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Civil rights activist urges for understanding at Wittenberg event

A longtime civil rights activist urged students and community members to fight for policies and principles they believe in, but stressed they should avoid personal attacks on those with whom they disagree. Dorothy Tillman, a civil rights activist and a former Chicago alderman, was the guest speaker for Wittenberg University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation at the college’s...
Clark County to buy old armory, possible site for new hotel

Clark County to buy old armory, possible site for new hotel

Clark County’s deal to purchase the Ohio National Guard Armory site for $125,000 site is expected to be finalized in the next two to three months — which could lead to new development near one of the county’s largest tourism generators. Ohio Department of Administrative Services officials verbally approved the deal last year for the property at 4440 Laybourne Road. It then was formally...
Greene County double homicide victims identified; suspect at large

Greene County double homicide victims identified; suspect at large

State and local investigators are trying to piece together what happened on a quiet street just outside the village of Yellow Springs Sunday that left two people shot to death and a killer on the loose. The victims were identified Monday as William “Skip” Brown, 44, and Sherri Mendenhall, 63, by the Montgomery County Coronor’s Office. They were neighbors who lived in separate apartments...
Unconventional path led Springfield pastor to true calling

Unconventional path led Springfield pastor to true calling

When Pastor Vicki Downing assumed her role as pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, she completed a successful journey to pastoral leadership by taking the unconventional path. Downing became pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in July of 2009, after serving 19 years in various pastoral positions at Christ United Methodist Church in Kettering and South Park United Methodist Church in Dayton...
Rain chances and temps on the rise this week

Rain chances and temps on the rise this week

Fog or light rain possible overnight Rain chances going up through Tuesday Temperatures push into upper 40s and 50s this week DOWNLOAD our free WHIO weather app to receive audible weather alerts even when you’re not in the app. You’ll have access to live radar to see where rain is moving into your area, as well as hour-by-hour forecasts. Overnight: Mostly cloudy skies are expected...
Finding work key to cutting crime, saving money in Clark County

Finding work key to cutting crime, saving money in Clark County

Helping the nearly 300 convicts that leave Ohio prisons and return to Clark County every year can save taxpayers here millions of dollars and cut down on crime, local experts say. Finding work is often a critical part of keeping felons from committing more crimes, said Brad Andringa, the re-entry coordinator for Opportunities for Individual Change, a local nonprofit that offers job training and other...
Student of the Week Mechanicsburg High School

Student of the Week Mechanicsburg High School

Name: Miranda Lauchard School: Mechanicsburg High School Grade: 12 Age: 17 Extra-curricular: Volleyball, Softball, National Honor Society, Student Council, Science Club, 4-H and FFA Claim to fame/honors: 7th overall individual at the American Royal Livestock Judging contest Words you live by: “Greatness is just outside your comfort zone.” Toughest challenge: Balancing all of my activities...

Seniors Calendar

UNITED SENIOR SERVICES 125 W. Main St. 937-323-4948 *Denotes event that requires payment or a reservation to attend. Call USS for information. Today USS closed for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Special MLK Day Program: 2 p.m. at USS Tuesday Focus on Fitness: 9 a.m.* Samba Card Game: 9:30 a.m. Moving with Music: 10:30 a.m.* Pinochle: Noon Friendly Euchre Group: Noon USS Jammers: Noon Bid Euchre:...
Shawnee assistant principal working following OVI arrest

Shawnee assistant principal working following OVI arrest

An assistant high school principal who was charged with OVI in December continues to work while the legal process goes through the courts. Chad Mossing, 37, of Cedarville, wasn’t suspended and continues to work at Shawnee High School, according to Superintendent Gregg Morris. A police affidavit states Mossing blew a 0.13 during a breathalyzer test following an arrest by German Twp. Police. RELATED...
Athlete of the Week Mechanicsburg High School

Athlete of the Week Mechanicsburg High School

Name: Mikayla Dodane School: Mechanicsburg High School Grade: 12 Age: 18 Sports: Cheerleading and Basketball Claim to fame/honors: Single game 3-point record, seasonal 3-point record Words you live by: “When in doubt, air it out.” Toughest opponent: Cedarville Biggest influence: Kevin Hart and Superman Game-day rituals: I dance with my team, and we have a dance battle. What’s on...
Deputy: Man missing after mudding hides from rescuers in Clark Co.

