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Today's News

  • YMCA Basketball League

    The Wilderness Trace Family YMCA and Mercer County Youth Sports League are joining together to establish a fall basketball league.

    This league, for ages 7-18, will play games in the Central KY Youth Basketball Conference with Jessamine and Garrard counties.

    Registration starts July 31 and the deadline to sign up is Aug. 20. The season will start on Sept. 11.

    For information on cost and registration, call the YMCA at (859) 734-9622.

  • City looks at improvements at Idle Hour Park

    The Springfield City Council discussed several improvement projects at Idle Hour Park at its Tuesday night meeting. Park director Bernard Smalley said several of the light poles on the upper ball fields need to be rewired, while the lower softball field needs to be raised to alleviate a drainage problem. Public works director Glenn Mattingly said expansion of the concession stand needs to be looked at as well.

    Smalley said the city will host the District 5 Little League softball tournament in 2011, and these changes need to be made.

  • African-American Heritage Festival salutes Motown

    The streets of Springfield will be rockin’-and-a-rollin’ on Aug. 6 when the city hosts its 7th annual African-American Heritage Festival. This year, the event will honor two local men who were instrumental in bringing big stars to the area back in the 1960s.

  • Producers can apply for training, benefits

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announced that it has certified a petition for asparagus and catfish under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers Program. Beginning June 25, 2010, U.S. asparagus and catfish producers nationwide will have 90 days to apply for training and benefits.

  • Social news and events

    ENGAGEMENTS

    Parrott-Saucedo

    Melissa Ann Parrott and Juan Saucedo

    Abell and Pam Parrott of Springfield announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Ann Parrott to Juan Saucedo, son of Ma Manuela Escalante and Juan Saucedo.

    The wedding will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Springfield.

    The reception will follow at St. Dominic Parish Center.

    All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

    Spalding-Ison

  • Bacterial wilt showing up in gardens

    There are a few problems that have been showing up in gardens lately, specifically cucurbits.  This includes cucumber, squash, and melons.  Bacterial wilt is showing up sporadically, and I am sure it’s going to hit many of you who have cucurbits in the next few weeks.  Bacterial wilt causes plants to wilt slowly over a few days; they freshen up at night and then wilt during the day, and eventually wilt and die.  The problem is a bacteria that enters the plant and blocks the flow of water and nutrients.

  • Blue mold risk low for Kentucky

    Continued hot and dry weather should help keep blue mold out of Kentucky. Forecasters at North Carolina State University project a low risk to our area from the currently known sources of disease in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Even though the threat of blue mold is low now, keeping an eye out is never a bad idea when it comes to this disease. Historically, the first cases of blue mold have been reported in late June through mid-July, and our status could change should cool and wet conditions occur later on.

  • Local restaurant goes smoke free

    These days, the only smoke you’ll find in Cecconi’s Restaurant in Springfield is coming off the grill. That’s because co-owner Vhonda Barlow decided to make the business smoke-free on July 6. Barlow said the move has generated some talk, but for the most part, the feedback has been positive.

  • Free Golf for Juniors 18 and Under

    From July 6 - 31, any player age 18 or under may play a free round and hit balls free on the driving range at any Kentucky State Park golf course when accompanied by a paying adult. Carts are not included.

    For more information, contact Lincoln Homestead Golf Course at (859) 336-7461.

     

  • From Left Field

    Going... Going... LeBron

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    If you follow sports with any regularity, then you know that much speculation has been surrounding where free agent Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James would end up. After all of the media hype, James signed with the Miami Heat.

    While “King James” may be a talented athlete, and his status as the premiere player in the NBA commands attention, I think I speak for many of us who just want to say, ‘So what?’