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Springfield kids say: Welcome to the Promise Zone

Contact this contributing writer at bturner004@woh.rr.com. Springfield’s next generation of performers/songwriters is about to make its mark. The Promise Zone Crew, a group of 10 area youths in grades 3-6, will release its first CD in the coming weeks. The CD has six original hip-hop tunes and two music videos based on the songs. The songs reflect the thoughts and experiences of Janiyah Brandon...
Central State lands Ohio funding to update Brown Library

Central State lands Ohio funding to update Brown Library

Central State University is moving forward with updates to its Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library following the State Controlling Board’s approval on Monday of more than $388,000 in funding for phase two of the facility’s modernization project. RELATED: CSU president named a ‘most influential’ leader in higher education The controlling board on Monday approved $340,620 to go...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED MONDAY INCLUDED: Ashlee N. Adams, 22, of 1715 W. North St., theft, innocent, continued, bond $1,500; criminal trespass, innocent, continued. Anna C. Badger, 37, of 325 S. Shaffer Ave., theft, innocent, continued. Daniel L. Billingsley Sr., 25, of 449 E. Liberty St., possession of drugs, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, bond $2,500. Robbie Lee Brewer II, 23, of 1409 Burnett...
Classes resume at West Liberty with message from shooting victim

Classes resume at West Liberty with message from shooting victim

West Liberty-Salem High School students returned to classes today after a shooting last week and watched a video with shooting victim Logan Cole. The video talked to students about the events on Friday. “That video ended with a video clip of Logan Cole in the hospital basically wishing all the student body well today and saying he was very happy they got to return to school today and he was...
Unemployment rate rises slightly in Clark County

Unemployment rate rises slightly in Clark County

Clark County’s unemployment rate rose slightly in December, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Clark County’s unemployment rate was 4.8 in December, up slightly from 4.7 percent the previous month, according to the jobs report. The unemployment rate in Clark County was 4.9 percent at the same time in 2015. RELATED: Proposed unemployment...
Clark County Pet of the Week

Clark County Pet of the Week

Meet Xander. He is an approximately 5-year-old mix who weighs 36 pounds. Xander is vaccinated, dewormed, neutered, rabies vaccinated, heartworm negative and microchipped. His adoption fee is $130 which includes his dog license. Xander is located at the Humane Society Serving Clark County, 5201 Urbana Road in Springfield. Shelter hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, from 1 to 7:30...
First images released from high-def NOAA satellite

First images released from high-def NOAA satellite

The first of four new satellites is now successfully sending high-definition images. The first images from the GOES-16 satellite, launched by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were released Monday. The new technology provides a vivid look at our hemisphere from a geostationary weather satellite.  GOES-16 launched Nov. 19, 2016, under the name GOES-R, and was renamed after reaching...
Champaign County Pet of the Week

Champaign County Pet of the Week

Lamont is a 1-year-old male mixed breed. He is a medium-sized dog at 50 pounds. Lamont came to us from another shelter in Kentucky. He is a typical 1 year old - which means he still has a lot of puppy in him and is very active and playful. Lamont is up to date on vaccinations (including rabies) and has tested negative for heartworm. Come visit him at the Paws Animal Shelter, 1535 W. U.S. Highway 36...
Flu cases spike in Miami Valley

Flu cases spike in Miami Valley

Ohio flu activity is now widespread across the state, and the number of flu-related hospitalizations have spiked to their highest level all season — nearly doubling in the first week of the year compared to the end of 2016, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported Wednesday. For the week ended Jan. 7, there were 287 confirmed hospitalizations in Ohio for flu-like illness, up from 157 cases...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0030 - Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC, v. Frances N. Gavin aka Frances E. Gavin, 1810 Wittenberg Blvd., E., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $45,432. 17-DS-0046 - David D. Watkins, 2850 Fox Hollow Road, and Mona L. Watkins, 2850 Fox Hollow Road, petition for dissolution of marriage. 17-DP-0047 - Ronny L. Closson, 360 N. Bird Road, v. Karen Lewis Lanum, 167 Brent...
The Limited parent company files for bankruptcy

