Local News

  • Washington County ranked 11th healthiest in state

    As the issue of health care is discussed from the farm fields of Kentucky all the way to the hallowed halls of Congress, a report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that Washington County is ranked 11th healthiest out of 120 counties in the state. But while the overall finding is promising, according to the study, there is still plenty of room for improvement.

    The county ranked first in the state when it comes to morbidity, or the quality of life.

  • Candidates seek seat in District 2 magistrate's race

    Four Democratic candidates will seek the seat of magistrate in District 2 in the May 18 primary election. The winner from that race will meet the lone Republican candidate in the general election in November. Benjamin Settles is the incumbent in District 2, and is seeking re-election.

    Now that he is nearing the end of his first term, Settles is hoping that voters will look at his proven track record of trying to save the county money while also tackling important issues in the county.

  • County revisits community clean-up

    Although a plan is currently in place to help with the problem of bulky item disposal in Washington County, county officials say there might be alternatives for future pick-ups. But in the meantime, some residents are finding their own ways of ridding themselves of bulky items, and those items don’t always find their way to the county’s CD&D transfer station.

  • Local pastor hospitalized following motorcycle accident

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    A Washington County pastor is listed in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit of University Hospital in Louisville following a motorcycle accident Tuesday. John McDaniel, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Springfield, sustained multiple injuries. Further information is unavailable at this time. For more on this story, see the April 14 issue of The Springfield Sun.

  • Flushing the fire hydrants

    You’ve probably driven down the street and seen water standing everywhere and wondered why those fire hydrants have been running wild. If so, you’re not alone.

    There are more than 100 fire hydrants in Washington County, and to keep them operating properly, every one of them has to be flushed out at least twice per year.

  • Cases of child abuse continue to rise

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    There are a lot of things you can do in eight minutes. You can listen to a couple of your favorite songs, watch a quarter of a high school basketball game, or start a load of laundry. And while you are enjoying those everyday activities, sometime during those 480 seconds, a child in Kentucky is reported as abused or neglected, according to data from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services for the 2009 calendar year.

  • County native hailed as a hero

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    A Washington County native has received a Citizens Meritorious Citation for helping to rescue two people from a burning automobile in Lexington last January. William “Mac” Blair, a 2005 graduate of Washington County High School, was presented the award from the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services' annual Fire Awards Banquet on March 6.

  • Lincoln portrayers to gather in Springfield

    The Lincolns are coming to Springfield!

    More than 200 years after Thomas Lincoln and his family lived in Washington County, a new group of Lincolns will be making their way to town on April 16. More than 50 Abraham Lincoln portrayers will visit the community as part of the Abraham Lincoln Portrayers (ALP) annual conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Where it All Began.” To celebrate that theme, the group is coming to Kentucky to visit Elizabethtown, Hodgenville, and of course, Springfield.

  • Jesse's World: Family working to defeat 3-year-old's autism

    For more than a year now, Melody McClain and her husband, Rusty, have been facing the challenges of raising a child with autism. Jesse, their 3-year-old son, was diagnosed with autism one year ago, and that year has been an incredible journey for the McClain family.

    “When he turned two, I knew there was a problem. He was not waving, not looking at people, and just ignoring people,” Melody McClain said. “At first, we had his hearing tested, but everything was OK. That’s when we went to The Weisskopf Center, and they diagnosed him.”

  • Local students want to 'Kick Butts'

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Members of the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition were out kicking butts March 26 - kicking cigarette butts, that is. It was all part of the group’s annual Kick Butts Day designed to spread word around the community about the dangers of smoking.