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  • Springfield native left mark on WWII

    Growing up, Daniel McIlvoy struggled in school. He failed the fourth grade in his first go-around, and by the time he was in high school, he knew he’d had enough and dropped out.

    Only 17 at the time, he had to lie about his age in order to join the National Guard, which at the time was a cavalry unit. His unit was subsequently sent to Harlan County — then referred to as “Bloody Harlan” because of violent coal mine strikes in the early 1930s.

  • ‘It’s not going to be easy’

    Nick Schrager
    Sun Sports Writer

    In with a flash, the Washington County Commanders boys’ basketball team are tooling up to take on the district this season.

    Commanders head coach Bernard Smalley, who coached the Comanderettes for the last seven years, said the team, who is coming off a rough 3-22 season, will have to believe in themselves this year if they want to succeed.

    He said his four seniors will be leading the team this year.

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  • Archery team starts new year

    High school archery in Kentucky is now in its third year as a sanctioned sport, and for the first time, Washington County will be able to sport a team.

    WC had previously had individuals that were able to compete, but it was never able to field the required 12 members — at least four from each gender.

  • District hopeful of boosting scores

    Last month, The Sun reported that the overall accountability score for Washington County Schools following end-of-course testing dropped two points from the previous school year. This past week, Superintendent Robin Cochran and principals in the district discussed what’s being done to boost that score in 2014-15.

    Washington County posted a score of 66.1 in 2013-14, down from 68.2 the year before. While Cochran said the district is not pleased with the progress in some areas, a lot is being done to help prepare students going forward.

  • SPD look into WCMS incident

    Springfield Police reported responding to an incident at Washington County Middle School on Nov. 13 after an altercation between a fan and a basketball official.

    According to the incident report, Ofcs. Paul O’Bryan and Tony Golden responded to WCMS after a call came in shortly after 8 p.m. about a fight at the school.

    Upon their arrival, they were informed that a fan in attendance, David Alex Cambron, had hit referee Jay Mattingly. When the officers entered the gymnasium, they found Cambron being subdued by several men on the gym floor.

  • Washington County gets snow day waiver

    Washington County was one of 13 districts to receive special approval recently for a non-traditional instruction waiver to allow students to stay on top of their work, even when the weather keeps school from being in session.

    Washington County School Board applied for the waiver in August, and chose to ask for five of the 10 possible days to be used for what the district has coined “Commander Days.”

  • Schrager added to news team

    The Springfield Sun is welcoming a new member to its news team this week, with the addition of Nick Schrager as the publication’s new sports and news reporter.

    Schrager will be replacing John Overby, who is taking a reporter position at the Central Kentucky News Journal in Campbellsville.
    After spending his previous two years as a freelance sports writer for The Lebanon Enterprise, Schrager said he is ready to take on a role that encompasses more than just the sports beat.

  • Bus driver arrested for DUI

    Kentucky State Police report an arrest of a bus driver in Washington County for allegedly operating a motor  vehicle under the influence with more than 40 students on board.

    Holly M. Brown, 46, of Louisville, was arrested on Sunday after Post 15 of the Kentucky State Police receieved a call from an off duty Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy at 1:26 p.m.

    The deputy informed KSP that he had followed a charter bus that was traveling on the Bluegrass Parkway to EZ Stop on KY 555. He said he suspected that the driver was under the influence.