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New tavern, restaurant opens in Springfield

Tim Rigel has owned a lot of businesses and properties in Springfield over the years from drive-throughs and rentals to sports complexes and car lots. Rigel hopes his latest venture is his lasting legacy and one for Springfield. Park Road Tavern, located at 2205 Park Road in the former Casey’s Restaurant and Banquet Facility, opened softly in December but will continue expanding over the coming...
Organizers cancel Springfield curling tournament

Organizers cancel Springfield curling tournament

A curling tournament that brought visitors from across the United States and Canada to Springfield has been cancelled. The Champion City Bonspiel, which was held last May at the NTPRD Chiller ice rink, 301 W. Main St. near Curl Troy curling club, won’t be held this year, according to a release on the organization’s website. The decision was made earlier this month for several reasons after...
Rain and snow chances return this week

Rain and snow chances return this week

Rain expected Monday Temperatures falling this week Snow possible Thursday, Friday Clouds will continue to increase overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. There is the chance for a few showers, especially further south and east. Not everyone will see rain. Temperatures eventually dip into the middle 40s, Collar said. MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies are on tap with scattered showers...
Springfield High School debates major overhaul

Springfield High School debates major overhaul

A major overhaul of how Springfield High School is structured could stop students from getting lost in the system, district leaders believe. Currently the high school has five academies that each of its nearly 2,000 students selects, which were intended to provide career paths and create a smaller-school environment in the large building after North and South high schools merged. But eliminating those...
Springfield lets double-digit lead slip away vs. No. 1 Moeller

Springfield lets double-digit lead slip away vs. No. 1 Moeller

Springfield nearly knocked off the state’s top Division I team on Saturday night but couldn’t hold on to a double-digit lead. The Wildcats built an 11-point lead in the third quarter only to see Moeller rally and capture a 54-51 win. Moeller went on a 19-8 run in the third and fourth quarters to tie the game and then pulled ahead for good. Springfield (11-2) had chances to recapture the...
Student of the Week Springfield-Clark CTC/Greenon High School

Student of the Week Springfield-Clark CTC/Greenon High School

Name: Jacob Joseph Alexander Apone School: Springfield-Clark CTC/Greenon High School Grade: 12 Age: 17 Extra-curricular: National Honor Society, Student Ambassador program, volunteer at my church Claim to fame/honors: BPA student board member, certified in Adobe Photoshop 2015 and 2013 and in Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint all 2013. Words you live by: “If you don’t mess up...

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 Aquatics 9: 8 a.m.* Pickleball: 8:30 a.m. Aquatics 1: 9 a.m.* Aquatics 3: 10 a.m.* Bridge: 10:30 a.m. Keep Movin’: 10:30 a.m.* Aquatics 5: 11 a.m.* Aquatics 6: Noon* Scrabble: 1:30 p.m. Tai Chi: 2 p.m. Pickleball: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday Focus on Fitness...
Saturday was warm, but not record-breaking

Saturday was warm, but not record-breaking

Spring is still about two months away, but you may have thought it was here on Saturday as we saw temperatures soar into the lower 60s. This is 25 degrees above the normal high for this time of the year. However, this is not enough, nor was it even close, to breaking a record.   The daily record high temperature for Jan. 21 was 69 degrees set back in 1906. We didn't even come in second...
Wrestling: Depleted Graham falls to St. Ed’s

Wrestling: Depleted Graham falls to St. Ed’s

Graham High School wrestling coach Jeff Jordan knew taking down Lakewood St. Edward for the sixth year in a row was going to be tough under normal circumstances. Saturday night at Graham High School, however, was not normal circumstances. Late-week injuries to defending state champs Mitch Moore (132) and Rocky Jordan (152) altered some matchups and the Falcons fell 30-26. “You think we could&rsquo...
Women, supporters march in D.C., around America day after inauguration

Women, supporters march in D.C., around America day after inauguration

Two things became abundantly clear during a six hour span in the nation’s capital Saturday: Donald Trump begins his presidency facing a loud, raucous resistance, and that resistance is still figuring out how to tell its story. While hundreds of thousands descended on Washington, D.C. less than 24 hours after Trump was sworn in as president, the program leading up to the march featured everything...
Graham students start mentoring program for classmates

