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  • Popular theater director departs

    As accolades pour in, it seems clear that Jan Fattizzzi enriched many lives in Washington County. A founder and director of the Central Kentucky Youth Theatre and Community Theatre, Fattizzi resigned to accept a job in Florida, where she will continue to teach theater at Master Class Academy in Orlando.

    Theatre Board President Dr. John Isaacs wrote that Fattizzi’s departure creates a void.

  • Local teacher receives national honors

    Every now and then everyone likes a reminder that they're making a difference in others' lives. For Anne Harrison of Willisburg, her most recent reminder came in the form of the 2013 American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award at the end of last month.

  • Springfield council honors former mayor

    Former Springfield Mayor Mike Haydon’s contributions to the community have not been forgotten. City Council approved a special honor for the late mayor during its meeting on Monday evening.

    Upon request by the African-American Heritage Fest Committee, council unanimously approved a resolution in honor of Haydon. The proclamation will be read and presented to Haydon’s family at the festival on August 2. Haydon was serving as the Chief of Staff to Governor Steve Beshear at the time of his death in 2012.

  • Jets over Kentucky wraps up at S-L Airport

    Cody Thomas

    Contributing Writer

    This weekend the Lebanon/Springfield Airport hosted Jets Over Kentucky heralded as the Grandest Jet Event in the World. The week long extravaganza showcased rare and noticeable planes, talented pilots, and even an hour long fireworks show on Friday night. The event brought in pilots and spectators from the United States as well as around the globe.

  • Church officials decry cemetery vandalism

    “Rest in peace” is what people say when someone passes away, but somebody in Springfield has little respect for a local final resting place.

    Gus Cooper, pastoral administrator at Holy Rosary Church in Springfield, reported that vandals had driven ATVs and four-wheel drive trucks onto cemetery property, doing “donuts” and tearing up the field.

  • New Pioneers launch anti-pipeline campaign

    Even though a planned natural gas liquids (NGLs) pipeline is not supposed to pass through Washington County, a local environmental group wants to make sure residents are aware of both the risks and their rights. The New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future launched a public awareness campaign with a public meeting at the Springfield Opera House last Tuesday night.

    The non-profit New Pioneers were founded in Washington County in 2005. The group seeks to promote sustainable thinking and sustainable development in order to ensure a healthy environment for future generations.

  • Friends remember James Roberts

    Jeff Moreland
    Publisher CKNJ

    James Roberts, a former Central Kentucky News-Journal reporter, died at his home Sunday after a one-year battle with cancer. He was 36. Roberts came to work at the News-Journal in 2000. He also covered news in Casey, Marion and Washington counties for The Casey County News, The Springfield Sun and The Lebanon Enterprise, all of which are owned by the News-Journal's parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers.

  • Malaysian journalists visit Sun

    Three distinguished media members from Malaysia visited the Springfield Sun last Tuesday to learn about small town journalism. The trio was participating in a State Department program, in which foreign professionals visit the U.S. for three weeks to learn about people and practices here.

  • Dry weather at last

    The entire month of June and the first week in July were particularly wet in Washington County and the excess rainfall was not without consequences. Minor road and bridge damage resulted from flooding in early July, but the rain was much more costly for farmers, who lost crops and valuable work time due to the rain.

  • Fiscal Court approves Burg water project

    Fredericktown residents hopefully will not have to drink orange, rust-flavored water for much longer. The City of Bardstown water utility provides water to the Burg and plans to replace aging metal water pipes with PVC pipes this summer. But the utility needs permission from the Washington County government to excavate across roads in three places. The Washington County Fiscal Court considered the issue during its meeting Monday morning.