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Springfield City Schools moving away from academies

Springfield City School District officials are going to take another step in the direction of changing the educational structure of the high school tonight. The school is set to hire a “lead principal” to head the high school. Currently, there is a principal in each academy. Springfield High School students choose one of five academies — Health and Human Services; Visual and Performing...
Marathon reports earnings up in first quarter

Marathon reports earnings up in first quarter

Marathon Petroleum Corp. reported $30 million in first quarter earnings this morning, which company executives said included solid contributions from the company’s Speedway segment, which is headquartered in Clark County. The first quarter earnings were up significantly compared to the same time last year, when the company reported earnings of $1 million. The company’s Speedway segment...
Clark-Shawnee seeks $37.2 million bond approval again

Clark-Shawnee seeks $37.2 million bond approval again

Clark-Shawnee Local Schools are back on the ballot asking residents to approve the same school bond issue voters denied in November. Voters will cast ballots on a $37.2 million bond issue on Tuesday. If it passes, the district will build a new elementary school across the street from Shawnee High School and renovate the high school. Possum, Reid and Rockway elementary schools would closed and likely...
National rabbit show being held this weekend in Springfield

National rabbit show being held this weekend in Springfield

A national rabbit show is being held this weekend in Springfield, bringing hundreds of out-of-state visitors to the area. The American Dutch Rabbit Club 2017 National Dutch Show is being held Friday through Saturday at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Between 35 and 40 states will be represented, organizer Kevin Hooper said. RELATED: Lake events at Clark County Fairgrounds could bring in millions There...
Concert announcments

Concert announcments

Tickets are on sale at the individual venues and all Ticketmaster outlets, except where noted. Bearcreek Memories Dinner Theater 3769 U.S. 127, Celina www.bearcreekmemories.com, 567-510-0096 Upcoming: The Oak Ridge Boys, April 29 Banker’s Life Fieldhouse 125 Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis www.bankerslifefieldhouse.com, 317-917-2727 Upcoming: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, April 29; Red Hot Chili...
SBDC plans move to downtown Springfield

SBDC plans move to downtown Springfield

Springfield’s Small Business Development Center will have a new home in downtown Springfield in early June. The SBDC, which provides free training and consulting for area business owners, will move to Clark State Community College’s downtown Brinkman Educational Center on June 1 under a new partnership between the two organizations. The SBDC is currently located at 300 E. Auburn Ave. Under...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED TUESDAY INCLUDED: Samuel H. Douglas, 33, of 4651 E. National Road, robbery, dismissed - indicted by the grand jury. Hakeem R. Bullock, 21, of 130 W. John St., domestic violence, assault, dismissed - prosecutor request. Ronald Eugene Coley, 32, of 1444 Delta Road, Apt. C, domestic violence, dismissed - prosecutor request. Jeffery T. Frost, 45, of 4816 Ashley Cir., domestic violence amended...
Hazardous waste collection truck makes first stop in Champaign Co.

Hazardous waste collection truck makes first stop in Champaign Co.

Champaign County residents will have a more convenient way to dispose of hazardous waste thanks to a new truck equipped to accept products that can’t be thrown in the trash. The North Central Ohio Solid Waste District’s hazardous waste collection truck made its first visit to the county on Wednesday. Residents were able to make appointments to drop off items like paint, light bulbs and...
5 things to know about Meijer home delivery

5 things to know about Meijer home delivery

Meijer’s home delivery starts today in the Miami Valley, allowing customers to shop for more than 55,000 items online. The service will cover 2,100 square miles including Miamisburg, Middletown, Lebanon, Huber Heights, Englewood, Springfield and Troy, acccording to the company. That’s more than 415,000 houses that can be serviced by Meijer’s home delivery. Here’s what to know...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0227 - National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2005-3 v. Leeann N. Demers aka Leeann N. Evans, 5871 South Dr., and Kevin L. Evans, 1600 Groop Road, complaint for $54,633. 17-CV-0228 - Geico Casualty Company v. Brian Lee, South Charleston, complaint for $46,500 for damages and injuries suffered by plaintiff’s insured in an auto accident on April 16, 2015. 17-CV-0229...
Springfield Then and Now: Aerial view of Credit Life building

Springfield Then and Now: Aerial view of Credit Life building

The Credit Life building is seen under construction at the corner of East Main Street and South Limestone in a photo from around 1980. Downtown Springfield retains some of the same elements, but also has experienced plenty of changes, viewed this week. Credit Life spent $7 million constructing the 154,000-square-foot-tower in 1980. In September 2016, EF Hutton America purchased the building and the...
Greenon residents to vote on $54M school plan Tuesday

Greenon residents to vote on $54M school plan Tuesday

Greenon Local School leaders hope voters will approve a $36 million bond issue to allow them to build a new pre-k through 12th grade building on the current Indian Valley site. The bond issue on the Tuesday, May 2, ballot, is for 6.98 mills, which would cost a taxpayer who owns a $100,000 property in the school district a little more than $20 a month. For seniors with a homestead exemption, the added...
Showers Ending; Storms Over Weekend

Showers Ending; Storms Over Weekend

Scattered showers in Indiana will move in for the morning through early afternoon on Thursday. An isolated storm during that time frame is also possible.   Showers Ending; Still Windy All Day More showers and storms late Friday through Monday AM Severe threat low but exists over weekend RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts  TODAY: Showers ending early afternoon as a cold front finally...
Poor Will’s Clark County Almanack: Hummingbirds arrive!

