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  • 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.

  • GSP meets Begley's high expectations

    When Mary Beth Begley’s cousin, Will, returned from his Governor’s Scholars Program experience in 2012, she was intrigued every time she listened to him talking about his experiences.

    She knew it was something that she wanted to try and do when it came her time to apply as a high school junior.

    Even though she said she had always been studious in school, she took it even more seriously and also began to explore outside opportunities to strengthen her résumé.

    And she wanted to get to work on it right away.

  • WC falls to Campbellsville

    The Washington County Commanders (0-2) were bitten again by the turnover bug, and for the second week in a row, it cost them a chance at keeping up with their opponent.

    Going into the game against the Campbellsville Eagles (2-0), widely considered a top-5 Class A team in the state, WC head coach Eric Sagrecy knew his team would be facing a difficult task, but overcoming five turnovers proved to be an impossible one.

    And the trouble started early for the Commanders, who fumbled 44 seconds into the game, on only their second play from scrimmage.

  • From Stun to Kill

    To secure their second straight trip to the All “A” State Classic, the Washington County Commanderettes (5-2, 1-1) would have to first come back from the brink of elimination.

    The Commanderettes won last year’s 12th Region All “A” Classic in four straight sets, but WC found itself tested early on this year, falling behind two sets to none in its opening-round game against the Somerset Briar Jumpers (4-3).

    “They didn’t start off as strong as we would have liked,” WC head coach Casey Mudd said.

  • Renovations moving forward on old high school

    Immediately after voting on the tax rate, the Washington County Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting. The main topic of concern during the evening’s meeting was the old high school renovation.

    Jean-Paul Grivas, vice president of Patrick D. Murphy Architects, gave a slideshow presentation to the board, which gave an overview of options and prices.

    The board elected to move forward to the next steps of the process where the company will begin tightening up the budget and start on some more field studies.