Local News

  • UK is on deck for valedictorian

    When valedictorian Maegen Satterly stood amongst the 134 graduating seniors at Washington County High School two weeks ago to speak, she was living out a goal that she set for herself four years prior.

    Before she ever accumulated a 4.33 grade-point average, or posted a score of 31 on her ACT, Satterly knew she wanted to be her class’ leading example at the graduation ceremony.

  • Support offered in wake of Officer Ellis’ death

    Well over 1,000 members of the Commonwealth met on Thursday for the funeral of fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, yet even more support in Ellis’ memory has come through in recent days with donations to a pair of funds set up to support his family and find his killer.

    Ellis was killed by multiple shotgun wounds on the Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp near Bloomfield Road (KY-55) on May 25 in what Kentucky State Police have described as a planned murder. Ellis was ambushed after leaving his vehicle to remove debris that had been placed on the road.

  • Accident sends three to hospital

    Three people were transported to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon last Tuesday after an injury accident at 10:23 a.m. at the intersection of Main St. and US-150.

    Samuel  J. Filson of Harrodsburg was traveling south on KY-555 in a 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer when he collided with Rebecca Bowman’s, of Springfield, 1999 Pontiac Bonneville in the intersection. Bowman had three passengers in the vehicle.

  • War hero comes home one last time

    Washington County native Samie Burns, a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for extreme bravery and risk of life in actual combat with an enemy force during World War II, passed away in Florida recently. Burns, was cremated upon his death, and a service will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Springfield on Wednesday, June 12.

    The cross earned by Burns is the second-highest award of valor behind the Medal of Honor, and connects to a story that Ken Begley shared in a previous issue of The Sun.

  • Mike Haydon Memorial Highway

    Mike Haydon’s name is known by nearly everyone who calls Springfield home, but the town’s former mayor, who also served as Gov. Steve Beshear’s chief of staff, will now forever be connected to his hometown.

    The bypass from US-150 at St. Catharine College to KY-555 that was completed in 2011 was named Mike Haydon Memorial Highway on Saturday, Haydon’s birthday.

    Many members of local and state government were in attendance, including Beshear, who said the occasion was bittersweet.

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  • Senior hurt in wreck before grad

    Kristen Corey, a senior at Washington County High School, had planned to join the __ other students at the class of 2013 graduation ceremony this past Friday night. Unfortunately, a car accident in Marion County on Tuesday derailed those plans.

    Corey, who was not in attendance on Friday while recovering from injuries suffered in the accident, was flown to the University of Louisville hospital by Air Evac on Tuesday with undisclosed injuries.

  • PHOTOS: Flying high
  • Family’s thoughts are with Oklahoma relatives

    Dr. David Whitlock, pastor at Lebanon Baptist Church, watched national news coverage closely last Monday, as events unfolded from the tornado that ripped through the town of Moore, Okla., and surrounding areas, killing more than 50 people. The coverage included the well-publicized disaster at Plaza Towers Elementary School.

    Actually, we all watched. Whitlock felt it.

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