• 10 seek Distinguished Young Woman title

    By David Stone

    For all of the contestants vying for the 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County title, practice for the scholarship competition has been going on for at least two months. But according to one of the event organizers, some of the hopefuls have been practicing for years.

    Ten Washington County students have entered the competition this year, said Lauren Riney, one of the event co-chairs. The contest, which hits the stage Saturday with a weather-themed show, can be intense, she said.

  • Pennington murder trial date reset for January 2020

    By David Stone

    Prosecutors can still seek the death penalty against a Washington County man accused of killing his landlords, a judge ruled Friday before resetting the trial date to early next year.

    The trial date for Craig Pennington was June 24, but due to issues regarding the complexity of the case and jury selection, 11th District Circuit Judge Allan Bertram postponed the trial until Jan. 13, 2020, after consulting with defense attorneys and prosecutors.

  • Body cams now standard issue for Springfield police

    The Springfield Police Department has officially fitted all its officers with body cameras.

    These body cams do not record 24/7, but instead are turned on when an officer is responding to a incident. This way, private conversations officers may have with individuals during their shifts are not recorded.

    Chief Jim Smith said it was important to get body cameras because it became a big issue nationally and it is a good way to record evidence. It is also good to see first-hand what the officer is seeing at the scene.

  • Salary increases approved by school board

    By David Stone

    Teachers in the Washington County school system will receive a 2 percent pay raise after Board of Education members agreed — somewhat unexpectedly — on the salary hike.

    Board members were presented with two options on the 2019-2020 school year salary schedule: no pay raise or a 1 percent increase. During discussion of the pay increase proposal, members were told a 2 percent increase could be offered without greatly effecting the district’s financial operations.

  • Five Washington County High School students commit to military service

    Special to The Sun

    Four Washington County High School seniors and one junior have made commitments to serve their country through military service, according to a school district press release.

    WCHS senior Zachary Lemmons recently was sworn in as a member of the National Guard. A member of the school’s drama club, Lemmons said he decided to join because of the discipline, benefits and he felt it was the easiest way to obtain his postsecondary education.

  • Washington County High School fishing team pitches proposal for Booker Reservoir

    By Abigail Whitehouse


    The high school fishing team has a plan to create a safe, public space for Washington County’s youth and community residents.

    Tim Messer, head coach of the Washington County High School Commander Bass Fishing Team, presented a proposal for cleaning up the Booker Reservoir to the Springfield City Council during the May 14 meeting.

    Messer’s son Nathaniel, as well as WCHS media specialist Nicole Wilson and her son Logan, a member of the fishing team, took turns sharing their ideas for the reservoir.

  • Washington County puppies to participate in ‘Puppy Bowl’

    Two abandoned puppies from Washington County will become sports stars when they appear in the “Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet.
    According to Washington County Animal Control Officer Ariella Gibson, the two puppies, named Pippi and Austin, were part of a litter of three and their mother, Olive.

  • Death penalty remains an option in Pennington case

    Family and friends of Crystal Warner and Robert Jones will have to wait longer for the trial of the couple’s accused killer.

    Craig Pennington, the man who allegedly killed the couple in 2016, appeared in a pretrial conference last week.
    There, attorneys were able to call several witnesses to the stand over the mishandling of a few pieces of evidence.

    One of those witnesses, Kentucky State Police detective Josh Dickens, testified he found several pieces of evidence in a former detective’s home with their bags unsealed.

  • St. Catharine College sale finalized

    After closing on the sale of the St. Catharine College campus on Dec. 21, the site’s new owners are now in the process of determining what they’ll do next.

  • Taylor places in top 10 at state DYW

    Washington County’s Distinguished Young Woman, Kate Taylor, placed in the top 10 at the state DYW program in Lexington over the weekend.