• By Governor Steve Beshear
    You teach in a small community and suspect a student is being abused.

    You want to report it, but you fear retaliation.
    Can you come forward without the newspaper naming you as the accuser?
    Or maybe you’re a grandmother. You worry about the man your daughter is living with, in fact you’re afraid of him. But you love your grandchildren, and you think they’re being neglected.

  • Although the Republicans have been going at it for several months, we are not yet into the heat of the presidential race, and already some Christians are praying for the early demise of President Obama.

    When I say, “demise,” I mean death.
    At least that’s the implication of the recent email sent by Mike O’Neal, the Republican speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives.  That email followed a previous one in which O’ Neal had referred to Michelle Obama as “Mrs. Yomama.”

  • As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I have voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and participated in dozens of hearings that revealed astronomical costs, billion-dollar slush funds, and countless other negative consequences of the health care law.

  • We are now a quarter way through session.  Bills are flowing through the committee process and arriving on the Senate floor for consideration before the entire chamber.

    Three bills won passage this week and will now head to the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 55 allows for interstate mutual aid agreements among first-responders and other emergency response personnel. That is to say, that if an emergency occurs near local or state borders, emergency personnel can respond regardless of their home base.


    By Amanda Cox

    If you didn’t know about the Heartland Youth Coalition, then this is the time to learn about it.

  • Years and years ago, I knew an adult that was extremely difficult to work with. 

    They had a tongue like a bullwhip and would lash out at anyone and everyone that remotely “offended” them in any way, shape or form whether the “offender” meant to or not.

  • This was one time I wish I had missed the press conference.

    It is usually a perk when I have the opportunity to work a major college athletic event. It’s a time when you get to talk with those highly-paid coaches and some players whose earnings will someday make those coaches comparative paupers.
    And, being in the newspaper business, it is always a chance to hobnob with the local – and occasionally the national – heavyweights in the field.
    I won’t lie. It’s a lot of fun.

  • Tom, our black lab dog, exploded from his bed on the front porch after midnight in a frenzy of excited barking. 

    The coyote pack on the hill, responding to some unknown signal, were in full chorus.  Wild high-pitched yells echoed back and forth under the winter wolf moon, then stopped as abruptly as it started.  

  • The Central Kentucky Theatre is presenting its latest production at the Opera House and it could not be a more entertaining selection, especially to people of my generation.

    A “B-grade” movie called “Forbidden Planet” was originally made around 1956.
    You ever wonder where the term “B-grade” came from?

  • In early December, the Dominican Sisters of Peace (a congregation of Catholic Sisters) approved a corporate stance on immigration reform that states:

    “We, Dominican Sisters of Peace, call for comprehensive immigration reform that would provide additional viable legal avenues for immigration, reunite families, legalize undocumented persons, and establish opportunities for permanent residency.”

  • Welcome to the first issue of The Springfield Sun in 2012.

    We’ve got a lot of news for you this week, and we hope to continue bringing you pages full of interesting and helpful information for the next 51 weeks.
    Among the items in this week’s paper is an interview with author Jim Higdon about his upcoming book: “The Cornbread Mafia.”
    Many of you know that I’m a Marion County native, so the title is very familiar to me.

  • “I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food!”
    ~W.C. Fields


    Food and nutrition are important programs conducted by all 4-H and Cooperative Extension Offices. We all need to eat right and it’s not always easy to do, especially when we have all of the leftovers from the holidays! 


  • Dear Editor,

    To whom it may concern, especially residents of Rizer Avenue and Neal Street. Cats are being caught in ‘Have a Heart’ cages and taken out on the highway and turned loose with no water, food or shelter.
    This is inhumane and is being reported to the Humane Society.
    Also, it is against the law to dump animals on the road.
    If your cat goes missing, you can be sure this is what happened. I hope this doesn’t happen to you.

    Cecilia Warner

  • Editor’s Note: Bob Lochte is a professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Murray State University.
    His opinions are his own and do not represent the official view of the Kentucky Press Association, Murray State University or any government agency in the Commonwealth.

  • Lately, as I traveled the country towns of central Kentucky, I’ve noticed a gradual shift in the names of the churches along the highways.

  • “Then they scoffed, He’s just the carpenter’s son.”

    Matthew Chapter 13, Verse 55
    If only those people knew what we know now.
     Christmas is a celebration of a promise made and of a promise kept by God Almighty when He sent down His only Son.
    It’s a time to be grateful not for what you get, but for what you already have.

  • We received the following article from the Alison Smith, Director of Marketing with the Kentucky Beef Council.  We are excited to hear this about eating beef again.

  • Dear Editor,

    “A Special Event for Special Needs” was held on November 19, 2011 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Springfield Ky. This event was a poker run, chili and hotdog dinner, auctions and a dance with live band featuring a local teenager “Sticktight”Akins as lead singer.
    This event was a fund raiser with all proceeds going to “A Special Place.”