Local News

  • Sheriff candidates emphasize experience

    With Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley stepping down from his position at the end of the year, the office is up for grabs, and two candidates remain with hopes of filling the void.

    Jerry Pinkston will represent the Democratic party, with Jim “Buford” Crouch listed as a Republican on the ballot in two weeks, and both men say they have the tools to make the transition to a new sheriff as smooth as possible.

  • Gunshot at WCHS game

    Washington County Superintendent Robin Cochran confirmed earlier this week that a firearm was discharged at Friday night’s home football game between the Commanders and the Bardstown Tigers.

    The weapon was fired by an undisclosed individual, and the discharge was reportedly an accident.

    Cochran said the proper procedures were followed by everyone involved following the incident.

  • Q&A with state rep candidates

    Kim King

    Q: Can you tell the voters a little about your background?

    Kim King (KK): I’ve been married to Cary for 34 years. We have two grown children. Our daughter, Tia, is 32 and married with three little girls. Our son Clayton is 30, married and has two girls. We own and operate Four Kings angus cattle company in Mercer County.

    My background is in fitness and wellness management. Until being sworn in, I had a small personal training business, but phased that out after I was elected.

  • PHOTOS: A royal election
  • News briefs for 10/15


    Absentee Voting Machine
    The absentee voting machine is now open in the county clerk’s office. It will be open from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for those who are going to be out of town on Election Day or precinct workers who work in another precinct. Oct. 28 is the last day to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot.

    Election Sign

  • Nothing stops Commander band from win

    As fall break was beginning for all students in Washington County last week, the Washington County Marching Commander Band was busy marching in the Sorghum Festival Parade and preparing for their next contest on Oct. 11 at Madison Central High School. The weather hampered practice on Thursday and Friday, causing the WC Band to practice inside at WCES gym those two days.

  • Editor, actor, ballplayer, spy

    Author William E. Matthews will be at the Washington County Public Library on Thursday, October 23 at 5 p.m. for an appearance and book signing of “Editor, Actor, Ballplayer, Spy.”

    Matthews will discuss his time in the CIA, during which he was involved in the Hungarian Revolution and various historical moments.

    He will also chat on his 51 years in the newspaper business, being an actor in two movies and a consultant on a third, and the launching of a sport magazine.

  • Local youth earns $1,000 college savings plan

    Eight Kentucky children are getting a head start on saving for college after participating in summer reading through their local libraries this year. One of the students is Dalton Huntsberger of Springfield. As winners of the Fizz Boom Save! summer reading program, each winning child’s family will receive a $1,000 Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) account. Plus, the winners’ local library will receive $500 to use for future reading programs. KESPT is Kentucky’s official Section 529 College Savings Plan.

  • Line of succession for county clarified at meeting

    This past Monday, Washington County Fiscal Court met in regular session. The focus of the meeting centered on two issues: a continuity of government ordinance was presented to the magistrates and approval was needed for a resolution dealing with the Mackville Fire Department.

    The first matter pertained to a document that helped assign the county a chain of succession in taking over the responsibilities of the judge-executive should the current judge be unavailable during emergencies at the national, state or local levels.

  • Hurley to attend SCC event

    St. Catharine College’s annual Circle of Friends event has been a great fundraising endeavor for the school in years past, and this year, the event also promises a barrel of laughs for those in attendance.

    Comedian Dr. Carl L. Hurley will be the keynote speaker for the Oct. 23 event, and the Kentucky native known as “America’s funniest professor” has an extensive background in education himself.