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BODEY, Richard V.

BODEY, Richard V. Age 90, formerly of St. Paris, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 4:25 p.m. in Hearth and Home of Vandalia. Born on September 1, 1927 in Champaign County, Richard was a son of the late Ray and Myrtle (Smith) Bodey. He married Betty J. Moore on May 8, 1953 and she preceded him in death on July 24, 2005. Richard is survived by three children: Gary (Linda) Bodey of Huber...
NESTOR, Harold R.

NESTOR, Harold R.

NESTOR, Harold R. Age 95, of Dayton, passed away November 18, 2017. He was born on November 1, 1922 in Tucker County, West Virginia to the late Waitman P. & Ova (Loughry) Nestor. In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his step-mother, Flossie R. Nestor; siblings, Hazel, Gerald, Mildred, Edward and Kathlene. He married the love of his life after meeting Ruth Kelly at a skating...
TRUAX, Virginia

TRUAX, Virginia

TRUAX, Virginia Preston "Jinny" Of Lakewood, Colorado, born December 26, 1924, died November 14, 2017. After attending Denison University and graduating from the University of Cincinnati, she became Society Editor of the Springfield Daily News and later an advertising copy writer for Elders Department store in Dayton, Ohio. For 20 years she also wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column...
WOODRUFF, Wayne

WOODRUFF, Wayne

WOODRUFF, Wayne Age 64, of Quisenberry Lane in Hopkinsville, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Jennie Stuart Medical Center of natural causes. Memorial Services will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Emmanuel's Promise Church, 2420 E. Home Road Springfield, OH with visitation starting at 1:00PM. Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home in Hopkinsville, KY is in charge of arrangements...
Springfield Ooh Ooh Drive-Thru robbed by armed man

Springfield Ooh Ooh Drive-Thru robbed by armed man

A man was able to elude police after robbing a Springfield drive-thru Sunday night.  Officers responded to an alarm from the Ooh Ooh Drive-Thru in the 700 block of Selma Road around 7 p.m. Sunday.  The suspect, described as a male wearing a red sweatshirt and jeans, displayed a handgun and took off with an undetermined amount of cash from the business, according to dispatchers.  Police...
Plane crash investigation underway at Grimes Field in Urbana

Plane crash investigation underway at Grimes Field in Urbana

State troopers are investigating a plane crash that occurred at Grimes Field Airport in Urbana Sunday afternoon.  Investigators were dispatched to the airport around 3:30 p.m. Sunday after the incident was reported.  Dispatchers said the incident was ‘minor’ and no injuries were reported.  Additional details, including possible factors were not immediately available...
Top freshman performances: 2 SEC West defenders make opponents pay

Top freshman performances: 2 SEC West defenders make opponents pay

A pair of SEC freshman defenders made huge contributions to their respective teams in Week 12. Overall, several first-year players had a direct impact on games throughout the conference, in several cases scoring the decisive or game-tying touchdowns. We examine five of the top freshman performances from Saturday. Nick Starkel earns a spot on this list for his first-half performance in...
Urbana looks to improve state report card performance

Urbana looks to improve state report card performance

State report card grades for the Urbana City Schools need to and should improve over the next few years as the state stops changing how it tests students, the school’s superintendent said. Urbana City scored on the lower end when compared to districts in Clark and Champaign counties. It had the second-lowest performance index at 64 percent, only behind Springfield City School District. &ldquo...
National NAACP chairman encourages Springfield unit to engage youth

National NAACP chairman encourages Springfield unit to engage youth

Growth is a keyword for Springfield NAACP President Denise Williams. If the third annual Freedom Fund Banquet is any indicator, it’s meeting that and more. With more than double the number of attendees at the first such fundraiser and attracting National NAACP Board Chairman Leon W. Russell as keynote speaker, the program is making strides in the community. Under the banquet theme “Steadfast...
Local pet-meal delivery service launches

Local pet-meal delivery service launches

A new, locally based meal delivery service for pets? It’s real. Vandalia-based Ahler’s Catering and Nutritional Services — part of Demetrius of Forty Churches LLC — has announced that it will offer a pet meals program for clients in the Dayton and Springfield areas. RELATED: New pet supplies shop opens downtown Ahler’s Catering has been delivering meal kits for Ohio...
Stafford: 99-year-old war of words over ‘fake news’ sounds familiar

Stafford: 99-year-old war of words over ‘fake news’ sounds familiar

Ninety-nine Novembers ago, Springfielders and other Clark Countians were primed to celebrate the end of the bloodiest war to that date in human history and breathe a sigh of relief over the fate of homegrown boys who had been exposed to bullets, bombs and mustard gas in muddy foreign trenches. Just as peace was about to arrive, however, a war broke out on the front pages of Springfield’s two...

