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Today's News

  • Homestead exemption means tax savings for seniors

    New Washington County Property Valuation Administrator Fran Carrico has some great news for seniors in the county who own their own home. Through Section 170 of the Kentucky Constitution, an exemption will allow those who qualify to deduct $33,700 from the assessed value of their home, which means lower property taxes.

  • ‘Real Life’ basketball league looking for players

    Special to the Sun

    An exciting sporting event for men is beginning in Springfield. It is an opportunity for men to get together and play some basketball, as well as a chance for men to be strengthened as they are together in a social, respectful and competitive environment. The Real Life Basketball League is for any male 18 years and older.

  • Reduce your pasture expenses

    Reducing pasture expenses can help your bottom line.  But don’t try to starve a profit from pastures or livestock.  Sometimes you need to invest.  This spring, invest in legumes.

    Spring-like weather in February should get you looking forward to next growing season. I’ sure one thing you won’t look forward to, though, is paying for nitrogen fertilizer on your pastures.

  • Baseball, softball begin March 23 for WC teams

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    Mother Nature hasn’t been nice to Springfield so far in 2009, but that’s not going to stop the Washington County baseball and softball teams from taking the field next Monday.

    Coach Derek Schuler’s Commanders open the season March 23 on the road against North Hardin, who is coming off a 5-21 season. Washington County finished 10-18 last year, but Schuler says that if things fall into place, the Commanders could do well this year.

  • Tap, bottled water both have benefits

    Water is a vital part of our lives; so it’s no surprise that it is also a big business.  The big debate is whether tap or bottled water is better for you.  The short answer is each has benefits.

    However, sales of bottled water have tripled over the last 10 years. Some believe this is due to marketing ploys; it’s hard to tell if it really is better for you than just plain tap water.  In fact, 25 percent of bottled water is taken directly from the same reservoirs where we get our tap water.

  • AFC approves agriculture loans for projects

    The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation (KAFC), chaired by Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, approved $356,044 in agricultural loans for projects across the Commonwealth during their Board Meeting on Friday, March 6 in Frankfort.

    At the March meeting applicants from the following counties were approved for the Agricultural Infrastructure Loan Program (AILP), the Beginning Farmer Loan Program (BFLP), or the Large/Food Animal Veterinary Loan Program (LAVLP).

    Adair County (AILP)

    Hancock County (BFLP)

    Logan County (AILP)

  • Social news and events

    BIRTHS

    Luttrell: It's a girl!

    Austyn Elaine Luttrell

    Charles and  Emily Luttrell of Mackville announce the birth of their daughter at 9:31 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2008 at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

    Austyn Elaine Luttrell weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches in length.

    Besore: It's a girl!

    Jillian Moran Besore

    Lauren and Jeremy Besore of Louisville announce the birth of their daughter on December 5, 2008, at Norton Suburban Hospital in Louisville.  

  • Up, up and away to Springfield

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The recent winter ice storm and the wind storm that followed left a lot of interesting things lying around in local yards. While most debris consisted of downed limbs and the occasional piece of litter, one wouldn't expect to find a plastic card attached to a balloon that traveled 160 miles over three months.

  • Producers may request assistance

    Agriculture producers who suffered damage as a result of the January 2009 Ice Storm may request cost-share assistance from USDA to rehabilitate damaged Farmlands. The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), provides cost-share assistance when disaster damage is so severe that recovery without Federal Assistance is unlikely. Requests for assistance will be accepted at the local FSA Service Center  from Feb. 10 to April 12, 2009.

  • SCC softball wins seven of eight

    SCC Sports Information

    The St. Catharine College softball team is on a roll. Holly Smith’s nine had a busy week with eight games, coming away victorious in seven of those contests.

    “We are hitting the ball well, and when we hit the ball we play well in all other areas,” said Smith, whose team is now 9-5 for the season. “I am still shuffling a lot of players in and out to see who our hitters are and what role everyone belongs in.”