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  • Willisburg boy saves grandmother's home

    Zack Peñalva

    Staff Writer

    Quick thinking from a young man in Willisburg prevented what could have been a tragedy last Tuesday night.

    Doris Stone said she was watching television around 9:30 p.m. when a loud crash caused her dog to start barking. Stone’s 15-year-old grandson, Waylon Stone, was staying with her that evening and got up to investigate. He soon realized that a tree had fallen close the house and ignited.

    Doris Stone said she has problems hearing, and didn’t even realize the tree had fallen.

  • Coyle drives across Mackinac Bridge on tractor

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    Jerome Coyle got the chance of a lifetime when he paraded across the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan earlier this month.

    Coyle, 80, along with his daughter, Melinda Carey and other family members, went to Michigan with Coyle as he joined more than 1,000 other tractors for the 10th annual Tractor Crossing in St. Ignes, Michigan. The event allows tractor enthusiasts to show off their machines as they parade across the 26,372 foot-long structure.

  • A look at Springfield Opera House's upcoming season

    With the wrapping up of the performance of 39 Steps at the Springfield Opera House, The Sun got a chance to sit down with theatre director Eric Seale and get a preview of the other shows on the schedule for this season.

    Oct. 20-29

    Frankenstein: A New Musical

  • Grand jury hands down 15 indictments

    Fifteen indictments were handed down by a Washington County grand jury Sept. 20.

    Montiest D. Barney, 25, of Elizabethtown, was indicted for robbery, a class B felony, and six counts of wanton endangerment, class D felonies. Bond was set at $50,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with complaining witnesses and no violations of the law.

    Rachel L. Metcalf, 31, of Springfield, was indicted for failure to comply with sex offender registration, a class C felony, and being a persistent felony offender. Bond was set at $10,000 full cash.

  • An image set in stone

    One Washington County Facebook group is bringing people down to earth – literally.

    “Washington County Kentucky Just Rocks” was started by Jessica Long about six months ago and has exploded in popularity in that short amount of time.

    The group, which paints rocks and hides them for others to find, has been promoting exercise for both kids and adults. Currently, it has 959 members.

    “When I started, I was hoping for 500 members,” Long said.

  • Sorghum Festival is this week

    The Sorghum Festival is one of the longest running events in Washington County’s history, and this year’s edition hopes to find success with a mix of new events and some callbacks to traditional favorites. Things will kick off on Friday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 a.m. with the Farm to City breakfast at Mordecai’s. The festival will continue throughout the weekend, with Chamber of Commerce President Pat Rose hoping that this year’s events will include something for everyone.

  • No trial date set for Pennington

    It’s been more than a year since Crystal Warner and Robert Jones were killed on Texas Road in Washington County, and their parents still have no idea when the case will go to trial.

    Friends and family of the couple waited in silence during a pretrial conference Sept. 20, as they eagerly hoped for a trial date, but instead were left with yet another drive to Springfield.

  • Peñalva joins Sun news team

    The Springfield Sun is proud to welcome a new member to its family. 

    Zack Peñalva, 23, has been hired as The Sun’s sports/news reporter. 

  • Council passes tax increase

    Springfield City Council passed a tax rate increase Tuesday night.

    During the public hearing – which had no Springfield citizens speak – City Administrator Laurie Smith went over the rate and cleared up some misconceptions. 

  • Drug problem on the rise in Springfield

    “Springfield is a quintessential small town in America,” Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said. “But like all other towns in this great country, we have our problems like everybody else.”

    The problems the chief of police is talking about include a rising amount of drugs in the community. In fact, he said the illicit substances are getting more plentiful and cheaper.

    “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years, and this is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” Smith said.