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  • Kentucky State Police to officer Citizens Police Academy

    Have you ever wondered what a state trooper really does? Have you ever been curious to know more about DNA and what a crime lab can really do with it? What really goes on in an undercover drug investigation and successful prosecution? If you’ve ever pondered over these questions and had other curiosities concerning the Kentucky State Police, you might be an excellent candidate for our Citizens Police Academy.  

  • Kelly judgeship appointment still uncertain

    The seat of Sen. Dan Kelly, R-Springfield, in the 14th District of the Kentucky Legislature isn’t empty, but that hasn’t stopped numerous people from speculating about how it will be filled, if indeed it is vacated.

    Kelly’s name has surfaced in rumors as the man to fill a seat that is actually empty, and that’s the one vacated by Chief Regional Circuit Judge Doughlas “Dodie” George when he moved from the position and into the state’s senior status program in February.

  • Walk benefits women's outreach

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Two laps around Idle Hour Park equals an opportunity for local women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy to receive assistance in preparing for, and eventually, raising a child. The House of Hope's annual Walk for Life will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 12 and it's the center's hope that participants raise much needed funds to help with the outreach's operating costs.

  • 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.