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Today's News

  • Weekend flooding soaks county

    The storms that rolled into Washington County Saturday morning finally started to roll out Sunday night. Before the clouds began to clear, many people had been sent in search of higher, dryer ground.

    Washington County Emergency Management Director Kevin Devine said Monday that about 10-12 families were displaced from the flooding, but there were no injuries reported.

    “Everybody is OK, but there is a lot of cleaning up to be done for them to get back in their homes,” he said.

  • A real hee-haw of a good time

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    A capacity crowd came out Monday night to watch a basketball tournament at the Mackville Community Center. But this was no ordinary night of hoops action for those in attendance. This was a night of “celebrity” donkey basketball.

    Several politicians, business owners and members of the community did their best to ride their donkeys while trying to outscore the competition. But most of the players didn’t have much time to make shots because they were trying to control their mounts.

  • Commanders edge Cards, Eagles to go 4-0 in district

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    The Washington County Commanders improved their district record to a perfect 4-0 with big wins over Nelson County and Bethlehem this past week.

    WC beat Nelson County 3-2 at Tom Bystrek Field in Springfield Wednesday. The lead changed hands a couple of times, but in the end, it was a bases-loaded sac fly by senior first baseman Jordan Settles that allowed sophomore shortstop Trae Abell to tag from third and cross the plate for the win.

  • City weighs recyclable paper pick-up

    As a famous fictional frog once said, “It’s not easy being green.” That is also the case when there is a possibility to expand curbside recycling in Springfield to include paper products. But while Washington County Solid Waste Coordinator George Ann Palmer would like to include the city in the program, concerns about the lack of available inmate labor and other associated costs have city officials asking more questions.

  • Bat Pats advance to conference final four

    SCC Sports Information

    One of the catchwords in today’s athletic lexicon is “focus.” Coaches talk to the players about the need for it, announcers will tell us who they think has such and who doesn’t. But all who saw Friday’s doubleheader against the University of the Cumberlands would agree that the St. Catharine College baseball team was focused on the task at hand.

  • 4-H Youth Fair results announced

    The annual 4-H Youth Fair was held on April 23 and 24 at the extension office.  The overall class champions in each class are now qualified for the Kentucky State Fair in August.  Other projects such as horticulture, food preservation, crops and all natural sciences will qualify in late summer for the Kentucky State Fair.  Summer classes dealing with science, technology and agriculture will be announced soon and will be open to all youth of 4-H age in Washington County.

  • Commanderettes roll past Lady Tigers, Banshees

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    Any time your lead-off batter starts a game with a solo home run and you never trail for the rest of the contest, that’s a good sign. It’s even better when the win comes against a district opponent who has struggled all season. That’s exactly what happened Thursday night as the Washington County Commanderettes cruised past the Bardstown Lady Tigers 21-9 in Bardstown.

  • Cows not to blame for climate change

    This is an interesting article we received this week, and I would like to share with you.

    Despite oft-repeated claims by sources ranging from the United Nations to music star Paul McCartney, it is simply not true that consuming less meat and dairy products will help stop climate change.  

    UC Davis associate professor and air quality specialist Frank Mitolehner says that McCartney and the chair of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental   Panel on Climate Change ignored science when they launched a European campaign called “Less Meat = Less Heat.”

  • 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.