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  • Saying goodbye to a hero

    Bryan Kelty was not unlike a lot of young people. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and he loved to laugh and joke. His uncle, Mike Kelty, described him as somebody who was passionate about everything he did.

    Last Sunday morning, Bryan, 24, passed away unexpectedly.

    “He was getting up to go hunting. The alarm went off, and his mom went in to check on him, and she asked him if he was going hunting. He said, ‘Yes, I think I will.’ Then he went into the bathroom to get ready, and he collapsed,” Mike said.

  • City council donates to backpack program

    Hungry children in the area will soon be able to get some food in their bellies.

    That’s because the city of Springfield has made a $500 donation to the Backpack Program, which provides nutritious food to elementary and middle school students in need.

    “It is a good program,” Mayor Debbie Wakefield said.

    Council member Chuck Polin said the program helped 64 children in the area last year, and later added there’s no waste in the program.

  • Road department building expected to be completed ahead of schedule

    Washington County’s new road department building is scheduled to be completed ahead of schedule.

    “It’s starting to take shape, it looks like a building now,” Road Department Supervisor Dale Mann said.

    Metal siding and office walls are currently being installed on the building located on Walnut Street.

  • Schrager named new Sun editor

    The Springfield Sun has a new editor.

    Nick Schrager, The Sun’s reporter for the last two years, was named the editor of the newspaper last week.

    “I can’t describe how happy I am to take on this role,” Schrager said. “This opportunity will allow me to help better serve the community.”

    Schrager was named editor after John Overby left the position open three weeks ago to take a job closer to his home in Russell Springs.

  • SCC case to stay in federal court

    A U.S. district judge rejected the move by Farmers National Bank to dismiss the St. Catharine College case from the federal court.  Farmers had asked the court to allow the claims to be heard in a Kentucky Circuit Court.  Judge David J. Hale issued the Order on Nov. 10.

  • Mental illness-related calls keep police busy

    Mental illness is a problem that has exploded across the country and is affecting law enforcement in Washington County.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said the problem uses a lot of resources and has become more common recently. The biggest problem, he said, is people reporting things that they think are happening, but really aren’t.

  • Two injured in house explosion

    Two people were hospitalized and a house destroyed after an explosion rocked the outskirts of Willisburg last week.

    According to Jessie Carney, chief of the Willisburg Fire Department, the house explosion, which occurred at 1821 Lawrenceburg Road, happened at approximately 8 p.m. on Nov. 7.

  • Correction: Circuit Clerk's office

    An error was made in this week's briefs secion. The Washington County Circuit Clerks office will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, for observance of Veteran's Day, but will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 12. The Sun regrets this error.

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  • County one of state’s first to be named build-ready

    After several months of work, Washington County has become the ninth Build-Ready county in the commonwealth.

    Daniel Carney, executive director of the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority, said the title has limitless possibilities for industries to move into the 300-acre industrial park off KY 555.

  • Group raises more than $14K for shoebox ministries

    Correction: Robyn Thompson's name was incorrectly spelt in this morning's edition of The Sun. We sincerely regret this error. 

    The 10 coaches at Crossfit E2 in Springfield will be burning some extra calories in the weeks to come after members there, along with employees and customers at Rame Contracting, have worked to receive more than $14,000 in pledges for Operation Christmas Child.