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Today's News

  • City accepts $3.5 million budget

    The Springfield City Council held the second reading of the 2009-10 budget ordinance on Tuesday morning. With Mayor John Cecconi and council member John Hardin absent, council member Paul Borders was appointed mayor pro tem and called the meeting to order.

    The budget passed 4-1, as Borders, Mike Elliott, Willie Ellery and Carolyn Hardin voted in favor, while Debbie Wakefield was the only dissenting vote. She declined to comment following the meeting.

    See the complete story in this week's Springfield Sun!

  • Watch for beetles, plant diseases

    The Japanese beetles are back!  The last few years they haven’t been as bad because of natural diseases that have built up over time since they moved in as well as trouble they have had lately in hard droughty soils.

  • Fentress comes back as interim superintendent

    Less than a year after the Washington County School Board hired a new superintendent, the search is about to begin again. And this time, just like the last time, a familiar face will fill the vacant seat temporarily.

  • Farmers' market jamboree, concert in park highlight weekend

    Nothing to do this weekend? Bored and have no plans? That’s all about to change!

    This is a busy weekend in Springfield, and there’s something for just about everyone starting Friday evening and continuing into Saturday night.

  • 4-H members participate in state horse events

    The Kentucky 4-H State Horse Events were held in Lexington on June 9 and 10.  Each year, hundreds of 4-H horse project members from across the state compete in the two-day event.

    Three Washington Co. 4-H Young Riders members, Brittany Wells, Brandon Wells and Tyler Adams, participated in this year’s event.  

  • Times are tough for small dairies

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Whoever said that there's no crying over spilled milk obviously wasn't a diary farmer. As prices for wholesale milk continue to fall, small dairy farmers are literally trying to squeeze out every drop they can in order to meet their profit margin.

    Washington County Extension Agent Rick Greenwell said he has never seen it this bad. When he first started working for the extension agency, there were approximately 135 dairy farms in the county. That number dropped to 88 dairies in 1988. The number today is just a fraction of that.

  • Free, low-cost prescription drug plans available for low-income

    Between 2000 and 2007, 44 to 54 million Americans did not have health care insurance.  Still others have health insurance, but have increased their out-of-pocket costs in order to reduce monthly premiums, and as a result, cannot afford potentially lifesaving drugs. Several free and low-cost prescription drug programs exist for low-income individuals under the age of 65, especially if they do not have health insurance.

  • UK field day is July 23

    It’s time for the biennial showcase in Princeton of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s latest research and extension work - work that is not only conducted on its western Kentucky research station, but throughout the entire college. This year’s event is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT Thursday, July 23 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.

  • 2009 Commanderette softball awards

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    The Washington County Commanderettes softball team recently held their annual awards banquet. Awards were handed out for the 2009 season.

    Pooh Railey was named the team’s MVP. She led the squad in batting average (.441), slugging (.673), RBI (27) and tied with Olivia Thompson for doubles (9).

    Amber Taylor was chosen by her teammates to receive the Commanderette Award. Taylor also received the senior academic award.

  • WCHS Summer Baseball Camp

    The baseball coaching staff at Washington County High School will conduct a summer baseball camp June 22-24 at Tom Bystrek Field at Idle Hour Park.

    Campers will receive instructions through lectures, drills and simulated game situations.

    For more information or to register, call WCHS head baseball coach Derek Schuler at (502) 639-2617.