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  • Dean charged with using pot to pay in murder-for-hire scheme

    A Mackville man has been charged with allegedly trying to hire someone to commit murder.

    Ryan Lynn Dean, 20, of Mackville, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Louisville on charges of soliciting a murder for hire, according to U.S. Attorney General Candace Hill of the Western District of Kentucky.

    The indictment alleges that in June 2009, Dean tried to hire someone to carry out a murder, promising to pay 10 pounds of marijuana in exchange for the killing.

  • Back 2 back!Commander band wins second state title in a row

    It wouldn’t be hard to think of the seniors in this year’s Washington County Marching Commander band as spoiled. After all, they’ve been in high school for four years and have never missed reaching the state finals of the Kentucky Music Educators’ Association marching band championships.

    The seniors and the other Commanders were back in the finals Saturday night at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville, and for the second time in as many years, they came home with a state championship.

  • Economy doesn't slow spending for local lottery players

    You can’t win if you don’t play. That’s the slogan used by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC), but playing certainly doesn’t guarantee you will be a winner, either.

    With constant reports in the news about the economy and how people are cutting back expenses, you might think a non-essential expense like lottery tickets would be at or near the top of their list from which to cut. Think again.

  • Filing begins for 2010 elections

    Filing for 2010 elections began last Wednesday, and some local incumbents have already tossed their hats into the ring.

    Among those to file are seven incumbents, and no challengers have filed for office at this time, although the deadline is not until Jan. 26, 2010, according to the Washington County Clerk’s office.

    All county offices will be up for election in 2010, and those seeking re-election include:

    Ben Settles, Morris Sweazy and Terry Tingle - magistrates

    John Settles - Washington County Judge-Executive

  • Questions sought for Senatorial debates

    The stage is set. On Dec. 8, we’ll go to the polls and choose a new state senator to represent the 14th Senatorial district. The Republican party has chosen State Rep. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, as its candidate for the special election. The Democratic party selected former state representative Jodie Haydon, Bardstown, as its choice.

  • After 34 years, Borders is still playing at the park

    Paul Borders isn't very different than most kids from Washington County. After more than 34 years, he continues to have fun at Idle Hour Park in Springfield.

  • Commander band sweeps regional

    The Washington  County Marching Commander Band took the next step toward defending its 2008 state championship this past Saturday with a win in regional competition at Tates Creek High School.

    The WC band came away with first place in the Kentucky Music Educators’ Association (KMEA) Class AA East Regional, and also received the only distinguished rating given at the contest.

  • Sun writer Earls hospitalized after stroke

    Springfield Sun writer Jimmie Earls remained hospitalized at press time Tuesday after suffering from a stroke Sunday.

    Earls, 45, has been working at The Springfield Sun for more than a year, covering local sports and news stories.

    He became ill around noon Sunday, and was taken to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon. He was later airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he is being treated in the hospital’s stroke unit.

  • Haydon, Higdon get nods for Senate race

    Jodie Haydon got something better than candy on Halloween - a spot in the race for the state’s 14th District Senate seat. Haydon was selected unanimously Saturday morning at the Democratic Executive Committee meeting at the Bardstown-Nelson County Civic Center. He was the only candidate nominated.

    Haydon, a Bardstown Democrat, served in the state House of Representatives 1997-2004. He will face House District 24 Rep. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, in a special election Dec. 8.

  • St. Catharine College Circle of Friends is Nov. 10

    Mitchell Tolle of Berea will be the guest speaker at St. Catharine College’s annual Circle of Friends event on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

    Among his many talents, Mitchell Tolle is a sculptor. That is in addition to his skills as an artist, inspirational speaker, author and lay-minister. Next Tuesday night, Tolle, a Berea resident, will talk at St. Catharine’s Circle of Friends Dinner. While he is an expert at molding clay, Tolle will talk more about molding students in Tuesday’s message at the Spalding student and Community Center.