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Today's News

  • Relay for Life cleared for takeoff

    A cancer fighting fundraising effort known for pounding miles of pavement may be taking to the skies this year — weather permitting.

    Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser organized by Marion and Washington counties, returns to the Lebanon-Springfield Airport for the third year.

    “This year, weather permitting, they will offer plane rides,” said Cathy Carrico, a Washington County Relay for Life organizer. “We were going to do it last year, but we had to cancel because the winds were too high.”

  • Mary Medley named Distinguished Young Woman

    The shine of the spotlight, the flashes of cameras, and the cheering of the crowd met Mary Medley as she was named the 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County.

    She was congratulated first by the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman winner Kate Taylor, before her family joined her on stage to celebrate.

    Medley enjoyed being a part of DYW and said it was a experience of a lifetime. She also said that DYW represents everything she stands for.

  • Harrodsburg couple killed in Saturday cycle crash

    A Harrodsburg couple died Saturday evening when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Jeep about five miles east of Springfield, according to Kentucky State Police.

    John Bailey, 39, who was operating a 1999 Harley Davidson, was traveling east on Highway 150 about 7 p.m. when he allegedly tried to pass several vehicles in a no passing zone, according to a KSP release.

    The motorcycle struck a 2007 Jeep driven by Warren Purdom, 59, of Springfield, who had slowed down to make a left turn, the release states.

  • 10 seek Distinguished Young Woman title

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    For all of the contestants vying for the 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County title, practice for the scholarship competition has been going on for at least two months. But according to one of the event organizers, some of the hopefuls have been practicing for years.

    Ten Washington County students have entered the competition this year, said Lauren Riney, one of the event co-chairs. The contest, which hits the stage Saturday with a weather-themed show, can be intense, she said.

  • Commanders fall to Bethlehem in district semi-finals

    After beating Thomas Nelson in the opening round of the district tournament the Washington County Commanders fell short of Bethlehem in the semi-finals. Bethlehem ran away with a early lead and never looked back as the Commanders finished their season.

  • WC clinch fourth straight district championship

    The Washington County Commanderettes have clinched the district championship for the fourth straight year. This is also their fifth straight year to play in the championship game and move on to the regional tournament. Maddie Pettus tossed from the circle in the championship game as WC played Bethlehem.

  • Pennington murder trial date reset for January 2020

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    Prosecutors can still seek the death penalty against a Washington County man accused of killing his landlords, a judge ruled Friday before resetting the trial date to early next year.

    The trial date for Craig Pennington was June 24, but due to issues regarding the complexity of the case and jury selection, 11th District Circuit Judge Allan Bertram postponed the trial until Jan. 13, 2020, after consulting with defense attorneys and prosecutors.

  • Body cams now standard issue for Springfield police

    The Springfield Police Department has officially fitted all its officers with body cameras.

    These body cams do not record 24/7, but instead are turned on when an officer is responding to a incident. This way, private conversations officers may have with individuals during their shifts are not recorded.

    Chief Jim Smith said it was important to get body cameras because it became a big issue nationally and it is a good way to record evidence. It is also good to see first-hand what the officer is seeing at the scene.

  • Washington County High School fishing team pitches proposal for Booker Reservoir

    By Abigail Whitehouse

     

    The high school fishing team has a plan to create a safe, public space for Washington County’s youth and community residents.

    Tim Messer, head coach of the Washington County High School Commander Bass Fishing Team, presented a proposal for cleaning up the Booker Reservoir to the Springfield City Council during the May 14 meeting.

    Messer’s son Nathaniel, as well as WCHS media specialist Nicole Wilson and her son Logan, a member of the fishing team, took turns sharing their ideas for the reservoir.

  • Salary increases approved by school board

    By David Stone
    dstone@lcni.com

    Teachers in the Washington County school system will receive a 2 percent pay raise after Board of Education members agreed — somewhat unexpectedly — on the salary hike.

    Board members were presented with two options on the 2019-2020 school year salary schedule: no pay raise or a 1 percent increase. During discussion of the pay increase proposal, members were told a 2 percent increase could be offered without greatly effecting the district’s financial operations.