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Pollinator habitat changes city park

12:55 AM Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013

A New Carlisle park that in years past amounted to an overgrown field got a new look this summer thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program established a habitat by installing plants attractive to pollinators at Bobo Park — at no cost to the city. And the installation makes...
New fire chief picked

12:05 AM Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

The chief of the New Carlisle Fire Division and deputy chief of the Wright-Patterson AFB Fire Emergency Services has accepted a position as chief of Mad River Twp.- Enon Fire Department. Meanwhile, the former fire chief has appealed his termination in Clark County Common Pleas Court. Tracy Young accepted the position left vacant by the termination...
New Carlisle councilman reprimanded

8:55 PM Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

A New Carlisle councilman has been reprimanded by fellow council members for an alleged “aggressive and discourteous” response to the city manager over a violation of the city’s campaign sign ordinance. Ethan Reynolds, who’s filed a petition to run for a seat on the Bethel Twp. Board of Trustees in November &mdash...
Clark homeschool leader pleased with new rules
 Home-schooled students in Clark and Champaign counties have new opportunities to participate in sports and other activities in their home district thanks to a new state law. But some local public school leaders have questions about how it might be Incorporated into their current policies and what the law, which technically takes effect Sept...

2:05 AM Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

Home-schooled students in Clark and Champaign counties have new opportunities to participate in sports and other activities in their home district thanks to a new state law. But some local public school leaders have questions about how it might be Incorporated into their current policies and what the law, which technically takes effect Sept...
Schools could share revenue

4:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013

A new Springfield city schools plan will offer high school students from other districts access to more specialized classes and, officials said, would create a better-educated workforce in the area. The school system’s plan, in essence, offers part-time instructional services by contracting with a student’s home district, which...
3 Clark school issues rejected
 Three Clark County school districts — Clark-Shawnee, Tecumseh and Northeastern — failed to win voter approval of requests for new money in Tuesday’s special election. All three had failed at previous attempts. The lone area district that passed its issue was West Liberty-Salem in Champaign and Logan counties. Voters rejected...

1:12 AM Wednesday, Aug. 07, 2013

Three Clark County school districts — Clark-Shawnee, Tecumseh and Northeastern — failed to win voter approval of requests for new money in Tuesday’s special election. All three had failed at previous attempts. The lone area district that passed its issue was West Liberty-Salem in Champaign and Logan counties. Voters rejected...
GED test costs set to triple

1:30 AM Monday, Aug. 05, 2013

The cost to take a high school equivalency diploma exam in Ohio will triple next year, and candidates who’ve passed some but not all sections will lose their prior scores — if they don’t finish remaining sections before the end of the year. Also, the last day for the Ohio Department of Education to receive an application...
Tremont City plans levies

12:00 AM Monday, Aug. 05, 2013

Tremont City Council plans to seek voter approval of a 6-mill street and sidewalk repair levy and a 7.5-mill police services levy, but it wasn’t known if they would be filed in time for the November election. The council doesn’t have another regular meeting scheduled until Aug. 12, six days after the filing deadline for November...
4 local districts seek new money

11:40 PM Saturday, Aug. 03, 2013

Four school districts in Clark and Champaign counties will learn if voters approved or rejected the new money they’ve requested for a variety of reasons after polls close Tuesday night. Polls for the Aug. 6 special election will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Clark-Shawnee, Northeastern and Tecumseh local school districts in Clark...
Board OKs Springfield school hires

11:10 PM Friday, Aug. 02, 2013

The Clark County Educational Services Center Governing Board unanimously approved several hires totaling about $1.3 million in payroll and benefits for Springfield City Schools at a special meeting Thursday. Dennis Shelton was approved as the district’s Race to the Top facilitator for one year, beginning Aug. 1, for nearly $53,000....
Taxes delinquent on 610 Clark properties
 The owners of nearly 610 Clark County properties are delinquent on their land taxes, according to recent data, and officials are dealing with a backlog in recouping those lost revenues through sheriff’s sales. A Clark County Treasurer’s land tax sale last week conducted by Sheriff Gene Kelly attempted to sell 71 parcels, on which...

