Today's News

  • Shop smart at your farmers market

    Farmers markets are flourishing.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 5,000 exist today.  Chances are, one is located in your neck of the woods.

    Many of Kentucky’s popular “homegrown” offerings become available this month as markets around the state open for the 2010 season.  An hour perusing the stalls at your local market is a fun way to spend a morning, and the bonus is flavorful food straight from the garden to the table.

    Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your trip to the market.

  • Growers defend their work providing grain for livestock, ethanol

    As corn growers nationwide, and in Kentucky, are lining up beside livestock producers to defend livestock on many fronts, the American Meat Institute (AMI) is lining up beside anti-agriculture activist groups to fight against corn and ethanol.  AMI’s members include the major meat processors, with several in Kentucky.

  • Candidates seek seat in District 2 magistrate's race

    Four Democratic candidates will seek the seat of magistrate in District 2 in the May 18 primary election. The winner from that race will meet the lone Republican candidate in the general election in November. Benjamin Settles is the incumbent in District 2, and is seeking re-election.

    Now that he is nearing the end of his first term, Settles is hoping that voters will look at his proven track record of trying to save the county money while also tackling important issues in the county.

  • County revisits community clean-up

    Although a plan is currently in place to help with the problem of bulky item disposal in Washington County, county officials say there might be alternatives for future pick-ups. But in the meantime, some residents are finding their own ways of ridding themselves of bulky items, and those items don’t always find their way to the county’s CD&D transfer station.

  • Local pastor hospitalized following motorcycle accident

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    A Washington County pastor is listed in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit of University Hospital in Louisville following a motorcycle accident Tuesday. John McDaniel, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Springfield, sustained multiple injuries. Further information is unavailable at this time. For more on this story, see the April 14 issue of The Springfield Sun.

  • Flushing the fire hydrants

    You’ve probably driven down the street and seen water standing everywhere and wondered why those fire hydrants have been running wild. If so, you’re not alone.

    There are more than 100 fire hydrants in Washington County, and to keep them operating properly, every one of them has to be flushed out at least twice per year.

  • Managing deer issues in fields

    Every year deer cause $10,000 or more worth of damage to crops and yards.  You may find this information from Dr. Tom Barnes, UK College of AG Wildlife specialist, helpful.  

  • Introduced plants can have negative impact

    Most of us have heard the phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  You can apply this adage to your landscape just as easily as you can apply it to your attic.  It may surprise you to learn some flowers and landscape plants you find attractive are actually weeds that can have a negative economic impact on the environment.

  • Patriot softball goes 5-1

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    “We’ve definitely been playing a lot better than what we’ve been playing in the past few weeks,” said Patriot head coach Holly Smith. “We’ve been able to get runners on and able to score, and our defense has picked it up quite a bit.”

    SCC started the week with a pair at Midway College on April 1, winning 2-1 and 8-6. Freshman pitcher Ashley Hardin took the mound for the Patriots in the first game, giving up seven hits over eight innings.

  • Commanders riding a roller coaster of wins and losses

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    Sometimes baseball is a game of streaks, and at other times baseball is a proverbial roller coaster of wins and losses. That’s how the season has gone for the Washington County baseball Commanders lately as they have ridden the thrill ride of peaks and valleys since their win over Hart County on March 26.

    Starting with that game, it’s been win, loss, win, loss, win, loss for WC. With a spring break trip to Florida fast approaching, the Commanders were hoping to put an end to the start/stop rhythm of their season.