the city to honor members of the military and veterans, according to Nell Haydon, Springfield’s Main Street Renaissance director.

  • Two indicted for sexual abuse of children

    A Washington County man was indicted in Marion County for his alleged role in the sexual abuse of a child.
    Christopher Grigsby, 30, of Bardstown Road in Springfield, was indicted for  first-degree rape (victim under 12, two counts), first-degree sodomy (victim under 12, four counts), first-degree sexual abuse (victim under 12) and incest (victim under 18, six counts).

  • Local jobless rate 1.9 percent above state’s average

    The numbers aren’t good in looking at the unemployment rate in Washington County, as well as others in the Lincoln Trail Area Development District.
    The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet released statistics this week showing that 99 counties in the state saw decreased unemployment numbers from May 2010 through May 2011. Washington County was not one of those counties.

  • Man injured in motorcycle crash in Marion County

    A Washington County man was injured in a motorcycle accident near Loretto in Marion County Sunday morning.
    According to a report from the Kentucky State Police, Charles Sagracy, 64, of Springfield, was riding a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle about a mile west of Loretto at the junction of KY 527 and KY 52 at 12:09 a.m. Sunday. Sagracy was traveling north on KY 527 when he attempted to avoid another vehicle, the report said. He lost control of the motorcycle and came to rest in the road.