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Today's News

  • County to see slight tax hike

    Last Friday, the Washington County Fiscal Court met in regular session, with the most pressing issue being the first reading of the property tax rates for 2014.

    In the previous court meeting, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles urged the court to make a decision on whether or not to raise county property taxes so that County Attorney Hamilton Simms could be prepared for the first reading last week.

  • News briefs 8/27

    Wednesday, Aug 27

    Community Meal

    Springfield United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal at the Wesley Center located at 301 East Main St. in Springfield at 5:30 p.m.  This meal is for anyone looking to have a wholesome hot meal with old & new friends as well as providing a greater connection to our neighborhood, our town, and our Washington County Community.

    Town Hall

  • Six-week manhunt ends at motel

    Victoria Aldrich
    The Advocate-Messenger

    An alleged Springfield drug dealer is behind bars at the Boyle County Detention Center after a month-long manhunt.

    U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force members arrested 51-year-old John Michael Essex last Monday night at an unnamed Nicholasville motel, according to Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott.

    “They called for local agencies for assistance,” Elliott said. Boyle and Mercer county deputies, Kentucky State Police troopers and Nicholasville police responded.

  • Backpack program needs contributions

    Since 2001, the Washington County 4-H program and local schools have provided for children in need with the Washington County Food for Kids Backpack Program. With the early deadline looming, the group needs the community’s help to reach its goal.

    According to Roberta Hunt, the local extension agent for 4-H youth development, the program is intended to provide weekend meals for children who may not each much, if at all, otherwise. The program allows a $100 allotment per student for the duration of the school year.

  • INOAC plans to expand

    It was announced last week that one business in Springfield will receiving a hefty tax incentive that will help the company expand and could equate to more jobs in Washington County.

    INOAC Group North America has called Springfield home to one of its facilities for nearly 25 years, and its recent approval for a $2.45 million tax incentive is the latest remind that the company will be part of the community for years to come.

  • SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: The Giver

    When Bethany Wheatley started playing volleyball during her seventh grade year, she didn’t know whether or not she would stick with it. She enjoyed the game, sure, but she wasn’t positive that she wanted to continue playing once she got into high school.

    It wasn’t until her eighth grade year that she decided she would be a Washington County Commanderette volleyball player.

    It turned out to be the right decision.

  • Boys' golf team defeats Green County

    In the team’s fifth match of the season, the Washington County Commander boys’ golf team was able to defeat the Green County Dragons for its third win of the year.

    WC posted a 183 as a team while Green shot a 216.

    The Commanders were led by freshman Landon Taylor, who carded a 42 on the evening.

    Senior Luke Mattingly and junior Evan Mattingly each added scores of 44. All three of WC’s top scores bested Green’s top scorer, who recorded a 45.

    Freshman John Mann rounded out the Commanders’ final score with a 53.

  • WC volleyball dominates opening-week games

    Last week, the Washington County Commanderette volleyball team opened its 2014 season by knocking off the Danville Admirals last Thursday in three straight sets (25-7, 25-10, 25-7) and winning its opening-season game versus the Campbellsville Eagles in consecutive sets as well (25-13, 25-19).

    Danville
    The Commanderettes were able to build off their strong performance against Campbellsville on Thursday, taking control of the game from the very start.

  • Heat Wave

    The Washington County Commander football team will have to wait another week to open the 2014 season.

    WC’s Alumni Bowl game against Lloyd Memorial last Saturday was cancelled due to weather.

    The scheduled showcase originally had Marion County and LaRue County slated to play in the opening matchup followed by the WC/Lloyd Memorial game.

    The games were at first postponed due to extreme heat, but after the high temperatures subsided, the games were ultimately cancelled.

  • UPDATE: New high school vandalized early Friday morning

    Four suspects have been identified in connection with the vandalism that occurred at the new Washington County High School facility on Friday morning.

    William K. Gibson, Raymond C. Witten and Devin D. Abell, each 18 years old, and an unnamed 17-year-old, were listed as suspects in a release on the Springfield Police Department's Facebook page on Sunday. All four suspects are 2014 graduates of Washington County High School.