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  • WC schools on one-hour delay Thursday, Feb. 18

    Washington County school officials have announced that classes for Thursday, Feb. 18, will be on a one-hour delay due to inclement weather. Stay tuned to www.thespringfieldsun.com for more weather, closing and delay updates on schools and other activities in Washington County.

  • Fire destroys Springfield home

    At approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon, crews from the Springfield, Washington County and Willisburg fire departments were called to the scene of a house fire at 25 Coleman Lane in Springfield.

    The home of Cecil and Julie (Judy) Smalley was totally engulfed when firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.

    Crews remained on the scene until 4:30 p.m. No official cause was determined and an investigation is pending.

  • Fire association seeks funding for new station

    At the meeting of the Springfield City Council held Feb. 9, Springfield Fire Chief John Goatley updated the city on the status of the construction of the proposed new fire station on West Main Street. The key sticking point at this time seems to be funding the new building, which will house the city’s fire department and part of Washington County’s fire department. Currently, the departments are using the old National Guard Armory, but a lack of space is posing plenty of problems for the firefighters.

  • Local auto industry still in high gear

    Much of the automobile industry has found itself stuck in low gear lately, and with the recall of several models of Toyota vehicles, you might expect factories producing parts for the company to slow down or come to a complete stop, but that has not been the case.

    Dianne Kelly, human resources manager for Toyotomi, said the company is not only maintaining its production staff, but it’s looking to fill some open positions.

  • County scraps bulky item pick-up

    It worked so well last year that the Washington County Fiscal Court is once again scrapping the idea of a county-wide clean-up in favor of allowing county residents to dump bulky items at the county’s transfer station for free. The free drop-off takes effect on March 1 and will run through Sept. 1. This is for residential items only, no tires or commercial debris will be allowed to dump free of charge. Contractors will still be able to dump CD&D waste for the normal fee.

  • Smile Kentucky! gives free dental service to local kids

    Some Washington County students had plenty to smile about Friday afternoon when they returned from a unique trip to visit the dentist.

    Thirteen students from North Washington and Washington County elementary schools took part in the Smile Kentucky! program Friday, where they received free dental care courtesy of the University of Louisville, along with several corporate sponsors. When the day was done, more than $4,300 worth of free dental care was provided to the local students.

  • Mackville man charged in plot to kill Wendy's manager

    Two men accused of plotting to kill the manager of a Danville fast food restaurant last year will have pretrial conferences next month.

    William Tate, 24, of Mackville, and Tad Shelton, 23, of Hustonville, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly planning to kill a manager at Wendy’s on Hustonville Road.

    Attorneys for the two men appeared at a status hearing Tuesday in Boyle Circuit Court, when their pretrial conferences were set for March 2 before Judge Darren Peckler.

  • County's tobacco past makes way for future business

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The tell-tale signs of growing older eventually become apparent on our faces and in our community. While in their youth and their prime, businesses once rich with success and promise were the backbone of our local economy. But everything eventually changes, and over time, the future becomes the present, and the present becomes the past.

  • Heartland Youth aims to prevent substance abuse

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Nobody knows the social pressures that today's youths face quite like their peers. That's why members of the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition are taking a proactive stance on hot-button issues like underage drinking and smoking. The group's mission statement clearly defines its goal - “To engage, enrich and empower the citizens and agencies of Springfield and Washington County to build a stronger and safer community by reducing substance abuse.”

  • County seeks "StormReady" designation

    There’s no better time than now to prepare for the future, especially when an event such as a storm or disaster occurs. That’s why Washington County is taking the first steps toward becoming what the National Weather Service calls a “StormReady” county.