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Springfield native distinguished himself in Civil War battles

By the evening of May 5, 1864, in the Union field hospital on the Orange Turnpike in Orange County, Va., amputated arms and legs were stacked like “piles of stove wood, the blood only excepted,” according to an observer quoted in historian Gordon C. Rhea’s book on the third and fourth days of the Battle of the Wilderness. Even in that wretched setting, the appearance of the peacetime...
Study: Dads’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons

Study: Dads’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons

Fathers with toddler daughters are more attentive and responsive to their needs than fathers with toddler sons, according to a study published in an American Psychological Association journal. >> Read more trending news  Behavorial Neuroscience journal. Fathers of young boys engaged in more rough-and-tumble play and used more achievement-related language, while fathers of daughters...
Drug crisis traumatizing children in Clark County, state

Drug crisis traumatizing children in Clark County, state

The deepening drug crisis in Clark County and Ohio threatens to leave thousands of traumatized children in its wake, local and state experts said. The Family and Children Services division of the Clark County Department of Job and Family Services has investigated at least 33 cases this year of children who were in danger because of an adult overdose. Referrals overall have increased about 15 percent...

The one fool-proof way to stop a child’s threats

Dear Kid Whisperer, What do I do when my 4-year-old threatens to do something? Yesterday, we were painting and she took a small jar of oil paint, tipped it so that it was about to spill all over the floor, looked at me, and smiled. I told her that she better not spill the paint, and that she would be in a lot of trouble if she spilled the paint. I counted to three. As I started to say “three&rdquo...
WATCH: Cat nurses orphaned puppies at shelter

WATCH: Cat nurses orphaned puppies at shelter

A cat named Miracle is nursing newborn puppies at the Okefenokee Humane Society. On Monday, a man brought seven puppies to the humane society, saying he couldn’t care for them. He said his dog, the puppies’ mother, had been shot and killed by a neighbor. That person told police the dog tried to attack him and his children and he had to shoot it. The dog’s owner said she just gave...
Springfield Muslims mark Ramadan, reach out to community

Springfield Muslims mark Ramadan, reach out to community

When the members of Springfield’s Masjid Al-Madina Mosque observe the Islamic tradition of Ramadan that begins today, they won’t be keeping it to themselves. The Miami Valley Islamic Association wants to share with the community and has teamed up with a local church to contribute to a local soup kitchen and present an educational program about its faith. The month-long observance of Ramadan...

D.L. Stewart: In search of some understanding

An open letter to ISIS and Al Qaeda: Once again an act of terror has snuffed out innocent lives. And, once again, I don’t understand. What is it that groups like yours want? What are your goals? And what do they have to do with blowing up adolescent girls at a concert in England? I’ve done some research in an attempt to understand. For instance, I came across a report about an issue of...

DR. RAMEY: What parents need to know about ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’

The controversial Netflix series dealing with youth suicide, “Thirteen Reasons Why,” has just been renewed for another year. Is that good or bad news for the mental health of our kids? Based upon 2007 youth novel that won numerous awards, this story focuses on the anguish that led to the suicide of a 17-year-old fictional character named Hannah. Her story is about rejection, bullying,...
8 moms who conceived during Hurricane Matthew pose for photos 8 months pregnant

8 moms who conceived during Hurricane Matthew pose for photos 8 months pregnant

Eight expectant mothers in Bluffton, South Carolina, are all eight months pregnant and it may be due in part to Hurricane Matthew, which hit the state in October 2016.  People reported that for some of the mothers, the timing just happened to line up with the storm. “I feel babies always come at a time when they are most needed. When he is born, I feel he will fill a hole in our lives...
When can a baby start to have fruit juice?

When can a baby start to have fruit juice?

For the first few months of life, deciding what to feed a baby is relatively simple. However as they grow, the question becomes decidedly more complicated. One of those questions is when a child can start to have fruit juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics just gave parents a clear answer. The agency’s new policy statement says children younger than the age of 1 should not be given fruit...

