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  • The case of the sock gnomes

    After careful scientific analysis, deep research and consulting a magic eight ball I’ve come to the well thought out conclusion that our house is plagued with Evil Sock Gnomes.

    By golly, this house at 1950 Lincoln Park Road is literally invested up to the attic and beyond with them.

    Scoff, if you dare, but let me present the facts as are known to be true.

  • Michter's Distillery coming to Springfield

    Special to the Sun

    Michter’s Distillery is coming to Springfield.

    The Louisville-based distillery’s affiliate, Springwater Kentucky Realty, completed its purchase of 145 acres in Springfield, Kentucky, at the heart of the state’s historic Washington County.

  • Candidates file for 2018 election

    Staff Report

    Several more candidates have filed to run for county seats.

    Teresa Marrinan (D), Mike “Stroker” Kelty (R), and Coy Howard (R) have filed to run for the county clerk’s seat. They join William B. “Billy” Abell, who already filed for the position. The current clerk, Glenn Black, will not seek re-election.

  • Winter weather creates slick conditions in county

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    County roads saw slick conditions early Monday morning and ice is being blamed for several car wrecks.

    KY 53 in Willisburg was shutdown Monday, and a county ambulance collided with another vehicle while responding to a crash on Tick Creek Road.

    Emergency Medical Services director Mark Hale said no one was severely injured in the crash.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith has some advice for drivers this winter, but said the best way to avoid a wreck in winter weather is to not drive in it all.

  • Downs heads to state DYW program

    Washington County’s Distinguished Young Woman left to stay with a host family Sunday as the state program draws near.

    Sarah Downs, 2018’s Distinguished Young Woman, will participate in the state DYW program in Lexington. She said there’s a high bar to meet this year after Elizabeth Medley, 2017’s DYW, took second place in the state.

    “I’m very nervous, actually,” she said. “There’s a lot of stuff we have to memorize for it and a lot of expectations.”

  • One dead after crash

    A single-vehicle rollover crash on Bloomfield Road left one person dead the day after Christmas.

    Kentucky State Police said Donald Ray Carny, 67, of Springfield, was pronounced dead at the scene after the vehicle he was driving rolled over and landed in a ditch line. Trooper Adam Likins is investigating the wreck, which occurred at 3:46 p.m. A report said Carney was driving a 2008 Dodge Ram and lost control of his vehicle, hit a culvert, went airborne and overturned in the ditch.

  • WCSO will not release videos

    The Springfield Sun’s Freedom of Information Act request to view body camera videos showing the arrest of a fiscal court magistrate was denied.

    Fiscal Court Magistrate Terry Tingle, 66, was arrested on Dec. 16 by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and charged with reckless driving, fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest.

    He was released from custody before being booked at the Marion County Detention Center and is awaiting arraignment, which is scheduled for Jan. 29 in Washington County District Court.

  • 2017 Year in Review

    January

    Medley shines at state DYW

    Elizabeth Medley represented Washington County well this past weekend as she brought home first runner-up honors from the Kentucky Distinguished Young Women competition.

    Medley, an 18-year-old senior at Washington County High School, is the daughter of Tony and Julie Medley of Springfield. She won the local competition last year, earning the right to represent the county in state competition against 30 other contestants in Lexington at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts.

  • Mt. Zion Bridge complete, court will install cameras

    Work at the Mt Zion Bridge is complete, and Washington County Fiscal Court is very happy with the way it turned out.

    “The covered bridge looks great,” magistrate Terry Tingle said. “Those folks did a great job with it.”

    Tingle said the wood used in the construction will age and look even better in the next few years.

    “It’s got to darken some,” he said. “It looks great.”

  • Black will not seek re-election

    Glenn Black has been a public servant his entire adult life, and after 15 years in office, he’s hanging his hat up for good.

    Black, who has been the county clerk since 2003, has announced he will not seek re-election next year.

    “I think it’s time to go ahead and retire,” Black said in a quiet room in the back of his office. “I’ve been in some form of public service for nearly 50 years.”

    Folks who know Black from his time as clerk may not know that he was an educator for 34 years prior to that.