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  • 2015: A year in review

    January
    • The new Washington County High School opened its doors for classes for the first time on Jan. 5.
    • Katie George, granddaughter of Bob Noe and Martha Ann Haydon of Springfield, was named Miss Kentucky USA 2015.
    • The new Springfield/Washington County Fire Department celebrated the station’s opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
    • Erika Weir represented Washington County and competed in the Distinguished Young Women of Kentucky competition.

  • 20,000 pounds and counting

    Times are tough. While most struggle to make ends meet, for some families in Washington County, putting food on the table is more than struggle. For them, hunger is a real danger and food is more than an arm’s reach away.

    But three men from Rockbridge Baptist Church in Willisburg are working to take the edge off that struggle, and they’re doing it with one pound of food at a time.

  • Local woman accused of online scams

    An intricate web of lies that stretched across North America and duped innocent, hardworking people of more than $16,000 was allegedly spun right here in Washington County. 

    According to a press release from Attorney General Jack Conway’s office, Frankie Louise Yates, 63, of Springfield, was indicted recently by a grand jury on a charge of theft by deception over $10,000. The charge is a class C felony.

  • WC picks up first district win

    “Heat check!” a voice rang throughout the gym.

    Washington County junior DT Yocum had already scored seven points in the first three minutes and 30 seconds, so when he pulled up for his second 3-point attempt of the night, one enthusiastic fan couldn’t help but vocalize what the rest of the Commander supporters were thinking.

  • County, city preps for winter

     Though December has been unseasonably warm, it still never hurts to be prepared for the winter months. 

    According to Washington County Road Department Supervisor Dale Mann, the county has been getting its trucks prepared for snow removal and salting. 

    “We’ve got eight trucks and they’re all equipped with salters and plows,” Mann said. 

  • New batting facility approved

     The construction of a recently proposed batting facility at Idle Hour Park was approved last week by the Springfield City Council, but there are still a few details left to finalize before the project is completed.

    Andy Matherly, owner of AM Electrical Services in Springfield and contractor for the proposed facility, was present at the council’s meeting to share an estimated cost for the project, which he expected to be approximately $150,000.

  • Santa Walk is this Saturday

    Springfield will be a hub of holiday spirit this weekend as multiple Christmas-themed events, including this year’s Santa Walk, unfold in town.

    The Santa Walk will take place Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. Those wanting to trot with the jolly man should arrive at the new fire station on 400 W. Main St. at 11:15 a.m. The walk will take St. Nick, his fans, the Washington County Band and the Salvation Army Canteen up Main St.

    Those interested are urged not to forget their Santa cap if they’re feeling festive.

  • Scammed

    If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

    That’s one thing Washington Countians should keep in mind, not just for the holidays, but for every time of the year, as scam artists are out there.  

    One Washington County victim of scamming, who spoke to The Sun on the condition of anonymity, said they were recently scammed out of $700 through Facebook.

  • Car-theft victim shares story

    On Nov. 25, The Sun reported on a police officer being hit by a car that was allegedly stolen by juveniles. Last week, Thomas Pendleton, 57, told The Sun that it wasn’t one vehicle that was originally taken, but two, and events that transpired afterward are straight out of a Hollywood movie.

    Pendleton said that he and his wife, Kimberly, were at home when the thieves took his son’s 2010 Mercedes C300 and his 2009 Buick Enclave from their driveway. His son, Daniel, 31, was at work during the theft.

  • Woman injured in parkway crash

    Emergency personnel were called to the scene of an injury accident with entrapment on the Bluegrass Parkway early Monday morning. 

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Taylor Blandford, of Springfield, was operating a 2001 Toyota Corolla traveling eastbound when she exited the roadway and struck a tree on the driver’s side of her vehicle.