Poor Will’s Clark County Almanack: Hummingbirds arrive!

Stay together, Learn the flowers, Go light. — Gary Snyder, from “For the Children” The Almanack Horoscope Moon Time: Mock Orange Moon waxes throughout the period, entering its second quarter at 9:42 p.m. on May 2. Rising in the morning and setting in the evening, this moon passes overhead in the afternoon. Sun Time: Late Spring is pushing the land toward summer. The sun reaches a...
Ghost author to highlight Clark County Humane Society benefit

Ghost author to highlight Clark County Humane Society benefit

The author of several well-known books about paranormal activity in Ohio will visit Springfield this weekend for an event to benefit the Humane Society Serving Clark County. James A. Willis, a paranormal researcher and the author of “Ohio’s Historic Haunts” and “The Big Book of Ohio Ghost Stories” will visit Springfield at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Heritage...

H.S. Results for 4/26: Kenton Ridge clinches share of title

The Kenton Ridge baseball team secured at least a share of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail title with a 13-2 win over Springfield Shawnee on Wednesday. Kaleb Meeks led the way, clobbering a three-run home run and adding a double. Noah Schleinitz picked up the win on the mound, his fourth. Ben Ross and Bryce Cox both doubled for Shawnee. Kenton Ridge improved to 15-4 overall and 9-1 in...
Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five girls high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. This week’s remaining key meets: Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at Bellefontaine, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Clark County Championships...
Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five boys high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at Bellefontaine, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Clark County Championships, 10 a.m. at Northeastern; Kenny...
Change likely to continue at Urbana University amid new leadership

Change likely to continue at Urbana University amid new leadership

Some students at Urbana University have questions about the changes at the campus but said they also hope it will bring more funding to the school. Urbana’s president resigned Tuesday after two years with the school as the university potentially shifts to a branch campus of Franklin University in Columbus. Franklin acquired the smaller campus in 2014 after Urbana University faced years of lean...

Family buy plane tickets for condemned inmate's daughter

Family members of a man whose death was caused by Arkansas condemned killer Kenneth Williams said they've forgiven him — and bought plane tickets so the condemned man's daughter and granddaughter could visit before his scheduled execution Thursday. Michael Greenwood was killed in a 1999 traffic wreck with Williams, who had escaped from prison, where he was serving a life sentence for killing...
Lake events at Clark County Fairgrounds could bring in millions

Lake events at Clark County Fairgrounds could bring in millions

The Clark County Fairgrounds will begin hosting water and cross country events at its lake this summer, which tourism officials say could pump millions into the Springfield economy in the future. Later this year, the fairgrounds will host the 24th annual Solar Splash on June 7 to 11, a five-day solar boat regatta previously held in Dayton and known as the world championship of intercollegiate boating...
Springfield woman charged in fight over ATVs, alleged beating threat

Springfield woman charged in fight over ATVs, alleged beating threat

A woman has been charged after police said she was video taped starting a verbal altercation with a man over all-terrain vehicles. Stacie Vanbeber, 39, of Springfield, appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday to face a misdemeanor menacing charge. Court records say the charge stems from an argument on April 19 with a neighbor who wants Vanbeber to stop allowing people to ride ATVs on...
Another round of base closures is likely in 2020, Turner says

Another round of base closures is likely in 2020, Turner says

Rep. Mike Turner Wednesday told a crowd of Dayton civic and business leaders that they should be prepared for the possibility of a round of base closures in 2020 – a move that could have a sweeping impact on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Speaking at the Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in in Washington, D.C., Turner, a Dayton Republican who is a senior member of the House Armed...
New Obamacare overhaul plan gets support from Jordan, Freedom Caucus

New Obamacare overhaul plan gets support from Jordan, Freedom Caucus

Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana and other House GOP conservatives said they will back a revised health bill aimed at scrapping major sections of the 2010 health law known as Obamacare. The conservatives, who this March scuttled a health care overhaul bill backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., today rallied behind a compromise that would allow states to opt out of some of Obamacare’s mandates...
Clark County grand jury issues several drug, burglary indictments

Clark County grand jury issues several drug, burglary indictments

D. Andrew Wilson, Prosecuting Attorney, reports that the Grand Jury met and the following indictments were returned: Steve Wilson Jr, 25: felonious assault, abduction, domestic violence. Patrick D Walsh, 56: receiving stolen property (two counts). Timothy A Sowards, 39: failure to appear. READ MORE: Dayton Children’s: Debate over sexual misconduct allegations Christopher Croxdale, 32, Medway...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0221 - KeyBank NA v. Unknown heirs, devisees, legatees, creditors and representatives of Charles A. Thomas, et al., complaint in foreclosure in rem for property located at 412 Mount Joy St. 17-CV-0222 - New Residential Mortgage Loan Trust 2016-2 v. Samuel Edward Hollbrook aka Samuel Edward Holbrook, New Carlisle, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located...
RETAIL APOCALYPSE: More than 8,600 stores could close in 2017

