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  • Man charged in domestic violence

    A domestic dispute between a man and his step-son leaves one charged with assault.

    Ronald L. Thompson Jr., 32, of Springfield, was charged with one count each of assault 4th degree (domestic violence), criminal mischief third degree and resisting arrest.

  • High school students conduct art show

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Art students at Washington County High School got to show off their work during an art show held in the school's gym last Tuesday.

    “The artwork here represents every single class I teach,” said WCHS art teacher Marilyn Peters. “That's general art, advanced art, painting class, photography and my advanced placement students. It's a collection of the works that we do throughout the year.”

  • Fredericktown School: Where will the staff go?

    The closing of Fredericktown Elementary School means some employees will have to move to a new location within the school system, while others will be out of work.

    According to Robert Stafford, superintendent of Washington County Schools, eight of the 16 positions at Fredericktown are being eliminated with the school’s recent closing.

    Stafford said among the eight positions being relocated to other county schools are three tenured teachers, as well as five aides and food service workers.

  • JOBS helps students find jobs after school

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It’s one thing to work your way through college, but to work your way through high school? That’s the goal of the JOBS (Job Opportunities Build Success) program at Washington County High School.

    An awards luncheon was held May 21 at the Springfield Opera House to honor the students in the program and to recognize the local businesses who provide employment for them.

  • Heroes remembered during Willisburg festival

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It was a day to remember those who have given all to protect and defend our country. It was also a day for food, friendship and fun as Willisburg held its annual Memorial Homecoming Festival on Saturday.

  • BueLingo beef cattle come to Washington County

    If you travel north on KY-438 a couple miles past Lincoln Homestead State Park, you may notice something you don’t see every day in Washington County. As some drivers pass Nodda Farm, owned by Charlie and Sharon Raymond of Springfield, they can’t resist the urge to stop, backup and take a look at a unique sight. Nodda Farm is home to Double Stuff and Miss Moon Pie, a pair of BueLingo Cattle. In fact, the cattle look like Oreo cookies – all black with a prominent white band around their center.

  • Departments seek new fire station

    Anybody who suffers from claustrophobia wouldn’t want to be a member of the Springfield or Washington County fire departments right now. That’s because a lack of space at the armory in Springfield is making life too close for comfort, as they must park some vehicles outside while squeezing other trucks into the bays with little room left over to breathe. That’s why the Washington County Fire Protection Association presented plans to build a new fire station to Washington County Fiscal Court and Springfield City Council last week.

  • GM drops 'Hammer' on local dealership

    When General Motors sent letters to more than 1,100 of its 6,000 dealers last week telling them that they will no longer do business with those dealers in 2010, Hammer Chevrolet in Springfield was among the letter recipients.

    Still, according to Mark Clark, general manager of Hammer Chevrolet, that does not mean the end of the local dealership, which is in the approval process of a sale to Eddie Franklin, a Columbia, Ky., based car dealer who already owns Ford, Chevrolet, and Nissan dealerships.

  • County nears the end of storm cleanup; bulky item drop-off extended

    It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of May and there’s still debris to be picked up from the January ice storm. But that goes to show just how severe the damage was. The Washington County Fiscal Court met last Monday and discussed ways to finish the clean-up.

    State-hired contractors ceased work on May 21 after cutting several roads in the county.

  • Judicial center dedicated

    It’s a project that has been in the works for several years now, and finally, the new Washington County Judicial Center is open for business.

    The center was officially opened a few weeks ago, but a celebration of the new facility was held Friday with state and local dignitaries, including Chief Justice of Kentucky’s Supreme Court, John D. Minton Jr.