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Today's News

  • No increase on school tax rate

    At a time when a poor economy is putting a pinch on almost everybody’s budget, higher taxes are the last thing most people need. Recognizing that, the Washington County School Board voted in a special meeting Thursday to keep its tax rate exactly the same as it was last year.

  • Grundy Plantation recognized as historic site

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Hugh L. Grundy, 93, of Springfield, has enjoyed a career in aviation that has taken him around the world. But whether he was in Hong Kong, New York City, Cairo, Shanghai or Los Angeles, the place he would rather be was his family’s plantation right here in Washington County.

    “In all my travels I have never seen a place more peaceful than right here,” said Grundy. “They say you can’t go home, but here I am.”

  • "Beef Bash" to focus on beef cattle

    The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association will offer the inaugural Beef Bash, a unique field day for Kentucky beef cattle producers, on Sept. 23 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.

  • Dry weather may have caused cornstalk deterioration

    Farmers should examine the condition of their cornstalks because this summer’s dry weather may have caused them to deteriorate in strength, said Chad Lee, grain crops extension specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • Willisburg will buy new fire truck at cost of $184,585

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The Willisburg Fire Department will be getting a new fire truck around the end of October or the beginning of November. The total cost is $184,585. A state loan will cover $75,000 while an additional $70,000 will be covered by a loan from the Kentucky Association of Counties. The Washington County fiscal court approved the loan from KACO at its Monday meeting. The remaining $39,585 will be paid by the fire department from funds on hand.

  • SCC finishes fifth in golf opener

    Special to the Sun

    The St. Catharine College men’s golf team finished fifth in a nine team field in the opening tournament of the fall. The two-day event was played Saturday and Sunday at the University Club in Lexington hosted by Transylvania.

    Leading the Patriots was Simon Brown who had a 36 hole total of 150 (72-78). Scott Johnson had a 156 (82-74), Aaron Darby a 158 (82-76), Alex Carey a 160 (78-82), and Josh Edwards a 166 (86-80).

  • SCC soccer teams open NAIA play

    Special to The Sun

    SCC Sports Information

    The St. Catharine College mens’ and women’s soccer teams made their debuts in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics on Friday, Aug. 29.

    The women’s team opened the season in style, winning its opener over Kentucky Christian University with a 4-0 shutout. The win was the first in the season opener for the Lady Patriots in five years.

  • Fredericktown to celebrate Patriot Day

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It was one of the most tragic days in our country's history, and those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, will never be forgotten. That's the goal of a special ceremony being held in Fredericktown, as well as honoring those who continue to serve today.

  • County road workers to start 10-hour work days as of Sept. 8

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Starting Sept. 8, the Washington County Road Department will start a 30-day test program, working four 10-hour days a week instead of the traditional five eight-hour days.

    Road department supervisor Albert Wimsatt says he's received positive feedback from his employees about the shorter work week.

  • Threat has passed for soybean rust this year

    The risk of damage and yield loss from soybean rust has subsided for crops in the state that are at or past the R5, or beginning seed, stage, according to a University of Kentucky plant pathologist.

    “We dodged another bullet this year,” said Don Hershman, plant pathologist in the UK College of Agriculture. “Even if spores were to arrive in the state today, it will still take them at least a month to a month-and-a-half to develop, and by that time, all of our soybeans will be made.”