Graham students start mentoring program for classmates

Three Graham High School students started a tutoring program last October for their fellow students, but now the program has expanded to the middle and elementary schools, encompassing more than 100 students. Senior Kaitlyn Spriggs, sophomore Lacie Smith and junior Thomas Frost began their Tutoring Corner program when they noticed their peers flagging in class. “Everyone needed help,”...
West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect identified

West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect identified

Prosecutors said today a teenager accused of shooting another student at West Liberty-Salem High School may be tried as an adult in Champaign County Common Pleas Court. Ely Ray Serna, 17, was taken into custody Friday after the shooting, which left one student in critical condition and caused minor injuries to another victim, a 17-year-old student. Serna will face 13 charges that include attempted...
West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect identified

West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect identified

The teenager shot and lying on the ground bleeding inside West Liberty-Salem High School on Friday continued to talk his assailant into surrendering, family members and several other students said a day after the tragedy. Prosecutors said Saturday the teenager accused of shooting 16-year-old junior Logan Cole at the small, rural high school may be tried as an adult in Champaign County Common Pleas...
Gunman targets Security National Bank in Springfield

Gunman targets Security National Bank in Springfield

Springfield police investigators remain on the scene after an armed robbery happened late this morning at Security National Bank in Springfield. The robbery was reported around 1:45 p.m., shortly before the noon Saturday closing time at the bank, 1756 N. Limestone St., when a man with a gun approached a teller. The suspect possibly fled in a red Chevrolet Impala with two other men inside, according...
Active shooter training factor in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

Active shooter training factor in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

A flood of panicked calls started pouring in to the Champaign County Sheriffs office at 7:36 a.m. Friday, reporting an active shooter on the premises at West Liberty-Salem High School, but little else, according to Senior Dispatcher Robin Ballard. Ballard said she and two other Champaign County dispatchers, as well as their supervisor, were suddenly and unexpectedly deluged with pleas for help dripping...
Stafford: News-Sun morgue alive at Heritage Center

Stafford: News-Sun morgue alive at Heritage Center

The morgue is alive again. It’s not alive in quite the same way it was when I habitually slipped in and out of it on the third floor of the News-Sun Building. Still, in the roughly 100 boxes shelved in the Clark County Heritage Center library, the largest body of its material is available to the public. Those who aren’t arthritic journalists likely don’t know “morgue&rdquo...
Some Springfield residents torn on income tax increase

Some Springfield residents torn on income tax increase

Springfield leaders say residents deserve another chance to vote to increase the local income tax after hundreds of thousands of dollars in cuts to city services, but some residents believe it’s unfair for residents to pay more. Voters narrowly rejected the income tax increase in November by about 200 votes. City commissioners voted this week unanimously to put the tax increase back on the May...
Rain chances rise as temperatures fall

Rain chances rise as temperatures fall

Chance for rain goes up Sunday and Monday Temperatures slowly fall this week Chance for snow returns by end of week Mostly cloudy skies are expected overnight, though there may be a few breaks in the clouds here and there, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. On top of that a couple of passing showers cannot be ruled out. Some areas could see a few showers. Temperatures will only fall into...

Sunday Calendar

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS MONDAY 10:30 a.m.: Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step group for compulsive eaters, will meet at the Alano Club, 1557 E. Main St. 6 p.m.: Al-Anon, a 12-step program for families and friends of alcoholics, will meet at the Alano Club, 1557 E. Main St. Entrance in back. Handicap accessible. For more information, call 937-342-2218 or visit www.al-anondaytonoh.org. 6:30 p.m.: The Remembrance...
Local psychologist offers tips on talking to kids about school violence

Local psychologist offers tips on talking to kids about school violence

With many struggling to cope with today’s school shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School, a local psychologist has tips for parents as they respond to questions and concerns about school violence. "I think it's important to allow children to talk about any anxiety or concerns that they may be having," said Mary Beth DeWitt, PhD, of Dayton Children's Hospital.  Parents and caregivers...
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville

H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville

By the end of the first quarter Friday night, the net Catholic Central was shooting through might have been hot to the touch. Seven 3-pointers and 29 points created a lot of friction. When it was time to cool off at the quarter break the Irish had a 25-point lead on the way to a 68-41 Ohio Heritage Conference victory over Cedarville. “That’s something we don’t normally do,&rdquo...
Vigil for shooting victim ‘just us staying strong, supporting the family’

