Today's News

  • 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.

  • Ex-deputies arraigned in federal court; trial begins April 27

    Two former Washington County deputies had their first appearance in federal court last Tuesday afternoon.

    According to Christopher Francis, victim-witness coordinator with the United States Attorney’s office,  Norris Wayne Bartley, 42, and Billy Joe Mattingly Jr., 41, entered not guilty pleas on charges of possession of marijuana and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a federal drug trafficking crime. Each of the men was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

    The two are scheduled to go to trial in federal court on Tuesday, April 27 in Louisville.

  • Three injured in KY 555 crash Monday

    A three-vehicle accident on KY 555 Monday afternoon injured three people and sent them to the hospital.

    A vehicle driven by Elsie Coulter, 82, of Springfield, was traveling east on Industry Drive attempting to cross KY 555 when she pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by Derrick Lewis, 20, of Willisburg, who was traveling south on KY 555.

  • Commanderettes win thriller over LaRue, 64-61; finish regular season with loss to Taylor

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    With the 19th District Tournament approaching, the Washington County Commanderettes got some much-needed momentum Wednesday night as they hosted the LaRue County Lady Hawks in what turned out to be a thrill ride of a game. Although the young LaRue team put up a good fight, it would be the Commanderettes who would come away victorious as they held on for a 64-61 win.

  • Patriot softball looking for another big season

    SCC Sports Information

    What does your team do for an encore after it wins a national championship? That is the question facing St. Catharine College softball coach Holly Smith. Ineligible last spring for the post-season in their first season of participation in the NAIA, the Patriots opted to play in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. And in that tournament Smith’s squad won it all with a dramatic walk-off grand slam in the title game.

  • New bypass showing progress

    It might look like the work is almost done to passersby, but the bulk of the work on the new bypass connecting highways KY 150 at KY 555 with US 150 west of St. Catharine is really just getting started.

    While crews are busy moving dirt and rocks from the path of the new road, officials say things are still on schedule to wrap up as originally planned.

  • Fuller Center hopes to build houses in Haiti

    The Fuller Center is all about helping people in need of a home, and right now, few places have more people with that need than Haiti.

    Warren Whitaker, with The Fuller Center of Springfield, said he hopes local people will get on board with the project’s theme.

  • Play ball! Well, sort of

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    While the weather outside is anything other than spring-like, the Washington County Commanderette softball team was busy last week holding tryouts for the upcoming season. Veteran players, as well as young hopefuls, spent last Wednesday afternoon working on fielding, throwing and hitting.