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David Scheff

Former Air Force One chief lived with “passion”

West Liberty resident David Scheff, who served as flight chief of Air Force One under two U.S. presidents, died Friday. He was 51. Scheff, a retired U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant, was born in Glen Cove, N.Y., and enlisted in the Air Force after high school. He served as ...

James Schlesinger, the nation’s first energy secretary, was interred next to his wife at Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield Saturday. Schlesinger also served as Atomic Energy Commission chairman, CIA director and Defense secretary. Schlesinger married his wife, Rachel Melinger, in 1954 on her family farm in Springfield. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Friends, family, remember nation’s first energy secretary in Springfield

James Schlesinger was a Harvard man but an Ohio State Buckeyes fan. The former secretary of defense, CIA director and the nation’s first energy secretary who served three presidents was buried Saturday in Springfield next to the grave site of his wife, Rachel, at Ferncliff Cemetery. Schlesinger died March 27 ...

This Aug. 24, 2004 file photo shows former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger, chairman of the Detention Operations Review Panel speaking at the Pentagon. A Washington think tank confirms Schlesinger has died. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

Former Defense, Energy secretary at home in Springfield

The society section of the Sunday, June 20, 1954, Springfield News-Sun described a simple, single-ring ceremony in the home of Flenner and Janet Mellinger on Fairfield Pike.Their daughter Rachel L. Mellinger had worn a “bouffant dress of white organdy minutely tucked and banded with lace,” complemented by finger-tip length veil.Ever ...

Schlesinger, energy secy, to be buried in Springfield

James Schlesinger, the nation's first energy secretary who also served as Atomic Energy Commission chairman, CIA director and Defense secretary who married in Springfield, will be remembered this weekend when friends and family gather for visitation on Friday.At the time of his death on March 27, Mr. Schesinger, 85, was ...

A dalmation keeps watch over a team of horses from the Express Clydesdales. The team took  part in the 15th annual Holiday in the City which drew a crowd to downtown Springfield Saturday. The event, which featured strolling carolers, carriage rides and activities for children concluded with the Grand Illumination and a fireworks display.  LISA POWELL / STAFF

Holiday in the City 2013

The 15th Holiday in the City was held Saturday in downtown Springfield, providing a festive atmosphere for those in search of some holiday fun.

Funeral set for WSU grad killed in I-70 crash

Services will be Monday in Virginia for Jason Fricke, 28, who died Sept 29 on when his car was struck head on by one traveling the wrong way on Interstate 70 near Springfield. The other driver, Francois Hagenimana, 24, of Kettering also was killed. Adam Laugle of Dayton said Fricke ...

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks during a memorial service for her father, former Ohio governor and congressman John J. Gilligan at the Ohio Statehouse Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Columbus. Gilligan died last week at the age of 92. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio Statehouse event honors late Gov. Gilligan

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius didn’t always know how different her father, former Ohio Gov. John J. Gilligan, was from other dads.During a memorial service for the late Democratic governor and congressman, Sebelius said Thursday that she thought most families spent the fall season knocking on doors, ...

Woman turns up alive 13 days after her funeral

Thirteen days after saying their final farewells to a Sharolyn Jackson, a Philadelphia family got a pleasant surprise when they found Jackson alive and well. The fifty-year-old was pronounced dead after a body matching her description was found on a street corner on July 20. (Via Daily Mirror) The body was ...

Hot, humid conditions for the weekend

This morning’s sunshine will turn into cloudy skies by the afternoon. A few isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and evening but nothing severe is expected. Highs today will reach into the upper-80s, but feeling like the lower-90s with the increasing humidity. “Our UV Index will be ...

Former Crowell-Collier building owner dies

Harry C. Denune, a local businessman who owned the massive Crowell-Collier Building for more than 40 years, died on Tuesday in Gainesville, Fla., at the age of 90.A service is planned at 2 p.m. today at the First Advent Christian Church in Lake City, Fla.Denune purchased the Crowell-Collier building in ...

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