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  • New Pioneers celebrate 500th "green home"

    For many Washington County homes, the future is bright, and it may just be bright green.

    New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future, a community based non-profit organization founded in Washington County in 2005, is celebrating its 500th Green Pioneer Home.

  • Springfield man arrested in connection with burglaries

    A Springfield man is in jail in Shelbyville after police there arrested him for a string of burglaries he is believed to have committed in as many as six counties.

    Robert Eugene Weathers, 40, of Springfield was arrested Wednesday and could be charged with as many as 30 burglaries. Most of the burglaries have taken place at insurance offices, and only cash was taken in all cases, according to Springfield Police Chief Fred Armstrong.

  • City accepts $3.5 million budget

    The Springfield City Council held the second reading of the 2009-10 budget ordinance on Tuesday morning. With Mayor John Cecconi and council member John Hardin absent, council member Paul Borders was appointed mayor pro tem and called the meeting to order.

    The budget passed 4-1, as Borders, Mike Elliott, Willie Ellery and Carolyn Hardin voted in favor, while Debbie Wakefield was the only dissenting vote. She declined to comment following the meeting.

    See the complete story in this week's Springfield Sun!

  • Fentress comes back as interim superintendent

    Less than a year after the Washington County School Board hired a new superintendent, the search is about to begin again. And this time, just like the last time, a familiar face will fill the vacant seat temporarily.

  • Farmers' market jamboree, concert in park highlight weekend

    Nothing to do this weekend? Bored and have no plans? That’s all about to change!

    This is a busy weekend in Springfield, and there’s something for just about everyone starting Friday evening and continuing into Saturday night.

  • Times are tough for small dairies

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Whoever said that there's no crying over spilled milk obviously wasn't a diary farmer. As prices for wholesale milk continue to fall, small dairy farmers are literally trying to squeeze out every drop they can in order to meet their profit margin.

    Washington County Extension Agent Rick Greenwell said he has never seen it this bad. When he first started working for the extension agency, there were approximately 135 dairy farms in the county. That number dropped to 88 dairies in 1988. The number today is just a fraction of that.

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Storm levels building near local home

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Many Washington County residents woke up last Thursday morning to discover a few limbs had fallen during the previous night when a powerful storm rolled through the area. But there probably weren’t many who suffered as much damage as Jim and Leann Mattingly did.

  • Barn quilt celebrates 100 years of 4-H

    It may hard to believe, but 4-H is celebrating a century of service to Kentucky. As a way to honor this milestone, a barn quilt commemorating the 100th anniversary was placed on the barn of Lawrence “Pete” Spalding last Wednesday morning.

    Passersby on KY-150 just northwest of Springfield now have a visual tribute to the 100 years that the 4-H has served Kentucky.

    See the complete story in this week's Springfield Sun!

  • School board hears concerns on SRO again

    The issue has been voted on, and a motion to bring a school resource officer (SRO) to Washington County High School was defeated at the May school board meeting. Still, the topic arose again at Thursday’s board meeting, and this time, about 50 educators and parents were on hand for the discussion.

  • Josette Taylor is 2010 Washington County Junior Miss

    When the night began, no doubt all of the 17 contestants for the title of 2010 Washington County Junior Miss were nervous. When the night had ended, one stood out from the crowd and claimed the title.

    Josette Taylor, daughter of Billy and Kathy Taylor of Springfield, was crowned 2010 Washington County Junior Miss, but she began the competition hoping to have fun during the competition. She said afterwards that if she won one award, that would be fine by her.