Stafford: Blunder during island trip provides time to reflect

Most of my mistakes either turn out badly or make me laugh at myself. But every often, I have blunder I’m really proud of. And last week, in this space, I may have made — thank you very much — my Best Blunder of 2017. MORE: Spending time with grandchild special The column was about my walks around the block with our grandson Finnegan and how, in the intense focus...


Family of Medway man killed on Tecumseh Road files wrongful death suit

Family of Medway man killed on Tecumseh Road files wrongful death suit

The family of a man struck and killed on Tecumseh Road nearly a year ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the SUV state troopers have alleged hit him. Lawrence J. Mason, 45, of Medway, allegedly was struck and killed by a silver 2015 Dodge Durango on Tuesday, Sept. 6, according to a state patrol crash report. Mason was standing on the east shoulder of North Tecumseh Road in...
Wright State gets grant for opioid addiction training

Wright State gets grant for opioid addiction training

An $80,000 federal grant will help train local phyisicians on medically assisted treatment of opioid addiction. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was awarded it to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, along with a $499,095 grant toward the school’s primary care curriculum. The one-year supplemental grant toward medically assisted addiction treatment will help...
Major electricity transmission lines approved in Clark County

Major electricity transmission lines approved in Clark County

The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved construction of separate, new transmission line projects in Clark County. Information from the siting board shows American Transmission Systems Inc. will build the East Springfield-Tangy Loop to Broadview Substation project, a new 138 kilavolt transmission line connecting the existing East Springfield-Tangy line to Broadview Substation. MORE BUSINESS NEWS:...
Closing date set for local Gander Mountain store

Closing date set for local Gander Mountain store

Gander Mountain in Huber Heights is set to close on Aug. 27. The company announced in early June that the store, located at 8001 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, would close permanently. The sporting goods and outdoor retailer filed for bankruptcy in March, and was acquired by Camping World Holdings Inc. in April. Camping World & Good Sam family announced it would try to keep as many as 70 or more...
High School Football: New coach, same expectations for Greeneview

High School Football: New coach, same expectations for Greeneview

The Greeneview Rams have had much to cheer about the past three seasons by earning the program’s first playoff appearance and first postseason victory. But you wouldn’t know it by watching them, especially on the practice field. The Rams have quietly gone about their business after reaching the postseason the past three seasons. “We call them a lunch-pail group,” first-year...
New Carlisle woman faces prison for smuggling gun in bra in jail

New Carlisle woman faces prison for smuggling gun in bra in jail

A New Carlisle woman accused of concealing an unloaded .22-caliber pistol in her bra in the Miami County Jail faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to felony illegal conveyance into a facility. Cassondra Workman, 25, was charged May 21 after being taken to the jail by Troy police officers, who arrested her on a warrant out of Clark County. Workman told deputies she was able to conceal...
Springfield woman accused of passing out in car with 19 grams of meth

Springfield woman accused of passing out in car with 19 grams of meth

Springfield police allegedly they found a woman passed out behind the wheel of a running car and with drugs, guns and money in it. Tinisha Delong, 33, of Springfield, has been charged in Clark County Municipal Court with possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, OVI and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. Springfield police alleged they found her at a gas station on East Main Street...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0451 - Caliber Home Loans, Inc., v. Tiffany L. Haddock, 1802 Memorial Dr., et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 117 Larchmont Ave., for $76,030. 17-CV-0453 - The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, v. Robert Q. Baker, 3350 Troy Road, et al., complaint in foreclosure for $169,477. 17-CV-0454 - Security National Bank, Division of The Park National...
Speedway, major Clark County employer, raises $2.5M at charity event

Speedway, major Clark County employer, raises $2.5M at charity event

Speedway, one of Clark County’s biggest employers, raised almost $2.5 million for charity during its annual Speedway Miracle Tournament at the NCR Country Club. MORE: Enon-based Speedway hits near record earnings of $239M The money raised will benefit the Children’s Miracle Hospital Network. The Enon-based company has raised more than $90 million for the hospital...
Workplace incivility, aggression impacts more than half of US workers

Workplace incivility, aggression impacts more than half of US workers

What’s causing so much unhappiness at work for more than half of American workers? Incivility in the workplace, according to a new study. Nearly 55 percent of workers say they’ve faced “unpleasant or potentially hazardous” conditions at work, according to a new study by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. The study of more than...
Clark County strays, lost dogs won’t go to Dayton shelter