Deputy: Man missing after mudding hides from rescuers in Clark Co.

A man in his 30s was hiding from rescuers who were searching for him after his girlfriend reported him missing. The man, who had been mudding when his truck got stuck, was hiding out of fear of getting into trouble, Sgt. John Rodgers of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said. While the man, whose name was not released, may face charges such as trespassing, the priority was to find him and make...
Obama, Pence interviews on WHIO-TV Sunday

Obama, Pence interviews on WHIO-TV Sunday

With the inauguration just a few days away, Sunday will be all about politics on WHIO-TV Channel 7. Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Vice President-elect Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be on Face the Nation. Following Pence’s interview will be a special edition of WHIO Reports with Jim Otte previewing the inauguration of Donald Trump. On the show will be Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter...
Springfield Class of 1952 to host final reunion, special tribute

Springfield Class of 1952 to host final reunion, special tribute

The Springfield High School Class of 1952 will present a special tribute to deceased member Dick Shatto and other surprises at its 65th and final reunion. “It’s the last one because we’re all in our early 80s,” said class president Jim Ingledue, who is organizing the event. “We’ll call people to remind them.” The reunion will be held July 7, 4-7 p.m. at the...
Springfield MLK speaker: Get involved, build stronger communities

Springfield MLK speaker: Get involved, build stronger communities

The City of Springfield’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration focused on how Springfield residents can build better communities and lend their voices to America’s democratic process while recognizing those who are already effecting positive change in the community. During the luncheon, Dayton Human Relations Council Executive Director Catherine Crosby spoke to the current...
South Vienna adds income tax without resident vote

South Vienna adds income tax without resident vote

The new year brought a new income tax to South Vienna, in effect after the village council approved it last year but without a vote by residents. The village had no income tax before Jan 1. The one percent income tax didn’t need to be approved by voters, South Vienna Mayor Toni Keller said, because the law only requires council approval for an income tax that’s one percent or less. &ldquo...
Husbands, time to plan your annual spousal performance review

Husbands, time to plan your annual spousal performance review

This column is for husbands only. I can cite no study, of course, but I’d still claim that first sentence is virtually guaranteed to swell the readership of this week’s column among wives – and maybe even more among ex-wives. Given their commitment curve, the line could even draw a few millennial readers. They likely would see the column in email version sent by parents or parents-in-law...
Springfield commission to vote to go back on ballot with tax increase

Springfield commission to vote to go back on ballot with tax increase

Springfield city commissioners will likely vote whether to place an income tax increase back on the ballot this spring, just months after a similar proposal was rejected at the polls. City staff members have recommended commissioners approve placing a 5½-year income tax increase on the May 2 primary ballot. The income tax rate in Springfield would increase from 2 percent to 2.4 percent, if...
Fog, slick spots on roadways of concern overnight

Fog, slick spots on roadways of concern overnight

Fog expected overnight Re-freeze could lead to slick spots Higher temperatures expected next week DOWNLOAD our free WHIO weather app to receive audible weather alerts even when you’re not in the app. You’ll have access to live radar to see where snow and rain is moving into your area, as well as hour-by-hour forecasts. Overnight: Fog will form overnight. In addition to reducing visibility...
Ice could wreak havoc with weekend plans

Ice could wreak havoc with weekend plans

This may be a weekend to stay home, if you can. A freezing rain advisory was in effect from 7 p.m. Friday evening until 1 p.m. today with freezing rain, sleet and accumulations of ice possible from Cincinnati to Richmond, Ind. and beyond. A massive icing event is not expected. The brunt of the ice should stay to the west. “But it’s going to be a really close call,” said WHIO-TV Chief...

