Today's News

  • Volunteers needed: Local fire departments struggle to stay staffed

     In addition to the Springfield/Washington County fire department’s struggle to stay staffed with volunteers, detailed in last week’s edition of the Sun, the Willisburg and Mackville volunteer departments also deal with difficulty in finding volunteers. Each department has its own set of challenges.

  • Washington County School Board raises pay for substitutes

    Substitute teachers for Washington County Schools will receive higher daily pay after an increase was approved Monday by the school board.

    The board approved an increase of about $2 per day, according to superintendent Robin Cochran.

    The increase was the first time in several years pay for substitutes in the district has been raised, the superintendent said.

  • Michter's to start WC operations soon

     Lousville-based Michter’s, a bourbon and whiskey distillery, is slowly running out of space, prompting the company to start an operation in Springfield.


  • Springfield City Council approves funding for museum, landfill use

     Approval of several payouts was among the items on a hefty agenda last week for the Springfield City Council, which met July 9. 

  • Fiscal court to charge fines for E-911 address violations
  • Lawsuit filed against Washington County Fiscal Court

    A lawsuit filed last month claims the Washington County Fiscal Court in 2017 wrongfully fired an employee after he was injured on the job and submitted a workers’ compensation claim.

    Attorneys for the fiscal court deny the termination was because of the workers’ comp claim.

    The suit claims the former employee’s injury permanently affected his ability to earn a similar salary, and asks for past and future lost wages.

  • Washington County School Board agrees to travel fundraiser

    By David Stone

    A travel group wishing to use Washington County school facilities to host a fundraiser will be allowed to do so, as long as certain steps are taken to meet insurance requirements, School Board members agreed Monday.

    Heather Sothen, a Washington County High School teacher, is organizing the trip to Italy and Greece this summer for students and other area residents. The group, EF Tours, wants to stage a classic car show on July 20 at the high school to raise funds for the tour.

  • Cancer patient stays optimistic during fight

    By David Stone

    This isn’t her first go-around with cancer. As a younger woman, Rosemary Devine battled ovarian cancer. And won.

    Later in life came colon cancer. It’s a fight she’s still waging, while trying to remain pragmatic.

    “I still have it,” Devine said. “It’s not active, but it isn’t in remission. It hasn’t grown or spread. I’ll take that.”

  • Hollywood South Film Festival returns

    A film festival showcasing the works of dozens of independent filmmakers is set to take another red carpet stroll next month in Springfield.

    The Hollywood South Film Festival returns to the Springfield Opera House begins its three-day run on July 5, Springfield-Washington County Tourism Director Stephanie McMillin said.

    “It’s called the fastest growing film festival in the United States,” McMillin said. “There are 50 separate countries represented. It’s truly an international film festival.”

  • Library boasts ‘Universal’ appeal during Summer Reading Program

    On Monday, the Washington County Public Library hosted Mark Comley as part of its Summer Reading Program.

    Ione Pinkston, who is the youth services assistant at the library, said the program is designed to keep children reading while school is out for the summer.

    “Summer reading is for those from birth through 18,” Pinkston said. “We have activities during the months of June and July such as magic shows, the zoo is coming and we have an illusionist coming. We try to have two to three things a week.”