Today's News

  • Cox competes in All "A" State

    Washington County golfer Emily Cox has made a habit of competing at the All “A” State Classic, having qualified for the event each of the past six years.

    Cox used that experience to help secure another strong finish in this year’s tournament last Saturday at Woodson Bend Resort in Pulaski County, carding an 88 overall and tying for 23rd place out of 88 competitors.

  • On a Roll

    Coming out victorious in down-to-the-wire football games has become the norm for this year’s Washington County Commanders (2-2), who pulled out a thrilling 34-27 win over the Thomas Nelson Generals (1-3) on Friday night.

    It was the second victory in a row for the Commanders, and it was also the second consecutive game where the outcome wouldn’t be decided until the final whistle, following WC’s 40-36 win over Kentucky Country Day last week.

  • Sorghum has deep roots in Springfield

    Before the first Sorghum Festival was celebrated in 1976, Washington County Extension Agent Rick Greenwell said festivals were springing up all over the region at the time.

    And the Springfield-Washington County’s Chamber of Commerce wanted one of it’s own and wanted to name the festival something that would keep a rural theme.

    “They came up with sorghum because nobody else had that,” Greenwell said.

    At the time, he said Washington County had a few sorghum producers.

  • County hears road concern

    Washington County Fiscal Court met during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, and heard from some very concerned citizens who live in the Beechwood Subdivision off of Hwy. 555. 

    Their request? One hundred percent funding to pave the Beechwood Subdivision and for the county to take over all of the maintenance of the road.

  • Harvest Festival returns Saturday

    The Mackville Harvest Homecoming Festival will be held this Saturday, and there’s no shortage of food, fun, festivities or prizes.

    According to Amanda Preston, the 5k coordinator and assistant vendor coordinator, there will be more than 30 vendors at the event.

  • Body cameras prove useful to police department

    It’s been about a year since the Springfield Police Department started using body cameras, and according to Police Chief Jim Smith, the Vid-Shields have been very useful for the department.

    “I’ve been very pleased with them,” Smith said. “We all have.”

    The cameras cost the department around $300-$400 a piece, but lack some of the features of higher-end units. Despite this, though, they only cost a fraction of what some body cameras cost.

    “So far, these seem to hold up pretty good,” Smith said. 

  • A Day in the Life ... of a veterinarian

    8 a.m. — open for business.

    The rising sun blazed through the glass doors, illuminating the room a burnt orange. The air was filled with a sharp, pungent smell.

    On the examination table, a wheezing patient breathed almost uncontrollably, though no one seemed to notice.

    The doctor examined her carefully, ignoring the breathing of what sounded like a clogged carpet shampooer.

    She took out her stethoscope and listened to her heartbeat. All was normal.

    After a shot, she was cleared to go.

  • Commander golf team drops two matches last week

    The Washington County Commanders golf team fell just short in its two matches last week.

    On Thursday, the Commanders played a home match at Lincoln Homestead Park against Marion County, falling by a score of 167-178.

    WC was led by Evan Mattingly, who shot a 41, good for the second-highest total of the event and only trailing a match-leading 37 by Marion County’s Noah Dye.

    Marion County’s next three leaders — Houstan Raikes, Bryce Spalding and Ethan Spalding — carded scores of 42, 44 and 44, respectively.

  • Commanderettes improve to 6-3

    The Washington County Commanderettes (6-3, 2-1) picked up their second district win of the season last week when they defeated the Nelson County Cardinals (7-3, 0-1) three games to two.

    The Commanderettes took the opening set by a score of 25-19, accounting for the largest margin in the tightly contested match.

    Nelson County responded by taking the next two sets 27-25 and 25-21.

  • WC gets first win after late-game rally

    Trick plays were on full display by the Washington County Commanders (1-2) in their thrilling 40-36 victory over the Kentucky Country Day Bearcats (1-2) last Friday night.

    A fake punt, an onside kick and two touchdown passes thrown by someone other than the quarterback were all part of WC’s arsenal in pulling out its first win of the season.