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Record number of kids need toys this Christmas
 The Springfield chapter of the Salvation Army will give a record number of local children toys this Christmas — but it’s not the kind of record anyone wants to break. “Last year was 1,700 (children), and that was the most,” Capt. Justin Caldwell said. This year, 2,100 children have been approved to receive help at...

12:00 AM Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

The Springfield chapter of the Salvation Army will give a record number of local children toys this Christmas — but it’s not the kind of record anyone wants to break. “Last year was 1,700 (children), and that was the most,” Capt. Justin Caldwell said. This year, 2,100 children have been approved to receive help at...
Veterans set out to erect local Vietnam memorial
 In Randy Ark’s mind, Billy Bloomfield will always be an athletic kid with a bright red flat-top. He never saw Bloomfield any other way — the Greenon High School graduate was killed serving with the Marines on June 2, 1969, in Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province. Ark was in Vietnam himself at the time. For Dave Bauer, the death...

12:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

In Randy Ark’s mind, Billy Bloomfield will always be an athletic kid with a bright red flat-top. He never saw Bloomfield any other way — the Greenon High School graduate was killed serving with the Marines on June 2, 1969, in Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province. Ark was in Vietnam himself at the time. For Dave Bauer, the death...
Witt geologist named top professor in Ohio
 A Wittenberg University geology professor recently named Ohio Professor of the Year won that honor by playing dirty — that is, in Buck Creek and other local waterways. John Ritter’s classes almost always end up outdoors, learning science by doing science. “For them,” Ritter said, “it’s an opportunity to...

2:30 AM Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

A Wittenberg University geology professor recently named Ohio Professor of the Year won that honor by playing dirty — that is, in Buck Creek and other local waterways. John Ritter’s classes almost always end up outdoors, learning science by doing science. “For them,” Ritter said, “it’s an opportunity to...
Food relief campaign begins today

5:05 AM Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

A cut to food stamp benefits that went into effect this month has the Second Harvest Food Bank steeling itself for a surge in demand. “This winter is going to be very challenging,” said Keith Williamson, executive director of the local food bank serving Clark, Champaign and Logan counties. Today, the Springfield News-Sun kicks...
White out as Springfield Arts Council director

5:05 AM Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

The brief tenure of David A. White III as executive director of the Springfield Arts Council came to an end this week after his position was eliminated. The arts council board voted Wednesday night to adopt an operating structure common among arts groups nationally, with an artistic director and a business director at the helm, board president...
Greenon honors veterans in morning-long program
 The annual Veterans Day program at Greenon High School is probably longer than most, but they have their reasons — for one, the entire student body shook the hand Monday of every veteran in attendance. One by one, 600 students extended their hands as a gesture of thanks to visiting veterans old, young and in-between. “It felt...

9:52 PM Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

The annual Veterans Day program at Greenon High School is probably longer than most, but they have their reasons — for one, the entire student body shook the hand Monday of every veteran in attendance. One by one, 600 students extended their hands as a gesture of thanks to visiting veterans old, young and in-between. “It felt...
Springfield veteran: ‘I’ll never get over it’
 In 1968, there were no free steaks for veterans at Texas Roadhouse or all-you-can-eat-free-hotcakes at Bob Evans for active service members sporting fatigues. But, on this Veterans Day, when those deals and more are being offered in appreciation of those who served, it’s never more apparent how times have changed. Fresh from 13 months...

5:05 AM Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

In 1968, there were no free steaks for veterans at Texas Roadhouse or all-you-can-eat-free-hotcakes at Bob Evans for active service members sporting fatigues. But, on this Veterans Day, when those deals and more are being offered in appreciation of those who served, it’s never more apparent how times have changed. Fresh from 13 months...
B-25s return to Urbana for Doolittle event
 Just last year, the sight of vintage B-25 Mitchells in the sky above Urbana seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for history buffs, aviation enthusiasts or practically any other red-blooded American. But on Friday morning, the warbirds were flocking back to Grimes Field Airport, this time on a mission to help the surviving Doolittle...

5:05 AM Saturday, Nov. 09, 2013

Just last year, the sight of vintage B-25 Mitchells in the sky above Urbana seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for history buffs, aviation enthusiasts or practically any other red-blooded American. But on Friday morning, the warbirds were flocking back to Grimes Field Airport, this time on a mission to help the surviving Doolittle...
Lily Tomlin coming back to town
 Lily Tomlin will return to Springfield in 2014, bringing with her a cranky telephone operator, a raspberry-blowing 5½-year-old, a bag lady and maybe even a hang-gliding quadriplegic. The famed comedian — who portrays all those characters and then some — will be making her first appearance at Kuss Auditorium in a decade...