Clark County strays, lost dogs won’t go to Dayton shelter

Clark County won’t send strays and runaway dogs to a shelter in Dayton, according to Clark County commissioners. The commissioners said in a news release that they’re seeking a new place for dogs picked up by the Clark County dog wardens. “The county is in the process of obtaining a facility suitable to house the county dogs,” the release says. “Impounded dogs will not...
Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids

Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids

A previously convicted sex offender has been accused of raping two young children in Clark County, according to court records. Charles C. Skelton, 44, of 13041 Ohio 56 in Mechanicsburg, has been charged with two counts of rape. The victims were 6 and 4 years old at the time of the alleged offenses, which deputies alleged occurred in Pleasant Twp. continuously between May of 2016 and March of this...
Near record freshman class enrolls at Witt, major Springfield employer

Near record freshman class enrolls at Witt, major Springfield employer

Wittenberg University received a near record enrollment for the upcoming school year as students moved in on Thursday. Close to 1,800 students will attend the liberal arts college, new President Mike Frandsen said. That includes 588 students in the 2021 graduating class. That includes freshmen and transfer students. RELATED: New Wittenberg president wants stronger ties with Springfield Wittenberg...
Clark County council votes against merging 2 clerk of courts offices

Clark County council votes against merging 2 clerk of courts offices

The Clark County Criminal Justice Council voted to no longer examine consolidating two local clerk of courts offices, due at least in part due to the cost to combine computer systems. Council members also questioned the Chamber of Greater Springfield’s motivation for asking local government leaders to move forward with the consolidation. The majority of council members voted in favor of ending...
What’s a degree worth? Area college grads question the cost

What’s a degree worth? Area college grads question the cost

Studies show college graduates earn more than those without a degree, but you won’t convince Megan Abell of the value of her advanced education. After graduating with an associate’s degree in fashion merchandising and $85,000 in loan debt from a now defunct institution in Cincinnati, the 28-year-old Kettering resident is working at a local hospital gift shop and making around $22,000 per...
$7M behind push to make Ohio landing site for drone work

$7M behind push to make Ohio landing site for drone work

More than three years since Ohio was snubbed in a bid for a coveted federally designated drone test site, officials have targeted a renewed push to make the region a leading hot spot to test and build future unmanned aerial technology. Advocates want Ohio to be the test site of “Jetsons-like” personal air vehicles by 2022. They also want a stake in the development of package delivery drones...
Few showers Saturday; heating up for Monday’s solar eclipse

Few showers Saturday; heating up for Monday’s solar eclipse

Partly cloudy skies and comfortable conditions are expected through the evening with temperatures falling into the 70s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Quiet and comfortable evening A few showers around early Saturday Heating up for Monday solar eclipse Overnight: Clouds increase with a few showers possible to the northwest by sunrise. Lows will be in the middle 60s. ...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Christian Frederick Bechtold, 53, of Upper Arlington, OVI amended to lanes of travel, guilty, fined $100. Anthony Ray Brown, 33, of 330 S. Belmont Ave., OVI, guilty, 180 days jail with 170 days suspended, 12 months probation, 24 months driver’s license suspension, 90 day immobilization, fined $525; OVI, speed, no seat belt, dismissed; drug abuse marijuana, dismissed...
Car flips over guardrail on I-70W in Clark County

Car flips over guardrail on I-70W in Clark County

A car flipped over a guardrail tonight on Interstate 70 in Springfield Twp. The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Springfield Post is investigating the crash. It is not clear whether there were any injuries, a dispatcher said. The crash did not close the highway. A car reportedly flipped over a guardrail tonight on Interstate 70 in Clark County. The crash was reported around 9:45 p.m. in the westbound...
Springfield groups partner on marriage programs after grants end

Springfield groups partner on marriage programs after grants end

The Marriage Resource Center and Citi Lookout have recently partnered together to keep the center available to the public. The Marriage Resource Center launched in 2004 to address high divorce rates in Clark County. The group’s mission is to provide relationship and marriage education resources that build strong families and strong futures. It received two separate federal grants between 2006...
2 injured when pickup truck-and-trailer crash off I-675 South in Fairborn

2 injured when pickup truck-and-trailer crash off I-675 South in Fairborn

Two people are recovering this morning after their pickup truck, which was hauling a trailer, crashed off the right side of I-675 South, near Ohio 444, in Fairborn Thursday evening. Both people in the vehicle were taken to Soin Medical Center. >> Check latest traffic conditions on our traffic map.  Sgt. John Chesser, Ohio Highway Patrol, said the truck went off the right side of the...
Springfield police unsure why woman killed on U.S. 40 was in roadway

