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  • Heroes remembered during Willisburg festival

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It was a day to remember those who have given all to protect and defend our country. It was also a day for food, friendship and fun as Willisburg held its annual Memorial Homecoming Festival on Saturday.

  • BueLingo beef cattle come to Washington County

    If you travel north on KY-438 a couple miles past Lincoln Homestead State Park, you may notice something you don’t see every day in Washington County. As some drivers pass Nodda Farm, owned by Charlie and Sharon Raymond of Springfield, they can’t resist the urge to stop, backup and take a look at a unique sight. Nodda Farm is home to Double Stuff and Miss Moon Pie, a pair of BueLingo Cattle. In fact, the cattle look like Oreo cookies – all black with a prominent white band around their center.

  • Departments seek new fire station

    Anybody who suffers from claustrophobia wouldn’t want to be a member of the Springfield or Washington County fire departments right now. That’s because a lack of space at the armory in Springfield is making life too close for comfort, as they must park some vehicles outside while squeezing other trucks into the bays with little room left over to breathe. That’s why the Washington County Fire Protection Association presented plans to build a new fire station to Washington County Fiscal Court and Springfield City Council last week.

  • GM drops 'Hammer' on local dealership

    When General Motors sent letters to more than 1,100 of its 6,000 dealers last week telling them that they will no longer do business with those dealers in 2010, Hammer Chevrolet in Springfield was among the letter recipients.

    Still, according to Mark Clark, general manager of Hammer Chevrolet, that does not mean the end of the local dealership, which is in the approval process of a sale to Eddie Franklin, a Columbia, Ky., based car dealer who already owns Ford, Chevrolet, and Nissan dealerships.

  • County nears the end of storm cleanup; bulky item drop-off extended

    It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of May and there’s still debris to be picked up from the January ice storm. But that goes to show just how severe the damage was. The Washington County Fiscal Court met last Monday and discussed ways to finish the clean-up.

    State-hired contractors ceased work on May 21 after cutting several roads in the county.

  • Judicial center dedicated

    It’s a project that has been in the works for several years now, and finally, the new Washington County Judicial Center is open for business.

    The center was officially opened a few weeks ago, but a celebration of the new facility was held Friday with state and local dignitaries, including Chief Justice of Kentucky’s Supreme Court, John D. Minton Jr.

  • The Springfields visit Springfield, Ky.

    It’s easy to see the inspiration for the travels of Ronald and Rita Springfield of Vonore, Tenn. They have decided to travel the country to visit each town named Springfield.

  • Inspector closes Springfield pool

    “In good conscience, I cannot renew the permit for the pool this year,” said Kate Peake, an environmentalist with the Washington County Environmental Office. Peake addressed the Springfield City Council on her findings following an inspection of the facility on May 5. For the first time in its 56-year history, the pool will be closed this summer.

    “It’s out-lived its time,” Peake told the council. “The permit expired on April 3, and we’re not going to renew it.”

  • Cub Scouts, parents, donate van to couple

    Scouts are supposed to do a good deed daily, but a local group of Cub Scouts, with some help from their parents, pulled off a deed recently that should cover them for several days to come.

    The members of Cub Scout Pack 458 of Willisburg presented a handicapped-accessible van to a family in need Saturday, and the scouts, as well as the family receiving the gift, couldn’t have been happier.

  • School board says no to officer in high school

    There will be no school resource officer at Washington County High School.

    The Washington County Board of Education voted against the idea of placing an officer in the school at Monday night’s board meeting.

    Springfield Chief of Police Fred Armstrong and WCHS Principal Leon Smith presented the idea to the board at their meeting Monday night at Fredericktown Elementary.

    The vote was 3-2, with Michael McCain, Pat Clements and Patsy Lester voting against the motion, and Buffy Mann and Nora Niece voting in favor.