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Today's News

  • Family upset over SCC scholarship

     

    Fran Blandford was a student at St. Catharine College when she was killed in a car crash in March of 2000. Following her death, her parents, Albert and Mary Jane Blandford, established a scholarship fund in her memory. They also created the Fran Blandford Memorial Garden on the college campus and maintained that garden over the years since.

  • Local officials say closure will negatively impact economy

     With Saint Catharine College closing its doors at the end of July, county and city officials are looking at the repercussions down the line. 

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the immediate damage will hurt.

    “Last year, their portion that they paid to the county in occupational tax was $42,242.50,” Settles said. 

  • Distinguished Young Women program is Saturday

    Fourteen rising seniors at Washington County High School will be competing Saturday for the chance to be Washington County’s next Distinguished Young Woman.

    This year’s program will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the old WCHS gym, but for the entire group, preparation for the event began months ago.

    And some have even been working to attain the Distinguished Young Woman title since they were young girls, according to Lauren Riney, one of the program’s chairpersons.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Dayanna Railey

    Keep it light-hearted and upbeat.

    Every time Dayanna Railey steps onto a softball field, she has a natural ability to keep herself and her teammates positive by doing these two things.

    “I just laugh everything off every time I make a mistake,” Railey said. “I have to be positive because if I don’t, I feel like I’m just letting the team down and the team is going to collapse with me. I think you’ve got to stay positive in order to succeed.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Vanessa Mejia

     “She’s just a true spitfire.”

    Washington County Commanderette softball coach Christy Baker couldn’t think of any other way to describe one of her most outspoken leaders, Vanessa Mejia.

    ”She’s high energy, fun to be around,” Baker added. “She’s very vocal in the dugout and kind of helps lead the team there, which kind of sets the tone for how we play.”

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Mary Beth Begley

    When Mary Beth Begley first began playing tee-ball, she couldn’t contain how excited she was.

    She loved every aspect of the game from the very get-go, and from then on, she took full advantage of every chance she had to play softball.

    “I never stopped wanting to play,” Begley said. “I loved it that much. I just liked being part of a team, and I really just love baseball in general, so being able to play softball is one of my favorite things.”

  • WC baseball looks ahead to the future

    Clinching Washington County’s first back-to-back 19th District championships since 2001-2002 was on the minds of its players to begin the year, when they set it as a season goal.

    So being able to secure that milestone “meant a lot” to the Commanders, according to head coach Adam Blair.

  • Commanderettes make it to region finals

    As the Washington County Commanderettes (19-12) walked off the field, most — if not all — hanging their head in defeat, Commanderette fans rose in unison to give the players a standing ovation that rivaled the one received by the winning team. Even though WC’s season had ended in an 8-0 loss to Central Hardin in the 5th Region Tournament championship game, the Commanderettes had earned the fans’ praise by advancing further than any WC fast-pitch softball team had ever gone.

     

  • Schools moving forward with tax

    The clock is ticking for those who want to put a stop to the recallable nickel – that’s because Washington County School Board members voted 3-1 to move forward with the tax after a public hearing last week.  

     

    With board member Julita Nance-Leachman absent from the June 2 meeting, several board members took time to explain the reason behind their votes.

     

    Jeremy Thompson was the lone dissenter.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Mac Stevens

    Growing up in Washington County, Mac Stevens always enjoyed the small-town atmosphere of his hometown because, as he put it, “you have a lot more space than a lot of other kids do.”

    “In a highly populated area, you don’t have the opportunity to go and play whenever you want,” Stevens said. “You can go hiking, you can go backpacking. I’ve always liked that about living here.”