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Today's News

  • Fields receives DEKALB award

    Amber Renee Fields of Washington County High School was recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.

    Fields, the daughter of Ricky and Fran Fields of Springfield, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Her significant experiences and accomplishments have included Chapter President and Regional Vice President of FFA and has been accepted at University of Kentucky College of Ag with a major in agricultural biotechnology.

  • Public library's summer reading program is off and reading!

    The Washington County Public Library kicked off its 2009 summer reading program on Tuesday, June 2. The summer reading program offers something for all ages, with programs for all ages. Programs for ages 3-8 will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m., and from 6-7 p.m. (please pick one). Programs for Tweens will be on Thursdays at 1 p.m., and for teens, Thursdays at 3 p.m. Adult progams will also be available, including one on July 13 when Sue Massek, a member of the Reel World String Band, will perform on guitar and banjo starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Simpsons fans, stamp collectors seek Springfield post mark

    Springfield Postmaster Trae Purdom didn’t expect to get such a workout when the U.S. Postal Service began its promotion of their new postage stamps featuring characters from The Simpsons on May 7. The result of the new campaign is a tidal wave of mail pouring into the post office seeking a special Simpsons postmark, a postmark that must be canceled by hand.

    “The Simpsons stamps have been popular, and I think because we are a Springfield, I believe I’ve canceled at least 2,000 letters,” Purdom said.

  • Mackville community hosts first-ever state-sanctioned horse pull

    Mackville Community Center and the Mackville Lions Club sponsored their “first-time ever” horse pull on Saturday, May 30. The weather cooperated nicely and 22 teams of horses came to pull from all over the state. The pull was sanctioned by the Bluegrass Horse Pulling Association, which sanctions horse pulls over Kentucky during the summer. The finals are held at the Kentucky State Fair. An association representative said this was one of the largest pulls that would be held before the finals at the state fair.

  • 17 young ladies seek Junior Miss crown Saturday

    When the contestants of this year’s Washington County Junior Miss take the stage Saturday night, the group will be one of the largest ever to compete for the title. Seventeen young ladies will seek the 2010 Washington County Junior Miss crown at the WCHS gymnasium starting at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are on sale at all local banks for $7 each before the show. Tickets will also be available the night of the competition for $8 each.

    For the complete story, as well as photos and good-luck ads, see this week's Springfield Sun!

  • 2009 Commander Football Camp

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    Washington County High School was the scene last week for the 2009 Commander Football Camp. WCHS head football Mark Perry and his staff instructed area youths age 8-13 in the basic fundamentals of offense and defense. While game strategy was discussed, some emphasis was also placed on getting into shape and building strength and endurance.

    For more, see this week's Springfield Sun.

  • County is home to certified farm markets

    Washington County is home to three of the 92 markets across the state that are members of the 2009 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. The Washington County Certified Roadside Market members are: Flaggy Meadow Fiber Works & Sunshine Alpacas of Kentucky, Maple Hill Manor and St. Catherine Farm. In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers.

  • Softball tourney benefits Relay

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    The softball field at Burg Park got its share of action this past weekend as several local teams gathered for a tournament to benefit the Washington County Relay for Life.

    Finishing in first place was Buzzard Roost. Second place went to Sac and Sons Kentucky Wreckers. Rounding out the top three was Merchants Micken.

    With a sunny sky and a comfortable temperature, it was a perfect day to be out on the diamond raising money for Relay.

     

  • Grand jury indicts six

    Six people were indicted last week by a Washington County grand jury, and two of them were separate incidents, both involving the rape of a minor.

    Paul Mattingly, 38, of 152 Hill Top Street in Springfield, was charged with one count of rape 1st degree (Class A Felony) and one count of sex abuse 1st degree (Class C Felony).

    According to court records, Mattingly allegedly had sexual intercourse with and subjected a female less than 12 years old to sexual contact on or about March 3, 2009 in Washington County.

  • LL baseball regular season winds down

     By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Sports Writer

    As the last Little League baseball games are set to be played this Thursday, other leagues are just getting underway at Idle Hour Park in Springfield.

    The 11-12-year-old Reds captured the league championship with wins over the Red Sox and Mets last week, finishing with an 8-2 record over the second-place Mets, who finished 5-5.

    Things are still up for grabs in the 9-10-year-old league, where the Reds hold a one-game lead over the Cubs with two games remaining on each team’s schedule.