The Limited parent company files for bankruptcy

The parent company of women’s clothing store The Limited has filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Court, and the store website has been taken offline. The petition was filed by Limited Stores LLC in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The company also entered into an asset purchase agreement with an affiliate of private equity...
Yellow Springs appoints interim chief

Yellow Springs appoints interim chief

YELLOW SPRINGS —  Brian Carlson has been selected to serve as interim chief for the village police department, according to village manager.  Carlson has served with the Yellow Springs Police Department since December 2010, when he was hired full-time. Two years later, Carlson was assigned as a detective to the ACE Task Force in 2014, but resigned as full-time officer two...
Downtown Springfield business to close in March

Downtown Springfield business to close in March

Revival: The Art of Healing, a yoga and tea bar located in downtown Springfield, announced that March 1 will be its last day in business. The announcement came as a shock to their customers as the studio made the announcement on their Facebook page. RELATED: Winans Chocolate & Coffees opens in downtown Springfield The statement said, “We wish we could continue to serve you through the practice...
Mild temps continue tonight, change in weather pattern looms

Mild temps continue tonight, change in weather pattern looms

Mainly cloudy skies are expected with temperatures slowly dropping into the upper 30s after dark. Some breaks in the clouds tonight Unseasonably warm for one more day tomorrow Colder weather, snow showers begin Thursday Tonight: Some breaks in the clouds are possible late tonight. Temperatures will be cool, dropping into the middle 30s by morning. Wednesday: Some brief sunshine is possible...
Sister of alleged West Liberty shooter speaks, school to re-open

Sister of alleged West Liberty shooter speaks, school to re-open

The older sister of the alleged West Liberty-Salem High School shooter said she was shocked when she learned that her brother had been accused of hurting other students. Ely Serna, 17, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with a Friday morning school shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School. A judge ruled Monday during his first appearance in Champaign County Family...
Dayton VA to celebrate 150 years of service to veterans

Dayton VA to celebrate 150 years of service to veterans

Two years after the end of the Civil War, former soldiers were housed on hundreds of acres filled with ornate gardens in Dayton at what would become the largest home for veterans in the nation. That place began as the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, the genesis of the Dayton VA Medical Center, which this year marks its 150th anniversary with a year-long roster of ceremonies and events...
5th grade student’s outburst threatening shooting concerns parents

5th grade student’s outburst threatening shooting concerns parents

The shooting last week at West Liberty-Salem High School prompted parents at Mad River Local Schools to bring concerns about a 5th grade student’s outbursts to district officials Monday. A 10-year-old Spinning Middle School student made statements “out of the blue” Thursday to another student, such as “I’m going to shoot him,” according to a Riverside Police Department...
Local housing markets among “healthiest” in Ohio

Local housing markets among “healthiest” in Ohio

Three communities in the Dayton-area have been named among the Top 10 “healthiest” housing markets in Ohio, including one local market that ranks third nationally. Northridge, Oxford and Beavercreek have some of the best housing markets to sell homes in the region, according to a recent study conducted by the finance website SmartAsset. The Northridge area near Springfield ranked No. 1...
Pike County victim not eligible for state funds because of drugs

Pike County victim not eligible for state funds because of drugs

The state of Ohio turned down a request for victim’s compensation from the brother-in-law of one of the victims of the Pike County killings because of evidence of a marijuana growing operation at the crime scene, state records show. Records obtained by the I-Team show David Weisel, brother-in-law to Christopher Rhoden Sr., applied in May 2016 to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to be...
Trump names his choice for Air Force secretary

Trump names his choice for Air Force secretary

A former congresswoman and Air Force Academy graduate will be nominated to become the next secretary of the Air Force, the Trump administration said Monday. Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., an Air Force officer in Europe at the height of the Cold War of the 1980s, was nominated by President Donald J. Trump for the highest civilian post in the service branch. Wilson, a Rhodes Scholar who studied...
More candidates consider Springfield city commission run

More candidates consider Springfield city commission run

A former city manager may run for a seat on the city commission at a time when Springfield faces major budget cuts and an income tax increase heading to voters. Former Springfield and New Carlisle City Manager James Caplinger has pulled petitions to run for office in November, but is still deciding if he will move forward with his campaign. “I’ll be making that determination in the next...
Ill New Carlisle boy, 4, gets to enjoy Disney