Springfield police unsure why woman killed on U.S. 40 was in roadway

Springfield police say it’s unknown why the woman struck and killed on U.S. 40 on Wednesday night was outside of her car and standing in the roadway. Elizabeth S. Brightman, 41, of Columbus was standing about two feet in the roadway on Wednesday night, according to Springfield Police Sgt. Brett Bauer. She was just outside the open driver side rear door of her 2003 Toyota, which was parked on...
High School Football: Graham next success story on coach’s list

High School Football: Graham next success story on coach’s list

In his football career, both playing and coaching, Shane Cahill has experienced success at every level. Cahill, 26, played on three regional finalist teams at West Jefferson High School. He was an all-conference linebacker at Urbana University, helping the Blue Knights to the most wins in program history in a four-year span (26). And the last three seasons he served as Mechanicsburg’s defensive...
Elderberries ready for wine

Elderberries ready for wine

Above the arching jimson-weeds flare twos And twos of sallow-yellow butterflies, Like blooms of lorn primroses blowing loose, When autumn winds arise. — James Whitcomb Riley The Almanack Horoscope Moon Time: The Blackberry Moon reaches perigee, its position closest to Earth, on August 18, and becomes the new Cricket and Katydid Moon at 1:30 p.m. on August 21. Rising after midnight and setting...
Springfield teen takes silver at world youth reining championship

Springfield teen takes silver at world youth reining championship

A 14-year-old Shawnee Middle School student recently won a team silver medal in reining at the world championship. Sam Flarida, son of Michele and Shawn Flarida, traveled to Switzerland to compete on the Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team for the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championship. On the youth team, Flarida helped the U.S. nab the silver medal and as an individual, placed 10th overall. &ldquo...
Power outages fall across Miami Valley

Power outages fall across Miami Valley

The number of customers without power has fallen by hundreds between 5 and 6 p.m. Montgomery County has 284 outages as of 6:05 p.m., according to the DP&L online outage map. There are power outages reported across the Miami Valley.  Dayton Power and Light reports 909 without power in Montgomery County, as of 5 p.m. Ohio Edison currently has fewer than 5 customers without power in Clark...
Former Children’s doctor indicted on sex charge arrested in D.C. 

Former Children’s doctor indicted on sex charge arrested in D.C. 

Arun Aggarwal was arrested Friday after attempting to flee the country according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. Aggarwal was arrested in Washington D.C.  after flying from Cleveland to Dulles International Airport in an attempt to catch a connecting flight to India.  Aggarwal is currently at the Loudoun County detention center where he will remain in custody until he...
Springfield police, deputies to up patrols looking for drunk drivers

Springfield police, deputies to up patrols looking for drunk drivers

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Police Division will begin extra patrols as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, starting Friday, Aug. 18, and lasting through Sept. 3. The campaign will focus on the enforcement of impaired motor vehicles, speeding violations and seat belt violations. Police officers and deputies will enforce a zero tolerance policy...
Before you watch eclipse: See what local eye doctors are warning

Before you watch eclipse: See what local eye doctors are warning

You don’t want to miss the eclipse. But you also don’t want to look too closely. As enthusiasm builds for the first total solar eclipse in more than 100 years on Monday, local eye doctors are warning residents in the Dayton area to avoid direct eye contact with the eclipse or risk permanent retina damage. The solar eclipse will have a 70-mile wide path that will have a brief total eclipse...
Student debt by Ohio colleges: What’s really going on

Student debt by Ohio colleges: What’s really going on

Around two-thirds of all 2015 Ohio college graduates have student loan debt. In Ohio, students who take out loans graduate with around $30,239 on average in debt, according to a report from the Institute for College Access and Success. At both Wright State University and the University of Dayton though, students with loans owed more than the state average. RELATED: In their words: Local college grads...
Hey Connecticut, Back off first flight claims: Ohio was first

Hey Connecticut, Back off first flight claims: Ohio was first

The war between Ohio and Connecticut over who was first in flight has heated up again with both sides claiming pioneering aviators in their home state claim the title. Ohio Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, is scheduled Friday to trek to Huffman Prairie Flying Field where Orville and Wilbur Wright perfected the airplane to present a proclamation declaring the Dayton duo first to fly in powered flight...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0452 - Lakeview Loan Servicing, LLC, v. Theresa A. Howland, 4311 Tritle Trl., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $102,997. CURRENT BUSINESS JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, v. Alice F. Hittepole, et al., judgment vacated, case dismissed. State of Ohio v. Shane Lee Howard, convicted of two counts passing bad checks, 12 months prison each count to be served consecutively...
What happened when the Ku Klux Klan came to Springfield 23 years ago?

