Local News

  • Another week, another strong showing

    The Washington County Marching Commander Band will be heading to the State Sweet 16 of Marching Band. Last Saturday, the Commander band competed in the KMEA Class 2A West Regional Quarterfinals in Muhlenberg County. Twelve of the best Class 2A bands in western Kentucky competed to advance to the state semifinals. Only eight bands would make the cut. When the contest was complete, Washington County earned the right to advance by placing second in the entire contest. They also earned a distinguished rating. Only four bands earned a distinguished rating that day.

  • Law change on campaign signs near polling places

    A recent federal appeals court ruling will affect how campaigning is done in Kentucky, which is an important development with Election Day coming up next week.

    One of the main impacts that the ruling will have on the state is that any private property within 300 feet of a polling place can now put up signs endorsing any candidates. Previously, all campaigning was prohibited within that 300 feet buffer zone.

    However, the ruling did not overturn any other part of the previous statute.

  • Arrest in WCHS gun incident

    Mellwood H. Robinson, of Lebanon, was arrested on Friday, Oct. 20 by Springfield Police after allegedly dropping a firearm at a Washington County High School football game, resulting in a shot being fired.

    According to the police report, no one was injured by the stray bullet, but Robinson was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, which is a felony charge.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith returned from training on Monday of this week and commented on the incident.

  • Burglary at St. Rose home

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home burglary at 1639 St. Rose-Lebanon Road on Monday, Oct. 20.

    According to a report provided by authorities, the home of Richard L. “Dickie” Mudd, Jr. was broken into between between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

    Mudd’s daughter, JoAnne Mudd-Miller, informed the department that the back door had been kicked in, which Sheriff Tommy Bartley and Deputy Jackie Robinson confirmed on arrival.

  • Teachers speak up on pay schedule

    Teachers in the Washington County School District attended last Monday’s board meeting at Washington County Elementary School to express concerns regarding the pay schedule for certified and non-certified staff members.

    The group’s discontent centers around a schedule that initially pays faculty at a rate that is consistent with surrounding districts, but begins to fall behind once teachers have been on the job for 10 or more years.

  • The race for District 6 magistrate

    Greg Simms
    Greg Simms has served as District 6 magistrate in Washington County for more than 25 years, and as the lone magistrate with opposition on next week’s ballot, he said keeping the current court intact would benefit the sixth district and the county as a whole.

  • Four enter next week’s mayor race

    Four candidates have stepped forward in the race for mayor of Springfield, with incumbent John Cecconi, Sr. facing three challengers, Bobby Brady, Lisa Haydon and Debbie Wakefield.
    This week, The Sun takes a look at each of the four candidates and why they feel they should earn the nod during next Tuesday’s election.

    (Candidate profiles listed in alphabetical order)

    Bobby Brady

  • News briefs for 10/22


    Absentee Voting Machine
    The absentee voting machine is now open in the county clerk’s office. It will be open from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for those who are going to be out of town on Election Day or precinct workers who work in another precinct. Oct. 28 is the last day to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot.

    Election Sign

  • Movie time at Camp Horsin’ Around

    You won’t be “Frozen” if you bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the movie “Frozen” under the night stars at Camp Horsin Around!

    What is “Camp Horsin’ Around?”  Come to our Family Day Open House and see what we are all about…

    Hint: We are not an Equine Camp.  The ‘Horsin Around’ refers to goofing off and having fun…  In fact our only horse is Champ, a Lolapaloosa standing at the top of the hill to greet you when you arrive.

  • Commander band builds streak at Bryan Station over weekend

    This past Saturday the Washington County Marching Band traveled to Bryan Station High School to compete in the Bluegrass Pageant of Bands in Lexington. The weather did not cooperate and continued to be rainy and windy. The Commander Band arrived on the Bryan Station campus by 10 a. m. ready to roll for a full day of competition.