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Today's News

  • SCC receiver asking for extension

     The court-appointed receiver for St. Catharine College is asking the federal judge for an extension of time to Sept. 23 to file a property inventory, a report of financial activity and budgets. 

    According to the proposed order submitted to the court, “the Receiver is continuing to negotiate with brokers and auctioneers in order to reach agreements and to establish an orderly and fair process to sell real and personal property.”  

  • Behind the Scenes ... of a band performance

    With a commanding roar of wind instruments and the ear-crushing crash of drums, the Washington County High School Marching Band could easily be called a force to be reckoned with. What few people realize – or fully appreciate – is the time and effort it takes for the students to put on an award-winning show.

    According to band director Scotty Burns, the 55-member band, which plays more than 10 different instruments, will perform its new and original show entitled “Disturbed,” this year.

  • Yates to spend 120 days in jail

    Frankie Yates, the Springfield woman accused of stealing money, goods and Wal-Mart gift cards from people across North America, was escorted out of the courtroom by security after her formal sentencing last week.

  • Suspected scam artists in area

    The Irish Gypsy Travelers may be a group of scam artists you’ve never heard of, but they’re currently operating in Washington County.

    According to Deputy Jackie Robinson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the group of scam artists has targeted several elderly people in the community and stolen thousands of dollars.

    He said they claim to be contractors and offer services that are not needed, do little or nothing and then demand payment.

  • Mackville Harvest Homecoming Festival returns this Saturday

    When the Mackville Harvest Homecoming Festival was revived in 2013, it was the return of a long-beloved community event that had been dormant for eight years.

    This Saturday will mark the fourth year of the festival after its revival, and co-chair Amanda Preston hopes to see the popular celebration reach new heights again this year after seeing consistent growth in years past.

  • Saylor, Hardesty appear in court last week

    An accused murderer and alleged sexual predator both appeared in Washington County Circuit Court on Aug. 31.

    Eric Saylor, 47, of Lancaster, entered the courtroom in shackles for a pretrial conference. Saylor is accused of shooting Shane E. Thomason at the Washington County Livestock Center on Feb. 1. The shooting occurred outside of the stockyard building during a cattle auction.  

    A bond hearing for Saylor was set for Oct. 12 and a jury trial was scheduled for March 6.

  • SCC student fees could be returned

    Former Saint Catharine College students who had paid fees, security deposits or other money, which were being held by the college, may be getting those returned to them soon.  The court-appointed Receiver, LS Associates, LLC, has asked the Federal Court to establish a student refund account to facilitate the return of approximately $180,000 in student fees and claims ranging from $50 to $6,792 each. 

  • Sweet as honey

    Writer's note: the original version of this story attributed a quote from a website to Danny Ray Spalding. The story has been has corrected. A clarification will appear in next week's issue of The Sun.

     

    Even though St. Catharine College has closed, St. Catharine Farm is buzzing with activity. 

    Literally.

  • Board OKs tax collection

    The Washington County Board of Education has finalized the collection process for taxes in the wake of November’s election.

  • Small tax hike could bring in almost $15,000 for county

    For the first time in more than 10 years, the county’s tax levy on property will be 8 cents per every $100 in assessed value.

    The current rate is 7.7 cents and the raise will bring in $14,918 in one year. 

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, someone who owns property valued at $100,000 could expect to see their taxes go up $3.