Local News

  • Customers in a rush as tax deadline nears

    The flowers in the garden are starting to bloom, winter’s chill seems like a faded memory and college basketball just wrapped things up for the year. So you know what time of the year it is, right? Of course, it’s tax time!

    What? Taxes?

    Yes, there’s one week left to file your tax returns, and if you’re like a lot of people, you’re waiting until the last minute to file. According to Darlene Carrico, the branch manager of H&R Block in Springfield, there are a variety of reasons why people procrastinate during tax season.

  • New security steps going smoothly at judicial center

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The moment people walk into the new judicial center in Springfield, they can tell that things are done differently than in the past. After entering on the right, visitors are told to empty their pockets and then proceed through a metal detector. If needed, the court security officer on duty will use a wand detector to check specific parts of the body.

  • Cleanup efforts continue for county, but costs could rise

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Storm debris cleanup by the Washington County Road Department has come to a grinding halt because the brush chipper being used by the crews has died. Road crew director Albert Wimsatt informed Washington County Fiscal Court Friday morning that it would cost $11,100 to replace the engine. The breakdown comes as the county has completed only one-third of the roads.

  • WCHS art students excel at regional competition

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    There's something to be said about taking a blank canvas or a common object and turning it into a work of art. Some art students from Washington County High School found that out recently when they won several awards at the 2009 Caveland Region Exhibit and Competition held by the Kentucky Art Education Association.

  • Bardstown teens in BG Parkway crash

    A one-vehicle accident on the Blue Grass Parkway early Sunday morning sent one Bardstown teen to the hospital and left four others uninjured.

    Clark Seth, 18, of Bardstown, was driving a 1994 Ford Focus west on the parkway seven miles north of Willisburg around 4:55 a.m. Sunday when the vehicle dropped off the right side of the road and struck an embankment, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Seth was taken to Flaget Hospital, where he was treated and released.

  • Numbers show child abuse on the rise

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    According to numbers released by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, there were 74,159 reported cases of child abuse in Kentucky, involving 88,292 children. Of those reports, 9,522 cases, involving a total of 14,802 children were substantiated. It’s a problem that Pat Sutton of the Washington County Homemakers Association doesn’t see going away anytime soon.

  • 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.”