Sunday Calendar

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS MONDAY 10:30 a.m.: Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step group for compulsive eaters, will meet at the Alano Club, 1557 E. Main St. 6 p.m.: Al-Anon, a 12-step program for families and friends of alcoholics, will meet at the Alano Club, 1557 E. Main St. Entrance in back. Handicap accessible. For more information, call 937-342-2218 or visit www.al-anondaytonoh.org. TUESDAY 4:15 p.m...
Clark, Champaign counties to kick off wage and benefit study this year

Clark, Champaign counties to kick off wage and benefit study this year

Clark and Champaign counties will conduct a study later this year to provide businesses with a picture of whether they are offering competitive pay and benefits to their employees. Champaign, Clark, Logan, Madison and Union Counties will take part in the study, which will be led by Wendy Gradwohl, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Business at Wittenberg University. The study will...
Urbana schools working to prevent future carbon monoxide incident

Urbana schools working to prevent future carbon monoxide incident

Urbana school officials are working with professionals to implement a carbon monoxide monitoring system after about 40 students were taken to the hospital last week as the high school was showing signs of high levels of the gas. “We are working with a contractor in the initial stages of determining what type of monitoring system to put into place so that we are alerted to the presence of increased...
Clark County board approves South Limestone Street corridor study

Clark County board approves South Limestone Street corridor study

A study recommending $12 million in improvements to a two-mile stretch of South Limestone Street was approved by a local transportation planning committee. The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee unanimously approved the proposal on Friday, which calls for several changes, including a mini-roundabout at the Grand Avenue intersection, wider sidewalks and more landscaping...
Vets group appointee disputed

Vets group appointee disputed

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck has asked for a Court of Appeals hearing to remove a recent appointee to the Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission, claiming the appointment process deprived the group from putting who it wanted on the five-member panel. The court document, filed late Friday afternoon by Heck’s office, contended the Rev. Wilburt O. Shanklin should be removed from...
Springfield brewery receives national recognition

Springfield brewery receives national recognition

Springfield’s only brewery is getting recognition after a national publication named the business one of the 34 best new breweries in the U.S. Beer Advocate, a website and magazine that focuses on the brewing industry, named Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. one of the top breweries in the U.S. that opened last year. The magazine picked Mother Stewart’s as one of the 34 best new breweries...
Clark State Theatre Arts to hold auditions for ‘The Clean House’

Clark State Theatre Arts to hold auditions for ‘The Clean House’

The Clark State Community College Theatre Arts Program will hold auditions in January for their spring production of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. The Clean House centers around Matilde, an aspiring comedian, who has come to “metaphysical Connecticut” via Brazil to clean the home of Lane and Charles, but instead secretly works on developing the perfect joke. “This show is unique...
Trump inauguration a time for celebration, local Republicans say

Trump inauguration a time for celebration, local Republicans say

Local residents going to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump see it as a chance to watch history being made and to revel in the patriotism of America’s peaceful transition of presidential power. “It could be one of the biggest days in our history. I just want to be there and look back and say many years from now that I was there,” said Preble County Commissioner Rodney...
Springfield City Schools: police investigating inappropriate content

Springfield City Schools: police investigating inappropriate content

Springfield Police are investigating after a student at Hayward Middle School claimed she saw inappropriate content of a friend online, according to Springfield City Schools. The school district isn’t sure what type of content was reported, Springfield City Schools Supervisor of Communications Scott Marshall said, if it was a video, photo or something else. But it’s believed the content...
Holiday retail sales up, but some stores suffering

Holiday retail sales up, but some stores suffering

Retail sales hit about $658 billion for the holiday season, but several chain retailers still announced the closures of hundreds of unprofitable brick-and-mortar stores in January — including several stores locally. “These numbers show that the nation’s slow-but-steady economic recovery is picking up speed and that consumers feel good about the future,” said Matthew Shay, NRF...
Superintendent: Threat at Clark County middle school unfounded

