http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Venue change sought in double-murder case http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/venue-change-sought-double-murder-case <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4368edit.jpg" alt="Craig A. Pennington looks toward the media as he’s escorted into the courtroom by security officer Richie Chesser. " title="Craig A. Pennington looks toward the media as he’s escorted into the courtroom by security officer Richie Chesser. " align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> There&rsquo;s a lot that stands in the way between now and a trial date for the man charged with murdering two people in Washington County.</p> <p> Craig A. Pennington, 53, the man accused of murdering Robert Jones and Crystal Warner in July 2016, appeared in court for a pretrial conference Wednesday afternoon.</p> <p> As a cold November rain was falling outside, attorneys deliberated with circuit judge Allan Bertram on what has to be done to prepare for the potential 3- or 4-week trial.</p> Fiber optic talks continue with city http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/fiber-optic-talks-continue-city <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/motion-still-2017-11-18.gif" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Talks surrounding the possibility of bringing fiber-optic internet access to Washington County continued at last Tuesday&rsquo;s city council meeting when John Selent, a lawyer with Dinsmore &amp; Shohl, and Ryan Bell, a senior manager at Bluegrass Cellular, presented to the council.</p> Film complex to be built in Springfield http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/film-complex-be-built-springfield <p> The film industry is coming back to Springfield, and this time it&rsquo;s here to stay.</p> <p> According to Springfield tourism&rsquo;s director, Stephanie McMillin, the Springfield Bonded Film Complex will begin operations in 2018.</p> <p> The project is a collaboration of the tourism department, city of Springfield, local businessman Tony Royalty, the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority, and James Bond III, a filmmaker and media mogul.</p> Toy and coat drive in Springfield http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/toy-and-coat-drive-springfield <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/20171117_122446.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> For the past two years, Jessica Darland and Lilly Beals at Cash Express of Springfield have organized a clothing and toy drive to benefit families and children throughout Washington County. This year&rsquo;s iteration of the drive will partner with Washington County Community Action (WCCA) and the Family Resource Centers in Washington County schools in order to make sure that donations are properly sorted and matched with families.</p> Building blocks http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/building-blocks <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/football_headline_web_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Zack Pe&ntilde;alva</p> <p> Sports Writer</p> <p> As the 2017 football season cAs the 2017 football season comes to an end in Washington County, it&rsquo;s not too early to start looking toward what next year might hold.</p> <p> The Commanders team this season featured seven seniors, quarterback John Floyd, linebacker Dallas Clark, offensive/defensive linemen Christopher Railey and Andrew Scott and receivers/defensive backs Trey Cheatham, Daniel DeWitt and Jack Wheatley.</p> Commanders' season comes to a close http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-season-comes-close <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fbvdesales_1110017_1.jpg" alt="Juan Cisternas and the rest of the team rest during halftime of their game agaisnt DeSales. After holding the Colts to only six points in the first quarter, Washington County trailed by 40 at halftime." title="Juan Cisternas and the rest of the team rest during halftime of their game agaisnt DeSales. After holding the Colts to only six points in the first quarter, Washington County trailed by 40 at halftime." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> For the betting man, last Friday night&rsquo;s football game between Washington County and the DeSales Colts featured a very clear favorite. The undefeated and seemingly untouchable Colts hosted the Commanders in the second round of the Class 2A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. Washington County was playing in only its fourth postseason game in nearly two decades after edging out Owen County 21-20 the week before. In the end, there were no surprises, as DeSales stampeded over Washington County, handing the Commanders a 54-0 loss.</p> Court discusses future industries http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/court-discusses-future-industries <p> Nick Schrager</p> <p> Editor</p> <p> Washington County is continuing to work its way toward getting more business in the community.</p> <p> According to Daniel Carney, director of the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority, a glass manufacturer visited Springfield last month looking for a place to open a bottle plant for the spirit industry.</p> Honoring our vets http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/honoring-our-vets <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4217web.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Washington County High School has been honoring veterans for 26 years with their annual Veterans Day celebration.</p>