Today's News

  • New owner has big plans for college campus

    Since the doors of St. Catharine College closed two years ago, members of the local community have been wondering what would happen with the property.

    Now, one man knows what he wants to see happen, and he’s taking the steps to make it a reality.

  • Ready or not: Commander football will open season with big expectations after last season


    Washington County football’s final preseason scrimmage showed promising signs. Thursday’s game with Metcalfe County was the tune-up session for the Commanders before they play their season opener against Green County this Friday at Campbellsville University in the Forcht Bank Bowl.

  • Commanderettes slow out of the gate


    The Washington County Commanderette volleyball team has seen it all before. The experienced squad features 14 returning members as well as 10 upperclassmen, meaning it could be a golden chance for the team to improve on last year’s 15-22 record and avenge the disappointment felt by finishing as runners-up in the district tournament.

  • Attorneys look into bank records in Pennington case

    Prosecution and defense attorneys in the case of Craig Pennington, who allegedly killed Crystal Warner and Robert Jones, were in Marion County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.

    Attorneys in the case are looking into bank records for payments made for the cabin on Texas Road that Pennington rented from Warner and Jones.  

    According to Pennington’s attorney, Tom Griffiths, there are at least five eyewitnesses that have moved out of state.

  • County approves new tax rate

    Washington County Fiscal Court passed a motion that approved the raising of real estate property tax rates by less than a penny. The motion passed by a 4-3 vote.

    The Fiscal Court was previously taxing real estate at a rate of 8 cents per $100 of the assessed value. A state bill allows the court to raise that amount by four percent without the use of a public referendum. The court’s vote raises the tax rate by one-third of a cent and is projected to bring in about $16,000 more than last year.

  • Pulling with a purpose

    On a good day, Tim Benham’s small garden tractor can pull a sled that weighs a few thousand pounds. Somewhere behind the roars and whines of the engine and amid the clouds of dirt and sprays of mud, Benham has found his happy place.

    “The reason I got into it was that it was like therapy,” he said. “To get my mind off everything.”

  • City filings begin for 2018 election

    The race for city positions has begun.

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield has filed for re-election. As of press time, she is running unopposed. According to Washington County Clerk Glenn Black, the deadline to file is Aug. 14, at 4 p.m.

    Running for Springfield City Council are incumbents Chuck Polin, Brooke Coulter, and Carolyn Hardin. There are a total of six seats on the council.


  • Hale to be remembered at firefighter memorial

    More than 30 years after his death, Tommy Hale, a former Springfield fire chief, will be added to the Kentucky Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Lexington this fall.

    His widow, Anne Romano, said Hale had been involved with the fire department from 1955 until his death in 1983.

    “It was an all-volunteer unit,” she said.

    According to a Jan. 19, 1983, article in The Springfield Sun, Hale was stricken with a heart attack while commandeering firefighters during a massive fire at a tobacco redrying operation.

  • The end of the road

    An early scoring surge from North Oldham was what put an end to the Washington County All-Star team’s run in the state tournament.
    After going through the first round of play undefeated and wholly untested, Washington County faced a substantial challenge going up against the team from North Oldham in the tournament semifinal. The tone was set early, as the Washington County offense went three up, three down in the top of the first and allowed North Oldham the chance to put the game’s first runs on the board.

  • Local horse wins big in New York

    She’s not the biggest, her pedigree isn’t the greatest and her legs are even a little crooked. But now, after nearly two years without a stakes win, Silverton Hill Farm’s Ruby Notion made her return to the winner’s circle spectacularly at the Caress Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in New York last Monday.