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Local News

  • St. Catharine College, Barnes & Noble partner for mystery night

    Tonight will be full of mystery as Barnes & Noble partners with St. Catharine College to celebrate the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read at 6:30 p.m.

  • Steve Hale retires as scoutmaster

    The fellowship hall at Temple Baptist Church was crowded on Tuesday, Feb. 23 as Scoutmaster Steve Hale signed off after 30 years of scouting.

    In his final official act as scoutmaster,  Hale presented Springfield with four new Eagle Scouts.  Philip Wesley Campbell, Bob Grider, Will Hale and Jordan Simpson were honored at the Eagle Scout ceremony, followed by a banquet for scouts, their families, and special guests.  

  • NTSB releases report on plane crash

    Although no official cause has been determined, a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that ice had formed on the wings of the plane that crashed one mile from the Lebanon-Springfield Airport Feb. 23.

  • Old cell phones cause problems for 911 staff

    Dialing 911 is not child’s play, but recently, that’s exactly what local dispatchers have experienced.

    Two local dispatchers said they and their co-workers have experienced an increasing number of calls that are not actually reporting an emergency.

    “We are getting a lot of 911 calls from people who have given their old phones to kids to play with, and they are dialing 911,” said dispatcher Francisco Vazquez.

  • County looks into flood problems

    When flood waters rise in Washington County, so does the cost to prevent, fix or clean-up the mess. That’s why the county is making a wish list of hazard mitigation projects that need to be addressed. When the Washington County Fiscal Court met last Friday, Pamela Bowling, a community development specialist for the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, asked the court to come up with a prioritized list of problem areas.

  • Sheriff introduces new deputy to fiscal court

    Listen up Washington County, there’s a new deputy sheriff in town, and her name is Sue Mudd. The name should sound familiar because Mudd previously served on the Springfield Police Department. Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley told the Washington County Fiscal Court of the new hire at the  court’s meeting Monday.

  • St. Dominic opens new gym, community center

    This marks the 80th year that St. Dominic School has been open in Springfield, and the school has never had a gymnasium. Until now.

    The school’s new gymnasium and community center officially opened Thursday night with a girls’ volleyball game between St. Dominic and Washington County Middle School.  St. Dominic Principal Pam Breunig and Father Culpepper “Father Pepper” Elliott said they couldn’t be more proud of the new facility.

  • St. Dominic to host first official event at new facility

    The new St. Dominic gymnasium and community center will host its first official event tonight as the St. Dominic volleyball teams welcome the Washington County Middle School Lady Generals to their new facility. WCMS is also in the midst of its first-ever volleyball season. The first game will be played at 6 p.m. between the sixth and seventh-grade teams, with the eighth-grade game to follow around 7 p.m.

    See a complete story about the new facility in next week's Springfield Sun!

  • Arrests made in theft, destruction of tractor

    One adult and three juveniles have been arrested in connection with the theft and destruction of a tractor, as well as the theft of a pick-up truck and trailer early Monday morning.

    Renee D. Maupin, 19, of Bishop Lane in Springfield, was arrested on Monday afternoon for her alleged role in the theft of a New Holland TS-110-A tractor with a loader on the front. The tractor, belonging to Bob Waits of Springfield, was valued at $70,784 according to a report filed by the Springfield Police Department. It had been parked at Murphy’s Chevron in Springfield prior to being stolen.

  • Plane crash claims life of pilot

    A fatal airplane crash at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport last week claimed the life of the pilot.

    Kent Douglas Shilling, 40, of Springfield, was killed when the Piper PA-28 Cherokee airplane he was piloting went down about one mile from the airport.

    Shilling, a native of Baton Rouge, La., was the fixed-base operator at the local airport, and was returning from a flight to Alabama, according to airport manager Jim Tucker.