Local News

  • Coming home to Mackville

    The seventh annual Mackville School homecoming was held on Saturday at the Mackville Community Center, with five community members being added to the Mackville Hall of Fame.

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  • Local resident spends year in South Korea

    Kendra Peek
    Danville Advocate-Messenger

    Following her passions of teaching and traveling, 23-year-old Mackville resident Sarah Carey had the experience of a lifetime when she was able to spend a year in South Korea with the Fulbright Program, teaching English to seventh-graders.

    “I like to travel, and I like to teach myself; kill two birds with one stone,” Carey said.

  • USDA loans fire department extra funds for new building construction

    The Washington County Fire Protection Association has its eye on building a new home, and thanks  to a loan from the United States Department of Agriculture, the funds to do so should now be available.

    The USDA approved a loan for $1.5 million in 2012 to cover construction costs of a new fire department building in Springfield. After an estimate of $1,575,000 was given for the construction, the USDA agreed to provide the remaining $75,000.

  • INOAC gets props from Ford

    To be honored with a Q1 designation by Ford Motor Company is to have a foot in the door with all Ford business going forward. Thanks to years of hard work from the dedicated team at one local company, Springfield and Ford could be tied together for the foreseeable future.
    INOAC, which has called Springfield home for 23 years, was presented with a Q1 plaque and flag last Monday to commemorate the feat.

  • County officials note abandoned property problem

    Washington County magistrates opened discussion about abandoned homes and other structures causing problems throughout the county at a recent regular scheduled fiscal court meeting.

    Magistrate Hal B. Goode said it has been brought to his attention that deserted properties are a growing concern throughout Washington County, and as a member of the Texas community, he didn’t have to look far.

  • Superintendent receives high marks

    A yearly evaluation of Washington County Superintendent Robin Cochran was held recently, and the board of education showed approval at the job she has done in recent years.

    On a scale of zero to four—unacceptable, needs improvement, good, excellent and outstanding—Cochran came away with a cumulative score of 3.6

  • Mattingly promoted to editor

    Brandon Mattingly, a sports and news writer at The Springfield Sun since October 2011, was recently promoted to the position of editor.
    He said he’s looking forward to the opportunity, and taking on a larger role within Washington County.

    “I’ve really gotten to know the community pretty well over the last two years, but my objective is going to be to take that to another level to find out what stories in Washington County have yet to be told,” Mattingly said.