Local News

  • Local "ghostbusters' investigate hauntings and happenings

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” - William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5

    “If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” - Ray Parker Jr.

  • Fredericktown school in its final year

    Jennifer Smith teaches sixth graders at Fredericktown Elementary School these days, but once, she was a student at the school herself. That’s what made the news that the school will be closing after this year even tougher for Smith to hear Monday night.

    “I’m from that community. I grew up in the Burg, and as a community, you hate to lose it,” she said of the school. “I’m going to look at it as ‘maybe there could still be a miracle.’ I’m just hoping that something good happens.”

  • Local pastor, wife, return from Africa

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Chicago. London. Rome. Monduli?

    That’s the route a local pastor recently took to do some missionary work in the country of Tanzania, located on the east coast of Africa.

  • Alpacas growing as part of local agricultural scene

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

  • Political debate set for Thursday, Oct. 23

    A political debate between candidates for local elected positions is slated for Thursday, Oct. 23.

    The debate is being sponsored by the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Channel 6 TV.

    Candidates for Springfield City Council, as well as school board seats in District 4 and District 5 will discuss issues, as well as fielding questions submitted by viewers via telephone or e-mail.

  • Dominican Sisters announce new name

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    With their impending union with six other congregations this coming Easter, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine of Siena have announced the name of the new congregation. Effective April 12, 2009, the union will collectively be known as the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

  • Absentee voting now under way

    It’s less than two weeks until Election Day, and while politicians across the land are making their final pitches for your vote, another group is getting ready to tally your votes.

    Washington County Clerk Glenn Black and his staff are busy handling the absentee balloting process locally, and county clerks across the state are also in this stage. Black said the county has about 200 absentee voters in all, with approximately 100 using the mail ballot and the other 100 voting on the absentee machine at the courthouse.

  • County road crews to return to regular hours

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It was worth a try, but now, it's back to business as usual.

    At a meeting held on Monday, the Washington County Fiscal Court announced that county road crews will return to their regular work week schedule on Oct. 20. According to supervisor Albert Wimsatt, foggy conditions in the morning, combined with shorter daylight hours, pose a potential danger to workers on the road.

  • Barn quilt piece pays tribute to cancer survivors, victims

    Barbara Hale Wheatley is very aware of breast cancer. As a two-time survivor, she knows all too well what anyone facing the disease will go through, and she is pleased to help bring attention to it year round, and especially in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Going down: Gas prices continue to fall locally

    Consumers have become accustomed to seeing gas prices on the move, but that move is usually up instead of down. Lately, however, as oil prices have dropped to around $80 per barrel, gas has also dropped, and for the first time in as much as a year, local gas prices have fallen below $3 per gallon.

    Local merchants selling gas say it’s a simple case of supply and demand. Greg Simms, owner of the BP station on Lincoln Park Road in Springfield, said he has seen demand for gas dropping in recent months.