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  • Porter introduced as Sun sales rep

    The Springfield Sun is proud to welcome the newest member of its staff, Stacy Porter. 

    Porter, a native of Bardstown, is replacing Lizzy Haydon – who is now a full-time employee at The Kentucky Standard, – and will take over advertising sales at The Sun. 

    Porter said she’s excited to take on her responsibilities and feels the transition will be a smooth one.

  • Jones funeral set for Saturday

    A funeral service for a man who went missing in early July will be held this Saturday, nearly a month after his body was found.

    Robert “Bobby” Jones’ funeral is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Letcher County Independent Baptist Church.

    Jones and his girlfriend, Crystal Warner, both of Florence, Kentucky, first went missing on July 3.

  • Yates to spend 120 days in jail

    Frankie Yates, the Springfield woman accused of stealing money, goods and Wal-Mart gift cards from people across North America, was escorted out of the courtroom by security after her formal sentencing last week.

  • Suspected scam artists in area

    The Irish Gypsy Travelers may be a group of scam artists you’ve never heard of, but they’re currently operating in Washington County.

    According to Deputy Jackie Robinson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the group of scam artists has targeted several elderly people in the community and stolen thousands of dollars.

    He said they claim to be contractors and offer services that are not needed, do little or nothing and then demand payment.

  • Behind the Scenes ... of a band performance

    With a commanding roar of wind instruments and the ear-crushing crash of drums, the Washington County High School Marching Band could easily be called a force to be reckoned with. What few people realize – or fully appreciate – is the time and effort it takes for the students to put on an award-winning show.

    According to band director Scotty Burns, the 55-member band, which plays more than 10 different instruments, will perform its new and original show entitled “Disturbed,” this year.

  • Saylor, Hardesty appear in court last week

    An accused murderer and alleged sexual predator both appeared in Washington County Circuit Court on Aug. 31.

    Eric Saylor, 47, of Lancaster, entered the courtroom in shackles for a pretrial conference. Saylor is accused of shooting Shane E. Thomason at the Washington County Livestock Center on Feb. 1. The shooting occurred outside of the stockyard building during a cattle auction.  

    A bond hearing for Saylor was set for Oct. 12 and a jury trial was scheduled for March 6.

  • Mackville Harvest Homecoming Festival returns this Saturday

    When the Mackville Harvest Homecoming Festival was revived in 2013, it was the return of a long-beloved community event that had been dormant for eight years.

    This Saturday will mark the fourth year of the festival after its revival, and co-chair Amanda Preston hopes to see the popular celebration reach new heights again this year after seeing consistent growth in years past.

  • 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.