Local News

  • The arts are not a luxury

    John Overby
    Sun Staff Writer

    It’s 3:30 p.m. The parking lot is noticeably bare. Inside of the building, there is silence with the exception of the muffled sounds of a volleyball practice behind closed doors.

    And the hallway is empty.

    That is, it is empty until you reach the end, where a handful of art students are still hard at work.

    WCHS let out a half hour ago, but there is sophomore Thomas Graves painting a hallway wall white so a mural of his design can adorn it within the month.

  • Poet Maurice Manning is harvesting a different type of Kentucky crop

    Tom Eblen
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Clouds were gathering for an early evening shower as Maurice Manning leashed his three big dogs and took off down one of the mowed paths that criss-cross almost 20 acres behind his 1850s farmhouse.

    “One of my vows when I was in grad school in Alabama was that if I ever made any money from writing, I would buy land in Kentucky,” he said as we ambled through woods, past a stream and across meadows of wildflowers in full August bloom.

  • School system making ends meet

    It hasn’t been a secret that the state’s funding of education has taken a step back in recent years.

    The numbers show where cutbacks have hit the hardest, as SEEK (Support Education Excellence in Kentucky) funding decreased from $7.6 million in 2009 to a current allocation of $6.6 million, according to Washington County Schools Finance Officer Judy Spalding.

    “We’ve had a six percent overall decline in revenue in five years between our property tax and SEEK,” Spalding said.

  • A week in a foreign land

    Ken Mattingly is entering his 20th year as a teacher at Rockcastle County Middle School in Mt. Vernon, but he recently spent a week teaching in a much different environment.

    The 1984 graduate of Washington County High School got the opportunity thanks to his involvement with the Portland, Ore.-based Assessment Training Institute. Using what he’s learned through the institute, Mattingly has done work across Kentucky and elsewhere helping school districts develop assessment literacy and standards-based grading from elementary to high school.

  • County, Whayne Supply at crossroads on grader repair

    Washington County fiscal court met on Monday morning, and the primary conversation centered around a recent dispute the county has had with Whayne Supply Company in Louisville.

  • Water district eyes upgrades

    The water supply in Washington County may tie in with that of Boyle County’s in the near future, which would provide a safety net for an area in both counties that may otherwise be at risk of being without water in the event of a line break.

  • The Sun hires two to staff

    The Springfield Sun has hired John Overby as the new sports/news reporter, and he began serving the community on Tuesday of this week.

    Overby, a 2009 graduate of Russell County High School and a 2013 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College where he majored in media studies, has spent most of his life in Jamestown, so he said he’s familiar with a friendly, small-town environment.

  • Rep. Guthrie speaks at SCC

    United States Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., stopped by St. Catharine College last Wednesday to host a town hall meeting, where members of the community were able to voice their concerns and pose questions to the member of the House of Representatives.

    During Congress’ time off, Guthrie has been visiting each of the 21 counties in his congressional district to get feedback from the Commonwealth about what issues are important to them.

  • Local woman named to UK board

    A former Washington County resident and WCHS graduate was recently honored by being appointed to the University of Kentucky board of trustees.

    Angela Logan Edwards, who acquired her law degree from UK, said she was floored when she found out Gov. Steve Beshear and his nominating committee had chosen her as the next board member.

  • Copper taken from school site

    An undisclosed amount of type L copper piping was taken from the site of the new Washington County High School last weekend, and the Springfield Police Department is looking for leads.

    According to police, between the night of Friday, Aug. 23 and Monday, Aug. 26, someone entered the construction property on Hwy-150 and drove away with 300 feet of copper piping. The culprits took 100 feet each of one-inch, two-inch and two-and-a-half inch pipes. Some of the piping had already been installed and welded into place, and was removed from the framework.