Celiac disease symptoms make diagnosis difficult

There are over 200 possible symptoms that a person can exhibit if they have celiac disease — making it the main reason people often live with the condition for an extended period of time before being diagnosed. Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten causes the body’s own immune system to attack the lining of the small intestine. Gluten is...
You can pay less and still get a great paper towel

You can pay less and still get a great paper towel

Spring picnic season is here! You’re going to want to be sure you have a reliable paper towel to pick up after guests who make a mess. Consumer Reports has a new tally of the best paper towels and the crown goes firmly to name brands, not store brands. But one caveat before we get into the list: You may want to consider cloth napkins instead of paper towels. Making the switch to using cloth...
Upstart winery snags ‘Best Ohio wine’ top prize in an upset

Upstart winery snags ‘Best Ohio wine’ top prize in an upset

Southwest Ohio wineries brought home some impressive hardware in the 2017 Ohio Wine Competition, while the top prize went to an upstart winery that hasn’t yet celebrated its 4th birthday. The competition was held earlier this month at Kent State University’s Ashtabula branch campus. The full results of the competition have not been formally released, but winning wineries have been informed...
Clark, Champaign county pools to open this weekend

Clark, Champaign county pools to open this weekend

Clark and Champaign County municipal pools will be opening for the summer this Memorial Day weekend. The National Trail Parks and Recreation District’s Splash Zone Family Aquatic Center, 300 Eagle City Road, will open at noon Saturday. It will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m. through Aug. 13. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 through 17. Children 3 and younger are free. RELATED...
Springfield churches unite to open recovery house for addicts

Springfield churches unite to open recovery house for addicts

A coalition of Springfield churches want to work together to open a recovery house to help drug addicts transition back into society. About 300 people from 15 different churches attended an informational meeting about the Celebrating Recovery House this week at Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield. The coalition hopes to have the house open this fall, said Rev. Sim Bowen of My Church–Built Upon...
You need to see this award-winning ‘fat letter’ film by local father-daughter duo

You need to see this award-winning ‘fat letter’ film by local father-daughter duo

What started as a Springboro High School student’s summer project is now an award-winning documentary now available on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and other video streaming services.    “It is amazing and it is all thanks to my dad with his investment in me,” Bailey Webber, now a Wright State University mass communication junior, said of the success of &ldquo...
Cicadas emerging already?

Cicadas emerging already?

I’ve gotten plenty of questions about the emergence of quite a few cicadas in the landscape. Southwest Ohio is not due for a major emergence of the 17-year periodical cicada, Brood X, until 2021. However, what we are seeing now is an early emergence of some of the cicadas in this brood. In 2021 there will be a huge emergence of Brood X. This brood will be found in about 19 states from the East...
More than 2,500 people will march in Springfield Memorial Day parade

More than 2,500 people will march in Springfield Memorial Day parade

More than 2,600 people are expected to participate in this year’s Memorial Day parade in Springfield, organizers said. The Springfield Memorial Day Parade is touted as one of the largest in the country. The theme for this year is, “Honor, Duty and Country.” RELATED: North Hampton Memorial Day Parade back on after volunteer steps up The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, starting...
How can you let the dog sleep in your bed?

How can you let the dog sleep in your bed?

Mocha, our miniature schnauzer and first dog, slept on our bed. Lucy, our mutt did not. When we adopted our lab rescue in 2013, Teddy, I said “No” to sleeping on the bed. No to dog hair covering the bed. No to being pushed out of bed. No to wet noses and dog kisses in the bed at 2 in the morning. RELATED » Karin Spicer: dog tricks After Teddy’s foster mom left from dropping...
Too many Americans aren’t using vacation time; when they do, they still work

