Today's News

  • September is Agritourism Month

    September is Agritourism Month, one of the busiest times of the year for the 350 farm operators registered in the state’s agritourism program.

    “I invite Kentuckians of all ages to join me in celebrating Agritourism Month,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “Go on an agritourism adventure this fall at a farm destination near you.”

  • Walk for Life is Saturday, Sept. 11

    A sluggish U.S. economy means that more people are struggling day to day when it comes to living essentials such as food and clothing. That struggle can become even more challenging when a baby is on the way. To offer assistance, the House of Hope in Springfield will hold its annual Walk for Life at Idle Hour Park on Sept. 11 at 9 a.m.

  • School tax hearing is tonight

    The Washington County School Board will meet tonight to consider a property tax increase that could generate an estimated $169,000 in additional revenue.

    The proposed increase would take the tax rate from the current 52.9 cents per $100 of assessed property value, and place it at 54.8 cents per $100 in assessed value.

  • Backpack food program needs your help

    When several high school students from Washington County attended the 4-H Issues Conference nine years ago, little did they expect that the weekend would help change the lives of hundreds of young people in Washington County.  The teens who attended the conference found out about the backpack grant while at the conference, and applied to receive the first money to go toward weekend hunger relief for Washington County students.

  • Repairs begin on damaged roads

    The Washington County Fiscal Court took a big step last Wednesday to repairing several roads damaged by landslides earlier in the year. For residents along Hardesty Road, relief couldn’t have come at a better time. King Crete Drilling from Beattyville, Ky., has been awarded the low-bid contract to repair three major road slides in the county, with Hardesty Road being the top priority.

  • School tax hearing is Sept. 1

    With expenses on the rise and funding for state mandated programs not climbing to meet those expenses, many school districts are left with a decision to make about generating revenue.

    For the Washington County School System, helping cover the costs of doing business could mean an increase in the tax rate for real and personal property.

    Currently, the tax rate for those types of property stands at 52.9 cents per $100 of assessed value.  

  • Conservation district to accept cost-share funding requests

    The Washington County Conservation District will be accepting requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share and Environmental Stewardship Program beginning Sept. 1, 2010 and extending through Sept. 30, 2010.

  • Fall gardener series to begin

    For those of you who asked for a few fall wheelbarrow classes, I have decided to offer a very short version of the popular spring series.  Like the spring classes, these will meet at the Washington County Extension Service at 6 p.m., and registration is required by the dates listed if you would like to attend.  There must be at least 10 participants for each session.

    Tuesday, Sept.  28

  • Camp Calvary Archery Tournament

    Camp Calvary in Mackville will host a 3D archery tournament on Saturday, Aug. 28.

    Registration is between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., with the competition starting immediately after.

    The range will consist of 30 shots. A free cookout will follow the shoot at 12:30 p.m.

    Adult categories include Hunter Class and Traditional Class. Youth categories (Ages 15 and under) include Hunter Class and Genesis/No Sights Class.

    Come out and shoot a few targets with your friends and help raise money for Camp Calvary.

  • For whom the bell tolls

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer