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Today's News

  • Returning the Favor to help those in need

    Returning the Favor is back again to help those in need have a merry Christmas.

    According to Sherry Speakman, of the Willisburg Church of God, the program provides gift cards to needy families so they can have a Christmas dinner. She said the program has started off on the right foot this year.

     “We’ve got $360.65 leftover from last year, and one $40 gift card that no one cashed in,” Speakman said. “

  • School district looking for bus drivers

    If you have a commercial driver’s license, the Washington County Board of Education is looking for drivers. 

    According to the district’s Transportation Director, Paul Terrell, they have several drivers who could retire in the near future and the district is building a pool of substitutes they can pick from when that time comes. 

    “I would like to have six who would say, when an opening comes available, ‘I would take the position,’” Terrell said. 

  • Feeding those in need

    For the last two years, Washington County Community Action and local volunteers have been giving their time with Feeding America to help feed hungry families in the county.

    “I think that helping each other and being kind to one another is vitally important,” Cabrina Buckman, an organizer, said. “It improves our society and it enriches lives.”

    On the Thursday of the second full week of each month, cars line up behind the Washington County Transfer Station to receive boxes of food assembled by the volunteers.

  • Saying goodbye to a hero

    Bryan Kelty was not unlike a lot of young people. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and he loved to laugh and joke. His uncle, Mike Kelty, described him as somebody who was passionate about everything he did.

    Last Sunday morning, Bryan, 24, passed away unexpectedly.

    “He was getting up to go hunting. The alarm went off, and his mom went in to check on him, and she asked him if he was going hunting. He said, ‘Yes, I think I will.’ Then he went into the bathroom to get ready, and he collapsed,” Mike said.

  • Brothers indicted for drugs

     

    Correction: Two errors appeared on the front page of The Springfield Sun this week. This story incorrectly says that Sean D. Carney, 45, of Willisburg, was charged with trafficking marijuana 80 ounces to less than 5 pounds.  It should say 8 ounces to less than five pounds.

  • City and county prepare for winter storms

    After the long dog days of summer, fall has finally arrived, and along with it, thoughts of the winter ahead.

    Springfield and Washington County have been hard at work preparing for the inevitable winter weather that causes grief for travelers each year.

    Springfielf Public Works Director Glen Mattingly said it usually take around a week for the city to prepare for winter.

  • Washington County native publishes book

    Whether you call him William, Duke, or Kenny, one thing’s for sure, this Washington County native has just published a book and he’ll be coming home for a book signing.

    William K. Haydon, of St. Louis, Missouri, has just published the book entitled “Uncle Duke Gathers his Wits or Truths or Heresies.”

    “I used to be Kenny, in Springfield,” Haydon said. “Then I became Duke … that’s the way most everybody knows me, and then I put W.K. on the title of the book.”

  • Basketball seasons set to tip off

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  • Mental illness-related calls keep police busy

    Mental illness is a problem that has exploded across the country and is affecting law enforcement in Washington County.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said the problem uses a lot of resources and has become more common recently. The biggest problem, he said, is people reporting things that they think are happening, but really aren’t.

  • Two injured in house explosion

    Two people were hospitalized and a house destroyed after an explosion rocked the outskirts of Willisburg last week.

    According to Jessie Carney, chief of the Willisburg Fire Department, the house explosion, which occurred at 1821 Lawrenceburg Road, happened at approximately 8 p.m. on Nov. 7.