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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...
Gee lunches with STEM students
 Key state-level proponents of the new Global Impact STEM Academy were in town Wednesday to thank current financial backers and lunch with the inaugural class of about 50 ninth-graders during a donation presentation. E. Gordon Gee, former president of Ohio State University, and Sen. Chris Widener, R-Springfield, along with Global Impact administrators...

8:30 PM Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

Key state-level proponents of the new Global Impact STEM Academy were in town Wednesday to thank current financial backers and lunch with the inaugural class of about 50 ninth-graders during a donation presentation. E. Gordon Gee, former president of Ohio State University, and Sen. Chris Widener, R-Springfield, along with Global Impact administrators...
Traffic better at Springfield schools

2:00 AM Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

A $1.7 million traffic flow and parking lot expansion project this summer has relieved congestion and improved safety at several Springfield City Schools, according to district officials. “I got a lot of smiles and grins and waves from parents, and they were pleased with the improvements we had made,” Superintendent David Estrop...
New school standards in doubt

2:30 AM Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

At least three school districts in Clark and Champaign counties have invested time and money readying for the state’s adoption of the federal Common Core State Standards next school year, but the effort might have been wasted if proposed legislation yet again changes the course of Ohio’s education. Springfield City Schools, the...
School offers tech, safety
 Northwestern junior high and senior high students will return to classes Monday to improved technology, security and natural light as the district opens its new combined building. A pre-elementary/elementary school with a similar design and technology is expected to open in October. The $51 million building project will have the feel of a...

1:50 AM Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013

Northwestern junior high and senior high students will return to classes Monday to improved technology, security and natural light as the district opens its new combined building. A pre-elementary/elementary school with a similar design and technology is expected to open in October. The $51 million building project will have the feel of a...
Dayton march, gathering, marks 50th march anniversary

10:21 PM Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013

A diverse group of about 40 local pastors and community members gathered Saturday to remember the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and remind the Dayton community that issues of systemic racism are still prevalent today. Marchers gathered at downtown’s Dave Hall Plaza to hear speeches by community leaders, join in prayer...
Longtime attorney, former DAI chair dies

8:45 PM Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013

The personal attorney of the late Virginia Kettering and former chair of the Dayton Art Institute board, died Friday at Kettering Memorial Hospital. John Carleton Lombard - who served the Dayton community through numerous boards of directors, domestic violence victims as a volunteer lawyer, and children as a court advocate and through tutoring...
New school grades show lower scores

2:40 AM Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Local school districts’ learned Thursday how they fared in the state’s new report card system that measures student performance and progress, but the superintendent of the area’s largest district criticized the changes. A Springfield News-Sun analysis of available data showed the top districts in Clark and Champaign counties...
Deals shorter, easier for most Clark schools, unions

2:50 AM Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

Tighter budgets, the federal Affordable Care Act and the new teacher evaluation system have led to shorter contracts and less contentious negotiations between school districts and teacher unions, a state official said. Between May 2012 and June 2013, there were 55 teacher contracts finalized statewide, according to data provided by the Ohio...
STEM school opening excites student, parent
 A first-of-its kind bio-science high school in Springfield will start its inaugural year this week with a first-year enrollment of about 50 ninth-graders, its director said. Among those first-year students is Wesley Sizemore, 14, who was accepted to the Global Impact STEM Academy and will start classes Wednesday. Sizemore believes the education...

11:30 PM Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013

A first-of-its kind bio-science high school in Springfield will start its inaugural year this week with a first-year enrollment of about 50 ninth-graders, its director said. Among those first-year students is Wesley Sizemore, 14, who was accepted to the Global Impact STEM Academy and will start classes Wednesday. Sizemore believes the education...
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