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  • Bus incident draws school officials' attention

    An incident on a Washington County school bus last Wednesday is being investigated by school officials.
    A call to The Springfield Sun by a parent last week informed the newspaper of an alleged incident aboard a bus involving students and what some thought to be a knife.

  • Local, area schools dealing with DUIs

     

    If you look at various sources of media these days, it’s easier all the time to find celebrities, athletes, and other high-profile individuals who are charged with drinking and driving. Some of these well-known people openly state they don’t want to be role models. But what happens when the offender is looked at as a role model by our children?

  • The bottom line on bison

    • The decimation of bison herds in late 1800’s led the population to drop from 30 million to fewer than 1,000 at the turn of the 20th Century.
    • By 1960 the National Geographic Society estimated that 20,000 bison were alive in the United States.
    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent Census of Agriculture in 2007 estimated that 220,000 U.S. bison live on public and private land.
    • Bison need no artificial shelter such as barns. They prefer to be outside all year despite the weather.

  • Where the bison roam

     

    Springfield is home to five new celebrities but the stars haven’t exactly warmed up to the place.
    These celebrities don’t have expansive houses, and you won’t catch them eating at local restaurants.  They keep it simple by grazing on grass, food pellets, yeast sac and minerals at Alltech.

  • Fire talk saved for Tuesday meeting

    As the Washington County Fiscal Court met Monday morning, there was no new information to process regarding the fire department, but the magistrates serving on the committee said they see things going well.

    Magistrate Greg Simms reported to the court that the fire department committee was to meet again on Tuesday evening. Magistrate Terry Tingle indicated that the last meeting was positive.

  • County residents upset with federal flood zone map

     

    Several property owners in Washington County are concerned that a new federal flood plain map will impact insurance rates since none of these residents or properties have experienced any flooding.

  • County looks at emergency preparedness

     

  • County seeks funding to train workers

    The Washington County Fiscal Court wants to put some people to work at its regional recycling center.
    Washington County solid waste coordinator George Ann Palmer asked the court to approve an application for a USDA grant that would provide more than $100,000 to fund job training for inmates.

  • Turn back clocks one hour tonight

     

    Turn your clocks back one hour tonight and enjoy an extra hour of sleep. Daylight saving time comes to an end, and the clocks go back at 2 a.m. Don't forget to change your clock tonight!

  • School facilities hearing today at 5:30 p.m.

    The Washington County School Board members will hear the latest facilities plan for what could lead to a new high school for the county. A public hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. where citizens will be permitted to comment on the issue. Following the hearing, the board will meet and potentially discuss the issues brought before it in the hearing. The meeting will be at the school district's central office. For more information, call (859) 336-5470.