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  • County homemakers host regional meeting

    Homemakers from eight counties gathered in Springfield last Thursday to participate in the Lincoln Trail Area Extension Homemakers Association annual meeting held at River of Life Community Church in Springfield.

    “The homemakers are a part of the county extension program,” said Kay Kennedy, Washington County extension agent for family and consumer sciences. “They do philanthropic projects throughout the community, and this is a way of getting together to discuss what we have done during the year.”

  • That's a wrap: Commercial filming finished in Springfield Sunday

    Springfield was center stage again this past weekend, and this time, the town hosted the filming of a new TV commercial for Bluegrass Cellular telephone company.

    Two Popes Production Company of Minneapolis, Minn., was in charge of the filming, and the company brought dozens of crew members to town for the filming.

    The stars of the commercial were some local notables, including members of the Washington County High School Commander Band, the Washington County Pompettes, and others well known in the community.

  • Snake problem found, solved at middle school

    If you ask people what they fear, many will say snakes.  Several staff members at Washington County Middle School will give you the same answer, and with good reason.

    The school has had some uninvited visitors lately as some small snakes have made their way into the school.

    The snakes were discovered recently in the middle school’s resource room, where items such as clothing are stored when donated to the school. That’s how officials believe the snakes entered the school.

  • Relay kickoff set for Oct. 31

    Halloween is generally considered the scariest day of the year - well, if you don’t count tax day. The Washington County Relay for Life is using the spooky holiday as the setting to start their 2010 campaign. The group’s annual kick-off rally will be held Oct. 31, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Washington County Extension Office at 211 Progress Ave. in Springfield. Although trick or treat in Springfield will be the night before, everyone is encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costume for the kick-off.

  • Mackville truck and tractor pull cancelled

    The Mackville truck and tractor pull scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17 has been canceled due to weather. For more information on the event, contact Eddie Noel at (859) 262-5104.

  • Employment office moves to courthouse annex

    There’s good news and bad news for the Washington County Office of Employment and Training. The good news is that they just moved into their new location in the 1816 Courthouse Annex at 111 Cross Main Street in Springfield. The new location will provide additional office space and parking. The bad news is that there is a greater need for it as more and more people find themselves without employment and need help putting together resumes or looking for work.

  • County receives $535,000 grant for Communicare

    The Washington County Fiscal Court recently paved the way for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $535,000 from the Kentucky Department of Local Government. The money will be used to purchase the old Reed's Food Valu supermarket building on Main Street. Once work is completed, the building will become the new home of Washington County Industries, the county's branch of Communicare.

  • Barbeque cookoff competitors enjoy their stay in Springfield

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Springfield has seen its share of visitors over the years, but chances are pretty good that none of them smelled as good as some of the customized barbeque rigs that made the town their home this past weekend for the Jim Beam Barbeque Classic.

  • Lawsuit filed over judicial center work dispute

    A lawsuit has been filed over a dispute connected to work done at the new Washington County Judicial Center.

    According to a case filed in the Washington County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Whitehead Electric Company of Sturgis, Ky., is seeking $657,396.21 in a suit against Codell Construction Company of Winchester, Ky., as well as the Washington County Fiscal Court and Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America, based in Hartford, Conn.

  • Festival draws crowds to Springfield

    Downtown Springfield was the picturesque setting for the third annual Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival this past weekend. This year marked the inaugural Jim Beam BBQ Classic, an event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, which also served as the official Kentucky State Barbeque Championship. But this weekend wasn't just about barbeque, it was also about celebrating the fall harvest and coming together as a community.