RETAIL APOCALYPSE: More than 8,600 stores could close in 2017

More than 8,600 stores could close in 2017, a record estimate of closures compared to recent years. A new research report from brokerage firm Credit Suisse estimated that more than 8,600 stores will close this year, up from the 2,065 that closed last year and the 5,077 store closures in 2015. Major retailers across the country have taken a hit as consumers shift their spending habits online....
‘Pippin’ lead goes to great heights

‘Pippin’ lead goes to great heights

For her first national Broadway tour leading role in “Pippin,” Housso Semon had to rise to the occasion — literally. Sure one has to sing, act and dance at a top level to even make it that far. For her role as Leading Player, the head of an acrobatic troupe of performers, Semon had to learn how to perform on a trapeze. “That’s not easy,” she said. “I took...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED MONDAY INCLUDED: Katheryne M. Ballenger, 42, of 218 W. Grand Ave., child endangering, guilty, 90 days jail with 90 days suspended, 12 months probation. Kenneth B. Carter, 58, of 1416 Clay St., driving under suspension OVI suspension, guilty, three days jail, 12 months driver’s license suspension, fined $250; stop sign, dismissed. Dawan A. Dixon, 38, of 2351 Van Buren Ave., felonious...
Clark County child’s birthday party gives boost to animal shelters

Clark County child’s birthday party gives boost to animal shelters

A Clark County family is giving back to the community by raising donations for local animal shelters. Inspired by their daughter Eloise’s love for animals, Jake and Jamie McKinnon decided to use their two-year-old daughter’s birthday party as a way to collect a number of items for two local animal shelters. READ MORE: Clark County 9-year-old raises money to help local animals in need The...
Stormy weather returns to the region

Stormy weather returns to the region

Increasing clouds, mild tonight Scattered showers, storms early Thursday   More storms return late Friday, some strong This Evening: Mostly clear skies will stick around through sunset with some increase in clouds by late evening. Temperatures will remain warm, generally in the 70s. Tonight: Clouds will be on the increase through the night with a chance for some showers or storms toward...

H.S. Results for 4/25: Munchel’s clutch hit carries Tri-Village

Christian Ricker was outstanding on the mound and Camren Munchel’s RBI hit helped Tri-Village come away with a 1-0 win over Franklin Monroe in baseball action Tuesday. In the bottom of the sixth inning Camren Munchel doubled in Luke Wheeler from second base to plate the lone run. Wheeler went 2-for-2 on the night and Mason Sullenbarger was also 2-for-2. Ricker scattered six hits over seven innings...
KR’s McDavid honored as Miss Clark County Basketball

KR’s McDavid honored as Miss Clark County Basketball

Jamari McDavid scored a lot of points in Kenton Ridge’s gym, but what she did practically every minute she was in the gym was sweat. That was due to the running coach Ed Foulk made McDavid and her teammates do over the last four years. The tough practices helped turn McDavid into one of the area’s most prolific scorers, and she was honored for success on the court Tuesday night when she...
OPAI brining ‘Mr. Fox’ to life

OPAI brining ‘Mr. Fox’ to life

There’s a mountain forming on East High Street — indoors. Before making climbing plans, know that this mountain is man-made and the perspective is best seen through imagination. It’s helpful when bringing the fantasy world of a character like Mr. Fox to life. “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” will be set to outfantastic three dimwitted farmers who want to stop him from getting...
Paranormal author: ‘What I do is real’

Paranormal author: ‘What I do is real’

If it’s gone bump in the night, haunted or been sighted in Ohio or Indiana, there’s a ghost of a chance James A. Willis has investigated it. Before the Ghostbusters were called and the glut of cable TV spook chasers made the scene, Willis was checking out the paranormal in the Buckeye state and Midwest. The co-author of the popular “Weird Ohio” and author of “Ohio&rsquo...
WASSO Kitchens Tour is Saturday

WASSO Kitchens Tour is Saturday

Some of Springfield’s hottest kitchens will welcome fans in this weekend. The 11th annual Women’s Association of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (WASSO) Kitchens Tour will highlight five different spaces, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The tour is a fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. “We’ve got a variety of kitchens,” said event...
Springfield students tackle invasive plants, other community projects

Springfield students tackle invasive plants, other community projects

A Springfield school helped cut down an invasive plant species in the city as part of a day of service. Honeysuckle is considered a threatening plant said LeAnn Castillo, the Executive Director of National Trails Parks and Recreation District to local wildflowers and plants. The plant was introduced to the United States as an ornamental plant for gardens, and once its planted it will take over, Castillo...
President of Urbana University resigns

