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Tom Stafford

Tom Stafford has worked at the News-Sun and lived in Springfield for 30 years, covering most of the newsroom beats. For 28 years he has written a weekly feature column and for about 15 years has explored the area's history in a weekly feature called Looking Back. A graduate of Wittenberg University, his personal interests include playing music, in-line skating on area bike trails and reading.

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Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame workplace barriers
 In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know...

Posted: 5 days ago

In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know...
Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame tough childhood
 In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know...

Posted: 12 days ago

In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know...
Springfield native, piano teacher known for lifelong learning dies
 Those who knew her only through news stories may recall Anna Clara Gee Blackwell-Hagans for the master’s degrees in piano performance and education she earned at ages 76 and 82, achievements that contributed to her 2012 induction to the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. But this weekend, those who once entered her home to take piano...

Posted: 14 days ago

Those who knew her only through news stories may recall Anna Clara Gee Blackwell-Hagans for the master’s degrees in piano performance and education she earned at ages 76 and 82, achievements that contributed to her 2012 induction to the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. But this weekend, those who once entered her home to take piano...
Stafford: Cosby received grandma’s tough medicine during childhood
 In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know...

Posted: 19 days ago

In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know...
Stafford: Clark County faces dental health issues

Posted: 26 days ago

TS: I, Tom Stafford, do solemnly swear that I shall tell the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth, so help me God. RELATED: Health district to pursue fluoridation in Springfield this year Bailiff: You may be seated. Judge: Mr. District Attorney, you may examine the witness. DA: Mr. Stafford, isn’t it true that you recently...
Springfield men bring new life to old engine
 “Only in America,” said Roger Vaglia’s superbly written obituary, “could the grandson of barely educated European immigrants, son of a father who quit school after eighth grade to work in the mines, end up at Harvard and then see both his children get Master’s degrees in their chosen fields.” Vaglia&rsquo...

3:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

“Only in America,” said Roger Vaglia’s superbly written obituary, “could the grandson of barely educated European immigrants, son of a father who quit school after eighth grade to work in the mines, end up at Harvard and then see both his children get Master’s degrees in their chosen fields.” Vaglia&rsquo...
Stafford: Cold weather leads to conflict
 At this time of year, when the furnace runs continually and the air dries up, I sometimes wake up in the morning with a little dry particle that seems to be clinging to the inside of one of my nostrils like a bat in a cave. Stafford: Advice on how to survive a pre-schooling When I draw air in, the bat’s wings rub against the edge of...

1:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

At this time of year, when the furnace runs continually and the air dries up, I sometimes wake up in the morning with a little dry particle that seems to be clinging to the inside of one of my nostrils like a bat in a cave. Stafford: Advice on how to survive a pre-schooling When I draw air in, the bat’s wings rub against the edge of...
Stafford: Advice on how to survive a pre-schooling
 It’s one thing to get schooled. It’s another thing to get pre-schooled — to be humiliated by a goofy kid wearing crooked glasses and footed pajamas with bear paws all over them and a zipper that runs from ankle to neck. Well, welcome to my just completed holidays, which I emerged from feeling like I’d been stepped...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 06, 2018

It’s one thing to get schooled. It’s another thing to get pre-schooled — to be humiliated by a goofy kid wearing crooked glasses and footed pajamas with bear paws all over them and a zipper that runs from ankle to neck. Well, welcome to my just completed holidays, which I emerged from feeling like I’d been stepped...
Stafford: Think now about restoring historic bridge to 1871 original
 This New Year’s Eve, while many of us are pondering the year to come, a part of Douglas Bailey’s mind will have wandered off to 2062. That’s the year the historic Enon Road Stone Arch Culvert — saved five years ago during a half million dollar project and celebrated last month with a posting of a historic marker &mdash...

3:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

This New Year’s Eve, while many of us are pondering the year to come, a part of Douglas Bailey’s mind will have wandered off to 2062. That’s the year the historic Enon Road Stone Arch Culvert — saved five years ago during a half million dollar project and celebrated last month with a posting of a historic marker &mdash...
Stafford: Time slips by fast as another holiday rolls in
 Since it’s Christmas Eve, I’ll make this short. Stafford: Wittenberg teaching job leads to new perspective We’ll probably see one another later on in the grocery anyway. Look for me in frozen foods and if I don’t move, give me a little shove. Yeah, it’s the usual at our house. The Boy Child is in town. He moved...

1:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

Since it’s Christmas Eve, I’ll make this short. Stafford: Wittenberg teaching job leads to new perspective We’ll probably see one another later on in the grocery anyway. Look for me in frozen foods and if I don’t move, give me a little shove. Yeah, it’s the usual at our house. The Boy Child is in town. He moved...
Stafford: Wittenberg teaching job leads to new perspective
 I don’t know how well I do it, which is one reason I’m not sure whether I’ll be doing it again. But I’m glad I’ve been teaching this fall: It has made me look not only at students but at everyone in a slightly different way. From mid-August until tomorrow, when I turn in grades, I’ll have been an adjunct...

1:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

I don’t know how well I do it, which is one reason I’m not sure whether I’ll be doing it again. But I’m glad I’ve been teaching this fall: It has made me look not only at students but at everyone in a slightly different way. From mid-August until tomorrow, when I turn in grades, I’ll have been an adjunct...