Local News

  • Addressing underage drinking, drug use

    Fighting underage drinking and drug use has been a focal point of many in the community, but as it was shown at the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition’s town hall meeting at Mordecai’s restaurant on Thursday, there’s still plenty of work to be done.

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  • WCHS student wins essay contest

    By Aaron S. Dugger
    Library Media Specialist at North Washington

    A Washington County High School student will head west next month to participate in the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt.

  • New high school is main topic at meeting

    Funding for the new high school was among the main topics when the Washington County Board of Education met last week.

    The board was informed that an additional cost of $3,500 was needed for the installation of the bleachers in the new high school’s gym as well as several other costs, including additional electrical work. The $7,338.80 total cost, however, is balanced by several credits and purchase orders recently placed.

    The school board, in fact, stands to be credited $52.80.

  • SWEDA names Carney executive director

    The Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority (SWEDA) made the announcement recently that Daniel Carney will take over as the organization’s executive director, effective April 8.

  • CLARIFICATION: Constable issue unsettled after meeting

    CLARIFICATION: In regard to last week’s constable story, Dr. David Donathan had officially been appointed as constable by Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles.
    The lack of magisterial approval blocks Donathan from being able to begin his duties.
    Until a magisterial vote approves Donathan, he will remain an appointed constable, but will be unable to resume the responsibilities of the position.


  • Bridge flooding: Restrictions prevent building at higher level

    Flooding waters engulfing the road leading up to and including the bridge on Grundy Home Road is a sight that residents in the area are familiar with, but one that they’re hoping to see less often.

    Last Monday showed the type of downpour that can still cause trouble for rural Washington County residents when the newly-constructed bridge on Grundy Home Road was completely submerged just two days before its re-opening.

  • City awards yearly contracts

    The Springfield City Council held its monthly meeting last Tuesday at City Hall, where it awarded asphalt, concrete and concession contracts for the next year.

    The council named Nally and Haydon Surfacing LLC the winning bidder for the asphalt contract, while Irving Materials Inc. (IMI) was named as the city’s concrete provider.

    Concessions at Idle Hour Park for 2013 were also up for bid with the Springfield Lions Club placing the top proposal according to a consensus vote by the council.

  • Barnett faces five years in prison

    By Calen McKinney
    Landmark News Service
    After completing the majority of it, a Springfield man charged in 2008 after a one-vehicle crash left his passenger dead has failed the terms of his pretrial diversion. And, as a result, he could be sentenced to serve five years in prison.

    Michael A. Barnett, 23, of 301 Hagan Lane, was indicted twice in 2008, with each of the indictments stemming from a September 2007 crash after which Aaron W. Couch was pronounced dead.

  • Little dresses take Hodgen to TV

    Robert Hodgen Jr.’s and Juanita Hodgen’ passion for providing dresses for young girls in need has led to a chance to share Juanita’s work across the region this week when she visits “The Rachel Platt Show” on Friday.

    Hodgen, whose work was featured in The Springfield Sun in January 2012, had already been providing pillow-case dresses to girls in Haiti and Africa, but the mission has expanded and picked up momentum in recent months.