Local News

  • Commander College saving time, money

    With the Washington County Commander College program in its third year, local school officials recently assessed its impact on student development, and they found that the program is producing just the results they’d hoped for.

    “It has definitely been a great success and a wonderful opportunity for our students who have participated,” said Washington County High School Principal Paul Terrell. “These students will have had the opportunity to earn an associate degree while completing their high school requirements as well.”

  • Educator cuts looming in district

    Declining student enrollments could translate to fewer educators when Washington County Schools begins its academic year in August.  

    Staffing formulas approved by the board of education last week indicate possible cuts to as many as four educator positions at the high school and one position at Washington County Elementary.

    North Washington Elementary could also cut an educator’s position, under newly released district staffing formulas. 

  • Quest for the crown

     Washington County’s own Sarah Cocanougher will compete in this summer’s Miss Kentucky Pageant in Lexington. 

    In her debut pageant appearance Feb. 24,  Cocanougher, 18, was crowned Miss Cardinal Country in Louisville, as part of the Miss University of Louisville

    Eleven contestants competed, but only two advanced from the group with a title, conferring upon them a chance of capturing the Commonwealth’s most prestigious crown this June — Miss Kentucky. 

  • Holy shards of glass

    FREDERICKTOWN—Holy Trinity Catholic Church sustained significant damages Thursday when vandals allegedly broke in and partly shattered a window above the main sanctuary.

    It’s the seventh time in as many months the church has been vandalized. 

    According to reports filed with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, someone entered the building between noon and 2 p.m. on Feb. 28 and threw a brass object through a 4x8-feet plate glass window of an upstairs nursery.


     Looking for a sign

    Washington County has a sign problem and local officials aren’t sure yet what they’re going to do about it.

    Road department supervisor Dale Mann said at a regular scheduled fiscal court meeting on Friday that signs are missing along local roadways and that it hasn’t been a cheap expense. Stop signs, for example, cost the county in the range of $27 each to replace and with new technology emerging and a new type of road sign being introduced in 2015, that price will likely increase.

  • School construction site sustains minor wind damage

     High wind gusts last week damaged the construction site of the new Washington County High School, off the U.S. 150 bypass. Crews said they are still calculating the damages, but haven’t determined if it warrants filing an insurance claim. The destruction is not expected to cause great delays. The school is expected to open in fall 2014. 

  • Father charged with incest wants tracking device removed

     The public defender for a Springfield father accused of incest is asking a Washington County judge to order the removal of an ankle monitoring device meant to keep the man away from his child.  

    For the past 17 months, officers of the court have used GPS to track Kenneth W. Thompson, 45. 

    He is accused of raping his own son sometime between spring 2010 and March 2011. Thompson has four children who are reportedly in the custody of a guardian in Willisburg. 

  • 1 lane at a time

    Washington County’s continued mission to improve local roadways is taking another stride forward with work this week on Spaulding Lane near KY-555.

    Traveling the one-lane road had become a pain for local residents, officials say, so work began last Wednesday to accommodate a higher volume of traffic.

  • Man who stole car, bashed fastfood restaurant's window, now faces assault charges

     A 20-year-old man accused of stealing a car and going ballistic at a McDonald’s last month, is facing additional charges after state troopers say he attacked his father at their Perryville Road home last week.  

    Stephen Trent, of Springfield was arrested Feb. 17 and charged with assault. 

  • 1852 plantation mansion burns

     A 161-year-old pre-Civil War mansion burned to the ground Feb. 20, leaving a Washington County family unharmed, but searching for a new place to live. 

    Dispatchers received a call about 2:20 a.m. from an occupant who reported black smoke and fire coming from the two-story frame home at 4290 Bloomfield Road. 

    The home is owned by New Zealand native Mike Crawshaw and his family.