Superintendent: Threat at Clark County middle school unfounded

UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m.: A bomb threat found in a boys’ bathroom has been determined to be unfounded and no Tecumseh Middle School students were ever in danger, Superintendent Norm Glismann said. "Tecumseh Middle School (TMS) Principal Brian Dixon was informed that a bomb threat was found on a wall in a boys' restroom," Glismann said in a statement. "At approximately 10:30 a.m., TMS...
Extortion charge for Montgomery County corrections officer

Extortion charge for Montgomery County corrections officer

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer accused of providing a jail inmate with a cell phone has been federally charged with attempted extortion under color of official right, according to an unsealed court document. Michael Rose Jr., 29, is charged by bill of information with one count in Dayton’s U.S. District Court, according to documents unsealed Friday. The court...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Ryan K. Owston, 33, of Tremont City, assault, guilty, 45 days jail, defendant to serve five days, balance stayed to Feb. 8. Joshua A. Slater, 20, of 6497 Garlough Road, assault, guilty, 30 days jail with 30 days suspended, fined $150. Dustin M. Fent, 32, of 819 W. Columbia St., theft, dismissed - prosecutor request. Kyle M. Harris, 26, of 2318 Cottingham Road, failure...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 16-CV-0818 - MidFirst Bank v. Jessica D. Huber, New Carlisle, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 617 Spinning Road, New Carlisle, for $111,742. 16-CV-0839 - James B. Nutter & Company v. Donald B. Jones, 3701 Chickasaw Ave., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $153,783. 17-CV-0003 - Damon A. Jamason, Xenia, v. Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation...
TV journalist Dan Rather to speak at free event at Wright State

TV journalist Dan Rather to speak at free event at Wright State

Dan Rather, an award-winning television news anchor and longtime journalist, will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Wright State’s Nutter Center. Rather’s visit, which is part of the WSU’s honors institute and presidential lecture series, is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required to attend, according to the university. CAMPUS NOTES: Wright...
Barbecue restaurant to partner with Springfield business

Barbecue restaurant to partner with Springfield business

Al’s Smokehouse, a Springfield barbecue restaurant, is teaming up with a downtown business to offer another food option and draw more foot traffic downtown. The restaurant, with locations in Dayton and on Yellow Springs Street in Springfield, will begin serving food at the Champion City Sports Bar, 42 N. Fountain Ave. in Springfield. It will also continue to operate its existing locations, said...
Employers track medication use to combat abuse

Employers track medication use to combat abuse

Prescription drug abuse is at the forefront of human resources issues for many employers in Ohio — the epicenter of a national heroin and prescription drug epidemic that resulted in more overdose deaths last year than fatal car wrecks in the state. To address the problem, an increasing number of employers are examining the medications their employees take to determine how often and how many...
Navistar reaches deal with Ohio-based parts manufacturer

Navistar reaches deal with Ohio-based parts manufacturer

Dana Corp. announced a multi-year agreement this week to provide driveline components for a variety of Navistar vehicles. Dana, a Maumee, Ohio-based auto parts supplier, said it will provide parts for Navistar’s on-highway, city-delivery, bus and vocational vehicles. The deal means Dana will remain the standard-position driveshaft supplier across all Navistar truck models, according to a news...
Airline offers daily flights from US to Europe for less than $70

Airline offers daily flights from US to Europe for less than $70

A low-cost airline is offering daily flights from the United States to Europe for less than $70. For a limited time, Iceland-based air carrier WOW air will offer $69.99 tickets from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bristol and Edinburgh. » RELATED: Low cost airline adds flights at Dayton airport Fares went on sale this...
WATCH: Troopers administer Narcan at Miami County rest area

WATCH: Troopers administer Narcan at Miami County rest area

Ohio State Highway Patrol has released dash-cam video that shows troopers responding to and administering Narcan at the Miami County rest area. On Jan. 7, troopers responded to a report of an overdose at the rest stop off I-75 in Miami County. Two people were located in the vehicle and one was unresponsive, according to OSP. Troopers were able to determine the man had overdosed on heroin and administered...
Busy Springfield corridor could get $12M in improvements

