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Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio
 People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 could face a $500 fine if a bill proposed by a state lawmaker becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said sponsor Sen. Charletta Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe...

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People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 could face a $500 fine if a bill proposed by a state lawmaker becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said sponsor Sen. Charletta Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe...
Clark County population continues to decline, reaches 50-year low
 Clark County’s population dropped by more than 1,000 residents last year to its lowest level in more than five decades. Creating more jobs will be key to reversing that and bringing people back to Clark County, local leaders and residents said. As of last July, Clark County’s population is estimated at 134,786 people, the lowest...

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Clark County’s population dropped by more than 1,000 residents last year to its lowest level in more than five decades. Creating more jobs will be key to reversing that and bringing people back to Clark County, local leaders and residents said. As of last July, Clark County’s population is estimated at 134,786 people, the lowest...
Addicts who overdose could face charges if they don’t ask for help
 The message to Clark County drug users is simple: Get help for your addictions or face criminal charges. Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson is seeking to combat the opioid epidemic in the area.  “It’s just absolutely unbelievable,” Wilson said. “We can’t continue to let people just walk in and out free...

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The message to Clark County drug users is simple: Get help for your addictions or face criminal charges. Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson is seeking to combat the opioid epidemic in the area.  “It’s just absolutely unbelievable,” Wilson said. “We can’t continue to let people just walk in and out free...
More development may be coming to busy Springfield shopping corridor
 More retail and restaurants could be coming to one of the last remaining undeveloped lots in Springfield’s busiest shopping corridor. Powell, Ohio-based developer North Bechtle Square I Investments — which recently developed the area north of Walmart that includes a new Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree and IHOP — has asked city...

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More retail and restaurants could be coming to one of the last remaining undeveloped lots in Springfield’s busiest shopping corridor. Powell, Ohio-based developer North Bechtle Square I Investments — which recently developed the area north of Walmart that includes a new Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree and IHOP — has asked city...
Clark County to charge addicts who OD and don’t seek treatment
 Clark County residents who overdose on opioids may face drug possession charges if they don’t seek treatment, according to a new policy from the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor Andy Wilson and local law enforcement officials met last week to discuss how to combat the opioid epidemic, which has caused city and county...

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Clark County residents who overdose on opioids may face drug possession charges if they don’t seek treatment, according to a new policy from the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor Andy Wilson and local law enforcement officials met last week to discuss how to combat the opioid epidemic, which has caused city and county...
Demand for, debate over Narcan soars in Springfield
 Theresa Arnold can’t imagine a world without naloxone, a world where her daughter doesn’t survive. The Springfield resident watched as her daughter was revived after overdosing on opioids in front of her while seeking treatment at a local clinic in January — the second time she had overdosed in three days. Without the revival...

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Theresa Arnold can’t imagine a world without naloxone, a world where her daughter doesn’t survive. The Springfield resident watched as her daughter was revived after overdosing on opioids in front of her while seeking treatment at a local clinic in January — the second time she had overdosed in three days. Without the revival...
Former Clark County director says she was forced to resign
 A former Clark County director says she was forced to resign after being placed on administrative leave earlier this month. Kim Deniston, the county’s Director of Information Systems since 1998, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation on March 3, according to a letter from Clark County Administrator Jenny...

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A former Clark County director says she was forced to resign after being placed on administrative leave earlier this month. Kim Deniston, the county’s Director of Information Systems since 1998, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation on March 3, according to a letter from Clark County Administrator Jenny...
$9.3M senior apartments at old Springfield hospital site delayed
 Construction of a long-planned $9.3 million senior housing development at the former Community Hospital site has been delayed two months due to issues with state tax credits. The Community Gardens senior apartments — an 86-unit affordable senior housing development planned on the 11.5-acre site at the corner of High Street and Burnett...

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Construction of a long-planned $9.3 million senior housing development at the former Community Hospital site has been delayed two months due to issues with state tax credits. The Community Gardens senior apartments — an 86-unit affordable senior housing development planned on the 11.5-acre site at the corner of High Street and Burnett...
Springfield leader wants lifetime warranty on hazardous waste cleanup
 City Commissioner Kevin O’Neill wants a “lifetime warranty” that hazardous waste from the Tremont City Barrel Fill site in northern Clark County won’t affect Springfield’s drinking water. After years of advocating for an extensive, $56 million cleanup plan, community activists are now backing a new version of...

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City Commissioner Kevin O’Neill wants a “lifetime warranty” that hazardous waste from the Tremont City Barrel Fill site in northern Clark County won’t affect Springfield’s drinking water. After years of advocating for an extensive, $56 million cleanup plan, community activists are now backing a new version of...
$10M in Clark County road projects planned
 Clark County residents will have a chance next month to review nearly $10 million worth of traffic improvement projects planned over the next four years. The federal money will be available to local governments between 2018 and 2021 as part of the Transportation Improvement Program, Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee...

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Clark County residents will have a chance next month to review nearly $10 million worth of traffic improvement projects planned over the next four years. The federal money will be available to local governments between 2018 and 2021 as part of the Transportation Improvement Program, Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee...
Man appears to OD at Clark County Municipal Court
 A man appeared to have overdosed at the Clark County Municipal Court on Friday morning while waiting to appear in court, according to bailiffs. The unidentified man was found unconscious in the third floor hallway as he was waiting to be arraigned, Chief Bailiff Nate VanZant said. “He had all the signs of not having a heartbeat or a...

