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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Moorefield crash
 A motorcycle rider was flown to a Dayton hospital with serious injuries Friday after a car pulling into a Moorefield Twp. driveway turned in front of him, causing a collision. The motorcycle was southbound on Bosart Road about 3:52 p.m. when a northbound PT Crusier turning into a residential driveway failed to yield, according to Trooper...

10:35 PM Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

A motorcycle rider was flown to a Dayton hospital with serious injuries Friday after a car pulling into a Moorefield Twp. driveway turned in front of him, causing a collision. The motorcycle was southbound on Bosart Road about 3:52 p.m. when a northbound PT Crusier turning into a residential driveway failed to yield, according to Trooper...
Local YMCA looking to improve curb appeal
 The Springfield Family YMCA needed to be spruced up long before last weekend — but then a pipe burst sometime Saturday night, filling the facility with water. “Definitely need the makeover now,” Paul Weber, the local Y’s new CEO, remarked Thursday. Weber took the helm of Springfield’s YMCA this past summer, and...

11:10 PM Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

The Springfield Family YMCA needed to be spruced up long before last weekend — but then a pipe burst sometime Saturday night, filling the facility with water. “Definitely need the makeover now,” Paul Weber, the local Y’s new CEO, remarked Thursday. Weber took the helm of Springfield’s YMCA this past summer, and...
Springfield clinic on hunt to care for vets
 The government next year will begin levying fines at tax time through the Affordable Care Act against people without health insurance, but uninsured military veterans have an easy out — all they have to do is enroll in the VA health care system. “This thing is a goldmine,” Buzzy Moore, director of the Champaign County Veterans...

2:21 AM Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

The government next year will begin levying fines at tax time through the Affordable Care Act against people without health insurance, but uninsured military veterans have an easy out — all they have to do is enroll in the VA health care system. “This thing is a goldmine,” Buzzy Moore, director of the Champaign County Veterans...
Theater closing a sign of times, experts say
 The abrupt closing of Urbana Twin Cinema is symptomatic of changing customer habits and of theaters that have not converted to digital projectors, industry observers said Tuesday. Champaign County residents who want to see a movie in theaters will now have to drive to places like Springfield and Bellefontaine. Springfield-based Chakeres Theaters...

12:23 AM Wednesday, Oct. 09, 2013

The abrupt closing of Urbana Twin Cinema is symptomatic of changing customer habits and of theaters that have not converted to digital projectors, industry observers said Tuesday. Champaign County residents who want to see a movie in theaters will now have to drive to places like Springfield and Bellefontaine. Springfield-based Chakeres Theaters...
Hundreds of local military members return to work
 All but nine of Ohio’s 1,800 furloughed National Guardsmen, including more than several hundred in Springfield, were back at work this week after Defense officials over the weekend re-examined the Pay Our Military Act, signed into law on Sept. 30. The interpretation cleared the way for most of the Pentagon’s civilian employees...

2:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 08, 2013

All but nine of Ohio’s 1,800 furloughed National Guardsmen, including more than several hundred in Springfield, were back at work this week after Defense officials over the weekend re-examined the Pay Our Military Act, signed into law on Sept. 30. The interpretation cleared the way for most of the Pentagon’s civilian employees...
New YMCA CEO settles in
 From the time he was 16, when he became a lifeguard at his hometown YMCA in Youngstown, Paul Weber knew he’d never get bored working at the Y. That’s held true — at 51, he’s been employed by a YMCA somewhere ever since. With Weber’s hire late this summer as CEO of the Springfield Family YMCA, he’s in charge...

10:55 PM Saturday, Oct. 05, 2013

From the time he was 16, when he became a lifeguard at his hometown YMCA in Youngstown, Paul Weber knew he’d never get bored working at the Y. That’s held true — at 51, he’s been employed by a YMCA somewhere ever since. With Weber’s hire late this summer as CEO of the Springfield Family YMCA, he’s in charge...
Local man slow to receive Korean War medals
 Carl McVicker was on a hill somewhere above the 38th parallel on the Korean peninsula, working his .30-caliber machine gun against the forces of communism, when the first Chinese mortar came in. It landed too far in front of him. A second one landed too far behind him. But now they had him — this teenage kid from Ohio who’d lied...

2:06 AM Saturday, Oct. 05, 2013

Carl McVicker was on a hill somewhere above the 38th parallel on the Korean peninsula, working his .30-caliber machine gun against the forces of communism, when the first Chinese mortar came in. It landed too far in front of him. A second one landed too far behind him. But now they had him — this teenage kid from Ohio who’d lied...
College credit elusive for many Ohio veterans

1:40 AM Friday, Oct. 04, 2013

When Dana Kapp retired from the Navy in 1997 and pursued a degree in business management at Clark State Community College, she received nine credit hours for the training and experience she’d racked up during a 20-year military career. Despite Gov. John Kasich’s executive order this year emphasizing the importance of giving Ohio...
Drone warfare target of Witt talk

12:45 AM Thursday, Oct. 03, 2013

A recent think-tank report authored by an Air Force colonel to address the military’s projected shortage of drone pilots suggests that recruiting efforts should emphasize that “this weapon system is achieving more strategic level effects in the fight against terrorism than any manned aircraft.” That, panelists at Wittenberg...
Honor Flight vets stream past government barricades

9:00 PM Wednesday, Oct. 02, 2013

Springfield-based Honor Flight Network isn’t telling its 131 hubs in 42 states to cancel trips to the nation’s capital, even though the war memorials they plan to visit are technically closed because of the federal government shutdown. “That’s an individualized hub decision,” Diane Gresse, executive director...
Westcott to get solar house
 A local house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will soon be augmented by another revolutionary piece of architecture — a single-family residence that would cost its owner nothing to heat, cool or power. The Westcott House Foundation, which spent $5.8 million last decade to restore Wright’s only Prairie Style home in Ohio, located...

