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  • New Pioneers observe fifth anniversary

    The past five years have gone by quickly for Sister Claire McGowan, founder of New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future. The organization celebrated its fifth anniversary Thursday night with a gathering at the Opera House in Springfield.

  • WC Harlem Globetrotter to celebrate 30th birthday

    A horse is a horse, of course of course, unless that horse is a very special one. Such is the case for Kalarama Farms’ resident sire WC Harlem Globetrotter, who will celebrate his 30th birthday on April 1. But this champion Saddlebred horse is no April fool. During his 30 years, he has been a world champion sire, producing 142 Kentucky State Fair ribbon winners, which is all the more reason to celebrate.

    Owner Joan Hamilton said the public is welcome to visit Kalarama Farm on April 1 and wish Harlem Globetrotter a happy birthday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Bank robber enters guilty plea

    The man accused of robbing the Bardstown Road branch of the Springfield State Bank on Nov. 7, 2008, has now admitted his guilt.

  • Ready, set, coast!

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Dozens of people packed the office at Franklin Chevrolet in Springfield Saturday morning trying to get a good look at some new arrivals. But these speedy creations were not the latest models to roll off the assembly line in Detroit. These were one-of-a-kind designs created by members of Cub Scout Pack 429 for its annual pinewood derby.

    Talon Walker placed first in the race competition with his purple car with red flames. Christopher Mason placed second for his Spider-Man car.

  • Tank testing turns heads at local Shell gas station

    It looked like a lunar landing mission as workers donned protective gear and used strange-looking devices to probe below ground level. In reality, it wasn’t the surface of the moon that was getting all of the attention Thursday; it was just the entrance to Simms Shell station at the corner of Main Street and Walnut Street in Springfield.

    Workers with ATC Associates, a Lafayette, La., based company, were drilling holes through the concrete while conducting tests on underground storage tanks on the property owned by Pinkston Oil Co.

  • Three-vehicle accident on KY 55 injures two

    A three-car accident at the intersection of KY 55 and Booker Road in Springfield Friday morning left two people injured. According to a report by Washington County Deputy Sheriff Jackie Robinson, the accident occurred when Lauren Smith, 51, of Booker Road in Springfield, was driving a 2001 Pontiac Montana van. The report said Smith pulled onto the southbound lane of KY 55 from Booker Road and struck a 1999 Lincoln driven by Edward B. Cecil, 70, of Louisville.

  • 'Cover the Uninsured Week' is March 14-20

    Health care is on the mind of almost every American citizen these days, including the leaders of our government. That’s why it’s only fitting that this week is designated to bring attention to those who have little or no health insurance.

    March 14-20 is “Cover the Uninsured Week,” and the Lincoln Trail District Health Department is looking to bring even more attention to the services it offers to those with little or no health insurance.

  • Early state prison releases may be costly to counties

    As the commonwealth struggles with a $1 billion budget deficit, a Kentucky House committee has approved a measure that would save the state $30 million by offering early release to as many as 2,000 non-violent, non-sexual prisoners. That proposal has given Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles some concerns as he says the state is looking to save money by putting that burden on county governments.

  • School decisions put on hold awaiting state budget funding

    The Washington County School Board had several key issues before it Monday night, but few decisions could be made because of money concerns. The local school system, like others across the state, is awaiting word from the state legislature on funding for its schools. With no choice but to play the waiting game, the board decided to table a decision on many staffing issues.

  • St. Catharine College, Barnes & Noble partner for mystery night

    Tonight will be full of mystery as Barnes & Noble partners with St. Catharine College to celebrate the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read at 6:30 p.m.