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  • 'Mr. Rotary', Tom Duncan Reed passes away at 86

    He served more than 62 years as a member of the Springfield Rotary Club, and that dedication, along with his involvement in so many community and club projects earned Tom Duncan Reed the nickname of “Mr. Rotary.”

    Mr. Reed, a Springfield native, passed away last Tuesday at his home after a battle against pulmonary fibrosis. He was 86.

    Over the years, Mr. Reed served in such a dedicated manner that the local Rotary club’s highest honor is now named in his honor, The Tom Duncan Reed Service Above Self Award.

  • Public library's summer reading program is off and reading!

    The Washington County Public Library kicked off its 2009 summer reading program on Tuesday, June 2. The summer reading program offers something for all ages, with programs for all ages. Programs for ages 3-8 will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m., and from 6-7 p.m. (please pick one). Programs for Tweens will be on Thursdays at 1 p.m., and for teens, Thursdays at 3 p.m. Adult progams will also be available, including one on July 13 when Sue Massek, a member of the Reel World String Band, will perform on guitar and banjo starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Simpsons fans, stamp collectors seek Springfield post mark

    Springfield Postmaster Trae Purdom didn’t expect to get such a workout when the U.S. Postal Service began its promotion of their new postage stamps featuring characters from The Simpsons on May 7. The result of the new campaign is a tidal wave of mail pouring into the post office seeking a special Simpsons postmark, a postmark that must be canceled by hand.

    “The Simpsons stamps have been popular, and I think because we are a Springfield, I believe I’ve canceled at least 2,000 letters,” Purdom said.

  • Mackville community hosts first-ever state-sanctioned horse pull

    Mackville Community Center and the Mackville Lions Club sponsored their “first-time ever” horse pull on Saturday, May 30. The weather cooperated nicely and 22 teams of horses came to pull from all over the state. The pull was sanctioned by the Bluegrass Horse Pulling Association, which sanctions horse pulls over Kentucky during the summer. The finals are held at the Kentucky State Fair. An association representative said this was one of the largest pulls that would be held before the finals at the state fair.

  • 17 young ladies seek Junior Miss crown Saturday

    When the contestants of this year’s Washington County Junior Miss take the stage Saturday night, the group will be one of the largest ever to compete for the title. Seventeen young ladies will seek the 2010 Washington County Junior Miss crown at the WCHS gymnasium starting at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are on sale at all local banks for $7 each before the show. Tickets will also be available the night of the competition for $8 each.

    For the complete story, as well as photos and good-luck ads, see this week's Springfield Sun!

  • Grand jury indicts six

    Six people were indicted last week by a Washington County grand jury, and two of them were separate incidents, both involving the rape of a minor.

    Paul Mattingly, 38, of 152 Hill Top Street in Springfield, was charged with one count of rape 1st degree (Class A Felony) and one count of sex abuse 1st degree (Class C Felony).

    According to court records, Mattingly allegedly had sexual intercourse with and subjected a female less than 12 years old to sexual contact on or about March 3, 2009 in Washington County.

  • Hats of to the Class of 2009143 seniors graduate from WCHS

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    A packed house gathered in the gym of Washington County High School Friday night to celebrate the school’s 2009 graduating class. And while the program only lasted one hour, it probably seemed like the longest hour in their lives to the students as they waited to receive their diplomas and head out into the world.

  • Man arrested, charged with burglary

    A Lebanon man has been arrested and charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a Springfield home.

    George Smothers, 40, of St. Rose Road in Lebanon, was charged with burglary 1st degree and criminal possession of a forged instrument after a May 22 incident at the home of Burton Hatchett of Springfield.

    According to Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley, Smothers entered the Hatchett home through a rear window and took a blank check from the home. The check had been made out to a local business, but no amount was written on it at the time.

  • Burgers, chips...and water!

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It started off innocently enough as a cookout for the graduating class at Washington County High School. It ended up being a water-logged free-for-all as the seniors battled the underclassmen in a giant water balloon fight at Idle Hour Park Thursday afternoon.

  • Bank info scam targets local citizens

    A new scam is out there, and it’s targeting Washington Countians.

    Keith Reed, vice president of Springfield State Bank, said he has talked to customers who have received telephone calls from someone claiming to be bank representatives, and asking for account numbers and other personal information from the person answering the call.

    Reed said the person on the line has not identified themselves as being with a particular financial institution, but simply tells the person on the line that they are “with the bank” or “calling from your bank.”