Today's News

  • 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.

  • Siblings meet for the first time after 75 years

    It took 75 years, but two siblings finally met each other for the first time earlier this month.

    Samuel Lambert, 77, of Willisburg, met his half sister, Karen Condron, 75, of Effingham, Illinois, through a DNA testing service.

    “I received this DNA kit as a gift from my daughter, Kimberly Hamilton,” Lambert said.

    He never expected to find a long-lost relative. That’s because his daughter had also taken the test.

  • Commanders look to reclaim their title as 19th District champs
  • Commanderettes leave behind regular season to hunt for third straight district championship


    The Commanderettes’ 28-game season was evenly split at 14 wins, 14 lossess for the second year running after they finished their final game of the regular season this past Saturday. Their 5-3 district record was good enough to allow them a first round bye that puts them one win away from playing for their third consecutive title. 


  • Springfield native Peggy Cooper wins award in San Diego

    Springfield native Peggy Cooper, the daughter of Sarah and the late Kenneth Newby, has made quite a name for herself in San Diego, California.

    Cooper, a 1976 graduate of Washington County High School, was named one of the most influential women in San Diego by The Daily Transcript in March.

    Cooper, the senior communications specialist of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, said the award was an honor. She joined 29 other women in winning the accolade.

  • School district staff to participate in active shooter training

    Staff in the Washington County School District will soon be participating in real-life active shooter mock scenarios at the close of the school year. All staff members will be undergoing mandatory training through Away, Barricade, Counter (ABC) Civilian Active Shooter Training led by national law enforcement trainer Robert Tirollo, according to an announcement from Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. The training is part of the district’s effort to be proactive in the area of school safety, and is being sponsored by the United Steelworkers Local 241 in Bardstown.

  • Washington County Fiscal Court approves first reading of 2018-19 budget

    Washington County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of the 2018-19 budget on May14.

    “Now, this is the biggest decision we make all year long,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said.

    The total general fund appropriations amounted to $3,613,329, the road fund amounted to $2,098,628, the jail fund totaled $548,491, and Local Government Economic Assistance Fund was $29,000, for a total of $6,289,428.

    The budget will be sent to Frankfort for review before a second reading.


  • November general election races set


    The votes have been counted and the November general election is officially set after 3,679 voters went to the polls for a total turnout of 41.5 percent in Washington County’s primary election Tuesday.

    In the race for Washington County Judge/Executive, Tim Graves and Tony Royalty will meet up on the November ballot.

  • Win over Atherton stops losing skid


    Marion County Knights


    A slow start made all the difference in the Commanders’ 8-3 loss to Marion County on Thursday.

    The Knight’s speed out of the gate gave them two early runs that stood unanswered for four innings.

  • Split results for softball



    Bethlehem Banshees

    A strong performance in the later innings of the game gave the Commanderettes an 8-3 win over Bethlehem on Tuesday.

    Trinity Baker resumed her home run streak against the Eagles after failing to clear the fences against Thomas Nelson in the previous game. Her shot to center field marked her fourth home run in her last four games.