Ill New Carlisle boy, 4, gets to enjoy Disney

A Special Wish Foundation-Dayton Chapter is the only wish granting organization located in the Dayton region. For more information on how you can be part of granting a local child’s wish, go online to www.aspecialwishdayton.org. A child’s wish, no matter the age, is incredibly special. Almost all of us have looked into the night sky waiting for the exact moment we see a shooting star in...
Have you been scammed? Police seek tips on wheelchair charity incident

Have you been scammed? Police seek tips on wheelchair charity incident

Detectives want to know if southwest Ohio residents have been scammed by a person claiming to collect money for a wheelchair basketball charity. Huber Heights detectives are investigating a man arrested Friday after a Rural King manager stated a male in the store’s lobby was soliciting for the Columbus Wheelchair Basketball Club. The club’s president, police said, confirmed the man was...
Lykins Energy Solutions driver killed in NW Columbus tanker fire is Wapakoneta man

Lykins Energy Solutions driver killed in NW Columbus tanker fire is Wapakoneta man

UPDATE @ 4:10 p.m. (Jan. 24): The driver killed in Monday morning’s crash and fire is Duane Brodman, a three-year employee with Milford, Ohio-based Lykins Energy Solutions, company officials said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and co-worker,” company CEO Jeff Lykins said in the prepared statement.  Brodman, 58, is from Wapakoneta. &ldquo...
Zoo plans for cheetah facilities in Warren County on hold

Zoo plans for cheetah facilities in Warren County on hold

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has put plans to move its cheetah breeding facilities to Warren County on hold, while a different location is considered. Zoo officials met on Friday with staff from the Warren County Regional Planning Commission about relocating the cheetah recovery center and a run where the cats chase lures - and land speed records - during public viewings, Stan Williams, executive...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0025 - Lakeview Loan Servicing, LLC, v. Phillip E. Lannon, 383 Reames Ave., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $57,104. 17-CV-0026 - Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., v. Marie V. Sickles, 514 S. Belmont Ave., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $71,448. 17-CV-0027 - State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co., v. Robert H. Kittle, 1407 Barclay St., complaint for $3,300 for damages...
Eric Elwell: Break from winter coming to an end

Eric Elwell: Break from winter coming to an end

I hope you enjoyed what has seemed like a prolonged break in winter. Temperatures over the weekend soared some 25 degrees above normal, reaching into the lower 60s. Our January thaw, while prolonged, has not been unprecedented for Ohio. It is actually fairly normal. While temperatures reached into the 60s, we did not break any record highs which were in the upper 60s and 70s last weekend. But if you...
OSU researcher: Fecal transplants could help children with Autism

OSU researcher: Fecal transplants could help children with Autism

A fecal transplant, the process of introducing donated healthy microbes into people with a gastrointestinal disease to re-balance the stomach, may help alleviate symptoms of Autism in children, a new study has found. Behavioral symptoms of Autism and gastrointestinal distress are often related, according to the Ohio State University study, and both improved when a small group of children with the...
RECALL: Beer company issues recall impacting Ohio

RECALL: Beer company issues recall impacting Ohio

Beer company Sierra Nevada has voluntarily recalled some beers that could have small pieces of glass within the bottles. The company announced recalls after inspections at the company’s brewery in North Carolina found a limited number of bottle were flawed. The flaw could result in loss of carbonation and a small piece of glass could break off and fall into the bottle, according to the company...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED THURSDAY INCLUDED: Jonathan L. Carson II, 21, of 1402 S. Fountain, OVI, guilty, 12 months driver’s license suspension, 30 days jail with 27 days suspended, three days credit for time served, 12 months probation, fined $375. David W. Hall, 55, of 4100 Troy Road, Lot 66, domestic violence amended to disorderly, guilty, 10 days jail with 10 days suspended, fined $100. Cristal Leon...
Gas prices down in the Dayton area

Gas prices down in the Dayton area

Gas prices are down in Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley region. Average retail gasoline prices in Dayton have fallen 14.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.06 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in Dayton. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.30 per gallon, according to gasoline...
Clark County might finally accept credit, debit cards for fees

