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Local News

  • Ice storm cripples county

    It was a storm that caused more power outages than Kentucky has ever seen, and nearly 700,000 homes were without electricity as a result of last Tuesday’s ice and snow storm that slammed the commonwealth.

    Locally, about 70 percent of the homes in Washington County were without power for at least a short time according to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, who said he is also without power at his home.

  • Governor visits Washington County;Disaster aid requested, approved by Obama

    Gov. Steve Beshear asked President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster for the commonwealth of Kentucky, following the devastating winter storm that has paralyzed parts of the state and left hundreds of thousands of  Kentuckians without electricity, water and heat.

  • Grand jury indicts four

    A Washington County grand jury has returned indictments against four individuals.

    • Bobby Joe Barnes, 47, of Croake Station Road in Springfield, was charged with one count each of marijuana cultivation of five or more plants while in possession of a firearm (Class C felony), acquiring property/enterprise from income from drug-related activity (Class D felony) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia (Class D felony).

    Bond for Barnes was set at $40,000 cash.

  • Keeping the home fires burning safely

    As the temperatures continue to fall, the risk of fire rises as more people look for ways to heat their homes. With several house fires in the area over the past few weeks, fire officials want to stress the importance of safety in the home.

    When it comes to heating your home in the winter, the big concern lies with space heaters.

  • County may dump bulky item cleanup

    Times are hard in Washington County, and no one knows that more than the Washington County Fiscal Court. At their meeting on Friday morning, the court discussed the possibility of not conducting the county-wide bulky item cleanup this spring, which has been going on for the past eight years.

    “In my opinion, to cut down on expense, have people bring their items to the landfill,” said Albert Wimsatt, director of the county road department, which conducts the annual cleanup.

  • Governor visits storm shelter;Updates as of Monday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

    .    Salt River R.E.C.C. reports 1,000 outages as of Monday, Feb. 2 at 3:45 p.m.  Salt River officials report significant progress with six different crews working throughout the county.

    .    Kentucky Utilities currently has approximately 200 customers in Washington County without power as of Monday, Feb. 2 at 3:30 p.m. Crews are currently working in the Mackville-Texas Road area as well as the Bloomfield

    Road area in Springfield.

  • Wintesses to history - Locals attend presidential inauguration

    He has been sworn in now, and Barack Obama is our nation’s 44th president. For the first time ever, an African American is president of the United States of America, and four local residents will never forget the experience of attending his historical inauguration ceremony.

    It was a trip planned by Mike and Lisa Haydon, along with Joe Pat and Nell Haydon, but when scheduling conflicts didn’t allow Mike to attend, that opened up a spot for a friend of the group, Pam Grundy.

  • Obama sworn in with Lincoln’s inauguration Bible

    “For that is our unyielding faith — that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it. That’s what Abraham Lincoln understood. He had his doubts. He had his defeats. He had his setbacks. But through his will and his words, he moved a nation and helped free a people. It is because of the millions who rallied to his cause that we are no longer divided, North and South, slave and free.

  • Springfield Opera House opens as storm shelter

    Mayor John W. Cecconi has announced that effective immediately, the Opera House at 124 West Main Street, Springfield has been opened to the public for anyone needing emergency shelter.   Citizens should bring a pillow, sleeping bag and blow up mattresses (if available).   This facility will remain open to city and county residents for as long as this weather emergency exists.

  • Customers flocking to local gas stations

    While gasoline is in shorty supply in Springfield right now, with BP Par Mart on Main Street being completely out, and Fast Food having only premium grade gasoline as of noon, customers have been flocking to the pumps to make sure they have gas in their vehicles.

    Station managers at both locations said they are expecting gasoline deliveries later this afternoon.

    For more on the gas situation, as well as weather updates, closings and more, turn to www.readthesun.com on the Internet.