Today's News

  • Local family hosts exchange student from Japan

    Imagine having a visitor whose home is approximately 6,000 miles away and the only way to communicate is by using a book or smartphone.

    Now imagine having that visitor for nearly a month, and despite every language barrier, your cultures are shared and a lifetime friendship is built.

    That’s the way it is at the Samudio house this month. The family of five is hosting a young lady who came all the way from Japan through the Labo International Exchange Program.

    Her name is Himari Okomoto.

  • State gas tax rate drops felt

    Washington County Fiscal Court met Aug. 10, and the reverberations from the state gas tax rates dropping were felt with great effect.

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the court received one of its county road aid checks from the state and it was significantly lower than what was expected.

    It was estimated Washington County would receive $135,000 but instead received a check for $121,435.
    Settles said the county’s other two upcoming checks for this year will also be significantly lower.

  • Park could see multi-purpose facility

    Brian Mattingly, speaking on behalf of the Idle Hour Park Board, presented a project during last week’s regularly scheduled Springfield City Council meeting about the possibility of building a multi-purpose facility at Idle Hour Park.

    Mattingly stated that the facility would have a variety of functions, but mainly, it would serve three purposes.

    For one, the project would provide year-round batting, pitching and base-running practice for both softball and baseball players.

  • WC golf team takes wins

    The Washington County High School golf team is teeing it up and already making big strides on the greens. And one player, Emily Cox, earned a ticket to the All “A” State tournament for her sixth time.

    On Aug. 1, Cox qualified for the state tournament by shooting an 81 and tying for fifth in the David “Big Daddy” Parsons Cardinal Classic hosted at Campbellsville Country Club.

  • 'Take up your cross...'

    As the cars passed by Daniel Byrd heading east down US 150, driver double takes were frequent, with looks that seemed to be begging the question of whether or not their eyes were deceiving them.

    They weren’t.

    What they saw was Byrd, hoisting a large, white cross as he trudged along the highway, his eyes continuously looking ahead with an occasional return wave to friendly passers-by.

  • A peek inside a renovated landmark

    There was a packed house during Friday’s ribbon cutting hoping to see firsthand the long-anticipated renovations of the historic 1896 W.K. Robertson Building.

    It was originally constructed in 1896 as a dry goods store and served as a staple of downtown Springfield until the 1980s, the last time its facilities were used as a business.

  • Former Washington County sheriff remembered

    Bruce Evans Burkhead, 78, a former two-term Washington County Sheriff, passed away on July 30. The former law-enforcement officer, who served as sheriff between 1982-1989, and also as a deputy for 10 years, left behind a wife, Kay Russell, two children, Russell and Ethelyn, as well as a number of other family members. He was a former tobacco farmer and U.S. Army veteran.

    Russell Burkhead, Bruce’s son and former Washington County Commander basketball coach, said his father was a big cut up at home.

  • Soil still a problem at new high school

    They want it all redone, and they want it all redone the right way.

    That was the message that the Washington County School Board members gave Eric Steva, an architect for Ross Tarrant and project manager for the Washington County High School project, during last week’s special-called board meeting regarding the topsoil depth on the site of the new Washington County High School building.

  • Hyman takes reins of SCC volleyball team

    Lauryn Hyman has quickly moved up in the coaching ranks at St. Catharine College. After just one season as the Patriot assistant volleyball coach, the Louisville native was named last week as the head coach for the 2015 season.

  • Mudd takes over as head volleyball coach

    The Washington County Commanderette volleyball team is under new guidance this year, but they’re being led by a very familiar face – former assistant coach, Casey Mudd.

    Mudd, 26, was an assistant coach under the leadership of her mother, former head coach Anne Mudd.

    Anne Mudd coached the team from 2011-2014 and before that coached at St. Dominic.
    “It’s for sure some big shoes to fill,” Mudd said. “Considering she [her mother] had really productive and good seasons all the years she was here.”