President of Urbana University resigns

Urbana University’s president abruptly resigned Tuesday after leading the roughly 1,800-student campus for the past two years. The news of George Lucas’ resignation comes as the university potentially shifts to a branch campus of Franklin University. Franklin acquired the smaller campus in 2014 after Urbana University faced years of lean enrollment and serious financial struggles. As part...
Dayton leaders in D.C. to push local issues

Dayton leaders in D.C. to push local issues

Two former Ohio congressmen Tuesday expressed grave concern about President Donald Trump’s handling of North Korea, saying they worry that a diplomatic misstep could provoke North Korea to attack South Korea. Speaking before the Dayton Development Coalition Tuesday, former Reps. David Hobson, a Springfield Republican and Tony Hall, a Dayton Democrat, both expressed concern that a diplomatic...
Ohio House budget proposal would eliminate Municipal Clerk’s office

Ohio House budget proposal would eliminate Municipal Clerk’s office

An item in the Ohio House of Representatives biennial budget proposal could consolidate the clerk of courts offices in Clark County, if approved. The proposal would eliminate the office of the Municipal Clerk of Courts in Clark County and roll its duties into the Clark County Clerk of Courts Office, according to House Bill 49, which was released Tuesday morning. The item was listed as part of recommendations...
New Carlisle dedicates new library wing in memory of Joan Steinlage

New Carlisle dedicates new library wing in memory of Joan Steinlage

When Joan Steinlage took her little girls to the old New Carlisle Public Library on the corner of Main and Madison streets, she wanted to instill in them a love of reading. She accomplished that and she also took the first steps in a lifelong commitment that would change New Carlisle forever. With her characteristic enthusiasm this mother got involved with the little library in the small white frame...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED MONDAY INCLUDED: Erin G. Beatty, 36, of 741 N. Florence St., two counts OVI, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, failure to control, innocent, continued. Kenneth J. Brinkman III, 32, of New Carlisle, domestic violence, guilty, continued. Hunter D. Busken, 20, of 909 Woodlawn Ave., offenses involving underage persons, guilty, continued. Kris T. Carder, 42, of 516 Ludlow Ave.,...
Unemployment rates dip in Clark, Champaign counties

Unemployment rates dip in Clark, Champaign counties

Unemployment rates dipped in Clark and Champaign Counties in March, although local officials said hiring and employment figures remain relatively stable compared to last year. Ohio’s unemployment rate, which is adjusted for seasonal factors, remained unchanged from last month at 5.1 percent, according to information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Clark County’s unemployment...
Clark County Pet of the Week

Clark County Pet of the Week

Meet Rose. She is an approximately 18-month-old Pit mix who weighs 60 pounds. Rose is vaccinated, dewormed, spayed, rabies vaccinated, heartworm negative and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $100 which includes her dog license. Rose is located at the Humane Society Serving Clark County, 5201 Urbana Road in Springfield. Shelter hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 4:30 p...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-DP-0359 - Evelyn Justice, 423 Kramer Road, v. Paul D. Fambro II, 1031 Middle St., petition for domestic violence civil protection order. 17-DR-0360 - Shaakira S. Bullock, 1508 Lexington Ave., v. My-Icia Shea Bullock, Dayton, complaint for divorce. 17-DP-0361 - Christopher Daniels, c/o EF Hutton Financial, One Main St., v. Casey Willman, Yellow Springs, petition for...
Project Jericho sheds light on Main Street in Springfield

Project Jericho sheds light on Main Street in Springfield

Never mind flashlights, lamps or spotlights. Poetry, photography and watercolor art will do the shining in this case. Project Jericho’s Light on Main will showcase the artistic skills of 30 students inspired by several people and places they visited on West Main Street in downtown Springfield. The work will be on display 5-6 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at United Senior Services, 125 W, Main St....

Spirit Airlines pilot death may prompt Trump board to explore fentanyl

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price may explore adding fentanyl to federal drug testing guidelines following the suspected overdose death of a Spirit Airlines pilot, he said Wednesday. The change would add fentanyl — heroin’s much stronger cousin — to the drug screen for federal personnel and thousands of transportation industry employees, including pilots and truck...
Dayton man mauled by dog that neighbors had worried about

Dayton man mauled by dog that neighbors had worried about

The pit bull that mauled a Dayton man to death on Tuesday morning resided at a home that has been the source of a previous animal complaints and at least one dog bite. Dayton police responded to an alley near 345 Middle St. in northwest Dayton after receiving a frantic 911 call about a man yelling for help as he was being attacked by a dog. RELATED: Dayton Dog attack victim pleads ‘Jesus, help...
9-1-1 CALL: Dog attack victim pleads ‘Jesus, help me’ before his death

9-1-1 CALL: Dog attack victim pleads ‘Jesus, help me’ before his death

DAYTON — Police responded to Middle Street Tuesday morning after a neighbor called 911 and reported they heard someone yelling for help. The caller told the 9-1-1 operator he heard a man outside yelling for help and crying for about three to five minutes.  "Near Riverview Avenue there's a man outside yelling 'Jesus help me. Help me,'" the caller said to the dispatcher. "Sounds...
Deadly Dayton dog attack: Coroner IDs man killed by pit bull