List of US students named as Rhodes scholars for 2018

The 32 American students chosen as Rhodes scholars for 2018, as provided by the Office of the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust: Tania N. Fabo, Saugus, Massachusetts (Harvard University) Samarth Gupta, Acton, Massachusetts (Harvard University) Christopher J. D'Urso, Colts Neck, New Jersey (University of Pennsylvania) Jordan D. Thomas, South Plainfield, New Jersey (Princeton University) Thamara...
Clark County to spend $140K for consultant for combined 9-1-1 center

Clark County to spend $140K for consultant for combined 9-1-1 center

Clark County will spend $140,000 to hire a consultant to oversee the process of creating a unified countywide 9-1-1 dispatch center. Clark County commissioners voted unanimously this week to hire Fairfax, Va.-based Federal Engineering Inc. to help it transition from its current location at the Clark County Jail to the Springview Government Center. The consultant will also guide the county as it implements...

Why are these Springfield students building pulleys and hula hoops?

Students at Hayward Elementary School in Springfield are taking a class this year that combines technology and fitness. TECHFIT has students using math and science to design a project that promotes health. “They design a technology and fitness exergame,” teacher Yvonne Shelburne said. “Their game is an obstacle course, so there are a bunch of different stations.” MORE: 5 things...
Rip Rap Road remains closed in Huber Heights due to high water

Rip Rap Road remains closed in Huber Heights due to high water

Rip Rap Road near Chambersburg is closed due to high water. Covington-Bradford Road north of Covington also remains closed due to high water at the Stillwater River, according to officials. High water remains in several spots across the region following the heavy rain and storms on Saturday.  Over three inches of rain brought the Stillwater River and the Great Miami River in Miami County out...
College Football: Frostburg State chills Wittenberg’s playoff hopes

College Football: Frostburg State chills Wittenberg’s playoff hopes

A touch of Frostburg State put Wittenberg’s previously unbeaten season on ice Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Division III football playoffs. The No. 15 Bobcats (10-1) put the No. 12 Tigers in a 21-0 hole early in the second half at Edwards-Maurer Field and thwarted several scoring threats en route to a 35-7 victory in just their second playoff appearance in school history. Wittenberg...
High school football State Semifinal Pairings

High school football State Semifinal Pairings

All state semifinals games scheduled Friday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Colerain vs. Pickerington Central at Springfield High School Menton vs. Powell Olentangy Liberty at Mansfield Senior High SchoolDivision II Avon vs. Akron Hoban at Brunswick High School Massillon Washington vs. Winton Woods at St. Francis DeSales High School Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s vs. Dresden Tri-Valley at Perry High School...
Former Bears, Illini standout J.C. Caroline dies at 84

Former Bears, Illini standout J.C. Caroline dies at 84

J.C. Caroline, a star Illinois running back in the 1950s who played for the Chicago Bears for a decade, has died. He was 84. The Walker Funeral Home in Champaign says he died Friday at Carle Hospital. Caroline, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, led the nation in rushing for Illinois in 1953 with 1,256 yards in nine games. He signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football...
Power restored across area following Saturday’s storms, high winds

Power restored across area following Saturday’s storms, high winds

No significant outages are currently reported across the three main electric providers in the area.  Hundreds remain without power across the region after high winds and storms rolled through the area Saturday.  These are the latest outages from regional electric providers at 1:25 p.m.  Montgomery: 189 Shelby: 27 Greene: 19 Miami: 11 Darke: 10  Warren: 215 Butler: 198 No significant...

Scooby the camel returned to Ohio owners after getting loose

A young camel named Scooby is back at home after going on a 90-minute jaunt that blocked traffic and provided an uncommon photo opportunity for motorists in Ohio. The Blade reports 1-year-old Scooby escaped from his fenced-in home in Springfield Township on Friday afternoon and began walking along township streets, prompting wide-eyed reaction. A neighbor of the owner who was on her way home from...

Scooby the camel returned to Ohio owners after getting loose

A young camel named Scooby is back at home after going on a 90-minute jaunt that blocked traffic and provided an uncommon photo opportunity for motorists in Ohio. The Blade reports 1-year-old Scooby escaped from his fenced-in home in Springfield Township on Friday afternoon and began walking along township streets, prompting wide-eyed reaction. A neighbor of the owner who was on her way home from...
Should Springfield ban smoking in cars with kids?

Should Springfield ban smoking in cars with kids?

A smoking ban in cars with children in Springfield could be problematic because it would only be in effect in the city limits, local leaders said, but they’re willing to talk about it. The city of Honolulu sparked a national debate on Oct. 18 when the city’s council voted unanimously to enact a ban on smoking and use of electronic cigarettes in cars when a child 17 or younger is in the...
Springfield High hosts unique college fair

Springfield High hosts unique college fair

Springfield High School students were exposed to a one-of-a-kind college fair this week. Twelve Historically Black Colleges and Universities were present at the first HBCU Day, including Norfolk State, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical, Fisk, Spelman, Howard, Central State and Wilberforce universities. These schools were created to serve the African-American community but have since grown to be...
Defense bill to benefit Springfield airport, drone research

