Today's News

  • Bacterial wilt showing up in gardens

    There are a few problems that have been showing up in gardens lately, specifically cucurbits.  This includes cucumber, squash, and melons.  Bacterial wilt is showing up sporadically, and I am sure it’s going to hit many of you who have cucurbits in the next few weeks.  Bacterial wilt causes plants to wilt slowly over a few days; they freshen up at night and then wilt during the day, and eventually wilt and die.  The problem is a bacteria that enters the plant and blocks the flow of water and nutrients.

  • Blue mold risk low for Kentucky

    Continued hot and dry weather should help keep blue mold out of Kentucky. Forecasters at North Carolina State University project a low risk to our area from the currently known sources of disease in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Even though the threat of blue mold is low now, keeping an eye out is never a bad idea when it comes to this disease. Historically, the first cases of blue mold have been reported in late June through mid-July, and our status could change should cool and wet conditions occur later on.

  • Local restaurant goes smoke free

    These days, the only smoke you’ll find in Cecconi’s Restaurant in Springfield is coming off the grill. That’s because co-owner Vhonda Barlow decided to make the business smoke-free on July 6. Barlow said the move has generated some talk, but for the most part, the feedback has been positive.

  • Free Golf for Juniors 18 and Under

    From July 6 - 31, any player age 18 or under may play a free round and hit balls free on the driving range at any Kentucky State Park golf course when accompanied by a paying adult. Carts are not included.

    For more information, contact Lincoln Homestead Golf Course at (859) 336-7461.


  • From Left Field

    Going... Going... LeBron

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    If you follow sports with any regularity, then you know that much speculation has been surrounding where free agent Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James would end up. After all of the media hype, James signed with the Miami Heat.

    While “King James” may be a talented athlete, and his status as the premiere player in the NBA commands attention, I think I speak for many of us who just want to say, ‘So what?’

  • WC 11-12-year-olds come up short, fall 10-0 in district final

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    The Washington County Little League baseball all-stars stuggled in the early going in the District 5 Tournament. But both teams fought their way to their respective title games during the past week, with the 9-10-year-olds facing Marion County, and the 11-12s squaring off against Campbellsville.


  • St. Catharine College softball camp

    St. Catharine College and head coach Holly Smith will host the second softball camp of the summer from July 19-22. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The camp will cover basic skills, fundamentals of defense at each position and hitting instruction. The camp is for players of all ages.

    Instructing at the camp will be Coach Smith and players from the Patriot team who this year finished in the final four in their first Mid-South Conference tournament.

    To pre-register call (859) 336-5082, ext. 1275 or e-mail hsmith@sccky.edu.

  • County has questions and concerns about new fire station

    Members of the Washington County Fiscal Court want to know why a new fire station has not been built. During Monday’s meeting, the court asked Washington County Fire Chief Forrest Carrico to give a progress report on the new fire station and to give an account of money brought in and spent by the fire district.

  • North Washington students dig up the past

    Several students with the BEST program at North Washington Elementary School had fun digging up the past last week by taking part in an archaeology class hosted by the Springfield campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    “BEST stands for ‘Better Educated Students for Tomorrow’,” said Karen Elswick, the BEST director at NWES. “The kids had a lot of fun learning about archaeology, digging for artifacts and what they stood for. The deeper the layer of earth, the older the artifact.”

  • Energy manager hired to help local, area school districts

    T.J. Poliskie has been hired as district energy manager for Mercer County schools, a move the system hopes will result in major savings. In addition, he will also serve Washington County, as well as in the Burgin Independent, Danville Independent, and Lincoln County districts, collaborating in a regional partnership, Mercer Superintendent Chuck Hamilton said in making the announcement.