• Washington County High School fishing team pitches proposal for Booker Reservoir

    By Abigail Whitehouse


    The high school fishing team has a plan to create a safe, public space for Washington County’s youth and community residents.

    Tim Messer, head coach of the Washington County High School Commander Bass Fishing Team, presented a proposal for cleaning up the Booker Reservoir to the Springfield City Council during the May 14 meeting.

    Messer’s son Nathaniel, as well as WCHS media specialist Nicole Wilson and her son Logan, a member of the fishing team, took turns sharing their ideas for the reservoir.

  • Washington County puppies to participate in ‘Puppy Bowl’

    Two abandoned puppies from Washington County will become sports stars when they appear in the “Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet.
    According to Washington County Animal Control Officer Ariella Gibson, the two puppies, named Pippi and Austin, were part of a litter of three and their mother, Olive.

  • Death penalty remains an option in Pennington case

    Family and friends of Crystal Warner and Robert Jones will have to wait longer for the trial of the couple’s accused killer.

    Craig Pennington, the man who allegedly killed the couple in 2016, appeared in a pretrial conference last week.
    There, attorneys were able to call several witnesses to the stand over the mishandling of a few pieces of evidence.

    One of those witnesses, Kentucky State Police detective Josh Dickens, testified he found several pieces of evidence in a former detective’s home with their bags unsealed.

  • St. Catharine College sale finalized

    After closing on the sale of the St. Catharine College campus on Dec. 21, the site’s new owners are now in the process of determining what they’ll do next.

  • Taylor places in top 10 at state DYW

    Washington County’s Distinguished Young Woman, Kate Taylor, placed in the top 10 at the state DYW program in Lexington over the weekend.

  • Ernie ‘Sticktight’ Akins to release CD

    If you live in Washington County, chances are you’ve heard of the local musician, Ernie “Sticktight” Akins.
    And if you have, he has some exciting news – he’s releasing his first self-titled album, “Sticktight.”

  • Bookmobile travels hundreds of miles each month

    Diana Morgan has been the Washington County Public Library’s Bookmobile driver for nearly three years. If you pressed her to tell you what the most frequently asked question about the bookmobile is, she’d tell you it’s all about the keeping everything in place.

  • County unemployment numbers among state’s lowest

    The latest figures from the Kentucky Center for Statistics brought positive news for Washington County. The county’s unemployment rate was reported at three percent, half a point lower than the state average. Among the surrounding counties, only Anderson (2.9 percent) and Spencer (2.7 percent) ranked lower.

  • Hagan named general manager of The Sun

    Dave Hagan has been named general manager of The Springfield Sun. He will also continue in his role as advertising manager at The Lebanon Enterprise.

    “I look forward to working closely with the staff at The Springfield Sun as general manager to overcome challenges and pursue the new opportunities for improvement available to the newspaper,” said Hagan.

  • Fiscal court ends year with send off for exiting members

    Washington County Fiscal Court finished its year by saying goodbye to five magistrates and it’s judge-executive. Each of the exiting court members had the chance to speak.

    Johnny Coyle
    Magistrate Coyle said he’s enjoyed working with all of the people in his district.
    “It’s a great district as far as Washington County’s concerned,” Coyle said. 
    He added he’s enjoyed working Judge-Executive John Settles and his fellow magistrates.

    Benjamin Settles