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Mark McGregor

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In 2006: Man, wife drown in Stillwater River

5:09 PM Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

  Authorities say a longtime Five Rivers MetroParks employee and his wife drowned Christmas Day when they either fell or were swept away by fast currents into the Stillwater River between a low dam and Englewood Dam. Sgt. Mike Lang of the Englewood Police Department said the family — a husband and his wife and two teenagers...
10 owners owed 60 percent of delinquent property tax
 Ten Clark County land owners owed nearly 60 percent of the more than $3.5 million in real estate taxes that were in tax foreclosure as of Sept. 10, but their parcels made up only about 13 percent of all delinquent parcels in the county. According to a Springfield News-Sun analysis of the more than 600 delinquent tax cases that were active...

8:33 PM Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013

Ten Clark County land owners owed nearly 60 percent of the more than $3.5 million in real estate taxes that were in tax foreclosure as of Sept. 10, but their parcels made up only about 13 percent of all delinquent parcels in the county. According to a Springfield News-Sun analysis of the more than 600 delinquent tax cases that were active...
Troubled mobile home park sold
 After years of EPA actions and fines, a defaulted loan and unpaid real estate taxes, and a court-appointed receivership, Brookside Mobile Home Park has a new owner that says it plans to make it a good place to live for its approximately 140 tenants. On Friday, SVMHP LLC (South Vienna Mobile Home Park), backed by a California-based investment...

11:40 PM Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013

After years of EPA actions and fines, a defaulted loan and unpaid real estate taxes, and a court-appointed receivership, Brookside Mobile Home Park has a new owner that says it plans to make it a good place to live for its approximately 140 tenants. On Friday, SVMHP LLC (South Vienna Mobile Home Park), backed by a California-based investment...
City schools seeks community input
 Springfield City Schools is again asking the community to engage the district as it revisits a Springfield High School priority plan developed a few years ago by community members. The plan, formally called the SHS Improvement Initiative, was first introduced during the 2009-10 school year and, this year, the district is inviting staff, students...

11:55 PM Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013

Springfield City Schools is again asking the community to engage the district as it revisits a Springfield High School priority plan developed a few years ago by community members. The plan, formally called the SHS Improvement Initiative, was first introduced during the 2009-10 school year and, this year, the district is inviting staff, students...
New Springfield charter school opening today
 A Springfield charter school board began classes today in a school with a new name and operator and in a new location, a move that came after the board of directors split in June with the previous school operator. Cliff Park High School, 821 N. Limestone St., expects to serve about 140 students ages 16-21 this year. It retained about of the...

4:05 AM Friday, Sep. 13, 2013

A Springfield charter school board began classes today in a school with a new name and operator and in a new location, a move that came after the board of directors split in June with the previous school operator. Cliff Park High School, 821 N. Limestone St., expects to serve about 140 students ages 16-21 this year. It retained about of the...
College readiness topic of series kick-off
 Springfield City Schools, along with several Miami Valley colleges and universities and a local non-profit, will kick off a free year-long seriesTuesday to help Clark County students and their families navigate getting into, and staying in college. The school district, Clark State and Sinclair community colleges, Central State, Wittenberg...

12:40 AM Sunday, Sep. 08, 2013

Springfield City Schools, along with several Miami Valley colleges and universities and a local non-profit, will kick off a free year-long seriesTuesday to help Clark County students and their families navigate getting into, and staying in college. The school district, Clark State and Sinclair community colleges, Central State, Wittenberg...
Greenon boosts STEM offerings for students
 STEM education has become such a vital part of secondary education that at least one local school district has introduced it into its core curriculum for some grade levels. Greenon Local Schools this year rolled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes into its seventh- and eighth-grade core subjects. The district also is...

11:00 PM Saturday, Sep. 07, 2013

STEM education has become such a vital part of secondary education that at least one local school district has introduced it into its core curriculum for some grade levels. Greenon Local Schools this year rolled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes into its seventh- and eighth-grade core subjects. The district also is...
State auditor honors city schools

12:55 AM Wednesday, Sep. 04, 2013

The Springfield City Schools’ treasurer’s office was recognized recently with the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for “outstanding financial reporting” — an award that last year was received by less than 3 percent of public agencies audited by the state. Two levels of awards are granted each year to school...
No As or Bs for local charters on state cards
 No charter school in Clark or Champaign counties received an A or B grade in any of the performance and progress measures under the state’s new school report card system. The new report cards were released last month for the 2012-13 school year. “There are not that many praiseworthy charter schools in the state of Ohio,&rdquo...

2:30 AM Tuesday, Sep. 03, 2013

No charter school in Clark or Champaign counties received an A or B grade in any of the performance and progress measures under the state’s new school report card system. The new report cards were released last month for the 2012-13 school year. “There are not that many praiseworthy charter schools in the state of Ohio,&rdquo...
Greenon, CTC reach busing agreement

11:05 PM Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013

A local school district agreed to purchase Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center’s bus fleet, then contract transportation services back to the CTC this school year — a move that’s expected to save the CTC about 13 percent in transportation costs, and increase district revenue. Greenon Local Schools agreed to purchase...
Hustead fire chief requests leave

8:45 PM Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

The Hustead Fire Department chief voluntarily took an unpaid leave of absence after he admitted he’d forgotten to renew his state firefighter certification three years ago. Chief William Young’s leave was unanimously accepted Tuesday night by Green and Mad River Twp. trustees who were present during the joint government meeting...