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  • Catholics, others marking 40-day holy season of Lent

    There’s something unique about Lent 2013, according to Father Ben Brown. 

    “It will start with one pope and get to Easter with another one,” Brown told attendees at a Mass on Ash Wednesday at St. Catharine College. “But that change is not as important as the change that Jesus asks for in your heart.” 

    Local Catholics and other Christian denominations marked the 40-day holy observance of Lent beginning on Feb. 13 — just days after an aging Pope Benedict XVI announced his plans to retire from the papacy. He is 85. 

  • Local library advancing on new downtown lot

     SPRINGFIELD — Library officials are expected to meet Thursday to discuss the feasibility of  a new downtown building. In December, the library board paid $225,000 for a Main Street lot near Fairgrounds Lane, according to property records. 

    A warehouse was demolished there and an approximately 10,000 square-feet library is expected to be erected on the site to replace the current 49-year-old building. 

    The new Washington County Public Library is expected to double the size of the existing structure.

  • Old church to get new life as clinic
  • Fredericktown gets mini makeovers

    FREDERICKTOWN — Washington County officials are already working toward setting up next year’s budget, which goes into effect July 1, and continued improvements at the Fredericktown park will be among the focal points.

    In recent years, the park has been transformed with the resurfacing of the basketball and tennis courts and parking area, improvement of the walking track and re-roofing of the pavilion, as well as other upgrades, but one big problem remains.

  • Downtown Protesters: NObama

    SPRINGFIELD — Travelers down Main Street in Springfield and visitors to the post office surely noticed something out of the norm last Thursday, with a pair of guests that were welcomed by some, but not so much by others.

    Alan Demers and Jenny Burns of Michigan set up photos of President Barack Obama brandishing an Adolf Hitleresque mustache with signs declaring “Pull over to stop Obama” on the sidewalk in front of the post office on Thursday morning. It incited plenty of attention.

  • Springfield grandma nearly duped in scam

    A Washington County grandmother says she was nearly duped into wiring money overseas in a bogus scam that seems to be plaguing the region.
    Earlier last week, Marion County Sheriff’s officers warned residents there of a potential scam targeting the elderly. Local authorities say they’ve received scattered reports of scammers here.
    A Springfield woman told The Sun she was nearly a victim of that scam.
    The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she received a phone call about 9:30 a.m., Jan. 11, from a man who posed as her grandson.

  • Springfield grandma nearly duped in scam

    A Washington County grandmother says she was nearly duped into wiring money overseas in a bogus scam that seems to be plaguing the region.
    Earlier last week, Marion County Sheriff’s officers warned residents there of a potential scam targeting the elderly. Local authorities say they’ve received scattered reports of scammers here.
    A Springfield woman told The Sun she was nearly a victim of that scam.
    The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she received a phone call about 9:30 a.m., Jan. 11, from a man who posed as her grandson.

  • Superintendent negotiating new 4-year contract

    Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran is negotiating a new four-year contract with the district.
    Preliminary terms of the agreement indicate Cochran will earn no less than her current annual salary of $109,249.25.
    Details will be finalized sometime before July 1, Cochran said, when the new contract is expected to begin.
    “I’m really excited,” she said. “I’ll be working to keep stability in the district.”

  • Hodgenville firm wins local bridge bids

    County officials on Monday discussed
    projects at Valley Hill and Grundy Home roads.
    Bridge replacements are needed at both locations and Hornback Construction, based in Hodgenville, was awarded both projects after submitting the lowest bids for each. Hornback placed a bid of $29,940 for work on Valley Hill Road, with an estimate of $148,370 for the Grundy Home Road project.

  • Postal service cutting Saturday service

    Saying it was tired of waiting for Congress to take action, the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday announced it plans to stop delivery and collecting of letters on Saturdays effective Aug. 5. But packages will continue to be delivered.
    The postal service said the move would save $2 billion a year, according to CNN.
    “It’s a responsible decision. It makes common sense,” said Patrick Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO of the postal service.