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Today's News

  • All-Stars begins June 22

    With summer in full swing, many Little League All-Star tournaments are starting to get underway. Washington County will not only participate in these tournaments, but will also host one this year.

    Starting tomorrow through Sunday, Little League softball players from ages 9-12 will compete in the District 5 Little League tournament at Idle Hour Park. The tournament will see Washington, Adair, Russell and Marion county 9/10 and 11/12-year-old teams compete over three days leading up to the championship games on June 25.

  • Keene has umpired for over 30 years

    For many, baseball is a hobby. People who love baseball will do anything to be around it, regardless of whether it puts them on the field or in the stands. This is exactly why Felix Keene became a Little League umpire more than 30 years ago.

    “It’s always been a hobby of mine,” he said. “I played all sports growing up, but baseball was my main one.”

  • 6/21 Briefs

    Ongoing

    Summer Feeding Program

  • A good man

    Every now and then someone dies in a community and it’s never quite the same.

    Johnnie Hardin was one of those people. 

    He was more than a man who spent a lifetime in the grocery business.

    Mr. Hardin was a much beloved part of this small town community.

    He was in my dad’s highest words of praise, “a good man.“

    Here’s a little story that to me sort of sums up the type of life that Mr. Hardin lived.

    It was about 50 years ago.  

  • Sansbury has new administrator

    The Sansbury Care Center recently welcomed a new member to its staff. 

    Pamela Brooks, the center’s new administrator. She said she was very pleased and honored with the opportunity to join Sansbury and is looking forward to serving its residents and the surrounding community.

    “I’m very blessed to have gotten this position here at Sansbury,” she said.

  • Toyotomi completes expansion phase

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    Toyotomi is nearing the end of a three-year project, but it isn’t quite through just yet.

    The Springfield manufacturer, which was incorporated in 1998 and began production in 2000, recently completed another part of its expansion project and will add more jobs in the community.

    According to Craig Miller, the vice president of administration at Toyotomi, the project was started because of new business the plant received and will begin supplying this month. 

  • Taking it one day at a time

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    William A. “Billy” Webb is a sick man, but he’s not letting the illness or stress bring him down. 

    The 62-year-old, who was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2011, is all smiles, even when recalling the worst moments of the cancer that affects him to this day.

    “It’s one disease you just deal with and go on,” Billy said, “and eventually it’ll do me in, but until then, I’m going to laugh.”

  • Former councilman passes away

    Johnnie Hardin, a long-serving Springfield City Councilman, has passed away.

    Hardin passed away June 15 at the Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Lexington. He’s known for his time on the Springfield City Council, as well as spending more than 50 years in the grocery business here.

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield remembered Hardin as a dedicated soul who loved the city and the people he served. 

  • Free meals coming to high school students

    Students at Washington County High School and Commander Academy will soon have the option of receiving a hot meal at no cost.

    Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran said the high school and academy will join Washington County Elementary School, Washington County Middle School and North Washington School this fall in the Community Eligibility Provision program. The program is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and schools are reimbursed for providing breakfast and lunch free of charge.

  • Sharpshooters compete

    The 4-H Sharpshooters Club members their coaches and parents have been busy these last couple of weekends hosting their annual invitational tournaments.  The first tournament was held at Hahn’s Trap Range in Chaplin and the second was held at the Mercer County Fish and Game Club.  Congratulations to our 4-H members who not only worked the tournaments, but also participated.  Below are the results of these tournaments.