Flu Cases on the Rise in Washington Schools

The Washington School District has been able to avoid the flu season this year but attendance rates are beginning to drop. Generally when a school dips below a 90 percent attendance rate, it starts to have a problem. The High School and Middle School seem to be fine at this point but a few elementary schools are hovering around that 90 percent rate. Both South Point and Fifth Street have seen a nearly 5 percent drop in the last week and now are only slightly over 90 percent. Cambellton and Augusta are only slightly better around 92 percent. Not all or even most absences are attributed to confirmed cases of influenza but a drop in attendance in the schools is a good indicator that Washington is officially fighting the flu.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

3 days 15 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Senior Taylor Covington with the New Haven Track and Field Team. Taylor earned All-State honors medaling in four events at the state track meet at Lincoln University in Jefferson City Friday and Saturday. She ran anchor on the 4X800 relay team that finished in sixth place.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

1 week 1 day ago

Commencement, it is said, is a beginning. Yet graduations are also the end of an era--for students and their parents. For the kids, it's a time of excitement and promise. For parents, it's a bit more bittersweet.

What will the future hold for the Class of 2015? Time will tell.

My youngest has now graduated from high school. Back in 1980, I was the youngest of my family who graduated.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

10 hours 43 min ago

Class 3, 4 and 5 State Championship Track and Field is scheduled today and tomorrow at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Several local athletes have qualified.

Class 4-Allison Hinson of St. Clair won state in the Shot Put this morning with a distance of 47-feet-3.75-inches.