Defense bill to benefit Springfield airport, drone research

An amendment included in a recent $700 billion defense authorization bill is expected to encourage more cooperation between the military and Federal Aviation Administration, including for work at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. The House bill passed this week will add more planes, ships and troops at a time Pentagon leaders say the military has strained under spending caps and high operational...
South Vienna students collect food for needy in Clark, Champaign

South Vienna students collect food for needy in Clark, Champaign

Students at South Vienna School collected hundreds of cans and boxes of food for people in need in Clark and Champaign counties. The drive was spearheaded by the student council, seventh-grade student Trinity Ridgeway said. “We are doing a food drive for our community, for the Nation Chapel Church. They have a food pantry there,” she said. “They get to pick from all this food that...
Colder with snow possible; flood warnings remain for some

Colder with snow possible; flood warnings remain for some

Flooding and high water likely will still be an issue today, especially in communities north of Interstate 70. Drivers should use caution, particularly in the dark, and avoid any high water, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Few light snow showers/flurries late night/early Sunday north Flood Warning for Great Miami R. in Sidney until 10:30 p.m. Sunday Quiet start to next week Auglaize...
Springfield stabbing victim suffers life-threatening injury, police search for suspect

Springfield stabbing victim suffers life-threatening injury, police search for suspect

Police are searching for a suspect in a Friday night stabbing outside of Whitey's Tavern in Springfield, according to a Springfield police report.  Crews were dispatched to the 1100 block of Warder Street around 11:39 p.m. after a pizza delivery driver found the victim and called 911.  Upon arriving, police found Jacob Trinkler, 24 of Springfield, with a heavily bleeding stab wound to the...
Arnett, Robert

Arnett, Robert

ARNETT, Robert "Bob" 85, of London died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in his residence. Born October 19, 1932 in London, Ohio; he was a son of Edgar and Luttie (McComis) Arnett. Bob had worked for approximately 30 years for the Brockman Furnace Company in Springfield, as well as London Correctional Institution and loved horses, hunting, fishing and bull riding in rodeos most weekends. Survivors...
Hall, Larry

Hall, Larry

HALL, Larry P. Age 59, of Springfield, passed away Nov. 15, 2017. Visitation Nov. 20, 5-7 PM at Littleton & Rue Funeral Home. View the obituary on Legacy.com
HARPER, Hazel E.

HARPER, Hazel E.

HARPER, Hazel E. 106, of Springfield, passed away November 13, 2017 in Forest Glen. She was born October 11, 1911 in Springfield, the daughter of Robert L and Eula Caroline (Davis) Abernathy. Mrs. Harper was a faithful member of the Boiling Springs Baptist Church in Murphy, North Carolina and she was a member of the Community Club of Hanging Dog. She loved to write poetry and had written over 160...
Lynch, David

Lynch, David

LYNCH, David A. "Shaky" 75 passed away peacefully November 15, 2017 at his residence. He was born June 11, 1942 to the late Paul and Ersula (Ulliman) Lynch in Springfield. Survivors include, a daughter, Kim (Jeff) Castle; two sons, Rob Lynch and Randy Burden; grandchildren, Haley (Eric) Mowell, Audree (Dan) Long, Kyle and Corey; great-grandchildren, Makayla, Nora and Olivia; brothers, John...
MAURER, Roger E.

MAURER, Roger E.

MAURER, Roger E. Roger E. Maurer, 67, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, November 21, from 5-8:00 p.m. in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME where a celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. www.littletonandrue.com Sign the guestbook at Legacy.com View the obituary on Legacy.com
McKEEVER, Sondra L.

McKEEVER, Sondra L.

McKEEVER, Sondra L. Sondra L. McKeever, 73, of Springfield, passed away November 14, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday in Rose Hill Chapel. Visitation will begin at 10:30AM in the chapel Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Sign the guestbook at Legacy.com View the obituary on Legacy.com Funeral Home Information Jones-Kenney-Zechman Funeral Home...
PLANTZ, Vicki

PLANTZ, Vicki

PLANTZ, Vicki J. 73, of Springfield passed away in her home on Sunday, November 12, 2017. She was born May 13, 1944 in Vandalia, Ohio, the daughter of the late Louis and Catherine (Howard) Estep. Survivors include her husband, Walter Plantz; two children, Steve (Amby) Harrison and Kimberly Hawk; son-in-law, Billy Pennington and grandson, Nicholas Pennington. No services will be observed. The family...
ZIRKLE, Jeffery E.

ZIRKLE, Jeffery E.

