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  • School board filing deadline is Aug. 12

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    Three of the five seats on the Washington County School Board are up for election this year, but so far, nobody has tossed their name into the hat to oppose the people who currently fill those seats for a four-year term on the board.

    The three districts to be decided this fall are held by Patsy Lester, who is the board chair serving from District 3, Margaret Newby of District 4, and Pat Clements of District 5.

  • African American Heritage Festival is this weekend

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    For the fifth consecutive year, Washington County will celebrate its heritage this weekend as the 2008 African American Heritage Festival kicks off in downtown Springfield.

    Nell Haydon, director of the Springfield’s Main Street Renaissance Program, said this year’s event will pay tribute to African American educators. The festival will begin with a new event featuring a special panel of educators at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at the Opera House.

  • Local farmer's cows killed when struck by lightning

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Sun Summer Intern

    It had seemed like a normal day when Kevin Coulter left six cows and a bull to graze near a tree on his farm July 21.

    Soon it began to rain, so Coulter waited an hour before he went back to his cattle.

    But when he came back, all of them were dead. They had all been struck by lightning.

  • Abbi receives U.S. citizenship

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Sun Summer Intern

    Bonnie Abbi believes her move from Alberta, Canada, to Springfield, Ky., was due to God throwing a dart on the map. It was where she needed to be.

    “I now believe in all my heart there are so many blessings he could shower upon me here rather than in British Columbia,” Abbi said.

  • Drifting into Springfield

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    If there had been a prize for the audience members who traveled the longest distance to Saturday night’s concert featuring Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters at Idle Hour Park, Louis and Viola Klein would have won hands down.

    The Kleins made their way to Springfield from Midland, Mich., making a drive of 496 miles, according to Louis.

  • Insured deposits are safe at a community bank

    Special to The Sun

    Springfield State Bank would like to remind community banking customers that their insured deposits are safe and backed by the full faith and credit of the federal government through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

  • Stafford named new superintendent of Washington County Schools

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    The hiring process has been a long one to name the new superintendent of Washington County Schools. On Monday, however, the local school board spent little time at the start of its regularly scheduled meeting to vote upon and then introduce Rob Stafford as the next head of the school system.

    Stafford, 41, is a native of Camargo, Ky., just east of Mount Sterling in Montgomery County. He currently serves as assistant superintendent in charge of district operations and student support services in the Owen County school system.

  • Golf carts may be legalized on city streets

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    There are no fairways, sand traps or greens, but perhaps an occasional water hazard can be found. Still, the streets of Springfield could see a lot more golf cart traffic in their future.

    Springfield City Council member Mike Elliott is preparing legislation for the next city council meeting on August 12 that could allow residents to use golf carts within the city limits.

  • Teen back home after being hit by truck

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    He’s home now and on the mend, but this time last week, Thomas Riney was hospitalized following an accident at his home.

    Riney, 16, was lying in the sun at the family’s home shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, July 14, when he was accidentally struck by a truck driven by his father, Billy Riney.

  • Local businessman spreading the word, one pedal at a time

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Summer Intern

    At 56 years old, some people would be preparing for retirement. But not Steve Hale. In fact, he wants to help out more people before he settles down.

    Hale, owner of Sell with Hale Realty and Auction, plans to depart on a more-than 500-mile journey July 26 from Boston Court in Louisville, Ky., and ride to Springfield the first day. Then he will depart on July 27 from Springfield and ride to Americus, Ga. His method of transportation: a bicycle, with a “poop out vehicle” attached.