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  • Local pastor, wife, return from Africa

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Chicago. London. Rome. Monduli?

    That’s the route a local pastor recently took to do some missionary work in the country of Tanzania, located on the east coast of Africa.

  • Alpacas growing as part of local agricultural scene

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

  • Political debate set for Thursday, Oct. 23

    A political debate between candidates for local elected positions is slated for Thursday, Oct. 23.

    The debate is being sponsored by the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Channel 6 TV.

    Candidates for Springfield City Council, as well as school board seats in District 4 and District 5 will discuss issues, as well as fielding questions submitted by viewers via telephone or e-mail.

  • Dominican Sisters announce new name

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    With their impending union with six other congregations this coming Easter, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine of Siena have announced the name of the new congregation. Effective April 12, 2009, the union will collectively be known as the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

  • Absentee voting now under way

    It’s less than two weeks until Election Day, and while politicians across the land are making their final pitches for your vote, another group is getting ready to tally your votes.

    Washington County Clerk Glenn Black and his staff are busy handling the absentee balloting process locally, and county clerks across the state are also in this stage. Black said the county has about 200 absentee voters in all, with approximately 100 using the mail ballot and the other 100 voting on the absentee machine at the courthouse.

  • County road crews to return to regular hours

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It was worth a try, but now, it's back to business as usual.

    At a meeting held on Monday, the Washington County Fiscal Court announced that county road crews will return to their regular work week schedule on Oct. 20. According to supervisor Albert Wimsatt, foggy conditions in the morning, combined with shorter daylight hours, pose a potential danger to workers on the road.

  • Barn quilt piece pays tribute to cancer survivors, victims

    Barbara Hale Wheatley is very aware of breast cancer. As a two-time survivor, she knows all too well what anyone facing the disease will go through, and she is pleased to help bring attention to it year round, and especially in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Going down: Gas prices continue to fall locally

    Consumers have become accustomed to seeing gas prices on the move, but that move is usually up instead of down. Lately, however, as oil prices have dropped to around $80 per barrel, gas has also dropped, and for the first time in as much as a year, local gas prices have fallen below $3 per gallon.

    Local merchants selling gas say it’s a simple case of supply and demand. Greg Simms, owner of the BP station on Lincoln Park Road in Springfield, said he has seen demand for gas dropping in recent months.

  • Local library has big day at Lexington surplus sale

    September 20 was a big day for the Washington County Library. In fact, it was a day that brought about $8,000 worth of materials to the library at no cost.

    Washington County Public Library Director Joy Wandrey received an e-mail early on the morning of Friday, Sept. 19, informing her that the Lexington Public Library would be having a sale of equipment no longer used there. The e-mail featured a list of several items, but she was informed that other items would also be available.

  • Drought will cost local farmers millions

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Back-to-back years of drought will end up costing Washington County farmers millions of dollars, not only in loss of crops or livestock, but also in costs to get parched acreage back into production, this according to Rick Greenwell, Washington County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources.