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  • Memorial Day celebration at Willisburg

    Memorial Day is just around the corner, and everyone is preparing for the long weekend.  While some may go on a short vacation, others choose to stay home and enjoy the activities in their local communities. That’s what residents of Willisburg will be doing this Memorial Day weekend at Willisburg Community Park, with a variety of activities for participants to enjoy and bring the family.

  • Renovations at new WCES nearly complete

    Renovation work at the new Washington County middle and elementary school is nearly complete.
    According to Jean-Paul Grivas, the architect of the renovation, 99 percent of the work has been completed at the school.
    “We’ve just got a little bit of work to do,” he said during the school board’s monthly meeting.
    The work that remains includes some painting, masonry work and flooring.

  • SCC's suit against DOE dismissed

    The court-appointed receiver for the Saint Catharine College lawsuit with Huntington Bank filed a report to the U.S. District Court that there are no funds available to pay 56 vendors the $355,600 they claim is owed.

    According to the report, “Upon the receiver’s arrival, SCC did not have an updated, accurate accounts payable aging.”

  • Pennington's defense seeks evidence from the commonwealth

    Just four days after Crystal Warner’s remains were laid to rest, the man accused of killing her and her boyfriend, Robert Jones, appeared in district court where his defense asked for evidence they say wasn’t received.

  • Warner laid to rest

    Crystal Warner, the woman who was slain along with her boyfriend, Robert Jones, in Washington County last year, was finally laid to rest over the weekend.

    The Florence woman was buried at Willisburg Saturday afternoon, and for her mother, Mary Reeve, putting her daughter to rest is a good step in the healing process.

    “(I’m) definitely ready to put her to rest and try to pick up our life again and maybe go back to a little normalcy,” Reeve said.

  • Multi-county pursuit ends in Springfield

    A car chase that began in Taylor County Sunday morning ended in Springfield when a Columbia man was shot with a Taser by Kentucky State Police.

    According to Mark Marraccini of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the pursuit, which reached speeds of 85 miles per hour, began when Sgt. Travis Neal from Fish and Wildlife approached a parked vehicle in the Green River Wildlife Management Area in Taylor County.

    Mark Anthony Mattingly, 38, of Columbia, was found inside the vehicle, and because of outstanding warrants, an arrest attempt was made.

  • Ide Hour Park to go tobacco free

    Idle Hour Park will soon be a smoke-free and tobacco-free location.

    The Springfield City Council voted to make Idle Hour Park smoke and tobacco free at Tuesday’s meeting. Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith said this decision came after several complaints concerning the use of chewing tobacco and cigarette smoking at the park. A planter was also damaged due to butts being improperly disposed of.

    “The use of these products around children were concerning,” she said.

  • Boone survey results

    The majority of the people who responded to The Springfield Sun’s survey have said they want to see Johnny Boone go free.

    People from Washington County and beyond placed their votes, with 73.12 percent of the people saying he should go free. The remaining 26.88 percent of those surveyed have said they would like to see Boone go to trial for his alleged crimes.

  • A new shade of blue

    Eddie and Cheryl Young have been farming in Washington County for more than 30 years, but for the last five, they’ve been trying something new – blueberries.  

    The couple, who got their start farming tobacco and cattle, moved into blueberry production for a number of reasons; but the biggest reason is because it’s a crop they can stand behind.

  • Walk on Washington enters third year

     

    Walk on Washington is back for its third year, and its mission is still the same; promoting activity tailored to everyone’s individual needs.

    According to the event’s organizer, Cabrina Buckman, the program is meant to encourage everyone to get physically active.

    “Many people find it as a friendly form of exercise,” she said. “It’s not too intimidating, and there are many ways to customize it in the way you like to exercise.”