Today's News

  • No Child Left Behind gets left behind in Kentucky

    Students, teachers and administrators in Washington County wave goodbye to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) laws, as Kentucky was recently one of 10 states to receive a waiver from the mandates.

    “Kentucky’s public school system will have one comprehensive system of accountability for both state and federal purposes to ensure college/career readiness for all students,” according to a Kentucky Department of Education press release last week.

  • New road supervisor gives first update

    Washington County fiscal court held a regular scheduled meeting on Friday morning, and Dale Mann was introduced as the county’s road department supervisor.

    Mann -- who took over as supervisor on Jan. 17 -- informed the court that the construction on Logan Road bridge has been completed, pending minor repairs this week.
    “It was two days and the guys were done,” Mann said. “They did a great job.”

  • Three arrested for Web crimes

    According to a press release, Kentucky State Police have arrested three men on charges related to child pornography.

    One of the men involved was from Willisburg.
    The action was the result of search warrants pertaining to illegal Internet activity executed by the agency’s Electronic Crime Branch. One of the arrests followed an investigation spanning two states and involved a nine-year-old victim.

  • ‘It’s hard. But you can’t give up.’

    (Editor’s note: Each week during Black History Month, we’ll run a profile of an African-American who is a positive role model. This is the third part in a five-part series.)

    The beauty salon at 108 Cross Main is filled with a big, sincere laugh.
    Betty Ellery said she hates smiling for pictures, but she can’t keep herself from flashing a thousand-watt beam.
    Ellery has been in the salon business for 30 years. Twenty of those years have been as sole owner of Shear Magic Beauty Salon in Springfield.

  • Local offices will change in January

    Come January, the judicial and legislative landscape will look different in Washington County and the surrounding area.

    One change is that Tim Cocanougher, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit, is stepping down. Cocanougher, who serves Green, Washington, Marion and Taylor counties, didn’t file to run for re-election.
    “The primary reason for not filing is that at the end of my term (December 2012), I will have 27 years with the state and eligible to retire,” Cocanougher said via email.

  • Part of Sulphur Creek waterway polluted with E. coli

    A pair of local waterways have been listed as impaired, with one of those resulting from high levels of E. coli.

    A 10-mile section of Sulphur Creek in Washington, Anderson and Mercer counties has been classified as impaired due to high E. coli levels, and the water was determined to not support “primary contact recreation (swimming).”
    Additionally, a 3.7-mile stretch of Cheese Lick has been determined to not support aquatic habitat use.

  • Weather spoils SCC baseball trip

    The St. Catharine College baseball team lost four games last weekend. Those games, however, were not lost on the field, but instead to Mother Nature. Scheduled to play in Mayfield against host Mid-Continent University and Illinois Tech (two games each), the Bat Pats instead stayed home due to the return of winter weather.

  • Goatley, Centre enjoying success in 2012


    In a season when the Commanderette basketball team welcomed two new members to the 1,000-point club, another member of that club is having success at the next level.

  • Patriot softball wins three of four to begin season


  • PHOTO: NWMS 7th grade wins 2012 NIT title