http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Wreck claims life of NWES student http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wreck-claims-life-nwes-student <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3794.jpg" alt="Tristan Yeager, 11, died as the result of a car wreck Sunday. He was a fifth-grade student at North Washington Elementary School, and had played football in the Blake Hoppes Football League for five years. He missed much of last season due to a broken arm, but got his cast off and, although not cleared to play by his doctor, was able to score a touchdown in the team’s final game of the season thanks to an arrangement made by his coaches and the opponent." title="Tristan Yeager, 11, died as the result of a car wreck Sunday. He was a fifth-grade student at North Washington Elementary School, and had played football in the Blake Hoppes Football League for five years. He missed much of last season due to a broken arm, but got his cast off and, although not cleared to play by his doctor, was able to score a touchdown in the team’s final game of the season thanks to an arrangement made by his coaches and the opponent." align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> A tragedy has struck North Washington Elementary School, and the students and staff are trying to cope with an unimaginable loss.</p> <p> Tristan Yeager, 11, was a fifth-grade student at the school. Just before noon Sunday, Tristan lost his life in a two-vehicle accident on Perryville Road in Mercer County.</p> <p> Amanda Mattingly, principal of NWES, said she received a call about the accident Sunday afternoon. Monday, she and her staff were preparing to consult their students as many of them learned the news of their classmate&rsquo;s death.</p> WC football ‘inexperienced but talented’ http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-football-%E2%80%98inexperienced-talented%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_img_5933.jpg" alt="Washington County senior Michael Moreland takes a much-needed water break during a timeout in last week’s scrimmage against Spencer County." title="Washington County senior Michael Moreland takes a much-needed water break during a timeout in last week’s scrimmage against Spencer County." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Having 12 seniors on this year&rsquo;s Washington County Commander football team is somewhat misleading.</p> <p> Most of them are what head coach Eric Sagrecy calls &ldquo;young seniors,&rdquo; as in they only recently started playing football.</p> A grade that saves http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/grade-saves <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5095.jpg" alt="With the new fire station nearing completion, the local fire protection services recently received news of another change in the form of a lowered ISO rating. The lower rating means property owners within five miles of a fire station could see reduced insurance premiums." title="With the new fire station nearing completion, the local fire protection services recently received news of another change in the form of a lowered ISO rating. The lower rating means property owners within five miles of a fire station could see reduced insurance premiums." align="left" hspace="6" width="137" height="85" /><p> The Springfield and Washington County fire departments already knew they would soon see a change in venue, and it was recently announced that another change relating to the first responders is on the way. This one could result in savings for many local residents.</p> <p> It was announced last week that Springfield&rsquo;s Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating is being moved to split classification 4/4x, down from class 6. The grades are determined on a 1-10 scale, with lower classifications being viewed as safer locations and 10 being least safe.</p> Today in History http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/today-history <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ipad-history_t607.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /> Raise in tax rate discussed http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/raise-tax-rate-discussed <p> The first reading of an ordinance outlining the property tax rate in the city of Springfield for 2014 was presented at last week&rsquo;s monthly city council meeting, and it will likely see an increase from the 2013 rate.</p> <p> The rate for 2014 has been calculated at 15.24 based on an assessment by the Washington County PVA&rsquo;s office, and that would allow for a four-percent increase in revenue over last year.</p> Washington County strives to be ‘work ready’ http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/washington-county-strives-be-%E2%80%98work-ready%E2%80%99 <p> Gov. Steve Beshear&rsquo;s office announced the latest counties to be recognized as &ldquo;work ready&rdquo; last week, and it may be sooner rather than later that Washington County joins that list.</p> <p> On the heels of Nelson and Pulaski counties becoming certified as Kentucky Work Ready communities, Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority (SWEDA) Executive Director Daniel Carney said the necessary criteria for Washington County to be eligible has nearly been met.</p> Rep. Guthrie set to visit SCC on Aug. 27 http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/rep-guthrie-set-visit-scc-aug-27 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6978.jpg" alt="Rep. Brett Guthrie, shown above during his visit to St. Catharine College last August, will return to SCC next Wednesday to take questions from members of the community." title="Rep. Brett Guthrie, shown above during his visit to St. Catharine College last August, will return to SCC next Wednesday to take questions from members of the community." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> In what has become an annual event, Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) will have a town hall meeting at St. Catharine College next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Pettus Auditorium, which is located inside the Hamilton Building. This year&rsquo;s speaking engagement will have a similar feel to ones in years past with the primary focus on answering questions from the audience.</p> New briefs 8/20 http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/new-briefs-820 <p> <em>August 22-24</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Revival</strong><br /> Mt. Freedom Baptist Church, 1088 Cardwell Road., will host a revival Friday and Saturday. Aug. 22-24 at 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. There will be special music each day. Bro Cal Adams pastor of Temple Baptist Church will be the evangelist. For more information, call Bro. Jamie Chesser at 8599805-0607.<br /> <br /> <em>Saturday, Aug. 23</em><br /> <strong><br /> Gospel sing</strong><br />