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  • County's tobacco past makes way for future business

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The tell-tale signs of growing older eventually become apparent on our faces and in our community. While in their youth and their prime, businesses once rich with success and promise were the backbone of our local economy. But everything eventually changes, and over time, the future becomes the present, and the present becomes the past.

  • Heartland Youth aims to prevent substance abuse

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Nobody knows the social pressures that today's youths face quite like their peers. That's why members of the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition are taking a proactive stance on hot-button issues like underage drinking and smoking. The group's mission statement clearly defines its goal - “To engage, enrich and empower the citizens and agencies of Springfield and Washington County to build a stronger and safer community by reducing substance abuse.”

  • County seeks "StormReady" designation

    There’s no better time than now to prepare for the future, especially when an event such as a storm or disaster occurs. That’s why Washington County is taking the first steps toward becoming what the National Weather Service calls a “StormReady” county.

  • Elected officials: How much do they earn?

    Elected officials are paid from your tax money. So how much do county officials make on the job?

    The salaries of elected officials are set by the state, and follow a scale provided by Kentucky’s Department of Local Government. The salaries are based on the experience of the person in office, as well as the size of the county which they serve.

    The state mandates salaries for the positions of county judge-executive, county clerk, sheriff and jailer (operating a full service jail) for Washington County based on the population of 11,399 as reported in the 2002 census.

  • New book chronicles legacy of local Civil War soldiers

    It was an era in American history that pitted countryman against countryman, neighbor against neighbor, and even brother against brother. The Civil War has been well documented over the past 145 years, and now some of Washington County’s Civil War legacy is featured in a book entitled “The 10th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War,” where author Dennis W. Belcher chronicles the formation and history of the storied regiment that fought for the Union Army for three years, having been formed in Lebanon on Nov. 21, 1861.

  • Local teacher receives 'master teacher' training

    Even teachers like to learn new things, and nobody knows that better than Washington County High School math teacher Rita Messer. She recently took part in the Master Teacher Project in Hilton Head, S.C., facilitated through the Appalachian Math Science Partnership.

    The program is designed to challenge the 15 participating teachers to, first and foremost, fine tune their own teaching skills, and then share their knowledge and skills with other educators in their school, district and/or region.

  • Races for local offices now set

    May is one mighty fine month for a race in Kentucky, and short of the Derby, the races taking place at the polls could be among the most hotly contested in a while.

    As the filing deadline to seek public office came and went last Tuesday, a field of 32 total candidates have tossed their hats into the ring to seek a seat in Washington County.

    Washington County Clerk Glenn Black, who is among that field of 32, said this is a fairly large number of candidates for a local election.

  • Feds take deputy case, indictments returned

    A federal grand jury has returned indictments against two former Washington County sheriff’s deputies.

    Norris Wayne Bartley, 42, of Springfield, and Billy Joe Mattingly, 41, of Mackville, were indicted Monday by a federal grand jury in Louisville. Each is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a federal drug trafficking crime, according to U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky.

  • County now has emergency update page on Facebook

    With winter here, bad weather and severe storms could be just around the corner! That’s why there is no better time than the present to unveil Washington County’s newest emergency update tool. The idea came from a brainstorming session as city and county officials were preparing for the recent snow storm.

  • Washington County schools on one-hour delay Monday

    Due to inclement weather, Washington County schools will be on a one-hour delay Monday, Feb. 1. Stay tuned to www.thespringfieldsun.com for more updates and closing information.