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Today's News

  • State-hired contractors begin cleanup

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The state of Kentucky awarded Hickey Enterprises, Inc. a contract to pickup and remove ice storm debris from state and county roads in Washington County. They were scheduled to start the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 18. As of Friday morning, they were yet to show up for work. A call Monday morning to Chad Filiatreau, transportation and engineering supervisor with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, revealed that Hickey was in the county and preparing to start work.

  • Chamber honors citizens for service to community

    Who ever said nice guys finish last and no good deed goes unpunished? Obviously someone forgot to tell that to a select group of Washington County residents who were recognized Wednesday evening for their service to the community by the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

    The guest speaker was Mitch Barnhart, director of athletics at the University of Kentucky. Barnhart addressed the crowd about the importance of leadership, being positive examples to today’s youth and offered some insightful and humorous information on the athletic programs at UK.

  • Debris in watersheds poses problems

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Last month’s ice storm may be water under the bridge, but there’s a whole lot of other stuff under county bridges that needs to be cleaned up. Debris from fallen trees, and in one case, a whole tree itself, have clogged many watersheds across Washington County. The Washington County Fiscal Court, with assistance from the Kentucky Natural Resources Conservation Service, recently met in an emergency session to pull the plug on mother nature’s wrath.

  • Guthrie visits St. Catharine College as he kicks off state education tour

    He was educated at the United States Military Academy at West Point, but Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) was in Springfield Wednesday for a refresher course of sorts at St. Catharine College.

    Guthrie kicked off his tour of higher education institutions at St. Catharine as he prepares for the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act.

  • Season over for Commanders

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    The Washington County Commanders closed out the 2008-09 basketball season Wednesday with a 34-21 loss to Bardstown in the first round of the 19th District Tournament. Bardstown will meet the winner of Thursday night’s game between Nelson County and Bethlehem in the district final on Saturday.

  • Commanderettes foul out in first round

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    The 2008-09 season came to an end for the Washington County Commanderettes Tuesday night as they fell to Bardstown 54-48 on their home court in the first round of the 19th District Tournament.

    Bardtown got off to a 6-0 start in the first quarter until WC junior Pooh Railey scored underneath to put the Commanderettes on the board. The Lady Tigers built a 10-4 lead on two shots from Dana Phillips. Shay Yocum got WC within four as the final seconds of the quarter ticked off.

  • Police increase school traffic patrol

    Stop means stop, and that’s what Springfield Police want you to understand.

    For the past three weeks, officer Charlie Osbourne has been stopping cars as they roll through stop signs on Springfield city streets each morning. Osbourne has been patrolling the intersection of West High Street and Locust Drive near St. Dominic School. He hasn’t issued a single ticket, but instead, wants to make drivers aware of the importance of safety for children in the area.

  • Future looks bright for local swimmers

    Special to the Sun

    Between them, Kate and Hannah Spaulding have six years left to swim. Right now, they’re just getting started.

    Bethlehem High School sophomore Kate Spaulding and St. Dominic eighth grader Hannah Spaulding recently smashed their records in their strongest events – the 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle.

  • Conference to showcase achievements

    Due to budget cuts at the Kentucky Department of AG, they will not have chemical for this year’s spray season. The chemical of course is 24D-A. Washington County has been participating with the Department of AG’s program for many years. With the last two years’ droughts, thistles will probably be a worse problem since they are very opportunistic. The Department of AG will however spray thistles as a custom service if farmers would like to contract with them. You can let us know if you are interested.  

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  • Starting seeds at home

    Now is the time to start seedlings such as broccoli and cabbage to be planted in the vegetable garden in late March. There are several techniques and rules that should be followed when starting seedlings so we will discuss a few of them now as a reminder.

    One rule of thumb to keep in mind when starting seedlings is that generally it takes six weeks for a seed to grow into a transplant ready for the garden.

    Ten things to keep in mind when starting seedlings are as follows: