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  • African-American Heritage Festival is Aug. 5

     

    When the eighth annual African American Heritage Festival gets under way in Springfield on Friday, Aug. 5, it will feature a special theme.
    This year’s festival will address the needs of hungry children in Washington County. Nell Haydon, director of Springfield’s Main Street Renaissance program, said the idea was brought up by members of the festival committee.

  • Springfield native to work for air ambulance service at local airport

     

    Local residents may have the comfort of knowing that one of their own is caring for them in the event of an emergency.
    Andrea Hale, a Washington County native, is currently going through orientation to work for Air Methods at the Springfield-Lebanon Airport.
    Air Methods is the company with a critical care flight team based at the airport.

  • County ends fiscal year with budget surplus

    Washington County will have a carryover of $287,569.73 from the 2010-11 fiscal year budget.
    During the regular scheduled meeting this week, the Washington County fiscal court voted to amend the budget to allow for the carryover into the 2011-12 fiscal year budget.
    The county brought in nearly $10,000 more than anticipated in real property taxes, and roughly $42,000 more than anticipated in occupational tax fees.
    The county began the 2011-12 fiscal year with a budget of over $5.6 million.

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  • Summer programs facing heat safety challenges

     

    With severe heat in the area last week, several teams and organizations were fighting Mother Nature in order to get in practice time.
    High school athletics resumed on July 11, only to be hit by a heat wave.
    With heat indices in the 100s, teams had to take caution.

  • School district's droput rate falls

     

    The Washington County School District has stressed the value of a high-school education in recent years, and the creation of a program called The Commander Academy is reinforcing that importance. The proof of that value can be found in a much-improved dropout rate.

  • CORRECTION: Loretto Food Land advertisement

    An advertisement for Loretto Foodland in the July 25 Twin County Advantage contains price misprints.

    The ad should read as follows:

    - 10 pound Idaho potatoes should be $3.99

    - 16 ounce Kraft Salad Dressing should be three for $5

    We apologize for the error.

  • Former Springfield mayor to head up Kentucky Speedway traffic team

    Widening Interstate 71 probably wouldn’t improve traffic flow into the Kentucky Speedway, Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday as he confirmed that his chief of staff will lead a team looking at ways to avoid traffic jams on race days.
    Beshear, speaking during a news conference that had been called to discuss another topic, said the massive traffic tie-up that forced thousands of fans to miss the track’s inaugural Sprint Cup race July 10 probably was caused by parking problems.

  • Springfield carries surplus into fiscal year 2011-12

    The city budget is off to a better start in the new fiscal year.
    The city began the 2010-11 fiscal year with $62,005.22, and went under budget by $49,348.63 in the same fiscal year.
    In FY 2011-12, Springfield started with a balance of $111,353.85. The city began the 2009-10 fiscal year with a balance of $131,497.04.

  • Covered bridge project gets nearly $1 million grant

     

    County officials haven’t been notified, and details aren’t available, but the Mt. Zion Covered Bridge is supposedly set to receive nearly $1 million in grant money for repairs.

  • Coupons return to The Springfield Sun

    Few products offer individuals the opportunity to save more than they spend. Starting today, The Springfield Sun will give readers this opportunity with the return of SmartSource coupons.
    Inside The Sun each week, readers will find a coupon package regularly valued at more than $75 in savings through manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons. Subscribers will usually find they can recoup the cost of a Springfield Sun subscription in just one week of coupon savings.