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  • Proposed parkway could mean jobs; development

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    A proposed parkway could make Central Kentucky more attractive to businesses and development. That’s the hope of a new area committee dedicated to seeing that what is being called The Heartland Parkway comes to pass.

    The highway would stretch 63 miles from the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway and KY-555 interchange in Washington County, passing through Marion and Taylor counties along KY-55 to the interchange of the Louis B. Nunn Parkway and KY-61 in Adair County.

  • UK AD to speak at chamber banquet

    When the 2009 Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Banquet tips off on Jan. 29, a very special keynote speaker will be the center of attention.

    Mitch Barnhart, director of athletics at the University of Kentucky, has been secured as the speaker for this year’s event. Dawn Pettus, executive director of the chamber, said Barnhart has confirmed that he will speak at the annual event.

    Ralph Blandford, president of the chamber, said Barnhart will be an excellent draw to the chamber banquet.

  • Fire guts family farm house

    There’s no replacing the 1930s wedding dress worn by her grandma, or those school photos that once hung in the family’s office. Gone are the Christmas presents, including her daughter’s new iPod.

    But Julia Hutchins is coping with other realities now – like the fact that her daughter doesn’t even have shoes since a Monday morning fire destroyed the family’s two-story home at 1269 Johnson Rd., and most everything in it.

    “I’m so lost right now,” she said.

  • 2008 Year in review

    January

    The Central Kentucky Community Theater raised the curtain for the first time on Jan. 11 as “Nunsense” took the stage as the theater group’s first-ever performance.

    April Reinle made her way to Lexington to compete in state junior miss competition. Reinle, who was named Washington County 2008 Junior Miss, was among 36 participants to take part in the state event. She placed in the top 10 overall, and won top honors for physical fitness.

  • Man remains in serious condition at Louisville hospital after wreck on Bloomfield Road

    A 20-year-old Springfield man remained in serious – but stable – condition at University Hospital in Louisville on Monday, after he apparently lost control of his 1984 Chevy pick-up Friday afternoon and struck a ditch on Bloomfield Road, just five miles north of Springfield.

    Washington County EMS initially transported James T. Spalding to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon. He was later transferred to Louisville for treatment.

  • Economy forces county to trim 2009 budget

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    With a shortfall of occupational taxes expected next year, the Washington County Fiscal Court is looking for ways to cut back.

    “We've got to trim some budget somewhere,” said Judge/Executive John A. Settles. “Occupational taxes are one of the greatest income generators that the county has and I think we can all understand that income to the county is going to start going down.”

  • The spirit of giving

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Children from Fredericktown Elementary School gathered in the school's cafeteria last Thursday evening to participate in "Wrap It" night, the school's annual holiday giving project.

  • A new home for the holidays

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    This Christmas is pretty much like previous Christmases for Ange Umulisa. She is used to decorating the Christmas tree and having strings of lights around the house. But this year, Christmas is different because she is not in her native country of Rwanda.

    “(In Rwanda) we have the tree and the lights,” said Umulisa. “But there's no snow and it's not too cold, like here.”

  • River of Life Church to host marriage-building movie

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    The River of Life Church in Springfield is excited about trying to promote the family in the community. Pastor Troy Shelton said this community, as well as churches in it, have people who are struggling in their marriages, and he and his church hope to offer help with the upcoming showing of a new movie called Fireproof.

  • Robinson takes financial post at SCC

    Gary W. Robinson came to St. Catharine College last week as the Vice President for Finance. For 12 years Robinson had been employed at KI (USA) Corp. in Berea, the last four as President. After leaving there earlier this year he has been a professor of corporate development at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

    “With his background in manufacturing Gary will bring a different perspective here,” said St. Catharine President William D. Huston. “His work with lean manufacturing will be a benefit as well.”