http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en County schools out for the eclipse http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/county-schools-out-eclipse <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/eclipse1web.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">School has just started back in Washington County, but students are about to get an unexpected day off soon.</span></p> <p> On Monday, Aug. 21, there will be no school in Washington County. That decision was announced this past Wednesday.</p> Job program expanding at Isaiah House http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/job-program-expanding-isaiah-house-0 <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/isaiahweb.jpg" alt="The new building at the Isaiah House in Willisburg features 6,800 square feet and will allow for additional job skills training for the facility’s clients. " title="The new building at the Isaiah House in Willisburg features 6,800 square feet and will allow for additional job skills training for the facility’s clients. " align="left" hspace="6" width="131" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> When most people hear of Isaiah House, the first thing that crosses their minds is the fact that it&rsquo;s a drug and alcohol treatment center.</p> <p> While that is the case, there&rsquo;s much more going on in the facility to help the men who seek treatment there.</p> <p> David Cobb, public relations and marketing manager for Isaiah House, said the facility also offers job skills training to get Isaiah House clients ready for employment and life after their treatment is complete.</p> WC golfers finding a groove http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/wc-golfers-finding-groove <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0023web_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Jeff Moreland</p> <p> Regional Publisher</p> <p> The Washington County High School boys&rsquo; golf team is having some early success on the course. The team won its match last week against Nelson County and Bardstown high schools. The match was scheduled to be plays at Maywood Country Club in Bardstown, but was moved to Lincoln Homestead State Park in Springfield.</p> <p> The five-man varsity Commander group posted a low score of 171, followed by Bardstown with a 183 and Nelson County with a 190.</p> Volleyballers fall in opener at E-town http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/volleyballers-fall-opener-e-town <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0264web.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Jeff Moreland</p> <p> Regional Publisher</p> <p> Washington County volleyball head coach John Rogers knew his team was going up against a tough opponent Monday night as the Commanderettes opened their season at Elizabethtown.</p> <p> &ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t seen E-Town play, but I&rsquo;ve heard they have one of the better teams they&rsquo;ve ever had here, and of course E-Town&rsquo;s won the region several times, so to say they have one of the best teams they&rsquo;ve ever had means they&rsquo;re going to be good,&rdquo; Rogers said.</p> <p> He was right.</p> Knopp retires from sheriff's office http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/knopp-retires-sheriffs-office <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/melissa_h._knopp_deputy1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Melissa Knopp has spent nearly 23 years in the Washington County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office. Now, after all that time, she&rsquo;s ready to call it a career.</span></p> <p> Knopp entered retirement at the end of July, having served under three sheriffs.</p> Haydon is world champ again http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/haydon-world-champ-again <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/haydonweb.jpg" alt="Phillip Haydon recently won his second doubles world championship in as many years. He and his playing partner, Daymon Dennis, of Brownsville, Kentucky, won the American Cornhole League doubles title July 22 in Cherokee, North Carolina. Haydon was also named the senior player of the year." title="Phillip Haydon recently won his second doubles world championship in as many years. He and his playing partner, Daymon Dennis, of Brownsville, Kentucky, won the American Cornhole League doubles title July 22 in Cherokee, North Carolina. Haydon was also named the senior player of the year." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> He&rsquo;s only been a professional since 2012, but Springfield resident Phillip Haydon is one of the best cornhole players in the world.</p> <p> Haydon recently won his second doubles world championship in as many years. He and his playing partner, Daymon Dennis, of Brownsville, Kentucky, won the American Cornhole League doubles title July 22 in Cherokee, North Carolina.</p> <p> &ldquo;We won the senior division, which is 55 and over. There were 30-some teams in it,&rdquo; Haydon said.</p> County will not increase tax rates http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/county-will-not-increase-tax-rates <p> Nick Schrager</p> <p> Sun Editor</p> <p> County tax rates on real estate, motor vehicles and watercraft, as well as the airport tax, will remain the same for 2017.&nbsp;</p> Job program expanding at Isaiah House http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/content/job-program-expanding-isaiah-house <img src="http://www.thespringfieldsun.com/sites/www.thespringfieldsun.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1971.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">When most people hear of Isaiah House, the first thing that crosses their minds is the fact that it&rsquo;s a drug and alcohol treatment center.</span></p> <p> While that is the case, there&rsquo;s much more going on in the facility to help the men who seek treatment there.</p> <p> David Cobb, public relations and marketing manager for Isaiah House, said the facility also offers job skills training to get Isaiah House clients ready for employment and life after their treatment is complete.</p>