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  • WCHS, NWES name interim principals

    With the promotion of one local principal to Washington County’s central office to serve as superintendent, and another making a move to be superintendent in another school district, there are some vacant positions in local schools these days.

    To fill those vacancies, new Superintendent of Washington County Schools Robin Cochran has announced how those spots will be filled, at least temporarily.

  • County tax rate increases while tax bills should stay the same

    In these tough times, consumers are finding out that it’s becoming necessary to do more to maintain the same level of spending. The Washington County Fiscal Court is no different. At their meeting on Friday, the court approved the first reading of an ordinance to increase the county real estate and personal property tax to 7.5 percent. The increase from the current rate of 7.4 percent is needed to maintain the same level of income for the county.

  • Local business hopes to stay afloat with beer and wine sales

    It’s long been said that desperate times demand desperate measures. With many restaurants facing difficult times during the country’s economic downturn, one historic restaurant in Springfield is hoping to add sales by offering something new to the menu – alcohol. Vhonda Barlow, co-owner of Cecconi’s Restaurant, recently applied to the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for a license to sell beer and wine by the glass.

  • Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival is Oct. 2-4

    It’s not easy to plan the county’s biggest party of the year, but that’s exactly what Ralph Blandford and the folks at the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce are busy doing these days.

    With just one month to put the finishing touches on things, the third annual Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival, scheduled for Oct. 2-4, is shaping up to be one of the biggest festivals Springfield has ever hosted.

  • Local police to fight drunk driving

    The Springfield Police Departments and local M.A.D.D. Chapter wish to remind everyone that Over the Limit. Under Arrest’ Crackdown will be observed Sept. 1, 2009 through the Labor Day Weekend.

  • School tax increase approved

    Some were for it, and some were against it. Either way, about 30 people turned out to see what decision the Washington County School Board would make on the proposed school tax increase.

  • WCHS principal Leon Smith is new superintendent at Russellville

    In April, Leon Smith said he planned to remain as principal of Washington County High School after being a finalist for the Campbellsville Schools superintendent position. He said he would put some “feelers out there,” but he would stay in Washington County unless something came up.

    On Monday night, something did come up.

    Smith, after being named a finalist for the position of superintendent of Russellville Schools in Logan County, was officially named superintendent of that school system.

  • School tax increase passes unanimously

    The Washington County School Board unanimously voted Wednesday night to pass the tax increase from 50.8 to 52.9 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

    A group of about 30 people were on hand for the meeting, and a balanced mixture of those in favor were on hand to voice their opinions, as well as a group against the tax increase.

  • Reader helps clarify a matter of local history

    Here at The Springfield Sun, we take a lot of stock in what our readers have to say. That’s why when a call came to the office last week from a long-time reader, Violet Elliott, I wasted no time in taking her advice.

    When Mrs. Elliott called my office, she was very polite as she informed me I had made a mistake in a recent news story. That mistake was made when I reported that Robin Cochran was the first female superintendent in the history of Washington County schools.

  • Scam alert: Fake call made to Sun subscriber

    A subscriber to The Springfield Sun contacted our office today and informed us that she had been contacted by someone claiming to represent the newspaper. The caller told the woman that her newspaper subscription was about to expire, and she needed to provide them with her credit card information to prevent the subscription from expiring.

    She did not give the information, and contacted The Sun offices to report the incident.