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  • 'Probable' swine flu case found

    A disease that has attracted the attention of the world in recent weeks may have been discovered in Washington County.

    The Lincoln Trail District Health Department Monday released a statement indicating that it had been made aware of a “probable case” of H1N1, also known as the swine flu.

  • First swine flu case may have been found in Washington County

    Tests are being conducted at this hour in Frankfort by health officials to determine if a Washington County 4-year-old actually has the H1N1 virus, known as swine flu.

    According to Wendy Keown, public information officer of Lincoln Trail District Health Department, the case is currently listed as a "probable case" of swine flu. The results of the test are expected Monday afternoon.

    Keown said the child has not been hospitalized at this time.

    For more information, look to www.readthesun.com and pick up this week's Springfield Sun.

  • Farmers not following rules with dead animals could pose dangers, face fines

    Although Washington County will soon have a new dead animal removal company providing service to the area, there are still some animal owners who will refuse to pay the $20 fee the county charges per visit to use the service. Dead animal pickups have dropped nearly 50 percent since the county started charging. So what’s happening with all of the dead animals not picked up by the county?

  • Two inmates injured in two-vehicle accident

    Two inmates working for the Washington County Regional Recycling Center were injured in a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of KY-555 and West Industry Drive. The accident happened at 2:48 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Anthony Baker and Lonzo Holbrook, both inmates at the Marion County Detention Center in Lebanon, were taken to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon where they were treated and released back into custody.

  • Postage stamps increase today to 44 cents

    The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents. Prices for mailing services are reviewed annually and adjusted each May. The new prices go into effect today, Monday, May 11. 

  • Greenwell speaks at Cornell about Kentucky's 2009 ice storm

    As everyone knows, the ice storm from this past January had a big impact on Kentucky residents. So why would Cornell University in New York be interested in what Washington County experienced during the crisis? Washington County Extension Agent Rick Greenwell just returned from a trip to Cornell where he discussed what the county did, and didn’t do, during and following the storm.

  • Filiatreau scores big on and off the court at Georgetown College

    Katie Filiatreau of Springfield continues to rack up academic and athletic honors at Georgetown College. She carries a 4.0 grade-point average, while also starring on the Georgetown basketball team.

    For the complete story on Katie's honors, see this week's Springfield Sun!

  • Old house moved to become home for a new family

    Recycling is popular these days, but one local group took it a step beyond the normal last week.

  • Bible-reading marathon now underway

    Springfield's fourth-annual Bible-reading marathon kicked off Sunday evening on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse. The event will go on non-stop until its conclusion on Thursday at noon, with the observance of the World Day of Prayer. Everyone is invited to attend to listen to the reading of God's word, as well as read in time slots that may still be vacant. For details on possible time slots, visit www.thecornerstonechristian.org on the Internet, or stop by the courthouse for more information.

  • Health scares hit community

    One case of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) has been confirmed at Washington County High School, according to Superintendent of Schools Robert Stafford.

    “We have one doctor-confirmed case of MRSA, and we have taken all precautions,” Stafford said. He added that a letter was sent home with students Thursday afternoon, as well as a call being made over the school’s automatic telephone notification system.