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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Show your pride for county's state fair booth

    OK, Washington Countians, what makes you proud about your community? That’s what members of the Springfield Tourism Commission, Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Jill Settles with Community Education with the Washington County Board of Education want to know. Plans are under way to give a fresh look to the county’s booth at the “Pride of the Counties” exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair, and your help is requested.

  • Hardin faces Keene for jailer seat in primary

    Washington County Jailer Steve Hardin is ready to run the election gauntlet. Not only does the Democratic incumbent face a challenge by Republican candidate Terry Warner, but first he has to square off with fellow Democrat Felix Keene in the May 18 primary to see who advances to the Nov. 2 general election. With 21 years of experience, 11 as deputy jailer and 10 as jailer, Hardin is counting on his track record to deliver the vote.

  • Dogs raise concerns for county residents

    The county’s animal control officer, Pat Spalding, has received several complaints about dogs running loose. Sheriff Tommy Bartley said there’s a particular problem with loose dogs in the East Texas area.

    “Things were slow from March 22 through April 20,” Spalding told the Washington County Fiscal Court on Friday. “I only took five dogs to Lebanon, and I had five complaints.”

    Among those five complaints was one of a woman who is allegedly using her property as a rescue center.