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  • 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.

  • 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.