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Most Ohioans believe nation ‘on wrong track’

In this divisive election year, Ohioans agree on two things: They are not happy. And they doubt the presidential candidates will change that. Some 63 percent believe the nation is on the wrong track, according to a poll conducted for Ohio media outlets by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of ...

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Humane Society looks to fill vacant jobs soon

The Clark County Humane Society’s will soon fill vacant leadership roles in the organization after volunteers raised concerns about staff shortages, the board president said. Most recently the organization’s shelter coordinator resigned, as well as the shelter office manager. Two other shelter workers were also dismissed from their jobs, the ...

Clark County extends inspection services contract with London

Clark County extended its contract with London to perform building and electrical inspection services for commercial and residential properties.The county commissioners liked the results of the first year of doing business with London enough to continue the contract indefinitely with a 30-day termination clause, according Tom Hale, community development director.Hale ...

A crew works on resurfacing a taxi way at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport Wednesday as a plane lands in the background. A $400k federal grant will be used to complete a master plan at the Springfield Airport. The master plan hasn’t been updated since 2000.Bill Lackey/Staff

Springfield airport master plan to be updated

About $400,000 in grant money will be spent to complete a new master plan at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport — its first update in 16 years.City Commissioners approved the application of a $400,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration at last week’s meeting for master planning services at the 1,800-acre ...

John Hill, principal at Kenton Ridge, walks through old Industrial Tech room that’s now a study hall at the school. Bill Lackey/Staff

Northeastern local schools seeks public input on future of facilities

Northeastern local school leaders will consider putting a bond issue on the ballot in 2017 to rebuild or renovate buildings, but want the community to agree on plans first.A committee of about 75 parents and other community members has been created to explore the district’s options, Northeastern Local Schools Superintendent ...

Dayton police want subpoena quashed in Trump fence jumper case

Dayton police and Dayton International Airport security have asked a federal judge to quash subpoenas issued in connection with the Thomas DiMassimo federal criminal case. DiMassimo, 22, was charged with a federal misdemeanor for illegally entering a “cordoned off and otherwise restricted area where a person protected by the Secret ...

Jonathan Bunnell, 4, gets a drink of water from the drinking fountain at Moorefield Family Park Wednesday morning. The Clark County Board of Health will support asking voters to add fluoride to the water in both Springfield and New Carlisle. Moorefield Twp. and Park Layne already adds flouride to their water. Bill Lackey/Staff

Health district to pursue fluoridation in Springfield, New Carlisle

The Clark County Combined Health District may ask voters to fluoridate the public water supply in Springfield and New Carlisle next year, which health officials say will improve dental health for more than 85,000 residents. The Clark County Board of Health voted unanimously last week to pursue the issue. As ...

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Clark County administrator Kennedy resigns

Clark County administrator Nathan Kennedy has resigned his post to take a similar government position in Washington state.Kennedy’s departure was announced after an executive session was held to discuss employment at Wednesday’s meeting, County Commissioner John Detrick said.In his new role, Kennedy will serve as the Director of Finance for ...

Urbana City Schools superintendent, Charles Thiel stands in the hallway of a high school wing that will be the first to be torn down. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

Urbana local schools shifts construction schedule

The Urbana City School District will begin construction on a new high school building first, after setbacks in finding a site for the district’s new pre-kindergarten through 8th grade building.The district originally intended to start construction on the pre-k-8 building before the high school, to better accommodate students during the ...

Springfield City Hall flanks Fountain Avenue with the Heritage Center in the background. LISA POWELL / STAFF

$125K study will analyze Springfield’s finances

The city and the chamber will pay $125,000 for an independent analysis of Springfield’s finances, an effort to identify cost savings before any potential income tax increase would go before voters.City commissioners are expected to approve the performance study at today’s meeting. The consultant is expected to present the city ...

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