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  • Graves indicted for attempted murder;Five others indicted

    A Washington County grand jury returned indictments against six people recently, including eight counts against Kevin D. Graves of Springfield.

    Graves, 30, of Jimtown Road, was charged with four counts of criminal attempt to commit murder (Class B felony), as well as one count of assault in the 4th degree (Class A misdemeanor), one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun (Class C felony), one count of criminal mischief in the 1st degree (Class D felony) and one count of being a persistent felony offender in the 1st degree.

  • County weighs dead animal options

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The Washington County Fiscal Court is one step closer to a solution to the dead animal pickup problem. The county decided not to renew their contract with Nation Brothers due to a doubling of the contract cost. The court has received a proposal from Dead Animal Removal Service, Inc. from Winchester, Ky., to pick up and dispose of dead animals in the county for $27,900. The county is also considering keeping the $20 per-stop fee charged to farmers who use the service.

  • Lifting Lincoln

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    If you were driving through downtown Springfield Thursday morning, you couldn’t help notice all to the commotion by the Washington County Judicial Center. It was a big day as the town was paid a visit by none other than President Abraham Lincoln. Actually, it was an 11-foot, 1,195 pound bronze statue of our 16th president, but it was nonetheless a site to behold.

  • Man rescued from flooded truck

    What started as a normal trip to take his stepdaughter to a friend’s house turned into much more for John Clark.

  • Kicking Butts and taking names

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Members of the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition were out kicking butts and taking names Saturday morning as part of Kick Butts Day 2009. It was a single-day event designed to promote smoking cessation along with drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

  • Unemployment rate up in 2008

    Annual unemployment rates were higher in 110 Kentucky counties in 2008 than in 2007, while 10 counties were lower, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    In 2008, five Kentucky counties had an annual jobless rate at or above 10 percent compared to three counties that recorded double-digit rates in 2007.

  • Eagle Scout service project helps neighbor

    The Boy Scout slogan is “Do a good turn daily,” and there couldn’t have been a better day to act upon that slogan than last Saturday. William Hale and a few of his fellow scouts from Troop 429 took advantage of the warm weather to do some landscaping at Cathy Edelen’s home on East High Street as his Eagle Scout project.

    “We’re planting some trees and bushes, plus re-sodding some grass to make the house look nice,” said the 14-year-old Hale.

  • Local church to portray life of Jesus Christ

    For Kyle Claunch and his congregation, serving God comes first, as it should.

    Claunch, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church on Perryville Road, is working with his approximately 75-member church to put on a show that is much larger in scope than the church is in number. Although they are taking on a very large task, Claunch said he and the church members are doing it all to please God.

  • Safety first...and last at new judicial center

    The new Washington County Judicial Center is receiving customers and visitors every day. While the building is impressive and boasts amenities like plenty of office space and high-tech courtrooms, there is one particular area that hopefully most people will never get a chance to see – the secured prisoner area.

  • Customers in a rush as tax deadline nears

    The flowers in the garden are starting to bloom, winter’s chill seems like a faded memory and college basketball just wrapped things up for the year. So you know what time of the year it is, right? Of course, it’s tax time!

    What? Taxes?

    Yes, there’s one week left to file your tax returns, and if you’re like a lot of people, you’re waiting until the last minute to file. According to Darlene Carrico, the branch manager of H&R Block in Springfield, there are a variety of reasons why people procrastinate during tax season.