• SCC touts economic impact

    St. Catharine College President William Huston said when he arrived on campus in 1997, payroll for the 36 full time employees was $23,000 every two weeks.

    Now, 15 years later, payroll is nearly $300,000 every two weeks to compensate the roughly 150 full time and 50 part-time employees.
    Huston also said the net assets of the college, or the worth of the college, was $85,000 in 1997.
    “They had no buildings and no land,” he said. “What you saw was Lourdes Hall, and that had been depreciated out.”

  • Former governor to speak at SCC

    Former Kentucky Governor, and past president of St. Catharine College, Martha Layne Collins will speak at SCC on March 20 as part of a Women’s History Month celebration.

    Collins will share her experiences as a female leader in the male dominated fields of U.S. politics and higher education.
    Collins was Kentucky Governor from December 1931 to December 1987. Following her time in political office, she was the president of St. Catharine College from 1990 to 1996.

  • Spaulding gets the nod as Outstanding Educator

    St. Dominic’s Jane Spaulding has been a teacher at the school since 1974.

    On Wednesday, she’ll be honored for her work when she’s presented with the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Father Joseph McGee Outstanding Educator Award.
    “I can’t really put (what the award means) into words,” Spaulding said. “I’m honored and I’m very grateful, but at the same time, I feel like there are so many people in this building that deserve it also. I think it should be an award for the school, not me.”

  • Pastor’s new book offers hope to people facing life’s trials and tragedies

    By Stevie Lowery
    Landmark News Service

    Storms can wreak havoc on our lives.
    The folks in West Liberty can attest to that after a tornado ripped through their community March 2.
    After experiencing such devastation and loss, it’s hard to imagine picking up the pieces and moving on. In fact, it almost seems impossible.
    But, it’s not.
    There’s always hope.

  • The number of local children in poverty on the rise

    The number of children living in poverty in Washington County has risen, according to a recent report.

    According to the 2011 Kentucky KIDS COUNT Data Book, the number of children living in poverty in the county in 2000 was 398 (15 percent of children ages 0-17).
    The number living in poverty from 2005 to 2009 was 746, a rise to 27 percent.
    The study cites Census 2000 data to define poverty. In 1999, the poverty threshold for a family of four with two children was $16,895.

  • New taxiway project in early stages

    The Lebanon-Springfield Airport could be safer and more convenient after the completion of a new taxiway.

    The airport board learned recently that federal funding from the Airport Improvement Program was approved for the project.
    The project will also change the access road coming into the airport.
    Board chairman Craig Arnold said the project is something that’s been discussed ever since he joined the board three years ago.

  • Former deputies receive 50-month sentences

    Two  former Washington County sheriff’s deputies were sentenced to 50 months in a federal prison on March 7 at the Gene Snyder United States Courthouse in Louisville.

  • Kentucky Emergency Management asks that tornado-victim donors send monetary relief


    According to the Kentucky Emergency Management website, donors for tornado-victims should make monetary donations instead of goods and supplies.

    "Many agencies are at work right now in Kentucky to help storm-damaged communities. Storm-damaged communities do not need goods at this time. Cash donations are strongly encouraged to a charitable organization of your choice," according to the website.

    The website has provided a list of organizations accepting monetary donations, as well.

  • Locals help out tornado victims

    While only minor damage was reported in Washington County after Friday’s severe weather scare, many parts of the state weren’t so lucky.

  • Charges dismissed in infant abuse case

    The case against a man indicted for two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment has been dropped because the complaining witness was unable to be located.

    Timothy Lee Yonts, 42, of 86 Hardesty Road in Springfield, was originally indicted in October for allegedly pulling an infant, strapped in a car seat, out of a car and throwing it into a ditch.
    According to a uniform offense report from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, the car seat landed upside down in the ditch.