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Springfield income tax increase goes back to the polls in May

Springfield residents will vote again on an income tax increase this spring, months after a similar proposal was rejected at the polls. City commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to put the increase back on the ballot. Both supporters and opponents of the proposal spoke out about it at their meeting in City Hall Forum. The 5½-year income tax increase will be placed on the May 2 primary ballot...
Clark County mom faces new charges in death of baby son

Clark County mom faces new charges in death of baby son

New charges have been filed against a Clark County mother in connection with the death of her newborn baby. Shania Delawder, 19, was charged Sunday with involuntary manslaughter, according to Clark County Municipal Court records. The baby, Liam Lee Spencer, died Oct. 6 after he was found unresponsive in a room at the Drake Motel, 3200 E. National Road in Springfield Twp. He had visible bruising and...
SSO’s Grapes & Escapes gets a ‘Clue’

SSO’s Grapes & Escapes gets a ‘Clue’

Contact this contributing writer at bturner004@woh.rr.com. No dinner plans for Saturday, Feb. 4? The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will gladly offer a “Clue.” The annual Grapes & Escapes fundraiser turns to colorful characters and daring detectives for its 2017 theme with a beloved board game as its inspiration — “Clue: The Caper at the Symphony.” The game is afoot starting...
Child injured in National Road crash

Child injured in National Road crash

A three-year-old child, who was a passenger in a car accident, was transported by CareFlight to Children’s Hospital with a head injury on Tuesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. The driver of the car lost control while traveling on National Road near Redmond Road in Springfield. The car reportedly left the right side of the road and flipped before crashing into a wooded area.  According to the...
Obama pardons Huber Heights man

Obama pardons Huber Heights man

President Barack Obama on Tuesday granted commutation of sentence to 209 individuals and pardons to 64 individuals. Obama granted a pardon to a Huber Heights person, LeAnton Sheldon Hopewell, Sr. Hopewell’s offense was aiding and abetting theft from interstate shipment. Hopewell was sentenced to three years probation. Hopewell tried to have his record expunged in 2011 through the Second...
3 higher ed questions for Trump’s secretary of education nominee

3 higher ed questions for Trump’s secretary of education nominee

Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, is scheduled to have her confirmation hearing at 5 p.m. today. DeVos will be questioned by members of the U.S. Senate’s committee on health, education, labor, and pensions. TWITTER: Follow reporter Max Filby on Twitter for more higher ed news While she will likely face questions about her stance on school choice...
Ever wonder why road salt in Clark County is blue?

Ever wonder why road salt in Clark County is blue?

It was entertaining last week thinking about road salt being little bits of tropical seas making our icy roads safer. However, after speaking to some of you, I realized I need to clarify something. The road salt many of us see piled at the township, city, county or state garages is not blue because it came from tropical seas. No, that would be too easy. Many of our road salts are blue because road...
Democrats predict fight if Trump fires Cordray

Democrats predict fight if Trump fires Cordray

Senate Democrats Tuesday vowed to aggressively fight any plans to fire former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as the nation’s top consumer watchdog. Under the 2010 law that created his agency, Cordray is supposed to remain director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau through July 2018. But a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump last week said Trump has interviewed Texas Republican...
New charges against mother in newborn’s death

New charges against mother in newborn’s death

New charges have been filed against a Clark County mother in connection with the death of her newborn baby.  Shania Delawder, 19, was charged Sunday with involuntary manslaughter, according to Clark County Municipal Court records.  The baby, Liam Lee Spencer, died Oct. 6 after he was found unresponsive in a room at the Drake Motel, 3200 E. National Road in Springfield Twp.  Delawder...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0006 - HSBC Bank USA, N.A., as Trustee, v. Lowell A. Osborne, 1211 S. Bird Road, et al., complaint in foreclosure for $92,830. 17-CV-0007 - James H. Stewart, Urbana, v. Scioto Services LLC, St. Paul, Minn., and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Columbus, notice of appeal. 17-CV-0008 - U.S. Bank NA v. Colleen M. Fowler, Baltimore, et al., complaint in foreclosure...

