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  • 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.

  • Senior lunch program back on track

    It’s no secret that the senior lunch program at the Springfield Senior Citizen Center is a success. With dozens of elderly and disabled county residents taking advantage of the low-cost meals every Monday through Friday, the program depends on every link in the chain to operate smoothly. So when a recent kink formed in that chain, things came grinding to a halt, and it took some fast action to get the wheels turning again.

  • State funds pave the way for road repairs

    Just because a road is less traveled, that doesn’t mean it suffers any less than busy streets or highways. That’s why the Washington County Fiscal Court is glad to be receiving approximately $150,000 in state funding to help with the cost of resurfacing some county roads.

  • Judicial seat vacancy announced

    Last week, the Kentucky Court of Justice posted a notice of vacancy for the judge’s seat in the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division One.

    The 11th Judicial Circuit includes Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington counties.

    According to the notice, the vacancy was created when Judge Doughlas George resigned from that position Jan. 31. George has continued to fill that seat until a replacement is named.

    The deadline for any person interested in filling that seat or in nominating someone for that seat is Sept. 22.

  • EZ-Stop suffers another break-in

    When burglars made their way into EZ-Stop convenience store in Willisburg over the weekend, it marked the second time in recent weeks the store had been broken into.

    During the last break-in, cigarettes were taken. This time, the burglars attempted to make their way into the store’s automatic teller machine.