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  • No school Tuesday, Dec. 14

    Due to inclement weather, Washington County Schools will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 14.

    For updates on further closings, look to www.readthesun.com.

  • Christmas home tour is Saturday

     

    This Christmas the Washington County Historical Society is giving a gift that history buffs and Christmas lovers alike will appreciate.

  • Local citizens help WC Holiday Assistance Program

     

    Christmas is a magical time in the lives of most children, but some face the holidays without the basic things they need in life. That’s where the Washington County Holiday Assistance Program comes into play.
    Formerly known as the Angel Tree Program, the WCHAP’s mission is to provide toys, as well as essential items for life to the less fortunate children of the community. At last count, the program planned to serve 86 families with a total of 238 children this year.

  • Take a video tour of the new Springfield bypass!

     

    Traffic has been delayed on a Springfield road that is yet to open. The new Springfield Northwest Bypass, which was scheduled to open later this month, will now have to wait until spring.

  • Fire talk cools after committee meets

     

    What had been a heated issue may have cooled down a bit Wednesday night when a committee put together to discuss fire protection issues for many Washington Countians came together at the same table.


    Members of both the Washington County Fiscal Court and the Washington County Fire Protection Association seemed to agree something needs to be done to prevent the loss of the county’s fire department, and both expressed interest in working to keep the department together and serving the people of the county.

  • If fire group quits, insurance rises

     

    If you don’t like paying a $45 annual fee for fire protection on your property taxes, wait until you see your insurance bill next year. If the Washington County Fire Protection Association goes through with its plans to dissolve itself, insurance providers say many local property owners could pay dearly for that decision.

  • Turning pla$tic$ into big buck$

     

    Recycling is catching on in Washington County and nothing proves that more than the school recycling contest held last year. In fact, it was so popular, the county is doing it again.

  • Osbourne joins Sun news staff

    A new face will soon appear on the pages of The Springfield Sun as Lebanon native Jesse Osbourne joins the staff as the paper’s new sports and news writer and photographer.

    Osbourne, 28, is a 2006 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor of arts degree in photojournalism and a minor in English.
    Most recently, he has served as sports writer and photographer for The Lebanon Enterprise in Marion County since October 2008. Prior to returning to Lebanon, Osbourne spent time working at Highlands Today in Sebring, Fla., as well as The Danville Advocate-Messenger in Danville, Ky.

  • School district now using Facebook

    In an effort to stay in contact with students and parents, the Washington County School District is joining the world of social networking.

    Dawn Pettus, community education director for the district, has announced that the school system has a presence on the popular social networking Web site, Facebook.
    Pettus said the site is being used to find even more ways to be in touch with the students, parents, and even faculty of the school system.
    “It’s just another way to get information out there,” Pettus said. “We have a goal of 500 fans for the page by the end of the year.”

  • Thankful to serve

     

    When we sit down with our families at Thanksgiving and think of things for which we should be thankful, we should not forget people like Zack Parrish.