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  • Unemployment down in Washington County

    Washington County Fiscal Court met for the last time in the month of June last week.
    Daniel Carney came before the court with some good news – unemployment is down.
    The news came during Carney’s SWEDA report.

    “Kentucky’s finally risen above pre-recession levels of unemployment,” Carney said.

    As of April, Washington County’s unemployment level was at 4 percent.
    Two years ago, Carney said the county was at 7 1/2 percent, and in 2009, the County was at 13 percent.

  • Overby named Sun editor

    John Overby, former Sun staff/sports writer who left in Nov. 2014 for a position at the Central Kentucky News-Journal, returned to The Springfield Sun last week as the publication’s new editor.

    He said it’s exciting to be back at the paper he started at when he first graduated from college.

    “I really like the town of Springfield and the Washington County community,” Overby said. “I just hope I can keep up the standards of what Brandon Mattingly and other editors before him (set).”

  • Springfield native vies for Miss Kentucky crown

    It was Sarah Cocanougher’s freshman year at the University of Louisville. Her sorority, Kappa Delta, was looking for someone to compete in the college’s campus-wide pageant.

    They called on Cocanougher, who had never done a pageant before but “pretended I knew what I was doing.”

    She would go on be crowned Miss Cardinal Country and, in the process, qualified for the Miss Kentucky pageant.

  • Work discussed for Idle Hour entrance

    During last week’s special-called city council meeting, one topic of discussion centered around widening the entrance of Idle Hour Park on the Walnut Street side.

  • Lending a helping hand

    Last year, 85 high-school-aged students and chaperones from a missionary group called Young Neighbors in Action went to Springfield, Ky., for the first time ever. Their goal was to help out those within the community who had a need that they could help meet.

    The relationship between the group and Springfield was mutually beneficial, according to site coordinator Lora Justice.

  • Public hearing venue set

     

    A venue has been set.

    Next week’s public hearing about the Washington County Conservation District’s request to become its own taxing district will be hosted at the old Washington County High School gym.

    The hearing will take place June 30 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Sunday alcohol sales approved

    Businesses that have a liquor license will soon be able to sell alcohol from 1 to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

    The Springfield City Council was presented with a first reading of an amendment to the city’s ordinance on alcohol sales during the Tuesday, June 9, regularly scheduled meeting.

    The amendment puts the city in line with recently approved state laws that are more lenient to accommodate alcohol sales for distilleries and wineries.

  • Harrod retires as WCHS band director, teacher

    Debbie Harrod spent 32 years educating young people about music, and much of that time was as a band director.

    Now, she has directed her final show and is preparing for a life of retirement.

    Most people think of that as a slowing down time in their lives, but it’s been anything but that for her so far.

    “Everybody says it must be nice, you have all of this free time. I don’t know yet,” Harrod joked.

  • Edelen is Distinguished Young Woman

    It ended with cheers and tears of joy as a crowd came to the front of the stage to catch a closer look of 2016’s Distinguished Young Woman, Hannah Edelen.

    “I’m very blessed,” she said after the competition. “I’m very blessed to be here. I didn’t do it by myself. Without the 12 other girls, I definitely wouldn’t have been near as confident and I wouldn’t have gotten through it.”

    Hannah, 17, the daughter of Kevin and Jennifer Edelen, was seen with her eyes pooled up with tears when her name was announced.

  • Family donates home to help others

     

    The family of Thomas and Lucille Osbourne has provided a very unique gift to help others.

    That’s what Kristy McGrew, marketing and public relations officer for Communicare, said of the home recently donated to the group.