Local News

  • Not so fast: School move in question

    A special session was called for the Washington County School Board last Friday, and though the timing of the move to the new Washington County High School was discussed, a final decision was tabled for a later meeting.

    With a number of construction delays and change orders in recent months — as well as delays due to vandalism late last month — the fall break move-in date for the new facility has been called into question.

  • Sheriff, mayor highlight fall election races

    The election season is upon us and plenty of seats are up for grabs this November in Washington County.

    Some of the most noteworthy election races include a  two-man race for sheriff, four people vying for mayor of Springfield and 12 names tossed in for six city council seats.

    With the impending retirement of Sheriff Tommy Bartley, Jerry Pinkston will represent the Democratic party on November’s ticket after moving on in May’s primary, while Jim “Buford” Crouch will be the Republican representative for the vote.

  • Sulphur Creek E. coli study complete

    After a study that took more than two years to complete, the Sulphur Creek Watershed that connects northern Washington County to Anderson and Mercer counties has been found to have higher than acceptable E. coli levels.

    As was reported in The Sun in 2012, the Kentucky Department of Water suspected the high levels, which led to the study, but Katie McKone of the energy and environment cabinet said the overall condition of the watershed is actually slightly better than the E. coli levels would suggest.

  • Taylor Co. hires Hilton

    Bobby Brockman
    Landmark News Service

    Washington County native Dudley Hilton was named the 10th head football coach at Taylor County High School on Monday.

  • Vandalism suspect submits letter

    A letter to the editor was submitted to The Springfield Sun last week from an individual identifying himself as one of the suspects named in connection with the recent vandalism of the new Washington County High School facility.

  • News briefs 9/3

    Sept. 2-6

    Trash collection
    Due to the Monday holiday, all Rumpke services for this week will be delayed by one day. Rumpke will operate Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Saturday Sept. 6.

    Thursday, Sept. 4

    Fair Board meeting
    There will be a Washington County Fair Board meeting on Sept. 4, at 5 p.m.  at the WC Extension Office.
    Anyone interested in helping out with this year’s fair or would like to join the fair board are invited to attend.

  • Governor names Brookfield to women’s commission

    Governor Steve Beshear made a plethora of appointments to various Kentucky boards and commissions earlier this week.

    Among those who were named was Bettye B. Brookfield, an art professor at St. Catharine College. She was appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women.

    According to the commission’s website — www.women.ky.gov — it is “dedicated to elevating the status of women and girls in the Commonwealth, empowering them to overcome barriers to equity and expanding opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.”

  • Sew This & That: Different strokes of sewing

    Marion Mulligan and Rita Yates

    We have so much to share, so let’s get right down to the knitty gritty stuff!

    Do you know that there are standard seam allowances for different  types of sewing?  Clothing construction uses five-eighths inch of a seam, home dec uses one-half inch of a seam and quilting uses one-quarter inch of a seam.  These can be assumed, unless the pattern or instructions state differently.

    Accurate stitching is important for straight, flat seams in both garments and drapery.

  • Guthrie hosts town hall at SCC

    U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, continued his annual tour through his district last Wednesday with a visit to St. Catharine College in Springfield, and he said he’s aware that the public is not particularly pleased with the actions — or lack thereof — by the federal government.

  • School tax rate approved

    A new tax rate for 2014-15 was approved at last week’s Washington County School Board meeting, passing by a 3-1 vote.

    Board members reviewed two options, deciding to go with the option that will result in roughly $120,000 in additional revenue.

    Option A, as it was labeled in last week’s agenda, consisted of a four-percent rate at 58.9 cents for real property and the same number for personal property. Option B was the compensating rate at 56.6 cents for real property and 57.6 on personal property.