Local News

  • County road crews to return to regular hours

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It was worth a try, but now, it's back to business as usual.

    At a meeting held on Monday, the Washington County Fiscal Court announced that county road crews will return to their regular work week schedule on Oct. 20. According to supervisor Albert Wimsatt, foggy conditions in the morning, combined with shorter daylight hours, pose a potential danger to workers on the road.

  • Barn quilt piece pays tribute to cancer survivors, victims

    Barbara Hale Wheatley is very aware of breast cancer. As a two-time survivor, she knows all too well what anyone facing the disease will go through, and she is pleased to help bring attention to it year round, and especially in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Going down: Gas prices continue to fall locally

    Consumers have become accustomed to seeing gas prices on the move, but that move is usually up instead of down. Lately, however, as oil prices have dropped to around $80 per barrel, gas has also dropped, and for the first time in as much as a year, local gas prices have fallen below $3 per gallon.

    Local merchants selling gas say it’s a simple case of supply and demand. Greg Simms, owner of the BP station on Lincoln Park Road in Springfield, said he has seen demand for gas dropping in recent months.

  • Local library has big day at Lexington surplus sale

    September 20 was a big day for the Washington County Library. In fact, it was a day that brought about $8,000 worth of materials to the library at no cost.

    Washington County Public Library Director Joy Wandrey received an e-mail early on the morning of Friday, Sept. 19, informing her that the Lexington Public Library would be having a sale of equipment no longer used there. The e-mail featured a list of several items, but she was informed that other items would also be available.

  • Drought will cost local farmers millions

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Back-to-back years of drought will end up costing Washington County farmers millions of dollars, not only in loss of crops or livestock, but also in costs to get parched acreage back into production, this according to Rick Greenwell, Washington County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

  • Blandford is nominee for Kentucky teacher of the year

    Millie Blandford, integrated science teacher at Washington County High School, has been nominated for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year award sponsored by Ashland, Inc.

  • Toyotomi expanding, adding equipment

    Toyotomi first arrived in Washington County nearly 10 years ago, and for the past eight years, the company has been producing automotive products in the community while providing employment to local workers. Despite tough times in the economy locally and globally, the company has announced a $1 million expansion of its current facilities, as well as the purchase of a new $7 million transfer press to be used in the manufacture of some of its products.

  • Church, restaurant hit by burglars

    According to Springfield Police, a local church and a restaurant were robbed some time Sunday night. Authorities say someone used a pry bar to open a locked door and gain entry to The River of Life Church on KY 555 in Springfield.

    A pry bar was also used to open several locked offices. The suspect(s) took some money from a desk and also stole money from a soda machine.

    In what police say is a related incident, someone also used a pry bar that same night to break into Backyard BBQ, located at the intersection of KY 555 and Lincoln Park Road in Springfield.

  • Library offers form for objectionable material

    There is no public vote on material selected for Kentucky’s public libraries, but there is a way for patrons to voice their concerns.

    Each library in Kentucky offers its visitors the opportunity to speak out on material by completing a form known as a request for reconsideration form. That form, when completed, is passed on to the library board for review and a decision on the material. If any citizen believes material in the library is not appropriate and should be removed, the form is completed and makes its way through the proper channels.

  • Harvesting fun

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The sun was out, hay littered Main Street, smiles were plentiful and the smell of barbecue filled the Autumn air. It could only mean one thing – it was time for the second annual Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival in Springfield.

    The festival was expanded to three days this year and organizers couldn’t be more pleased.