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  • State-hired contractors begin cleanup

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The state of Kentucky awarded Hickey Enterprises, Inc. a contract to pickup and remove ice storm debris from state and county roads in Washington County. They were scheduled to start the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 18. As of Friday morning, they were yet to show up for work. A call Monday morning to Chad Filiatreau, transportation and engineering supervisor with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, revealed that Hickey was in the county and preparing to start work.

  • Chamber honors citizens for service to community

    Who ever said nice guys finish last and no good deed goes unpunished? Obviously someone forgot to tell that to a select group of Washington County residents who were recognized Wednesday evening for their service to the community by the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

    The guest speaker was Mitch Barnhart, director of athletics at the University of Kentucky. Barnhart addressed the crowd about the importance of leadership, being positive examples to today’s youth and offered some insightful and humorous information on the athletic programs at UK.

  • Debris in watersheds poses problems

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Last month’s ice storm may be water under the bridge, but there’s a whole lot of other stuff under county bridges that needs to be cleaned up. Debris from fallen trees, and in one case, a whole tree itself, have clogged many watersheds across Washington County. The Washington County Fiscal Court, with assistance from the Kentucky Natural Resources Conservation Service, recently met in an emergency session to pull the plug on mother nature’s wrath.

  • Guthrie visits St. Catharine College as he kicks off state education tour

    He was educated at the United States Military Academy at West Point, but Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) was in Springfield Wednesday for a refresher course of sorts at St. Catharine College.

    Guthrie kicked off his tour of higher education institutions at St. Catharine as he prepares for the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act.

  • Police increase school traffic patrol

    Stop means stop, and that’s what Springfield Police want you to understand.

    For the past three weeks, officer Charlie Osbourne has been stopping cars as they roll through stop signs on Springfield city streets each morning. Osbourne has been patrolling the intersection of West High Street and Locust Drive near St. Dominic School. He hasn’t issued a single ticket, but instead, wants to make drivers aware of the importance of safety for children in the area.

  • Local students write about experience of recent ice storm

    They study in the classroom, but sometimes, real-life experiences are a better learning tool than anything else could possibly be for a student. That’s what Dana Thomas, a fifth-grade teacher at Washington County Elementary School, was thinking when she had her students complete an on-demand writing assignment for a language arts class. The following three articles were written by students, describing the impact the recent ice storm that hit our community had on their lives and the lives of their families.

    And The Worst Part…..

    By Gwendolyn Campbell

  • Feeding our childrenFood for Kids Backpack Program making sure kids have food at home

    They receive a nutritious meal at school each day, but what do some of the underprivileged children in Washington County eat when they go home for the weekend?

    More than 54 percent of the students in the county school system receive free and reduced lunches, and many might go hungry at home if not for the help of a program that is now celebrating its eighth anniversary in the community.

  • Six arrested following basketball post-game incident

    A disturbance outside the Washington County High School gymnasium following Friday night’s basketball games between Washington and Marion counties has led to the arrest of three adults, three juveniles, and minor injuries to two Kentucky State Police troopers.

  • Local man dies in Friday crash

    A two-vehicle crash has claimed the life of a Springfield man.

    William H. Voorheis, Jr., 88, of 100 Rosary Heights in Springfield, was attempting to turn left from Belle Vista Drive onto KY 150 Friday, Feb. 13, at 5:04 p.m., according to Capt. Paul O’Bryan of the Springfield Police Department. O’Bryan said Voorheis was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger truck when he pulled into the path of a 1996 Plymouth Voyager van driven by Julie C. Noel, 61, of 109 Kentucky Ave., in Springfield.

  • County chooses state aid in storm cleanup, Springfield opts out

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Any day now, there's going to be a lot of hauling and chipping of storm debris going on around Washington County. The debate lies in who is going to pay for the cleanup. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state of Kentucky are offering to assist, but at a price that some are willing to pay, and others are not.