Local News

  • Local job market looks 'very stable'

    As Labor Day approaches and the national conversation turns to the current state of employment, Executive Director of the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority Daniel Carney said Washington County is a “great” place to be employed. 

  • Small tax hike could bring in almost $15,000 for county

    For the first time in more than 10 years, the county’s tax levy on property will be 8 cents per every $100 in assessed value.

    The current rate is 7.7 cents and the raise will bring in $14,918 in one year. 

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, someone who owns property valued at $100,000 could expect to see their taxes go up $3.

  • Board OKs tax collection

    The Washington County Board of Education has finalized the collection process for taxes in the wake of November’s election.

  • Sweet as honey

    Writer's note: the original version of this story attributed a quote from a website to Danny Ray Spalding. The story has been has corrected. A clarification will appear in next week's issue of The Sun.


    Even though St. Catharine College has closed, St. Catharine Farm is buzzing with activity. 


  • SCC student fees could be returned

    Former Saint Catharine College students who had paid fees, security deposits or other money, which were being held by the college, may be getting those returned to them soon.  The court-appointed Receiver, LS Associates, LLC, has asked the Federal Court to establish a student refund account to facilitate the return of approximately $180,000 in student fees and claims ranging from $50 to $6,792 each. 

  • Local youths take part in movie production

    Filming of the movie “Tragedy Girls” in Springfield will be completed this week, ending the month-long production of a Hollywood film in Springfield and Marion County.  

    Washington County resident Aleeyah Salazar was one of many locals to participate in the film’s production. 

  • Loan approved for sewer project

    The final part of funding for an upgrade to Springfield’s sewer plant was approved last week by the Springfield City Council.

    In February, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission received confirmation that they were approved for a total of $1.92 million from rural development, with $1,347,000 coming from a loan and $573,495 coming in the form of a grant for a headworks sewer project upgrade. 

  • That's a wrap!

    ... And cut!

    Hollywood will begin to scale down its presence in the small towns of Springfield and Lebanon as it wraps up production of the movie “Tragedy Girls,” a horror-comedy film portraying an adventure of two teenaged girls, later this week.

    According to Edward Mokhtarian and Armen Aghaeian, producers of the movie, the production of the film has gone extremely well.

  • Former officer charged with assault

    A former Springfield police officer, along with another man, have been indicted on assault charges. 

    The Washington County Grand Jury indicted Michael A. Cotton, 59, of Bardstown, and Kevin R. Bewley, 28, of Willisburg, on one count of assault in the second degree, a class C felony.

  • U.S. Natural Fibers a unique local business

    Shawn Malloy, along with his wife, Lori, has been working with natural fibers for more than a decade. Now, after opening two successful fiber companies, they’ve opened up a third – U.S. Natural Fibers, a processing plant in Springfield. 

    “What U.S. Natural Fibers is all about is, we’re buying and selling fiber from small farms across the county,” Malloy said.