ZIRKLE, Jeffery E. Jeffery E. Zirkle, 59, of Urbana, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Mercy Health Urbana Hospital. He was born February 28, 1958 in Urbana and very proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Jeff retired after 26 years at Honda Transmission. He was a member of the Amvets Post 121 in Urbana, Urbana Moose Lodge, and the Union Club in Springfield. Jeff was...
In the mood for fine family fare? Head over to Collier’s

In the mood for fine family fare? Head over to Collier’s

If you’re in the mood for great family-style cooking in a welcoming spot, we’ve got just the place. Restaurant: Collier’s Family Restaurant Location: 2800 W. First St. (Ohio 41), Springfield Contact: Facebook (Collier’s Family Restaurant) Telephone: (937) 323-5000 Background/Overview: In the early 1970s, this was a Bill Knapp&rsquo...
Ranch expands with 3-season room

Ranch expands with 3-season room

HOUSE FEATURE 426 Meadow Wood Drive, Springfield Family room, kitchen form open layout Contributing writer Located in the Sherwood Park neighborhood of Springfield, the ranch home at 426 Meadow Wood Drive sits on a fenced lot that measures 80 feet by 130 feet. Built in 1964, the interior of this three-bedroom home offers approximately 1,800 square feet of living space. The property is listed by Stegall...

THE BOOK NOOK: Bizarre circus kidnapping story available in paperback

“Truevine — Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: a True Story of the Jim Crow South” by Beth Macy (Back Bay Books, 421 pages, $17.99) During her time as a newspaper reporter in Roanoke, Va., the writer Beth Macy knew the best story in town but she never had much luck reporting on it. That story involved two brothers from that area who had been kidnapped in 1899...
Springfield Salvation Army kicks off annual kettle drive

Springfield Salvation Army kicks off annual kettle drive

The Salvation Army Springfield Corps kicked off its holiday fundraising drive Friday with a luncheon at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Springfield. Bell ringers from the organization will collect donations over the next several weeks, spokesman Ryan Ray said. “This really sustains us throughout the winter and spring,” he said. READ MORE: Wittenberg student goes shopping for toys...
Springfield replaces 14,000-pound water valve from the 1920s

Springfield replaces 14,000-pound water valve from the 1920s

City workers removed a 14,000-pound water valve that was nearing 100 years old this week and replaced it with a new one. The valve on Lexington Avenue may have been part of the original water line, Springfield City Director Chris Moore said. Workers were able to get the valve out and replaced in one day. READ: Springfield medical marijuana ban ends, area gets 2 dispensaries “We schedule these...
Get in the holiday spirit: 4 things to do this weekend in Springfield

Get in the holiday spirit: 4 things to do this weekend in Springfield

Looking for some things to do in your down time while you’re preparing for Thanksgiving next week? Here are four events in the greater Springfield area that might fit the bill. » READ MORE: Downtown Springfield’s Holiday in the City: 4 things to know 1. The Freedom Fund Banquet The Springfield chapter of the NAACP will host its third annual Freedom Fund Banquet at the Hollenbeck...
133-year-old Springfield church to close after final Sunday service

133-year-old Springfield church to close after final Sunday service

A Springfield church is about to close its doors after 133 years. Highlands United Church of Christ, 1910 St. Paris Pike, will celebrate its history with a service of closure as part of its final worship service at 3 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited to attend. Declining attendance, attrition, deaths, people moving away from the church and fewer younger families joining are among the reasons trustees...
Experts: Idaho hatchery built to save salmon is killing them

Experts: Idaho hatchery built to save salmon is killing them

A relatively new $13.5 million hatchery intended to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is instead killing thousands of fish before they ever get to the ocean, and fisheries biologists in Idaho think they know why. The Department of Fish and Game in information released this week says water chemistry at the Springfield Hatchery in eastern Idaho is so different from that in the central...
Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things to know about Saturday’s game vs Illinois

Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things to know about Saturday’s game vs Illinois

Ohio State plays its last home game of the season Saturday when Illinois comes to town. The Buckeyes began the home slate with a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma but bounced back with six straight wins. They started November with a stunning loss at Iowa, but blew out then-No. 12 Michigan State last week to regain control of their own destiny in the Big Ten East race. Was that the start of another winning streak...
Weekend plans? Know how the weather will impact you

Weekend plans? Know how the weather will impact you

A complex storm system will move in to the Dayton area late Friday night, bringing with it a weather mix that will impact most of the Miami Valley this weekend, according to StormCenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.  >>Get WHIO’s free Weather App: Hour-by-hour forecast anytime, anywhere  Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay prepared: Heavy rain late Friday night,...
3 connections Charles Manson has to southwest Ohio

3 connections Charles Manson has to southwest Ohio

Mass murderer Charles Manson is said to be in grave condition in a California hospital, several media outlets have reported. The New York Post, Los Angeles Times and others are reporting that the 83-year-old, who was born in Cincinnati, has struggled with gastrointestinal problems. Here are three connections Manson has to Ohio: 1. Born in Cincinnati. Charles Manson was born “no name Maddox&rdquo...
Major storm to bring heavy rain, strong winds this weekend

Major storm to bring heavy rain, strong winds this weekend

A chilly night ahead Mix of sun and clouds, increasing winds Friday  Rain, few storms late Friday night into Saturday with strong winds 5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs Overnight: A few breaks in the clouds are possible. Otherwise, expect a chilly night with lows in the upper 20s. Friday: Look for a mix of sun and clouds. It will be warmer with highs rebounding into...
Reports: Charles Manson, mass murderer, has died

