http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Free lunch coming to most students http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/free-lunch-coming-most-students <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5251_0.jpg" alt="Local elementary and middle school students will eat breakfast and lunch free, thanks to a program the Washington County School District is now participating in. High school students have not yet qualified but may in the future." title="Local elementary and middle school students will eat breakfast and lunch free, thanks to a program the Washington County School District is now participating in. High school students have not yet qualified but may in the future." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> The Washington County Board of Education took a roll of the dice last week when it elected to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision program, a federal program that helps eligible schools provide free breakfast and lunches for all students.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Preschool through 8th-grade schools in the county are eligible to participate in the program. Unfortunately, Washington County High School is just under the threshold requirements at the moment.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> The Board held a work session before coming to the decision.&nbsp;</p> INOAC celebrates 25 years in Springfield http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/inoac-celebrates-25-years-springfield <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9524.jpg" alt="INOAC will be celebrating 25 years in Springfield this weekend with an open house for the public. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m., and everyone is invited to attend." title="INOAC will be celebrating 25 years in Springfield this weekend with an open house for the public. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m., and everyone is invited to attend." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">When Springfield Products Inc., began operations in June 1991, there were approximately 60 employees and the factory only made one piece of equipment: armrests for automobiles.</span></p> <p class="p1"> In the past 25 years, though, SPI has seen some major changes.</p> <p class="p1"> For one, it is now known as INOAC Group North America.&nbsp;</p> Commanderettes get lopsided district win against Bardstown http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanderettes-get-lopsided-district-win-against-bardstown <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_9777.jpg" alt="Washington County freshman Kate Taylor connects on a pitch during the team’s 19-4 win against the Bardstown Tigers." title="Washington County freshman Kate Taylor connects on a pitch during the team’s 19-4 win against the Bardstown Tigers." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">After dominating the Bardstown Tigers by 20 runs in the teams&rsquo; first meeting, it seemed as if the Washington County Commanderettes would cruise to their 11th victory of the season in last week&rsquo;s district matchup.</span></p> <p class="p1"> But it was the Tigers who controlled the game early on, taking an early 4-1 advantage through two innings.</p> WC participates in ‘Saving Second Base’ http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-participates-%E2%80%98saving-second-base%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_9890_0.jpg" alt="WC sophomore Landon Taylor pitches a strike in the Commanders’ 4-1 loss to the Marion County Knights last week." title="WC sophomore Landon Taylor pitches a strike in the Commanders’ 4-1 loss to the Marion County Knights last week." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Commanders improve to 4-0 in district play http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/commanders-improve-4-0-district-play <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit_img_8978.jpg" alt="Washington County fell to Green County last week by a score of 10-6. Senior Evan Mattingly, above, dives back to first base to avoid being picked off." title="Washington County fell to Green County last week by a score of 10-6. Senior Evan Mattingly, above, dives back to first base to avoid being picked off." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Washington County Commanders (12-5, 4-0) found mixed results in their return from spring break, winning their first two games against Nelson County and Boyle County before losing to Green County and Bullitt East to finish last week 2-2.</span></p> <p class="p2"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <strong>Green County/Bullitt East</strong></p> <p class="p1"> WC finished last week off on a low note, losing to both the Green County Dragons (7-8) and the Bullitt East Chargers (11-5).</p> WC softball goes on four-game tear http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-softball-goes-four-game-tear <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edit1_img_9082.jpg" alt="The Washington County Commanderettes defeated the Lexington Christian Academy Eagles by a score of 4-3 in eight innings. Junior Madison White, above, lays down a bunt." title="The Washington County Commanderettes defeated the Lexington Christian Academy Eagles by a score of 4-3 in eight innings. Junior Madison White, above, lays down a bunt." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The Washington County Commanderettes (10-8, 3-2) returned from spring break last week and immediately accomplished something they hadn&rsquo;t done all season: win four straight games.</span></p> Judge declines Yates’ plea deal http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/judge-declines-yates%E2%80%99-plea-deal <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5152.jpg" alt="Frankie Yates and public defender Charles Bates look on as Circuit Judge Samuel Todd Spalding speaks. " title="Frankie Yates and public defender Charles Bates look on as Circuit Judge Samuel Todd Spalding speaks. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A Washington County woman who&rsquo;s accused of operating an online scam and stealing more than $10,000 appeared in court on April 20.</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"> Frankie Louise Yates was expected to make a plea in the morning hearing, but after clarifying the allegations, Circuit Court Judge Samuel Todd Spalding did not accept the pretrial diversion agreement.&nbsp;</p> Annual Bible Read-a-Thon needs volunteers http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/annual-bible-read-thon-needs-volunteers <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8929_0.jpg" alt="Several of the guests bow their heads in prayer during last year’s Bible Read-a-Thon." title="Several of the guests bow their heads in prayer during last year’s Bible Read-a-Thon." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The Rev. Cal Adams was living in Louisiana when he first heard about Washington County&rsquo;s Bible Read-a-Thon, and he immediately became intrigued with the idea.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">&ldquo;I thought it was one of the greatest things I&rsquo;d ever heard of,&rdquo; Adams said, reflecting on when his father- and mother-in-law, Bobby and Kathy Gabhart, first told him about the annual event.</span></p>