What happened when the Ku Klux Klan came to Springfield 23 years ago?

The Ku Klux Klan propelled Springfield into the national spotlight in March 1994 when it held a rally in front of the Clark County Common Pleas Court. The Springfield News-Sun’s headline of the event read: “They came, they shouted, they left.” Earlier this week, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland spoke out about the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., that saw three people die...
It’s hay fever season in Southwest Ohio: 5 things you need to know

It’s hay fever season in Southwest Ohio: 5 things you need to know

The end of spring doesn’t mean your allergy struggles are over. Southwest Ohio is gearing up for another season of high pollen. Ragweed allergen levels will be high, starting this week and could continue to be a problem for allergy sufferers until mid-October, according to local allergy experts. Pollen counts in the Miami Valley will be higher this week, and top allergens include ragweed, grasses...
New store opens at The Greene in Beavercreek

New store opens at The Greene in Beavercreek

A new puzzle shop has opened at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek. Puzzle Plus, a family-owned puzzle store, sells jigsaws, brain teasers, puzzle books and games. The store carries games and puzzles for all ages and skill levels. The puzzle store opened in 1995 in Beavercreek, but just moved to a new location at The Greene at 4465 Glengarry Drive. That’s next to Tilly’s and across...
Clark County commissioners approve store rezoning despite objections

Clark County commissioners approve store rezoning despite objections

Clark County commissioners approved Wednesday a rezoning for a proposed retail store in Bethel Twp., despite multiple objections from upset residents who live nearby — including some who asked voters to remember the decision at the polls. The rezoning for a proposed two-acre Dollar General store at 5550 W. National Road was approved by a 2-1 vote after a contentious two-hour meeting Wednesday...
Springfield VA clinic outgrows location, plans $1M expansion project

Springfield VA clinic outgrows location, plans $1M expansion project

The Dayton VA Medical Center plans a nearly $1 million expansion for its Springfield outpatient clinic in order to offer more services. The health-care system announced Wednesday that it has outgrown its current space on Burnett Road. The Veterans Affairs office has solicited offers for a proposed new location. The project has health and economic benefits that will help the Springfield region, said...
Springfield Art Museum to showcase the work of famous Ohio painter

Springfield Art Museum to showcase the work of famous Ohio painter

A window into time through the works of an artistic pioneer will be the focus of the Springfield Museum of Art’s next exhibition. “Faces of the Heartland: James R. Hopkins” showcases the work of one of the art world’s first regionalist painters and an Ohio native highlighted by his figural and portrait works of the residents of Cumberland, Ky. in the early part of the 20th...
Skies dry out overnight; quiet for Friday

Skies dry out overnight; quiet for Friday

It stays mild and muggy overnight with lows around 70 degrees, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Mild and muggy through the night Chance for storms again Saturday Hot, humid for Eclipse Monday Friday: Partly sunny, breezy and warm conditions are expected. It will feel more comfortable with highs in the low 80s. Saturday: Sunshine early with clouds increasing...
Hundreds flock to Springfield vigil to stand against hate, racism

Hundreds flock to Springfield vigil to stand against hate, racism

More than 250 people attended a vigil in downtown Springfield in light of recent events in Charlottesville, Va., that saw three people die amid violent protests. Several local leaders from different backgrounds spoke out about the hatred seen during the white supremacist rallies in Virginia — and stressed Springfield won’t stand for racism and inequality — as part of Indivisible...
2 Antioch students witness car attack in Charlottesville

2 Antioch students witness car attack in Charlottesville

Two Antioch College students in Charlottesville said they never will forget what they saw when protests turned deadly. “People were running in every direction. It was like a bomb had gone off. It was chaos, it was pandemonium,” said Spencer Glazer, a photojournalism major who wanted to document Saturday’s event. Glazer and Daniel Cox drove to Virginia to counter a white supremacist...
Girl burned with boiling water during sleepover happy to be home

Girl burned with boiling water during sleepover happy to be home

A New York girl who was severely burned after another girl poured boiling water on her face while she was sleeping is making a nice recovery, her mother said Friday. Jamoneisha Merritt told the New York Daily News, “I’m so great,” upon being released from the hospital and returning home. Merritt said she was dancing and listening to music. Her mother said her daughter is in good...
Charlottesville victim’s mother won’t take Trump’s call

Charlottesville victim’s mother won’t take Trump’s call

The mother of the woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend said she does not want to hear from President Donald Trump because she believes he was “equating the protesters” like her daughter, Heather Meyer, to white supremacists,  CNN reported. "I'm not talking to the president now," Susan Bro said Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I'm...
New biography about David Bowie reveals details of his wild life

