Today's News

  • Plane crash claims life of pilot

    A fatal airplane crash at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport last week claimed the life of the pilot.

    Kent Douglas Shilling, 40, of Springfield, was killed when the Piper PA-28 Cherokee airplane he was piloting went down about one mile from the airport.

    Shilling, a native of Baton Rouge, La., was the fixed-base operator at the local airport, and was returning from a flight to Alabama, according to airport manager Jim Tucker.

  • WCMS Youth Cornhole Tournament

    Springfield Masonic Lodge 50 is sponsoring a youth cornhole tournament March 6 in the gym at Washington County Middle School to benefit the WCMS baseball team.

    The tournament is open to youths 14 and under.

    Sign-ups are at 10:30 a.m., with play beginning at 11:30 a.m.

    For more information about cost and sign-up, contact Paul Howard at (859) 336-9459 or Charlie Raymond at (859) 336-3542.

  • Chamber honors local citizens

    Although the theme of the evening was teamwork, several local individuals were recognized for their leadership during the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership and awards banquet last Thursday. In fact, how leadership plays a role in developing teamwork was intertwined throughout the event.

    From his opening remarks, chamber president Ralph Blandford thanked the 2010 board of directors.

    “These are the people who will be working hard this year on our behalf,” he said.

  • Cattle numbers fall again in 2009

    Feeder cattle markets opened 2010 a bit stronger than they closed 2009, and got some nice support from USDA's annual crop production summary during the second week of January.

    Estimates surprised the markets, placing the 2009 corn crop larger than 2007’s record level. CME corn contracts traded down about $0.40 per bushel in the days that followed, and have trended further down since then. Kentucky feeder cattle prices moved up by $5-$10 per cwt from their pre-Christmas levels and have been further supported by improved fed cattle prices.

  • SCC women head to conference tournament against Cumberlands

    SCC Sports Information

    The St. Catharine College women’s basketball team has endured nearly every kind of illness, injury, bump and bruise that one can imagine during a season. From a financial standpoint, the team could have benefited by buying stock in companies that make crutches and knee braces. And, just when you think it couldn’t get worse, the mass of maladies even hit the head coach last week.

  • River of Life Volleyball League

    It’s time once again for the River of Life volleyball league. Men and women 13 and older may participate. The league begins March 15 and runs through May 17.

    All games will be played at the River of Life Community Church located on Hwy. 555 in Springfield. Games will begin at either 6 or 6:30 p.m. depending on the number of players.

    The deadline to sign up is March 8. This is a great way to get some exercise and have some fun and fellowship.

    Players may sign up by contacting Terry Bishop at (859) 336-3001 or Todd and Derinda Osbourne at (859) 336-9259.

  • Patriots Prepare for Pikeville in conference tournament

    SCC Sports Information

    The St. Catharine College Patriots split their final two regular-season conference games last week, losing at Georgetown and beating Lindsey Wilson at home. In doing so, J. T. Burton’s squad finished the regular season at 20-10 and 8-6 in the conference.

    That is a significant record in that it came after a 5-24 campaign last year when the Patriots competed for the first time as an NAIA team in the rugged Mid-South Conference. The 15-win turnaround is the best of any NAIA team in the nation this year.

  • Friend of victim found plane crash

    The plane crash that claimed the life of Kent Shiling was discovered Tuesday evening, and one of the people who discovered the crash was a long-time friend of the victim.

    Shilling was expected to return to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport late Monday night, and he had a meeting scheduled with Chris “Doc” Bailey, a fellow aviator and president of the Central Missouri University Aviation Alumni Association. Bailey said he has known Shilling for 10 years.

  • Patriot baseball reaches milestones under Bramblett

    SCC Sports Information

    When the Patriots topped Robert Morris College in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader it marked the program’s 500th win. Then, with the win in Sunday’s first game against Miami-Middletown, head coach Luther Bramblett notched his 300th career win as Bat Pats skipper.

    “I really don’t have a lot to do with it,” said Bramblett. “When you have good players, you are going to win a lot of games.”

  • St. Catharine tops Pikeville for win in tournament opener

    St. Catharine College head basketball coach J.T. Burton was named Mid-South Conference coach of the year Friday evening after leading his team to a 21-9 regular-season record. Then on Friday, Burton's boys opened play in the Mid-South Conference Tournament with a 62-60 win over Pikeville.

    Arthur Latham scored 22 points, Josh Edwards had 20 points and five rebounds and No. 4-seed St. Catharine College held off a surge led by Trevor Setty to beat No. 5-seed Pikeville (Ky.) College 62-60 on Friday in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference basketball tournament.