Busy Springfield corridor could get $12M in improvements

More than $12 million in improvements have been recommended for the two-mile South Limestone Street corridor, including a mini-roundabout at the Grand Avenue intersection, wider sidewalks and more landscaping. The proposal includes widening the street between South Limestone and John streets, as well as realigning the intersection at Spring Street and Selma Road. Springfield leaders want the corridor...
Freezing rain advisory in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday

Freezing rain advisory in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday

A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect through 1 p.m. today, issued by the National Weather Service, for Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties in Ohio and Wayne and Randolph counties in Indiana. A light glaze of ice is expected, which could result in slippery roads – especially on bridges, overpasses and untreated roads – and...

Road crews prep for potentially icy weekend

Street maintenance crews around southwest Ohio will have their work cut out for them this weekend as freezing rain, sleet and cold temperatures are expected. Ice accumulations Saturday could be up to a tenth of an inch with isolated spots possibly reaching as much as a quarter of an inch. “At this point, accumulation totals don’t look to be debilitating or crippling,” WHIO StormCenter...
Clark County motel site of drug bust, frequent investigations

Clark County motel site of drug bust, frequent investigations

The manager of a Clark County motel has been accused of selling drugs at the business, the latest in a string of law enforcement actions at the property. Douglas Haulman, 61, is a manager at the Drake Motel, 3200 E. National Road in Springfield Twp., according to court records. He appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to three charges of trafficking in drugs...
Kettering schools alters bathrooms in wake of transgender debate

Kettering schools alters bathrooms in wake of transgender debate

Months after a national debate over how transgender students use school restrooms, Kettering City Schools is making modifications to existing boys’ bathrooms at Fairmont High School “to increase privacy for all students.” Like many districts, Kettering follows last year’s federal directive — currently facing court challenge — that calls for students to...
Security experts warn about possible violence at inauguration

Security experts warn about possible violence at inauguration

As the nation's security agencies gear up for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, some experts in the field are warning of the potential for volatility. >> Read more trending stories  "Unlike previous inaugurations in presidential history, this is predicted to be the most volatile," said Ross Bulla, a security expert and founder of The Treadstone Group in Denver...
Dr. Bernice King: ‘My father would meet with Trump’

Dr. Bernice King: ‘My father would meet with Trump’

As a war of words plays out between President-elect Donald Trump and Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, one is left to wonder what MLK Jr. would have done in the wake of the 2016 election. >> Read more trending stories  Two days before her famous father's birthday, the daughter of the civil rights icon answered that question. “My dad was one who - he was nonpartisan...
Dems call for county commissioner in Georgia to resign after John Lewis comments

Dems call for county commissioner in Georgia to resign after John Lewis comments

Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter waded into controversial territory over the weekend when he wrote a Facebook post calling U.S. Rep. John Lewis -- a civil rights legend already locked in a war of words with President-elect Donald Trump -- a “racist pig.” The reaction to Hunter, a Republican, taking on Lewis a few days before the holiday honoring the life of counterpart Martin...
Another musical act drops out of Trump inauguration lineup

Another musical act drops out of Trump inauguration lineup

It was announced last week that the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover band, was going to perform at the Garden State Inaugural Gala to ring in the Trump-Pence administration with song. Not anymore. >> Read more trending stories  The band, which performed after two election wins by outgoing President Obama, told 'Entertainment Weekly' that the decision was made out of respect...

More than 80 whales found dead off Florida coast

Wildlife officials are working to save false killer whales stranded in the area of Everglades National Park. NOAA Fisheries said that 95 of the whales were reported stranded off Hog Key on Saturday afternoon. The agency tweeted Saturday, saying that 81 of those whales are dead, one has been seen alive and 13 are unaccounted for. NOAA and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission have asked for...
CNN breaks its silence on reporter called out by Donald Trump for being 'fake news'

CNN breaks its silence on reporter called out by Donald Trump for being 'fake news'

President-elect Donald Trump singled out CNN reporter Jim Acosta last week during his first news conference of the year and denied him the opportunity to ask a question, saying “You are fake news.” >> Read more trending stories