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  • New batting facility approved

     The construction of a recently proposed batting facility at Idle Hour Park was approved last week by the Springfield City Council, but there are still a few details left to finalize before the project is completed.

    Andy Matherly, owner of AM Electrical Services in Springfield and contractor for the proposed facility, was present at the council’s meeting to share an estimated cost for the project, which he expected to be approximately $150,000.

  • Santa Walk is this Saturday

    Springfield will be a hub of holiday spirit this weekend as multiple Christmas-themed events, including this year’s Santa Walk, unfold in town.

    The Santa Walk will take place Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. Those wanting to trot with the jolly man should arrive at the new fire station on 400 W. Main St. at 11:15 a.m. The walk will take St. Nick, his fans, the Washington County Band and the Salvation Army Canteen up Main St.

    Those interested are urged not to forget their Santa cap if they’re feeling festive.

  • Scammed

    If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

    That’s one thing Washington Countians should keep in mind, not just for the holidays, but for every time of the year, as scam artists are out there.  

    One Washington County victim of scamming, who spoke to The Sun on the condition of anonymity, said they were recently scammed out of $700 through Facebook.

  • Car-theft victim shares story

    On Nov. 25, The Sun reported on a police officer being hit by a car that was allegedly stolen by juveniles. Last week, Thomas Pendleton, 57, told The Sun that it wasn’t one vehicle that was originally taken, but two, and events that transpired afterward are straight out of a Hollywood movie.

    Pendleton said that he and his wife, Kimberly, were at home when the thieves took his son’s 2010 Mercedes C300 and his 2009 Buick Enclave from their driveway. His son, Daniel, 31, was at work during the theft.

  • Woman injured in parkway crash

    Emergency personnel were called to the scene of an injury accident with entrapment on the Bluegrass Parkway early Monday morning. 

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Taylor Blandford, of Springfield, was operating a 2001 Toyota Corolla traveling eastbound when she exited the roadway and struck a tree on the driver’s side of her vehicle.

  • Local couple wants to help the needy this Christmas

     It’s called paying it forward. 

    Mark and Sherry Speakman, pastors of Willisburg Church of God, are working with the Washington County Salvation Army unit and Washington County Schools Family Resource Youth Service Center to provide food for the less fortunate this Christmas. The program they are coordinating, which will provide a basket of food to the elderly, is called Returning the Favor to Washington County. 

  • County hires two temporary road employees

    The Washington County Fiscal Court announced at last Friday’s special meeting that it will be hiring two temporary employees for the road department.

    During Dale Mann’s road department report, it was announced that a committee had interviewed applicants for a temporary position on the road department. 

    “We originally had four applications,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “One withdrew at the last minute because of his work.”

  • Murphy retires from bank after 64 years on the job

    Ann Murphy finished her career at Springfield State Bank after a total of 64 years of service last week. At the age of 88, she said goodbye to her coworkers during a party that was held on Nov. 5.

    “It has been so good I can’t even describe it,” Murphy said about her time at the bank. “It’s been wonderful. I’ve seen a lot of people go and come.”

  • Man tries to hit deputy with truck

    A Harrodsburg man found himself in the Marion County Detention Center on a charge of wanton endangerment first of a police officer last week. 

    According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Melvin L. Ison, 31, of Harrodsburg was arrested on Nov. 24 after he allegedly nearly struck Washington County Sherriff’s Deputy Charlie Osbourn with his vehicle. 

    Osbourn fired his weapon at the vehicle during the incident. 

  • Former resident faces murder charge

    A former Washington County man is facing serious charges in Jefferson County after police say he killed one and tried to kill another.

    William “Tony” Mattingly, 40, of Louisville and formerly of Washington County, was arraigned in court last week on a charge of murder and a charge of attempted murder.

    A Louisville Metro Police Department report says on Nov. 13, Mattingly placed Thomas Grismer in a chokehold until he died. Grismer was found dead in a hotel room that morning.