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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...
More people using Clark County's 211 referral line

4:05 PM Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2010

The number of people using United Way’s 211 referral line has slightly increased over the past year, officials said Tuesday, July 20. The call center has received approximately 23,000, about 200 more calls this year over the same time period 2009, said Lin Wagner, director of community services for United Way. “It’s definitely...
Gravel pit proposal for Bethel Twp. is pulled

10:56 PM Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

A New Carlisle developer withdrew his application Monday, July 19 to operate a sand and gravel pit on 654 acres in Bethel Twp. James Gastineau, managing officer of Prestige Developers, LLC in a letter to the county’s community development department, asked officials to cancel a July 27 special meeting about the issue. Gastineau did...
Springfield mayor wants proposed county levy to fund the city’s parks

11:31 PM Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Clark County Park District officials know that they will need about $360,000 to continue operating the parks system. What they haven’t yet decided on is the best way to generate the money through a levy. The district’s commissioners had already approved a resolution to place a countywide 7-year, .153-mill levy...
Transportation group accepting applications for Citizen Advisory Committee

10:57 PM Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Local officials are inviting area residents who want to weigh in on transportation projects to join an advisory group. The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee is accepting applications for its soon-to-be-formed Citizen Advisory Committee until Aug. 31. An informational meeting for the committee...
Springfield's YMCA to be known as 'The Y'

12:13 AM Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — The national YMCA organization is changing its name to what people have been calling it for years: simply, the Y. The new branding strategy will trickle down to the Springfield YMCA, but local officials have five years to make the switch, said YMCA interim CEO Joseph Moormann. The current logo has been in place for 43...
New election filing deadline is Aug. 4

9:44 PM Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Changes to election deadlines went into effect this month, a move that won’t affect voters but will affect the filing deadline for local candidates. The new filing deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4. “We believe anyone interested in running would plan ahead and either contact the Board of Elections or...
Clark County projects $2M shortfall in 2011

1:40 AM Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Clark County’s 2011 preliminary tax budget still doesn’t hold much good news. A presentation by Assistant Clark County Administrator Nathan Kennedy Tuesday, July 13, showed more of what officials already know: revenues are declining and expenditures must be cut in order to have a balanced 2011 budget. &ldquo...
Electric aggregation headed back on ballot

1:35 AM Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — County officials will once again seek voter approval for electric aggregation and will put the issue on the November ballot. Officials met with Thomas Strup of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and Kirklan Mizerek of Palmer Energy Co. to discuss a possible consultation agreement. The measure failed with county...
St. Bernard’s ‘friendliness’ shines as it marks 150 years

2:54 AM Monday, Jul. 12, 2010

The celebratory mass that marked the St. Bernard Catholic Church 150th anniversary Sunday, July 11, was so full of people, peace and good will that it reminded one parishioner of a Christmas Eve service. “Everybody just loved it,” said Marilyn Hinderer, a St. Bernard member for 53 years. “It just felt like family,&rdquo...
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