New biography about David Bowie reveals details of his wild life

An upcoming biography of David Bowie reveals new details about the singer’s life, including some strange propositions, NME reported. “David Bowie: A Life” will be released Sept. 12. Written by Dylan Jones, the biography is described as “intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn” about Bowie, who died Jan. 11, 2016, after an 18-month battle with cancer. In the book, groupie...
Taylor Swift wipes social media accounts; website goes dark

Taylor Swift wipes social media accounts; website goes dark

Taylor Swift has wiped her social media accounts clean, and fans of the singer are trying to figure out why, Billboard reported. On average, Swift has put out a new album every two years since her debut in 2006. Her last album, however -- “1989” -- was released in October 2014. Friday morning, fans noticed that Swift had deleted her Twitter avatar and header, along...
Large rattlesnake found beneath New Orleans home

Large rattlesnake found beneath New Orleans home

A wildlife removal expert captured a rattlesnake measuring nearly 6 feet long beneath a home in New Orleans, WVUE reported. Ryan Cook, who operates Gulf Coast Wildlife removal, said he was called after homeowners spotted the canebrake rattlesnake earlier this week. “This thing gets out from underneath the deck and it's pretty much the biggest rattlesnake, the biggest snake I've seen in...
Police name Barcelona attack suspect

Police name Barcelona attack suspect

Spanish authorities said they are looking for Younes Abouyaaqoub, a suspect in the deadly Barcelona terror attack who remains at large, a spokesman for the Catalan police told CNN on Saturday. The spokesman also revealed the names of three of the five suspected terrorists who were killed after a confrontation with police in Cambrils: Moussa Oukabir, Said Aallaa and Mohamed Hychami. Catalan police...
Police: Stabbings in Finland ‘a terrorist attack’

Police: Stabbings in Finland ‘a terrorist attack’

Police in Finland said they believe the killing of two people in the southwestern city of Turku on Friday was a terrorist attack, the BBC reported Saturday. The attacker, who was shot in the leg by police and taken into custody, was an 18-year-old Moroccan. The two people stabbed to death were both Finnish, police said. Eight people were also injured, among them two Swedes and one Italian...
Free speech rally planned Saturday in Boston

Free speech rally planned Saturday in Boston

A free speech rally planned for Boston Common since last month is set to take place Saturday. Two protests have also been planned to take place denouncing recent violence that took place at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Cameras and other security measures were in place at and around Boston Common. Street closures are expected to begin Saturday around 10:30 a.m. Boston police and city officials...
Tensions high after rumored KKK march in North Carolina

Tensions high after rumored KKK march in North Carolina

Tensions were high in a North Carolina city Friday as hundreds of people descended on downtown Durham to oppose a rumored march by the Ku Klux Klan, the Herald-Sun reported. When the white supremacist group did not show up, a smaller group of people marched through the streets of Durham and encountered police wearing helmets and armed with batons, the Herald-Sun reported. “Similar...
2 Pennsylvania troopers shot, suspect dead

2 Pennsylvania troopers shot, suspect dead

Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were shot and a suspect is dead Friday night in Fairchance. The incident was reported about 9 p.m. near a convenience store in the southwestern Pennsylvania town, police said. One of the troopers was life-flighted from the scene to a hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, officials said. The other trooper was taken to a hospital via ambulance. Both were stable...
Jacksonville officer in critical condition after shooting 

Jacksonville officer in critical condition after shooting 

One Florida officer is in critical condition and another is stable after being shot Friday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. The officers were responding to an attempted suicide call, Sheriff’s Office Director Mike Bruno said. The suspect was shot by police and later died, deputies said. The injured officers were taken to UF Health Jacksonville after the shooting. When officers...
Central Florida police officer shot and killed, another gravely wounded

Central Florida police officer shot and killed, another gravely wounded

One central Florida police officer was shot and killed Friday night and one is in grave condition, Kissimmee Police Chief Jeffrey O’Dell said. O’Dell said that Officer Matthew Baxter was killed and Sgt. Sam Howard was shot and is in grave condition. The uniformed officers were responding to a call at 9:30 p.m. in Kissimmee. It appears that there was only one shooter, O'Dell said at a...
Former Yankees star Derek Jeter, wife welcome first child 

