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  • District lowers tax rates on real property

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    The Washington County Board of Education has decided to not hold a tax hearing this year. In fact, it’s decreasing its tax rates. 

    The board voted to have 60.2 cents on every $100 of assessed real property and 61.2 cents on personal property. Last year’s rate was 61.2 cents for both real and personal property. The motor vehicle and watercraft tax rate of 55 cents per every $100 of assessed value remained the same.  

  • Springfield man indicted on rape allegations

    Staff Report

    A Springfield man was indicted on two counts of rape on Aug. 16.

    A Washington County grand jury accused Pedro Caal, 28, of Springfield, of multiple charges in two separate indictments. His first indictment accuses him of two counts of rape in the third degree, as well as wanton endangerment, unlawful imprisonment, intimidating a witness in the legal process, and terroristic threatening.

    The rape charges stem from two alleged incidents that occurred in October 2015.

  • City to destroy and fill in pool

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    A Springfield landmark that has become a target for vandalism over the years will be destroyed. 

    The Springfield city pool on Armory Hill, which has been closed since 2008, will be destroyed and filled in over in the coming weeks. In fact, the work has already begun.

    Public Works Director Glenn Mattingly was given to OK by the city council on Aug. 15.

  • The moon casts its shadow

    The first total solar eclipse visible from coast-to-coast in 99 years was visible here Monday afternoon. Kentucky was one of the prime locations to witness the event, and the skies stayed clear for the show. The next total solar eclipse to occur in the United States will be on April 8, 2024, and Kentucky will be close to the line of totality for the event. At left is a composite image of various stages of the eclipse. Se more photos online at www.readthesun.com.

  • Job program expanding at Isaiah House

     

    When most people hear of Isaiah House, the first thing that crosses their minds is the fact that it’s a drug and alcohol treatment center.

    While that is the case, there’s much more going on in the facility to help the men who seek treatment there.

    David Cobb, public relations and marketing manager for Isaiah House, said the facility also offers job skills training to get Isaiah House clients ready for employment and life after their treatment is complete.

  • Viewing Monday's eclipse: Local doctor says be sure to be safe

    On Monday, Aug. 21, all of North America — as well as parts of South America, Europe and Africa — will, weather permitting, be able to view a partial eclipse of the sun. A total eclipse will be viewable to the select 12.2 million Americans living within the path of totality, a 70-mile band stretching across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina. 

  • Job program expanding at Isaiah House

    When most people hear of Isaiah House, the first thing that crosses their minds is the fact that it’s a drug and alcohol treatment center.

    While that is the case, there’s much more going on in the facility to help the men who seek treatment there.

    David Cobb, public relations and marketing manager for Isaiah House, said the facility also offers job skills training to get Isaiah House clients ready for employment and life after their treatment is complete.

  • County will not increase tax rates

    Nick Schrager

    Sun Editor

    County tax rates on real estate, motor vehicles and watercraft, as well as the airport tax, will remain the same for 2017. 

  • Knopp retires from sheriff's office

    Melissa Knopp has spent nearly 23 years in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Now, after all that time, she’s ready to call it a career.

    Knopp entered retirement at the end of July, having served under three sheriffs.

  • County schools out for the eclipse

    School has just started back in Washington County, but students are about to get an unexpected day off soon.

    On Monday, Aug. 21, there will be no school in Washington County. That decision was announced this past Wednesday.