Deadly Dayton dog attack: Coroner IDs man killed by pit bull

Police were dispatched to Middle Street Tuesday morning on report of man yelling for help, and dogs barking Police report the dog is an adult pit bull who broke loose from a chain Officials shot and killed the dog  Coroner confirms identity of 60-year-old male dog attack victim  DAYTON — The man killed after being mauled by a pit bull Tuesday morning has been identified...
Teen with traumatic brain injury gets touching prom invite

Teen with traumatic brain injury gets touching prom invite

A teenager’s invitation to high school prom means so much to one Springfield family. Doctors didn’t think Unik Crochran would survive after he was hit by a van when he was 5 in 2005. Now 12 years later, his childhood friend Tanae Dixon invited him to prom -- a day his family didn’t think he’d get to experience. “When we got the phone call after everything happened and...
Shawnee wraps up baseball investigation, students face ‘consequences’

Shawnee wraps up baseball investigation, students face ‘consequences’

The Clark-Shawnee Local School District has completed its internal investigation into the school’s baseball team and said students will face consequences. The district has been investigating the Shawnee High School baseball program for about three weeks after allegations were made involving student athletes during a spring break baseball trip to Tennessee. Superintendent Gregg Morris said Friday...
Pike County Murders: Rhoden family makes plea for information

Pike County Murders: Rhoden family makes plea for information

PIKE COUNTY — The Ohio Attorney General's Office released a video message from Geneva Rhoden and Teresa Grebing, who are pleading for information that could assist in the investigation into the murders of their loved ones.   Eight people, members of the Rhoden, Gilley, and Manley families, were found dead on April 22, 2016.  In the 28 minute video, Geneva Rhoden, the mother...
Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend, but clouds could block the show

Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend, but clouds could block the show

This weekend another major meteor shower will peak, the Lyrids, but clouds might prevent us from seeing the shower at its peak. This is a rather active shower that will be paired with an almost dark sky. The waning crescent moon will be a very thin sliver in the night sky meaning it won’t be shining too brightly.  Unfortunately, clouds may ruin our chance here to see a good show when it...
Police to target ‘micro areas’ of violent crime

Police to target ‘micro areas’ of violent crime

Nearly 40 percent of shootings in Dayton are concentrated in small hot spots that combined represent less than one square mile, according to a report released this week. Additionally, more than one in six firearm offenses and almost one in seven robberies last year took place in these small slivers of the city, which altogether represent 1.3 percent of Dayton’s total land mass, according to...
Dayton plans to bring back speed, red-light cameras

Dayton plans to bring back speed, red-light cameras

An increase in traffic crashes and fatalities has Dayton police planning to bring back red-light and speed-detection cameras in the city. Dayton police propose to use 10 fixed camera systems, six hand-held devices and two portable trailer units, restarting a controversial program that was shelved in mid-2015 after the state put tough new restrictions on the use of automated traffic cameras. The Dayton...
Turner, state lawmakers upset state declined money for Wright-Patt

Turner, state lawmakers upset state declined money for Wright-Patt

Area lawmakers are upset Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was shut out of a share of $5 million in state aid vowed changes Thursday to a state panel that decided to split the money for projects at two Ohio Air National Guard bases. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner and state Reps. Niraj Antani and Rick Perales spoke at a Thursday press conference about their frustrations with Wright-Patterson’s being shut...
Is Dennis Kucinich running for governor?: He’s coming to Dayton Monday

Is Dennis Kucinich running for governor?: He’s coming to Dayton Monday

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich will hold a town hall meeting Monday in Dayton, raising questions about whether the former Cleveland mayor and presidential candidate could run for Ohio governor. Kucinich will hold a Columbus press conference earlier in the day before coming to Dayton to discuss “the impact of privatization on Ohio’s public schools,” according to a news release...
7 things to know about implosion of Ohio’s highest bridge

7 things to know about implosion of Ohio’s highest bridge

The remaining old section of the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge on Interstate 71 in Warren County will be imploded on Sunday morning. The new bridge took more than six years and $104 million to finish. Here are 7 things to know about the implosion of the remaining old section of the state’s highest bridge: Explosive charges will be placed along the remaining steel segments of the old southbound span...
Northeastern school board plans to keep high schools split

Northeastern school board plans to keep high schools split

The Northeastern Local School Board likely will ask voters to support a bond issue to build two new pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools, keeping the district’s high schools split. The board voted 4-1 Wednesday night to allow Superintendent John Kronour to ask the Ohio School Facilities Commission for money to build the two schools. The schools are projected to cost about $116 million...
VA Choice program extended, allows veterans more care options

VA Choice program extended, allows veterans more care options

The VA is working to replace the VA Choice Program with a less cumbersome approach to allow veterans to receive services more easily from private health care providers, a top agency official says. The work on a replacement comes as President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday that extended the program beyond an Aug. 7, three-year sunset date until the remaining funds are depleted. In 2014,...
Teen sent to rehab for Middletown church fire

