http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Warner's remains found http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/warners-remains-found <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mapred.jpg" alt="Crystal Warner’s remains were found in Bath County last week. She was murder along with her boyfriend, Robert “Bobby” Jones, in Washington County over the summer. Jones’ remains were recovered in Clark County in August and the vehicle they were traveling was abandoned in Scott County." title="Crystal Warner’s remains were found in Bath County last week. She was murder along with her boyfriend, Robert “Bobby” Jones, in Washington County over the summer. Jones’ remains were recovered in Clark County in August and the vehicle they were traveling was abandoned in Scott County." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Nearly five months after her murder, Crystal Warner&rsquo;s remains have been found.&nbsp;</p> <p> According to Bath County Coroner Robert Powell, Warner was positively identified from remains discovered in Bath County last week. She was murdered along with her boyfriend, Robert Jones, in July, after the two visited Craig Pennington, a tenant in their log cabin. The couple went to the home on Texas Road in Washington County to discuss rent owed by Pennington.&nbsp;</p> A blue Christmas http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/blue-christmas <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/holmes_and_pike.jpg" alt="Springfield Police Department Officer Nick Holmes and his K-9 partner, Pike, receive a donation from a passing traveler on Main Street. " title="Springfield Police Department Officer Nick Holmes and his K-9 partner, Pike, receive a donation from a passing traveler on Main Street. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Santa Claus is known for his bright red suit, but this year, some of his best helpers will be wearing blue.</p> <p> Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith and his officers have been serving the community in many ways since he took the helm of the Springfield Police Department on June 1, 2011. One of those ways is the annual SPD Christmas with Kids program.</p> <p> When Smith arrived, the department already had a Christmas program, but he said he wanted to incorporate Christmas with Kids into its regular activities.</p> Commanders defeat Burgin, fall to Adair County http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-defeat-burgin-fall-adair-county <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6702.jpg" alt="DT Yocum jumps past an Adair County defender to put in 2 points. " title="DT Yocum jumps past an Adair County defender to put in 2 points. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Washington County Commanders took their second win of the season Monday night when they defeated the Burgin Bulldogs (0-4) 88-54. The win came after they fell to the Adair County Indians 92-70 in their second official game of the season on Dec. 3. The Indians (3-0) had come off two fresh wins where they defeated the Green County Dragons (0-2) in a decisive 94-75 win and the Cumberland County Panthers (1-2) 59-53.</p> <p> According to Commander Head Coach Bernard Smalley, the Commanders didn&rsquo;t come out ready to play.</p> Commanderettes notch first wins of season http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-notch-first-wins-season <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0045.jpg" alt="Washington County Commanderette Megan Cloyd dribbles the ball toward Taylor County defender Madison Lauer." title="Washington County Commanderette Megan Cloyd dribbles the ball toward Taylor County defender Madison Lauer." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Washington County Commanderettes (2-2) tasted victory for the first time this season when they took out the Henry County Ladycats (0-4) 47-37 over the on Dec. 3 and the Burgin Lady Bulldogs (0-3) 53-20 on Monday night. The victories came after the Commanderettes were beat 64-25 by the Taylor County Lady Cardinals (3-0) in a rough rouser on Dec. 2.</p> <p> According to Commanderette Head Coach Lena Bramblett, the win was a big morale booster for the young team.&nbsp;</p> Cal ends Commanders’ football season in playoffs http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/cal-ends-commanders%E2%80%99-football-season-playoffs <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0011.jpg" alt="Commander quarterback John Floyd scrambles to get away from a Christian Academy of Louisville defender in Friday’s 42-0 playoff loss." title="Commander quarterback John Floyd scrambles to get away from a Christian Academy of Louisville defender in Friday’s 42-0 playoff loss." align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p align="center"> Washington County head football coach Eric Sagrecy said last week that if there was a better team out there than Christian Academy of Louisville, he would hate to have to play them.</p> <p> Sagrecy&rsquo;s Commanders (3-9) got a full dose of exactly what he was talking about in Friday&rsquo;s second-round playoff game on CAL&rsquo;s home field in Louisville, and it ended in a 42-0 season-ending loss for Washington County.</p> Burn ban lifted in county http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/burn-ban-lifted-county <p> Nick Schrager</p> <p> Editor</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The burn ban in Washington County has been lifted.&nbsp;</p> <p> During last week&rsquo;s fiscal court meeting, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said the ban was lifted on Nov. 29 after showers swept through the area last week.&nbsp;</p> <p> Settles also said construction at the new road department building is still ahead of schedule, and the court has found a new truck for dead farm animal removal. &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;We found one in Tennessee,&rdquo; Settles said.&nbsp;</p> Ruth Cocanougher named financial officer at MCPS http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/ruth-cocanougher-named-financial-officer-mcps <p> Stevie Lowery</p> <p> Landmark News Service</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Focus on one piece of the puzzle at a time.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s how Ruth Cocanougher, the new financial officer for Marion County Public Schools, does her job.</p> Commander football 2016: By the numbers http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commander-football-2016-numbers <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0105.jpg" alt="Washington County senior Jason Anderson was the top receiver in Class 2A and was ranked 12th in the entire state this year with 1,097 yards." title="Washington County senior Jason Anderson was the top receiver in Class 2A and was ranked 12th in the entire state this year with 1,097 yards." align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> The 2016 football season got off to a rocky start for the Washington County Commanders. The team opened with five straight losses after suffering some injuries to key players.</p> <p> In week six, the Commanders found their groove, hosting Trimble County, and picked up a 41-0 win. They followed that up with a 56-20 thumping of district foe Shawnee to make their mark 2-5.</p> <p> From that point, with three games to play in the regular season, things started to look uphill again as state powers DeSales and Christian Academy of Louisville stood in front of the Commanders.</p>