https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Ernie ‘Sticktight’ Akins to release CD https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/ernie-%E2%80%98sticktight%E2%80%99-akins-release-cd <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7310edit_0.jpg" alt="Ernie “Sticktight” Akins will release a 11-track CD this week." title="Ernie “Sticktight” Akins will release a 11-track CD this week." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> If you live in Washington County, chances are you&rsquo;ve heard of the local musician, Ernie &ldquo;Sticktight&rdquo; Akins.<br /> And if you have, he has some exciting news &ndash; he&rsquo;s releasing his first self-titled album, &ldquo;Sticktight.&rdquo;</p> Taylor places in top 10 at state DYW https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/taylor-places-top-10-state-dyw <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_1079edit.jpg" alt="Taylor was presented with the ‘Be Your Best Self’ award for her work encouraging young people to make a commitment to being their best selves." title="Taylor was presented with the ‘Be Your Best Self’ award for her work encouraging young people to make a commitment to being their best selves." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Washington County&rsquo;s Distinguished Young Woman, Kate Taylor, placed in the top 10 at the state DYW program in Lexington over the weekend.</p> A perfect start to the year https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/perfect-start-year <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bbb_mainimage_web_010819.jpg" alt="Cameron Willis blows past a Nelson County defender during the Commanders&#039; 69-55 win on Jan. 8." title="Cameron Willis blows past a Nelson County defender during the Commanders&#039; 69-55 win on Jan. 8." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Washington County extended their winning streak to four last week after picking up wins over Nelson County and Model.</p> <p> <br /> Last Tuesday night the Commanders traveled to Nelson County for their second meeting with the Cardinals this season. Nelson County was looking for redemption after a 61-39 Washington County rout in the first matchup.</p> Girls bounce back with district win https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/girls-bounce-back-district-win <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gbb_mainimage_web_010819.jpg" alt="Commanderette guard Amber Murphy defends against Nelson County during Washington County&#039;s 60-40 win on Jan. 8." title="Commanderette guard Amber Murphy defends against Nelson County during Washington County&#039;s 60-40 win on Jan. 8." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Commanderettes notched a 20-point win over district opponent Nelson County last Tuesday night, the team&rsquo;s first win of the new year.</p> <p> <br /> A young Lady Cards&rsquo; roster was completely outmatched early on by Washington County, as the first quarter ended with the Commanderettes leading 19-3.</p> Back-to-back wins for boys team https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/back-back-wins-boys-team <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bbb_mainimageweb_010519.jpg" alt="Devin Hurst lays in a basket over the top of Marion County’s defense. Hurst scored a team-high 18 points on the night during the Commanders’ 62-60 win." title="Devin Hurst lays in a basket over the top of Marion County’s defense. Hurst scored a team-high 18 points on the night during the Commanders’ 62-60 win." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s early in the year, but the hottest ticket of 2019 may have already been sold. Saturday night&rsquo;s contest between Washington County and Marion County provided all the nail-biting, fist-clenching, stomach-churning excitement you could ask for in a basketball game that fully lived up to its &ldquo;Border War&rdquo; moniker. A tense 32 minutes of play came to an end with the Commanders on top, despite a last-second heave from Marion County that could have tipped the scales the other way.</p> Bookmobile travels hundreds of miles each month https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/bookmobile-travels-hundreds-miles-each-month <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1613edit.jpg" alt="Diana Morgan is Washington County’s bookmobile driver. " title="Diana Morgan is Washington County’s bookmobile driver. " align="left" hspace="6" width="155" height="85" /><p> Diana Morgan has been the Washington County Public Library&rsquo;s Bookmobile driver for nearly three years. If you pressed her to tell you what the most frequently asked question about the bookmobile is, she&rsquo;d tell you it&rsquo;s all about the keeping everything in place.</p> County unemployment numbers among state’s lowest https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/county-unemployment-numbers-among-state%E2%80%99s-lowest <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sweda_commerce_center_plan.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The latest figures from the Kentucky Center for Statistics brought positive news for Washington County. The county&rsquo;s unemployment rate was reported at three percent, half a point lower than the state average. Among the surrounding counties, only Anderson (2.9 percent) and Spencer (2.7 percent) ranked lower.</p> Flu widespread in commonwealth https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/flu-widespread-commonwealth <img src="https://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/n1207p48002c.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s that time of year again - it&rsquo;s flu season.<br /> According to a press release from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the flu is now considered widespread in the commonwealth, though no cases in Washington County have been confirmed.</p>