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Today's News

  • Safety-first thinking closes schools

    The flooding that resulted from the weekend’s heavy rain has taken its toll on the Washington County School System, forcing classes to be closed Monday.

    That day, according to Washington County Superintendent Robin Cochran, is not expected to add a day to the school year. Cochran said Monday that  she hopes the Kentucky Department of Education will approve the use of some emergency time allotted to the school system for such conditions.

  • Bible reading marathon starts May 2

    The annual Bible reading marathon will take place May 2-6 in downtown Springfield. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. at the Washington County Courthouse, and the reading will begin at 6 p.m.

    From the kickoff, someone will stand on the courthouse steps and read from the Bible around the clock through noon on Thursday, May 6, which is the National Day of Prayer. At the close of the event at noon, a special prayer service will be held for the community, the nation and the world.

  • WC girls improve district record vs. Bardstown

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    Junior pitcher Hannah Simms one-hit the Bardstown Lady Tigers as the Washington County Commanderettes blanked the district rival 15-0 on April 19. While Simms practically shut down the Lady Tiger offense, it was WC’s bats that were doing all of the roaring, pounding out 15 runs on as many hits.

  • Specialty crop grants to be awarded

    Funding is available for projects that enhance the competitiveness of Kentucky’s specialty crop industries, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has announced.

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for up to $75,000 for specialty crop projects. Grants will be awarded through a competitive process.

    Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruit, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.

  • Emerald Ash Borer traps being installed

    Those who live or travel in Kentucky this summer probably will see purple prisms hanging at least 10 feet above the ground in ash trees. These prisms are traps for the Emerald Ash Borer, a destructive insect that was found in Kentucky during the summer of 2009.

  • Treasure Hunter's Roadshow buyers visit Springfield

    If you are like most folks, you probably have an attic or basement full of old things you haven’t looked at in years, and most of it is likely to be junk. Then again, there might just be some treasures in there.

  • City looks at options for old swimming pool

    Who wants to buy a pool? That’s the question the Springfield City Council was asking at its meeting on April 13. The council heard from City Attorney Bill Robinson concerning several options for the property, and the council also voted to solicit proposals from interested parties as to what they would do with the property.

    “We’re just requesting ideas that people may have for that property,” said Robinson. “That way we can weigh in and explore those options in terms of whether or not someone wants to buy it, lease it or exchange it.”

  • Preventing bloat in grazing cattle

    We have had a lot of people to contact us regarding cattle dying and bloat.  Here is an article from Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, Dr. Roy Burris, Dr. Michelle Bilderback and Dr. Ray Smith, all University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Specialists.

  • Commanders 2-0 in district

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    Although the Commanders’ bid to advance in state All ‘A’ play was halted by a 6-0 loss to DeSales last Wednesday, it was still a good week for Washington County baseball. The team got a couple of big district wins over Bethlehem and Bardstown to grab a share of the 19th District pie.

    Bethlehem

    After shutting out Bethlehem 4-0 on April 1 in Campbellsville, the Commanders went two up on the Eagles on April 20 by beating Bethlehem 7-3 in Bardstown for their first district win of the season.

  • WC girls’ basketball hands out hardware

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    Head coach Bernard Smalley presented awards to his Washington County girls’ basketball team on April 25.

    Taking home varsity awards were senior Morgan Burton, who won for most assists, free-throw percentage and the three-point award. Sophomore Shay Yocum won the 110-percent award and the award for most steals. Freshman Kenya Turner won most rebounds, while junior Ange Umulisa was named most improved.