Local News

  • Check scams target locals

    A Washington County woman received a check in the mail on Wednesday, along with a letter informing her that she had won a prize of $250,000. Obviously it sounded too good to be true to the woman, and for good reason, so she took the letter and the check to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office where she was assisted by Deputy Jackie Robinson.

    The letter said the woman’s name had been selected randomly as the result of an international sweepstakes drawn on March 20 in the United Kingdom.

  • Lincoln statue unveiled

    The new statue of President Abraham Lincoln was unveiled Wednesday in front of the Washington County Judicial Center. A large crowd gathered in the center of downtown Springfield for the ceremony.

    Sen. Dan Kelly (R-Springfield), sculptor Paula Slater, and Rep. Mike Harmon (R) House District 54, worked together to unveil the statue following speeches from several local dignitaries, as well as remarks from Lincoln portrayor Jim Getty, of Gettysburg, Pa.

    For complete coverage of the event and to see more photos, pick up next week's Springfield Sun!

  • Two dead after Saturday accident

    A two-vehicle accident in Washington County has left two people dead.

    Barbara Walker, 72, of Harrodsburg, and her husband, Martin Walker III, 72, also of Harrodsburg, both died after a collision on US 150 about six miles outside Springfield Saturday evening at approximately 6:30 p.m.

  • Economy could bring large crowd to SCC job fair

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The struggling U.S. economy is leaving many Americans wondering where their next paycheck will be coming from. St. Catharine College is doing their part in helping people find employment by holding their second annual job fair Friday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym at Lourdes Hall.

    Nearly 20 companies will be represented, including private businesses, the federal government, state agencies, temporary employment services and post-graduate educational programs.

  • Graves indicted for attempted murder;Five others indicted

    A Washington County grand jury returned indictments against six people recently, including eight counts against Kevin D. Graves of Springfield.

    Graves, 30, of Jimtown Road, was charged with four counts of criminal attempt to commit murder (Class B felony), as well as one count of assault in the 4th degree (Class A misdemeanor), one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun (Class C felony), one count of criminal mischief in the 1st degree (Class D felony) and one count of being a persistent felony offender in the 1st degree.

  • County weighs dead animal options

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The Washington County Fiscal Court is one step closer to a solution to the dead animal pickup problem. The county decided not to renew their contract with Nation Brothers due to a doubling of the contract cost. The court has received a proposal from Dead Animal Removal Service, Inc. from Winchester, Ky., to pick up and dispose of dead animals in the county for $27,900. The county is also considering keeping the $20 per-stop fee charged to farmers who use the service.

  • Lifting Lincoln

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    If you were driving through downtown Springfield Thursday morning, you couldn’t help notice all to the commotion by the Washington County Judicial Center. It was a big day as the town was paid a visit by none other than President Abraham Lincoln. Actually, it was an 11-foot, 1,195 pound bronze statue of our 16th president, but it was nonetheless a site to behold.

  • Man rescued from flooded truck

    What started as a normal trip to take his stepdaughter to a friend’s house turned into much more for John Clark.

  • Kicking Butts and taking names

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Members of the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition were out kicking butts and taking names Saturday morning as part of Kick Butts Day 2009. It was a single-day event designed to promote smoking cessation along with drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

  • Unemployment rate up in 2008

    Annual unemployment rates were higher in 110 Kentucky counties in 2008 than in 2007, while 10 counties were lower, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    In 2008, five Kentucky counties had an annual jobless rate at or above 10 percent compared to three counties that recorded double-digit rates in 2007.