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High UV means keep the sunscreen handy today

Clouds give way to sun this afternoon as the UV Index climbs and temperatures heat up to the mid to upper 80s. Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini says to keep the sunscreen handy as the UV index will be at a six today. Expect humidity to climb through the ...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Penn National

A judge in Columbus has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to prevent Penn National Gaming from relocating live horse racing to Dayton from Toledo.The former owners of Lebanon Raceway filed an administrative appeal against the Ohio State Racing Commission for permitting Penn National to transfer its horse racing license from ...

April Erion at 16 before she started using drugs, according to her mother, Lori Erion.

April’s story

Lori Erion knew her daughter, April, was doing recreational drugs when she was in high school.April, who had been a “perfect little girl” growing up started changing in the middle of her sophomore year at Miamisburg High School. She tried out for Color Guard but quit. Extracurriculars were not on ...

Lisa Brandewie talks about the October overdose death of her brother Andy Conway. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

‘I want to be normal’

Andy Conway’s smile lit up his face and the whole room when he was growing up, his mother, Carol Conway said.Andy went to Kettering schools and was good at every sport he played, said Lisa Brandewie, his sister.His behavior started changing in eighth or ninth grade when he stopped wanting ...

April Erion at 16 with her mother Lori. April became addicted to heroin by age 18. She is now in rehab at age 20.

Heroin carving a destructive path

Lori Erion of New Carlisle knew when she saw her daughter April’s track marks. Fairborn Municipal Court Judge Beth Root knew when she met a mother who had told her young children to cover their eyes while she shot up along the highway. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer knew when ...

Springfield advocacy group, bank partner on financial literacy program

WelcomeSpringfield.org and Security National Bank have partnered to create a financial literacy program for foreign-born Springfield residents.WelcomeSpringfield.org Executive Director Carl Ruby said the number of foreign-born residents in the city is growing, and the new program will help those with limited English-speaking abilities to become more comfortable with starting a ...

Urbana district eligible for $37 million to build schools

The Ohio School Facilities Commission approved $37 million this week as part of an Urbana City School District plan to build new facilities and renovate some of its existing buildings.The amount of funding was unexpected, but would go a long way toward helping the district provide safer, handicap accessible facilities ...

The A.B. Graham building, left, and the Clark County Common Pleas Court building are two of the projects that will benefit from state casino tax money. Bill Lackey/Staff

County casino revenue expected to exceed projections

Casino revenue for Clark County has topped more than $1.2 million this year and is expected to surpass estimates for 2014.Clark County Administrator Nathan Kennedy estimated the county would receive about $1.5 million this year, but the county has received about $400,000 each quarter and is on pace to get ...

Members of the Springfield Fire Division search through the remains of a garage for hot spots after extinguishing a blaze that destroyed the structure on Woodside Avenue Thursday evening. Firefighters had two garage fires buring in the same neighborhood at the same time Thursday. Bill Lackey/Staff

Springfield teen suspected of multiple garage fires

Police have arrested a 13-year-old boy they believe to be the cause of a string of Springfield garage fires, including two Thursday afternoon that stretched the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division thin.Police arrested the suspect for a probation violation, but said arson charges are expected to follow once the investigation is complete.Police ...

OVI checkpoint tonight in Springfield

The Clark County OVI Task Force is conducting a sobriety checkpoint tonight in Springfield.The OVI checkpoint is from 8 p.m. to midnight in the 100 block of West North Street near the Springfield Regional Cancer Center, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

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