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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Remembering the dream

    More than 45 years have passed since Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Monday night, the words of that speech were spoken again, this time by Gene Livers of Springfield as part of a celebration of King’s life and legacy at the River of Life Church.

    Livers said being able to recite the words of that speech on the anniversary of King’s birth as part of the celebration was special to him.

  • Springfield to host Lincoln bicentennial events

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    At the Springfield City Council meeting last Tuesday, McKenna Raybourne and Stephen Carney of the Springfield Young Ambassadors announced that Springfield Mayor John W. Cecconi and Washington County Judge/Executive John A. Settles have proclaimed Feb. 12, 2009 as Abraham Lincoln Day.

  • Mr. Smith goes to China

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Comparing Washington County to Beijing, China may be tough to comprehend, but when it comes to education, each country has something to learn from each other. That’s what Washington County High School Principal Leon Smith recently discovered during a trip to China sponsored by the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning based in Louisville.

  • Springfield teen missing

    The Kentucky State Police are attempting to locate 15-year-old Dawn Hardin of Springfield in Washington County. She is a white female with brown eyes and shoulder-length black hair, weighing approximately 170 lbs. and standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall. She has lip and ear piercings and was last seen on Friday Jan. 9, 2009, wearing light blue jeans, a white thermal shirt decorated with light blue skulls and a black jacket. If anyone has any information as to her whereabouts, please contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555. Tpr. John Adams is investigating.

  • Two killed in Tuesday night crash

    A Washington County man is dead after a two-vehicle accident on KY 555 around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

    Robert Wayne Miles of Springfield was traveling north on KY 555 when he attempted to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone, according to a report by Kentucky State Police. The 1995 Ford truck he was driving collided head-on with a 2007 Chevy van driven by Willie J. Adams of Washington, Pa., who was traveling south on KY 555.

  • Jewels from Lebanon robbery recovered in Springfield

    The Springfield Police Department has played a key role in the recovery of approximately $20,000 worth of stolen jewelry, although an estimated $40,000 worth of jewelry remains missing.

  • White competing in state Junior Miss contest

    She’s in Lexington now, and in a few short days, Lauren White will be representing Washington County as its 2009 Junior Miss.

    White, daughter of David and Donna White of Willisburg, is a senior at Washington County High School, and is competing for the title of Kentucky’s 2009 Junior Miss.

  • Sheriff trims $30,000 from budget

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Washington County Fiscal Court approved a leaner version of the 2009 budget for Sheriff Tommy Bartley Monday morning. The approved budget of $486,100 was $30,000 less than the one for $516,100 submitted Dec. 22. At the December meeting, the court asked county departments to look for ways to tighten their budgets due to lower-than-expected tax revenues for the county.

  • Growing business from the ground up

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The DECA club at Washington County High School recently held a contest for students who were interested in starting their own business or wanting to expand an existing business. After the score sheets were totaled up, the two winners of the contest were Katie Cambron and Palmer Grigsby. Each will receive a laptop computer, wireless printer, free coaching from the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute and $500 to invest into their business.

  • Burglaries keeping sheriff's office, KSP busy

    A rash of recent burglaries have kept local and state law enforcement officers busy in Washington County.

    Sheriff Tommy Bartley said deputies in his office, as well as officers from Kentucky State Police Post 15 in Columbia, have been investigating multiple burglaries in the county. Bartley said among the items being taken, power tools seem to be the hottest commodity.