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  • With Mason on board, Red Sox have a prayer

    Bland Mason hasn’t taken a cut at a baseball since he was in Little League, but regardless, he has been called up to the show.

    Mason, former pastor of Springfield Baptist Church, has been to spring training with the Boston Red Sox, and he’s ready to make his big league debut. He won’t be playing balls off the Green Monster in left field at Fenway Park, nor will he be a part of the pitching rotation. Instead, he will handle even more important duties as he counsels the players and meets their spiritual needs, serving as the team’s chapel leader.

  • St. Dominic's Polin honored by Archdiocese of Louisville

    Nobody was more surprised Thursday morning to hear that Theodosia “Dodie” Polin was being honored by the Archdiocese of Louisville with its Catholic Education Foundation Teacher Award than Polin herself.

    The Catholic Education Foundation Teacher Award was established in 2004 by the family of Dan and Helen Ulmer to recognize excellent and dedicated Catholic teachers who consistently surpass expectations.

  • Lighting up the town

    Workers with the Davis H. Elliott company of Roanoke, Va., installed new traffic lights last week at the intersection of KY 555, US 150 and KY 55 in Springfield. The work was part of the Kentucky Department of Transportation’s routine light maintenance program, and came at an estimated cost of $20,000-$25,000. The new lights are on lines that form a square around the intersection, giving a cleaner, clearer appearance for drivers, and eliminate some problems with signal light heads bumping together.

  • Former Washington County educator publishes first children's book

    During the warm months, Robert Brown of Rose Hill is usually found outside in his garden. When his children were younger, they would  accompany him, playing, watering with the hose or digging with small  garden tools. During one of those times, his son Tyler, who was 3 at   the time, was helping pick some vegetables. After placing the   different vegetables from the small garden into his wagon, he would   repeatedly touch them and call them by color. He then looked at his   father and said, “Daddy, you grow colors.”

  • 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.