Bridgette Outten

Bridgette is responsible for covering Clark County government and agencies. She joined the News-Sun staff in July of 2007 and was assigned to the townships and villages beat. She moved to the county beat in October that year.Bridgette regularly covers all Clark County government offices as well as the Board of Elections, Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee, Job and Family Services of Clark County, Clark County Public Library, Humane Society of Clark County and Clark County Park District.Bridgette also writes features about interesting people and programs in the community, such as Clark County Deaf Community and the Red Cross Clark County chapter.This year, she received an Honorable Mention from the Associated Press Society of Ohio for her coverage of the county's 2007 revaluation. A Chicago native, Bridgette has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas Southern University in Houston. She currently lives in Springfield. 

Latest from Bridgette Outten

Teary-eyed teen bids farewell to champion steer

12:49 AM Saturday, Jul. 31, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — It appeared to be a bittersweet moment for 13-year-old Michaela Palmer as she stood with her steer, Chance, at Clark County Fair’s cattle auction Friday, July 30. The fair ended its week of competition, events and food on Friday. Palmer and 1,325-pound Chance went all the way to the top, with the title of overall...
Cow gives birth, then wins grand champion in her class

3:11 AM Friday, Jul. 30, 2010

Bailey Powell’s dairy cow, Joyce, had a busy few days last week. Joyce gave birth to a female calf, Jordan, on July 23, the day the Clark County Fair started, said Powell, 12, on Thursday, July 29. Rather than leave the baby calf behind and risk her mother “freaking out,” Powell packed up the calf and brought her out with...
Champion hogs bring teen owners pride, prize money

2:40 AM Friday, Jul. 30, 2010

A last-minute decision put Trey Cooper’s barrow, Big Hoss, in the competition that started the 270-pound hog toward the title of overall grand champion. “We almost put the hog in the open class, which means he wouldn’t compete in the real show,” Cooper, 15, admitted Thursday, July 29. “We didn’t think he...
Ten Commandments monument will be reset Wednesday morning

7:34 PM Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — A monument bearing the Ten Commandments will be reset in front of the Clark County Common Pleas court Wednesday morning, July 28, according to officials with the Clark County Sheriff’s office. The monument will be erected at 7 a.m. Wednesday, said Sheriff Gene Kelly. A deputy will block one lane of traffic on Limestone...
Winner credits fresh lemons for top finish

4:49 AM Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — There are apparently at least 15 ways to make lemon bars from the same recipe. It was the task of judges at the Clark County Fair Dish of Day lemon bar contest to decide which of those 15 entries was the best Monday, July 26. “Regardless of whether it’s the same recipe followed, there are always differences...
Families enjoy exchange of their culture and faith

4:47 AM Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — “The heart of good ol’ family” fun at the Clark County Fair has gone international. Members of the North Hampton Community Church are hosting the Rev. Filadelfo Alquisiras Martinez and his family of Bucerias, Mexico, until Aug. 2. The hosts took their visitors to the fair Monday, July 26. The family arrived...
Fair food: Little pizzas are the judges’ choice

2:43 AM Monday, Jul. 26, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Paul Thibeault thinks it may have been the bacon. That’s the ingredient the 12-year-old cook said probably got his little pizzas awarded the blue ribbon at the Clark County Fair’s Dish of the Day youth contest Sunday, July 25. The concept is simple — little pizzas on bread — that won over...
Property value issues deep

1:37 AM Sunday, Jul. 25, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — A report conducted earlier this year shows the Clark County Auditor’s Office has applied more than 47,000 overrides and adjustments to property values since 2007. The report, which cost the auditor’s office $3,480, concluded all of the property value adjustments must be removed if the county’s 2013...
Property value changes coming

1:35 AM Sunday, Jul. 25, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Two years ago, a former Clark County Auditor’s Office employee, Lynn Marshall, criticized his boss, county Auditor George Sodders and his office’s handling of the 2007 countywide property revaluation. He said inconsistencies in the revaluation process, which the county paid $1.2 million to conduct, stemmed...
Fair expects attendance to pick up despite heat

2:40 AM Saturday, Jul. 24, 2010

Public attendance at the Clark County Fair got off to a sluggish start Friday, July 23, which officials attribute partly to the heat and partly to the fact the first day is typically a little slow. “It probably will pick up when it gets a little cooler,” fairgrounds director Allan Hess said Friday afternoon. “But the first...
Girls give bird’s eye view with creative fair book cover
 SPRINGFIELD — The two young artists who designed this year’s cover of the Clark County Fair wanted it to be a bit more creative than past years. Kendall DeWine, 14, and Katie Cassell, 13, of the Stitch and Bake Kids 4-H Club decided to sketch and color a bird’s eye view of the fair. The Ferris wheel, food stands selling...

8:44 PM Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — The two young artists who designed this year’s cover of the Clark County Fair wanted it to be a bit more creative than past years. Kendall DeWine, 14, and Katie Cassell, 13, of the Stitch and Bake Kids 4-H Club decided to sketch and color a bird’s eye view of the fair. The Ferris wheel, food stands selling...