http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en PHOTOS: In honor of Dr. King http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/photos-honor-dr-king <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mlk1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="139" height="85" /><p> Members of the Washington County and surrounding communities came together Monday night at River of Life Church to celebrate the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.</p> <p> The celebration included a message from keynote speak Dr. Darrick A. Briscoe, pastor at First Baptist Church in Danville, as well as performances from community members.</p> <p> Several individuals shared stories of past struggles or witnessing the struggle of others to attain racial equality.</p> Commanders top Vikings 82-80 http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-top-vikings-82-80 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/photo_4_4.jpg" alt="Braving the heat against a guarding Viking, junior forward Kambron Hayden looks for an open teammate." title="Braving the heat against a guarding Viking, junior forward Kambron Hayden looks for an open teammate." align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> By Nick Schrager<br /> Sun sports writer<br /> <br /> Overtime, game tied 80-80, 2.1 seconds remaining. No slow-motion, no dramatic fireworks - nothing but net.</p> <p> The Washington County Commanders notched the first win of the season over the Valley Vikings when junior Kambron Hayden fired in a two-point buzzer beater on an assist by sophomore DT Yocum.</p> <p> The crowd was left wild after the hard earned victory.</p> Ribbon cutting held for new fire department http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/ribbon-cutting-held-new-fire-department <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fire1_2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="217" height="85" /><p> Local officials, first responders and residents celebrated the opening of the Springfield/Washington County Fire Department with a ribbon cutting last Friday.</p> <p> The new facility on Main Street has been in use for several weeks, but last week&rsquo;s event represented the final step in the local firefighters&rsquo; move to their long overdue new home.</p> <p> Government officials and representatives from the USDA Rural Development program were in attendance to speak on the importance of the new building to Springfield and Washington County.</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" /> Man in critical condition after Tuesday night shooting http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/man-critical-condition-after-tuesday-night-shooting <p> Joseph Hill, 24, of Willisburg, is in critical condition at University of Kentucky Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound last Tuesday night.</p> <p> Hill was allegedly shot once after an altercation with 71-year-old Charles Chesser. Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston said Chesser is believed to be the shooter.</p> <p> The incident happened in the roadway on Glens Creek Road in Willisburg.</p> <p> Pinkston said the investigation is ongoing, and that the department, with support from Kentucky State Police, is looking into what led to the confrontation.</p> Officials support a jailer http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/officials-support-jailer <p> A report from the Courier-Journal earlier this month brought attention to the policy in Kentucky that requires counties to have an elected jailer regardless of the existence of a county jail. The article noted that jailers and their deputies contribute to a cost of around $2 million in taxpayers&rsquo; dollars each year.</p> <p> In the weeks since, there has been much discussion about the necessity of the office and whether the workload warrants the cost, and some in state government have suggested eliminating the office altogether.</p> New city council meets http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/new-city-council-meets <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/city_council.jpg" alt="The new Springfield City Council met for the first time officially last Tuesday afternoon at city hall for the January session. The group welcomes a new mayor and three new council members in 2015. Pictured clockwise from left are, city council members Carolyn Hardin, Willie Ellery and Ashley Davis, Mayor Debbie Wakefiled and council members Brooke Coulter, Bob Goodlett and Chuck Polin." title="The new Springfield City Council met for the first time officially last Tuesday afternoon at city hall for the January session. The group welcomes a new mayor and three new council members in 2015. Pictured clockwise from left are, city council members Carolyn Hardin, Willie Ellery and Ashley Davis, Mayor Debbie Wakefiled and council members Brooke Coulter, Bob Goodlett and Chuck Polin." align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> Springfield City Council held its January meeting last Tuesday at City Hall, and it was the first time the group has met&nbsp; officially since many of the faces changed with last November&rsquo;s election.</p> <p> Newly elected mayor Debbie Wakefield had the new council introduce itself to visitors from Washington County Teen Leadership prior to addressing the agenda, which focused in part on the installation of new lighting at Idle Hour Park.</p> 2014 sheriff activity http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/2014-sheriff-activity <p> The Washington County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office recently made its 2014 activity report available, and the numbers closely reflect the activity from 2013.</p> <p> Accidents were up last year, with the department working 169 wrecks compared to 143 the previous year.</p> <p> The department also reported working 43 UOR (uniform offense report) cases, up six from 37 in 2013.</p> <p> The sheriff&rsquo;s office also filed 204 incident reports (152 in 2013), served 240 e-warrants or e-summons (236 in 2013) and served 826 civil summons or subpoenas (815 in 2013).</p>