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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...
WSU expects fewer foreign students due to ‘Trump effect’

WSU expects fewer foreign students due to ‘Trump effect’

Wright State expects to enroll fewer international students in the short term because of what provost Tom Sudkamp referred to in a trustees meeting on Friday as “the Trump effect.” Sudkamp made the comment, which he said is “commonly used” in higher education, just hours after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45h president. Sudkamp said administrators...
New degrees could help with Wright State’s budget problems

New degrees could help with Wright State’s budget problems

New degrees at Wright State will offer more options for students but also another source of revenue for the cash-strapped university. Wright State officials took steps Friday to add a new bachelor’s degree program in neuroscience and another in business entrepreneurship, which combined could eventually net the university more than $1.4 million annually. RELATED: Wright State selects 3 finalists...
Wright State expects fewer foreign students because of ‘Trump effect’

Wright State expects fewer foreign students because of ‘Trump effect’

Wright State expects to enroll fewer international students in the short term because of what provost Tom Sudkamp referred to in a trustees meeting on Friday as “the Trump effect.” Sudkamp made the comment, which he said is “commonly used” in higher education, just hours after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45h president. Sudkamp said administrators...

Teacher’s ‘silly question’ turns out to be a great one

Scott Ervin is an independent facilitator of parenting with Love and Logic and The Nine Essential Skills for the Love and Logic Classroom. He is a parent and behavioral consultant based in the Miami Valley. More information: www.askthekidwhisperer.com. Q: Dear Kid Whisperer: I teach high school English. I read your column, follow your blog, and I do a good job of using the skills and strategies that...
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.
Female student found dead at Miami University

Female student found dead at Miami University

Police are investigating the death of a Miami University student who was found dead Friday morning in a dorm room. The body of the female student, who Miami officials had not identified, was found in Morris Hall, one of the school’s residential dorms on its main Oxford campus in Butler County. Neither school, police nor coroner officials would comment further about to the nature of their investigations...
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...
Wright State may add 2 new undergraduate programs

Wright State may add 2 new undergraduate programs

Wright State officials took steps today to add two new bachelor’s degree programs. The academic affairs committee of WSU’s board of trustees today agreed to bring proposals for a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a bachelor’s degree in business entrepreneurship, before the full board for a vote at the Feb. 17 board meeting. RELATED: TV journalist Dan Rather to speak at...
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...
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...
Students breakout windows amid active shooter at West Liberty

Students breakout windows amid active shooter at West Liberty

A West Liberty High School student said students and staff were notified over the loudspeaker of an active shooter and to take cover. Freshman Lilly Keller, 14, said students eventually broke out windows and ran across fields and to U.S. 68 where they ran to the closest house.  She shot cell phone video of several students running from the school. Keller said she has not heard who the victim...
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...
Sheriff: Suspected West Liberty school shooter wanted to do more harm; 911 caller says 4 shots fired

Sheriff: Suspected West Liberty school shooter wanted to do more harm; 911 caller says 4 shots fired

A 911 caller told the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office that four shots rang out during a school shooting this morning at West Liberty-Salem High School. The caller, possibly a female student, said they heard two shots, then her teacher went out to the hallway. The caller said the shots came from the wing with math classrooms and the boy’s bathroom. “Please hurry, please hurry,&rdquo...
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 TODAY: Some breaks in the clouds are expected this evening with breezy, mild conditions and temperatures in the 50s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Overnight, there is a slight chance for a passing shower. Temperatures will hold to around 50 degrees overnight, Elwell said...
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...
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...
Jury acquits Jackson Center police chief in sex case

Jury acquits Jackson Center police chief in sex case

A Shelby County Common Pleas Court jury found Jackson Center Police Chief Joseph Cotterman not guilty in one of two sex-related cases against him. The jury deliberated for four and a half hours before acquitting Cotterman of a gross sexual imposition charge stemming from a complaint filed by a 19-year-old woman in January 2016 with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The jury began deliberations...
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...
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...
What do you want Donald Trump to do now that he’s president?

What do you want Donald Trump to do now that he’s president?

We asked people this question: What issue is most important to you and what do you want President Trump to deal with in his first 100 days? Here’s a look at what local folks had to say. “I’d like to see him follow through on his idea of reducing the tax coming in, the 15 percent, so that we could repatriate more of the funds that are parked overseas. I think that would bring money...
Residents to protest Trump in downtown Springfield on Inauguration Day

Residents to protest Trump in downtown Springfield on Inauguration Day

A demonstration will be held downtown Friday by residents who say the want to demand inclusion from President-Elect Donald Trump on his Inauguration Day. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday on two corners of City Hall Plaza — the southeast corner at Limestone and High streets and northwest corner at Fountain Avenue and Main Street. A group of local residents received a permit to assemble...
Wright State selects 3 finalists for president’s job

