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  • Stafford named new superintendent of Washington County Schools

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    The hiring process has been a long one to name the new superintendent of Washington County Schools. On Monday, however, the local school board spent little time at the start of its regularly scheduled meeting to vote upon and then introduce Rob Stafford as the next head of the school system.

    Stafford, 41, is a native of Camargo, Ky., just east of Mount Sterling in Montgomery County. He currently serves as assistant superintendent in charge of district operations and student support services in the Owen County school system.

  • Golf carts may be legalized on city streets

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    There are no fairways, sand traps or greens, but perhaps an occasional water hazard can be found. Still, the streets of Springfield could see a lot more golf cart traffic in their future.

    Springfield City Council member Mike Elliott is preparing legislation for the next city council meeting on August 12 that could allow residents to use golf carts within the city limits.

  • Teen back home after being hit by truck

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    He’s home now and on the mend, but this time last week, Thomas Riney was hospitalized following an accident at his home.

    Riney, 16, was lying in the sun at the family’s home shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, July 14, when he was accidentally struck by a truck driven by his father, Billy Riney.

  • Local businessman spreading the word, one pedal at a time

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Summer Intern

    At 56 years old, some people would be preparing for retirement. But not Steve Hale. In fact, he wants to help out more people before he settles down.

    Hale, owner of Sell with Hale Realty and Auction, plans to depart on a more-than 500-mile journey July 26 from Boston Court in Louisville, Ky., and ride to Springfield the first day. Then he will depart on July 27 from Springfield and ride to Americus, Ga. His method of transportation: a bicycle, with a “poop out vehicle” attached.

  • Blood drive to be held July 17 in honor of Hatchett

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Sun Summer Intern

    Justin Hatchett loves being on the farm.

    “It’s a way of life for him,” said Donna Remington, advisor and teacher of agriculture for Future Farmers of America (FFA). “It’s what he wants to do.”

    Hatchett was operating a tractor at his family’s farm on Mackville-Springfield Highway around 9 a.m. June 18 when it suddenly overturned. Justin was reportedly penned under the machine for nearly 30 minutes while rescue crews tried to save him.

  • Lincoln statue design selected for new judicial center

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    In life, Abraham Lincoln stood 6 feet, 5 inches tall. When a statue of the 16th president is completed in front of the new Washington County Judicial Center, Lincoln will be a total of 15 feet, 9 1/2 inches above ground, cast in bronze and placed atop a solid granite base. The statue itself will be 9 feet 6 inches, while the base will measure 6 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

  • Salvation Army Camp reaches local kids

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Summer Intern

    Just call him “Rayface.” He is in charge of fun.

    “Rayface,” whose real name is Ray Dalrymple, the disaster service and service extension director for the Salvation Army, tells this to his “Paradise Valley” campers as soon as they meet him.

    Dalrymple, who has worked at the camp for almost 20 years, also tells the kids that he is Santa Claus’s cousin and even helps take care of the reindeer.

  • Clements pleads not guilty to hosting party

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    Local school board member Pat Clements appeared for an arraignment in Washington County District Court Monday afternoon, facing charges of violating the county’s social host ordinance. The charges stem from a party held on Clements’ property June 7.

    Clements entered a not guilty plea, and a pre-trial hearing was set for Aug. 11.

  • Blood drive to be held July 17 in honor of Hatchett

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Sun Summer Intern

    Justin Hatchett loves being on the farm.

    “It’s a way of life for him,” said Donna Remington, advisor and teacher of agriculture for Future Farmers of America (FFA). “It’s what he wants to do.”

    Remington, who taught Hatchett for four years at FFA, planned the upcoming blood drive for Justin from 3-8 p.m. July 17 at Cornerstone Christian Church since “it’s something that needed to be done.”

  • 4-Hers attend camp

    Cool weather, great staff and enthusiastic campers all equaled a fantastic week at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp for Washington County.

    Thirty-four Washing-ton County campers and counselors enjoyed a week at camp whose theme, Camp Scene Investigation involved a camp mystery that all campers had a chance to solve for a grand prize at the end of the week. Classes such as lakefront, swimming, high and low ropes, archery, riflery, crafts, fingerprinting, sketch artist, nutrition, leather craft and biologist in training were other highlights of the four day camp.