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  • School tax increase approved

    Some were for it, and some were against it. Either way, about 30 people turned out to see what decision the Washington County School Board would make on the proposed school tax increase.

  • WCHS principal Leon Smith is new superintendent at Russellville

    In April, Leon Smith said he planned to remain as principal of Washington County High School after being a finalist for the Campbellsville Schools superintendent position. He said he would put some “feelers out there,” but he would stay in Washington County unless something came up.

    On Monday night, something did come up.

    Smith, after being named a finalist for the position of superintendent of Russellville Schools in Logan County, was officially named superintendent of that school system.

  • School tax increase passes unanimously

    The Washington County School Board unanimously voted Wednesday night to pass the tax increase from 50.8 to 52.9 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

    A group of about 30 people were on hand for the meeting, and a balanced mixture of those in favor were on hand to voice their opinions, as well as a group against the tax increase.

  • Reader helps clarify a matter of local history

    Here at The Springfield Sun, we take a lot of stock in what our readers have to say. That’s why when a call came to the office last week from a long-time reader, Violet Elliott, I wasted no time in taking her advice.

    When Mrs. Elliott called my office, she was very polite as she informed me I had made a mistake in a recent news story. That mistake was made when I reported that Robin Cochran was the first female superintendent in the history of Washington County schools.

  • Scam alert: Fake call made to Sun subscriber

    A subscriber to The Springfield Sun contacted our office today and informed us that she had been contacted by someone claiming to represent the newspaper. The caller told the woman that her newspaper subscription was about to expire, and she needed to provide them with her credit card information to prevent the subscription from expiring.

    She did not give the information, and contacted The Sun offices to report the incident.

  • Cash for Clunkers has little local impact

    While the “Cash for Clunkers” program offered by the federal government is a boom to new car dealers, smaller dealers like Hammer Chevrolet in Springfield haven't benefited much from the controversial, albeit successful, program. The government set an 8 p.m. deadline this past Monday for the end of the clunkers program, which funneled $3 billion into the sagging auto industry.

  • School tax hearing is tonight

    Operating a school system is expensive business, and in a tough economy for everyone involved, it unfortunately costs more each year.

    The Washington County School Board will meet tonight to discuss with citizens the cost of operating the school system and how best to do that at a public hearing set for 6:30 p.m. at Central Office. The meeting is open to the public.

  • Cantuc Whistlers provide kids with some fun in the sun

    The Burg was abuzz with activity over the weekend as the Cantuc Whistlers chapter of Quail Unlimited, Inc., held its annual Kids' Day. Although temperatures were in the 90s, that didn't stop nearly 170 young ones from coming out for the free event.

    “This was our fourth year,” said Jerry Mattingly, president of the Cantuc Whistlers. “Donations play a big part in being able to do this for the kids each year.”

  • City seeks utility savings

    As more and more people scramble to save on energy costs and keep bills down, even city governments are looking for ways to cut back on spending. Case in point, the Springfield City Council’s decision to do some re-wiring of the lights at Idle Hour Park’s baseball fields.

  • Leon Smith, WCHS principal, named superintendent of Russellville schools

    Washington County High School Principal Leon Smith has been named superintendent of Russellville schools in Logan County. The announcement came Monday night in Russellville. For complete details, see this week's Springfield Sun.