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  • Fuller Center hopes to build houses in Haiti

    The Fuller Center is all about helping people in need of a home, and right now, few places have more people with that need than Haiti.

    Warren Whitaker, with The Fuller Center of Springfield, said he hopes local people will get on board with the project’s theme.

  • Business growing for young entrepreneurs

    Young entrepreneurship in Washington County is growing - literally! During the second annual Fostering Youth Entrepreneurship from the Ground Up competition this year, Washington County High School student Bryan Smith won for his plan to grow a specialty hay product for alpacas, while freshman Danielle Coulter also won for her plan to open a pet sitting business. For winning the contest, both Smith and Coulter will receive $500 for start-up funds, a Dell laptop computer, a Lexmark printer and free guidance by members of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute.

  • Snow days extend school calendar

    Whether you’re a student or a teacher, almost everyone loves a snow day. But after a while, those snow days come with a price.

    Washington County students have missed seven days of school due to snow this school year, and Washington County Director of Pupil Personnel Chad Willis said even with those days, the local school system is still in pretty good shape.

  • Tourism tax pays for city festivals

    Despite financial challenges, two of Springfield’s most popular community celebrations will continue to take place in 2010.

    The Springfield City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the annual Springfield Independence Day celebration and the African-American Heritage Festival for 2010.

    The city will not pay for the events from its budget, but instead, the money will come from revenue generated by the Springfield restaurant and lodging tax.

  • Weather spotter class to be held Tuesday, Feb. 23

    There will be a weather spotter class at the Washington County Extension Office on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 7-9 p.m. The class is open to the public. The instructor will be Joe Sullivan of the National Weather Service. Anyone planning to attend should call Kevin Devine at the Washington County Office of Emergency Management at (859) 336-0746 and leave a message indicating your desire to participate.

  • County fire chiefs step down

    Two fire chiefs in Washington County have recently stepped down from their positions, and while they each have a love of firefighting in common, their reasons for stepping down are totally different.

    In the case of former Willisburg Fire Chief Kevin Devine, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day. In addition to his duties with the Willisburg Volunteer Fire department, Devine is also the director of the Washington County Office of Emergency Management

  • Job club ready to help people find, get jobs

    Looking for a job? Join the club. The job club, that is.

    Thanks to the Cabinet for Workforce Development and Office of Employment and Training,  the job club is now offering assistance in job skills as well as finding and getting a job in today’s tough job market.

  • WC schools on one-hour delay Thursday, Feb. 18

    Washington County school officials have announced that classes for Thursday, Feb. 18, will be on a one-hour delay due to inclement weather. Stay tuned to www.thespringfieldsun.com for more weather, closing and delay updates on schools and other activities in Washington County.

  • Fire destroys Springfield home

    At approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon, crews from the Springfield, Washington County and Willisburg fire departments were called to the scene of a house fire at 25 Coleman Lane in Springfield.

    The home of Cecil and Julie (Judy) Smalley was totally engulfed when firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.

    Crews remained on the scene until 4:30 p.m. No official cause was determined and an investigation is pending.

  • Fire association seeks funding for new station

    At the meeting of the Springfield City Council held Feb. 9, Springfield Fire Chief John Goatley updated the city on the status of the construction of the proposed new fire station on West Main Street. The key sticking point at this time seems to be funding the new building, which will house the city’s fire department and part of Washington County’s fire department. Currently, the departments are using the old National Guard Armory, but a lack of space is posing plenty of problems for the firefighters.