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  • Sr. Traffas wins Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual awards night recently, and one thing in particular was learned; a person don’t have to have lived in Washington County their whole life to earn praise from the community.

    “Even the briefest glance of our 2015 lifetime achievement award recipient would convince anyone that the person you are about to meet is exceptionally deserving,” Sr. Claire McGowan said at the banquet as she introduced this year’s award winner. 

  • Locals start drive to help needy in Flint

    It all started with a Facebook post.

    Timmy Churchill and Jamilla Smalley have been working diligently to bring much-needed relief to Flint, Mich., where the water is unsuitable to drink. The two have organized a campaign called the “Flint Water Challenge” to collect drinking water and ship it for distribution to Flint residents. 

    “It actually started with a Facebook status from a friend in Bardstown,” Churchill said. 

  • Arrest made in stockyard murder

    A Lancaster man was arrested last week and arraigned on Monday in a murder case that occurred at the Washington County Livestock Center.

    Eric T. Saylor, 47, is accused of killing Shane E. Thomason, 53, also of Lancaster, on Feb. 1 with a handgun. The shooting occurred outside of the building during a cattle auction.

  • Arrest made in stockyards shooting

    An arrest has been made related to the shooting death of Shane E. Thomason at the Washington County Livestock Center on Monday afternoon.

    Kentucky State Police recently announced that Eric T. Saylor, 47, of Lancaster was arrested at the Marion County Detention Center. KSP stated in the announcement that Saylor was being held at MCDC on unrelated charges.

    Saylor has been charged with murder and will remain lodged at MCDC on a $1 million bond. The bond was issued by the Washington County Attorney's Office and the case remains under investigation.

  • Kentucky caucus is March 5

    With the Republican Party’s caucus fast approaching, many republican voters may be left with one question – what exactly is a caucus?

    Susan Breeding, vice-chair of the Washington County Republican Party, said when the caucus comes on Saturday, March 5, it will look just a little bit different from a normal primary election, and Kentucky’s will look different from other state caucuses.

  • Turner twins share passion for driving buses

    Leland and Lynden Turner, 55, are twin brothers that have worked under five different superintendents and seven different transportation supervisors in their 33-year tenure as bus drivers for Washington County Schools.

    The Washington County natives have racked up a lot of miles over that time, and one thing’s for sure: they’re not quite done driving buses yet.

    According to Lynden, they got their start driving buses when they were asked about the opportunity.

  • Tibetan monks visit Springfield

    After having traveled over 7,000 miles by air, seven Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehradun, India, have made it to the United States and passed through Springfield last week. While here, they hosted demonstrations on debate, chanting, culture and compassion on the Saint Catharine College campus while also creating a World Peace Sand Mandala, a piece of art created with colorful sands.

  • Shooting leaves one dead

    A shooting that occurred Monday at the Washington County Livestock Center has left a person dead.

    According to a press release sent to The Sun Monday evening by Kentucky State Police, troopers and Washington County sheriff’s deputies responded to WCLC shortly before 3 p.m. after receiving a call about a possible shooting.

    The victim was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

  • Violet the Strong

    SCC Communications

    Editor’s note: Violet Monica Ehringer is the daughter of Erica Osborne, originally of Springfield. She is also the granddaughter of Paul and Monica Osborne of Springfield, as well as the great-granddaughter of Earl and Wilma Grigsby of Springfield. 

    It’s 1:30 a.m. and Violet’s parents hear a whimper coming from the bassinet beside their bed, like a kitten faintly asking for breakfast. 

  • County discusses snow issues

    Washington County Fiscal Court met during a rescheduled meeting Monday morning, and one very hot topic was on everyone’s mind — snow. 

    During Friday’s snowstorm, the county was declared to be in a state of emergency by Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles and Office of Emergency Management Director Kevin Devine. Settles did not have to use any powers given to him during such a crisis. The state of emergency placed locally was lifted Monday.