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  • City accepts $3.5 million budget

    The Springfield City Council held the second reading of the 2009-10 budget ordinance on Tuesday morning. With Mayor John Cecconi and council member John Hardin absent, council member Paul Borders was appointed mayor pro tem and called the meeting to order.

    The budget passed 4-1, as Borders, Mike Elliott, Willie Ellery and Carolyn Hardin voted in favor, while Debbie Wakefield was the only dissenting vote. She declined to comment following the meeting.

    See the complete story in this week's Springfield Sun!

  • Fentress comes back as interim superintendent

    Less than a year after the Washington County School Board hired a new superintendent, the search is about to begin again. And this time, just like the last time, a familiar face will fill the vacant seat temporarily.

  • Farmers' market jamboree, concert in park highlight weekend

    Nothing to do this weekend? Bored and have no plans? That’s all about to change!

    This is a busy weekend in Springfield, and there’s something for just about everyone starting Friday evening and continuing into Saturday night.

  • Times are tough for small dairies

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Whoever said that there's no crying over spilled milk obviously wasn't a diary farmer. As prices for wholesale milk continue to fall, small dairy farmers are literally trying to squeeze out every drop they can in order to meet their profit margin.

    Washington County Extension Agent Rick Greenwell said he has never seen it this bad. When he first started working for the extension agency, there were approximately 135 dairy farms in the county. That number dropped to 88 dairies in 1988. The number today is just a fraction of that.

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Storm levels building near local home

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Many Washington County residents woke up last Thursday morning to discover a few limbs had fallen during the previous night when a powerful storm rolled through the area. But there probably weren’t many who suffered as much damage as Jim and Leann Mattingly did.

  • Barn quilt celebrates 100 years of 4-H

    It may hard to believe, but 4-H is celebrating a century of service to Kentucky. As a way to honor this milestone, a barn quilt commemorating the 100th anniversary was placed on the barn of Lawrence “Pete” Spalding last Wednesday morning.

    Passersby on KY-150 just northwest of Springfield now have a visual tribute to the 100 years that the 4-H has served Kentucky.

    See the complete story in this week's Springfield Sun!

  • School board hears concerns on SRO again

    The issue has been voted on, and a motion to bring a school resource officer (SRO) to Washington County High School was defeated at the May school board meeting. Still, the topic arose again at Thursday’s board meeting, and this time, about 50 educators and parents were on hand for the discussion.

  • Josette Taylor is 2010 Washington County Junior Miss

    When the night began, no doubt all of the 17 contestants for the title of 2010 Washington County Junior Miss were nervous. When the night had ended, one stood out from the crowd and claimed the title.

    Josette Taylor, daughter of Billy and Kathy Taylor of Springfield, was crowned 2010 Washington County Junior Miss, but she began the competition hoping to have fun during the competition. She said afterwards that if she won one award, that would be fine by her.

  • Sever thunderstorm warning issued, 70 mph winds possible

    A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Washington County. A dangerous line of storms has been spotted, with possible winds up to 70 miles per hour. All citizens should continue to monitor storm alerts on TV and radio, and seek shelter in the event of these storms.

  • Stafford resigns as WC superintendent

    He’s been on the job for less than a year, but Superintendent of Washington County Schools Robert Stafford has announced that he is resigning from his position.

    “I just want to spend some time with my family and my children,” Stafford told the school board and guests at Thursday night’s meeting. He officially tendered his resignation on Tuesday of last week. “It’s going to be five or 10 years down the road, and time with them is what’s most important to me, so I’m going to spend more time with them.”