Former Yankees star Derek Jeter, wife welcome first child 

Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was called “The Captain” during his major-league career. Now he can be called a dad. Jeter’s wife Hannah gave birth to a girl, Bella Raine Jeter, on Thursday, according to the verified Twitter account of The Players’ Tribune, which was founded by Jeter in 2014. The Jeters were married in July 2016, and Hannah Jeter announced her...
Confederate-like designs to be removed from NYC subway wall

Confederate-like designs to be removed from NYC subway wall

Metropolitan Transit Authority officials said they will modify wall tiles in a Manhattan subway station that create designs that look like Confederate flags, WNYW reported. The patterns, located at the Times Square station, have been on the walls for nearly 100 years. MTA officials said the tiles represent Times Square’s nickname as the “Crossroads of the World” and are not Confederate...
Tips for buying items at local festivals

Tips for buying items at local festivals

Late summer and fall is the prime time for festivals in the Miami Valley. Many of these offer bourbon chicken, lemon shake-ups, Ferris wheels and an overwhelming number of vendors. If you’d like to purchase beautiful handcrafted goods and other items at these events, Better Business Bureau wants you to consider these tips: Shop Around. Many of these events have...
Quality available at thrift stores and community colleges

Quality available at thrift stores and community colleges

Don’t let your love of fashionable footwear break the bank! Here’s how to get gently used Michael Kors, Casadei and Burberry for outrageously low prices. Next time you need a pair of shoes for a night out on the town, you’d be wise to visit your local thrift store. At a recent check to a metro Atlanta area thrift store, we found some amazing deals! We found lace-up burgundy red leather...

What some of our readers are saying about Charlottesville

Travis William Smith: It was both sides at fault, how is that hard to understand? Both have different beliefs and opinions on the statue, both were fighting, spewing the foul language, throwing things, breaking things, and so fourth. But go ahead … keep stirring that pot. John Belluardo: The media is suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome! If he gave out free oxygen the media would choke...
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls continues to impress 25 years later

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls continues to impress 25 years later

I was lucky enough to work and learn alongside former Dayton Daily News food critic Ann Heller over the course of many years together at the paper. She helped inform my writing, my editing, my eye, my thought process, my palate and so much more and I am fortunate to still be able to call her my friend. So when her name came up in conversation during a recent trip to dine at the Inn at Cedar Falls...
COMMENTARY: 3 creative ways to deal with Confederate statues

COMMENTARY: 3 creative ways to deal with Confederate statues

The white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday was about a lot more than a statue, but the statue is where this specific event began. It’s a depiction of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, erected in 1924 in a place of honor in a city park. Today, many people in Charlottesville want this statue and others like it gone. They argue it’s a monument to white supremacy, oppression...
Coupon deals of the week

Coupon deals of the week

Coupon availability and coupon values may vary within different regions or neighborhoods. Always Discreet Pads This week at Rite-Aid, Always Discreet pads are on sale two for $10. Visit www.coupons.com and print out two copies of the $3 off one Always Discreet pads coupon. When you buy two, you will also earn 200 PlentiPoints, which is equivalent to $2 good off your next purchase. With these savings...
COMMENTARY: Fighting ideologies that counter American values

COMMENTARY: Fighting ideologies that counter American values

When driving home last week, I stopped in historic Gettysburg, Pa., to visit the National Military Park. There, a short distance from the Soldiers National Monument, I was drawn to these words from President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “… Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.&rdquo...

Parenting with Dr. Ramey: Raising genuine, not entitled, kids

In a zealous effort to help kids feel good about themselves, parents may be raising a generation of entitled kids who are particularly vulnerable to chronic distress and unhappiness. It’s great to recognize kids when their behavior is appropriate. However, many parents have taken this to an extreme, heaping unconditional praise upon their children. They reassure kids that they are unique and...
Updates enhance tri-level’s original charm

Updates enhance tri-level’s original charm

HOUSE FEATURE 627 Tanglewood Drive, Springfield Patios, porch among amenities Contributing writer Situated on a wooded lot in the Hills and Dales neighborhood of Springfield, this tri-level home at 627 N. Tanglewood Drive offers spacious rooms and distinctive features. The property is listed by HER Realtors for $164,900. Built in 1940, this home retains original charm while also boasting many updates...

