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  • PHOTOS: No injuries in Thursday car fire

    A car burst into flames along Smith Lane in Springfield on Thursday afternoon, but no injuries were reported in the fire.

    The vehicle belonging to Courtney Hazelwood of Lebanon was a total loss, according to Springfield Fire Chief Jim Logsdon.

    “It was a total loss,” Logsdon said. “It was burned to a crisp by the time we got (the fire) put out.”

    Hazelwood was not in the vehicle at the time of the fire, as the car was being transported to Thompson Transmission and Auto Service by two acquaintances when the fire broke out.

  • Library project update

    Washington County Library Director Tara O’Hagan was in attendance at last week’s Springfield City Council meeting to discuss the new library project and said construction is expected to begin in August. The original groundbreaking date was set in May, but O’Hagan said the state lagging behind on reviewing construction projects has pushed the construction to the back-end of summer.

  • ‘Sports’ hall of fame

    The buttery smell of fryer oil and the sound of funnel cake dough sizzling at the Sorghum Festival can mean not only people enjoying the sweet treats, but also one man who enjoys making them, Robert “Sports” Hamilton.

    Those sweet treats, which Hamilton is known for, brought him a recent accolade from the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce: the Sidewalk Hall of Fame award.

    “I was surprised as anybody,” he said.

  • Students take art downtown

    More than 100 pieces of art are making their way onto Main Street in Springfield with an event entitled Spring ARTportunity and local businesses are being used as the exhibit.

    The artwork was created by the Washington County High School art department as part of Youth Art Month and the work will be featured in 19 businesses. The event starts on Friday with a reception at Springfield City Hall. Maps will be available, detailing all the downtown locations where students’ pieces will be on display. The artwork will be available for viewing until March 31.

  • Benefits of tourism tax being seen

    In 2008, many Springfield residents and business owners were weary of a newly implemented tax by the city. Seven years later the additional funds are proving to be a boon to the community events that have become commonplace in Springfield.

    The Springfield tourism tax was adopted via an ordinance by city council and has been enforced and collected by the city since. According to city administrator Laurie Smith, all restaurants and individuals selling prepared foods within city limits are included under the tax.

  • County talks trucks, leaky roof

    Washington County Fiscal Court made out like bandits Monday during a special called session Monday afternoon that lasted just 11 minutes. During the meeting, it was reported the recent sale of the county’s three Mack trucks brought in serious funds for the county, allowing it to purchase one 2016 model out right and lease another.

    The tri-axel truck that went to auction finished with a $140,000 sale price, which was more than the $129,916 that the court paid for it last year. 

  • Public library in need of trustees

    The Washington County Public Library is governed by a Board of Trustees. It is comprised of five volunteers representing all areas of Washington County. Trustees come to their volunteer roles with a range of experiences and backgrounds, and a strong desire to ensure the long-term vitality of our public library.  

  • News briefs for 3/18

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    Free tree seedlings

    The Washington County Conservation District has free tree seedlings available to the public. Species available are Hazelnut, White Pine, Pin Oak, Dogwood, and Redbud. There is a limit of 20 per person. Our office is located at 461 Lincoln Drive in Springfield or you can contact the office at (859) 336-7777 ext 108.
       
    2015 Relay For Life March Team Registration Challenge

  • News briefs for 3/11

    Ongoing
       
    2015 Relay For Life March Team Registration Challenge

  • Big winter for Commander band