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  • Police increase school traffic patrol

    Stop means stop, and that’s what Springfield Police want you to understand.

    For the past three weeks, officer Charlie Osbourne has been stopping cars as they roll through stop signs on Springfield city streets each morning. Osbourne has been patrolling the intersection of West High Street and Locust Drive near St. Dominic School. He hasn’t issued a single ticket, but instead, wants to make drivers aware of the importance of safety for children in the area.

  • Local students write about experience of recent ice storm

    They study in the classroom, but sometimes, real-life experiences are a better learning tool than anything else could possibly be for a student. That’s what Dana Thomas, a fifth-grade teacher at Washington County Elementary School, was thinking when she had her students complete an on-demand writing assignment for a language arts class. The following three articles were written by students, describing the impact the recent ice storm that hit our community had on their lives and the lives of their families.

    And The Worst Part…..

    By Gwendolyn Campbell

  • Feeding our childrenFood for Kids Backpack Program making sure kids have food at home

    They receive a nutritious meal at school each day, but what do some of the underprivileged children in Washington County eat when they go home for the weekend?

    More than 54 percent of the students in the county school system receive free and reduced lunches, and many might go hungry at home if not for the help of a program that is now celebrating its eighth anniversary in the community.

  • Six arrested following basketball post-game incident

    A disturbance outside the Washington County High School gymnasium following Friday night’s basketball games between Washington and Marion counties has led to the arrest of three adults, three juveniles, and minor injuries to two Kentucky State Police troopers.

  • Local man dies in Friday crash

    A two-vehicle crash has claimed the life of a Springfield man.

    William H. Voorheis, Jr., 88, of 100 Rosary Heights in Springfield, was attempting to turn left from Belle Vista Drive onto KY 150 Friday, Feb. 13, at 5:04 p.m., according to Capt. Paul O’Bryan of the Springfield Police Department. O’Bryan said Voorheis was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger truck when he pulled into the path of a 1996 Plymouth Voyager van driven by Julie C. Noel, 61, of 109 Kentucky Ave., in Springfield.

  • County chooses state aid in storm cleanup, Springfield opts out

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Any day now, there's going to be a lot of hauling and chipping of storm debris going on around Washington County. The debate lies in who is going to pay for the cleanup. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state of Kentucky are offering to assist, but at a price that some are willing to pay, and others are not.

  • High water threat means higher insurance rates

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

  • One dead in BG Parkway wreck

    A one-vehicle accident on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10:19 a.m. claimed the life of Jose F. Padilla-Martinez, 29, of Versailles.

    Martinez was traveling west on the Bluegrass Parkway when he lost control of a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, struck a guardrail and then a tree, according to a report by Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley.

    Martinez was ejected from the vehicle, and was found about 15 feet from it. The report indicates that cans of beer were found inside the vehicle, but blood work is pending to determine whether Martinez had been drinking.

  • Congress delays the digital switch

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    People fearing the dreaded jump to digital television and the end of analog broadcasts have gotten a temporary reprieve. Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 264 to 158 to delay the switch until June 12 to allow more people time to buy the necessary equipment. It was apparent that as the original Feb. 12 deadline approached that many people were still not prepared despite months of warning from the government.

  • Let there be lights!Power restored to most of county

    The ice has melted, the snow is gone, and things are starting to get back to normal in parts of Washington County where some residents were nearly two weeks without power. Utility workers are nearing the end of the job of getting the lights back on, and local residents have workers from various parts of the nation to thank.

    Lee Hobson and a group of workers from Pontotoc Electric Power Association from Pontotoc, Miss., were among those who came to help restore power to Washington County.