UPDATE:

Champaign County missing sailor: ‘A lot of people’ care about him

What’s your favorite Kings Island ride?


Thrill seekers, rejoice. The “other” opening day is almost here.

Kings Island opens for the season on Friday, April 18.

Look ahead to summer and get caught up on the latest Kings Island news in one place online only at www.springfieldnewssun.com/go/kingsisland. Follow our coverage on Twitter via #kingsisland.

We’re also asking readers to tell us your favorite roller coaster ride. Vote in our poll online at the same website. The poll closes at 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. We’ll share the results in print and online on Friday, April 18.

The amusement and water park first opened in 1972. Fifteen roller coasters, including the new Banshee ride, sit on 364 acres in Mason, in Warren County.

Kings Island is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.



Next Up in Community News

Linkin Park to hold ‘special event’ to honor Chester Bennington 
Linkin Park to hold ‘special event’ to honor Chester Bennington 

A little over a month since the death of their bandmate Chester Bennington, Linkin Park announced it will host an event in Los Angeles to honor him, according to Spin. “Just wanted to say thank you to all our fans around the world for the tremendous outpouring of love, which has strengthened our spirit during this incredibly difficult time,&rdquo...
Stray bullet kills 8-year-old sitting on couch in South Carolina apartment
Stray bullet kills 8-year-old sitting on couch in South Carolina apartment

Students will return to class at Boiling Springs Elementary School in Shelby, South Carolina next week without one of their classmates, 8-year-old Lamya Bradley.  The little girl, who was about to start third grade, was killed early Sunday morning when she was struck by a bullet in a Gaffney apartment, the Cherokee County coroner Dennis Fowler...
Missouri man escapes execution after lawyers say DNA clears him
Missouri man escapes execution after lawyers say DNA clears him

Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens stayed the execution of Marcellus Williams, 48, following public outcry to do so. Williams was previously granted a stay of execution in 2015 only to have it denied again earlier in August despite DNA evidence exonerating him of the 1998 stabbing death of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha...
Self-driving vehicles: Are they a threat to Dayton jobs?
Self-driving vehicles: Are they a threat to Dayton jobs?

Self-driving vehicles are expected to revolutionize transportation when they hit the roads in the future, but the technology could threaten thousands of jobs in the Dayton region and communities across the nation, experts said. Local elected leaders and development officials have worked to promote and rebrand the Dayton region as a logistics hub that...
Chrissy Teigen says ‘I have to fix myself’ when it comes to alcohol
Chrissy Teigen says ‘I have to fix myself’ when it comes to alcohol

Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen revealed Wednesday in an interview with Cosmopolitan that she struggles with alcohol abuse. “I was, point blank, just drinking too much. I got used to being in hair and makeup and having a glass of wine,” the “Lip Sync Battle” host said. “Then that glass of wine would carry...
More Stories