Today's News

  • Kentucky Farm Bureau holds political forum


    Senate Race

    Question: Would you oppose any legislative effort to restructure the current allocation of 50 percent of the master settlement agreement funding going on in agriculture? Please state yes or no and explain your position.

    State senator Tom Buford said he would oppose any efforts, citing the position of most farmers in the state. 

  • Warr prepares for next battle


    Kentucky has been kind to Ruben Warr. Since relocating to the Bluegrass, the California-born mixed martial artist has experienced a career resurgence. He’s transformed from a fighter with a losing record and on the verge of retirement, to a championship titleholder who’s only lost once in the past two years.


  • Commanders rumble over Shawnee


    The only thing able to slow down the Commanders Friday night was the weather. After a thunderstorm pushed kickoff back by 30 minutes, Washington County made quick work of the Shawnee Golden Eagles during a 45-0 win at home.


    The wet weather continued to play a part once the teams were on the field. A slippery ball led to a fumbled snap that was recovered by Shawnee, ending the Commanders’ opening drive less than 10 yards from the goal line.

  • District title in reach for volleyball team


    Washington County’s volleyball team ended its regular season with a doubleheader at Boyle County High School Thursday night. The Commanderettes split the evening, picking up a 2-1 win over Franklin County in the first contest before losing 2-1 to Boyle County in the following match.


  • Wolverines maul Commanders 32-0

    The pageantry of homecoming night was thrown aside at the opening kickoff, as Western Hills stole the show during a big win on the Commanders’ field.


  • Big wins for Commanderettes

    Two games brought two wins to the Washington County volleyball team as it approaches the end of the regular season.


    Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory in the match against Green County came after the Commanderettes finished off the final game in extra points. Three Washington County players finished the game with at least five kills, with Lizzie Riley leading the pack with seven. Riley was busy defensively as well, recording 15 digs. Maddie Pettus managed a team-high 20 digs against the Dragons, as well as three aces.


  • New driver's licenses to be issued next year

    New driver’s licenses will start being issued next year, and they look a whole lot different from the current ones.

    “The whole look of the new driver’s license is different,” Washington County Circuit Clerk Joanne Mudd-Miller said. “It’s black and white and holograms and everything is totally different.”

    The new holograms are to make the cards more secure.

    There are two different types of licenses, a regular one, and one with a star on it, which indicates that it’s a Voluntary Travel ID.

  • School test scores among state's best

    The Kentucky Department of Education’s state assessment for 2017-18 reveals several areas where Washington County students are performing well. Across the district, students are outperforming the state average in elementary reading, and at the middle school grades in reading, mathematics, social studies, and writing. At the high school, Washington County is among the state’s top five schools for graduation rate.

  • Sorghum Festival is this weekend

    Springfield’s annual Sorghum Festival is back again this weekend, with events beginning Saturday morning.

    Returning to the schedule this year will be a parade down Main Street.

    “The Sorghum Festival is run on dollars that are raised, not tax payers dollars,” explained Pat Rose, president of the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Last year’s parade was scrapped after no sponsors stepped forward.

  • O'Daniel a Herald-Leader columnist

    Kris O’Daniel has led a worldly life. From traveling across the globe to farming in Springfield, it’s safe to say she has a lot of stories to tell.

    And now, she has an outlet in which to tell them.

    O’Daniel was recently selected as a community columnist for The Lexington Herald-Leader.

    “I was going on my way to vacation in Denmark,” O’Daniel said. “So, I sat in the Lexington airport and bought a Lexington Herald-Leader.”