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  • Texting, cell phones a growing problem for high school staff

    Cell phones are one of the most convenient modern devices in the world today, but for many schools, they are also a growing problem.

    Washington County High School Principal Leon Smith said his school has had some recent incidents, and many of them have stemmed from the use of cell phones and text messaging.

  • New judicial center holds first court session

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

  • Local couple facing federal tax indictment

    A federal grand jury in Louisville has returned an indictment against Kevin Buckler and Kathy Buckler of Springfield on March 18, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky.

    The indictment charges the Bucklers with filing false federal tax returns for 2001 and 2002 in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(I). The Bucklers were arrested and arraigned in United States District Court in Louisville.

  • UK fires Billy Gillispie

    The University of Kentucky has announced that men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie has been fired, according to reports by the Lexington Herald-Leader and ESPN. A news conference is set for 4:30 p.m. today.

    The news comes after Gillispie posted a 40-27 record in two years at UK, including a 22-14 slate this season as the Wildcats missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991 while on probation following the tenure of former coach Eddie Sutton.

  • City tourism tax an early success

    Thanks to some hearty appetites and overnight travelers, Springfield’s three-percent tourism tax is generating some much-needed revenue that will help promote the city and improve the quality of life in town.

    The tax was instituted on May 1, 2008, and adds three cents per dollar to purchases at food and lodging establishments in the city.

  • 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.