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  • Local man's Saturdays are going to the dogs

    Kurt Krug has been a pet lover since he was a young boy growing up in New Jersey, and he continues to have a soft spot for animals today. If he had room, he would probably have even more pets than the three dogs and three cats that currently call his house their home. But since he can’t bring them all home, Krug has been busy helping animals find other homes across the United States and even into Canada.

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Free women's health fair is April 26

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

  • O'Bryan and Osbourne vie for Simms' District 6 seat

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The economy has been a hot topic of discussion lately, and if anyone has their finger on the pulse of business in Washington County, it is District 6 magistrate Greg Simms. The five-term incumbent is running for a sixth term, having served for the past 21 years. As a local business owner, he knows the importance of not only bringing new business to the area, but also in retaining the current workforce.

  • School board makes staffing changes

    Tough decisions are a part of the job, and the Washington County School Board has had to consider some decisions lately that could impact staffing.

    At its March meeting, the board decided to put off decisions on some staff issues in hopes that the Kentucky legislature would come up with a budget before the April meeting, thus allowing the board to know more about funding for some positions. With no budget in place, the board decided to move ahead and make those decisions Monday, and changes do lie ahead for some positions.

  • Local students' art to be displayed at World Equestrian Games

    If all of the world is a stage, then three Washington County High School art students will be in the limelight when their talent is showcased as part of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington. This is the first time the event has been hosted on U.S. soil, and as part of the festivities, an exhibition titled “Desert Treasures” will feature representations of various Arabian horses.

  • Local pastor recovering from motorcycle accident

    A Springfield pastor said he is lucky to be alive following a single-vehicle accident in Nelson County April 6. According to a report from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, John McDaniel was traveling west on US-150 in Botland at 10:18 a.m. when his motorcycle left the road, and he came to rest in a ditch while the motorcycle struck a nearby house.

  • Washington County ranked 11th healthiest in state

    As the issue of health care is discussed from the farm fields of Kentucky all the way to the hallowed halls of Congress, a report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that Washington County is ranked 11th healthiest out of 120 counties in the state. But while the overall finding is promising, according to the study, there is still plenty of room for improvement.

    The county ranked first in the state when it comes to morbidity, or the quality of life.

  • Candidates seek seat in District 2 magistrate's race

    Four Democratic candidates will seek the seat of magistrate in District 2 in the May 18 primary election. The winner from that race will meet the lone Republican candidate in the general election in November. Benjamin Settles is the incumbent in District 2, and is seeking re-election.

    Now that he is nearing the end of his first term, Settles is hoping that voters will look at his proven track record of trying to save the county money while also tackling important issues in the county.

  • County revisits community clean-up

    Although a plan is currently in place to help with the problem of bulky item disposal in Washington County, county officials say there might be alternatives for future pick-ups. But in the meantime, some residents are finding their own ways of ridding themselves of bulky items, and those items don’t always find their way to the county’s CD&D transfer station.

  • Local pastor hospitalized following motorcycle accident

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    A Washington County pastor is listed in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit of University Hospital in Louisville following a motorcycle accident Tuesday. John McDaniel, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Springfield, sustained multiple injuries. Further information is unavailable at this time. For more on this story, see the April 14 issue of The Springfield Sun.