• I’m going to turn 51 in October. That may sound old to some people, but I’m a spring chicken in the prime of my life. That’s what my 82-year-old daddy tells me every time we talk about age. He wouldn’t lie.

    You may doubt this, but I do all kinds of exercise because I’m still in the Army Reserve. I’ll have you know that I beat most everyone in my unit in the two-mile run. Of course my unit is a division headquarters where men less than 55 are called “sonny”.

  • Dear Editor,

    The Public Notice – 2008-09 Proposed Tax Rate Hearing, is Sept. 4, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Office, 120 Mackville Hill, Springfield to hear public comments regarding a proposed general fund tax levy of 52 cents on real property and 52 cents on personal property. This is the amount they are asking for, and will get if there is no question or opposition to the request.

    The 2008 tax levied was 50.8 cents, which costs us 50 cents on $100, on everything.

    After the fact people had questions and said they didn’t know about it.

  • Will you vote Nov. 4? Within 11 weeks we will have another presidential election, deciding the direction of our country and the influences it will have on the world. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that less than 64 percent of registered voters actually voted in the 2004 election, or six out of every 10 registered voters. The numbers decrease as the elections become more intimate at the state, county and city levels. Why so few? Can our vote make a difference?

  • By Lauren White

    Washington County High School Senior

    As the program that I have anticipated for a year draws to a close, I can’t help but feel a bit of sorrow.

  • By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    I’m a sports fan, and there’s no questioning that.

    I can sit and watch any team play baseball, basketball or football, regardless of whether I have an interest in them prior to tuning in to the game. It’s just one of those things where I love to see a good contest between two teams decided on the field of play, with nothing but the skills of the individuals playing the game to decide its outcome.

  • By Diane Casey-Landry

    Guest Columnist

    Headlines can be misleading, and in a time of financial crisis, that can make matters worse.

    Pick up a paper, or listen to the quick bursts of news on TV or radio, and what you get are reports of a subprime crisis, a “banking” crisis and market turmoil. That’s only intensified on the rare occasion that a bank fails.

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

    We learn best, not from what we are told, but from what we have lived. We appreciate and treasure least, what we have in abundance. Here’s a story that might surprise you. I hope you make it to the end.

    China is in all the news these days with the Olympics now in full swing. I love watching the Olympics. The sheer variety of sports, competition and nonstop action lures in even us with little athletic ability. But I have a different story I wanted to tell you about. It’s on China itself.

  • Dear Editor,

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist


    “I want to die in my sleep like grandpa did. Not screaming and hollering like all the riders in his car.”

    Bumper Sticker

    Everyone has at least one personal “button” that can be pushed to guarantee instant explosive “fireworks”. Most of the time the person pushing the “button” does it innocently enough but the result is still the same.

    Do you know what my button is?

  • By Jennifer Corbett

    Sun Summer Intern

    It’s August now, and students across the country are preparing to start school. As they start a new chapter in their life, I’m closing one of mine.

    Since May, I’ve been interning at The Lebanon Enterprise and The Springfield Sun. It’s crazy thinking back to my first day in my apartment.

  • Dear editor,

    I wanted to share an issue that has been irritating a lot of teenagers around Springfield. We recently lost our right to sit around and hang out in our own town. I don’t understand why it is such a big deal if we sit in town on the weekends. I understand that people were leaving their trash in the parking lots, but if people would agree not to litter, then we should get our old freedom back.

  • Our local 11-12-year-old boys all-star team visited the Pleasure Ridge Park High School Sports Complex July 19-23 and competed against very strong teams from Nelson, Boyd, and Monroe counties at the Kentucky State Tournament.

    Though their 1-2 record did not make them eligible for the semi-finals, we missed going to the semi-final game by only six runs given in the Nelson county game. Not making the semi-finals was a heart-breaker, but I and many others who watched the all-stars play saw that they as a team did not give up.

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

    You never know what kind of person you are until something incredibly bad happens. It’s how you react to what happens that reveals how deep your strength is. Sometimes, what you bring to light in these terrible times will inspire people you don’t even know.

    I heard this story and believe it to be true. It’s regarding the recent accident involving Thomas Riney.

  • Editor’s Note:

    The following letter was submitted to Patsy Lester, chair of the Washington County School Board, in support of Mr. Robert Stafford, the new superintendent of Washington County Schools. The letter is being printed here to show the quality of the candidate our local school system has received in the hiring of Stafford. The letter was written by Mark W. Cleveland, superintendent of Owen County Schools and Stafford’s former employer.

    Dear Ms. Lester,

  • While sitting at my desk recently, a few things crossed my mind. Some are important, some maybe not so much. Still, they were on my mind, and I think I’ll share.

    • A terrible thing happened to Justin Hatchett on June 18, when the recent Washington County High School graduate was injured in a tractor accident on his family’s farm. Hatchett remains hospitalized at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. He has been through numerous surgeries and taken more than 60 units of blood during his stay.

  • By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    While sitting at my desk recently, a few things crossed my mind. Some are important, some maybe not so much. Still, they were on my mind, and I think I’ll share.

  • By Stevie L. Daugherty

    Guest Columnist

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

    18 Years.

    I believe that’s how long it’s been since Washington County fielded a team of 11- and 12-year-old boys in the Kentucky Little League tourney. But an incredible group of youth has broken that drought this year. They will play their first game in these state playoffs this coming Saturday in Louisville.

  • By Jennifer Corbett

    Summer Intern

    On June 25, horror swept through the town of Henderson, Ky., after a shooting took place at Atlantis Plastics leaving five dead, including the gunman, Wesley N. Higdon.

    Now, almost three weeks later, WHAS 11 has reported that the video has surfaced due to a Freedom of Information Act filed by the Associated Press.

    The video WHAS 11 showed was edited, and the main things I saw on T.V. were Higdon walking around Atlantis Plastics with a gun in his hand and an employee calling 911.

  • By Jeff D'Alesio

    Guest Columnist

    The conversation lasted no more than two minutes between three friends.

    One in the group had learned earlier that high school friends had had a death in their family: Their 12-year-old son.

    A healthy, sports loving child never woke up.

    A snap of a finger and life turns tragic.

    It would be insulting to those parents who have lost a child, particularly at such a young age, to try and express that I know how they feel. I don’t and pray that I never do.