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  • The sky is the limit for local skydiving group

    Washington County might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of skydiving, but it’s a great location, according to Bill Harned, owner of Jumping for Fun Skydiving.

    “Actually, this is the perfect location,” said Harned. “About a year ago, I told people I was thinking of opening up a place to do skydiving. I talked to the airport board, and they had some difficulties with someone close to three years ago and they didn’t want anymore skydiving there.”

  • School test scores show improvement

    The Washington County School District received its own report card recently in the form of state test scores in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and American College Testing (ACT) scores.

    Of the county’s four schools, all did well on the No Child Left Behind testing. As a district, Washington County met 13 of 13 goals.

    Superintendent of Washington County Schools Robin Cochran said she is pleased with the results.

  • Seven candidates seek six city council seats

    The race for Springfield City Council is playing out like a game of musical chairs. There are seven people vying for only six spots, meaning that only one person will be left out in the cold following the Nov. 2 general election.

    Regardless of who the top six vote-getters will be, at least one new face will join the council due to the decision of long-time member John Hardin to vacate his seat. Hardin has served on the counicl for a total of 27 years.

    Brooke Murphy Coulter

  • Springfield is site of original, and now newest Dollar General Store

    A company that had its first store located in Springfield now also has its newest store here.

    The Dollar General Store, which opened its first store in Springfield on June 1, 1955, has opened a new store at 44 West Industry Drive.

    According to information provided by Emily Weiss, media relations manager with The Dollar General Corporation, headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tenn., the new 9,014-square-foot store features a fresh new layout, and is designed to make shopping simple for customers.

  • County finishes some roads, starts on others

    The Washington County Road Department was out Monday morning blacktopping a section of Coulter Lane. As road supervisor Albert Wimsatt rolled out the final stretch of fresh pavement, that completed all of the road projects related to recent flooding in the county. The total cost of the work on Coulter Lane was not covered by FEMA, although the agency did pay for rock and a drainpipe to be installed.

  • Washington County man wins two Corvettes in two weeks

    When Fill and De Corey of Washington County visited the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., on Aug. 12, they purchased three Corvette Matchbox cars for their two boys, Logan and Lane. Little did Fill realize that over the next couple of weeks, he would acquire a pair of Corvettes of his own.

    “The first time we went down there, we just went on a vacation to Mammoth Cave,” said De. “Neither one of us had been to the museum before, so we took a trip there for our kids. They always have raffles there, that’s how the museum raises funds.”

  • Kalarama Farm takes big honors at state fair

    Springfield’s Kalarama Farm showed 18 horses at the Kentucky State Fair last month and came away with an impressive list of wins at the fair’s World Championship Horse Show. The farm had six wins, including three championships and one World’s Grand Championship. They also took six Reserve World Championships.

  • Elderly man wanders away, found safe Tuesday morning

    An elderly man who wandered away from his home in the northern part of Washington County was found safe early Tuesday morning. The 76-year-old left home Monday afternoon, and had been walking all night when a motorist found him on the Blue Grass Parkway just after daylight Tuesday morning.

    See complete details in this week's issue of The Springfield Sun!

  • County fires EMT facing drug charges

    Christopher Hood, the Washington County EMT charged with felony drug solicitation, has been officially terminated by the county. The Washington County Fiscal Court voted to fire Hood effective Oct. 5. Hood has been suspended without pay since Aug. 27. The firing doesn’t just stem from Hood’s arrest on Aug. 24. According to Washington County EMS Director Mark Hale, there were other factors that resulted in Hood’s dismissal.

  • City looks to expand historic district

    Springfield residents living along Main Street may find themselves living in a national historic district if the city has its way.