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Today's News

  • Former ‘Cornbread Mafia’ member speaks out

    A former member of the “Cornbread Mafia” says a vicious rumor about the gang’s guard dogs is completely false. 

    Mary Jo McDonald, 52, of Marion County, said she was at the farm in Minnesota where John Robert “Johnny” Boone was arrested in October 1987. McDonald, who knew Boone personally at the time, said she has proof that multiple Rottweiler dogs did not have their larynxes cut so they could attack without making noise.

    In fact, she said, she doesn’t even know where the rumor about the dogs was started. 

  • Fire destroys home on Covington Avenue

    A house fire on Covington Avenue in Springfield during the early morning hours of Jan. 9 is being described as a total loss. 

    Washington County Fire Chief Jim Logsdon said more than 20 firefighters from throughout the county responded to the fire, which was most likely caused by electricity. 

    The home belonged to Cherry Gibson but no one was home at the time of the incident. 

    “Thank goodness she wasn’t home,” Logsdon said. 

  • Webb sells books to benefit Freear's Hope

    When you walk into The Springfield Sun, the last thing you may expect to see is a small library, but Renee Webb, the circulation manager of the small-town newspaper, has built just that – and for a good cause. 

    “(I’m selling the books) to raise money for families who are going through chemotherapy and are having a hard time with regular bills, medical bills and medicine.” Webb said.

    The patients Webb is raising money for go to the Commonwealth Cancer Clinic in Danville. 

  • Dominican Sisters will remain at St. Catharine

    `Though St. Catharine College’s doors have been closed, the Dominican Sisters of Peace won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. 

    According to Sr. Anne Lythgoe in Columbus, Ohio, the St. Catharine Motherhouse, Sansbury Care Center and St. Catharine Farm are all separate entities from SCC and will remain in Washington County. 

    In fact, Lythgoe said while the Dominican Sisters of Peace are not planning to expand their property, they are looking for new ways to continue to serve the community.

  • Sticktight keeps on rocking

    What some people can only dream of – or spend a lifetime trying to achieve – has been accomplished by a Washington County teenager in just six years. 

    Ernie “Sticktight” Akins Jr., 19, of Willisburg, just signed his first record deal with ZoKay Publishing/TBD Promotions in London, Kentucky.

    “It was overwhelming,” Akins said, “and definitely humbling, because, you know, this is something I’ve wanted for a while … patience pays off and timing is everything.”

  • Girls lose three in tournament play

    Some tough competition over the Christmas holiday left the Washington County Commanderettes in the midst of an eight-game skid as they get ready for the new year.

    The ladies played three games in Campbellsville’s Food Pantry Holiday Classic last week, falling in all three games.

  • Boys take two in tourney

    Jeff Moreland

    Publisher

     

    All the Washington County Commanders wanted for Christmas was to win the Arby’s/KFC Holiday Classic at McCreary Central High School. Santa didn’t bring that present, but coach Bernard Smalley’s boys did deliver two wins against tough opponents in their four-game stint in the tournament.

    The Commanders opened things up to face Whitley County last Tuesday night, and they came out ready to play.

  • Seven indicted by grand jury

    Staff Report

     

    Seven people were indicted by a Washington County grand jury last week. 

    Makayla C. Ostertag, 20, of Louisville, was indicted for disorderly conduct in the second degree, a class B misdemeanor, and harassment, a violation. Bond was set at $500 full cash and she was ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness. 

  • Year in review

    January

    • The Springfield Police Department started a fundraiser to purchase a K-9.

    • De’porres S. Thompson, of Springfield, was paralyzed after being shot. Mitchell Hughes, of Springfield, was accused of the assault.

    • Hannah Edelen, daughter of Kevin and Jennifer Edelen, competed in the state’s Distinguished Young Woman contest and earned the Spirit Award.

     

    February

  • Pennington to face the death penalty

    A man accused of murdering a northern Kentucky couple and dumping their bodies miles apart is now facing the death penalty. 

    The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office filed an intent to seek the death penalty against Craig A. Pennington, 52, in Washington County Circuit Court last week. 

    Pennington is charged with killing Robert Jones and Crystal Warner in July over a rent dispute and dumping their bodies in Clark and Bath counties.

    The cabin Pennington was renting from the couple is located on Texas Road in Springfield.