Reports: Charles Manson, mass murderer, has died

Mass murderer Charles Manson died Sunday night, according to reports. Mass murderer Charles Manson is in a California hospital and is said to be in grave condition, several media outlets are reporting tonight.  The New York Post, Los Angeles Times and others are reporting that the 83-year-old, who was born in Cincinnati, has struggled with gastrointestinal problems.  Kern County Sheriff's...
Deputies: Infant found in Clark County home with meth lab

Deputies: Infant found in Clark County home with meth lab

A Clark County man is facing multiple charges after a newborn infant was found in the same home meth was being manufactured, according to deputies.  A large fire was discovered by detectives from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s Vice and Organized Crime Unit coming from behind a home in the 11400 block of Gerlaugh Road in Park Layne on Tuesday around 6 p.m., Lt. Kristopher Shultz...
Eyes now on weekend storm as first storm system moves out

Eyes now on weekend storm as first storm system moves out

Clouds will break and temps will fall into the middle 30s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.  Drying out tonight, turning cooler Dry and cool Thursday Wind gusts increase Friday; rain and wind Saturday THURSDAY: Expect a mix of sun and clouds. Breezy at times with highs in the low to mid-40s.  FRIDAY: The day will start with sunshine, but clouds will...
Miamisburg Navy veteran wants his stolen American flag returned

Miamisburg Navy veteran wants his stolen American flag returned

A Navy veteran is serious about his flag and Miamisburg police have an incident report about the theft of it and the pole from which it had been flying for more than a year.  Someone made off with his 5-by-7 foot flag, the pole and display light Veterans Day weekend -- sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning, David Schechter told News Center 7's James Buechele on Tuesday night. ...
5 fun local hidden gems where you can shop this holiday season

5 fun local hidden gems where you can shop this holiday season

The hunt is on for the perfect holiday gift. The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and the region offers several independently owned gems if you don’t want to shop at major retailers this year. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales — and they also provide 55 percent of all jobs....
Apparent murder-suicide at Massillon hospital: What we know now

Apparent murder-suicide at Massillon hospital: What we know now

A doctor was shot to death Monday afternoon, and the shooter apparently shot himself to death in what Massillon police are investigating as a murder-suicide, according to media reports from Massillon in Stark County. Police Chief Keith Moser told CBS affiliate WOIO-TV that Dr. George Seese was leaving Affinity Medical Center and getting into his car in the afternoon when a man, later identified...
First of 2 storm systems due to arrive today

First of 2 storm systems due to arrive today

Showers develop by midday Rain, gusty winds late Friday into the weekend Strong system Saturday brings more rain, wind Clouds will be on the increase with overnight lows holding in the lower to middle 30s. Clouds thicken quickly as a cold front approaches. This front will bring showers into the Miami Valley during the afternoon. Becoming breezy as well with the passing of the front. Highs climb into...
Strong storms, snow showers possible by weekend

Strong storms, snow showers possible by weekend

Some clearing, patchy fog developing overnight Showers return to the area midweek Strong storm system could bring severe weather, winds to area by Friday Skies will remain mostly cloudy with cool temperatures slowly dropping back into the 30s after dark. Expect some breaks in the clouds toward morning. Patchy fog will be possible late tonight through daybreak. Temperatures will fall to around 30 degrees...
I-75S in Cincinnati closed about 4 hours after pursuit suspect shoots, kills self

I-75S in Cincinnati closed about 4 hours after pursuit suspect shoots, kills self

The highway was back open around 6 p.m. once police cleared the scene, our media partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported. All lanes of southbound Interstate 75 are shut down in Cincinnati after a suspect involved in a police pursuit shot and killed himself.  The pursuit ended near the Ezzard Charles Drive exit from Interstate 75 and the investigation has shut down the southbound lanes of the highway...
Changes planned for Medicare cards

Changes planned for Medicare cards

Local residents with Medicare will soon be getting new cards that will no longer display their social security numbers. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it is preparing to issue new Medicare cards that will use new unique numbers instead of social security numbers in an effort to reduce identity theft. CMS said it would begin mailing new cards to beneficiaries in April....
Coldest air of season arrives this week

Coldest air of season arrives this week

Mostly clear overnight, but it will be chilly with temperatures dropping to near 30 degrees, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Quiet and cool through Thursday Blast of cold air arrives Thursday night into Friday Wind chills drop into teens Friday morning Thursday: Skies will be mostly sunny. A few clouds will arrive as winds pick up in the afternoon. Highs will reach into the...
Ohio ranks among top 15 fattest states in America

