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  • Out of the woodwork - Isaiah House provides firewood for the needy

    The firewood ministry of Isaiah House in Willisburg is not only providing a source of warmth and comfort to their customers, but also providing a physical, emotional and spiritual outlet for the men on the wood pile.

    Now in its fourth year, the firewood program got started when Mark LaPalme, executive director, spotted a sign for free firewood, placed by a man who cuts down trees for a living. LaPalme arranged to pick up all the wood from the man's jobs and has since added two more suppliers.

  • Homestead exemption tax break increases in 2009-10

    Economic times are tough all over, but there are savings in store for some taxpayers.

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue has announced that the state’s homestead exemption benefits will increase starting in 2009, saving an additional $2,300 for Washington County residents and others across the state who meet set requirements.

  • City prepares for phase II of High Street Redevelopment

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    At their meeting on Monday evening, the Springfield City Council approved the application process to start the second phase of the East High Street Redevelopment Project. The project will renovate some buildings and tear down and rebuild other structures.

    “These renovations will be almost identical to what happened on the other end of High Street,” said Springfield Mayor John Cecconi.

    The city will be required to contribute $25,000 toward the project.

  • Fire claims life of local businessman

    An early morning house fire last Tuesday at 610 Briarcliff Ave. in Botland left one resident dead while the other escaped the burning structure without injury.

    According to the Nelson County Coroner’s Office, John T. Mudd, 44 — the owner of Joseph Thomas True Candles — died as a result of the fire. His body was sent to Louisville for an autopsy.

  • Getting connected - Computers, Internet brought to more Washington Countians

    The Internet and high-speed access to the Web have grown by leaps and bounds in Washington County over recent months, and that growth continued on Friday as 18 new computers and printers made their way into the community.

    ConnectKentucky, a non-profit organization working to connect people to technology across the state, brought the computers to the county with the help of its Computers 4 Kids program and a donation by AT&T.

  • Bank robbery suspect indicted

    A Washington County grand jury returned an indictment against a man accused of robbing a local bank.

  • Local family trying to recover after house fire

    When David Thompson and his wife Denise came home from work after a late second shift at Inoac last Tuesday morning, they were horrified to find their home had caught fire, and everything they owned was inside.

    David Thompson said the fire was discovered at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, and fortunately, no one was at home. The Thompsons, along with a daughter, Amber, had lived in their home on Mayes Creek Road for the past four years. David said Amber, who is seven months pregnant, was staying with a cousin, or things might have been much worse.

  • Election results are in for county clerk's office

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    According to figures provided by Washington County Clerk Glenn Black, if you were one of the 5,438 people in Washington County who voted in last month’s election, you cost the county $3.85.

  • Lions/Rotary auction raises $8,000

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    This past Sunday was the 67th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and although there was never a threat of an invasion, if you tuned into WLSK 100.9 MIKE FM from 1 to 5 p.m., it may have sounded like a major military operation was underway as code names and other mysterious sounding dialog filled the airwaves for a few hours. Opposing sides traded counterstrikes and strategic moves were made, but listeners were never in harm's way. It was only the annual Lions/Rotary radio auction taking place.

  • Springfield to host state barbeque championship

    Temperatures are usually starting to cool down in early October around Springfield, but things are certain to heat up next year when the third annual Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival will crown a new Kentucky barbeque champion.

    Dawn Pettus, executive director of the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, said the local festival’s annual barbeque cook-off has been certified to crown a state champion, as well as some other honors in the barbeque circle.