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  • Superintendent gets one-year review from board

    Robin Cochran has been on the job for about a year now as superintendent of Washington County schools. With that milestone reached, Cochran recently received her one-year performance review from the members of the board of education, and it was a favorable one.

  • Mike Haydon to serve as governor's chief of staff

    Springfield native Mike Haydon is about to take on a new job.

    On Thursday, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced that Haydon will replace Adam Edelen as his chief of staff effective Sept. 16.

  • Tech center students to build house from ground up

    A good education is built on a solid foundation.

    Just ask the carpentry students at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    Friday, students, local officials and representatives of the Marion and Washington counties’ school districts were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony at Beechwood Street, Lot 79, in Lebanon.

    This lot is where those students will be learning lessons in construction, cooperation and hard work. And when they are finished, a house will stand, ready for someone to make it their home.

  • No changes in city tax rates

    On Aug. 9, Washington County voted to keep the same tax rates for real estate, personal property and motor vehicles. Last Tuesday, Springfield council members decided to do the same by having the first reading of two city ordinances during a meeting of the Springfield City Council. If approved, the tax rates for real estate and personal property within the city would remain at 13 cents per every $100 of assessed value and the tax rate for motor vehicles, watercraft and aircraft will remain at 14.8 cents for every $100 of assessed value.

  • Final ballot now set for Nov. 2 general election

    The general election is now less than three months away, and the ballot is now complete.

    When the deadline to register for city offices and some school board seats passed last week, many incumbents had put their name back in the running for office, while some new names were also added to the list.

    Among the notable names on the ballot will be the addition of Curtis Hamilton as candidate for the school board seat in District 1, and the absence of Mike McCain, who has held the seat for the past eight years.

  • Energy team working to save money across local school district

    With the start of the new school year,  the Washington County school district is beginning a new program to address the environmental impact of its buildings. The school district has appointed an energy team made up of administrators, teachers, and community members who are meeting regularly to discuss ways to reduce the energy used in local schools. This new team will be part of a statewide effort to improve the efficiency of Kentucky’s school buildings in the face of increasing utility costs.

  • Commanders open football season tonight

    The Washington County Commander football team hosts Shawnee tonight in the regular season opener. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Bennett R. Lewis Field.

    Look to next week's issue of The Springfield Sun for complete coverage!

  • Local men witness in Brazil

    The purpose of any church mission trip is to reach out to people who need to hear the gospel and to help change lives. But the trip takes on a even greater meaning when the lives of the witnesses are also transformed by sharing the message. That is what two local men found out during a recent trip to South America.

    Kyle Claunch, pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Springfield, and a member of his congregation, Zachary Purdom, spent 10 days helping to start churches in an impoverished section of Brazil.

  • Holy Rosary homecoming, African American Heritage Festival are a hit

    On the first weekend in August each year, people come from all over the county, and for that matter, all over the country, to visit Springfield for the annual homecoming celebration hosted by Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

    “It’s been taking place for 50 or 60 years, at least,” said Deacon Gus Cooper, pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

    Jimmy Churchill, one of two chairs for the homecoming celebration, said it’s probably been even longer than that. He said his mother, who is 81 years old, recalls attending homecoming when she was a young girl.

  • Grand jury indicts five, including alleged sexual abuser

    A Washington County grand jury has returned indictments against five people, including one charged with the sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old.

    Justin Murray, 30, of Maplewood Avenue in Springfield, is charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 12, a Class C felony, and one count of being a persistent felony offender.

     According to the indictment, the offenses allegedly took place between February and May of 2010 in Washington County.