Local News

  • Jets over Kentucky seeking rentals

    Event organizers for Jets Over Kentucky, the world’s grandest jet event, are looking for local residents who are willing to rent out their personal recreational vehicles from July 5 - 12 at the Lebanon/Springfield Airport in Springfield. Lewis Patton with Jet Central expressed interest in as many as 10 RVs, possibly more.

    In addition, local residents are asked to open their homes or offer rental properties to the pilots during this week.

  • Airport, police business at center of city meeting

    The city of Springfield held its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday and Craig Arnold, chair of the Lebanon-Springfield Airport board, was present to provide an update on what the future holds for the airport.

    He said an airplane was recently purchased that will be available to lease out to interested parties, but he expressed even more excitement over the aviation program that is beginning at Washington County High School this fall.

  • Power restored after outage on Sunday

    A power outage caused concern in Springfield on Sunday afternoon, but all services now appear to be up and running.

    The incident occurred around 2 p.m. Sunday and all Kentucky Utilties (KU) customers in the area were impacted. According to city officials, KU engineer Larry Gilpin advised that a transmission line issue leading into both of Springfield’s substations led to the power outage. The issue was resolved quickly, with residents and businesses being without power for an hour or slightly longer.

  • Reception to honor retiring Bill Huston

    A reception is being held Wednesday evening in honor of St. Catharine College President William D. Huston, who is retiring after 18 years with the school. Huston’s contract expires at the end of June, at which time he will officially step down from the position.

    The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Emily Hundley Library on the SCC campus.

    While Huston said he isn’t privy to the specifics of the reception, he’s looking forward to showing his appreciation to the community.

  • County to receive federal aid

    Washington County Fiscal Court’s budget will soon get a recharge after spending extra money to combat the two winter storms that swept across the state earlier this year. The funding comes after two disaster declarations made by President Barack Obama for various counties in the commonwealth.

    “I’m excited,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “We did have some extraordinary events, and you have to have well above any average event to be eligible.”

  • Wagon reported stolen

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office provided a report on a stolen wagon that was reported missing on Monday.

    Mikie Colvin informed authorities that his 20-foot wagon with a diamond plate steel bed was stolen, according to an incident report filed by Deputy Jackie Robinson. The wagon was taken from a field at 1200 Shortline Road and is described as having a slip-tongue hitch and being rusty in appearance.

    The report also noted that because of the diamond plate steel bed, the wagon would be easily identifiable.

  • Springfield native takes Homeland internship

    A Springfield woman has earned the opportunity of a lifetime, but she’s ready to make sure it’s just the next step in a career full of accomplishments.

    Brittany Wells, a 2009 graduate of Washington County High School, is off to Washington D.C. as part of a paid, full-time internship with the Department of Homeland Security. Wells spoke to The Sun prior to beginning orientation this week, and she said others are more capable than they realize of making the jump from small town to big government.

  • PHOTOS: BPW Wine & Stein

    The weather didn’t want to cooperate, with rain coming down much of the day on Saturday, but that didn’t stop the festivities.

    The 13th annual Springfield Business and Professional Women’s Club Wine & Stein was a success once again, though the final numbers on attendance and funds raised were not available at press time.

    BPW President Virginia White-Schatzke said that despite rain leading up to the event, there was still an exceptional turnout.

  • School board meeting Monday in Mackville

    The Washington County School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday at Mackville Community Center.

    Work session to discuss budget and facilities will begin at 6 p.m., with the regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

    Several retiring faculty members, early college students and the Larry Graves Memorial Scholarship recipients will be recognized.

  • News briefs for 5/13