Today's News

  • SCC women make it two in a row; conference play starts here Thursday

    SCC Sports Information

    With a 74-69 win at Berea College on Friday, the St. Catharine women now own a 10-8 record and a modest two-game winning streak – and head coach Lena Bramblett was not a bit happy about it.

    “We practiced when we got back Friday night. That is how disappointed I was with our performance,” said Bramblett.

  • DCP program sign-ups continue until June 1

    Jeffery S. Hall, FSA State Executive Director, reminded farmers that enrollment for the 2009 Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment (DCP) Program for farms with base acres began on Dec. 22 both online and at local FSA Service Centers. Sign-up will continue until June 1, 2009. The June 1 deadline is mandatory for all participants. USDA will not accept any late-filed applications.

  • Sheriff trims $30,000 from budget

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Washington County Fiscal Court approved a leaner version of the 2009 budget for Sheriff Tommy Bartley Monday morning. The approved budget of $486,100 was $30,000 less than the one for $516,100 submitted Dec. 22. At the December meeting, the court asked county departments to look for ways to tighten their budgets due to lower-than-expected tax revenues for the county.

  • Growing business from the ground up

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The DECA club at Washington County High School recently held a contest for students who were interested in starting their own business or wanting to expand an existing business. After the score sheets were totaled up, the two winners of the contest were Katie Cambron and Palmer Grigsby. Each will receive a laptop computer, wireless printer, free coaching from the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute and $500 to invest into their business.

  • Burglaries keeping sheriff's office, KSP busy

    A rash of recent burglaries have kept local and state law enforcement officers busy in Washington County.

    Sheriff Tommy Bartley said deputies in his office, as well as officers from Kentucky State Police Post 15 in Columbia, have been investigating multiple burglaries in the county. Bartley said among the items being taken, power tools seem to be the hottest commodity.

  • Commanders set for battles

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    It can’t be easy for an army to prepare for battle knowing that they will be without their most effective weapon. The Washington County Commanders are facing four district contests in the next 10 days, and they must fight for every win with their leading scorer and rebounder, John Hamilton, out for six weeks with bone contusions in his left knee.

  • Students compete for business funding

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It’s not often that enterprising high school students are given a chance to start their own business, but that’s exactly what the DECA program at Washington County High School is trying to accomplish. Through a partnership with the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute, DECA students are sponsoring a contest where two contestants will have a chance to start or expand their own business.

  • Celebrate 4-H's centennial throughout 2009

    Kentucky 4-H has impacted the lives of thousands of youths since its inception. As it reaches its 100th anniversary, current and former 4-H’ers will be celebrating the organization’s past, relishing in its present and anxiously anticipating its future. You can help 4-H celebrate this milestone by showing your support for the organization throughout 2009.

  • Future still promising for local economy

    The economy in the United States did not get to its current state over night, and it will not be fixed over night. Still, it can be fixed. That’s the opinion of Len Spalding, a Washington County native who can be considered an economic expert. He is chairman of the investment committee of JP Morgan/Chase Global Mutual Fund Complex, and continues to serve on that group’s board of directors. In addition, he is a member of the board of the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority.

  • Fertilizing forage crops in 2009

    Forage producers around the world have struggled over the last year with high fertilizer prices. I’ve had many tell me, “I can’t afford to fertilize my hay or pastures this year. I’ll go broke.” While there is some truth to this statement, in the long term, you will definitely “go broke” if your forage crops don’t have the necessary nutrients for sustained growth. I don’t claim to be a soil science expert, but I would like to provide some basic principles on how to manage the nutrient inputs and outputs on your farm.