Wright State selects 3 finalists for president’s job

Wright State has narrowed the list of candidates for its president’s job to three. Despite narrowing its list, the presidential search committee has not announced the names of the three finalists. Instead, their names will be released the day before each one visits campus, said Doug Fecher, trustee and chair of the search committee. Each candidate will visit campus in February. “We&rsquo...
Former local congressman: Ohio GOP key to new Trump administration

Former local congressman: Ohio GOP key to new Trump administration

The Ohio GOP will play a central role in Donald Trump’s new administration, according to former Congressman Steve Austria, R-Beavercreek, who spoke with the president-elect earlier this month. Trump and his adviser Kellyanne Conway called Austria earlier this month to whip support for Jane Timken, the new administration’s choice for Ohio Republican Party chairman. “I never thought...
Inauguration 2017: Local students arrive in Washington

Inauguration 2017: Local students arrive in Washington

Southwest Ohio students are arriving in Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of Donald Trump. Students from Oakwood High School and Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati were on a flight this morning from James M. Cox Dayton International Airport to Washington, D.C. Students from Springfield left today, too. Sixteen-year-old Oakwood students Kate Connolly and Elizabeth McGrath said they were...
Funeral services set for Greene County double homicide victims

Funeral services set for Greene County double homicide victims

Funeral and visitation services for William “Skip” Brown and Sherri Mendenhall have been set for this weekend. The two were found shot to death at their rural Greene County duplex just outside Yellow Springs on Sunday. No one has been charged in the case. Services for Brown, 44, will be held on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Jackson Lytle & Lewis Funeral Home in Yellow Springs. Brown is survived...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0013 - Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Aubrey Ludlow, New Carlisle, complaint for $15,787 for damages to motor vehicle of plaintiff’s insured due to an auto accident on Jan. 20, 2016. 17-CV-0014 - Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, v. Raymond J. Monroe, 2900 Old Clifton Road, et al., complaint in foreclosure for $99,103. 17-CV-0015 - Heartland Federal Credit Union...
Players said they had heads shaved at UD football parties

Players said they had heads shaved at UD football parties

Numerous players on the 2014 University of Dayton football team told UD police that some players had their heads partially shaved and drank alcohol to excess at “Mad Caps” parties they were “encouraged” to attend by other team members, campus police records show. The parties on Dec. 7, 2014, are the subject of a civil lawsuit filed in December 2016 by Max Engelhart, a former...
Springfield students head to Washington for Trump inauguration

Springfield students head to Washington for Trump inauguration

A small group of Springfield High School students are making the trip to Washington D.C. to watch President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. Springfield government teacher Zach Raines is taking three students on the trip to the nation’s capital. The students will get a chance to see Arlington Cemetery, many monuments and landmarks in D.C. and watch Trump getting sworn in as president...
Ohio AG Mike DeWine: People are waiting to see what Trump has to say

Ohio AG Mike DeWine: People are waiting to see what Trump has to say

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is in Washington for the inauguration. We caught up with him at Reagan Airport in D.C. after a flight from Columbus. “I think it’s always interesting to see what the new president says,” DeWine said Thursday. His wife, Fran, and his grandchildren are also attending Friday’s inauguration. “These speeches, many times they are remembered...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED TUESDAY 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...
Country legend Vince Gill, Time Jumpers to perform in Springfield

Country legend Vince Gill, Time Jumpers to perform in Springfield

The Clark State Performing Arts Center will continue to swing through its 2016-2017 season with an additional concert. The performing arts center announced Wednesday that the multiple Grammy Award-nominated western swing and traditional country music band The Time Jumpers will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 17.  The 10-piece band features Country Music Hall of...
More rain arrives with unseasonably high temps

More rain arrives with unseasonably high temps

Wet overnight with rising temps Wet Friday morning commute An unseasonably mild weekend Overnight: Showers remain likely and it will stay mild, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will hold steady or slowly rise through the 40s. Friday: Showers are likely in the morning, then taper off. Skies will stay mostly cloudy with highs climbing into the middle 50s. Saturday...

School Notes

CLARK STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Local Clark State Community College full-time students recently named to the 2016 fall semester dean’s list include: Joshua Lyons, Megan Miller, Olivia Taylor and Hannah Walls, all of Cable; Eric Schellentrager, of Catawba; Carley Jones, John Murray and Patricia Voisard, all of Cedarville; Keara Nelson, Michaela Palmer, Lisa Swallow and Patricia Valentine, all of...
Help shape Springfield by volunteering to serve on a city board

Help shape Springfield by volunteering to serve on a city board

With Springfield’s incorporation in 1850, city fathers quickly put their most valuable resource — their citizens — into service on a variety of community boards. That practice continues today. More than 100 seats on boards and committees are filled by city residents. The boundaries for some boards expanded with the inception of combined districts. The Board of Health, one of the...
Poor Will’s Clark County Almanack: Days longer in deep winter’s 3rd week

