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  • Taxing district public hearing a mixed bag

    Forty-one people attended the public hearing about the conservation district’s request to be on a millage tax, and there’s only way to describe the public’s opinion on the matter: the feelings are mixed.

    After hearing the history of the district and explanation of what they’re about and the projects and services they provide, the public was allowed to comment on whether or not they would like to see the district go on a millage tax. A number of people voiced their opinions and asked several questions about the matter.  

  • County clerk doing 'business as usual'

    As multiple county clerks across the state continue to fight the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled same-sex couples have a constitutional right to get married, Washington

    County Clerk Glenn Black has been going about “business as usual.”

    At least three county clerks across the state — in Rowan, Casey and Clinton counties — were still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of press time.

    But for Black, since the new ruling is now a mandated law, it was just a matter of him doing his job.

  • DUI leads to murder indictment

    A man who faced numerous charges after a collision involving three vehicles on Sunday, May 3, in Springfield that left a Bardstown man dead has been indicted by a grand jury in Washington Circuit Court.

  • All-Stars fall in title game

    All good things must come to an end, and on Monday night, a great baseball seaon for Washington County’s 11-12-year-old all-stars wrapped up in Columbia.

    With a trip to the Little League state tournament on the line, Washington County entered the District 5 championship with a perfect 11-0 record, needing only to defeat Glasgow to reach the state tournament.

    One win would send Washington County to state, but Glasgow, coming out of the losers’ bracket of the tournament, would have to win two games to get there.

  • Jets Over Kentucky still soaring after 11 years

    Eleven years ago, Lewis “The General” Patton organized the first remote control model jet show in Kentucky.

    “It was just a three-day event, and there were only 28 people here,” Patton recalled.

    Today, Jets Over Kentucky is considered the largest r.c. jet show in the world. The 2015 event started this past weekend and continues until this Sunday at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport, and more than 250 r.c. pilots from across the globe with more than 400 jets are expected this year.

  • 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.