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Sister of alleged West Liberty shooter speaks, school to re-open

Sister of alleged West Liberty shooter speaks, school to re-open

The older sister of the alleged West Liberty-Salem High School shooter said she was shocked when she learned that her brother had been accused of hurting other students. Ely Serna, 17, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with a Friday morning school shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School. A judge ruled Monday during his first appearance in Champaign County Family...
Ill New Carlisle boy, 4, gets to enjoy Disney

Ill New Carlisle boy, 4, gets to enjoy Disney

A Special Wish Foundation-Dayton Chapter is the only wish granting organization located in the Dayton region. For more information on how you can be part of granting a local child’s wish, go online to www.aspecialwishdayton.org. A child’s wish, no matter the age, is incredibly special. Almost all of us have looked into the night sky waiting for the exact moment we see a shooting star in...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0025 - Lakeview Loan Servicing, LLC, v. Phillip E. Lannon, 383 Reames Ave., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $57,104. 17-CV-0026 - Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., v. Marie V. Sickles, 514 S. Belmont Ave., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $71,448. 17-CV-0027 - State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co., v. Robert H. Kittle, 1407 Barclay St., complaint for $3,300 for damages...
OSU researcher: Fecal transplants could help children with Autism

OSU researcher: Fecal transplants could help children with Autism

A fecal transplant, the process of introducing donated healthy microbes into people with a gastrointestinal disease to re-balance the stomach, may help alleviate symptoms of Autism in children, a new study has found. Behavioral symptoms of Autism and gastrointestinal distress are often related, according to the Ohio State University study, and both improved when a small group of children with the...
RECALL: Beer company issues recall impacting Ohio

RECALL: Beer company issues recall impacting Ohio

Beer company Sierra Nevada has voluntarily recalled some beers that could have small pieces of glass within the bottles. The company announced recalls after inspections at the company’s brewery in North Carolina found a limited number of bottle were flawed. The flaw could result in loss of carbonation and a small piece of glass could break off and fall into the bottle, according to the company...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED THURSDAY INCLUDED: Jonathan L. Carson II, 21, of 1402 S. Fountain, OVI, guilty, 12 months driver’s license suspension, 30 days jail with 27 days suspended, three days credit for time served, 12 months probation, fined $375. David W. Hall, 55, of 4100 Troy Road, Lot 66, domestic violence amended to disorderly, guilty, 10 days jail with 10 days suspended, fined $100. Cristal Leon...
Gas prices down in the Dayton area

Gas prices down in the Dayton area

Gas prices are down in Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley region. Average retail gasoline prices in Dayton have fallen 14.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.06 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in Dayton. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.30 per gallon, according to gasoline...
Clark County might finally accept credit, debit cards for fees

Clark County might finally accept credit, debit cards for fees

Clark County offices — which still require residents to pay for most fees with cash or checks — might finally allow credit or debit card payments after the health district has again pushed the issue. The Clark County Board of Health recently passed a resolution asking the county to seek out a new vendor for credit and debit services, Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said. Several...
West Liberty-Salem schools to resume classes Tuesday

West Liberty-Salem schools to resume classes Tuesday

Classes at West Liberty-Salem schools will resume Tuesday, Superintendent Kraig Hissong said in a statement released Sunday. The schools have been closed since Friday morning, when two students were injured in a shooting at the high school. “Moving forward, the district is committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students,” Hissong wrote. “Review of safety and security...
Crash damages iconic wall in front of historic Springfield mansion

Crash damages iconic wall in front of historic Springfield mansion

A driver crashed into and caused extensive damage early Sunday to a 36-inch thick decorative wall from the 1880s in front of the historic Richards Raff and Dunbar Memorial Funeral Home.  The mansion at 830 E. High St. in Springfield was once owned by industrialist and two-term Ohio Gov. Asa Bushnell and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  “It was really quite a surprise...
3 things to know today about West Liberty school shooting

3 things to know today about West Liberty school shooting

Here are three things to know today about the West Liberty-Salem school shooting, which happened Friday morning. 1. The victim’s condition is improving Ryan Cole, father of 16-year-old victim Logan Cole, posted on Facebook Saturday night that his son was doing much better and was even allowed to have visitors after having his breathing tube removed. Classes will resume Tuesday at West Liberty-Salem...
New tavern, restaurant opens in Springfield

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...
Ohio Task Force 1 on alert for possible deployment to South after storms

Ohio Task Force 1 on alert for possible deployment to South after storms

Ohio Task Force 1 is on alert to help with rescue and recovery operations in the South, hit hard by severe weather that has killed more than a dozen people. Ohio Task Force 1, based in Dayton, is getting an 80-person team ready after it was placed on alert by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The alert requires the OH-TF1 urban search and rescue team to assemble a roster and prepare to deploy...
Moorefield Twp. neighbors oppose proposed storage facility

Moorefield Twp. neighbors oppose proposed storage facility

More than 80 people have signed a petition against a proposed storage facility in Moorefield Twp. over worries it will create traffic problems and safety concerns. A property owner has submitted a rezoning application to the Clark County Community Development office to change 3726 Moorefield Road from agricultural to business-use zoning and allow for the building of a storage facility. The property...
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 to appear in court

West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect to appear in court

The 17-year-old suspect in the West Liberty-Salem school shooting is scheduled to appearing in Champaign County Juvenile Court this morning.Prosecutors are seeking to prosecute Ely Ray Serna as an adult. Serna was taken into custody Friday morning. Serna is being held in a juvenile detention center. Serna, faces numerous charges, including two counts of attempted murder; three counts of felonious...
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...
Woman's dog saves her from would-be attacker in broad daylight

Woman's dog saves her from would-be attacker in broad daylight

One woman has her 10-month-old puppy to thank after a man tried to attack her while she was on a trail in a Houston suburb. Catalina Humphrey told KTRK a man grabbed her from behind when she was walking her Rottweiler, Hercules, on Saturday afternoon. "I didn't have a purse on me. I just had my workout gear on," Humphrey told KHOU. "I didn't have something that would draw me out for...
'A Dog's Purpose' video fallout: movie producer, animal supplier speak out

'A Dog's Purpose' video fallout: movie producer, animal supplier speak out

"A Dog's Purpose" is set to premiere Jan. 27, but it is still battling publicity surrounding a controversial video that was obtained and posted by TMZ last week. The video shows a 2-year-old German shepherd named Hercules struggling with a person who appears to be a trainer as rough waves churned in a pool. Producers of the film initially told TMZ on Wednesday hours after the video surfaced...
Alec Baldwin to host SNL for record 17th time, smashing previous record

Alec Baldwin to host SNL for record 17th time, smashing previous record

Actor Alec Baldwin is scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live” next month for the 17th time, in an appearance that will break comedian Steve Martin’s record for most times hosting the late-night comedy show. Baldwin's impression of President Donald Trump has garnered rave reviews and plenty of late-night laughs, as he played Trump throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and beyond...