D.L. Stewart: Finding the right TV show is a remote possibility

My wife and I spent an hour watching television the other night. Well, actually, we only spent half an hour watching — the first half hour was spent trying to find the program we wanted to see. Because, as a story in The New York Times last week declared, television today is a “hyper-fragmented mess with a jumble of on-demand services.” There are lots of great shows and movies being...
The Book Nook: Lightening up dark mysteries with offbeat humor

The Book Nook: Lightening up dark mysteries with offbeat humor

Two new mysteries are set during the recent past — both books feature amusing protagonists. Other than that, these novels have virtually nothing in common. “Trouble for Rent” by Kathi Reed (Kathi Reed, 372 pages, $14.99) Do you recall renting VHS tapes at mom-and-pop video stores that once sprouted like mushrooms across America? Blockbuster eventually wiped out the independents....
Private investigator in Natalee Holloway case finds human remains

Private investigator in Natalee Holloway case finds human remains

A private investigator working for the the father of Natalee Holloway said remains have been discovered in the case. Holloway, who is from Alabama, disappeared in 2005 while on a post-high school trip to Aruba. Her disappearance has remained a mystery for 12 years as no one has been charged. Speculation has swirled around Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man who Holloway was last seen with at a bar. Van...
Deputy's quick action saves K-9 partner

Deputy's quick action saves K-9 partner

Quick action by a Martin County deputy likely saved the life of his partner, a 5-year-old K-9 officer named Kaspar, according to the sheriff's office. When Deputy Ron Manganiello noticed that Kaspar was suffering from serious internal distress today, he rushed the dog to a veterinarian. Kaspar underwent immediate surgery, which revealed a large tumor on his liver. The tumor had ruptured, causing internal...
How to photograph the solar eclipse with your smartphone

How to photograph the solar eclipse with your smartphone

Many who hope to capture the eclipse Monday using their professional digital cameras have been warned to protect their camera lenses with proper solar filters. But what about smartphones? Here are some general guidelines for taking successful smartphone photos of the solar eclipse. Use a tripod or rest your smartphone on a stable surface to avoid shaking. Make manual adjustments. Focus on the eclipse...
NFL coach says he will not stop his players from protesting national anthem

NFL coach says he will not stop his players from protesting national anthem

New York Jets coach Todd Bowles will not stand in the way of any of his players protesting during the national anthem. No Jets players have indicated that they would opt to not stand during the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick did last season. But Bowles made it clear that those actions would be each player’s prerogative...
Shannen Doherty shares heartfelt message about doctor who saved her life

Shannen Doherty shares heartfelt message about doctor who saved her life

Shannen Doherty continues to be an inspiration to us all as she looks on the bright side of her cancer battle. This week, the actress took to Instagram to point out one good thing that came out of her breast cancer diagnosis: meeting Dr. Lawrence Piro. Doherty shared a touching message about the man she never would have met if she hadn’t developed the disease and wished him the happiest of...
Franklin Twp., city still not talking about Confederate monument’s fate

Franklin Twp., city still not talking about Confederate monument’s fate

Local officials refused to talk Friday about the status — or even the current whereabouts — of the Confederate monument that was removed by Franklin city workers. The plaque dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and placed on a stone at Dixie Highway and Hamilton Middletown Road in Franklin was removed under cover of night. MORE: The wild 24 hours of Franklin’s Robert E. Lee...
Golden retriever digs up $85,000 worth of hard drugs in the backyard

Golden retriever digs up $85,000 worth of hard drugs in the backyard

A family in Yamhill County, Oregon, has discovered that their pet golden retriever is actually an amateur drug-sniffing dog with a pretty incredible nose. When 18-month-old Kenyon started digging in the backyard, they thought he’d found a time capsule but the pup was on to something much nastier — black tar heroin. Kenyon discovered a gold mine of the drugs — around $85,000 worth...
Man warns ‘don’t take a chance with your eyes’ after eclipse-watching burned a hole in his retina

Man warns ‘don’t take a chance with your eyes’ after eclipse-watching burned a hole in his retina

If you’re thinking of watching the solar eclipse without the necessary eye gear, think again. One 71-year-old man is issuing a warning after burning one of his eyes more than 50 years ago. In 1962, Lou Tomososki was excited to witness the eclipse after learning about it from his science teacher.  That afternoon, he stood outside, and looked up with just his right eye. As the moon moved...
Florida hunters capture 12-foot gator days after 11-foot catch

Florida hunters capture 12-foot gator days after 11-foot catch

Four Florida hunters struggled to take down an 11-foot, 375-pound gator after a three-hour fight. Nick Naylor, John Booker, Kenny Way and Casey Shields began battling the massive gator beginning late Tuesday night and ended up with it under their control by Wednesday morning, according to the Pensacola News Journal. They used a 40-pound test from a spinning reel to capture the animal, which was...
Mother flees with child after carjacker tries to pull her from her car