Teen sent to rehab for Middletown church fire

A 16-year-old teen has been sent to a rehabilitation program for setting fire to Middletown church and vandalizing a gas station last winter. The boy pleaded true — the equivalent of guilty in adult court — to vandalism and arson for starting the Jan. 22 fire on Tytus Avenue First Church of God and vandalizing a Middletown gas station before the church fire. Judge Ronald Craft stayed a...
Pike County murders: 1 year later

Pike County murders: 1 year later

The one-year anniversary of the Pike County murders in which eight members of the Rhoden family were brutally killed is Saturday. In the year since the killings, 10-12 investigators were in the county any given week tracking down more than 800 tips, taking 400 interviews — including multiple interviews of the same individuals — and executing 38 search warrants.  For the next...
Driver OK after car crashes into Springfield pond

Driver OK after car crashes into Springfield pond

The driver of a vehicle that traveled into a pond this morning on Snyder Park Road climbed out of the window of the submerged vehicle and was not hurt. The driver reported he had stopped but the vehicle traveled into the water when his foot became entangled in the acceleration and brake pedals. Crews are responding to Springfield after a car crashed into a pond. Initial reports indicate at least one...
Former editorial page editor of the Dayton Daily News dies

Former editorial page editor of the Dayton Daily News dies

Tom Teepen, retired Cox columnist and a former editorial page editor of the Dayton Daily News, died Sunday morning. He was 82. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and started his career with the Dayton Daily News in 1958. He worked there until 1982, working as a reporter, editorial writer and editorial page editor. Teepen served as the editorial page editor of...
9 wounded in Ohio’s second mass shooting in less than a month

9 wounded in Ohio’s second mass shooting in less than a month

A shooting at a party hall in Columbus that injured nine people early Sunday morning appears to be the latest example of how quickly arguments in alcohol establishments can escalate and result in tragedy. The shooting comes just three weeks after two people were killed, and 15 others were injured, by gunfire in a mass shooting at a night club in Cincinnati that grabbed national headlines and media...
Wreck causes nightmare for Ohio family

Wreck causes nightmare for Ohio family

Weeks after a devastating accident in the Republic of Georgia, Zach Lawrence’s family is trying to bring him home. Lawrence, a 38-year-old startup consultant who was raised in Reynoldsburg and who now lives in Dublin, was in the eastern European state for a business conference when the car he was riding in – returning from a fishing trip – veered into a 15 to 20 meter ravine, flipping...
City suing drug maker alleges monopoly on infant seizure medication

City suing drug maker alleges monopoly on infant seizure medication

A city in Illinois is suing the manufacturer of a specialty drug that treats infant seizures, alleging an illegal monopoly and price gouging. The suit alleges Mallinckrodt ARD, formerly Questcor, has taken advantage of its hold on the market to exorbitantly raise the price of Acthar HP Gel. Acthar is a specialty drug used to treat infantile spasms, a rare seizure disorder affecting babies. It&rsquo...
Miami U. mirrors rising trend of students using support animals

Miami U. mirrors rising trend of students using support animals

Miami University student Haley Canter is getting ready to leave her dorm and walk across the school’s Oxford campus. Just as thousands of other fellow Miami students do daily, Canter slips on her backpack. But then the sophomore adds something to help her stay calm and focused in dealing with the often pressurized world of college life: She places a cat on her shoulder. And not just any feline...
Temperatures soar into the mid-70s today, unsettled and mild this weekend

Temperatures soar into the mid-70s today, unsettled and mild this weekend

Few showers or storms Friday Near 80 on Saturday Showers and storms become more widespread Sunday Today: There will be passing showers this morning with the chance for a storm mainly north of Interstate 70, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Activity is isolated and many will have a dry morning commute. Temperatures today will soar into the mid-70s with sunshine and broken...
Task force will look at ways to bolster Ohio military bases

Task force will look at ways to bolster Ohio military bases

A Miami Valley state lawmaker will lead a task force to explore what Ohio can do to bolster the military value of Defense Department installations across the state that could face closure if Congress or the Pentagon pursue a round of base closures. State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, was named chairman of the Task Force on BRAC and Military Affairs, Perales, who was appointed to the post by House...
5 things to know about new Kings Island roller coaster Mystic Timbers

5 things to know about new Kings Island roller coaster Mystic Timbers

Kings Island unleashes new wooden roller coaster Mystic Timbers starting Saturday, a ride that gives it more wooden coaster track than any amusement or them park in the world. The new ride offers a ride experience that is “fun, thrilling and memorable” for Kings Island guests, according to Mike Koontz, the park’s vice president and general manager. “It’s everything a...
Pike County Murders: DeWine says case remains priority

