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Today's News

  • Wait to cover strawberry plants

    One of the last gardening chores before winter is putting the strawberry plants to bed for winter. Strawberry plants have already set flower buds for spring and they need to be protected to ensure those buds don’t freeze during winter’s annual frigid cruelty. A fully dormant strawberry plant can protect its flower buds down to about 15 degrees below zero, however other factors like wind chill, length of the cold spell, and freeze can affect if the flower buds can actually withstand temperatures down to 15 below.

  • Forage testing is a must for this year's hay crop; weather damages corn

    While driving the highways of Kentucky this fall, the need for testing this year’s hay has become painfully apparent. While driving I see rows and rows of round hay bales stored outside, with green grass growing on top of the bales. This is due primarily to two factors. First, the hay was made at a very mature stage and had a tremendous amount of viable seed in the seed heads of the hay when baled. This seed ensures that the hay was way past an optimal nutrient value when it was harvested thus reducing quality dramatically.

  • Questions sought for Senatorial debates

    The stage is set. On Dec. 8, we’ll go to the polls and choose a new state senator to represent the 14th Senatorial district. The Republican party has chosen State Rep. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, as its candidate for the special election. The Democratic party selected former state representative Jodie Haydon, Bardstown, as its choice.

  • St. Catharine men start 3-0, women start 0-3 in basketball

    The varsity basketball programs at St. Catharine College have started the new season headed in different directions. While the men have gained three victories in as many games, the Patriot women remained winless through the first three games of a brutally tough early schedule.

  • Commanders fall in playoffs, 42-7

    In playoff football, it all comes down to a win-or-go-home situation. The Washington County Commanders (3-7) traveled to Tompkinsville Friday night to take on the Monroe County Falcons (6-4) in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs, and coach Mark Perry’s team ran into a good, athletic squad.

    Washington County came in having won two of its last four games, including the regular-season finale over Campbellsville. On the other side of the field, Monroe County had dropped three of its last four, despite a 6-0 start to the season.

  • After 34 years, Borders is still playing at the park

    Paul Borders isn't very different than most kids from Washington County. After more than 34 years, he continues to have fun at Idle Hour Park in Springfield.

  • Commander band sweeps regional

    The Washington  County Marching Commander Band took the next step toward defending its 2008 state championship this past Saturday with a win in regional competition at Tates Creek High School.

    The WC band came away with first place in the Kentucky Music Educators’ Association (KMEA) Class AA East Regional, and also received the only distinguished rating given at the contest.

  • Wait to prune roses

    After the frosts and freezes I have gotten numerous calls on roses particularly knockout roses and when to cut them back.  You wouldn’t believe how many people have knockouts that have overgrown their bounds this year. This means one thing, we had a good year!

  • Sun writer Earls hospitalized after stroke

    Springfield Sun writer Jimmie Earls remained hospitalized at press time Tuesday after suffering from a stroke Sunday.

    Earls, 45, has been working at The Springfield Sun for more than a year, covering local sports and news stories.

    He became ill around noon Sunday, and was taken to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon. He was later airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he is being treated in the hospital’s stroke unit.

  • Haydon, Higdon get nods for Senate race

    Jodie Haydon got something better than candy on Halloween - a spot in the race for the state’s 14th District Senate seat. Haydon was selected unanimously Saturday morning at the Democratic Executive Committee meeting at the Bardstown-Nelson County Civic Center. He was the only candidate nominated.

    Haydon, a Bardstown Democrat, served in the state House of Representatives 1997-2004. He will face House District 24 Rep. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, in a special election Dec. 8.