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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...
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...
West Liberty-Salem shooting victim out of ICU; prosecutors ID suspect

West Liberty-Salem shooting victim out of ICU; prosecutors ID suspect

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 Saturday night 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....
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...
Springfield man charged in death also convicted in seperate murder

Springfield man charged in death also convicted in seperate murder

A Springfield man has been charged with the murder of a woman who’s bones were found in a wooded area in Greene County last May. Prentiss Hare, 35, has been indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of Tiffany Chambers. Chambers’ remains were found in Spring Valley Twp. in May 2016, Clark County Prosecutor...
Northeastern residents debate $100M school plan

Northeastern residents debate $100M school plan

Northeastern Local School District leaders say they want to make sure the community is educated on potential options for new schools that could cost more than $100 million before a scientific survey is launched in the coming months. Officials at Northeastern — the second largest school district in Clark County serving around 3,200 students — say they are desperate for new school buildings...
Clark County school district warns on phone scam

Clark County school district warns on phone scam

Northwestern Local Schools officials are advising the Springfield community about what they believe is a phone scam involving school tax collections. District officials on Thursday evening sent a Facebook message to the community that "Northwestern does not collect any funds directly nor are we contacting community members regarding this."  "...be advised we believe this to be...
Dayton to become home to National VA History Center

Dayton to become home to National VA History Center

The Dayton VA will become the home of the National VA History Center, the federal agency announced Thursday. Outgoing national VA Secretary Robert McDonald officially designated the Dayton VA as a national archive in one of his final acts prior to leaving office Friday, the VA said. A Trump administration nominee, David Shulkin, the current VA undersecretary of health, is expected to take over the...
High School Basketball: Shawnee bounces back after slow start

High School Basketball: Shawnee bounces back after slow start

What may have depressed Shawnee’s boys basketball team a month ago now serves as motivation. The Braves struggled to a 1-7 start and had a couple of close losses. Shawnee coach Chris McGuire saw his players look dejected a number of times during that stretch, but after a two-point loss to Fairborn last Saturday, he saw something different. “They were ready to bounce back,” McGuire...
Catholic Central program connects with students

Catholic Central program connects with students

As our community has become more diverse in recent years, Catholic Central has expanded its mission and admissions by making a faith-centered education available to a more diverse group of students. This school year, a third of Central students are African-American, Hispanic, multi-racial and other ethnicities, including multiple immigrant children for whom English is a second language. In some ways...
Trump, White House slam celebs, media in response to Women's March

Trump, White House slam celebs, media in response to Women's March

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Sunday to respond to Saturday's women's marches, which drew more than 1 million protesters around the world.
Baker of Trump's inauguration cake says she was commissioned to copy Obama's

Baker of Trump's inauguration cake says she was commissioned to copy Obama's

Celebrity pastry chef and Food Network star Duff Goldman took to Twitter early Saturday to point out that President Donald Trump’s inauguration cake appeared to be an exact replica of the cake he designed and created for Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration. In a message posted to his Twitter account, Goldman included a side-by-side image of his cake creation next to Trump&rsquo...
'Saturday Night Live' takes swipe at Trump inauguration attendance – minus Alec Baldwin

'Saturday Night Live' takes swipe at Trump inauguration attendance – minus Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin's absence didn't stop "Saturday Night Live" from taking yet another swipe at President Donald Trump.
10 sassy signs from women's marches around the world

10 sassy signs from women's marches around the world

As crowds flooded streets Saturday for women's marches around the world, many protesters carried signs bearing bold statements and witty slogans.
Muslim man receives heartwarming note from neighbors after Trump's inauguration

Muslim man receives heartwarming note from neighbors after Trump's inauguration

A heartfelt letter left on the door of a Muslim man's Ohio home after President Donald Trump's inauguration is going viral.

Bureaucracy disliked, but necessary

Rob Baker, Ph.D., teaches political science at Wittenberg University and is one of our regular community contributors. In 1887, Woodrow Wilson penned a famous essay calling for a new effort devoted to making American government more effective in its day-to-day administration. Modernity, immigration, and technological advancement had caused the pace of change in society and the economy to quicken rapidly...

Looking at secret Facebook groups

Sure, you’re on Facebook — but are you part of a secret group? Plenty of people are; an interesting piece in Wired talks about the pros and cons of these hidden corners of social media, which seem to be growing “amid the partisan rancor of the 2016 election and its aftermath. “This flight behind figurative closed doors is at odds with the internet’s promise of open dialogue...