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A man appeared to have overdosed at the Clark County Municipal Court on Friday morning while waiting to appear in court, according to bailiffs. The unidentified man was found unconscious in the third floor hallway as he was waiting to be arraigned, Chief Bailiff Nate VanZant said. “He had all the signs of not having a heartbeat or a...
Springfield High to install $908K turf, keep football on south end
 Springfield High School’s athletic fields will have a new playing surface later this year — a move that will likely keep football games on the south end of the city. The Springfield City School District will spend about $908,000 in permanent improvement money to add synthetic field turf to both Evans Stadium, 1700 Clifton Ave...

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Springfield High School’s athletic fields will have a new playing surface later this year — a move that will likely keep football games on the south end of the city. The Springfield City School District will spend about $908,000 in permanent improvement money to add synthetic field turf to both Evans Stadium, 1700 Clifton Ave...
New Carlisle wants to evict family’s 100-pound pet pig
 A New Carlisle family has a 100-pound, pot-bellied pig as a beloved pet but city officials said she must go. Olive is owned by the Hedrick family and has lived with them for two years. But recently a neighbor complained about the pig and city officials sent Hedrick a letter telling them they had to get Olive out of their home. “She&rsquo...

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A New Carlisle family has a 100-pound, pot-bellied pig as a beloved pet but city officials said she must go. Olive is owned by the Hedrick family and has lived with them for two years. But recently a neighbor complained about the pig and city officials sent Hedrick a letter telling them they had to get Olive out of their home. “She&rsquo...
Study: Fewer lanes can improve safety on Derr Road
 A $1.8 million project to eliminate one lane of traffic on Derr Road will reduce crashes and speeds on the heavily trafficked roadway, according to a consultant’s study. The project — which includes $1.5 million in federal money and $300,000 in city matching funds — will convert Derr Road from four lanes to three between...

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A $1.8 million project to eliminate one lane of traffic on Derr Road will reduce crashes and speeds on the heavily trafficked roadway, according to a consultant’s study. The project — which includes $1.5 million in federal money and $300,000 in city matching funds — will convert Derr Road from four lanes to three between...
First female Wittenberg science prof leaves $2.3M to university
 The first female science professor at Wittenberg University has left $2.3 million from her estate to the school, which will be used to fund summer internships for biology students. Elizabeth “Betty” Powelson died in May 2015 at the age of 91. Her gift will go to supporting the biology department, fund the Elizabeth Powelson Endowed...

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The first female science professor at Wittenberg University has left $2.3 million from her estate to the school, which will be used to fund summer internships for biology students. Elizabeth “Betty” Powelson died in May 2015 at the age of 91. Her gift will go to supporting the biology department, fund the Elizabeth Powelson Endowed...
Springfield union upset with move to ‘lower the standard’ for hiring
 The city of Springfield lowered the passing grade for its most recent written civil service test given to firefighter applicants, a move the firefighters union called insulting and said lowers hiring standards. The cutoff line was reduced for this test only because the city has seen such a drop in applicants, Springfield Personnel Director...

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The city of Springfield lowered the passing grade for its most recent written civil service test given to firefighter applicants, a move the firefighters union called insulting and said lowers hiring standards. The cutoff line was reduced for this test only because the city has seen such a drop in applicants, Springfield Personnel Director...
Clark County to set priorities for future projects
 Clark County commissioners will begin a strategic planing process this year, which could include discussing several major projects such as the combined 9-1-1 dispatch center and moving more services to the Springview Government Center. The county spent $3,000 to hire Columbus-based consultant Murphy Epson to facilitate the plan later this...

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Clark County commissioners will begin a strategic planing process this year, which could include discussing several major projects such as the combined 9-1-1 dispatch center and moving more services to the Springview Government Center. The county spent $3,000 to hire Columbus-based consultant Murphy Epson to facilitate the plan later this...
Clark County Fair, CTC students team up to build safer fire barn
 The Clark County Fairgrounds is building a new fire barn for the Springfield Twp. fire department with help from students at the Springfield-Clark Career Technical Center. The old fire barn was becoming unsafe, Clark County Fairgrounds Executive Director Dean Blair said. After consulting with Springfield Twp. Fire Chief John Roeder, they...

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The Clark County Fairgrounds is building a new fire barn for the Springfield Twp. fire department with help from students at the Springfield-Clark Career Technical Center. The old fire barn was becoming unsafe, Clark County Fairgrounds Executive Director Dean Blair said. After consulting with Springfield Twp. Fire Chief John Roeder, they...
$104K grant will repair 24 homes in Clark County
 A $104,000 state grant will allow a local nonprofit housing organization to make repairs to 24 homes in Springfield and Clark County. Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield received the grant earlier this year from the Ohio Development Services Agency as part of the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. RELATED: Historic downtown Springfield...

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A $104,000 state grant will allow a local nonprofit housing organization to make repairs to 24 homes in Springfield and Clark County. Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield received the grant earlier this year from the Ohio Development Services Agency as part of the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. RELATED: Historic downtown Springfield...
Residents ask Clark County commissioners to defund Planned Parenthood
 A group of Clark County residents again asked county commissioners to eliminate local funding to Planned Parenthood, an organization one of the residents compared to ISIS. But the women’s reproductive health clinic said no one does more than Planned Parenthood to prevent abortions. In July 2015, a split commission voted in favor of...

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A group of Clark County residents again asked county commissioners to eliminate local funding to Planned Parenthood, an organization one of the residents compared to ISIS. But the women’s reproductive health clinic said no one does more than Planned Parenthood to prevent abortions. In July 2015, a split commission voted in favor of...
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