Ohio ranks among top 15 fattest states in America

Ohio has some of the fattest people in America, according to a new survey from WalletHub. Ohio ranked ninth for the percentage of overweight adults living in the state and 29th for the percentage of people who are obese. It also ranked ninth for obese children and 18th for physically inactive adults. Ohio was ranked 13th overall out of the fattest states in the U.S. Mississippi ranked No. 1 followed...
Cooler than normal through the weekend

Cooler than normal through the weekend

Skies gradually clear with lows falling into the middle 30s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Below normal temperatures through weekend Chills in the teens Friday, Saturday mornings Showers return on Sunday Flood warning until 5:15 a.m. Wednesday for Little Miami River in northeast Warren County and southwest Greene County  sunshine. Highs only reach the upper 40s, about 10...
National Weather Service confirms 17 tornado touchdowns in Ohio

National Weather Service confirms 17 tornado touchdowns in Ohio

New damage surveys completed today by the National Weather Service has brought the statewide tornado touchdown count to 17 from Sunday’s storms.  There were still just the three touchdowns in the Miami Valley with the rest across northern Ohio and one in far eastern Ohio. The average number of tornadoes annually in Ohio is 19 (1991-2010) There were 13 tornado touchdowns in Ohio on Sunday...
Head-on collision in Enon sends 2 to hospital

Head-on collision in Enon sends 2 to hospital

UPDATE @ 4:07 p.m.: Two people were seriously hurt in the head-on collision on Dayton Springfield Road. One driver was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by medical helicopter. The other driver was transported by ground medic unit. The road, blocked while the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated, has since reopened. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. A medical helicopter has been...
Flood Warnings remain, temps falling through the week

Flood Warnings remain, temps falling through the week

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for northeastern Warren County and southwestern Greene County until 5:15 a.m. Wednesday for flooding along the Little Miami River. Flood Warning issued for Warren & Greene counties until Wednesday morning Passing showers possible overnight into early Tuesday Clearing skies for miedweek Temperatures tumble into the 30s for highs by Friday ...
High water remains issue Monday morning after prompting rescues

High water remains issue Monday morning after prompting rescues

Reports of high water and calls for water rescues Sunday night kept police and fire crews busy. As of Monday morning, water had receded from most major roadways, but some areas were still experiencing flooding. High water has been reported Monday morning at the following locations: Montgomery County: Soldier’s Home Miamisburg Road and Farmersville West Carrollton Road; ...
Power restored to thousands after Sunday storms

Power restored to thousands after Sunday storms

Hundreds remain without power this morning following severe storms that came through the area Sunday evening. Crews are working to restore power, and a state of emergency has been issued in the City of Celina. Utility crews are working throughout the night. As of 5 a.m., the following outages remain: Montgomery County: 174 Mercer County: 6 Greene County: 26 Preble County: 12 Logan County...
Clear skies tonight for Hunter’s Moon

Clear skies tonight for Hunter’s Moon

The full Hunter's Moon will shine bright tonight, and a clear sky will make it a sight to see. Near sunset, the moon will rise at 6:40 p.m. in the Dayton area. This means it will be big and bright all night long. The name Hunter's moon is given to the first full moon that follows the Harvest moon. The Harvest moon is the moon closest to the fall equinox. This year, the Harvest moon was about two weeks...
UFOs at Wright Patt? Local man said he went on quest to find the truth

UFOs at Wright Patt? Local man said he went on quest to find the truth

When Raymond Szymanski arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a college co-op student, he was intrigued when a mentor mentioned aliens and the base in the same sentence. Szymanski, 65, spent 39 years at Wright-Patterson before retiring in 2011, and while he said he never saw any aliens, he went on a truth-seeking quest that took him from New Hampshire and Arizona across the Atlantic to England...
Huber Heights man reported missing located in Indiana

Huber Heights man reported missing located in Indiana

James Spurlock Dail, 82, was located in Indiana, Huber Heights police said. An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a missing 82-year-old man from Huber Heights. James Spurlock Dail, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, was last seen around 11:20 a.m. Thursday when he left his home on Spoonbill Court and hasn’t returned.  Dail is described as a white male, five-foot, 11-inches...

President Trump wants to end diversity visa program amid NYC terror attack 

After a suspected terrorist killed eight people in New York City, President Donald Trump wants to end the visa program that allowed him to immigrate to the United States. The Diversity Lottery Visa was created in 1990 in order to bring people in from countries with a lower rate of immigrants. Under this program, Sayfullo Saipov entered the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010 and was the primary contact for...
New York terror attack: ‘I’m not going to be fearful,’ area NYC Marathon entrant says

New York terror attack: ‘I’m not going to be fearful,’ area NYC Marathon entrant says

A Dayton Public Schools employee and veteran runner will be among the thousands of competitors Sunday for the New York City Marathon, for which officials are promising massive security in the wake of the deadly terror attack in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon.  "I'm not going to be fearful," Peter Vlasic told News Center 7's Caroline Reinwald on Wednesday night. "But I'm going...
Preventing lone-wolf terrorist attacks difficult, local experts say