Clark County teen live streams suicide attempt

A Moorefield Twp. teen live streamed a suicide attempt on Facebook, according to a report from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Another teen called 911, the report says, to report seeing her take a large amount of medication. The teen’s parents were contacted and able to stop her from taking more pills before medics arrived, the report says. She was transferred to Springfield Regional...
Clark County Pet of the Week

Clark County Pet of the Week

Meet Nash. He is an approximately 1-year-old Pit mix who weighs 66 pounds. Nash is vaccinated, dewormed, neutered, rabies vaccinated, heartworm negative and microchipped. His adoption fee is $100 which includes his dog license. Nash is located at the Humane Society Serving Clark County, 5201 Urbana Road in Springfield. Shelter hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, from 1 to 7:30 p...
Clark-Shawnee to ask voters again for $37M for new, renovated schools

Clark-Shawnee to ask voters again for $37M for new, renovated schools

The Clark-Shawnee Board of Education will go back to the ballot to again ask voters to approve a $37 million tax issue for new and renovated schools. Voters rejected the district’s plan in November that would have renovated Shawnee High School and build a new elementary school across the street. The district’s three primary schools would close. Voters will now go back to the polls in May...
Champaign County Pet of the Week

Champaign County Pet of the Week

Roxy is an approximately 8-year-old female Lab mix. She is a medium-sized dog at 50 pounds. Roxy was surrendered to us by her owner. She is a very friendly, playful dog who loves people. Roxy will make some family a wonderful companion. She is up to date on vaccinations (including rabies) and has tested negative for heartworm. She is scheduled to be spayed. Come visit Roxy at the Paws Animal Shelter...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED THURSDAY INCLUDED: Garrett W. Allagree, 33, of Fairborn, use and possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, dismissed - prosecutor request; OVI, expired operator’s license, fail stop/yield stop sign, backing/starting, dismissed. Maryann Grabowski, 42, of 332 Chestnut Ave., OVI, guilty, 33 days jail with 30 days suspended, three days credit for time served for driver&rsquo...
TCC may partner with Champaign, Logan planning commission

TCC may partner with Champaign, Logan planning commission

A Clark County transporation planning organization may be expanding its services into Champaign and Logan counties. The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee will be performing a $20,000 planning feasibility study to provide services for the Logan-Union-Champaign Regional Planning Commission. The study is being paid for through federal Statewide Research Planning money, TCC...
$850K mobile unit to combat high breast cancer rates in Clark County

$850K mobile unit to combat high breast cancer rates in Clark County

Community Mercy Health Partners has purchased an $850,000 mobile mammography unit to offer preventative services in Clark and Champaign counties after data revealed breast cancer rates in both counties are above the state average. The new vehicle will travel around the two counties to offer 3D and 2D mammograms to patients. Before its purchase, Community Mercy borrowed a vehicle from a Cincinnati...
Girls Basketball: Top-ranked Alter beats Tecumseh

Girls Basketball: Top-ranked Alter beats Tecumseh

Tecumseh found out early in a nonconference girls basketball game on Tuesday night that Alter is deserving of the No. 1 ranking in Division II. The Knights likely solidified their spot with a 66-52 win over Tecumseh. “We knew what we were getting into, and that’s why we wanted to play them,” Tecumseh coach Danielle Thomas said. “We wanted to test ourselves and being a young...

Civil rights activist urges for understanding at Wittenberg event

A longtime civil rights activist urged students and community members to fight for policies and principles they believe in, but stressed they should avoid personal attacks on those with whom they disagree. Dorothy Tillman, a civil rights activist and a former Chicago alderman, was the guest speaker for Wittenberg University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation at the college’s...
Swimming: Shawnee’s Seibert reaches top of podium at Classic

Swimming: Shawnee’s Seibert reaches top of podium at Classic

Grace Seibert may have saved her best for last. The Shawnee senior has had solid performances at the Southwest Ohio High School Swimming & Diving Classic but had never made it to the top of the podium until Saturday. Seibert, 17, won the girls 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:22.83 in the finals at Keating Natatorium. She edged out a trio of local rivals as Centerville’s Nora Fullenkamp (2:23...
Downtown Springfield building added to National Register

Downtown Springfield building added to National Register

A downtown Springfield building has been added to National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The 1921 Edward Wren Co. Building, also known as McAdams Building, is located at 31 E. High St. and owned by a real estate arm of the Turner Foundation. RELATED: $4.8M raised for downtown Springfield redevelopment “It gives it a level of respect in the community. It...
Showdown likely over health care after inauguration

Showdown likely over health care after inauguration

If the devil is in the details, one of the toughest tasks about repealing and replacing the 2010 Affordable Care Act may be the timeline. Some congressional Republicans want to repeal the bill now, and then spend two years instituting a replacement. During the transition period, they’ve said, no one would lose benefits. But President-elect Donald Trump last week threw a wrench into that plan...
Sweeping change likely after Donald Trump takes oath

Sweeping change likely after Donald Trump takes oath

He will be a president like no other, and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing seems to, at this point, be a matter of remarkably disparate opinion. But when President-Elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, the nation will see a sweeping change in policy, style and rhetoric, possibly unlike any they’ve seen in their lifetimes. “He is not going to behave like...
Advocates: New law could improve blight, including in Springfield