Pike County Murders: DeWine says case remains priority

An emotional Pike County sheriff and Ohio’s optimistic attorney general stood Thursday before the state’s press corps and disclosed what has been known from the start — solving the eight Rhoden family murders remains a priority, but they can’t say if they’re close to solving the case. The one-year anniversary of the brutal rural southern Ohio slayings is April 22. In...
Mexican Consulate: Here’s when Butler County woman will be deported

Mexican Consulate: Here’s when Butler County woman will be deported

Maribel Trujillo Diaz, who has been in the U.S. illegally since 2002, will be deported next Wednesday, according to Mexican Consulate officials. Trujillo is a mother of four children ages 3-14 who are all U.S. citizens. She was detained by immigration enforcement agents at her Fairfield home last week. She is currently being held at LaSalle Detention Center near Jena, Louisiana, according to the Honorable...
Xenia woman fears husband will be deported to Mexico

Xenia woman fears husband will be deported to Mexico

Eliseo Pereyra illegally entered the United States from Mexico in the mid-1990s. Ever since, he’s sought his piece of the American dream. The now 47-year-old Xenia resident self-reported his status to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) several years ago and got a work visa. Pereyra is learning English, got married, fathered a son and parented his wife’s daughter. His wife says he...
Wright-Patt loses out on a request for millions in state dollars

Wright-Patt loses out on a request for millions in state dollars

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base lost out on a plea for millions of dollars in state funding for four projects at the sprawling installation. The Ohio Military Facilities Commission picked two Ohio Air National Guard projects to split $5 million state lawmakers set aside nearly two years ago to bolster Ohio installation needs as talk of another round of base closures looms in Washington. Another large...
Quiet and chilly tonight; storms return this weekend

Quiet and chilly tonight; storms return this weekend

Quiet and chilly tonight Highs stay in 70s to end week Scattered showers, storms for weekend 5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar Skies stay clear this evening, but it will cool off with temperatures falling into the 50s before midnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Overnight: A few clouds will move in overnight with lows in the middle 40s by morning. Thursday...
Opponents walk out of testy town hall with local congressman

Opponents walk out of testy town hall with local congressman

Protesters disrupted a town hall meeting with Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, in Troy  Tuesday night. The group eventually was forced to leave the event where the congressman was talking about issues such as health care, Syria and Russia. The private event was hosted by Miami County Liberty, a conservative group. Opponents walked out of the event after about an hour when they were told...
Ohio looks to change teacher evaluation system

Ohio looks to change teacher evaluation system

Changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, moving away from mandatory grading of student growth on tests, are on track to be introduced in 2018-19 after the state school board approved a resolution Tuesday by a 15-4 vote. The state’s Educator Standards Board worked for months on revisions to the OTES model, including language that “the evaluation system would no longer include student...

Butler County woman facing deportation fears Mexican cartels

Mexican drug cartels are a threat to the Butler County mother of four facing deportation to Mexico — something that could happen Tuesday — her lawyers argued in a last-minute appeal Monday. Maribel Trujillo Diaz, a Fairfield resident and a lector who reads scriptures at St. Julie Billiart Church in Hamilton, lost one fight for asylum earlier Monday before her legal team appealed to the...
Audit questions bonuses, contracts beween WSU and tech firm

Audit questions bonuses, contracts beween WSU and tech firm

Wright State University invested more than $200,000 for minority ownership in a local tech company that spent much more on executive bonuses and side deals with affiliated companies than it returned to WSU, according to a forensic audit of the school’s research funding released Friday. The only return on investment to WSU was a single payment of $3,000, according to the audit. The audit by Plante...
Lifting of emissions rule could lead to local gas pump savings

Lifting of emissions rule could lead to local gas pump savings

Local projects to reduce harmful emissions have been so successful the EPA is lifting costly fuel requirements in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. The move could mean cost savings for drivers when gas stations make the switch to the summer-blend formula in May or June. Since 2007, nine Ohio counties — Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Butler, Hamilton, Warren, Clermont and Clinton — have...
Frozen peas sold at Ohio Aldi stores recalled for possible Listeria

Frozen peas sold at Ohio Aldi stores recalled for possible Listeria

Lakeside Foods Inc. of Manitowoc, Wis., is voluntarily recalling 1,920 packages of 16 ounce Season’s Choice Brand Frozen Peas because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer...
Ohio Medicaid overpaid $90,000 for cancer drug

Ohio Medicaid overpaid $90,000 for cancer drug

A Medicaid billing error led to Ohio overpaying more than $90,000 for a cancer drug, according to a new report from the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The federal agency began looking into how states were billing for Herceptin, a treatment for breast cancer, after finding that Medicare was over-billed for the drug to the tune of $24.2 million. RELATED: Rising drug costs squeezing...
Freeze Warning in effect; widespread frost overnight

Freeze Warning in effect; widespread frost overnight

A Freeze Warning is in effect through 9 a.m. Saturday, issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington. Freeze Warning through 9 a.m. Saturday Warming up Saturday and Sunday Rain possible late Monday into early Tuesday RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts   Skies remain clear and winds calm. These conditions will allow for temperatures to drop quickly through the night, Storm Center...
Police: Intoxicated driver crashes, passenger injured

Police: Intoxicated driver crashes, passenger injured

Springfield Twp. police said a female driver was taken into custody and a male passenger was taken to an area hospital following a crash early Friday morning. Around 1:25 a.m., police and medics responded to the 2000 block of South Bird Road in Springfield Twp. after a car struck a pole. Police on scene said the female driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and was taken...
Medics requested to crash on eastbound I-70 in Springfield Twp.