Preventing lone-wolf terrorist attacks difficult, local experts say

Terrorism-inspired attacks using vehicles to plow into crowds have become a weapon of choice for lone-wolf terrorists, prompting one local expert to call it the “biggest threat.” A rental truck drove onto a bicycle path near the World Trade Center in New York City, killing eight people and injuring several others before crashing into a school bus on Tuesday, New York police said. Similar...
Freebie alert: How you can get a free taco at Taco Bell today only

Freebie alert: How you can get a free taco at Taco Bell today only

If you love tacos, today is your day.   Taco Bell announced that it will be giving away free Doritos Locos Tacos to crowds of hungry customers across the country from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The promotion is in honor of Houston Astros Cameron Maybin's "stolen base heard 'round the world" in Game 2 of the World Series.   Maybin tweeted on Oct. 26: What's better...
Area education events open for Medicare signup

Area education events open for Medicare signup

It’s time for local residents who are 65 and older to choose which Medicare plan they want in the coming year. Medicare open enrollment continues through Dec. 7, and state officials are encouraging the nearly 2.3 million Medicare recipients in Ohio to carefully review their plans before making a decision for next year. On an average day in the Dayton region, about 53 percent of hospital patients...
Snow, rain likely to impact morning commute

Snow, rain likely to impact morning commute

Snow showers and rain will impact drivers this morning, and  another round of rain will impact commuters heading home today, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Rain showers will mix and change to snow this morning. Most activity will fall from 6 and 9 a.m. The best chance for any snow is north of Interstate 70. Most roads will stay above freezing, but driving in the light snow...
Ohio AG DeWine stops in area to outline plan to fight opioid crisis

Ohio AG DeWine stops in area to outline plan to fight opioid crisis

Attorney General Mike DeWine outlined a 12-point initiative to respond to the opioid crisis while speaking at Valley View High School in Germantown this afternoon. DeWine, also seeking the Republican nomination for Ohio governor, said the pharmaceutical industry should help pay for the costs of the proposed recovery initiatives, highlighting the potential to use settlement money from a pending lawsuit...
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author challenges Wittenberg audience to address problems

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author challenges Wittenberg audience to address problems

Based on background alone, J.D. Vance had options but he said few seemed positive. His Middletown home’s main industry was struggling, unemployment rampant and his family fought addiction and other problems, some stemming from their Appalachian roots. Instead he rose above his circumstances to become a U.S. Marine, an Ivy League graduate, a venture capitalist and now a bestselling author at...
Questions about the VA? Dayton VA to host open house on services

Questions about the VA? Dayton VA to host open house on services

Veterans with questions about services at Dayton VA Medical Center may find answers 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The medical center will have a public open house with dozens of department representatives to answer questions in the lobby of the main patient tower. RELATED: Dayton VA leader steps down capping 33-year career Representatives from the patient advocate’s office, and dental, pharmacy...
Montgomery County to start treating opioid addiction with new program

Montgomery County to start treating opioid addiction with new program

With the area still in the midst of an opioid crisis, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County is offering in-house medication-assisted treatment for residents seeking to recover from addiction. The program marks a change for the department, which has typically only referred people to other programs. Medication treatments have been offered on a small scale for the last couple of months, but with...
Scattered rain or snow showers develop overnight

Scattered rain or snow showers develop overnight

Scattered light rain or snow showers are expected to develop after 3 a.m. Any accumulation will remain quite light, less than a ½ inch. A few slick spots will be possible for the morning commute, mainly on bridges and overpasses, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will fall to near or slightly below freezing by daybreak before rising. Mix of rain, snow could cause...
Local hospital group applauds Medicaid funding approval

Local hospital group applauds Medicaid funding approval

The group that represents local hospitals applauded a state panel for voting today to approve funding for Ohio’s expanded Medicaid program. Ohio’s Controlling Board unanimously voted in favor the state Medicaid director’s request for $264 million in state funding needed to qualify for $638 million in federal matching funds, according to the Associated Press. Bryan Bucklew, CEO of...
Henry, father of Fiona the hippo, has died 

Henry, father of Fiona the hippo, has died 

Henry the hippo, the father of Fiona was euthanized this morning, according to a media release from the Cincinnati Zoo.  Henry had been struggling for several months with health issues and had lost hundreds of pounds, a zoo spokesperson said in the release.  “According to the vet staff who had been carefully monitoring him, he took an obvious downward turn in the past few days, and...
Major Wright Patt gateway reopens

Major Wright Patt gateway reopens

A major gateway to Wright-Patterson thousands of commuters travel through daily reopened Monday, days before it was scheduled to because pavement reconstruction work was completed, authorities said. Gate 12A near the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters off Ohio 444 in Fairborn, has reopened and will resume 24-hour operations, officials said. Estimates show as many as 14,000 commuters — counting...
Inside Wright-Patt: How North Korea, other threats are being monitored

