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  • Springfield man arrested in Lexington;allegedly sent nude photos to minor

    A Springfield man is in jail after allegedly sending text messages containing photos of himself in the nude to a Gravel Switch juvenile.

    Charles Lee Hardesty, 35, of Springfield, was arrested Wednesday, July 28, by the Lexington Division of Police on charges of unlawful electronic communication with a minor.

    For complete details on the case, see the print edition of this week's Springfield Sun!

  • Coleman sentenced to 53 years in Tennessee murder case

    A Knox County, Tennessee judge on Friday rejected the notion that the lone female suspect in a January 2007 torture slaying was a young innocent under the domination of brutal killers.

    Instead, Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner deemed Vanessa Coleman, 22, a street-savvy woman in firm command of her actions and callously indifferent to the consequences.

  • Election filing deadline is Aug. 10

    When election day rolls around this fall, at least one incumbent says his name will be on the ballot.

    Springfield Mayor John W. Cecconi said last week that although he has not filed his paperwork, he does plan to run for re-election for the office he has held since 2006, and has served a total of 17 years.

  • School bus routes affected by road slides

    Slides along several roads in Washington County are not only giving members of the Washington County Fiscal Court some headaches, but once the school year starts later this week, parents and students along one road will also have to deal with re-routing school buses to avoid danger.

  • Motorcycle crash kills two

    A Washington County man and an Illinois woman were both killed as a result of a motorcycle accident.

    Roy J. Hood, 63, of 2799 Brush Grove Road, of Willisburg, was riding a 2004 AMF XL motorcycle Sunday evening on Lawrenceburg Road in Nelson County. According to a report by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, Hood was traveling east when the motorcycle left the road and struck a culvert, sending the motorcycle into the air. Hood and a passenger, Connie L. Johnson, 57, of Sycamore, Ill., were thrown from the bike and landed in a ditch.

  • County debates how to handle dead animals

    The animals may be dead, but the issue of their removal is another question. The Washington County Fiscal Court is once again revisiting the issue of dead animal removal. A few months ago, the county started composting dead animals instead of using a pickup service. Before, the county contracted with Dead Animal Removal Service, Inc., but since DARS owner Henry Mattingly died in December 2009, several complaints have come in, prompting the county to look for an alternative.

  • Public library planning for growth, expansion

    The Washington County Public Library offers more than just books these days. It also provides residents with computer access, CD and DVD checkout, language software, and even job and entrepreneurial resources. An increase of patrons, along with a lack of space, are prompting the library to look into moving to a new, more-spacious location.

  • Farmers Market Jamboree scheduled for Friday

    New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future will host the third annual Farmers Market Jamboree from 5-8:30 p.m. at the old depot in Springfield on Friday, July 30. The event is a celebration of local food, products and music that promotes healthy living and communities. Various vendors will offer locally-produced products including vegetables, fruits, meats, honey, wines and crafts.

  • Popular stray dog getting ready for a new home

    They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but that hasn’t stopped members of the Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue from trying.

  • School administrators in place for 2010-11 school year

    There are several new faces in some new places as the 2010-11 school year approaches. The Washington County School District has announced that several key administrative positions have been filled in schools across the district.

    The most recent hire was that of DeVona Hickerson as principal of Washington County Elementary School. Hickerson was introduced last Friday, and her staff continues to be filled around her.