Medics requested to crash on eastbound I-70 in Springfield Twp.

Injuries have been reported in a crash on eastbound I-70 in Springfield Twp. The two-vehicle crash was reported around 2:20 a.m. near the Ohio 41 exit. CareFlight was requested, but was unable to fly due to weather conditions. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available. Click here to download our free mobile apps for weather, breaking news and news updates.
Chance for snow overnight ahead of breezy, cool Friday

Chance for snow overnight ahead of breezy, cool Friday

Light rain to snow showers overnight Breezy and cool Friday Widespread frost early Saturday Windy and cold conditions remain overnight with temperatures falling through the 30s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Light scattered rain showers will change to snow showers before ending by Friday morning. A few isolated slick spots for the morning driver are possible. Little to no accumulation...
3 people in custody in connection with Atlanta I-85 fire

3 people in custody in connection with Atlanta I-85 fire

Three people are in custody after a fire that caused a bridge to collapse on I-85 in Atlanta, according to the state fire marshal's office. Basil Eleby has been charged with first degree criminal damage to property and two others are charged with criminal trespass.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Jay Florence, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Insurance, which...
Closed Wright-Patt drinking water wells could reopen in May

Closed Wright-Patt drinking water wells could reopen in May

Two drinking water wells shut down at Wright-Patterson because of contamination concerns a year ago could be put back into operation in May, base environmental officials say. The water drawn out of the wells would run through a new $2 million water treatment facility set to start up in April. Authorities say the facility will reduce firefighting foam contaminants suspected of tainting the water and...
Head-on, hit-and-run crash injures 1 in Springfield Twp.; suspect arrested

Head-on, hit-and-run crash injures 1 in Springfield Twp.; suspect arrested

State troopers said one driver was injured and the suspected driver who fled the scene is in custody following a head-on, hit-and-run crash on Ohio 72 in Springfield Twp.  The injured driver was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center but his condition was unavailable.  The driver who fled the scene was later located at a house in the 2600 block of Springfield Jamestown Road,...
Blue Jackets playoff ticket information announced

Blue Jackets playoff ticket information announced

The Columbus Blue Jackets have released first round playoff ticket information as the NHL team is set to make its first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance since 2014. Single-game tickets for all four of the potential home first round playoff games will go on sale on Tuesday.  For 48 hours, the ticket sales will be restricted to Ohio residents, the team announced Thursday. The team said individuals...
Are you too scared to ride in a self-driving car?

Are you too scared to ride in a self-driving car?

The latest research from AAA reveals that the majority of U.S. drivers are afraid of riding in a self-driving car. While most people may not be comfortable with the idea, testing of autonomous vehicles is already underway on the Ohio Turnpike and U.S. 33 in central Ohio. AAA’s survey of Ohio drivers shows that most motorists are still unsure about autonomous vehicle technology. Ohio drivers...
Holocaust survivor shares story of horror of war at Air Force museum

Holocaust survivor shares story of horror of war at Air Force museum

Samuel Heider lost three sisters, three brothers, his mother and father, and an infant nephew in Nazi concentration camps. He was the only one in his family who survived. Heider, 92, of Dayton, spoke emotionally of his treacherous journey through the depths of the atrocities of Nazi run concentration camps over five years at a “Voices of the Holocaust” forum Wednesday at the National Museum...
State hearing examiner says local doctor’s license should be revoked

State hearing examiner says local doctor’s license should be revoked

A hearing examiner for the State Medical Board of Ohio has concluded that a local doctor “engaged in sexual misconduct” with two teen-age patients and is recommending that the full board revoke his license. Dr. Arun Aggarwal was part of a physicians group at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine who practiced at Dayton Children’s Hospital. In a report dated...
Mercury, Mars, and the Moon line up tonight

Mercury, Mars, and the Moon line up tonight

A special sight in the sky is expected this evening for residents of the Miami Valley.  With dry weather expected throughout Wednesday, it might be worth your time to get out and try to find some visible planets in the sky. Clouds should be broken enough to see the moon, Mercury and Mars line up.  The thin waxing crescent moon will be setting around 10 p.m., so head out right after sunset...
Too cute! Baby hippo Fiona catches a glimpse of her parents

Too cute! Baby hippo Fiona catches a glimpse of her parents

The Cincinnati Zoo is preparing for Fiona, the baby hippo born prematurely, to meet her parents. A previous blog post from the zoo stated that as Fiona’s health improves, they expect the calf to be introduced back to her parents, Henry and Bibi, within the next several weeks. But as the preparation for the hippo family to reunite continues, we couldn’t help but swoon over the most recent...
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