Vigil for shooting victim ‘just us staying strong, supporting the family’

The tight-knit West-Liberty Salem community came out tonight to support each other and the victim of this morning’s school shooting. "It's just us staying strong, supporting the family," said eighth-grader Montgomery Leach, who was among those who attended the prayer vigil at Quest Community Church on South Street in West Liberty. The vigil was for 16-year-old Logan Cole, who was in...
New Carlisle seeks to fill empty council seat, welcomes new member

New Carlisle seeks to fill empty council seat, welcomes new member

The city of New Carlisle has a new city council member and will interview a handful of candidates to fill one more vacancy. The current opening is from the departure of former New Carlisle Mayor Lowell McGlothin, a longtime council member who won a race for Clark County commissioner in November. McGlothin had to resign his New Carlisle seat to take the job as county commissioner. RELATED: New Carlisle&rsquo...
West Liberty school shooting rocks tight-knit community

West Liberty school shooting rocks tight-knit community

A shooting in West Liberty-Salem High School on Friday morning left one student critically injured and a tight-knit, rural community where most families know each other badly shaken. Logan Cole, a 16-year-old high school junior, remained in Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus in the pediatric intensive care unit after suffering more than one shotgun wound. A Facebook post by Logan&rsquo...
Springfield residents react, protest Trump’s inauguration

Springfield residents react, protest Trump’s inauguration

Some local residents watched Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump with enthusiasm. Others said they were worried, and marched in protest. Some, attending the event in Washington, said they were just glad to be part of an important American event. Springfield High School teacher Zach Raines and a group of three students watched the inauguration from the National Mall, which had big...
VICTIM’S FAMILY: Logan Cole out of ICU

VICTIM’S FAMILY: Logan Cole out of ICU

Family members said West Liberty-Salem High School student Logan Cole, who was hit multiple times by a shotgun in the Friday morning school shooting, is showing progress. Cole’s father, Ryan, posted on Facebook tonight that his son was moved out of ICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Earlier, Ryan Cole posted on social media that doctors removed a breathing tube.  Today...
Local schools offer condolences to West Liberty

Local schools offer condolences to West Liberty

Residents of West Liberty were shocked as the news of the West Liberty school shooting, that took place about 7:30 a.m. Friday, shook the area to its core. As news spread about the shooting, local schools from around the area took to social media to offer their condolences and support.
West Liberty, surrounding communities react to school shooting

West Liberty, surrounding communities react to school shooting

Residents of West Liberty were shocked as the news of the West Liberty school shooting, that took place about 7:30 a.m. Friday, shook the area to its core. As news spread about the shooting, people took to social media to offer their condolences and support.
Deputies conduct search at teen suspect’s home in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

Deputies conduct search at teen suspect’s home in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

Champaign County Sheriff’s deputies are now inside the home of the suspected teen shooter at West Liberty-Salem High School. A search warrant was signed earlier this evening. According to authorities, the 17-year-old suspect was armed with a shotgun and had planned to do more harm. One student, identified as Logan Cole, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is in critical but stable condition...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Catherine E. Bowen, 35, of Cedarville, two counts receiving stolen property, dismissed - indicted by the grand jury. Christopher Alexander Burks, 43, of 414 W. Liberty, trafficking drugs, weapons under disability, receiving stolen property, possession of drugs, dismissed. Nathaniel D. Compston, 30, of 2333 Northmoor Dr., violation of temporary protection order, dismissed...
West Liberty shooting: Coverage available to all readers all day

West Liberty shooting: Coverage available to all readers all day

We are continuing team coverage of West Liberty High School shooting. You normally get 8 stories free each month, but due to our continuing coverage on SpringfieldNewsSun.com all stories are free today. Check back throughout today for the most updated information. Here’s some of our stories already: Victim, suspect in West Liberty school shooting are students School security expert: Rural areas...
School security expert: Rural areas not more prone to shootings

School security expert: Rural areas not more prone to shootings

Today’s shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School in Champaign County wasn’t any more likely to happen because of the school’s rural setting, says Ohio-based school security expert Ken Trump. The shooting, which wounded one student this morning, remains under investigation but a suspect is in custody, according to local county sheriff deputies. The school building and campus is...
7 lessons learned from another local school shooting

