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  • Fire guts family farm house

    There’s no replacing the 1930s wedding dress worn by her grandma, or those school photos that once hung in the family’s office. Gone are the Christmas presents, including her daughter’s new iPod.

    But Julia Hutchins is coping with other realities now – like the fact that her daughter doesn’t even have shoes since a Monday morning fire destroyed the family’s two-story home at 1269 Johnson Rd., and most everything in it.

    “I’m so lost right now,” she said.

  • 2008 Year in review

    January

    The Central Kentucky Community Theater raised the curtain for the first time on Jan. 11 as “Nunsense” took the stage as the theater group’s first-ever performance.

    April Reinle made her way to Lexington to compete in state junior miss competition. Reinle, who was named Washington County 2008 Junior Miss, was among 36 participants to take part in the state event. She placed in the top 10 overall, and won top honors for physical fitness.

  • Man remains in serious condition at Louisville hospital after wreck on Bloomfield Road

    A 20-year-old Springfield man remained in serious – but stable – condition at University Hospital in Louisville on Monday, after he apparently lost control of his 1984 Chevy pick-up Friday afternoon and struck a ditch on Bloomfield Road, just five miles north of Springfield.

    Washington County EMS initially transported James T. Spalding to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon. He was later transferred to Louisville for treatment.

  • Economy forces county to trim 2009 budget

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    With a shortfall of occupational taxes expected next year, the Washington County Fiscal Court is looking for ways to cut back.

    “We've got to trim some budget somewhere,” said Judge/Executive John A. Settles. “Occupational taxes are one of the greatest income generators that the county has and I think we can all understand that income to the county is going to start going down.”

  • The spirit of giving

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Children from Fredericktown Elementary School gathered in the school's cafeteria last Thursday evening to participate in "Wrap It" night, the school's annual holiday giving project.

  • A new home for the holidays

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    This Christmas is pretty much like previous Christmases for Ange Umulisa. She is used to decorating the Christmas tree and having strings of lights around the house. But this year, Christmas is different because she is not in her native country of Rwanda.

    “(In Rwanda) we have the tree and the lights,” said Umulisa. “But there's no snow and it's not too cold, like here.”

  • River of Life Church to host marriage-building movie

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    The River of Life Church in Springfield is excited about trying to promote the family in the community. Pastor Troy Shelton said this community, as well as churches in it, have people who are struggling in their marriages, and he and his church hope to offer help with the upcoming showing of a new movie called Fireproof.

  • Robinson takes financial post at SCC

    Gary W. Robinson came to St. Catharine College last week as the Vice President for Finance. For 12 years Robinson had been employed at KI (USA) Corp. in Berea, the last four as President. After leaving there earlier this year he has been a professor of corporate development at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

    “With his background in manufacturing Gary will bring a different perspective here,” said St. Catharine President William D. Huston. “His work with lean manufacturing will be a benefit as well.”

  • Out of the woodwork - Isaiah House provides firewood for the needy

    The firewood ministry of Isaiah House in Willisburg is not only providing a source of warmth and comfort to their customers, but also providing a physical, emotional and spiritual outlet for the men on the wood pile.

    Now in its fourth year, the firewood program got started when Mark LaPalme, executive director, spotted a sign for free firewood, placed by a man who cuts down trees for a living. LaPalme arranged to pick up all the wood from the man's jobs and has since added two more suppliers.

  • Homestead exemption tax break increases in 2009-10

    Economic times are tough all over, but there are savings in store for some taxpayers.

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue has announced that the state’s homestead exemption benefits will increase starting in 2009, saving an additional $2,300 for Washington County residents and others across the state who meet set requirements.