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  • 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.

  • Repairs made to Nancy Hanks memorial at Lincoln Homestead State Park

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Summer Intern

    In 1935, Washington County residents gathered at Lincoln Homestead State Park to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. They also gathered to celebrate the legacy of Hanks by dedicating a memorial to her just a few feet from the cabin where she grew up.

  • Program helps farmers begin operation

    By Rick Greenwell

    Washington County Extension Agent

    As promised, this is a continuation of last week’s article on Understanding Ag Loan Programs.

    What is the Beginning Farmer Loan Program?

  • Bonnie Plant operation, new jobs coming to county

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    The local economy will soon get a boost as some new jobs take root in Springfield.

    Bonnie Plants, a company providing vegetables, herbs, flowers and other gardening items to home and department stores such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart and K-Mart, has announced it will open a new Springfield growing and distribution location.

  • Don't rain on our parade

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The crowd was lined up along Main Street, the hamburgers were cooking, the band was setting up, kids had their faces painted and the old courthouse was littered with decorated bikes, sidewalk chalk drawings and dogs dressed in their holiday best. So a little bit of rain wasn't going to stop Springfield's ninth annual Independence Day celebration.