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  • Springfield prepares for 2010 census

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    At their meeting last Tuesday, the Springfield City Council started paving the way for the construction of new housing near the intersection of Bob-O-Link Drive and Bonnie Boulevard. The council had the first reading of an ordinance to re-zone 5.3 acres from industrial to residential.

    The re-zoning was initiated by TSR, Inc., owned by Tony Royalty, who owns the land. Royalty plans to build a total of 75 condo units and hopes to begin construction on the first 16 units within 30 days.

  • 21 apply for vacant superintendent position

    When  the deadline for applications for the vacant Washington County superintendent position passed July 17, a total of 21 names had been tossed into the hat. Still, only 19 of those will be considered for the position, according to Mike Oder, superintendent search consultant with the Kentucky School Boards Association. Oder said two of the applicants turned in incomplete information, and will be removed from consideration.

  • School board votes to hire "SAM"

    The Washington County School System’s newest employee is SAM.

    The board voted Monday night to create a position at Washington County High School that will be known as school administration manager, or SAM. The position comes after multiple discussions about hiring a school resource officer at the high school ended in the board voting to not create that position. The SAM will have some of the responsibilities of the proposed SRO, but will also have additional duties.

  • Faces of cancer

    Life after cancer definitely exists. To understand that, you need only to look at the faces and the lives of those who have survived it.

    Two local women are living proof of life after cancer, and their faces are part of a tribute to cancer survivors in the Lincoln Trail District.

    Michelle Riley and Kathy Carrico both endured their individual bouts with cancer and came out on top. Now, their faces and a portion of their stories are a part of “Faces of Cancer,” a traveling exhibit to pay tribute to survivors from the eight-county area.

  • Low and fixed income residents can save on fire fee

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    While it may not be your typical “fire sale”, the Springfield – Washington County Fire Protection District is offering a 50-percent rebate on the annual fire fee to qualifying district residents. To get half off the annual $45 fee, residents must file paperwork stating that they meet the qualifications for low or fixed income.

  • Local company charged in male-on-male sexual harassment suit

    A Washington County company faces charges of sexual harassment involving a male supervisor allegedly making sexual comments to a male employee.

    Haydon Brothers Contracting, Inc., is charged with violating federal law for allegedly subjecting a male employee to sexual harrassment, according to a report filed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). A civil suit was filed against Haydon Brothers in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky’s Louisville Division.

  • $600 stolen from senior citizen center

    A burglar entered the Springfield Senior Citizen Center late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning and made off with more than $600 earmarked to help senior citizens who visit the center.

    Sabrina Humphrey, an employee who works at the center through the Kentucky Works Program, arrived Thursday morning to find that someone had entered the center through a side window. Humphrey said in a report to the Springfield Police Department that she arrived around 9 a.m. to find change all over the floor, drawers opened and the money bags emptied.

  • Veterans offered tuition benefits to attend St. Catharine College

    Many years ago, the yellow ribbon became a symbol for families at home longing for the return of their relatives serving military duty overseas. And while the yellow ribbon still carries that same message, it also now applies to another veteran-related issue.

    Starting with the fall semester of 2009, veterans will be eligible for additional aid for college in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The benefits are for post-9/11 veterans, and are in addition to the aid they would already receive through the GI Bill.

  • No injuries reported in Friday morning fire

    At 11:07 a.m. Friday, the Springfield Fire Department was dispatched to the scene of a small apartment fire at 120 Ballard Street in Springfield. The first of seven firefighters arrived at 11:15 a.m. and found that a fire had started in the kitchen of the basement apartment rented by Javier Marvin. No injuries were reported.

    The fire had started in the kitchen stove, which was already removed from the apartment when firefighters arrived. The fire spread to the kitchen cabinets, walls and ceiling of the apartment owned by Larry Boblitt of Willisburg.

  • Local author hopes to have 'write stuff' with first romance novel

    Tom and Denise are two souls in search of love. Will they find what they are looking for in a contemporary country setting? Only time will tell if they are successful on their quest for love.

    That doesn’t sound like your typical way to fight a sluggish economy, but for one local man, it’s his effort to combat a bad economy while unleashing the creative writer within.