Local News

  • Brothers evacuate bases ahead of Hurricane Florence

    Seth and Thomas Mattingly, the sons of Steve and Vicky Mattingly, had to pack their families up in a hurry last week. That’s because the brothers, both Marines, were on station in North Carolina before Hurricane Florence struck Friday morning.

    Seth said they have experienced tropical storms, but he could sense something was different with Hurricane Florence.

    “I’d say we felt this one was going to be much more serious,” he said. “The atmosphere of it being bigger was noticeable everywhere we went.”

  • District's SRO was 2002 plane crash hero

    There’s no such thing as a typical day for Washington County’s school resource officer, but one thing’s for sure, officer Curt Bowen has had an exciting career in law enforcement.

    Before coming to Washington County as the district’s first SRO, Bowen had made a career in law enforcement in Lexington.

    “I was in the field most of the time,” he said.

    For 13 of those years, he was a field training officer, and also worked special assignments.

  • Mt. Zion Bridge vandalized

    The Mt. Zion Bridge has already been vandalized, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office needs your help.

    According to Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston, the new lumber on the bridge has already been painted on multiple times, starting from early on in the year and scattered throughout the month of August.

    “People are writing profanity, they’re drawing stuff,” he said. “Some people put their initials and dates…”

    Right now, the sheriff has three suspects on video, and more video is being reviewed.

  • Sunday deliveries for Amazon packages

    No more waiting around. The Springfield Post Office will now provide Sunday deliveries of Amazon packages throughout the county.

  • Plane has rough landing at airport

    An airplane out of Savannah, Georgia, had a close call at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport Wednesday night.

    According to Washington County Fire Chief Forrest Carrico, a Piper Lance, a single engine airplane, lost power and attempted to land on the runway after dark using pilot-controlled runway lighting.

    Carrico said the pilot told responding units the aircraft bounced when it touched down on the runway, causing the plane to go down on the nose gear, which collapsed.

    “There was no fire, no fuel lost, and no injuries,” Carrico said.

  • Heavenly Treasures

    Editor's note: Meloney Russell's name was incorrectly spelt in the print edition of this week's issue of The Sun. It has been corrected in the online version.


    Miracles are happening on Main Street.

    Heavenly Treasures has just announced that it has made more than $8,000 in donations around Washington County and beyond.

  • District to keep tax rates the same

    Tax rates will remain the same for the Washington Country School District next year.

    The proposed rate, which is the same as this year, will be 60.2 cents on real property and 61 cents on personal property. The rate means you will pay $602 on a $100,000 property.

    According to Chief Financial Officer Judy Spalding, the tax rate brought in $3,530,186 in 2018 and is expected to bring in $3,641,089.22.

  • Duncans to be inducted into 4-H hall of fame

    Washington County native Ruth Duncan and her husband George were recently nominated to be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. According to a statement from the University of Kentucky School of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Duncan’s are being recognized for “their lifetime achievements and contributions to the nation’s young people.”

    Ruth was born on a farm Washington County to Bill and Polly Cocanougher Hatchett. She described her interest in home economics coming at a young age.

  • Eight vying for city council

    Eight people are vying for six spots on the Springfield City Council.

    Incumbents John “Willie” Ellery, Chuck Polin, Brooke Murphy Coulter, Carolyn Hardin, Lisa Jones Haydon and Chris Essex have two challengers in November. They are Jason C. Hilton and Vhonda Barlow.

    Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield is running unopposed.

    In Willisburg, Mayor Wanda K. Thompson is being challenged by Myron Byrd. Running for Willisburg City Council are Ricky Settles and Rea Byrd.

  • Where the water flows

    Having clean water to drink, bathe, wash dishes, clothes, and your car is something many people take for granted. But the next time you turn on your faucet, think about all the steps it takes to get water from Willisburg Lake to your glass.

    According to David Bartley, water system manager at the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, the water starts at Willisburg Lake and takes an approximate 12-mile journey thanks to 200-horsepower pumps. The pumps send the water through a 16-inch line to the plant in Springfield.