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  • April Reinle crowned Miss University of Louisville

    April Reinle has wanted to compete in the Miss America pageant since she was a little girl. Now, the 18-year-old Springfield native might just be on her way.

    Reinle was crowned Miss University of Louisville Wednesday, March 11, and with that honor comes a spot in the 2009 Miss Kentucky pageant, which sends its winner on to the Miss America pageant.

    Reinle said she was surprised with the win, and when her number was called, she had to look at her own number to make sure it was her.

  • March 27 is last day for city debris pickup

    The Springfield City Council has set March 27 as the last day the public works department will pick up fallen tree limbs from residents.

    “We really need to set a deadline and say this is the last day debris will be picked up,” Public Works Director Glenn Mattingly told the council at their meeting held last Tuesday.

    Council member Mike Elliott asked Mattingly about allowing citizens to call if they have limbs to be picked up in specific locations.

  • Police officer could be assigned to high school

    Following the discussion of placing a police officer at Washington County High School to serve as a school resource officer, principal Leon Smith is looking to assure parents and the community that he sees the idea as strictly a preventative measure, and in no way anticipates a threat to the safety of students.

  • Homestead exemption means tax savings for seniors

    New Washington County Property Valuation Administrator Fran Carrico has some great news for seniors in the county who own their own home. Through Section 170 of the Kentucky Constitution, an exemption will allow those who qualify to deduct $33,700 from the assessed value of their home, which means lower property taxes.

  • Up, up and away to Springfield

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The recent winter ice storm and the wind storm that followed left a lot of interesting things lying around in local yards. While most debris consisted of downed limbs and the occasional piece of litter, one wouldn't expect to find a plastic card attached to a balloon that traveled 160 miles over three months.

  • Center offers affordable meals for seniors

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    There is no doubt that the struggling economy has many looking for ways to cut back on expenses. And while various fast foods chains try to lure in customers with items for a dollar, there's a place that is offering Washington County seniors a complete meal for just a buck.

  • Smoke 'em... if you can afford 'em

    April 15 is typically feared by many as tax day, but for Kentuckians who smoke cigarettes and use tobacco products, April 1 might be an even scarier day. That’s when House Bill 144 goes into effect, and a new cigarette tax of 30 cents per pack will hit smokers and retailers across the Bluegrass. In addition, a federal excise tax of 62 cents per pack will go into effect for manufacturers and be passed on to customers, making a carton of cigarettes almost $10 higher than before.

  • County crews continue cleanup

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Despite a new contractor hired by the state to clean storm debris along roads, the Washington County Fiscal Court has decided to continue the use of the county road department to cleanup along county roads.

  • Grand jury indicts three

    A Washington County grand jury returned indictments against three people on Thursday, Feb. 8.

    Douglas Francis Brady, 39, of Stanford, was charged with nine counts of possession of a forged instrument in the second degree (a Class D felony) and one count of being a persistent felony offender.

    According to court records, Brady possessed forged checks in Washington and Marion counties, including $330 worth of checks to Sav-A-Lot and Fast Food in Springfield, for which he paid restitution.

  • State road work to start on KY 150 later this summer

    The economy may be in bad shape, but the road ahead may be a little smoother thanks to some road funding courtesy of President Obama’s stimulus package. Federal monies heading toward the commonwealth are paving the way for a new bypass project and the state is also preparing to do some resurfacing along KY-152 from the Marion County line to KY-150 in Springfield.