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Local News

  • Junior Miss contest is Saturday night

    A group of 13 young ladies will take center stage Saturday night to compete for the title of 2011 Washington County Junior Miss.

    Jordon Mudd, co-chair of the event, said the participants have worked hard, and she sees a lot of responsibility and determination from the group.

  • County switches insurance plans for employees

    No one likes to see their insurance deductibles go up, but the Washington County Fiscal Court voted 5-0 Monday to switch the county’s insurance coverage for its employees to a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) managed by Peel and Holland Insurance through KACo. The vote was unanimous, with magistrate Greg Simms absent from the meeting.

  • Jake's Day event canceled

    The Jake's Day event scheduled for Saturday, June 12 at River of Life Church has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

  • Local Relay for Life kicks off Friday night

    This Friday, the campus of St. Catharine College will shake, rattle and roll as the Washington County Relay for Life takes place. The theme this year is “Music of the Night” and each campsite will celebrate their favorite song or music style.

    The festivities kick off at 7 p.m. with the opening ceremony, followed by the survivors ceremony and lap. A silent auction will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The luminaria ceremony, honoring those who have fought cancer or have lost their fight, will be held at 10 p.m.

  • Local man killed in tractor accident

    A 61-year-old Washington County man was killed in a farm accident Thursday afternoon, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Mark Falkenstein of Springfield was operating a tractor that was towing another tractor uphill when the tractor he was driving overturned, pinning him beneath it. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    For more on this story, see next week's issue of The Springfield Sun.

  • Local FEMA office will close Saturday at 6 p.m.

    After just opening Monday morning, the Springfield Disaster Recovery Center located in the Washington County Court Annex at 111 North Cross Main Street, will close its doors for business Saturday at 6 p.m.

  • FEMA repairing lives, rebuilding homes

    Tom and Mary Ann Tingle have been married for 13 years. They have lived in their home on Midway Lane off Bloomfield Road since they married, and Tom has owned the property since 1982. When heavy rains and flooding took place the first weekend of May, it was nothing new to the Tingles. They had seen flooding before, and although they had suffered damage in the past, they had recovered and been able to return to their home.

  • Relay for Life: Local woman's fight with cancer

    One minute, your life can be normal and full of simple pleasures. The next minute, your world can spiral into a whirlwind of emotions. That is the chaos that cancer can create, and no one knows the ups and downs of battling the dreaded disease more than Janice Brady.

  • WCHS sophomore earns art scholarship at University of Iowa

    Washington County High School sophomore Benji Gaona was recently awarded a scholarship to attend the National Scholars Institute, a one-week residential summer academic program at the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development on the campus of the University of Iowa. From July 4-9, he will take part in the Visual Arts Studio single advanced level course.

  • Meet our new neighbors;Amish community growing locally

    If you’ve driven in the northern end of Washington County recently, you may have seen the signs that indicate you have some new neighbors. If not, keep your eyes open. The signs are bright yellow, and feature the image of a horse and buggy.

    The signs are to alert motorists of some of the county’s newest residents on the roadways. They come to Kentucky from Holmes County, Ohio, and are establishing a new Amish community in the Willisburg area.