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  • Cochran named new superintendent of Washington County schools

    Robin Cochran, principal of North Washington Elementary School, was named the new superintendent of Washington County Schools Thursday night. She is the first female superintendent in the history of Washington County Schools.

    Cochran, a native of Washington County, was selected by the school board and hired from a field of four finalists and 19 original candidates.

    The vote to hire Cochran was 4-0, with one member, Buffy Mann, abstaining from the vote.

    See the complete story in next week's Springfield Sun.

  • Kidney recipient can thank his 'guardian angel'

    Rob and Karen Waddell, members of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, have no doubt about the existence of guardian angels. In fact, they have names for theirs: Hugh and Kim Haydon.

    The Haydons and the Waddells met about five years ago when their daughters started kindergarten together. The kids stayed close, and the moms eventually became friends. And in May, the fathers of the two families forged a bond that will last a lifetime when Hugh Haydon gave one of his kidneys to Rob Waddell.

  • Fuel spilled at local gas station

    When Marion Cummins of Perryville pulled in for gas at the BP station on the corner of Main and Doctor streets in Springfield Friday afternoon, the last thing he expected was to be the center of attention. But just seconds into fueling his vehicle, he was showered from head to toe in gasoline after a rupture formed in the gas hose.

    Cummins went into a panic and dropped the fuel line as the gas kept pumping onto the pavement. Station manager Sonny Patel shut the pump off from inside the store, but not before 6.75 gallons of gasoline were flowing down the side of Doctor Street.

  • Thieves enter 42 cars in one night

    A late-night crime spree in northern Washington County was part of what continues to be a headache for local residents and law enforcement officers.

    A total of 42 vehicles were broken into on July 24, according to Washington County Deputy Sheriff Jackie Robinson.

    The thefts took place between midnight and 7 a.m., according to Robinson’s report, and  numerous items were taken from the vehicles, including a purse, some compact discs, cash and change, a GPS device, some airsoft guns and other items.

  • Crash claims life of Marion County man

    A three-vehicle accident on KY 55 near the Washington-Marion County line Monday morning has left one person dead.

    Matthew J. Zygmunt, 27, of Lebanon, was killed as a result of the accident, according to a report by Kentucky State Police.

  • Springfield native's career is really cooking

    Some people know what they want to do early in life. It takes others a little more time, after a few false starts, to find their passion in life. For Washington County native David Clements, the interest in cooking was there from an early age, it just took a few detours and some traveling before he found his true calling.

    “He hung around me every evening in the kitchen when I was preparing dinner,” said David’s mother Frankie Clements. “He always had an interest in food.”

  • Board continues superintendent interviews

    A process that started with 21 candidates has now been narrowed down to what looks to be a four-person field.

    Last week, interim Superintendent of Washington County Schools Sonny Fentress said four interviews were scheduled, with those dates being July 29, 30, and Aug. 3 and 5.

  • African-American Heritage Festival celebrated in Springfield

    Friday was a night of celebrating firsts as the sixth annual African-American Heritage Festival kicked off in downtown Springfield.

    The parade, which was the first event of the evening, featured many African-Americans from the community who were the first to reach milestones and accomplishments in their fields. Among them was Margaret Newby, Washington County’s first African-American school board member; Rosetta Smalley, Springfield’s first African-American female city council member, and many others

  • Grand jury indicts nine

    His alleged role in a string of local burglaries has brought numerous indictments against a Mount Washington man.

    James David Riggs Jr., 24, faces a total of 12 counts for allegedly burglarizing two Washington County homes, as well as a business. Riggs is charged with taking five guns and an X-Box from the home of Justice Hutchins of Newton Road.  He is also accused of stealing one four wheeler from the business of Danny Darland on Valley Hill Road and another from the home of Joe Kelty on Johnson Road.

  • Thieves take lawn, porch furniture

    Lawn and porch furniture has been a popular target for thieves lately as some local residents have had these items stolen from their front porches.

    Hooker Osbourn of 2119 Bardstown Road had approximately $1,700 worth of outdoor furniture stolen from his property on Saturday, July 18. Osbourn told Washington County Deputy Sheriff Billy Mattingly that the furniture was on the porch Friday evening when he went to bed, and he said he was at home all day on Saturday. Osbourn’s wife discovered the furniture was missing when she went out to water her flowers.