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  • Horse ride benefits Toys for Tots

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    If you like to ride horses, then you have the chance to saddle up and help provide needy children with Christmas gifts this year by participating in the Washington County 4-H Toys for Tots Trail Ride on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Camp Calvary in Mackville.

  • County continues to tighten purse strings

    Until county revenues pick up and an end to the economic slump is in the foreseeable future, the Washington County Fiscal Court is doing everything they can to account for every penny in the coffer. That includes cutting back on spending that may have come easily before, but is difficult to give up now.

  • School system gets grades from No Child Left Behind

    Grades are a part of the educational process, and the Washington County School System got its own report card recently. Numbers were released on the progress of students across the district through the No Child Left Behind program, which was passed into federal law in 2002, as well as results from an interim performance test.

  • Local man killed in weekend crash

    A Washington County man was killed early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle accident.

    Frederick E. Bushey II, 21, of Springfield, was traveling north on Johnson Road about two miles outside of Springfield around 2:30 a.m. when he lost control of his 2007 Ford truck. The truck left the highway and struck a tree.

    Bushey was wearing a seatbelt, but was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a report by Kentucky State Police.

    KSP Trooper John Adams of Post 15 in Columbia is investigating the accident.

  • Teen pleads guilty in 2007 fatal crash case

    A Springfield teenager who was charged after a one-vehicle crash left his passenger dead has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, but won’t spend any time in jail.

    Michael A. Barnett, 20, of 111 Mayes Ave. in Springfield appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Senior Status Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Records from Barnett’s appearance were only recently made available at the Taylor County Courthouse.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, the crash occurred at about 1:54 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2007, on U.S. 68.

  • Flu shots available from county health department

    The dreaded flu bug. It seems like it’s everywhere, and chances are good that you’ll run into it some time this year. But the first line of defense against the nasty virus is to get your annual flu shot.

    The Washington County Health Department has been administering the vaccine for a couple of weeks and has already given around 300 doses, which according to Rod Mattingly, a community health educator for the Washington County Health Department, is a conservative estimate.

  • Local community declared most sustainable in Kentucky

    Washington County Judge Executive John Settles and Springfield Mayor John Cecconi have declared their rural community “the greenest, most sustainable rural community in Kentucky.”  The official joint proclamation, approved this week by the county Fiscal Court and the City Council, will be publicly read from the main stage on Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. between the opening concerts of the Harvest Festival in Springfield.

  • UK ticket scam has local victims

    Rick Downs never played basketball at the University of Kentucky, but a former Wildcat basketball star is being accused of making a steal, and then a fast break with his money.

  • Festival to feature miniature farm landscape contest

    The cattle grazed in a pasture where a local farmer labored away in his field. His son rode a tractor across the farm’s property, while his daughter tended to the chickens. The rolling Kentucky countryside was the backdrop for this scene of everyday life in Washington County. The only noticeable difference in this picturesque moment was that the scenario was confined to an eight-foot-by-four-foot sheet of plywood.

  • Alive After Five postponed for Thursday

    Due to the forecast of inclement weather for Thursday, Sept 24, the "Alive After Five" event on Cross Main Street in downtown Springfield from 6-10 p.m. is being postponed. 

    Continue to look to The Springfield Sun for a schedule of other future events in Springfield and Washington County.