http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Free meals coming to high school students http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/free-meals-coming-high-school-students <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/school_lunch.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Students at Washington County High School and Commander Academy will soon have the option of receiving a hot meal at no cost.</p> <p> 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.</p> Former councilman passes away http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/former-councilman-passes-away <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/-johnnyhardin2.jpg" alt="Johnnie Hardin spent more than 50 years in the grocery business. " title="Johnnie Hardin spent more than 50 years in the grocery business. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Johnnie Hardin, a long-serving Springfield City Councilman, has passed away.</p> <p> Hardin passed away June 15 at the Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Lexington. He&rsquo;s known for his time on the Springfield City Council, as well as spending more than 50 years in the grocery business here.</p> <p> Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield remembered Hardin as a dedicated soul who loved the city and the people he served.&nbsp;</p> Keene has umpired for over 30 years http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/keene-has-umpired-over-30-years <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0006-a.jpg" alt="Felix Keene has been umpiring Little League games since the early 1980s. An avid baseball fan himself, Keene said he got into umpiring to be a mentor to the kids, teaching them the fundamentals of the game whenever he could. " title="Felix Keene has been umpiring Little League games since the early 1980s. An avid baseball fan himself, Keene said he got into umpiring to be a mentor to the kids, teaching them the fundamentals of the game whenever he could. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> 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.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s always been a hobby of mine,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I played all sports growing up, but baseball was my main one.&rdquo;</p> All-Stars begins June 22 http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/all-stars-begins-june-22 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_4568_0.jpg" alt="Jasmine Coulter dives to keep a ground ball from reaching the outfield during last year’s All-Star games. The Little League All-Stars will begin tournament play on June 22 at Idle Hour Park with games starting at 6 p.m." title="Jasmine Coulter dives to keep a ground ball from reaching the outfield during last year’s All-Star games. The Little League All-Stars will begin tournament play on June 22 at Idle Hour Park with games starting at 6 p.m." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> Taking it one day at a time http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/taking-it-one-day-time <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9740web.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Nick Schrager</p> <p> Editor</p> <p> William A. &ldquo;Billy&rdquo; Webb is a sick man, but he&rsquo;s not letting the illness or stress bring him down.&nbsp;</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s one disease you just deal with and go on,&rdquo; Billy said, &ldquo;and eventually it&rsquo;ll do me in, but until then, I&rsquo;m going to laugh.&rdquo;</p> Toyotomi completes expansion phase http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/toyotomi-completes-expansion-phase <p> Nick Schrager</p> <p> Editor</p> <p> Toyotomi is nearing the end of a three-year project, but it isn&rsquo;t quite through just yet.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> 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.&nbsp;</p> Sansbury has new administrator http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/sansbury-has-new-administrator <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0014_0.jpg" alt="Pamela Brooks" title="Pamela Brooks" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Sansbury Care Center recently welcomed a new member to its staff.&nbsp;</p> <p> Pamela Brooks, the center&rsquo;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.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very blessed to have gotten this position here at Sansbury,&rdquo; she said.</p> Learning the game http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/learning-game <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8881_0.jpg" alt="Park manager Bobby Bartholomai shows Caroline Smith how to properly hold the grip of a golf club during the annual junior golf clinic at the course. " title="Park manager Bobby Bartholomai shows Caroline Smith how to properly hold the grip of a golf club during the annual junior golf clinic at the course. " align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> Young boys and girls interested in golf got the chance to test and improve their skills last week at Lincoln Homestead State Park.</p> <p> A junior golf clinic was held June 5-8 for boys and girls between the ages of 12-14 at the golf course. Park Manager Bobby Bartholomai said he started the clinic to give kids the chance to get out on the course to play golf and help them improve their skillsets.</p> <p> &ldquo;We do it every year, I try to do it right after they get out of school,&rdquo; Bartholomai said. &ldquo;Normally the first full week of June.&rdquo;</p>