Today's News

  • Manton store open for business again

    Manton General Store operated just fine for 61 years without running water.
    Just fine, that is, until the contents of the store were auctioned off in January.

    The Newton family ran the store during that period, but the boys (John and Bob) decided it was time to auction off all the old goods and knick knacks.
    Running a business takes a lot of time, and they were looking for other ways to spend it.
    “It was too many hours,” John said. “I miss the people, talking to them. We spent 65 hours a week in here.”

  • Library offers e-book checkout


    Library patrons have a way to avoid late fees, if they’re hip to the technology.
    For about a year now, the Washington County Public Library (WCPL) has offered an e-book lending program.
    Patrons can check out a Sony Reader, an e-book reader, at the library, according to library director Joy Wandrey.

  • Wheat crop is one of the best

    This year’s wheat crop was probably the most interesting I have ever seen.  It looked as if everything was going to go wrong earlier in the year and it turned into one of the best wheat crops in the state’s history.  “What went right” is pretty interesting.

  • Rain causes late start to summer vegetable gardening this year

    Heavy rains in April and May delayed the home gardening season this year, forcing many gardeners to wait later than usual to plant or transplant seedlings into the garden. And June’s moderate temperatures have continued the early trend of slow growth. But as more sun hits garden plants and accelerates growth, vegetables should begin to flower, develop fruit and, eventually, ripen.

  • BIRTH: Brutto: It's a girl!

    Misty and Clement Brutto of Gravel Switch announce the birth of their daughter on June 28, 2011, at Spring View Hospital in Lebanon.
    Alyssa Rachelle Brutto weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20.25 inches in length.
    She was welcomed home by Justice Michelle Holder, age 14 and James Trey Holder, age 11.
    Maternal grandparents are Steve and Jackie Votaw of Gravel Switch.
    Paternal grandparents are Susan and Joe Brutto of Gravel Switch.

  • WEDDING: Mattingly, Smith exchange vows

    Sarah Mattingly and Robbie Smith were wed at 6:30 p.m. on May 21, 2011 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Springfield.
    She is the daughter of Todd and Cindy Mattingly of Springfield. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in May 2010 in communication disorders from Western Kentucky University and will graduate with a master’s degree in Dec. 2011.

  • Preservation Pedal kicks off in Springfield

    Main Street looked like a cyclist convention on Saturday.

    Cars with empty bike carriers were sprinkled all over downtown, as nearly two hundred cyclists from around the state came for a 10-, 30- or 50-mile trip around the county.
    The event, known as Preservation Pedal, was sponsored by Preservation Kentucky, a non-profit historic preservation organization.
    Nell Haydon, director of Springfield’s Main Street / Renaissance, said many of the cyclists she spoke with had never been to Springfield.

  • Sports withdrawal

    It’s that dreadful time of year again.

    No, not time to mow the grass. I actually enjoy that.
    It’s the lull of the national sports calendar.
    Sure, baseball is on every day, but I haven’t followed that closely since the strike-shortened season back in the 1990’s.
    Yes, there is golf on television, too. I enjoy watching golf on TV (when I want to take a nice long nap).
    I’m stuck with updates on the NFL and NBA lockouts, which only sadden me.

  • SCC hosts volleyball camps for area high school athletes

    Head coach Adam Stevenson, assistant coaches Jason McDannold and Kristen Michael, and the St. Catharine College volleyball team have been really busy this summer.

    The Patriots conducted a middle school camp from June 26 - 29. Players from many surrounding counties, and some from as far away as Caldwell County, attended the four-day camp. On the heels of that, from June 29 to July 2, a four-day camp for high school players was held.

  • Washington County falls to Marion in 3-0 defensive battle

    Pitching was the story of the night when the Washington County 9-and-10-year-old Little League softball all-stars battled Marion County on June 21 at Idle Hour Park.

    Haley Mattingly hurled 12 strikeouts in six innings, earning a no-hitter. Six of those strikeouts were the result of Washington County batters going down looking.
    She walked two batters.
    Haylee Graves fanned eight Marion County batters and only gave up two hits, but it wouldn’t be enough to win. Graves walked three batters.