10:30 PM Monday, Sep. 30, 2013

A local house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will soon be augmented by another revolutionary piece of architecture — a single-family residence that would cost its owner nothing to heat, cool or power. The Westcott House Foundation, which spent $5.8 million last decade to restore Wright’s only Prairie Style home in Ohio, located...
Springfield at center of Ohio’s UAS effort
 The lease at a local technology park for a state office tasked with enticing unmanned aircraft systems companies to Ohio was barely 60 days old when a Florida business announced it would relocate a program to Springfield to develop and commercialize an unmanned airship. The state’s choice to locate the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test...

6:13 PM Monday, Sep. 30, 2013

The lease at a local technology park for a state office tasked with enticing unmanned aircraft systems companies to Ohio was barely 60 days old when a Florida business announced it would relocate a program to Springfield to develop and commercialize an unmanned airship. The state’s choice to locate the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test...
Springfield Guard unit in need of more drone pilots
 About 40 pilots fly the MQ-1 Predator on armed recon missions abroad from inside a building at the Springfield Air National Guard Base, but the local Air Guard wing has openings for 10 more. The Air Force as a whole has embraced unmanned aerial technology so rapidly that it can’t find and train those pilots fast enough, according to...

2:00 AM Monday, Sep. 30, 2013

About 40 pilots fly the MQ-1 Predator on armed recon missions abroad from inside a building at the Springfield Air National Guard Base, but the local Air Guard wing has openings for 10 more. The Air Force as a whole has embraced unmanned aerial technology so rapidly that it can’t find and train those pilots fast enough, according to...
Local veterans hit the road with Honor Flight
Area veterans taking an Honor Flight RV trip to Washington, D.C., line up Friday morning for photos before leaving from VFW Post 8673 in Springfield. Andrew McGinn/Staff

10:00 PM Friday, Sep. 27, 2013

Area veterans taking an Honor Flight RV trip to Washington, D.C., line up Friday morning for photos before leaving from VFW Post 8673 in Springfield. Andrew McGinn/Staff
Local veterans hit the road with Honor Flight
 Jack Sullivan applied a year and a half ago for an Honor Flight, but he was more than happy to be boarding a motor home Friday for a free road trip through the organization to the nation’s capital. “We once put a plane down in the Sea of Japan,” the 82-year-old Korean War veteran from South Charleston explained. “I...

10:00 PM Friday, Sep. 27, 2013

Jack Sullivan applied a year and a half ago for an Honor Flight, but he was more than happy to be boarding a motor home Friday for a free road trip through the organization to the nation’s capital. “We once put a plane down in the Sea of Japan,” the 82-year-old Korean War veteran from South Charleston explained. “I...
Local veterans hit the road with Honor Flight
Jack Sullivan, 82, a retired doctor from South Charleston and a Korean War veteran who served in a MASH unit, boards an Honor Flight RV Friday morning at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8673 on Leffel Lane for a free trip to Washington, D.C., to see his war memorial. Andrew McGinn/Staff

10:00 PM Friday, Sep. 27, 2013

Jack Sullivan, 82, a retired doctor from South Charleston and a Korean War veteran who served in a MASH unit, boards an Honor Flight RV Friday morning at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8673 on Leffel Lane for a free trip to Washington, D.C., to see his war memorial. Andrew McGinn/Staff
Union Club subject of new state investigation
 A well-known local social club has until Oct. 4 to deliver a list of documents to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine as part of a new investigation by the state into alleged financial issues. The letter sent late last week to trustees of the Union Club of Springfield — an organization whose charitable giving and vast membership during...

2:45 AM Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013

A well-known local social club has until Oct. 4 to deliver a list of documents to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine as part of a new investigation by the state into alleged financial issues. The letter sent late last week to trustees of the Union Club of Springfield — an organization whose charitable giving and vast membership during...
Veterans not always aware of benefits
 When the director of admissions at Eaglewood Village tells families the price of assisted living for an elderly parent, they sometimes look discouraged. But Nancy Lacey then asks if the parent served in the military during wartime or was married to someone who did — because the federal pension they’re entitled to often makes the...

1:54 AM Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013

When the director of admissions at Eaglewood Village tells families the price of assisted living for an elderly parent, they sometimes look discouraged. But Nancy Lacey then asks if the parent served in the military during wartime or was married to someone who did — because the federal pension they’re entitled to often makes the...
New store caters to ghost hunters
 The owner of a new downtown business specializing in ghost hunting equipment has a confident long-term market outlook. “As long as people are dying,” Darin Hough explained, “people are going to have an interest in it.” But, there’s actually no better time to open a store like Ghost Hunting Source — arguably...

8:17 PM Friday, Sep. 20, 2013

The owner of a new downtown business specializing in ghost hunting equipment has a confident long-term market outlook. “As long as people are dying,” Darin Hough explained, “people are going to have an interest in it.” But, there’s actually no better time to open a store like Ghost Hunting Source — arguably...
Drones flying high at Farm Science Review
 The Federal Aviation Administration currently doesn’t allow drones to fly over cornfields searching for patches of blight, but likely will soon — sparking an industry that’s predicted to generate more than $82.1 billion within the first decade. Farmers and ag enthusiasts on Tuesday at the annual Farm Science Review in Madison...

4:05 AM Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration currently doesn’t allow drones to fly over cornfields searching for patches of blight, but likely will soon — sparking an industry that’s predicted to generate more than $82.1 billion within the first decade. Farmers and ag enthusiasts on Tuesday at the annual Farm Science Review in Madison...
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