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Zoo plans for cheetah facilities in Warren County on hold

Plans by the Cincinnati Zoo to move their cheetah breeding facility to Warren County are on hold. “I do know that the scope of the project has changed. Therefore, the move is on hold while we consider our options,” Michelle Curley, communications director for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden., said via email. This newspaper learned of the change of plans for moving ahead with construction...
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...
Rain to taper off for evening commute, temperature to drop this week

Rain to taper off for evening commute, temperature to drop this week

Some patchy fog in the far north shouldn't cause too many problems as rain starts to move back into the area. Reduced visibility from fog or a few downpours will be possible. Scattered showers move back in.  Warmer than normal temperatures during the first half of the week. Cold with chance for snow showers later in the week. TODAY: Showers will move in from the east and remain in the area into...
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...
Women, supporters march in D.C., around America day after inauguration

Women, supporters march in D.C., around America day after inauguration

Two things became abundantly clear during a six hour span in the nation’s capital Saturday: Donald Trump begins his presidency facing a loud, raucous resistance, and that resistance is still figuring out how to tell its story. While hundreds of thousands descended on Washington, D.C. less than 24 hours after Trump was sworn in as president, the program leading up to the march featured everything...
Local musician “honored” to perform at inauguration

Local musician “honored” to perform at inauguration

Donnie Reis, a national recording artist and producer from Tipp City and an Iraq War veteran, respects Civil Rights, women’s rights and the right to protest — but above all else, he respects the democratic process, which manifests itself every four years as the inauguration of the President of the United States. Reis said he considered it an honor to perform Friday at President Donald...
Graham students start mentoring program for classmates

Graham students start mentoring program for classmates

Three Graham High School students started a tutoring program last October for their fellow students, but now the program has expanded to the middle and elementary schools, encompassing more than 100 students. Senior Kaitlyn Spriggs, sophomore Lacie Smith and junior Thomas Frost began their Tutoring Corner program when they noticed their peers flagging in class. “Everyone needed help,”...
West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect to appear in court

West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect to appear in court

The 17-year-old suspect in the West Liberty-Salem school shooting is scheduled to appearing in Champaign County Juvenile Court this morning.Prosecutors are seeking to prosecute Ely Ray Serna as an adult. Serna was taken into custody Friday morning. Serna is being held in a juvenile detention center. Serna, faces numerous charges, including two counts of attempted murder; three counts of felonious...
West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect identified

West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect identified

The teenager shot and lying on the ground bleeding inside West Liberty-Salem High School on Friday continued to talk his assailant into surrendering, family members and several other students said a day after the tragedy. Prosecutors said Saturday the teenager accused of shooting 16-year-old junior Logan Cole at the small, rural high school may be tried as an adult in Champaign County Common Pleas...
Troopers seize 22 pounds of pot, 12 pounds of THC edibles worth more than $150K

Troopers seize 22 pounds of pot, 12 pounds of THC edibles worth more than $150K

A traffic stop this week led troopers to seize more than $150,000 in marijuana and edibles containing THC, the chemical responsible for the psychological effects of pot. Adam R. Bye, 25, of Taylor, Michigan, was stopped at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 75 in Shelby County for a turn signal violation, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers saw marijuana debris in plain view inside the...
Gunman targets Security National Bank in Springfield

Gunman targets Security National Bank in Springfield

Springfield police investigators remain on the scene after an armed robbery happened late this morning at Security National Bank in Springfield. The robbery was reported around 1:45 p.m., shortly before the noon Saturday closing time at the bank, 1756 N. Limestone St., when a man with a gun approached a teller. The suspect possibly fled in a red Chevrolet Impala with two other men inside, according...
Active shooter training factor in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

Active shooter training factor in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

A flood of panicked calls started pouring in to the Champaign County Sheriffs office at 7:36 a.m. Friday, reporting an active shooter on the premises at West Liberty-Salem High School, but little else, according to Senior Dispatcher Robin Ballard. Ballard said she and two other Champaign County dispatchers, as well as their supervisor, were suddenly and unexpectedly deluged with pleas for help dripping...
Stafford: News-Sun morgue alive at Heritage Center

Stafford: News-Sun morgue alive at Heritage Center

The morgue is alive again. It’s not alive in quite the same way it was when I habitually slipped in and out of it on the third floor of the News-Sun Building. Still, in the roughly 100 boxes shelved in the Clark County Heritage Center library, the largest body of its material is available to the public. Those who aren’t arthritic journalists likely don’t know “morgue&rdquo...
Some Springfield residents torn on income tax increase

Some Springfield residents torn on income tax increase

Springfield leaders say residents deserve another chance to vote to increase the local income tax after hundreds of thousands of dollars in cuts to city services, but some residents believe it’s unfair for residents to pay more. Voters narrowly rejected the income tax increase in November by about 200 votes. City commissioners voted this week unanimously to put the tax increase back on the May...
Rain chances rise as temperatures fall

Rain chances rise as temperatures fall

Chance for rain goes up Sunday and Monday Temperatures slowly fall this week Chance for snow returns by end of week Mostly cloudy skies are expected overnight, though there may be a few breaks in the clouds here and there, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. On top of that a couple of passing showers cannot be ruled out. Some areas could see a few showers. Temperatures will only fall into...

