Local News

  • 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.

  • St. Catharine College is ready for the future

    The future is looking bright at St. Catharine College, and in many ways, the future is now.

    SCC President William D. Huston unveiled the college’s new Vision 2025 plan Wednesday, and that plan will bring noticeable changes to the campus over the next 15 years, including some projects that will begin in the near future. The total to complete all phases of the plan will cost an estimated $150 million.

  • Terrell officially named new WCHS principal

    He’s a familiar face in a familiar place, but now that Paul Terrell has been named as the full-time principal at Washington County High School, he says he feels great about leading WCHS into the future.

  • County magistrates concerned about some local roads

    Anyone who has driven around Springfield lately knows that road construction season is in high gear. At the Friday’s meeting of the Washington County Fiscal Court, members of District 4 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet updated the county on some of the projects currently under way.

  • Camp Calvary celebrates 50 years of service

    24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

        Matthew 7: 24-25,

        Holy Bible, NIV

    If anything has ever been built on a solid foundation, it would be Camp Calvary, a Washington County church camp built firmly on the word of God.

  • County youths have a blast with B.L.A.S.T.

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Dozens of local fourth and fifth graders spent the better part of Saturday at North Washington Elementary School taking part in B.L.A.S.T., an event sponsored by the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition that replaces Safe Night.