Today's News

  • 'Taps is America'

    I wrote awhile back about joining the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.

    The Honor Guard is a group of about 40 veterans. Most of the members are in their 60s, 70s and 80s. One will actually be 93 this year. They volunteer their time at military funerals throughout a seven county area to include Washington County. These vets also perform at various other functions that require a military presence.

  • Downs wins chamber's Young Leader award

    Bethlehem High School graduate Sarah Downs doesn’t like missing out on things. One look at her schedule from the past year will show you that she hasn’t missed out on much.

    “I was always busy,” she said. “I was in almost every club at Bethlehem. I like to be involved.”

    That enthusiasm was recognized at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony when she was named as the Young Leader of the Year.

  • Training for the worst case scenario

    Gunfire rang out through the halls of Washington County High School last week.

    Thankfully, however, the rounds were only blanks as staff from all over the Washington County School District and emergency personnel convened at WCHS for a mock shooter scenario Tuesday night.

  • DYW is Saturday night

    For 45 years, young ladies from Washington County have taken the stage to compete for the title of Junior Miss, and more recently, Distinguished Young Woman.

    This Saturday, 13 girls will take the stage again for this year’s DYW event at the Washington County Elementary School gym.

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

  • Officers capture robbery suspect

    By Randy Patrick

    Landmark News Service

    UPDATE 6:35 p.m.: Bardstown Police have identified Kevin Purdom, 32, of Washington County, as the man arrested for an armed robbery in Bardstown this afternoon. Bardstown Police Chief Kim Kraeszig said he faces a charge of first-degree robbery, as well as additional charges in Washington County. She said one person was injured in the wreck on Springfield Road that led to Purdom's capture.

  • 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.