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Today's News

  • Students take safety seriously at bike rodeo

    Each year, children all over the world wish for a new bicycle for Christmas. But with every new bike that Santa delivers comes a lot of responsibility and concern for safety. That’s why the Washington County Family Resource and Youth Services Center and Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville recently partnered to offer a bicycle safety course at Washington County Elementary School.

  • Local man indicted for sex abuse

    A Washington County grand jury has returned indictments against seven people, including one local man charged with sex abuse.

    Paul Mattingly, 38, of Kirsch Lane in Springfield, was charged with two counts of sex abuse in the first degree (Class D felony) and two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree (Class B felony).

    According to court records, Mattingly is accused of having sexual contact with at least two children less than 12 years of age. The alleged incidents took place between August 2008 and March 2009 in Washington County.

  • Tobacco: Still a cash crop?

    It’s almost Christmas time, and that means that a lot of tobacco farmers across Central Kentucky are looking for a pay day. That’s why there seems to be a steady stream of tobacco-laden trailers being driven to the Washington County Co-operative Tobacco Warehouse just south of Springfield. After months of growing the crop and letting it cure, it’s now time to take one of Kentucky’s leading cash crops to market.

  • Commanders look for a victory at Marion Co. Holiday Tournament

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    The Washington County boys’ basketball squad began a week of district play last Tuesday as they traveled to Bardstown to do battle with the Nelson County Cardinals, losing 74-40.

    Despite a 3-0 Commander lead to start the game, the Cardinals set the pace in the first quarter, scoring 11 unanswered points at the halfway mark of the first quarter and taking a 19-5 lead after the first eight minutes. Nelson outscored WC 17-7 in the second to take a 36-12 lead into the break.

  • Packed house watches Pats fall to Grenadiers

    SCC Sports Information

    Last Tuesday, J.T. Burton’s St. Catharine College Patriots played an exhibition game at Morehead State in front of 1,200 elementary school students that Eagles’ coach Donnie Tyndall, a former St. Catharine coach, bussed in for the game.

  • WC girls open district schedule

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    The Washington County Commanderettes dropped two straight district contests last week, losing 68-35 to Nelson County last Tuesday, and 55-46 to Bethlehem. With his squad now 0-2 in district play, head coach Bernard Smalley just wants to stay out of the fourth seed come district tournament time.

  • Higdon ready to be a senator

    Jimmy Higdon’s phones rang almost constantly for days after his victory in the Dec. 8 special election to fill the 14th District state senate seat.

    His win over Democrat Jodie Haydon was even mentioned in The Wall Street Journal and by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. Higdon, a Republican, was amused by the attention his victory received, but he said he wasn’t going to try to analyze what his win might mean.

    “I’ll let the experts pick it apart and digest it,” he said. “I’ve got enough to do getting ready to be a senator.”

  • Changes to UK soil tests will increase accuracy

    To ensure accurate soil pH readings, the University of Kentucky’s Soil Testing Laboratory has developed a new method for conducting soil tests. This method will be implemented beginning Jan. 1, but those who submit soil samples likely will not notice the change because the results will continue to be in the same format, said Frank Sikora, UK soil testing coordinator.

  • County cracks down on littering

    The next time you decide to visit your favorite fast-food drive-thru, that $1 burger may cost you more than $1. If you toss that burger wrapper out the window of your car in Washington County, that hamburger could cost you $500, or even jail time.

  • WC girls fall to top-ranked Marion

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    Following a 68-59 win over Boyle County last week, the Commanderettes visited Garrard County, where they lost 72-49. But in spite of that loss, the Commanderettes had bigger fish to fry last Friday in the top-ranked Marion County Lady Knights.

    Washington County head girls’ basketball coach Bernard Smalley knew the odds were stacked against his squad. Although they lost 73-27 to the Lady Knights, Smalley said he saw a lot a positive things during that game.