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  • The wheels on the bus

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    Murray Walker rolled out of bed Tuesday morning and climbed behind the steering wheel of a bus for the first day of school. It’s nothing new for Walker, who at age 70, started his 44th year as a bus driver Tuesday.

  • Springfield celebrates African-American heritage

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The streets of downtown Springfield were filled with food, fun and entertainment on Friday, Aug. 1, as the city held its 5th annual African-American Heritage Festival. The event recognizes and celebrates the contributions that African-Americans have made to the community. This year's event focused on the importance of education in children's lives.

  • Living in the past

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Most people prefer to learn about the Civil War by reading about it in a book or watching a film. Lee Lewis, of Willisburg, would rather learn about it by dressing the part and participating in battle re-enactments.

    “I learn something new at every event,” said Lewis. “The more you learn about the past, the more you appreciate what you have now.”

  • New bridge opens at Maker's Mark

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The Washington County Fiscal Court announced that a new Maker's Mark Bridge was completed on July 24. The bridge opened for traffic on the morning of Monday, July 28.

    The old bridge, which was damaged earlier in the month when an abutment fell into the creek, was torn down and replaced for approximately $52,000. $50,000 of that cost was paid for by Marion County through emergency funds.

  • School board filing deadline is Aug. 12

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    Three of the five seats on the Washington County School Board are up for election this year, but so far, nobody has tossed their name into the hat to oppose the people who currently fill those seats for a four-year term on the board.

    The three districts to be decided this fall are held by Patsy Lester, who is the board chair serving from District 3, Margaret Newby of District 4, and Pat Clements of District 5.

  • African American Heritage Festival is this weekend

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    For the fifth consecutive year, Washington County will celebrate its heritage this weekend as the 2008 African American Heritage Festival kicks off in downtown Springfield.

    Nell Haydon, director of the Springfield’s Main Street Renaissance Program, said this year’s event will pay tribute to African American educators. The festival will begin with a new event featuring a special panel of educators at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at the Opera House.

  • Local farmer's cows killed when struck by lightning

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Sun Summer Intern

    It had seemed like a normal day when Kevin Coulter left six cows and a bull to graze near a tree on his farm July 21.

    Soon it began to rain, so Coulter waited an hour before he went back to his cattle.

    But when he came back, all of them were dead. They had all been struck by lightning.

  • Abbi receives U.S. citizenship

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Sun Summer Intern

    Bonnie Abbi believes her move from Alberta, Canada, to Springfield, Ky., was due to God throwing a dart on the map. It was where she needed to be.

    “I now believe in all my heart there are so many blessings he could shower upon me here rather than in British Columbia,” Abbi said.

  • Drifting into Springfield

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    If there had been a prize for the audience members who traveled the longest distance to Saturday night’s concert featuring Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters at Idle Hour Park, Louis and Viola Klein would have won hands down.

    The Kleins made their way to Springfield from Midland, Mich., making a drive of 496 miles, according to Louis.

  • Insured deposits are safe at a community bank

    Special to The Sun

    Springfield State Bank would like to remind community banking customers that their insured deposits are safe and backed by the full faith and credit of the federal government through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).