Advocates: New law could improve blight, including in Springfield

Ohio has enacted the nation’s first statewide ban on mortgage lenders using plywood to board up vacant structures, which some local officials hope will help disguise and stop the spread of abandoned homes and blight. Plywood covers the doors and windows of thousands of empty structures across southwest Ohio — including in Springfield — and has become a symbol of decay. RELATED: Record...
Clark County to buy old armory, possible site for new hotel

Clark County to buy old armory, possible site for new hotel

Clark County’s deal to purchase the Ohio National Guard Armory site for $125,000 site is expected to be finalized in the next two to three months — which could lead to new development near one of the county’s largest tourism generators. Ohio Department of Administrative Services officials verbally approved the deal last year for the property at 4440 Laybourne Road. It then was formally...
Greene County double homicide ‘tough’ investigation, DeWine says

Greene County double homicide ‘tough’ investigation, DeWine says

Fourteen state agents are helping the Greene County Sheriff’s Office investigate the double homicide just outside Yellow Springs — a “tough” task, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said of a crime with no known suspects or witnesses. DeWine said his Bureau of Criminal Investigation will provide Sheriff Gene Fischer with “whatever he needs” in their investigation...
Unconventional path led Springfield pastor to true calling

Unconventional path led Springfield pastor to true calling

When Pastor Vicki Downing assumed her role as pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, she completed a successful journey to pastoral leadership by taking the unconventional path. Downing became pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in July of 2009, after serving 19 years in various pastoral positions at Christ United Methodist Church in Kettering and South Park United Methodist Church in Dayton...
Rain chances and temps on the rise this week

Rain chances and temps on the rise this week

Fog or light rain possible overnight Rain chances going up through Tuesday Temperatures push into upper 40s and 50s this week DOWNLOAD our free WHIO weather app to receive audible weather alerts even when you’re not in the app. You’ll have access to live radar to see where rain is moving into your area, as well as hour-by-hour forecasts. Overnight: Mostly cloudy skies are expected...
Finding work key to cutting crime, saving money in Clark County

Finding work key to cutting crime, saving money in Clark County

Helping the nearly 300 convicts that leave Ohio prisons and return to Clark County every year can save taxpayers here millions of dollars and cut down on crime, local experts say. Finding work is often a critical part of keeping felons from committing more crimes, said Brad Andringa, the re-entry coordinator for Opportunities for Individual Change, a local nonprofit that offers job training and other...
Wittenberg stumbles against rival Wooster

Wittenberg stumbles against rival Wooster

Wittenberg hoped to turn its North Coast Athletic Conference title hopes around in a game against rival Wooster on Saturday night at Pam Evans Smith Arena. Instead, Wooster ran away in the second half and handed the Tigers a 70-55 loss. The loss drops Wittenberg to 4-4 in the NCAC and 10-5 overall. The Tigers hadn’t lost a league game by more than four points before Saturday. “I thought...
Student of the Week Mechanicsburg High School

Student of the Week Mechanicsburg High School

Name: Miranda Lauchard School: Mechanicsburg High School Grade: 12 Age: 17 Extra-curricular: Volleyball, Softball, National Honor Society, Student Council, Science Club, 4-H and FFA Claim to fame/honors: 7th overall individual at the American Royal Livestock Judging contest Words you live by: “Greatness is just outside your comfort zone.” Toughest challenge: Balancing all of my activities...

Seniors Calendar

UNITED SENIOR SERVICES 125 W. Main St. 937-323-4948 *Denotes event that requires payment or a reservation to attend. Call USS for information. Today USS closed for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Special MLK Day Program: 2 p.m. at USS Tuesday Focus on Fitness: 9 a.m.* Samba Card Game: 9:30 a.m. Moving with Music: 10:30 a.m.* Pinochle: Noon Friendly Euchre Group: Noon USS Jammers: Noon Bid Euchre:...
Shawnee assistant principal working following OVI arrest

Shawnee assistant principal working following OVI arrest

An assistant high school principal who was charged with OVI in December continues to work while the legal process goes through the courts. Chad Mossing, 37, of Cedarville, wasn’t suspended and continues to work at Shawnee High School, according to Superintendent Gregg Morris. A police affidavit states Mossing blew a 0.13 during a breathalyzer test following an arrest by German Twp. Police. RELATED...
Athlete of the Week Mechanicsburg High School

Athlete of the Week Mechanicsburg High School

Name: Mikayla Dodane School: Mechanicsburg High School Grade: 12 Age: 18 Sports: Cheerleading and Basketball Claim to fame/honors: Single game 3-point record, seasonal 3-point record Words you live by: “When in doubt, air it out.” Toughest opponent: Cedarville Biggest influence: Kevin Hart and Superman Game-day rituals: I dance with my team, and we have a dance battle. What’s on...
Deputy: Man missing after mudding hides from rescuers in Clark Co.