Poor Will’s Clark County Almanack: Days longer in deep winter’s 3rd week

A day of thaw. Early this morning crows flew westward over the prairie, cawing in the fresh, temperate air, their voices as always filling the morning with the promise of spring. — August Derleth, A Countryman’s Journal, Jan. 15 The Almanack Horoscope Moon Time: The Tufted Titmouse Moon entered its final quarter on Jan. 19. On the 22nd, it reaches apogee, its least influential position...
Clark County approves $178M budget, raises

Clark County approves $178M budget, raises

Clark County commissioners approved a $178 million budget for this year, including raises for its non-union employees. About $425,000 was cut from the county’s general fund budget due to a projected loss of about $1 million in sales taxes due to changes from the federal government. The budget was unanimously approved Wednesday. The county could examine personnel cuts for next year as it prepares...
Greene County sheriff: William Brown was target in double homicide

Greene County sheriff: William Brown was target in double homicide

Sheriff Gene Fischer on Wednesday said one of two Greene County residents shot to death Sunday was targeted by an “angry” person, leading investigators to believe the general public is not in danger. “We don’t see this as a serial killer-type thing where other residents are a target,” Fischer said at a press conference. William “Skip” Brown, 44, was shot multiple...
Clark County drug overdoses double in 24-hour spike

Clark County drug overdoses double in 24-hour spike

Clark County has seen a spike in opioid-related drug overdoses this week — double what’s typically seen — in just a 24-hour period, according to local health leaders. The Clark County Combined Health District sent an alert to other county agencies that the emergency department at Springfield Regional Medical Center has seen at least 13 opioid-related drug overdoses between 3 p.m...
On day one of his presidency, Donald Trump signs his first executive order

On day one of his presidency, Donald Trump signs his first executive order

Just before Friday’s Inaugural Ball, President Donald Trump signed his first executive order, directing federal agencies to “ease the burden of Obamacare.” >> Read more trending stories  Trump didn’t elaborate on the details of the order but did sign it in the Oval Office as one of his first acts as president, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence,...
Melania Trump's inauguration dress evokes Jackie Kennedy

Melania Trump's inauguration dress evokes Jackie Kennedy

In a look that crossed party lines, Melania Trump wore her admiration for Jackie Kennedy on her sleeves Friday morning as she swept into view on the day of her husband’s inauguration in a sky blue suit dress that channeled Kennedy’s dove gray inaugural outfit 56 years earlier. >> Read more trending stories During the campaign, Trump had said she wanted to be a...
VICTIM’S FAMILY: God has a purpose...through this tragedy

VICTIM’S FAMILY: God has a purpose...through this tragedy

The 16-year-old victim in the West Liberty Salem High School shooting is identified as Logan Cole. He remains in critical but stable condition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus according to hospital officials speaking on behalf of his family.  Logan Cole’s family released a statement late Friday afternoon: “We are thankful for the Lord’s protective hand on our son...
First lady Melania Trump: 5 things to know about her inauguration look

First lady Melania Trump: 5 things to know about her inauguration look

The inauguration of President Donald Trump drew hundreds of thousands of spectators, but many had their eyes on First Lady Melania Trump. What would she wear? How will she style her hair? Here's a breakdown of her inauguration look: As is customary for many incoming first ladies, Trump wore clothes by an American designer. Harper's Bazaar reported that she donned a powder-blue dress with a cropped...
Barack, Michelle Obama discuss post-White House plans

Barack, Michelle Obama discuss post-White House plans

Barack and Michelle Obama officially left the White House on Friday when Donald Trump was inaugurated as the nation's 45th president.  >> Read more trending stories   The 44th president and the former first lady waved to crowds and wished the Trumps well as they made their final public appearance as the presidential couple. The couple has already announced some of their first...
Farmer brings livestock to protest inauguration

Farmer brings livestock to protest inauguration

Abbott told BuzzFeed News, "It’s time we get corporate money out of our government, out of our farms, out of our food, out of our families, out of our freedom.”  Abbot said the four-legged crew, Thaddeus, Shay and Tragically Cute, enjoy marching. The dove, named Hubert, spent most of the protest sleeping inside of Abbott's jacket. 
VICTIM’S FAMILY: God has a purpose...through this tragedy

VICTIM’S FAMILY: God has a purpose...through this tragedy

The 16-year-old victim in the West Liberty Salem High School shooting is identified as Logan Cole. He remains in critical but stable condition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus according to hospital officials speaking on behalf of his family.  Logan Cole’s family released a statement late Friday afternoon: “We are thankful for the Lord’s protective hand on our son...
Realtor loses job after calling police to help dog abandoned in vacant home

Realtor loses job after calling police to help dog abandoned in vacant home

A Michigan real estate agent said she lost her job after she called police to help an abandoned dog she found trapped in the basement of a home that she was showing to a client. Alison Reedy told WXYZ in Detroit that she found the Chihuahua caged in the basement of a Lincoln Park home, surrounded by its own waste. The home was listed as vacant. Reedy told the news station that she first called the...