Too many Americans aren’t using vacation time; when they do, they still work

Summer vacation season is approaching, which means it’s time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. But, according to a new study, not only do too many Americans skip vacations, they tend to work during time off, too. Glassdoor surveyed more than 2,200 people on how they spend their time off. The online job and recruiting site found that two out of three Americans work while on vacation...
Taking Uber or Lyft? Read these 7 safety tips before getting in the car

Taking Uber or Lyft? Read these 7 safety tips before getting in the car

City dwellers, students, travelers and citizens without vehicles of their own often rely on ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft to get from one place to the next. >> Read more trending news  But with all the news stories involving imposter drivers, driver-involved assaults and violent altercations, passengers should take some precautions before getting into the vehicle. »...
Mother asks Facebook community to help punish her daughter

Mother asks Facebook community to help punish her daughter

An Arizona woman turned to Facebook to help teach her daughter a lesson after the 10-year-old was accused of vandalizing a school bathroom.  Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School sent photographic evidence: wads of toilet paper stuck to the bathroom ceiling.   "Even though it's minor, it's significant to me," Jeanene Lacasse, the girl’s mother, said. "We...
Billboard supporting Trump’s immigration ban stirs controversy

Billboard supporting Trump’s immigration ban stirs controversy

Some residents believe that a controversial billboard on Interstate 40 in North Carolina by a religious group in support of President Donald Trump’s immigration and travel ban on Muslim-majority countries has gone too far.   The sign in Catawba County refers to the 9/11 attack and those behind it.   Residents of nearby Claremont and Catawba are talking about its message. ...
Girl pulled into water by sea lion treated for rare bacterial disease

Girl pulled into water by sea lion treated for rare bacterial disease

A girl in Canada who was dragged into a harbor by a sea lion is undergoing treatment for a rare bacterial infection, officials at the Vancouver Aquarium said. The incident went viral on YouTube, showing a sea lion grabbing a girl’s dress as she sat on the edge of the harbor and then pulling her into the ocean. The YouTube video has already received more than 24 million views since...
5 things you should know about Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting

5 things you should know about Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting

Muslims around the globe are gearing up for the holy month of Ramadan, which begins this weekend. Throughout the holiday, observers fast from sunrise to sunset and partake in nightly feasts. » RELATED: Muslims in America, by the numbers  Here are five things to know about Islam’s sacred month: Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is the holy month of fasting, spiritual...
Kroger recalls nuts because of possible health risk

Kroger recalls nuts because of possible health risk

The Kroger Co. is recalling its Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. A supplier reported the product may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to Cincinnati-based...
Hardworking 11-year-old surprised with lawn mower, equipment to start his own business

Hardworking 11-year-old surprised with lawn mower, equipment to start his own business

An 11-year-old is thanking a local business for surprising him with a gift that will help him with his own business this summer. Q’yaron Godson of Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been hunting for a summer job. “I’m getting older, so I have to find something to do,” Q’yaron told WTVD. “I can’t just sit in the house and play all my life. I have to...
Neighbors help 5-year-old with rare disease celebrate Halloween in May

Neighbors help 5-year-old with rare disease celebrate Halloween in May

Family and friends are helping a sick boy celebrate a special Halloween-themed birthday in May. Carter Sarkar of Castaic, California, outside Los Angeles, has Sanfilippo syndrome, a disorder that prevents the body from properly processing sugar. The disease will slowly cause Carter to lose his motor skills and brain function until his body eventually shuts down, likely during his teenage years...
23 million would lose insurance under new health care bill, CBO says

23 million would lose insurance under new health care bill, CBO says

The House Republican plan to replace Obamacare would reduce deficits by $119 billion over the next decade, but increase the number of Americans without health insurance by 23 million over the same period, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The report, done with the Joint Committee on Taxation, also found that in states that receive a waiver from...
Safe and sound: installing a home alarm system

Safe and sound: installing a home alarm system

Every year, thousands of Americans seek to secure their homes, families and belongings with a home security system. More than two million home burglaries are reported each year and only 17 percent of homes have security systems to prevent possible break-ins. RELATED » Picking a cleaning service In 2016, Better Business Bureau received almost 600,000 inquiries from consumers across the U.S. and...
Doctor: Popular charcoal masks could cause permanent skin damage

