Today's News

  • Softball three-peats after win over Thomas Nelson

    After a 0-6 start to the season, the prospect of a district title couldn’t have looked farther away for Washington County Softball. But after a mid-April revival, the team went on a 15-6 run that took it into the 19th District championship and beyond. That run, and the season, came to an end after a first round exit in the regional tournament.

    Thomas Nelson

  • Commanders advance to second round of Regionals

    At the beginning of the season, baseball coach Adam Blair said his team would be playing with a chip on its shoulder after failing to reach the regional tournament last year.
    “It was big,” he said, “it was the first time for these guys…they’re going to be hungry because they had something taken away from them.”
    That hunger paid off, as the Commanders stormed on to a 13-1 district record and title and now look for a run in the Fifth Region Tournament.

    Bardstown Tigers

  • County hires new animal control officer

    Ariella Gibson has been hired as the county’s new animal control officer.

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the county had three good candidates apply for the position.

    Magistrate Johnny Cole, who gave a report on the application process, said Gibson was unanimously picked by the hiring committee for the job.

  • Seating costs extra for board of ed

    Nick Schrager


    Washington County Board of Education split hairs Monday when it received a bill over budget for repairs to the seats at the Washington County Elementary School gym.

    According to Superintendent Robin Cochran, the board agreed to pay up to $2,500 for the repairs of the seats at the gym, but was presented with a bill for $3,360.

    “There were areas that needed to be sanded, you couldn’t just paint over top of it,” Cochran said.

  • Concealed carry applications on the rise

    The number of concealed handgun permits in the United States is soaring, and there’s no sign that the number is going to go anywhere but up.

    Since 2007, the Crime Prevention Research Center stated in a report that there has been a 256 percent increase in the number of concealed carry permits across the nation. There were a record-breaking 1.8 million permits issued in the last year alone. More than 16 million Americans, around 6.5 percent of the country, are permit holders.

  • Siblings meet for the first time after 75 years

    It took 75 years, but two siblings finally met each other for the first time earlier this month.

    Samuel Lambert, 77, of Willisburg, met his half sister, Karen Condron, 75, of Effingham, Illinois, through a DNA testing service.

    “I received this DNA kit as a gift from my daughter, Kimberly Hamilton,” Lambert said.

    He never expected to find a long-lost relative. That’s because his daughter had also taken the test.

  • Commanders look to reclaim their title as 19th District champs
  • Commanderettes leave behind regular season to hunt for third straight district championship


    The Commanderettes’ 28-game season was evenly split at 14 wins, 14 lossess for the second year running after they finished their final game of the regular season this past Saturday. Their 5-3 district record was good enough to allow them a first round bye that puts them one win away from playing for their third consecutive title. 


  • Springfield native Peggy Cooper wins award in San Diego

    Springfield native Peggy Cooper, the daughter of Sarah and the late Kenneth Newby, has made quite a name for herself in San Diego, California.

    Cooper, a 1976 graduate of Washington County High School, was named one of the most influential women in San Diego by The Daily Transcript in March.

    Cooper, the senior communications specialist of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, said the award was an honor. She joined 29 other women in winning the accolade.

  • School district staff to participate in active shooter training

    Staff in the Washington County School District will soon be participating in real-life active shooter mock scenarios at the close of the school year. All staff members will be undergoing mandatory training through Away, Barricade, Counter (ABC) Civilian Active Shooter Training led by national law enforcement trainer Robert Tirollo, according to an announcement from Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. The training is part of the district’s effort to be proactive in the area of school safety, and is being sponsored by the United Steelworkers Local 241 in Bardstown.