Local News

  • Kicking Butts and taking names

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Members of the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition were out kicking butts and taking names Saturday morning as part of Kick Butts Day 2009. It was a single-day event designed to promote smoking cessation along with drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

  • Unemployment rate up in 2008

    Annual unemployment rates were higher in 110 Kentucky counties in 2008 than in 2007, while 10 counties were lower, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    In 2008, five Kentucky counties had an annual jobless rate at or above 10 percent compared to three counties that recorded double-digit rates in 2007.

  • Eagle Scout service project helps neighbor

    The Boy Scout slogan is “Do a good turn daily,” and there couldn’t have been a better day to act upon that slogan than last Saturday. William Hale and a few of his fellow scouts from Troop 429 took advantage of the warm weather to do some landscaping at Cathy Edelen’s home on East High Street as his Eagle Scout project.

    “We’re planting some trees and bushes, plus re-sodding some grass to make the house look nice,” said the 14-year-old Hale.

  • Local church to portray life of Jesus Christ

    For Kyle Claunch and his congregation, serving God comes first, as it should.

    Claunch, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church on Perryville Road, is working with his approximately 75-member church to put on a show that is much larger in scope than the church is in number. Although they are taking on a very large task, Claunch said he and the church members are doing it all to please God.

  • Safety first...and last at new judicial center

    The new Washington County Judicial Center is receiving customers and visitors every day. While the building is impressive and boasts amenities like plenty of office space and high-tech courtrooms, there is one particular area that hopefully most people will never get a chance to see – the secured prisoner area.

  • Customers in a rush as tax deadline nears

    The flowers in the garden are starting to bloom, winter’s chill seems like a faded memory and college basketball just wrapped things up for the year. So you know what time of the year it is, right? Of course, it’s tax time!

    What? Taxes?

    Yes, there’s one week left to file your tax returns, and if you’re like a lot of people, you’re waiting until the last minute to file. According to Darlene Carrico, the branch manager of H&R Block in Springfield, there are a variety of reasons why people procrastinate during tax season.

  • New security steps going smoothly at judicial center

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The moment people walk into the new judicial center in Springfield, they can tell that things are done differently than in the past. After entering on the right, visitors are told to empty their pockets and then proceed through a metal detector. If needed, the court security officer on duty will use a wand detector to check specific parts of the body.

  • Cleanup efforts continue for county, but costs could rise

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Storm debris cleanup by the Washington County Road Department has come to a grinding halt because the brush chipper being used by the crews has died. Road crew director Albert Wimsatt informed Washington County Fiscal Court Friday morning that it would cost $11,100 to replace the engine. The breakdown comes as the county has completed only one-third of the roads.

  • WCHS art students excel at regional competition

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    There's something to be said about taking a blank canvas or a common object and turning it into a work of art. Some art students from Washington County High School found that out recently when they won several awards at the 2009 Caveland Region Exhibit and Competition held by the Kentucky Art Education Association.

  • Bardstown teens in BG Parkway crash

    A one-vehicle accident on the Blue Grass Parkway early Sunday morning sent one Bardstown teen to the hospital and left four others uninjured.

    Clark Seth, 18, of Bardstown, was driving a 1994 Ford Focus west on the parkway seven miles north of Willisburg around 4:55 a.m. Sunday when the vehicle dropped off the right side of the road and struck an embankment, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Seth was taken to Flaget Hospital, where he was treated and released.