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  • City looks at improvements at Idle Hour Park

    The Springfield City Council discussed several improvement projects at Idle Hour Park at its Tuesday night meeting. Park director Bernard Smalley said several of the light poles on the upper ball fields need to be rewired, while the lower softball field needs to be raised to alleviate a drainage problem. Public works director Glenn Mattingly said expansion of the concession stand needs to be looked at as well.

    Smalley said the city will host the District 5 Little League softball tournament in 2011, and these changes need to be made.

  • African-American Heritage Festival salutes Motown

    The streets of Springfield will be rockin’-and-a-rollin’ on Aug. 6 when the city hosts its 7th annual African-American Heritage Festival. This year, the event will honor two local men who were instrumental in bringing big stars to the area back in the 1960s.

  • Local restaurant goes smoke free

    These days, the only smoke you’ll find in Cecconi’s Restaurant in Springfield is coming off the grill. That’s because co-owner Vhonda Barlow decided to make the business smoke-free on July 6. Barlow said the move has generated some talk, but for the most part, the feedback has been positive.

  • County has questions and concerns about new fire station

    Members of the Washington County Fiscal Court want to know why a new fire station has not been built. During Monday’s meeting, the court asked Washington County Fire Chief Forrest Carrico to give a progress report on the new fire station and to give an account of money brought in and spent by the fire district.

  • North Washington students dig up the past

    Several students with the BEST program at North Washington Elementary School had fun digging up the past last week by taking part in an archaeology class hosted by the Springfield campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    “BEST stands for ‘Better Educated Students for Tomorrow’,” said Karen Elswick, the BEST director at NWES. “The kids had a lot of fun learning about archaeology, digging for artifacts and what they stood for. The deeper the layer of earth, the older the artifact.”

  • Energy manager hired to help local, area school districts

    T.J. Poliskie has been hired as district energy manager for Mercer County schools, a move the system hopes will result in major savings. In addition, he will also serve Washington County, as well as in the Burgin Independent, Danville Independent, and Lincoln County districts, collaborating in a regional partnership, Mercer Superintendent Chuck Hamilton said in making the announcement.

  • Mackville man enters guilty plea in 2009 murder-for-hire plot

    One of the men accused of plotting to kill a manager at the Danville Wendy’s last year pleaded guilty Thursday after prosecutors significantly reduced the charge.

    William Tate, 25, of Mackville pleaded guilty in Boyle Circuit Court to criminal facilitation to commit murder. Judge Darren Peckler will formally sentence Tate on Aug. 3. Prosecutors are recommending Tate serve four years in prison.

  • Changes under way on St. Catharine campus

    School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean things are going to remain quiet on the campus of St. Catharine College in the weeks ahead. Record enrollment for the coming fall semester has prompted the school to, once again, expand its student living quarters. By the end of July, construction is slated to begin on a new dorm which will house at least 100 students, and that is just the first of several projects planned for this year.

  • Locally filmed commercial now showing

    A commercial filmed in Springfield last year has finally made its way into theaters and onto the Internet.

    Bluegrass Cellular, a regional cell phone company, had a commercial filmed here in October promoting it as “Bluephoria.” Now, the commercial has been completed and is airing in area theaters.

  • Bees are all the buzz at bank

    There was a lot of buzz around the office of US Bank in Springfield Thursday afternoon, and it came from a group of bees located in the upstairs of the bank office.

    Frank Peters, branch manager of the local US Bank office, said the excitement all began when he recently had an installation scheduled for a new security camera. When the installer arrived and went into the seldom-used upstairs area to complete the installation and discovered a large group of honey bees, he told Peters about the problem.