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Today's News

  • Free meals coming to high school students

    Students at Washington County High School and Commander Academy will soon have the option of receiving a hot meal at no cost.

    Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran said the high school and academy will join Washington County Elementary School, Washington County Middle School and North Washington School this fall in the Community Eligibility Provision program. The program is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and schools are reimbursed for providing breakfast and lunch free of charge.

  • Former councilman passes away

    Johnnie Hardin, a long-serving Springfield City Councilman, has passed away.

    Hardin passed away June 15 at the Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Lexington. He’s known for his time on the Springfield City Council, as well as spending more than 50 years in the grocery business here.

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield remembered Hardin as a dedicated soul who loved the city and the people he served. 

  • Keene has umpired for over 30 years

    For many, baseball is a hobby. People who love baseball will do anything to be around it, regardless of whether it puts them on the field or in the stands. This is exactly why Felix Keene became a Little League umpire more than 30 years ago.

    “It’s always been a hobby of mine,” he said. “I played all sports growing up, but baseball was my main one.”

  • All-Stars begins June 22

    With summer in full swing, many Little League All-Star tournaments are starting to get underway. Washington County will not only participate in these tournaments, but will also host one this year.

    Starting tomorrow through Sunday, Little League softball players from ages 9-12 will compete in the District 5 Little League tournament at Idle Hour Park. The tournament will see Washington, Adair, Russell and Marion county 9/10 and 11/12-year-old teams compete over three days leading up to the championship games on June 25.

  • 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.”

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Learning the game

    Young boys and girls interested in golf got the chance to test and improve their skills last week at Lincoln Homestead State Park.

    A junior golf clinic was held June 5-8 for boys and girls between the ages of 12-14 at the golf course. Park Manager Bobby Bartholomai said he started the clinic to give kids the chance to get out on the course to play golf and help them improve their skillsets.

    “We do it every year, I try to do it right after they get out of school,” Bartholomai said. “Normally the first full week of June.”

  • Spaulding umpires for the love of the game

    Baseball is a tough and demanding sport, and many are passionate in their love for the game. While some devote their time to playing on the field, others offer their services in other ways, such as coaching and officiating. This is what Joey Spalding, the vice president and loan officer at Springfield State Bank, has devoted his free time to since the early 2000s.

    “I’ve been around baseball a long time,” Spalding said.

  • Training to Protect and Serve

    It was like something that came straight out of someone’s worst nightmare.

    Springfield K-9 officer Nick Holmes carefully made his way into a nondescript building and through the halls with his patrol rifle. Step by step, he tiptoed around the body of a victim as the loud crack of gunshots echoed from deeper within, getting louder with each passing breath.

    Without warning, a woman who came running for help was grabbed across the chest by a gunman and used as a human shield.