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  • Sever thunderstorm warning issued, 70 mph winds possible

    A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Washington County. A dangerous line of storms has been spotted, with possible winds up to 70 miles per hour. All citizens should continue to monitor storm alerts on TV and radio, and seek shelter in the event of these storms.

  • Stafford resigns as WC superintendent

    He’s been on the job for less than a year, but Superintendent of Washington County Schools Robert Stafford has announced that he is resigning from his position.

    “I just want to spend some time with my family and my children,” Stafford told the school board and guests at Thursday night’s meeting. He officially tendered his resignation on Tuesday of last week. “It’s going to be five or 10 years down the road, and time with them is what’s most important to me, so I’m going to spend more time with them.”

  • School lunch prices on the rise in 2009-10

    The price of eating a school lunch, like many other things in today’s economy, is going up.

    The Washington County School Board voted to increase school lunch prices by 15 cents per meal for the 2009-10 school year.

    Kevin Ellery, director of food services for the school district, presented the board members with two proposals at Thursday’s board meeting, one for a 10-cent increase, and the other for a 15-cent increase. Ellery recommended the 10-cent increase, but the 15-cent route was favored by board member Pat Clements.

     

  • WC Relay for Life tops $54,000

    The Washington County Relay for Life committee has more than 50,000 reasons to thank everyone who supported Relay this year – 54,492 reasons to be exact. That’s how many dollars were raised during the all-night event held this past weekend at St. Catharine College.

  • 2009 Washington County Relay for Life Schedule of Events

    The 2009 Washington County Relay for Life will start at 7 p.m. June 12 at St. Catharine College with the opening ceremony. Immediately following will be the survivors ceremony, the team lap and then the caregivers lap.

    The luminaria ceremony will take place at 10 p.m. The event wraps up Saturday morning with an awards ceremony at 6:45 a.m. and the closing ceremony at 7 a.m.

    Children's activities for Friday evening include:

  • Bartley feels fortunate to be cancer survivor

    Everyone who battles cancer has his or her own personal, unique experience. Some have long fights involving chemotherapy, while others come out of it with little or no trauma. Janice Bartley of Springfield considers herself one of the lucky ones.

    “I’m fortunate and I’m thankful,” said Bartley. 

    For the complete story, see this week's Springfield Sun!

  • 'Mr. Rotary', Tom Duncan Reed passes away at 86

    He served more than 62 years as a member of the Springfield Rotary Club, and that dedication, along with his involvement in so many community and club projects earned Tom Duncan Reed the nickname of “Mr. Rotary.”

    Mr. Reed, a Springfield native, passed away last Tuesday at his home after a battle against pulmonary fibrosis. He was 86.

    Over the years, Mr. Reed served in such a dedicated manner that the local Rotary club’s highest honor is now named in his honor, The Tom Duncan Reed Service Above Self Award.

  • Public library's summer reading program is off and reading!

    The Washington County Public Library kicked off its 2009 summer reading program on Tuesday, June 2. The summer reading program offers something for all ages, with programs for all ages. Programs for ages 3-8 will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m., and from 6-7 p.m. (please pick one). Programs for Tweens will be on Thursdays at 1 p.m., and for teens, Thursdays at 3 p.m. Adult progams will also be available, including one on July 13 when Sue Massek, a member of the Reel World String Band, will perform on guitar and banjo starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Simpsons fans, stamp collectors seek Springfield post mark

    Springfield Postmaster Trae Purdom didn’t expect to get such a workout when the U.S. Postal Service began its promotion of their new postage stamps featuring characters from The Simpsons on May 7. The result of the new campaign is a tidal wave of mail pouring into the post office seeking a special Simpsons postmark, a postmark that must be canceled by hand.

    “The Simpsons stamps have been popular, and I think because we are a Springfield, I believe I’ve canceled at least 2,000 letters,” Purdom said.

  • Mackville community hosts first-ever state-sanctioned horse pull

    Mackville Community Center and the Mackville Lions Club sponsored their “first-time ever” horse pull on Saturday, May 30. The weather cooperated nicely and 22 teams of horses came to pull from all over the state. The pull was sanctioned by the Bluegrass Horse Pulling Association, which sanctions horse pulls over Kentucky during the summer. The finals are held at the Kentucky State Fair. An association representative said this was one of the largest pulls that would be held before the finals at the state fair.