Today's News

  • Livestock judging clinic is March 13

    An upcoming opportunity for 4-Her’s interested in livestock is the 4-H livestock judging program.  In this project, 4-H members learn how to judge cattle, sheep and hogs.  

    The first clinic and contest will be the Washington County Invitational Livestock Judging Clinic and Contest held on Saturday, March 13 at the Washington County Livestock Center.  

    Any 4-H member interested in participating will need to complete the February 22 training at the Washington County Extension office from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  

  • St. Dominic to host first official event at new facility

    The new St. Dominic gymnasium and community center will host its first official event tonight as the St. Dominic volleyball teams welcome the Washington County Middle School Lady Generals to their new facility. WCMS is also in the midst of its first-ever volleyball season. The first game will be played at 6 p.m. between the sixth and seventh-grade teams, with the eighth-grade game to follow around 7 p.m.

    See a complete story about the new facility in next week's Springfield Sun!

  • Moles are not as slow as you think

    Did you know that the eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus), so prevalent in Kentucky lawns, gardens and pastures, is not a rodent?  The mole belongs to the order of mammals called Insectivores, the insect eaters.  Their food is chiefly earthworms, but they also feed on grubs, ants, beetles, slugs, snails, spiders, and centipedes etc.  In other words, to control moles by removing their food source, you would need an almost sterile soil.  The mole seldom eats vegetable matter but causes its damage by uprooting turf, vegetables or other plants.

  • Commanders’ season ends with first-round 60-36 loss to Cards

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    When the opening round of the 19th District tournament started last Wednesday at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, Nelson County came in as the top seed with a 6-1 district record and a 17-8 overall mark. But costly turnovers by the Washington County Commanders only served to aid the Cards in a decisive 60-36 first-round win. For Nelson County, they would go on to knock off Bardstown for the district championship, 66-41.

  • WC girls fall to Lady Tigers in district first round

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    Going into the opening round of the 19th District Tournament last Tuesday, the Washington County Commanderettes were even against the Bardstown Lady Tigers, splitting a pair of games during the regular season. Both teams took advantage of their home court as Bardstown won the first battle 36-23 at home, while WC returned the favor in Springfield, beating the Lady Tigers 54-49 in the second contest. The tie-breaker just happened to be a first-round matchup in district tournament play at Bethlehem High School.

  • Arrests made in theft, destruction of tractor

    One adult and three juveniles have been arrested in connection with the theft and destruction of a tractor, as well as the theft of a pick-up truck and trailer early Monday morning.

    Renee D. Maupin, 19, of Bishop Lane in Springfield, was arrested on Monday afternoon for her alleged role in the theft of a New Holland TS-110-A tractor with a loader on the front. The tractor, belonging to Bob Waits of Springfield, was valued at $70,784 according to a report filed by the Springfield Police Department. It had been parked at Murphy’s Chevron in Springfield prior to being stolen.

  • 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.