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  • Tough times for tobacco farmers

    Tobacco farmers in Washington County who have been around a while may recognize the quality of tobacco this year’s crop is producing.
    Memories from the drought of 1983 stir like the dust that blows in the hot, dry summer wind.
    “This is the worst tobacco crop I’ve ever had,” James Osbourne, who has been raising tobacco for 20 years, said. “My dad (Sidney) thinks the tobacco is as bad as that (1983).”

  • Driver in fatal crash pleads guilty

    An East Bernstadt  man will spend time behind bars for his actions leading to a fatal July 2010 accident.
    Stephen Sizemore, 55, entered a guilty plea to a charge of manslaughter, 2nd degree, Friday in a criminal mediation held in Taylor County.

  • Commanders play Lincoln in home opener tonight


    The Washington County High School Commander football team will play its home opener at 7:30 p.m. tonight against Lincoln County. Lincoln will try to avenge last season’s 17-16 loss to the Commanders.

    Lincoln County (0-2) enters the game with two losses, but Commander head coach Eric Sagrecy said the Patriots can’t be overlooked.

  • School tax increase fails to pass

    The Washington County School Board met for a special tax hearing Friday night. The only item on the agenda was a proposed increase that would take taxes from 54.8 cents per $100 of assessed property, to 57.0 cents per $100 of property.
    Judy Spalding, finance officer for the Washington County School District, gave a presentation and said the proposed increase would generate an additional $191,075.80 next year.

  • Springfield man killed in Wednesday crash

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Fred Cornett is investigating a fatal collision that occurred Wednesday, Aug. 24, at approximately 4:25 p.m., two miles south of Springfield on KY 55.
    The collision occurred when a 1999 Toyota, being driven by Bobby C. Perry, 71, of Springfield, was traveling northbound on KY 55, crossed the center line and struck a 2008 Honda, operated by Setsuko Obata, 50, of Lebanon, head on.

  • Board gives favorable review for superintendent Cochran

     

    The Washington County Board of Education members met in Executive Session to finalize the evaluation of the performance of Superintendent Robin Cochran on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. 

  • Mackville man caught in the act

    If the man who police say admitted robbing Sparks General Store earlier this month decides to continue his career in crime, he might want to consider a mask and a way to hide the license plates on his car.

  • New turn lanes nearly completed on KY555

     

    A section of KY 555 by Wendy’s is getting turning lanes, and the project could be complete by the end of this week.
    Chad Filiatreau, the transportation engineering supervisor for the Bardstown section, said the lanes were receiving stripes on Monday.

  • St. Catharine College: A campus on the grow

     

    A lot has changed at St. Catharine College since it started 80 years ago. The little college that thought it could is now the little college that knows it can. The institution has expanded in many ways with a record graduating class in Spring 2011, record enrollment for Fall 2011, an expanding list of degree programs including the first graduate courses scheduled for Spring 2012, and a campus-wide expansion of facilities.

  • Will county library stay in Springfield city limits?

     

    About 50 people showed up at Thursday’s Washington County Library Board meeting, and many of them were there to speak or hear about the future location of a new library.
    The problem with that, according to library director Joy Wandrey, is that no discussions had been held about moving the library outside of the city limits, although many of those who spoke out during the meeting addressed keeping it in the city of Springfield.