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  • Principals discuss planning options at schools

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    Principals and staff in the Washington County School District gave their annual Comprehensive Improvement Planning for Schools and District reports at December’s regularly scheduled school board meeting. The reports list where the principals want to shift their focus in each individual school for student improvements.

    Washington County Middle School

  • Trial date in last year's murder case may be in 2019

    No trial date was set Wednesday for the man accused of killing Robert Jones and Crystal Warner, and it’s beginning to look like the victims’ families may have to wait until February of 2019 for a trial.

    Craig A. Pennington, 53, is accused of killing Warner and Jones in July 2016, and is currently being held at the Marion County Detention Center.

    It’s a bittersweet holiday season for the families of Warner and Jones as attorneys on both sides of the case wait for evidence to come in.

  • Boone pleads guilty to superseding information

    Nearly one year after being caught in Canada, John Robert “Johnny” Boone, 74, the former leader of the Cornbread Mafia, pleaded guilty to superseding information in federal court on Dec. 19.

  • Immunization laws to change for students

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    Children across the state will soon need additional immunizations or records showing they’ve received the vaccines.

    According to Washington County’s school nurse, Dolly Stannard, state government has added new vaccine requirements in order to attend public schools.

    Stannard, who covers Washington County elementary, middle and high schools, said the changes would take effect at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

  • Santa's coming to town

    Sleigh bells were ringing early in Springfield Friday when Santa Claus came to town.

    As a cold December wind cut through outer layers like a knife, the jolly old man sat on Main Street waiving to every car that passed by, and listened to each child’s deepest wishes for Christmas this year.

    “This is balmy weather compared to the North Pole,” Santa told The Sun in an exclusive interview. “Right now, it’s about zero degrees at the North Pole without the wind chill.”

  • Bids being accepted for SCC property

    St. Catharine College is going on the auction block, though it may already have its highest bidder.

    According to documents filed in federal court last week, SCC’s receiver, L.S. Associates, LLC, was granted a request to approve sale procedures and bidding protections in connection with the sale of SCC’s remaining assets.

    L.S. Associates will be taking bids on the property, though it was already offered a sum of money by the Runchero Corporation, Inc., in Shelbyville.

    The proposed price? $4.7 million.

  • Commanderettes have split results

    The past week brought in the first win of the Commanderettes’ season. But while the 52-48 victory over Garrard County started the week on a high note, the Friday night defeat to Thomas Nelson showed that there was still work to do for the girls’ basketball team.

  • County looks at future landfill options

    Washington County Fiscal Court was talking trash Monday morning at the 1816 Courthouse.

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill has approximately 5-10 years before it will reach capacity and have to be capped.

    Discussions started after the court went over the free recycling program it held.

  • Candidates file for 2018 election

    Next year’s election races are already getting busy, with close to 20 people having filed for positions in county government.

    According to Washington County Clerk Glenn Black, who will not be running for re-election next year, candidates for county offices have until 4 p.m. on Jan. 30, 2018, to file their paperwork for the primary election on May 23. Anyone running for city council has until August to submit paperwork.

    “All county offices and all city council members (are up for grabs),” he said.

  • City and county prepare for winter weather