http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Willisburg man injured in wreck http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/willisburg-man-injured-wreck <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0034edit.jpg" alt="Crews work to get Russell William Johnson to an ambulance. " title="Crews work to get Russell William Johnson to an ambulance. " align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> A motorcycle wreck Friday left one man severely injured when he was thrown from his motorcycle.</p> <p> No official report was available at press time, but according to his father, William &ldquo;Bloop&rdquo; Johnson, Russell William Johnson, 36, of Willisburg, was thrown from his motorcycle on Loretto Road and suffered a severe leg injury.</p> <p> Washington County EMS and the sheriff&rsquo;s office responded to the accident and Johnson was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital.</p> From Stun to Kill http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/stun-kill <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_0255.jpg" alt="Washington County junior Kelsey Thompson goes up for one of her 13 kills in Saturday’s 12th Region All “A” Classic contest against the Somerset Briar Jumpers. " title="Washington County junior Kelsey Thompson goes up for one of her 13 kills in Saturday’s 12th Region All “A” Classic contest against the Somerset Briar Jumpers. " align="left" hspace="6" width="98" height="85" /><p> To secure their second straight trip to the All &ldquo;A&rdquo; State Classic, the Washington County Commanderettes (5-2, 1-1) would have to first come back from the brink of elimination.</p> <p> The Commanderettes won last year&rsquo;s 12th Region All &ldquo;A&rdquo; Classic in four straight sets, but WC found itself tested early on this year, falling behind two sets to none in its opening-round game against the Somerset Briar Jumpers (4-3).</p> <p> &ldquo;They didn&rsquo;t start off as strong as we would have liked,&rdquo; WC head coach Casey Mudd said.</p> School board elects to keep tax rate the same http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/school-board-elects-keep-tax-rate-same <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/schoolslogo_web_0.jpg" alt="Washington County Schools" title="Washington County Schools" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em>Editor&#39;s Note: Washington County PVA Fran Carrico pointed out to The Sun this morning that a number of Washington County citizens</em><em> have Harrodsburg addresses. The Sun wishes to clarify this information, as two people quoted in the article are listed as having Harrodsburg addresses. The Sun will print this clarification in next week&#39;s edition. </em></p> <p> Washington County dodged a tax increase when the Washington County Board of Education voted 3-2 to keep its tax at the compensating rate of 58.9 cents on $100 of real and personal property last week.</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" /> GSP meets Begley's high expectations http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/gsp-meets-begleys-high-expectations <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_mary_beth_begley.jpg" alt="Mary Beth Begley poses in her Governor’s Scholars Program T-shirt after returning home this summer." title="Mary Beth Begley poses in her Governor’s Scholars Program T-shirt after returning home this summer." align="left" hspace="6" width="74" height="85" /><p> When Mary Beth Begley&rsquo;s cousin, Will, returned from his Governor&rsquo;s Scholars Program experience in 2012, she was intrigued every time she listened to him talking about his experiences.</p> <p> She knew it was something that she wanted to try and do when it came her time to apply as a high school junior.</p> <p> Even though she said she had always been studious in school, she took it even more seriously and also began to explore outside opportunities to strengthen her r&eacute;sum&eacute;.</p> <p> And she wanted to get to work on it right away.</p> Walker's wheels keep on turning http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/walkers-wheels-keep-turning <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9698edit.jpg" alt="James Murray Walker Jr., whose parents were also bus drivers, has been driving a school bus for Washington County Schools for 50 years." title="James Murray Walker Jr., whose parents were also bus drivers, has been driving a school bus for Washington County Schools for 50 years." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> 6:16 a.m.</p> <p> While much of the county is just now waking up, James Murray Walker Jr., 77, who&rsquo;s already been up since 4:30, performs a walk around on his bus &mdash; No. 39. The sound of bus engines idling fills the air as Walker checks the lights, looks for damage and checks the tire pressure.</p> <p> Safety strobes flash through the darkness as he steps inside and turns the key. The dashboard lights up like a pilot&rsquo;s cockpit, and Walker checks the engine gauges for proper operation. Everything&rsquo;s good to go.</p> Renovations moving forward on old high school http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/renovations-moving-forward-old-high-school <p> Immediately after voting on the tax rate, the Washington County Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting. The main topic of concern during the evening&rsquo;s meeting was the old high school renovation.</p> <p> Jean-Paul Grivas, vice president of Patrick D. Murphy Architects, gave a slideshow presentation to the board, which gave an overview of options and prices.</p> <p> The board elected to move forward to the next steps of the process where the company will begin tightening up the budget and start on some more field studies.</p> Accused murderer indicted http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/accused-murderer-indicted <p> A Washington County grand jury returned a murder charge against Hoyt J. Calhoun of Boston, Ky., recently, while indicting six others, including two on drug production and cultivation charges.&nbsp;</p> <p> Calhoun, 51, of Icetown Road in Boston, was charged with one count of murder (class A felony), one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense (class B misdemeanor), and one count of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.</p>