Mother flees with child after carjacker tries to pull her from her car

A mother, fearing for her and her daughter’s life, jumped a curb while fleeing from a carjacker. The victim said she was getting gas from a Texaco station when a small red Toyota pulled onto the parking lot. Officers said the man in the red Toyota approached her truck and asked for a ride down the street. The victim said no, because she had her child in the car. So, the suspect walked away...
Man fatally shoots AAA worker over long response time, police say

Man fatally shoots AAA worker over long response time, police say

Surveillance video recently released by police captures the moment a Miami man shot and killed a AAA contract worker in July.  Jesus Esquivel, 63, confessed to fatally shooting the man over the amount of time it took for AAA to get him assistance, the Miami Herald reports.  In a video taken across the street from his Kendall home, a man, believed to be Esquivel, is seen walking...
5 takeaways from a Western and Southern Open first-timer

5 takeaways from a Western and Southern Open first-timer

This week I had my first Western and Southern Open experience.  Although it was cut short by a nasty rain storm, I saw enough to convince me I need to make a return trip.  Here are my top takeaways from my visit:  The Graeter’s turtle sundae really hit the spot, giving me the energy to seek out actual tennis.  I found it at Stadium 3, where Yuichi Sugita rallied from a first-set...
Man pours coffee on controversial 'InfoWars' host Alex Jones

Man pours coffee on controversial 'InfoWars' host Alex Jones

Alex Jones, a radio host of “InfoWars” and conspiracy theorist who has alleged the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, took to the streets of Seattle this week. Videos on Facebook and Twitter show Jones walking around downtown and talking to people on the sidewalk about recent events surrounding President Donald Trump. Some people ignored Jones’ provocative questions while others...
Boy, 2, chokes to death on grape at grocery store

Boy, 2, chokes to death on grape at grocery store

A toddler choked to death on a grape at a grocery store after his mother was unable to perform CPR. Mother Emma Carver did not notice her son Ayyan Umar, 2, had eaten some grapes until she heard him making choking sounds last week. “I started banging on him,” mother Emma Carver told WXYZ. “But it wasn't getting it out, so it had to be lodged.” One shopper called 911 while...
Six Flags will now only fly American flag, report says

Six Flags will now only fly American flag, report says

From now on, only one flag will fly over Six Flags amusement parks. Six Flags Over Texas park officials confirmed that the six different flags that had previously flown over the park, including the Confederate States of America flag, will be replaced by six American flags, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.  “We always choose to focus on celebrating the things that unite us versus...
76-year-old woman thanks police officers for mowing her lawn when her mower was stolen

76-year-old woman thanks police officers for mowing her lawn when her mower was stolen

A 76-year-old woman is thanking her local Police Department for taking care of her lawn after someone stole her mower. Officer Garrett Fontanez was patrolling a Knoxville, Tennessee neighborhood when 76-year-old Betty Brown flagged down his patrol car. She explained to the officer that someone stole her push mower, and she was wondering where she could find someone to help her mow her lawn, WBIR...
Moraine-based wholesaler celebrates growth, new office

Moraine-based wholesaler celebrates growth, new office

Moraine-based Winsupply Inc., one of the largest distributors in the nation, has opened a new Winsupply company in Franklin, Tenn., its fifth new company of 2017. Winsupply of Franklin will serve plumbing contractors in one of the fastest growing markets in the United States, and throughout greater Nashville, the company said Friday. RELATED: Moraine company sees sales explode across nation The...
What is the cool solar eclipse catchphrase everybody's talking about?

What is the cool solar eclipse catchphrase everybody's talking about?

Keep your umbra, penumbra and antumbra, your shadow bands and Baily’s Beads, too. When it comes to contagious catchphrases that have become part of the dialogue during this season of eclipse fever, the best has to be “The Path of Totality.” We just can’t shut up about it. It’s like we’ve become a nation of overnight astrophysicists. For the eclipse-challenged...
19 things you never knew about the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage

19 things you never knew about the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage

Ninety-seven years ago today, the 19th Amendment to the constitution was ratified, mandating full suffrage for women in all states. The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Here are 19 things to know about the 19th Amendment, ratified on Aug. 18, 1920: The struggle for women&rsquo...
Towing company under fire, accused of gouging customers

Towing company under fire, accused of gouging customers

A man accused of gouging customers for thousands of dollars is now facing a civil lawsuit after criminal charges were withdrawn by the District Attorney Thursday. Brian Haenze, the owner Tag Towing and Collision, learned in court Thursday that Liberty Mutual Insurance is coming after him. “They’ve tried to sue civilly before,” Haenze told Channel 11. “It’s completely...
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