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Today's News

  • Halloween brings back the memories

    Now that Halloween is upon us and fall decorating is in full swing it makes me reminisce about Halloweens past and how times have changed. Yes, I said it, sounding like my parents and grandparents, but times have changed since I was a trick or treater.

    When I was a kid, Halloween and the prospect of getting bags full of candy and trick or treating was something my siblings, cousins and I looked forward to almost as much as Christmas, almost…?

  • Tom Bystrek Field gets a makeover

    To remedy some drainage and ponding issues, Washington County High School baseball coach Derek Schuler, Idle Hour Park Director Bernard Smalley and park board member Paul Borders spent time this past week leveling the infield at Tom Bystrek Field.

    New sod was put down on Monday and the field should be ready to go this spring for baseball season.

  • Commanders knock off Fort Knox

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    The Washington County Commanders wouldn’t trade their win on Friday for all the gold in Fort Knox. WC improved to 2-4 on the season and 1-1 in district play with a decisive 48-21 victory over the Eagles. Once again, the Commanders’ offense exploded, scoring all of its 48 points in the first half, providing proof of its status as one of the top offensive teams in Class 2A.

  • Barn quilt piece pays tribute to cancer survivors, victims

    Barbara Hale Wheatley is very aware of breast cancer. As a two-time survivor, she knows all too well what anyone facing the disease will go through, and she is pleased to help bring attention to it year round, and especially in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Tackle weed problems in your pastures

    Dry weather conditions this summer following another dry season last year have resulted in grazed pastures with areas that have thin vegetative cover and bare soil. Much of these areas already has evidence of weedy vegetation such as common ragweed and other summer annuals. As these plants die back naturally, cool-season weeds such as common chickweed, henbit and purple deadnettle will fill in the voids. Other weeds such as buttercup and musk thistle will likely be more prevalent in the coming spring.

  • Consider limiting hay feeding now

    Some of you are already making decisions about this winter’s feeding. What is worse, some of us are already doing it! One of the things that worked out best last year was turning the cows in to the hay for a short feeding period. Since many of you are counting hay bales now and have either sold cattle or are planning to sell, you may want to consider limited feeding.

  • Clubs gear up for new memberships

    4-H project clubs are gearing up this month to accept new membership. Now is the time for youth who are interested in a project club to join because several have membership deadlines and fall events in which new members should participate.

    The first one coming up this month is the 4-H Spurs and Furs Club. This club is for youth interested in rabbits or poultry. The club will meet on Tuesday, Oct . 21, 6:30 p.m. at the extension office. The club meets monthly and recently sponsored an open rabbit and poultry show during the Crossroads Harvest Festival.

  • Going down: Gas prices continue to fall locally

    Consumers have become accustomed to seeing gas prices on the move, but that move is usually up instead of down. Lately, however, as oil prices have dropped to around $80 per barrel, gas has also dropped, and for the first time in as much as a year, local gas prices have fallen below $3 per gallon.

    Local merchants selling gas say it’s a simple case of supply and demand. Greg Simms, owner of the BP station on Lincoln Park Road in Springfield, said he has seen demand for gas dropping in recent months.

  • Register now for Safe Night

    “Toon In to Safe Night” will be the theme for this year’s Safe Night Washington County program. This is the 10th year for the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition to sponsor a night where young people can come to have fun in a safe place with no weapons, no arguments, no drugs and alcohol.

    Safe Night Washington County will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Washington County Elementary School for fourth and fifth graders. The event will run through 9:30 p.m.

  • Advantages of Bt corn continue to grow

    Over the past 12 years, corn growers have enjoyed lower populations of once troublesome insects and lower yield losses thanks to Bt corn, said Ric Bessin, entomologist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.