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  • Fake money used to purchase goods

    Some fake money has been circulating around Springfield, and police are investigating the appearance of the phony money.

    According to Assistant Chief of Police Joe Templeman, replica bills have been passed off as real money to several locations around town in the last week.

    “It looks real, it’s pretty close,” he said. “If you didn’t look at it and read where it said ‘replica’ or ‘for motion picture use only,’ it’s pretty similar.”

  • Film festival held in Springfield over the weekend

    The Springfield Opera House was transformed into a movie theater over the weekend.

    Springfield hosted the Hollywood South Film Festival, which brought filmmakers from around the country – as well as Canada and Europe – in for what was the first of three film festivals planned for the area.

  • Jets Over Kentucky soars

    Air traffic at the Springfield-Lebanon airport is at an all-time high, but not in the way you might expect. The annual Jets Over Kentucky event held at the airport is in its 14th year and has seen massive growth from its modest beginnings.

    This year, over 150 pilots have set up camp at the airport. Some have come from across the United States and others from around the world.

  • Budget cuts slow hiring process a extension office

    Though the county has a new extension office building, it’s missing two important people; a 4-H agent and agriculture agent.

    According to Horticulture Agent Dennis Morgeson, the University of Kentucky is holding approximately 70 positions due to budget cuts from the state.

    Morgeson said it’s important to note that when the state cuts from the university’s budget, “the university cuts the College of Ag, the College of Ag cuts extension, and extension has to hold on hiring agents to meet their budget.”

  • Staying safe in the heat

    Summer is in full swing, and it can be easy to forget to stay safe when you’re outdoors.

    According to Ashley Spalding, APRN, when it comes to looking for heat-related illness, folks need to watch out for fatigue, dizziness, elevated heart rate, nausea, vomiting and the feeling of passing out.

  • Summer feeding program keeps kids full in the summer

    Washington County Schools is making sure children get nutritious meals, even when school isn’t in session.

    According to Regina Hood, the school nutrition director, the Summer Feeding Program was first established as part of a larger pilot program in the 1960s, but became it’s own unique program in 1975.

    “SFSP provides an opportunity to continue a child’s physical and social development while providing nutritious meals during long vacation periods from school,” Hood said.

  • Fourth of July celebration is July 3

    Special to the Sun

    The city of Springfield has traditionally held its Independence Day Celebration on July 3 – giving residents ample opportunity to have a celebration here at home and then travel to other surrounding towns for another celebration on July 4.

  • Medley wins ag achievement award

    This year’s agricultural achievement award was presented to Richard Medley.

    Dale Medley, who presented the award, said Richard has been involved in agriculture his entire life.

    “From tractor being one of his first words to being in the backyard using his toy hay roller to roll up the freshly cut grass clippings to produce the hay for his toy house,” Dale said. “He loved to help granddad around the farm and assist him in running (cattle) through the chute to give them vaccinations and hay… as time progressed, so did he.”

  • Pennington case has discovery conference

    Next week will mark two years since the deaths of Crystal Warner and Robert Jones. Their accused killer, Craig Pennington, along with his legal team and the prosecutors from the commonwealth appeared in court last week for a discovery conference.

    “We’ve had some discovery that has been provided recently,” said Shelly Miller, a lawyer for the Commonwealth. Miller explained that they were still waiting on lab results for a hair analysis, as well as compliances with requests for bank and phone records.

  • Hale remembered for generosity

    Springfield lost a prominent businessman and one of it’s leaders last week, Steve Hale.

    Hale, 66, passed away on June 20.

    According to Glenn Mattingly, who said he’s worked with Hale for 30 years in different capacities, said his friend was a man who gave back to his community.