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Today's News

  • Clubs gear up for new memberships

    4-H project clubs are gearing up this month to accept new membership. Now is the time for youth who are interested in a project club to join because several have membership deadlines and fall events in which new members should participate.

    The first one coming up this month is the 4-H Spurs and Furs Club. This club is for youth interested in rabbits or poultry. The club will meet on Tuesday, Oct . 21, 6:30 p.m. at the extension office. The club meets monthly and recently sponsored an open rabbit and poultry show during the Crossroads Harvest Festival.

  • Going down: Gas prices continue to fall locally

    Consumers have become accustomed to seeing gas prices on the move, but that move is usually up instead of down. Lately, however, as oil prices have dropped to around $80 per barrel, gas has also dropped, and for the first time in as much as a year, local gas prices have fallen below $3 per gallon.

    Local merchants selling gas say it’s a simple case of supply and demand. Greg Simms, owner of the BP station on Lincoln Park Road in Springfield, said he has seen demand for gas dropping in recent months.

  • Register now for Safe Night

    “Toon In to Safe Night” will be the theme for this year’s Safe Night Washington County program. This is the 10th year for the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition to sponsor a night where young people can come to have fun in a safe place with no weapons, no arguments, no drugs and alcohol.

    Safe Night Washington County will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Washington County Elementary School for fourth and fifth graders. The event will run through 9:30 p.m.

  • Advantages of Bt corn continue to grow

    Over the past 12 years, corn growers have enjoyed lower populations of once troublesome insects and lower yield losses thanks to Bt corn, said Ric Bessin, entomologist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • Commanderettes face E-Town in regional on Monday

    The Washington County Commanderette volleyball team will participate in the 17th Regional Tournament at Central Hardin High School on Monday evening. They will face Elizabethtown in the first round at 6 p.m.

    The team lost 0-2 to Nelson County Tuesday night in the 5th District Tournament in Bardstown to finish second in the district. Pick up The Springfield Sun on Wednesday for highlights and photos.

  • Local library has big day at Lexington surplus sale

    September 20 was a big day for the Washington County Library. In fact, it was a day that brought about $8,000 worth of materials to the library at no cost.

    Washington County Public Library Director Joy Wandrey received an e-mail early on the morning of Friday, Sept. 19, informing her that the Lexington Public Library would be having a sale of equipment no longer used there. The e-mail featured a list of several items, but she was informed that other items would also be available.

  • From Left Field

    Armchair heroes

    It’s no secret that guys like sports, and when it comes to their favorite team or team they are cheering for at the time, sometimes little things happen that make you wonder if the universe is all cosmically connected.

  • Make your own compost and help the environment

    Have drought, wind, gas prices, economy, politics and the coming of fall got you down? You aren’t alone. So why not start thinking about compost. Yes, that’s right, compost. Why not? It will get your mind off of the many things you can’t do anything about. So, why not do something good for the environment and your garden and start a compost pile. Most people have leaves and dead plants this time of year and probably more so this year due to the drought and wind storm of late.

  • Drought will cost local farmers millions

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Back-to-back years of drought will end up costing Washington County farmers millions of dollars, not only in loss of crops or livestock, but also in costs to get parched acreage back into production, this according to Rick Greenwell, Washington County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

  • 4-H'ers win ribbons at Kentucky State Fair

    Washington County 4-H members had outstanding representation at this year’s Kentucky State Fair. Besides entering 4-H projects and showing various livestock, Washington County also took an active leadership role by providing the hosts for Cloverville one day.

    Volunteer teen and adult leaders helped state fair goers locate 4-H projects and be familiar with Cloverville which is the mock town that Kentucky 4-H uses to showcase all of the 4-H projects entered at the state fair.