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Today's News

  • A commanding start

     

    Friday night’s 39-13 win over the Green County Dragons showed that the Commanders could get things done on both sides of the ball.

     In a team packed with so much big-play ability, head coach Eric Sagrecy said this first victory will be the perfect catalyst for a team hunting for its third straight postseason win.

  • One step at a time

     

    After a stuttering start last week, the Commanderettes were able to pick up their first win of the season.

    Last Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Nelson County stopped the team’s two-game losing skid in assertive fashion. Washington County beat the Lady Cards by at least 6 points in each game of the match. The Commanderettes have won each of the last three contests against Nelson County going back to last season.

  • Mule gives birth to 'Miracle' baby

    She stands just 18 inches tall and weighs 21 pounds, but a tiny new arrival is making big news on the farm of Jerry and Teresa Smothers near Perryville.

    Peanut, a miniature mule, gave birth to a baby on July 31. The birth is such big news because mules can’t give birth; or at least that’s what the experts say.

    “We bought Peanut from a local veterinarian, Dr. Ross, 17 years ago, and he told us she would never be able to have babies,” said Jerry. He explained that mules have an odd number of chromosomes and therefore cannot reproduce.

  • City hopes to slow down speeders with radar sign

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said the city’s new speed limit radar sign has had a positive effect thus far.

    According to Smith, the department has already received several comments from the community that mention cars slowing down as they approach the sign.

  • New owner has big plans for college campus

    Since the doors of St. Catharine College closed two years ago, members of the local community have been wondering what would happen with the property.

    Now, one man knows what he wants to see happen, and he’s taking the steps to make it a reality.

  • Ready or not: Commander football will open season with big expectations after last season

     

    Washington County football’s final preseason scrimmage showed promising signs. Thursday’s game with Metcalfe County was the tune-up session for the Commanders before they play their season opener against Green County this Friday at Campbellsville University in the Forcht Bank Bowl.

  • Commanderettes slow out of the gate

     

    The Washington County Commanderette volleyball team has seen it all before. The experienced squad features 14 returning members as well as 10 upperclassmen, meaning it could be a golden chance for the team to improve on last year’s 15-22 record and avenge the disappointment felt by finishing as runners-up in the district tournament.

  • Attorneys look into bank records in Pennington case

    Prosecution and defense attorneys in the case of Craig Pennington, who allegedly killed Crystal Warner and Robert Jones, were in Marion County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.

    Attorneys in the case are looking into bank records for payments made for the cabin on Texas Road that Pennington rented from Warner and Jones.  

    According to Pennington’s attorney, Tom Griffiths, there are at least five eyewitnesses that have moved out of state.

  • County approves new tax rate

    Washington County Fiscal Court passed a motion that approved the raising of real estate property tax rates by less than a penny. The motion passed by a 4-3 vote.

    The Fiscal Court was previously taxing real estate at a rate of 8 cents per $100 of the assessed value. A state bill allows the court to raise that amount by four percent without the use of a public referendum. The court’s vote raises the tax rate by one-third of a cent and is projected to bring in about $16,000 more than last year.

  • Pulling with a purpose

    On a good day, Tim Benham’s small garden tractor can pull a sled that weighs a few thousand pounds. Somewhere behind the roars and whines of the engine and amid the clouds of dirt and sprays of mud, Benham has found his happy place.

    “The reason I got into it was that it was like therapy,” he said. “To get my mind off everything.”