7 lessons learned from another local school shooting

The shock of a school shooting Friday in Champaign County brought questions as the West Liberty-Salem community also wrestled with its emotions and fears. After a 2016 school shooting in Butler County’s rural Madison Twp., several lesson were learned. 1. Evaluate safety measures Madison Local School District implemented new safety measures in the wake of the school shooting in 2016, including...
Shootings at K-12 schools in Ohio in the past 50 years

Shootings at K-12 schools in Ohio in the past 50 years

Jan. 20, 2017, West Liberty:One student is shot at West Liberty-Salem High School in Champaign County. The student’s condition is critically stable, and the shooter reportedly in custody. Oct. 13, 2016, Columbus: Two 16-year-olds are arrested and accused of shooting two Linden-McKinley STEM Academy students from a moving car as students left school at the end of the day. The injuries were not...
5 things to know about West Liberty 

5 things to know about West Liberty 

A student was injured on Friday morning during a shooting incident at West Liberty-Salem High School. Here are five things to know about the school and the community: The West Liberty-Salem Local district received a grade of B in the Performance Index Score in the latest school report card from the Ohio Department of Education. The district also received an A for its 4-Year Graduation Rate...
Parents pick up West Liberty students after shooting

Parents pick up West Liberty students after shooting

Parents of West Liberty-Salem High School students have been picking up their children on East Baird Street just east of town.   Students were taken out of the front of the school around 9:13 a.m. this morning after a shooter was reported to be in the building earlier. One student was injured in the shooting.    Jennifer Kirkham, of West Liberty, said her daughter called her...
HS Basketball: Springfield will take a shot at top-ranked Moeller

HS Basketball: Springfield will take a shot at top-ranked Moeller

Springfield will be looking to do what Alter couldn’t last week, beat undefeated and top-ranked Cincinnati Moeller. Alter fell 60-46 to Moeller in the 8th Annual Kevin C. Barnhill Coaches Showcase at Little Miami High School in Morrow last Saturday. The matchup of Greater Catholic League boys high school basketball powers was part of a fund-raiser for a memorial scholarship and Community Outreach...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0019 - PNC Bank, NA, v. Christina M. Closson, 740 Snowhill Blvd., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $61,137. 17-CV-0020 - PNC Bank, NA, v. Leola Justice, 909 Eastmoor Dr., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $54,348. 17-CV-0021 - U.S. Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee, v. Paul David Holliday, New Carlisle, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 913...
Classes resume Tuesday after West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

Classes resume Tuesday after West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

Classes will resume Tuesday at West Liberty-Salem High School following a shooting Friday morning, Superintendent Kraig Hissong announced on the district’s website. The district will be on a one-hour delay on Tuesday, with school starting at 8:35 a.m for middle and high school students and at 8:40 a.m. for elementary students. The district will be meeting with staff on Monday and before school...
New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site

New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site

A new retail development is likely coming to the east side of Springfield at a longtime vacant property, the first major commercial growth there in several years. The Springfield Board of Zoning Appeals approved Wednesday night a variance for the former Roberds site in the 3000 block of East Main Street. City documents filed by developer Springfield Properties Inc. don’t provide further details...
Unseasonably warm weekend ahead

Unseasonably warm weekend ahead

Breaks in the clouds early tonight  Temps near 60 degrees this weekend Showers returning by Sunday TONIGHT: Broken clouds are expected. Temperatures will hold steady in the 40s. SATURDAY: Lots of clouds will start the weekend. There will be the chance for a few showers returning by late evening. Highs will be unseasonably warm, topping out near 60 degrees. SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy...
Clark County program aims to stop kids from sexting

Clark County program aims to stop kids from sexting

A group of Springfield fifth graders will have to complete a court diversion program after a student took an inappropriate selfie that was then sent to several others, according to Springfield police. The students won’t face criminal charges as long as there is no further violation, authorities said Thursday. Instead they will take part in Stop Texting Teen Pictures, a diversion program designed...
What is mystery blob on Doppler radar?

What is mystery blob on Doppler radar?

