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  • Fourth of July celebration is Monday

    Springfield will soon be bustling again for Independence Day with its 17th annual Fourth of July Celebration event Monday, July 3. Springfield Main Street Promotions Committee member Nell Haydon said the event is always a big event that draws people from across Washington County.

    “It’s really a great celebration and we always have a great crowd,” Haydon said. “It’s grown by leaps and bounds over the years.”

  • Six indicted by grand jury

    Six people were indicted by a Washington County grand jury.

  • Fighting for one another

    Cancer comes in a variety of ways and affects each person differently. One Springfield family of three, Karen Purdom and her parents, Earl and Wilma Grigsby, has had not one, but three separate cases of cancer, and all are surviving to this day.

    “We have a lot of cancer in our family,” Karen Purdom said.

    Each year, the number of new cases of cancer is around 455 per 100,000 men and women each year, according to the National Cancer Institute, and the number of cancer deaths is approximately 171 per year. 

  • Relay for Life raises more than $70,000 in total

    More than $13,000 was raised to fight cancer at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport on Saturday.

    Relay for Life teams from both Washington and Marion counties came together for their cause during the joint event, which ran from noon to midnight. 

  • Armed robbery at Dollar General

    The Dollar General store on KY 555 was robbed at gunpoint on June 20 and the person who’s responsible is still at large. 

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, a man wearing a hoodie, sunglasses and gloves entered the store at approximately 9:22 a.m. Tuesday morning and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the store’s cashier. Smith said the employee gave the suspect approximately $100 out of the register. 

  • High winds strike county

    High winds ripped through the country Friday evening, which caused damage to buildings and downed multiple trees.

    “I was devastated,” Joyce Hardin said. 

    Hardin, who lives on Mclain Road in Springfield lost 12 trees to the winds, with one of them smashing through her carport. 

    “I’m still coping, but it’s a lot more emotional than I thought,” Hardin said.

    Her late husband, Scott, had planted all the trees that were destroyed in the storm.  

  • A good man

    Every now and then someone dies in a community and it’s never quite the same.

    Johnnie Hardin was one of those people. 

    He was more than a man who spent a lifetime in the grocery business.

    Mr. Hardin was a much beloved part of this small town community.

    He was in my dad’s highest words of praise, “a good man.“

    Here’s a little story that to me sort of sums up the type of life that Mr. Hardin lived.

    It was about 50 years ago.  

  • Sansbury has new administrator

    The Sansbury Care Center recently welcomed a new member to its staff. 

    Pamela Brooks, the center’s new administrator. She said she was very pleased and honored with the opportunity to join Sansbury and is looking forward to serving its residents and the surrounding community.

    “I’m very blessed to have gotten this position here at Sansbury,” she said.

  • Toyotomi completes expansion phase

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    Toyotomi is nearing the end of a three-year project, but it isn’t quite through just yet.

    The Springfield manufacturer, which was incorporated in 1998 and began production in 2000, recently completed another part of its expansion project and will add more jobs in the community.

    According to Craig Miller, the vice president of administration at Toyotomi, the project was started because of new business the plant received and will begin supplying this month. 

  • Taking it one day at a time

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    William A. “Billy” Webb is a sick man, but he’s not letting the illness or stress bring him down. 

    The 62-year-old, who was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2011, is all smiles, even when recalling the worst moments of the cancer that affects him to this day.

    “It’s one disease you just deal with and go on,” Billy said, “and eventually it’ll do me in, but until then, I’m going to laugh.”