Local News

  • Relay for Life tops $30,000 mark

    This year’s version of the Washington County Relay for Life annual fundraiser saw a few added wrinkles from years past.

    For one, the venue was completely different, moving from St. Catharine College to Idle Hour Park for the first time.

    The other major change was the time. Typically an overnight event, this year’s installment of Relay started at 11 a.m. and ended at 11 p.m.

  • Just can’t pass this up

    Thomas Riney became the latest Washington County resident commissioned into the United States Army at the 1816 Courthouse building in Springfield on May 28.

    Though many have taken the same oath through the generations, Riney’s journey to that point is very much his own.

    Riney, 22, is the son of Billy and Jerri Riney of Springfield. He graduated as Bethlehem High School’s salutatorian in 2010 and received magna cum laude honors as he completed the undergraduate program at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio last month.

  • Ladies of WCHS prep for 2015 DYW

    The first stage of the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman competition is officially upon us.

    Thirteen seniors-to-be from Washington County High School have thrown their hats in the ring for a shot at scholarship money and a chance to move on to the state competition next year.

    The Washington County DYW program will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the WCHS gym.

    The group has been hard at work in recent months preparing for this weekend, and Mandy Sagrecy, one of the chairpersons for the event, said that hard work is going to pay off on Saturday.

  • Sheriff looking into thefts

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a series of stolen trailers within the last month, and the thefts are beginning to look like a trend.

    The problem hasn’t been specific to Washington County, however, as trailers have also been reported stolen in Nelson County and the surrounding area.

  • Need more bees

    John Hutchins and his son, Tony, have a pastime that some might find a little strange, but is also a benefit to local agriculture.

    They raise honeybees.

    It’s actually not all that uncommon, as several local residents double as beekeepers, but the Washington County Beekeepers could use more members, and crops all over the country could use more bees.

  • County budget discussed at fiscal court

    This past Monday, the Washington County fiscal court met in a regularly scheduled meeting.

    One of the first items of business on the agenda was the second reading of the fiscal year 2014/2015 budget for Washington County by County Attorney Hamilton Simms.

    After the initial draft of the budget was approved by the court on Monday, May 12, it was sent to the department of local government. There, it was approved by Robert Brown, the state local finance officer, for the second reading, with the budget totaling $5,906,687.

  • Summer reading at the library

    The Washington County Public Library will hold its Summer Reading Program kick off celebration on Thursday, June 12at 5:00 pm at the Lebanon Aquatic Center, 525 Graham Memorial Drive, Lebanon, KY. This year’s themes for the Summer Reading Programs are: “Fizz, Boom, Read,” for ages birth-7 years and “Spark a Reaction,” for ages 8-17 years.

  • PHOTOS: Model Ts on the move
  • News briefs 6/11

    Ongoing events

    Cemetery Donations
    Mt. Zion Cemetery donations may be sent to Christine Hill, 4067 Mt Zion Rd., Willisburg, KY 40078

    Idle Hour Park
    The shelters at Idle Hour Park will not be available during June 27-July 19, due to the Little League state tournament.

    Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed at the Lincoln Legacy Museum. If you have any free time, even a couple of hours would be greatly appreciated. Call Lena Russell at 859-336-3232.

  • Going back for seconds

    I don’t normally do this.

    But I think I ought to in this case.

    I normally never repeat a review of a play being performed by the Central Kentucky Theatre group at the Opera House in Springfield.

    However, I wanted to add a second column to that recommendation for the current “South Pacific” performance I made last week, telling you it would be a good show.

    I was wrong.

    It’s not a really good show.

    No, it’s a fantastic show.