Clark County might finally accept credit, debit cards for fees

Clark County offices — which still require residents to pay for most fees with cash or checks — might finally allow credit or debit card payments after the health district has again pushed the issue. The Clark County Board of Health recently passed a resolution asking the county to seek out a new vendor for credit and debit services, Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said. Several...
Mild temps continue as winter poised to return

Mild temps continue as winter poised to return

Occasional showers and drizzle will be likely through the evening hours. Patchy fog will also be possible after dark as temperatures will hold in the 40s.   Tonight: Patchy light rain and drizzle will linger through the night. Temperatures will slowly drop into the upper 30s. Tuesday: Patchy drizzle and fog will be likely early with lingering clouds through the day. Temperatures will...
West Liberty-Salem schools to resume classes Tuesday

West Liberty-Salem schools to resume classes Tuesday

Classes at West Liberty-Salem schools will resume Tuesday, Superintendent Kraig Hissong said in a statement released Sunday. The schools have been closed since Friday morning, when two students were injured in a shooting at the high school. “Moving forward, the district is committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students,” Hissong wrote. “Review of safety and security...
Crash damages iconic wall in front of historic Springfield mansion

Crash damages iconic wall in front of historic Springfield mansion

A driver crashed into and caused extensive damage early Sunday to a 36-inch thick decorative wall from the 1880s in front of the historic Richards Raff and Dunbar Memorial Funeral Home.  The mansion at 830 E. High St. in Springfield was once owned by industrialist and two-term Ohio Gov. Asa Bushnell and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  “It was really quite a surprise...
3 things to know today about West Liberty school shooting

3 things to know today about West Liberty school shooting

Here are three things to know today about the West Liberty-Salem school shooting, which happened Friday morning. 1. The victim’s condition is improving Ryan Cole, father of 16-year-old victim Logan Cole, posted on Facebook Saturday night that his son was doing much better and was even allowed to have visitors after having his breathing tube removed. Classes will resume Tuesday at West Liberty-Salem...
New tavern, restaurant opens in Springfield

New tavern, restaurant opens in Springfield

Tim Rigel has owned a lot of businesses and properties in Springfield over the years from drive-throughs and rentals to sports complexes and car lots. Rigel hopes his latest venture is his lasting legacy and one for Springfield. Park Road Tavern, located at 2205 Park Road in the former Casey’s Restaurant and Banquet Facility, opened softly in December but will continue expanding over the coming...
Ohio Task Force 1 on alert for possible deployment to South after storms

Ohio Task Force 1 on alert for possible deployment to South after storms

Ohio Task Force 1 is on alert to help with rescue and recovery operations in the South, hit hard by severe weather that has killed more than a dozen people. Ohio Task Force 1, based in Dayton, is getting an 80-person team ready after it was placed on alert by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The alert requires the OH-TF1 urban search and rescue team to assemble a roster and prepare to deploy...
Moorefield Twp. neighbors oppose proposed storage facility

Moorefield Twp. neighbors oppose proposed storage facility

More than 80 people have signed a petition against a proposed storage facility in Moorefield Twp. over worries it will create traffic problems and safety concerns. A property owner has submitted a rezoning application to the Clark County Community Development office to change 3726 Moorefield Road from agricultural to business-use zoning and allow for the building of a storage facility. The property...
Organizers cancel Springfield curling tournament

Organizers cancel Springfield curling tournament

A curling tournament that brought visitors from across the United States and Canada to Springfield has been cancelled. The Champion City Bonspiel, which was held last May at the NTPRD Chiller ice rink, 301 W. Main St. near Curl Troy curling club, won’t be held this year, according to a release on the organization’s website. The decision was made earlier this month for several reasons after...
Rain and snow chances return this week

Rain and snow chances return this week

Rain expected Monday Temperatures falling this week Snow possible Thursday, Friday Clouds will continue to increase overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. There is the chance for a few showers, especially further south and east. Not everyone will see rain. Temperatures eventually dip into the middle 40s, Collar said. MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies are on tap with scattered showers...
Springfield High School debates major overhaul

Springfield High School debates major overhaul

A major overhaul of how Springfield High School is structured could stop students from getting lost in the system, district leaders believe. Currently the high school has five academies that each of its nearly 2,000 students selects, which were intended to provide career paths and create a smaller-school environment in the large building after North and South high schools merged. But eliminating those...
Student of the Week Springfield-Clark CTC/Greenon High School

Student of the Week Springfield-Clark CTC/Greenon High School

Name: Jacob Joseph Alexander Apone School: Springfield-Clark CTC/Greenon High School Grade: 12 Age: 17 Extra-curricular: National Honor Society, Student Ambassador program, volunteer at my church Claim to fame/honors: BPA student board member, certified in Adobe Photoshop 2015 and 2013 and in Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint all 2013. Words you live by: “If you don’t mess up...

