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  • Behind the Scenes ... of a band performance

    With a commanding roar of wind instruments and the ear-crushing crash of drums, the Washington County High School Marching Band could easily be called a force to be reckoned with. What few people realize – or fully appreciate – is the time and effort it takes for the students to put on an award-winning show.

    According to band director Scotty Burns, the 55-member band, which plays more than 10 different instruments, will perform its new and original show entitled “Disturbed,” this year.

  • Saylor, Hardesty appear in court last week

    An accused murderer and alleged sexual predator both appeared in Washington County Circuit Court on Aug. 31.

    Eric Saylor, 47, of Lancaster, entered the courtroom in shackles for a pretrial conference. Saylor is accused of shooting Shane E. Thomason at the Washington County Livestock Center on Feb. 1. The shooting occurred outside of the stockyard building during a cattle auction.  

    A bond hearing for Saylor was set for Oct. 12 and a jury trial was scheduled for March 6.

  • Mackville Harvest Homecoming Festival returns this Saturday

    When the Mackville Harvest Homecoming Festival was revived in 2013, it was the return of a long-beloved community event that had been dormant for eight years.

    This Saturday will mark the fourth year of the festival after its revival, and co-chair Amanda Preston hopes to see the popular celebration reach new heights again this year after seeing consistent growth in years past.

  • Local job market looks 'very stable'

    As Labor Day approaches and the national conversation turns to the current state of employment, Executive Director of the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority Daniel Carney said Washington County is a “great” place to be employed. 

  • Small tax hike could bring in almost $15,000 for county

    For the first time in more than 10 years, the county’s tax levy on property will be 8 cents per every $100 in assessed value.

    The current rate is 7.7 cents and the raise will bring in $14,918 in one year. 

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, someone who owns property valued at $100,000 could expect to see their taxes go up $3.

  • Board OKs tax collection

    The Washington County Board of Education has finalized the collection process for taxes in the wake of November’s election.

  • Sweet as honey

    Writer's note: the original version of this story attributed a quote from a website to Danny Ray Spalding. The story has been has corrected. A clarification will appear in next week's issue of The Sun.

     

    Even though St. Catharine College has closed, St. Catharine Farm is buzzing with activity. 

    Literally.

  • SCC student fees could be returned

    Former Saint Catharine College students who had paid fees, security deposits or other money, which were being held by the college, may be getting those returned to them soon.  The court-appointed Receiver, LS Associates, LLC, has asked the Federal Court to establish a student refund account to facilitate the return of approximately $180,000 in student fees and claims ranging from $50 to $6,792 each. 

  • Local youths take part in movie production

    Filming of the movie “Tragedy Girls” in Springfield will be completed this week, ending the month-long production of a Hollywood film in Springfield and Marion County.  

    Washington County resident Aleeyah Salazar was one of many locals to participate in the film’s production. 

  • Loan approved for sewer project

    The final part of funding for an upgrade to Springfield’s sewer plant was approved last week by the Springfield City Council.

    In February, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission received confirmation that they were approved for a total of $1.92 million from rural development, with $1,347,000 coming from a loan and $573,495 coming in the form of a grant for a headworks sewer project upgrade.