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  • Two scout projects bridge health and the outdoors

    When you think of scouting, you think of the pioneering spirit, of learning to adapt to the outdoors and studying nature in her raw glory. Some local residents of the Spaulding-Kelly group home in Springfield will now be able to get out in the great outdoors thanks to two local scout projects.

  • Turning back time

    Last Thursday wasn’t a “turn back the clock” day in downtown Springfield, but it certainly could have passed for one as dozens of antique cars rolled into town. This scene from yesteryear was courtesy of the Snapper’s Brass and Gas Automobile Club, a touring region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

  • Grand jury indicts four

    A Springfield man has been indicted in relation to 18 charges stemming from an alleged crime spree in Washington and five other counties.

  • Bypass construction work under way

    A $12 million road project began in Springfield Monday.

    Work on the Springfield Northwest Bypass, which will run from KY 555 at the Springfield Bypass and connect US 150 west of St. Catharine is now under way. Chad Filiatreau, transportation  engineering supervisor for Washington, Nelson and LaRue counties, said work is taking place, although the public might not realize it in the early stages. He said some of the early work will include bridge and culvert work, as well as layout and surveying.

  • Cochran named new superintendent of Washington County schools

    Robin Cochran, principal of North Washington Elementary School, was named the new superintendent of Washington County Schools Thursday night. She is the first female superintendent in the history of Washington County Schools.

    Cochran, a native of Washington County, was selected by the school board and hired from a field of four finalists and 19 original candidates.

    The vote to hire Cochran was 4-0, with one member, Buffy Mann, abstaining from the vote.

    See the complete story in next week's Springfield Sun.

  • Kidney recipient can thank his 'guardian angel'

    Rob and Karen Waddell, members of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, have no doubt about the existence of guardian angels. In fact, they have names for theirs: Hugh and Kim Haydon.

    The Haydons and the Waddells met about five years ago when their daughters started kindergarten together. The kids stayed close, and the moms eventually became friends. And in May, the fathers of the two families forged a bond that will last a lifetime when Hugh Haydon gave one of his kidneys to Rob Waddell.

  • Fuel spilled at local gas station

    When Marion Cummins of Perryville pulled in for gas at the BP station on the corner of Main and Doctor streets in Springfield Friday afternoon, the last thing he expected was to be the center of attention. But just seconds into fueling his vehicle, he was showered from head to toe in gasoline after a rupture formed in the gas hose.

    Cummins went into a panic and dropped the fuel line as the gas kept pumping onto the pavement. Station manager Sonny Patel shut the pump off from inside the store, but not before 6.75 gallons of gasoline were flowing down the side of Doctor Street.

  • Thieves enter 42 cars in one night

    A late-night crime spree in northern Washington County was part of what continues to be a headache for local residents and law enforcement officers.

    A total of 42 vehicles were broken into on July 24, according to Washington County Deputy Sheriff Jackie Robinson.

    The thefts took place between midnight and 7 a.m., according to Robinson’s report, and  numerous items were taken from the vehicles, including a purse, some compact discs, cash and change, a GPS device, some airsoft guns and other items.

  • Crash claims life of Marion County man

    A three-vehicle accident on KY 55 near the Washington-Marion County line Monday morning has left one person dead.

    Matthew J. Zygmunt, 27, of Lebanon, was killed as a result of the accident, according to a report by Kentucky State Police.

  • Springfield native's career is really cooking

    Some people know what they want to do early in life. It takes others a little more time, after a few false starts, to find their passion in life. For Washington County native David Clements, the interest in cooking was there from an early age, it just took a few detours and some traveling before he found his true calling.

    “He hung around me every evening in the kitchen when I was preparing dinner,” said David’s mother Frankie Clements. “He always had an interest in food.”