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Springfield Museum of Art: It was a good year
 From the monumental to the not-so-huge, the Springfield Museum of Art, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, has had quite a year. The museum is completing its second year under the direction of Executive Director Ann Fortescue, who has infused the organization with innovation and energy to reach those goals. The biggest hurdle...

5:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

From the monumental to the not-so-huge, the Springfield Museum of Art, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, has had quite a year. The museum is completing its second year under the direction of Executive Director Ann Fortescue, who has infused the organization with innovation and energy to reach those goals. The biggest hurdle...
Holiday event to honor woman of distinction

4:30 AM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

This year’s Zonta Club of Springfield’s annual holiday auction will be an event of firsts. The event will at 6 p.m. today at the Courtyard by Marriott. A local chapter of Zonta International, the group has been quietly working to improve the lives of women and girls in Clark County and around the world for 60 years. So far, more...
Tenth tour highlights local history

2:25 AM Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

After a decade of sharing his love of Springfield’s architecture via the Holiday, Hymns and Holly Tour, Kevin Rose has finally seen the light. The sunlight, that is. The tour, normally in the evening, will be in the afternoon to highlight the stained and painted glass windows at three historic churches. The event will be Saturday, starting...
Lots of local holiday events on tap

3:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012

Holiday in the City is just the beginning of an exciting and festive December, which is filled with a variety of events in Springfield. Several area organizations are planning unique celebrations for the holiday season. For a more complete listing, go to center-city.org. Highlights of the upcoming events next month include: •Ohio Plein...
Holiday pageant participants compete for scholarship
 The Miss Holiday in the City pageant was resurrected three years ago as a scholarship competition open to area high school seniors after being absent from the downtown celebration for many years. This year’s event will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in the auditorium at United Senior Services Center, 101 S. Fountain Ave. Applicants must...

2:30 AM Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012

The Miss Holiday in the City pageant was resurrected three years ago as a scholarship competition open to area high school seniors after being absent from the downtown celebration for many years. This year’s event will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in the auditorium at United Senior Services Center, 101 S. Fountain Ave. Applicants must...
14th annual Holiday in the City features GPS scavenger hunt

9:00 PM Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

The season for holiday fun is upon us and thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers, Springfield residents and visitors from around the globe will once again enjoy Holiday in the City. Now in its 14th year, the event promises to delight with some familiar favorites and surprise with some new additions. The fireworks display and Santa&rsquo...
Santa Land a treat for all ages

8:00 PM Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

Santa Land isn’t exclusively for the younger than 10 set. In fact, creator Rick Benning believes everyone in town should take the nostalgic walk through the exhibit as they ponder what they would like from the man with the bag. Benning is an owner at Ambience, 320 W. Main St., a company that creates original visual elements and props...
Bushnell tenants host holiday activities for kids

2:22 PM Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

During Holiday in the City, children’s activities will be held on the ground level of the Bushnell building. The event will be hosted by the building’s owners, Jim and Nike Lagos, and the Early Childhood Learning Center at Clark State Community College. “We hosted the event for the first time last year and decided we needed...
Fire chief volunteers for love of holiday spirit
 When Holiday in the City was revitalized a few years ago, the addition of a fireworks show required the services of then Fire Marshal Nick Heimlich. “I got started principally with other city officials to appropriately navigate public safety,” he said. “But after doing this for a while, you get hooked into the holiday spirit...

2:18 PM Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

When Holiday in the City was revitalized a few years ago, the addition of a fireworks show required the services of then Fire Marshal Nick Heimlich. “I got started principally with other city officials to appropriately navigate public safety,” he said. “But after doing this for a while, you get hooked into the holiday spirit...
5K walk to support American Cancer Society

3:29 PM Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

For Julie Rinehart, working to beat breast cancer is personal. In 2007, the American Cancer Society’s income development representative for Clark and Greene counties lost her mother to the disease. She has also helped her paternal grandmother through her bout with the disease, which will affect about one in eight women. In Clark County...
CultureFest celebrates Springfield’s diversity

4:00 AM Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012

In 1984, Newsweek magazine touted Springfield as the “All-American City.” And while that was a grand accolade, there is a cultural diversity within Clark County that residents decided deserved even more celebration, so CultureFest was born almost two decades ago. CultureFest 2012 is tomorrow from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on the City...
How antiques show earns its international rep
 If Steve Jenkins has his way, then the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market will be around long enough to be considered an antique itself. An area mainstay for more than 35 years, the event is held at the Clark County fairgrounds many times throughout the year, with the larger antiques extravaganza and vintage marketplace held in May...

4:00 AM Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012

If Steve Jenkins has his way, then the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market will be around long enough to be considered an antique itself. An area mainstay for more than 35 years, the event is held at the Clark County fairgrounds many times throughout the year, with the larger antiques extravaganza and vintage marketplace held in May...
Arts Council turns from big summer fest to Broadway

4:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 09, 2012

This year’s Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival was a hit, and even though it’s barely over, the organization is knee-deep in its next challenge, the 2012-13 Broadway and Beyond series. “This year’s festival was more than we’d hoped for,” said Chris Moore, executive director at the arts...
Arts Fest will bow out strong with ‘Hairspray’

4:00 AM Thursday, Jul. 19, 2012

The 2012 Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival comes to a close this weekend with a long-standing fest tradition, the annual musical. “Hairspray,” based on the John Waters film, rounds out the season. The Art Council’s marketing and communications director, Tim Rowe, says that for as many years as he can...
Censured director’s wife bids to open funeral home

12:57 AM Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — While Porter-Qualls Funeral Home and its former director are facing license suspensions, competition from a former employee is preparing to open just down the street. The funeral home at 823 S. Yellow Springs St., which was opened in 1958 by Dennis L. Porter, was recently informed by the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral...
License suspensions issued for funeral home and former director

3:56 PM Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Porter-Qualls Funeral Home and a former funeral director for the business have had their licenses suspended by the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors for what the board has deemed “immoral or unprofessional conduct...knowingly permitt(ing) an unlicensed person, other than a person serving an apprenticeship...
Gov. Strickland ‘hopeful’ Navistar jobs will be retained

1:11 AM Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — As negotiations between United Auto Workers union and Navistar International Corp. take place, Gov. Ted Strickland stopped in Springfield to talk to potential voters about job retention and loss in the area. The governor stopped at the United Auto Workers Local 402 union hall on Urbana Road Tuesday, Aug. 24, to address...
Pan for record-breaking pumpkin pie made here

8:53 PM Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — While most manufacturing businesses have experienced a decline over the past months, one area shop is doing well, mostly because they’re hungry. Well, OK, and it certainly helps that the rest of us are hungry. Arctech Fabricating Inc., a certified welding facility offering TIG and MIG welding at 1317 Lagonda Ave...
Trutech Industries to expand Springfield facility

9:58 PM Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — A local heat treating company has announced it will expand its facility to accommodate increased sales and to provide better long-term support to its customers. Trutech Industries’ Springfield facility, 4700 Gateway Blvd. inside PrimeOhio Industrial Park, will add a new 55,000 square-foot building to its existing...
Navistar launches website to track negotiations

12:26 AM Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Navistar International Corp. has launched a website to help interested parties keep track of upcoming contract negotiations between the company and the United Auto Workers union. On Monday, August 16, the company unveiled the website — available at navistar.com/negotiations — which will offer “big...
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