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. 6:30 p.m.: The Remembrance...
Local women among hundreds of thousands in D.C. for march

Local women among hundreds of thousands in D.C. for march

Hundreds of people from the Dayton region joined a massive Women’s March on Washington Saturday to speak out for women’s and human rights and against the conservative agenda of President Donald Trump. Millions also marched worldwide in sister marches, including one in Dayton. The crowd grew so large in Washington D.C. - more than half a million people - organizers had to change marchers...
Local psychologist offers tips on talking to kids about school violence

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...
Vigil for shooting victim ‘just us staying strong, supporting the family’

Vigil for shooting victim ‘just us staying strong, supporting the family’

The tight-knit West-Liberty Salem community came out tonight to support each other and the victim of this morning’s school shooting. "It's just us staying strong, supporting the family," said eighth-grader Montgomery Leach, who was among those who attended the prayer vigil at Quest Community Church on South Street in West Liberty. The vigil was for 16-year-old Logan Cole, who was in...
New Carlisle seeks to fill empty council seat, welcomes new member

New Carlisle seeks to fill empty council seat, welcomes new member

The city of New Carlisle has a new city council member and will interview a handful of candidates to fill one more vacancy. The current opening is from the departure of former New Carlisle Mayor Lowell McGlothin, a longtime council member who won a race for Clark County commissioner in November. McGlothin had to resign his New Carlisle seat to take the job as county commissioner. RELATED: New Carlisle&rsquo...
West Liberty school shooting rocks tight-knit community

West Liberty school shooting rocks tight-knit community

A shooting in West Liberty-Salem High School on Friday morning left one student critically injured and a tight-knit, rural community where most families know each other badly shaken. Logan Cole, a 16-year-old high school junior, remained in Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus in the pediatric intensive care unit after suffering more than one shotgun wound. A Facebook post by Logan&rsquo...
Inauguration 2017: Local students react to Trump, D.C.

Inauguration 2017: Local students react to Trump, D.C.

It was an exhausting but historic day for students from southwest Ohio high schools who came to the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Students from Oakwood High School, Springfield High School and Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati are traveling on the same bus this weekend through Washington, D.C. “I prefer not to pick a side, I went to see the history and what it was like...
Springfield residents react, protest Trump’s inauguration

Springfield residents react, protest Trump’s inauguration

Some local residents watched Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump with enthusiasm. Others said they were worried, and marched in protest. Some, attending the event in Washington, said they were just glad to be part of an important American event. Springfield High School teacher Zach Raines and a group of three students watched the inauguration from the National Mall, which had big...
VICTIM’S FAMILY: Logan Cole out of ICU

VICTIM’S FAMILY: Logan Cole out of ICU

Family members of Logan Cole, a West Liberty-Salem High School student who was critically wounded in Friday’s shooting, said the 16-year-old is making progress. Cole, who was hit multiple times by a shotgun, remains at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, where he was moved out of ICU tonight, his father, Ryan, posted on his Facebook page. Earlier today, Ryan Cole posted on...
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.
ID released for Miami U. student found dead

ID released for Miami U. student found dead

UPDATE @ 11:21 a.m. (Jan. 23) The Miami University student found dead Friday has been identified as Erica Buschick, 18, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. A cause of death is still pending toxicology. EARLIER REPORT (Jan. 20) 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...
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...
Smitherman leaves Stebbins for Xenia

Smitherman leaves Stebbins for Xenia

Trace Smitherman has resigned at Stebbins to accept the head football coaching position at Xenia High School. He succeeds Bob DeLong , who resigned after last season. In eight seasons Smitherman essentially revived the Stebbins program, which had languished in the bottom half of the Central Buckeye Conference since joining. The Indians were 7-3 in 2015 ...
Flu prevention: Still time to get the flu vaccine

Flu prevention: Still time to get the flu vaccine

This look at a children’s health or safety issue comes from Dayton Children’s Hospital. Email: newsroom@childrensdayton.org. It’s already January, and the flu still hasn’t become a major issue yet, so there is still time to get your family vaccinated. » More on children’s health: Does free play have benefits? The infectious disease experts at Dayton Children&rsquo...
Man's ear bitten off during fight about President Trump, police say

Man's ear bitten off during fight about President Trump, police say

According to police, the 30-year-old victim told officers he had been assaulted in his apartment on Amber Street when an argument about President Donald Trump turned physical. The man told investigators that his right ear was bitten off, and he ran to the gas station for help. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Officers recovered the ear in the apartment.  No arrests were immediately...
At least 15 dead in severe storms across Georgia

At least 15 dead in severe storms across Georgia

At least 15 people died in Georgia as two rounds of severe weather swept through over the weekend. North Georgia avoided the deadly storms and tornadoes that hit South Georgia on Sunday afternoon, but did have a few severe storms move through. In Gordon County, strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, closing several roads. There was also widespread flooding in the county. Gordon County Schools...
Cincinnati school rallies after slurs painted on school grounds

Cincinnati school rallies after slurs painted on school grounds

A day after swastikas, racist words and homophobic slurs were painted near the football field of Withrow High School in Hyde Park, students rallied to replace the offensive words with something positive. The rally began at 7:15 a.m. Monday after 140 students, alumni, parents and community leaders