5:05 AM Friday, Nov. 08, 2013

Lily Tomlin will return to Springfield in 2014, bringing with her a cranky telephone operator, a raspberry-blowing 5½-year-old, a bag lady and maybe even a hang-gliding quadriplegic. The famed comedian — who portrays all those characters and then some — will be making her first appearance at Kuss Auditorium in a decade...
Good night for incumbents across Clark County

4:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 06, 2013

Despite rumblings of anti-incumbent sentiment among voters, it was a good night Tuesday to be running for re-election in Clark County’s townships. All but two incumbents — those in the county’s two least populated townships — were winning their races for township trustee in final, unofficial results. In Madison Twp...
Tremont City landfill cleanup plan questioned

11:35 PM Monday, Nov. 04, 2013

A key scientist with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Monday he can’t find another site in the nation that’s been cleaned up the way the federal government is now proposing to clean up a toxic waste dump near Springfield’s water supply. The U.S. EPA would remove liquid waste but leave behind solid waste at the...
Clark State clashes with Sinclair in Greene
 With non-credit job training in demand — and revenue to be made from it — a turf war has broken out between two local community colleges each determined to serve the high-tech needs of Greene County and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. One, Springfield-based Clark State Community College, says it has theauthority to be the provider...

7:37 PM Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

With non-credit job training in demand — and revenue to be made from it — a turf war has broken out between two local community colleges each determined to serve the high-tech needs of Greene County and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. One, Springfield-based Clark State Community College, says it has theauthority to be the provider...
Atheists come to aid of local pastor
 The Clark County pastor recently brutally beaten inside his church said he believes God let him live. But, a week after the incident at the Bridge Community Church in North Hampton, atheists around the world are rallying to at least make sure he doesn’t have to worry about the cost to recover. An online recovery fund for the Rev. Norman...

6:53 PM Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

The Clark County pastor recently brutally beaten inside his church said he believes God let him live. But, a week after the incident at the Bridge Community Church in North Hampton, atheists around the world are rallying to at least make sure he doesn’t have to worry about the cost to recover. An online recovery fund for the Rev. Norman...
Local Guard unit gets new building, top honor
 Ground troops under fire in Afghanistan rely on the 170-foot radio tower a Springfield-based unit erected there last year to call for air support, while virtually everyone in uniform from the Middle East to Central Asia has come to rely on the computer networks they install. The 251st Cyber Engineering Installation Group of the Ohio Air National...

1:30 AM Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Ground troops under fire in Afghanistan rely on the 170-foot radio tower a Springfield-based unit erected there last year to call for air support, while virtually everyone in uniform from the Middle East to Central Asia has come to rely on the computer networks they install. The 251st Cyber Engineering Installation Group of the Ohio Air National...
Habitat can’t pay taxes, but will keep building
 When hammers and nail guns fell largely silent in Clark County in 2010 because of the recession, Habitat for Humanity kept right on building. In fact, Clark County Community Habitat for Humanity, the local affiliate of the well-known international Christian nonprofit, seized an opportunity then to build 16 new houses in a two year-period...

1:45 AM Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

When hammers and nail guns fell largely silent in Clark County in 2010 because of the recession, Habitat for Humanity kept right on building. In fact, Clark County Community Habitat for Humanity, the local affiliate of the well-known international Christian nonprofit, seized an opportunity then to build 16 new houses in a two year-period...
Springfield cemetery fence a magnet for car crashes
Stanley Spitler, superintendent of Ferncliff Cemetery, surveys the latest damage Friday to the cemetery’s wrought-iron fence after a driver along North Plum Street collided with it. The Ferncliff fence is a magnet for car crashes. Andrew McGinn/Staff

10:20 PM Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

Stanley Spitler, superintendent of Ferncliff Cemetery, surveys the latest damage Friday to the cemetery’s wrought-iron fence after a driver along North Plum Street collided with it. The Ferncliff fence is a magnet for car crashes. Andrew McGinn/Staff
Springfield cemetery fence a magnet for car crashes
 Ferncliff Cemetery’s 70,000 occupants are protected by a wrought-iron fence surrounding 180 acres of serene burial space. With the way cars continually careen off the road into the fence, Stanley Spitler is glad it’s there. “If we didn’t have this fence, they’d be up in the cemetery,” Spitler, the cemetery...

10:20 PM Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

Ferncliff Cemetery’s 70,000 occupants are protected by a wrought-iron fence surrounding 180 acres of serene burial space. With the way cars continually careen off the road into the fence, Stanley Spitler is glad it’s there. “If we didn’t have this fence, they’d be up in the cemetery,” Spitler, the cemetery...
Beavercreek bus stop protesters
Protesters rally after the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Civil Rights on Thursday ruled that the "African Americans have faced discriminatory impact as a result of the city's decision to deny the RTA's application to install bus stops along Pentagon Boulevard in the City."

12:30 AM Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

Protesters rally after the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Civil Rights on Thursday ruled that the "African Americans have faced discriminatory impact as a result of the city's decision to deny the RTA's application to install bus stops along Pentagon Boulevard in the City."
Local dance teacher recalls time on Broadway
 Springfielders will get a chance to see Debby Boone on Saturday when the singer brings a big band swing show to Kuss Auditorium. Springfield’s Scot Davidge, on the other hand, already saw her recently — over dinner. And, it wouldn’t be surprising if they met for dinner again. The two were part of the original Broadway cast...

10:00 PM Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013

Springfielders will get a chance to see Debby Boone on Saturday when the singer brings a big band swing show to Kuss Auditorium. Springfield’s Scot Davidge, on the other hand, already saw her recently — over dinner. And, it wouldn’t be surprising if they met for dinner again. The two were part of the original Broadway cast...
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