Today's News

  • Grand jury indicts 11

    A Washington County grand jury has returned indictments against 11 people.

  • Judge breaks tie on new districts for magistrates

    A tiebreaker vote by Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles kept the county out of potential legal trouble on Friday during a special-called meeting.

  • Dollar General store headed to Willisburg


    Ground has been broken for the new Dollar General store in Willisburg.
    Hal Goode, executive director of Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority, is excited about the progress, and to have Dollar General in the Willisburg community.

  • Tough times for tobacco farmers

    Tobacco farmers in Washington County who have been around a while may recognize the quality of tobacco this year’s crop is producing.
    Memories from the drought of 1983 stir like the dust that blows in the hot, dry summer wind.
    “This is the worst tobacco crop I’ve ever had,” James Osbourne, who has been raising tobacco for 20 years, said. “My dad (Sidney) thinks the tobacco is as bad as that (1983).”

  • Dry weather weakens corn stalks

    Many of you have commented to me about all the corn that blew down about three weeks ago.  In traveling around the county this week, I have seen a lot more of it, and with our continued drought, it will only get worse.
    This brings up the question what fields to harvest first, do you have the ability to dry down that corn, and various other harvesting questions individuals may have.

  • Perennials may be overcrowded

    Have your perennials been in their current location for at least three years?  Have you watered and fertilized them regularly throughout the growing season, yet they haven’t bloomed as much as usual and they just look tired?  Your perennials may be over crowded.  

  • WEDDING: Medley, Mattingly

    Jessica Marie Medley and Barton Wayne Mattingly were wed at 7 p.m. on July 9, 2011, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Springfield.
    She is the daughter of Glen and Sandy Medley of Springfield.
    He is the son of  Mike and Cheryl Mattingly of Springfield.
    The bride is a graduate of Washington County High School and Eastern Kentucky University. She is employed as a social worker for Kentucky River Foothills.

  • Driver in fatal crash pleads guilty

    An East Bernstadt  man will spend time behind bars for his actions leading to a fatal July 2010 accident.
    Stephen Sizemore, 55, entered a guilty plea to a charge of manslaughter, 2nd degree, Friday in a criminal mediation held in Taylor County.

  • Property tax rates could go up, slightly

    The tax rate for real property in Washington County could go up one-tenth of a percent if the second reading of an ordinance passes on Sept. 12.

    The current tax rate is 7.5 percent on real property. A jump to 7.6 percent would compensate for a decrease in real estate and personal property valuation in the county.
    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said the court was allowed by law to increase the rate to 7.9 percent, but said that in the current economic climate a hike such as that would be unwise.

  • Local students, employers benefit from LTADD summer youth program

    Employers and students have reaped the benefits of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District’s (LTADD) summer youth program.

    The program has placed residents aged 18 to 21 in Nelson, Marion and Washington counties with employers for the summer for the past two years.
    “What we do is, we pay their wages,” Terri Thomas, with the LTADD, said. “Whatever the (employer) pays, that’s what we pay. If, for instance (someone) worked at TG Kentucky, we paid what TG would start their pay.”