Doctor: Popular charcoal masks could cause permanent skin damage

A popular “do-it-yourself” charcoal mask that has been trending all over the internet could cause serious damage to your skin, according to a dermatologist. "It might be dangerous if you like all three layers of your skin," Dr. Seth Forman, a dermatologist in Tampa, Florida, said in an interview with WFTS.  Many people have taken to YouTube to show users the painful...
Bride wears gown in stunning underwater photo shoot

Bride wears gown in stunning underwater photo shoot

A newlywed in the nation's capital really made a splash with a photo shoot to mark her special day. Nicole Hardesty, 30, told WUSA that she is a competitive swimmer, so it felt natural for her to pose underwater while wearing a wedding dress. Her grandmother, who spent four weeks making her blue wedding dress, did not approve of Hardesty taking her creation underwater, WUSA reported, so Hardesty...
Mother welcomes 13-pound baby after natural birth

Mother welcomes 13-pound baby after natural birth

A Missouri couple has welcomed their latest bundle of joy into the family, and it's a big bundle. Lauren Flaugher gave birth to a 13-pound baby boy in early May, KTVI reported.  After over nine hours of labor, Flaugher gave birth to Finnis Steven Flaugher by natural birth. Flaugher said she did "a lot of visualizations, a lot of positive affirmations" to prepare herself for the...
Mom warns other parents after baby burned by sunscreen

Mom warns other parents after baby burned by sunscreen

A Canadian mother is warning other parents after her young daughter suffered a second-degree chemical burn attributed to a popular sunscreen for children. Rebecca Cannon posted the warning on Facebook on May 8, including photos of her daughter Kyla's burned face. Cannon said she used the spray version of Banana Boat SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Kids Sunscreen, and her daughter had a bad reaction to the product...
Parade your pet in the Mutt Strut

Parade your pet in the Mutt Strut

Why take your dog for just a walk when you can let them strut their stuff in front of others? The Humane Society for Clark County’s Mutt Strut is the chance to parade your pup or other pet down a course and enjoy a day of furry friend and owner activities. Mutt Strut will be noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27 in the park behind the Clifton Opera House. Registration for the Mutt Strut costs $25...
Mural connects Clark County recycling center, neighborhood with kids

Mural connects Clark County recycling center, neighborhood with kids

A new light source on West Main Street will shine continuously — it runs on paint instead of electricity. A mural completed this week by members of Project Jericho and a noted artist will not just brighten the neighborhood, but also make the Clark County Solid Waste District’s building more identifiable and its mission clearer. RELATED: Local youth painting large mural on YMCA wall The...
Elderly man memorializes wife by continuing her blanket sewing charity

Elderly man memorializes wife by continuing her blanket sewing charity

An elderly man is keeping his wife’s memory alive by sewing blankets for those in need. “I just felt there was a need,” said Clayton Shelburne, 88, of Zionsville, Ind. “I enjoy doing it. If my wife was here, she would be happy I’m doing this too.” For 10 years, Clayton and his wife, Delores, spent their free time making blankets to donate to different organizations...
Senior student barred from Christian school's graduation because she's pregnant

Senior student barred from Christian school's graduation because she's pregnant

Maddi Runkles is a senior at The Heritage Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland. >> Read more trending news  With a 4.0 grade point average, athletics commitments and a leadership role in the school’s Key Club, she was all set to graduate this spring. Then came her son, Grayson. Runkles learned she was pregnant in January. The Heritage Academy, a conservative Christian school, considers...
Signs reveal Enon history to newcomers

Signs reveal Enon history to newcomers

People waiting for the Enon Memorial Day parade on Sunday will have two new informational signs to check out. These two colorful markers have been set up in the village by the Enon Community Historical Society. Information signs are so welcoming to visitors and folks who weren’t raised in the community. As we moved all over the country with the Navy, we always appreciated towns that put up signs...
WATCH: Young girl left temporarily paralyzed illustrates dangers of tick bites

