Today's News

  • School board votes to keep same property tax rate

    Washington County taxpayers will pay the same rate this year in school taxes after a vote Thursday by the school board.

    The board voted at a special-called meeting to keep the rate on real property (real estate) at 60.2 cents per $100 of assessed value ($602 on a $100,000 home).

    The rate will bring in about $3.78 million for the district, just over $170,000 more than last year, Washington County Board of Education finance director Judy Spalding said.

    Most of the $171,619 in additional revenue ($166,899) will be spent on instruction, Spalding said.

  • Johnson indicted on assault, PFO charges

    A Springfield man charged with the July 11 shooting in Springfield has been indicted on charges of first-degree assault and first-degree persistent felony offender.

    If convicted on both charges, Dyron A. Johnson, 38, of Maplewood Avenue, could face up to 50 years, or life, in prison

    Johnson is accused of non-fatally shooting Andrew Hawkins of Lebanon just before midnight July 11 at the intersection of U.S. 150 and KY 555.

  • Washington County Fiscal Court: Landowners speak against road closure

    Washington County Fiscal Court magistrates heard from two local farmers on a proposed road closure within the county during Friday morning’s regular monthly meeting.


    First to speak against the proposed closure of Hall Lane was Steve Settles. Settles said he owns farm land on Hall Lane and regularly used the road.


  • Sun names new general manager

    The Sun will soon have a new leader to take the place of Dave Hagan, who left at the end of July.

    Alice Walker, who has been with The Sun’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers, for 15 years, will take on the role of general manager beginning Sept. 1.

  • Washington County High School put on 'soft lockdown' last Wednesday

    Washington County High School was put on a “soft lockdown” last Wednesday after a student reportedly inhaled a THC substance through a vaping device and became unresponsive.

    During the lockdown, students were held in their classrooms for about 10 minutes.

    A search for the device was conducted, Washington County Schools superintendent Robin Cochran said.

  • Animal control working on TNR for stray cats in the city

    A Springfield couple say their lives have been turned upside down by a cat colony living next door to their Maplewood Avenue home.

    The couple, Bobby and Vickie Chesser, have contacted city mayor Debbie Wakefield, presented to the Springfield City Council and to the Washington County Fiscal Court, and taken numerous other steps to be sure their nuisance is known.

    In short, they want the cats gone.

    The situation with the cats has gradually gotten worse over the last few years, Bobby Chesser said.

  • Washington County Schools adds CARE to curriculum



    A class of middle-schoolers at North Washington Elementary spent time Friday morning talking about the importance of “filling each other’s baskets,” an idea most probably hadn’t heard since kindergarten.


    “We focus so much on the negative,” Kerrie Sneed, their teacher, said to the class.

  • New director puts the 'Community' back in Central Kentucky Theatre

    One of the first things Kolton Winfield did after being named new director of the Central Kentukcy Theatre was change its name, putting the 'community' back in it.

    Each show at the Central Kentucky Community Theatre brings an opportunity to build community, and building community is what a community theater is about, says Kolton Winfield, the theater’s new director.

    Winfield, who took the helm of the community theater at the beginning of August, said one of his goals for the theater is to ensure its shows resonate with area residents.

  • Washington County's Mattingly finishes 14th in All A


    Washington County junior Luke Mattingly turned in an impressive performance on Saturday when he finished 14th in the All A State Golf Tournament at Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond.

    Mattingly fired his best ever tournament round score with a four-over-par 76.

    He started his round on back nine and eagled the par-five 16th hole to get to one under par. He made a bogey coming in to finish the outward nine at level par.

  • Washington County volleyball wins one, loses one

    It was mixed results for Washington County last week in volleyball action as the Commanderettes went 1-1, beating Bethlehem but falling to Taylor County to finish up a seven-game road trip.

    Washington County (7-2, 3-0) stayed perfect in district play with the 3-1 win over Bethlehem (6-6, 1-2), a win coach John Rogers called “a grind.”

    “We came out flat against Bethlehem,” Rogers said. “We missed serves and had hitting errors, a different effort than we had versus Thomas Nelson.”