Inside Wright-Patt: How North Korea, other threats are being monitored

The National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson garnered national attention Sunday when the CBS News show 60 Minutes reported on the North Korean missile threat and gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look inside NASIC’s missile intelligence efforts. The segment was broadcast on WHIO-TV Channel 7. RELATED: 60 Minutes features Wright Patt’s NASIC for story on North Korea...
Care for your whole self

Care for your whole self

For most people, change isn’t easy. And if you or a loved one has ever received the news of a cancer diagnosis, you know it can turn your world upside down. When everyday life seems to revolve around treatment, appointments, and medication, it’s easy to feel discouraged, frightened, or overwhelmed. But it can also be a reminder to live life to the fullest and make each day special. That&rsquo...
Davidson to Trump: monetary policy needs to return to fundamental duty

Davidson to Trump: monetary policy needs to return to fundamental duty

Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, may not have a vote on who will be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, but he’s making his opinions heard to President Donald Trump. One of those opinions is not to re-appoint Fed chair Janet Yellen, though Trump has not ruled her out. RELATED: Trump considers Powell and Taylor for Fed’s top 2 posts In his Oct. 25 letter to President Trump, Davidson...
60 Minutes features Wright Patt’s NASIC for story on North Korea

60 Minutes features Wright Patt’s NASIC for story on North Korea

The CBS News television program 60 Minutes is scheduled to broadcast a segment Sunday that examines the role the National Air and Space Intelligence Center has in determining the North Korean missile threat to the United States. The report features an interview with NASIC commander Col. Sean P. Larkin and missile analysts at the center headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Sunday, the...
WATCH: ‘60 Minutes’ previews story about NASIC and Wright-Patt

WATCH: ‘60 Minutes’ previews story about NASIC and Wright-Patt

Watch Sunday's edition of "60 Minutes" for a feature story about the National Air and Space Intelligence Center based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its importance to the nation's defense. CBS.com on Friday night began publishing a preview about the segment.  NASIC analysts keep the White House, Congress and the Pentagon aware of air, space and cyber threats.  NASIC marks...
Looking to join National Prescription Drug Take Back Day? Check this list

Looking to join National Prescription Drug Take Back Day? Check this list

You will have the chance to help prevent drug abuse and theft Saturday by participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, being offered at nearly two dozen area sites.  "Four out of five people addicted to opioids start out using prescription drugs. That's why it's so important to safely dispose of all unnecessary prescription medications," U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, (R-Ohio)...
Who is protecting our children? Since 2009, adults with a history of abuse have killed hundreds of Ohio kids

Who is protecting our children? Since 2009, adults with a history of abuse have killed hundreds of Ohio kids

When two-year-old Damarcus Jackson was rushed to a Cincinnati hospital on Oct. 21, 2011, his father told hospital staff he may be suffering complications from a seizure disorder. But by the time he died at 11:10 that evening, nurses were beginning to suspect something more sinister had occurred. Damarcus had bruising all over his body in various stages of healing, according to a state child abuse...
Wet weather returning for high school football

Wet weather returning for high school football

A few clouds arrive overnight. A southerly breeze will increase and keep temperatures from dropping below the middle 40s. Breeze picks up, not as chilly overnight Clouds increase, rain develops late Friday Colder air returns this weekend, may bring a few flurries Friday: The day will start with some sunshine but clouds will increase during the afternoon. Showers will develop by early evening...
Walgreens now stocking Narcan as part of company plan to fight drug abuse

Walgreens now stocking Narcan as part of company plan to fight drug abuse

Walgreens is now stocking Narcan, an FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone, in all of its more than 8,000 pharmacies nationwide as part of the company's national plan to combat drug abuse, company officials said.  The medication, administered by nasal spray, can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of opioid drugs, which include some prescription painkillers and heroin. ...
Crunch time at Foy’s: We take a look at Halloween’s top costumes

Crunch time at Foy’s: We take a look at Halloween’s top costumes

The box office’s top killer clown is also this year’s best costume seller at Foy’s in Fairborn. Pennywise the Dancing Clown, popularized by Stephen King’s novel and the movie of the same name, IT, is selling out fast at Foy’s Halloween stores. The stores, located on Main Street in Fairborn, are selling out of Pennywise costumes and masks almost as fast as they’re...
Freeze alerts issued across the area overnight

Freeze alerts issued across the area overnight

Skies will continue to clear with temperatures falling into the lower 30s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Clouds break, temps fall to near freezing Freeze warning for entire area More ups and downs into the weekend Overnight: A freeze warning is in effect from midnight through 10 a.m. Thursday for Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami...
German shepherd from Centerville is national Service Dog of the Year

German shepherd from Centerville is national Service Dog of the Year

Atlas the Wonderdog is a local canine celebrity. He was named the 2017 American Humane Service Dog of the Year in an awards ceremony. U.S. Marine veteran Kenny Bass of Centerville nominated Atlas. “He’s an incredible dog,” Bass said tonight during a Skype interview from a New York City hotel room. Bass, 36, was hit by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq in 2003. He suffered a traumatic...
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