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  • Cash for Clunkers has little local impact

    While the “Cash for Clunkers” program offered by the federal government is a boom to new car dealers, smaller dealers like Hammer Chevrolet in Springfield haven't benefited much from the controversial, albeit successful, program. The government set an 8 p.m. deadline this past Monday for the end of the clunkers program, which funneled $3 billion into the sagging auto industry.

  • School tax hearing is tonight

    Operating a school system is expensive business, and in a tough economy for everyone involved, it unfortunately costs more each year.

    The Washington County School Board will meet tonight to discuss with citizens the cost of operating the school system and how best to do that at a public hearing set for 6:30 p.m. at Central Office. The meeting is open to the public.

  • Cantuc Whistlers provide kids with some fun in the sun

    The Burg was abuzz with activity over the weekend as the Cantuc Whistlers chapter of Quail Unlimited, Inc., held its annual Kids' Day. Although temperatures were in the 90s, that didn't stop nearly 170 young ones from coming out for the free event.

    “This was our fourth year,” said Jerry Mattingly, president of the Cantuc Whistlers. “Donations play a big part in being able to do this for the kids each year.”

  • City seeks utility savings

    As more and more people scramble to save on energy costs and keep bills down, even city governments are looking for ways to cut back on spending. Case in point, the Springfield City Council’s decision to do some re-wiring of the lights at Idle Hour Park’s baseball fields.

  • Leon Smith, WCHS principal, named superintendent of Russellville schools

    Washington County High School Principal Leon Smith has been named superintendent of Russellville schools in Logan County. The announcement came Monday night in Russellville. For complete details, see this week's Springfield Sun.

  • Cochran named superintendent

    When Robin Cochran was named superintendent of Washington County Schools Thursday night, some may have seen the announcement as a career move, but Cochran said it was much more than that.

    “This isn’t just a career move for me. This is my life,” she said. “This is where I want to be. I haven’t applied anywhere else, and I don’t want to be superintendent of any other district. This is home to me.”

  • County looks into dead animal composting

    It wasn’t your typical field trip last Thursday when members of the Washington County Fiscal Court took a field trip to a farm in Versailles. County Judge-Executive John Settles, magistrates Billy Riney, Morris Sweazy and Terry Tingle, and Washington County Extension Agent Rick Greenwell visited the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Pin Oak Research Farm to look at ways dead animals can be turned into compost for agriculture.

  • Theater fundraiser is tonight at Opera House

    The Central Kentucky Community Theater group will host a special fundraising event tonight in preparation for a trip to Walt Disney World for the Central Kentucky Youth Actors, who will perform selections from the musical “Grease” at the Orlando, Fla., amusement park in October.

    A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Opera House on Main Street in Springfield, followed by performances of songs from “Grease” at 6:30 p.m. on the Opera House stage.

  • Web exclusive: County to offer oil recycling to residents

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Washington County is getting into the oil business ee" used oil, that is. At the Washington County Fiscal Court meeting Monday morning, the court agreed to enter into a contract with Universal Environmental Services to collect used oil in the county for recycling. The contract is open-ended, which means either party may cancel at any time as long as they provide 30 days written notice.

  • New assistant principal joins staff at high school

    The Washington County School Board recently approved a motion to hire a SAM. Instead, they got a Dan.

    Dan Lockwood is the new assistant principal at Washington County High School. He fills a void that could have been filled by a SAM (school administration manager) if a certified principal was not hired. The SAM would have served as a backup administrator to principal Leon Smith and assistant principal Paul Terrell at the high school. Instead, Lockwood will now become an assistant principal, at least for one year.