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 Aquatics 9: 8 a.m.* Pickleball: 8:30 a.m. Aquatics 1: 9 a.m.* Aquatics 3: 10 a.m.* Bridge: 10:30 a.m. Keep Movin’: 10:30 a.m.* Aquatics 5: 11 a.m.* Aquatics 6: Noon* Scrabble: 1:30 p.m. Tai Chi: 2 p.m. Pickleball: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday Focus on Fitness...
Saturday was warm, but not record-breaking

Saturday was warm, but not record-breaking

Spring is still about two months away, but you may have thought it was here on Saturday as we saw temperatures soar into the lower 60s. This is 25 degrees above the normal high for this time of the year. However, this is not enough, nor was it even close, to breaking a record.   The daily record high temperature for Jan. 21 was 69 degrees set back in 1906. We didn't even come in second...
Does White House press secretary Sean Spicer have a vendetta against Dippin' Dots?

Does White House press secretary Sean Spicer have a vendetta against Dippin' Dots?

Former chief strategist and communications director of the Republican National Committee Sean Spicer doesn't seem to have an affinity for Dippin' Dots ice cream. >> Read more trending stories   The current White House press secretary has taken to Twitter on numerous occasions to express his distaste for the self-proclaimed "ice cream of the future." On...
Sales of George Orwell's '1984' surge after Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative facts' comments

Sales of George Orwell's '1984' surge after Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative facts' comments

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report. During an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC's "Meet the Press," counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said White House press secretary Sean Spicer's comments about the size of the crowd that attended the inauguration of Donald Trump were "alternative facts."  People quickly pointed out the problematic language, and Merriam-Webster...

Technology, history and our future

Reader Bill Brown wrote in about our discussion a while back about history, English majors and the modern day. “Technology allows us to accomplish tasks faster, cheaper and more efficiently. Great … except when it’s not. Humans are flawed creatures. We have many wonderful traits, and we also have some really nasty ones. Students of history know how both sides of the human coin and...

Depressed pilots

From Smithsonian: “Being a pilot for a commercial airline has its perks — travel to exotic places, a cool uniform and those breathtaking views of the sky. But that job can come with a side of something much more sobering: depression. As Melissa Healy reports for The Los Angeles Times, the mental health of airline pilots is coming into sharp focus with the revelation that nearly 13 percent...
Republicans in Ohio raising money in Florida

Republicans in Ohio raising money in Florida

Ohio Republican lawmakers will host lobbyists and supporters at back-to-back political fundraisers in Florida next month, just before debate begins on the massive state budget bill. Invitations to the events, obtained by the Dayton Daily News, show that new Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, and Senate President Pro Tem Bob Peterson, R-Sabina, are hosting a fundraiser at Bagatelle, an upscale...
Lin-Manuel Miranda could become youngest EGOT winner

Lin-Manuel Miranda could become youngest EGOT winner

Playwright, actor, songwriter, rapper and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda might be making history if he wins an Academy Awards in February. The Washington Post reported that Miranda, perhaps best known for the Broadway musical "Hamilton," has been nominated for an Oscar for best original song. He wrote "How Far I'll Go" for the Disney animated movie "Moana." Oscar nominations...
Tipping Guide: Your go-to source for how to tip

Tipping Guide: Your go-to source for how to tip

Who do you tip? There’s the obvious: waiters, bellhops, valets. There’s the not so obvious: Uber drivers, nail techs, tattoo artists. And there’s even the just-don’t group: Plumber, grocery store bagger, personal trainer. >> Read more trending stories  How much do you tip? Well, according to Peter Ricci, director of hospitality and tourism management at...
Barefoot climate change activist killed by SUV on Florida highway