By Eric Elwell, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist A mysterious blob has been showing up on Doppler radar this afternoon and evening near Van Wert, Ohio. Rain has been moving in, but this blob is not actually precipitation falling from the sky. So what is it? Turns out this is the Blue Creek Wind Farm – owned by Avangrid Renewables – that straddles Van Wert and Paulding counties in northwest...
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’ll vote against Trump pick for Treasury

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’ll vote against Trump pick for Treasury

Just hours after engaging in a testy exchange with U.S. Treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin, Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday he will vote against his confirmation. In a statement, Brown, D-Ohio, said Mnuchin’s “cozy ties to Wall Street raise serious red flags that demand serious answers.” Instead, Brown complained “nothing” the former Goldman Sachs investment banker...
Gloomy weather expected for inauguration in DC

Gloomy weather expected for inauguration in DC

By Eric Elwell, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist It will be gloomy and rainy in our nation’s capital Friday as hundreds of perhaps thousands attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The wet weather in the Miami Valley Thursday night and early Friday will head to Washington, D.C. Rain there is expected to develop by mid to late morning with on and off rain likely throughout...
Sierra Nevada recalls beer for glass flaw

Sierra Nevada recalls beer for glass flaw

Sierra Nevada is recalling some of its beer because of a packaging flaw that can cause a piece of glass to break and possibly fall into the beverage. The voluntary recall comes after inspections at the Mills River, North Carolina brewery noticed the fault after some bottles of beer had low carbonation, according to a statement from Sierra Nevada.  For more information visit: http://sierranevada...
Trump's first executive order suspends mortgage insurance rate decrease

Trump's first executive order suspends mortgage insurance rate decrease

President Donald Trump’s first executive order blocked a mortgage insurance premium cut that would have reduced the cost of mortgages for millions of middle-class home buyers.
Woman fired, interviewed by Secret Service over tweet

Woman fired, interviewed by Secret Service over tweet

A Kentucky woman was fired after she tweeted about assassinating President Donald Trump, WAVE-TV reports. The woman's tweet read, “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump. #bekind #trump #lovetrumpshate." Heather Lowrey has since deleted the tweet and deactivated her Twitter account. The U.S. Secret Service said it is aware...
United lifts ground stop after computer outage

United lifts ground stop after computer outage

All of United Airlines flights were grounded Sunday because of a computer outage, the Federal Aviation Administration said. "A ground stop is in place for domestic flights due to an IT issue," United tweeted. "We’re working on a resolution. We apologize for the inconvenience." The ground stop was lifted after 9 p.m. "The ground stop has been lifted," United tweeted...
Trump insists he is not releasing tax returns

Trump insists he is not releasing tax returns

Despite widespread public pressure, including a petition that has garnered more than 230,000 signatures, and campaign trail promises to do so once elected, President Donald Trump is not going to release his tax returns, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.
Trump talked to husband of slain Orlando police lieutenant

Trump talked to husband of slain Orlando police lieutenant

Bondi described the phone conversation between Trump and Seth Clayton as "a brief, very touching, private conversation between two husbands." The accused gunman in Clayton’s death, Markeith Loyd, was arrested Tuesday night after a massive manhunt. Clayton was shot after she approached Loyd, who was being sought at the time in the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, ...
Robbery gone awry leaves 5 injured, 1 dead at Texas mall

Robbery gone awry leaves 5 injured, 1 dead at Texas mall

Five people were injured and a citizen trying to stop a robbery gone awry was killed at a Texas mall. "What we have here is a robbery that went, really, really bad," San Antonio police Chief William McManus said. The robbers tried holding up a Kay Jewelers when two citizens tried to intervene, McManus said. One of the citizens was shot by one of the robbers. The other, who had a concealed...
Archie Miller: Cunningham intends to play this season

Archie Miller: Cunningham intends to play this season

Dayton Flyers sophomore forward Josh Cunningham continues to make progress in his rehabilitation. After a 67-46 victory over Saint Louis on Sunday at UD Arena, coach Archie Miller said Cunningham intends to play again this season. Cunningham hasn't played since tearing a ligament in his ankle in the second game of the season Nov. 15 at Alabama. This is his first season on the court with the...
Dayton’s Kyle Davis misses second straight game with injury

Dayton’s Kyle Davis misses second straight game with injury

The Dayton Flyers still haven't played a game at full strength this season, and they never will if you consider the loss of Steve McElvene, whose death in May robbed the team of its most dominant shot-blocking force. Dayton beat Saint Louis 67-46 on Sunday at UD Arena with senior guard Kyle Davis on the bench. He missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle and bruised foot. Coach Archie...