Today's News

  • Snow keeps road crews busy

    Approximately 6 inches of snow fell in Springfield last week, and both city and county government officials are happy with the way things were handled.

    Springfield Public Works Director Glenn Mattingly said while the city averaged about 6 inches, some areas in town got a little more than that.

    “This is the biggest snow event that we’ve seen in three years,” Mattingly said. “I got out at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night and began working with plowing at 10 p.m.”

  • WCSD eligible for grant

    Nick Schrager


    The Washington County School District is eligible for a grant after it reached a certain percentage of free lunch participation.

    According to Washington County Superintendent Robin Cochran, the district will apply for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant.

    The grant is a three-year endeavor that will dispense $24.9 million to schools in the commonwealth.

    Cochran said nutrition requirements have been met for grades K-5.

  • House is total loss after blaze

    Firefighters from the Washington County Fire Department arrived at an unsalvageable situation when responding to a call last Friday evening, as both they and the homeowner could do little to stop the destruction of a home near Pottsville.

    “A total loss,” said Fire Chief Jim Logsdon. “He got nothing out.”

    Logsdon says the house belonged to Washington County resident Donald James. The house was located on Deep Creek Road, about 11 miles from Springfield down Highway 150.

  • The Tony Cecconi story

    A few years back I was watching a show about World War II on public television made by KET. It was a great show where old soldiers and sailors gave first-hand accounts of their time in the war.

    One fellow I did not know was brought back again and again for comment on what he had seen and what he had done while serving in the U.S. Navy.

    His name was Joseph Anthony “Tony” Cecconi.

  • 1/24/18 Briefs


    Volunteers Needed

    Volunteers are needed at the Lincoln Legacy Museum. If you have any free time, even a couple of hours would be greatly appreciated. Call Lena at (859) 336-3232.


    Addiction Counseling

  • Basketball teams face midseason test in All ‘A’ Classic

    Zack Peñalva

    Sports Writer

    At nearly the halfway point of the season, Washington County High School’s basketball teams are in very different places.

    The boys have seesawed their way through the first half of the season and the team’s record sits at just above .500 at the time of print. A rocky end to 2017 saw them go 1-5 in a two-week span. Since then, they’ve won four regular season games in a row, outscoring their opponents by a cumulative score of 255-214.

  • Waters retires from housing authority

    Nick Schrager


    Darnell Waters has been serving his community for nearly 60 years, but as of Jan. 1, his service has come to an end.

    Waters, who’s been with the housing authority since before there was a housing project on Melavin Circle, retired as a commissioner earlier this month.

    “I’m not doing this for accolades,” Waters said in an interview with The Sun. “My main objective was to improve the housing on High Street and get people in safe housing.”

  • Sign theft costing taxpayers thousands

    More than 40 road signs have been stolen in the county over the past two weeks, and while the thefts have cost taxpayers thousands of dollars, officials are worried they could cost other people their lives.

    “We’re losing so many signs that it’s an epidemic right now,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “We don’t know where they’re going right now, so I’m trying to be cautious not to point fingers at anyone.”

  • Downs finishes in top 12 at state DYW program

    Washington County’s Distinguished Young Woman, Sarah Downs, made it to the top 12 in the state competition over the weekend.

    Making it to the final round was a memorable, albeit tense experience for the Bethlehem High School senior.

    “It was honestly kind of stressful,” Downs said. “Right after they announced us, we had to go off stage and get ready for the fitness routine.”

    And that, she said, is where things got busy.

  • Flu outbreak strikes county

    Staff Report

    The flu is so bad this year that the entire school district had to close for two days last week, and it has healthcare professionals concerned.

    According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, there have been more than 30 flu-related deaths so far for the 2017-2018 season.