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Local News

  • New book chronicles legacy of local Civil War soldiers

    It was an era in American history that pitted countryman against countryman, neighbor against neighbor, and even brother against brother. The Civil War has been well documented over the past 145 years, and now some of Washington County’s Civil War legacy is featured in a book entitled “The 10th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War,” where author Dennis W. Belcher chronicles the formation and history of the storied regiment that fought for the Union Army for three years, having been formed in Lebanon on Nov. 21, 1861.

  • Local teacher receives 'master teacher' training

    Even teachers like to learn new things, and nobody knows that better than Washington County High School math teacher Rita Messer. She recently took part in the Master Teacher Project in Hilton Head, S.C., facilitated through the Appalachian Math Science Partnership.

    The program is designed to challenge the 15 participating teachers to, first and foremost, fine tune their own teaching skills, and then share their knowledge and skills with other educators in their school, district and/or region.

  • Races for local offices now set

    May is one mighty fine month for a race in Kentucky, and short of the Derby, the races taking place at the polls could be among the most hotly contested in a while.

    As the filing deadline to seek public office came and went last Tuesday, a field of 32 total candidates have tossed their hats into the ring to seek a seat in Washington County.

    Washington County Clerk Glenn Black, who is among that field of 32, said this is a fairly large number of candidates for a local election.

  • Feds take deputy case, indictments returned

    A federal grand jury has returned indictments against two former Washington County sheriff’s deputies.

    Norris Wayne Bartley, 42, of Springfield, and Billy Joe Mattingly, 41, of Mackville, were indicted Monday by a federal grand jury in Louisville. Each is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a federal drug trafficking crime, according to U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky.

  • County now has emergency update page on Facebook

    With winter here, bad weather and severe storms could be just around the corner! That’s why there is no better time than the present to unveil Washington County’s newest emergency update tool. The idea came from a brainstorming session as city and county officials were preparing for the recent snow storm.

  • Washington County schools on one-hour delay Monday

    Due to inclement weather, Washington County schools will be on a one-hour delay Monday, Feb. 1. Stay tuned to www.thespringfieldsun.com for more updates and closing information.

  • Washington County native returns home from Haiti

    After experiencing one of the most notable disasters in recent time, a Washington County native returned home over the weekend, and is now safe and sound back in the United States.

  • County looks for solution to dangerous curve

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    If the Washington County Fiscal Court had to “grade on a curve”, then most likely they would give an “F” to a sharp curve on Route 429 known as “cowhole curve.” A Christmas Day accident involving several Washington County High School students is just the latest accident to occur in the curve. The road is maintained by the state, but the county is hoping that something can be done soon before more accidents take place. The fiscal court discussed possible solutions at the meeting this past Friday.

  • Three charged in vandalism at Mordecai's

    A birthday celebration that may have gone a bit too far is being blamed for  the destruction of property, as well as the theft of some items at Mordecai’s Restaurant on Main Street in Springfield.

    According to a report by Springfield Police Officer Charlie Osbourn, three people are charged after they allegedly drank heavily at Mordecai’s while celebrating a birthday, then destroyed two brass light fixtures in the men’s room of the restaurant, as well as taking several pictures and a plaque from the wall of the restaurant’s lobby.

  • The Sun takes top honors at state newspaper awards

    You wanted the best, and you’ve got the best.

    The Springfield Sun was named the best newspaper in Kentucky for its size Friday night at the annual Kentucky Press Association awards ceremony in Lexington.

    The competition was judged by the Tennessee Press Association, which awarded The Sun a total of 19 awards, including first place in five categories.

    Among the awards won by the newspaper include first place honors for best spot news photo, best headline, best business/agribusiness story, best graphic and best sports picture essay.