12:30 AM Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013

The owners of nearly 610 Clark County properties are delinquent on their land taxes, according to recent data, and officials are dealing with a backlog in recouping those lost revenues through sheriff’s sales. A Clark County Treasurer’s land tax sale last week conducted by Sheriff Gene Kelly attempted to sell 71 parcels, on which...
More Ohioans need higher ed, leader says

1:50 AM Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013

Sixty percent of Ohioans should have some form of higher education in order to meet the projected education requirements for jobs in 2020, the new Ohio Board of Regents chancellor said here Monday. The Ohio rate is currently at 37 percent, John Carey said. Carey shared his 60 percent goal with local education and business officials Monday...
Tecumseh seeks new operating money for 10th time
 Tecumseh Local Schools will go back to voters next month in the hopes they’ll approve the first new operating money in 18 years, and avoid a potential state takeover later this year. The district is asking for 12.37 mills on the Aug. 6 ballot, which would bring in $3.5 million annually for five years. It’s the same levy voters...

4:00 AM Friday, Jul. 26, 2013

Tecumseh Local Schools will go back to voters next month in the hopes they’ll approve the first new operating money in 18 years, and avoid a potential state takeover later this year. The district is asking for 12.37 mills on the Aug. 6 ballot, which would bring in $3.5 million annually for five years. It’s the same levy voters...
Urbana armed robbery may be linked other robberies
 Urbana police are sharing information with several local agencies that have investigated armed robberies similar to a Wednesday night robbery in Urbana, its chief said. A man reportedly pointed a handgun at an employee of Lil’s Drive Thru, 636 Scioto St., Urbana, and demanded money about 8:30 p.m. “We have been in contact with...

7:28 PM Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013

Urbana police are sharing information with several local agencies that have investigated armed robberies similar to a Wednesday night robbery in Urbana, its chief said. A man reportedly pointed a handgun at an employee of Lil’s Drive Thru, 636 Scioto St., Urbana, and demanded money about 8:30 p.m. “We have been in contact with...
Northeastern seeks 1% earned income tax
 Northeastern Local Schools is asking voters to reconsider an additional 1 percent earned income tax next month that officials say will stop planned cuts and a projected cash deficit in two years. The Aug. 6 ballot issue is the same that voters defeated in November last year by less than 20 percent of the votes. The exact revenue generated...

4:00 AM Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013

Northeastern Local Schools is asking voters to reconsider an additional 1 percent earned income tax next month that officials say will stop planned cuts and a projected cash deficit in two years. The Aug. 6 ballot issue is the same that voters defeated in November last year by less than 20 percent of the votes. The exact revenue generated...
Village adds well field protections

6:04 PM Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013

The drinking water for about 7,000 residents in Western Clark County gained additional protections Tuesday night when Enon’s council unanimously adopted a Well Field Protection Overlay District. With the ordinance’s passage, the village administrative officer can regulate and enforce future land uses — and the amounts of...
Area unemployment increased in June

4:00 AM Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013

Unemployment in Clark and Champaign counties increased slightly in June over May this year, but decreased from a year ago, according to preliminary data from the state released Tuesday. Clark County’s lead jobs official couldn’t point to a specific reason for the uptick in unemployment, but said she wasn’t alarmed by the...
Shawnee schools seek second levy request
 Clark-Shawnee schools are going back to voters for the second time this year to ask for an additional property tax so the district can avoid a projected operating deficit and further cuts. The 10-year, 7.59 mills levy request on the Aug. 6 ballot is the same issue voters declined by only six votes in May. If passed, it will generate nearly...

9:12 PM Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013

Clark-Shawnee schools are going back to voters for the second time this year to ask for an additional property tax so the district can avoid a projected operating deficit and further cuts. The 10-year, 7.59 mills levy request on the Aug. 6 ballot is the same issue voters declined by only six votes in May. If passed, it will generate nearly...
Clark State to grow in Greene, Logan
 Clark State Community College increased enrollment nearly 75 percent since 2007, and leaders believe more growth is possible through locations in Greene and Logan counties and through programs focused on the area’s military ties. The college’s future initiatives will take shape through a new strategic action plan next year, Board...

3:00 AM Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013

Clark State Community College increased enrollment nearly 75 percent since 2007, and leaders believe more growth is possible through locations in Greene and Logan counties and through programs focused on the area’s military ties. The college’s future initiatives will take shape through a new strategic action plan next year, Board...
Clark State leader believes in potential
 Jo Alice Blondin believes that every student has potential and that every student can succeed. “I get really emotional about it, because I know when I was an undergraduate, I was told by a faculty member that I was stupid, and I’m not stupid,” the new Clark State Community College president said. Blondin went on to be an...

2:15 AM Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013

Jo Alice Blondin believes that every student has potential and that every student can succeed. “I get really emotional about it, because I know when I was an undergraduate, I was told by a faculty member that I was stupid, and I’m not stupid,” the new Clark State Community College president said. Blondin went on to be an...
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