WATCH: Young girl left temporarily paralyzed illustrates dangers of tick bites

A 3-year-old girl in Oregon awoke on May 13 to find herself unable to stand or use her arms. >> Read more trending news  Evelyn Lewis’ mother, Amanda Lewis, filmed her daughter’s failed attempts to stand with help from her husband.  WGHP reported that the parents took Evelyn to the emergency room, where a doctor discovered a small but dangerous reason for her...
Florida man accused of nearly beating dog named Elizabeth Taylor to death

Florida man accused of nearly beating dog named Elizabeth Taylor to death

A Florida man is facing charges that he nearly beat to death a dog named Elizabeth Taylor, according to an arrest report. Jason Robert Snead, 40, is facing charges of animal cruelty, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug equipment and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $9,000 bail. The dog, a 2-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel...
Clark health, pool officials on the lookout for parasite

Clark health, pool officials on the lookout for parasite

Health officials are cautioning swimmers to be aware of a water-based parasite ahead of the start of summer pool and beach season this weekend. The parasite is called cryptosporidium, and is found in streams, ponds, pools and puddles and wherever there’s standing water. RELATED: Clark County Zika: Health district tells neighbors to act Last year about 1,940 cases of cryptosporidium infections...
Lyme disease: Ticks may be trouble this year

Lyme disease: Ticks may be trouble this year

In the past five years, cases of Lyme disease have more than doubled in Ohio as the tick population has surged. That means parents should take some extra steps this year to avoid the little critter. “Ticks can carry Lyme disease, as well as several other diseases” says Bethany Linegang, RN, MSN, infection preventionist at Dayton Children’s Hospital. “A female tick is about...
Megachurch pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen criticized for throwing ‘Hook ‘Em’ hand sign

Megachurch pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen criticized for throwing ‘Hook ‘Em’ hand sign

Thousands of students graduated this past weekend from the University of Texas at Austin, flooding social media with photos of proud new alumni and their families. >> Read more trending news  For most parents, documenting the occasion with a photo means throwing up the “Hook ’em Horns” hand sign, too, usually without much fuss. But when your parents are the first...
Pippa Middleton’s wedding guests needed a secret password to get into the party

Pippa Middleton’s wedding guests needed a secret password to get into the party

Pippa Middleton’s and James Matthews’ post-nuptials bash sounded like quite the party. According to E! News, after they were announced man and wife, guests of Middleton and Matthews reportedly got their party on in an ultra-exclusive reception. At the Middleton family home, male guests were offered fresh white shirts if they wanted to change and had to provide photo IDs and secret...
Pregnant woman’s cure for morning sickness? Boxing

Pregnant woman’s cure for morning sickness? Boxing

An expectant mother in Australia decided to take a swing at curing her morning sickness. >> Read more trending news  Vicky Sims, 39, of Melbourne, who is nine months pregnant, found that working out helps to offset some of the symptoms of her pregnancy, according to Inside Edition. Sims, a gym owner, has an exercise regime that consists of 30 minutes of boxing and 30 minutes of lifting...
Hike on the trail to safety

Hike on the trail to safety

Now that the weather is nice, you might be tempted to take a hike. But before you set off to explore the great outdoors, keep these safety tips in mind to avoid a trip to the ER: Have a plan. Don’t keep it to yourself. “Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return,” says Nancy Pook, MD, medical director of Kettering Medical Center’s Emergency Department...
Here’s how much fruit juice children should drink, according to new guidelines

Here’s how much fruit juice children should drink, according to new guidelines

Next time you're grocery shopping for your kids, think twice before adding a carton of fruit juice to your basket. The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines on all juices, advising parents to pull back on how much they serve their little ones. » Related: What Atlanta dietitians feed their kids  Previous recommendations said parents should wait to...
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