Deputy: Man missing after mudding hides from rescuers in Clark Co.

A man in his 30s was hiding from rescuers who were searching for him after his girlfriend reported him missing. The man, who had been mudding when his truck got stuck, was hiding out of fear of getting into trouble, Sgt. John Rodgers of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said. While the man, whose name was not released, may face charges such as trespassing, the priority was to find him and make...
Obama, Pence interviews on WHIO-TV Sunday

Obama, Pence interviews on WHIO-TV Sunday

With the inauguration just a few days away, Sunday will be all about politics on WHIO-TV Channel 7. Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Vice President-elect Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be on Face the Nation. Following Pence’s interview will be a special edition of WHIO Reports with Jim Otte previewing the inauguration of Donald Trump. On the show will be Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter...
Springfield caps perfect week with Flyin’ win

Springfield caps perfect week with Flyin’ win

Less than 24 hours after defeating Wayne for its biggest win of the season, Springfield was cruising toward a double-digit victory Saturday afternoon at the Flyin’ to the Hoop showcase. Then the Wildcats almost let a perfect ending to a perfect week fly out the Trent Arena doors. Columbus Eastmoor sliced a 14-point deficit to three with a 12-1 run. But senior Danny Davis made three free throws...
Springfield Class of 1952 to host final reunion, special tribute

Springfield Class of 1952 to host final reunion, special tribute

The Springfield High School Class of 1952 will present a special tribute to deceased member Dick Shatto and other surprises at its 65th and final reunion. “It’s the last one because we’re all in our early 80s,” said class president Jim Ingledue, who is organizing the event. “We’ll call people to remind them.” The reunion will be held July 7, 4-7 p.m. at the...
Springfield MLK speaker: Get involved, build stronger communities

Springfield MLK speaker: Get involved, build stronger communities

The City of Springfield’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration focused on how Springfield residents can build better communities and lend their voices to America’s democratic process while recognizing those who are already effecting positive change in the community. During the luncheon, Dayton Human Relations Council Executive Director Catherine Crosby spoke to the current...
South Vienna adds income tax without resident vote

South Vienna adds income tax without resident vote

The new year brought a new income tax to South Vienna, in effect after the village council approved it last year but without a vote by residents. The village had no income tax before Jan 1. The one percent income tax didn’t need to be approved by voters, South Vienna Mayor Toni Keller said, because the law only requires council approval for an income tax that’s one percent or less. &ldquo...
Husbands, time to plan your annual spousal performance review

Husbands, time to plan your annual spousal performance review

This column is for husbands only. I can cite no study, of course, but I’d still claim that first sentence is virtually guaranteed to swell the readership of this week’s column among wives – and maybe even more among ex-wives. Given their commitment curve, the line could even draw a few millennial readers. They likely would see the column in email version sent by parents or parents-in-law...
Springfield commission to vote to go back on ballot with tax increase

Springfield commission to vote to go back on ballot with tax increase

Springfield city commissioners will likely vote whether to place an income tax increase back on the ballot this spring, just months after a similar proposal was rejected at the polls. City staff members have recommended commissioners approve placing a 5½-year income tax increase on the May 2 primary ballot. The income tax rate in Springfield would increase from 2 percent to 2.4 percent, if...
Fog, slick spots on roadways of concern overnight

Fog, slick spots on roadways of concern overnight

Fog expected overnight Re-freeze could lead to slick spots Higher temperatures expected next week DOWNLOAD our free WHIO weather app to receive audible weather alerts even when you’re not in the app. You’ll have access to live radar to see where snow and rain is moving into your area, as well as hour-by-hour forecasts. Overnight: Fog will form overnight. In addition to reducing visibility...

Greeneview dominates West Liberty-Salem

Mason Schneider’s high school basketball career was off to a great start. He started as a freshman on varsity, played the AAU circuit the following summer and as a sophomore was going to be teammates with Ethan Bradds, who had sat out the year before. “I’ve looked up to him since I was seventh grade and he was in eighth,” Schneider said. “I’ve always wanted to play...
Ice could wreak havoc with weekend plans

Ice could wreak havoc with weekend plans

This may be a weekend to stay home, if you can. A freezing rain advisory was in effect from 7 p.m. Friday evening until 1 p.m. today with freezing rain, sleet and accumulations of ice possible from Cincinnati to Richmond, Ind. and beyond. A massive icing event is not expected. The brunt of the ice should stay to the west. “But it’s going to be a really close call,” said WHIO-TV Chief...

Trump’s plan to neuter the White House press corps

Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White House and moving them — and news conferences — to a conference center or to the old Executive...