http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Arrest made in stockyard murder http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/arrest-made-stockyard-murder <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/saylor.jpg" alt="Saylor" title="Saylor" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">A Lancaster man was arrested last week and arraigned on Monday in a murder case that occurred at the Washington County Livestock Center.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Eric T. Saylor, 47, is accused of killing Shane E. Thomason, 53, also of Lancaster, on Feb. 1 with a handgun. The shooting occurred outside of the building during a cattle auction.</span></p> Sr. Traffas wins Lifetime Achievement Award http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/sr-traffas-wins-lifetime-achievement-award <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_6831.jpg" alt="Last week, the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce honored individuals from around the community at its annual chamber awards banquet. The evening was capped off with the announcement of this year’s lifetime achievement award honoree, Sr. Diane Traffas." title="Last week, the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce honored individuals from around the community at its annual chamber awards banquet. The evening was capped off with the announcement of this year’s lifetime achievement award honoree, Sr. Diane Traffas." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> The Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce held it&rsquo;s annual awards night recently, and one thing in particular was learned; a person don&rsquo;t have to have lived in Washington County their whole life to earn praise from the community.</p> <p class="p1"> &ldquo;Even the briefest glance of our 2015 lifetime achievement award recipient would convince anyone that the person you are about to meet is exceptionally deserving,&rdquo; Sr. Claire McGowan said at the banquet as she introduced this year&rsquo;s award winner.&nbsp;</p> Winning Big http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/winning-big <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_7067.jpg" alt="Washington County senior Kambron Hayden puts up a free-throw attempt in Saturday night’s game against the Marion County Knights." title="Washington County senior Kambron Hayden puts up a free-throw attempt in Saturday night’s game against the Marion County Knights." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County Commanders are peaking at just the right time. With only one week of regular-season play remaining, WC just completed one of its most successful weeks of the year, defeating the Thomas Nelson Generals (1-25, 0-7) and the Cumberland County Panthers (1-21) by at least 20 points each, the first time the Commanders have completed this feat all season, before falling to the Marion County Knights (8-18) by a score of 75-63.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <b>Marion County</b></p> Commanderettes fall to 6-19 on year http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-fall-6-19-year <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_7010_0.jpg" alt="Washington County freshman guard Haley Graves calls a play in the second half of Saturday night’s game against the Marion County Knights." title="Washington County freshman guard Haley Graves calls a play in the second half of Saturday night’s game against the Marion County Knights." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County Commanderettes (6-19, 0-8) were unable to pick up a win in their three games last week, falling 67-47 to the Marion County Knights (10-9), 41-27 to the Cumberland County Panthers (6-18) and 56-21 to the Thomas Nelson Generals (16-8, 4-3).</span></p> <p class="p3"> <strong>Marion County</strong></p> County receives check http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/county-receives-check <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3728.jpg" alt="Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles (left) receives a check from conservation district member Ray Johnson." title="Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles (left) receives a check from conservation district member Ray Johnson." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The Washington County Fiscal Court got a nice surprise Monday morning in the form of a $7,500 check from the Washington County Conservation District.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The check presentation gave the county more money for dead animal removal.</span></p> Locals start drive to help needy in Flint http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/locals-start-drive-help-needy-flint <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3723best_photo_ever_0.jpg" alt="Timmy Churchill spent time at the farmers market this past weekend to collect water for Flint." title="Timmy Churchill spent time at the farmers market this past weekend to collect water for Flint." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">It all started with a Facebook post.</span></p> <p class="p1"> Timmy Churchill and Jamilla Smalley have been working diligently to bring much-needed relief to Flint, Mich., where the water is unsuitable to drink. The two have organized a campaign called the &ldquo;Flint Water Challenge&rdquo; to collect drinking water and ship it for distribution to Flint residents.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> &ldquo;It actually started with a Facebook status from a friend in Bardstown,&rdquo; Churchill said.&nbsp;</p> Tibetan monks visit Springfield http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/tibetan-monks-visit-springfield <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3315edit.jpg" alt="Tenpa Phuntsok (left) shows Scott Garrett how to place his fingers for a mandala mudra hand symbol." title="Tenpa Phuntsok (left) shows Scott Garrett how to place his fingers for a mandala mudra hand symbol." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> After having traveled over 7,000 miles by air, seven Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehradun, India, have made it to the United States and passed through Springfield last week. While here, they hosted demonstrations on debate, chanting, culture and compassion on the Saint Catharine College campus while also creating a World Peace Sand Mandala, a piece of art created with colorful sands.</p> Shooting leaves one dead http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/shooting-leaves-one-dead <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wclc.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="125" height="85" /><p> A shooting that occurred Monday at the Washington County Livestock Center has left a person dead.</p> <p> According to a press release sent to The Sun Monday evening by Kentucky State Police, troopers and Washington County sheriff&rsquo;s deputies responded to WCLC shortly before 3 p.m. after receiving a call about a possible shooting.</p> <p> The victim was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.</p>