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Springfield native living clean, successful after prison, addiction
 Springfield native Jeff Childress began using drugs when he was 12 years old — and he never stopped. He didn’t know as a pre-teen it would lead him to prison twice and homelessness. “Basically, it was a loss of everything,” Childress said. “Living skills reduced to the animal level.” Childress has been...

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Springfield native Jeff Childress began using drugs when he was 12 years old — and he never stopped. He didn’t know as a pre-teen it would lead him to prison twice and homelessness. “Basically, it was a loss of everything,” Childress said. “Living skills reduced to the animal level.” Childress has been...
Springfield ex-addicts: Recovery possible
 About 160 people have died from drug overdoses in Clark County since the beginning of 2016 but many more have escaped addiction’s grasp. In Springfield, hundreds of addicts have found their way to local treatment facilities and programs to live a better life. This month, those addicts celebrate recovery as part of National Recovery...

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About 160 people have died from drug overdoses in Clark County since the beginning of 2016 but many more have escaped addiction’s grasp. In Springfield, hundreds of addicts have found their way to local treatment facilities and programs to live a better life. This month, those addicts celebrate recovery as part of National Recovery...
‘Perfect’ Springfield couple battles addictions, finds recovery
 In 2014, Springfield residents Abby and Eli Glaser and their five children were pictured on a billboard for a local organization promoting healthy relationships. At home, however, the family struggled as Eli Glaser battled a prescription pill addiction and depression that saw him blow through the family’s finances. He tried to get clean...

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In 2014, Springfield residents Abby and Eli Glaser and their five children were pictured on a billboard for a local organization promoting healthy relationships. At home, however, the family struggled as Eli Glaser battled a prescription pill addiction and depression that saw him blow through the family’s finances. He tried to get clean...
More prevention needed to curb opioid epidemic in Springfield
 More prevention and community education is needed to curb the opioid epidemic that has led to more than 160 deaths in Clark County and Springfield in the last two years, local leaders told residents on Tuesday afternoon. MORE: New program seeks to reach Clark County overdose patients, save lives About 50 people attended a community forum...

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More prevention and community education is needed to curb the opioid epidemic that has led to more than 160 deaths in Clark County and Springfield in the last two years, local leaders told residents on Tuesday afternoon. MORE: New program seeks to reach Clark County overdose patients, save lives About 50 people attended a community forum...
Springfield man accused of picking up child from school drunk
 A Springfield man faces child endangering charges after he allegedly attempted to pick up a child from school while drunk. Christopher C. Hill, 28, of 1727 Highland Ave., pleaded not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. Bond was set at $1,000. He also faces one charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. RELATED: Springfield...

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A Springfield man faces child endangering charges after he allegedly attempted to pick up a child from school while drunk. Christopher C. Hill, 28, of 1727 Highland Ave., pleaded not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. Bond was set at $1,000. He also faces one charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. RELATED: Springfield...
Springfield man indicted, accused of snorting drugs in police cruiser
 A Springfield man accused of snorting drugs in the back of a police cruiser last month has been indicted on multiple drug charges. Brandon D. Bess, 30, of 817 Timberview Drive, was indicted by the Clark County grand jury on Monday and charged with one count of possession of cocaine and aggravated possession of drugs. RELATED: Springfield...

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A Springfield man accused of snorting drugs in the back of a police cruiser last month has been indicted on multiple drug charges. Brandon D. Bess, 30, of 817 Timberview Drive, was indicted by the Clark County grand jury on Monday and charged with one count of possession of cocaine and aggravated possession of drugs. RELATED: Springfield...
Springfield coalition to host community forum on opiates
 The Clark County Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Support Coalition will host a community forum to discuss the opiate epidemic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at United Senior Services, 125 W. Main St. The event will be an open discussion that will include local professionals and a person in recovery. The message is often spread...

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The Clark County Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Support Coalition will host a community forum to discuss the opiate epidemic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at United Senior Services, 125 W. Main St. The event will be an open discussion that will include local professionals and a person in recovery. The message is often spread...
Late field goal lifts Rams past Indians, ending Mechanicsburg streak
 Long before its season began, the Greeneview High School football team circled Sept. 15 on its calendar — a Week 4 trip to Mechanicsburg. No player inside the Rams’ locker room had ever beaten the perennial Ohio Heritage Conference powerhouse. No other team had beaten the Indians in a regular season game since 2014 — until...

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Long before its season began, the Greeneview High School football team circled Sept. 15 on its calendar — a Week 4 trip to Mechanicsburg. No player inside the Rams’ locker room had ever beaten the perennial Ohio Heritage Conference powerhouse. No other team had beaten the Indians in a regular season game since 2014 — until...
Census: Fewer Clark County residents living in poverty
 Fewer Clark County residents are living below the poverty line over the last five years as the median household income has increased, according U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today. However, the county still has one of the lowest median household incomes in southwest Ohio. About 20,400 people in Clark County were living below the...

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Fewer Clark County residents are living below the poverty line over the last five years as the median household income has increased, according U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today. However, the county still has one of the lowest median household incomes in southwest Ohio. About 20,400 people in Clark County were living below the...
Springfield women allegedly took food stamps from special needs person
 A Clark County grand jury has indicted two Springfield women who have been accused of taking food stamps from a special needs individual. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of leaving 2 children alone in dirty home Lavenna S. Taylor, 40, and Kaylee J. Lucero, 23, were indicted Monday on charges of illegal use of food stamps, a fifth-degree...

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A Clark County grand jury has indicted two Springfield women who have been accused of taking food stamps from a special needs individual. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of leaving 2 children alone in dirty home Lavenna S. Taylor, 40, and Kaylee J. Lucero, 23, were indicted Monday on charges of illegal use of food stamps, a fifth-degree...
Springfield man accused of leaving 2 children alone in dirty home
 A Springfield man faces multiple child endangering charges after he allegedly left his children alone in a dirty home. Timothy L. Rice, 27, plead not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday. Bond was set at $1,000. MORE CRIME: Springfield man allegedly found with carfentanil in vehicle Rice was also served an outstanding warrant...

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A Springfield man faces multiple child endangering charges after he allegedly left his children alone in a dirty home. Timothy L. Rice, 27, plead not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday. Bond was set at $1,000. MORE CRIME: Springfield man allegedly found with carfentanil in vehicle Rice was also served an outstanding warrant...
NTPRD to host outdoor movie night Saturday at Veterans Park
 The National Trail Parks and Recreation District will be hosting an Outdoor Movie Night on Sept. 16 at the Veterans Park amphitheater. MORE: Springfield brewery taps beer with local grains, expands Oktoberfest The movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be shown starting at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m. The outdoor...

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The National Trail Parks and Recreation District will be hosting an Outdoor Movie Night on Sept. 16 at the Veterans Park amphitheater. MORE: Springfield brewery taps beer with local grains, expands Oktoberfest The movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be shown starting at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m. The outdoor...
Springfield brewery taps beer with local grains, expands Oktoberfest
 A seasonal, limited-time beer and an additional weekend of Oktoberfest are both on tap this month at Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. The Springfield brewery will be releasing its Wet Hop Pale Ale — with nearly all Ohio-based ingredients — at 5 p.m. Wednesday at its tap room at 109 W. North St. “They’re very time...

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A seasonal, limited-time beer and an additional weekend of Oktoberfest are both on tap this month at Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. The Springfield brewery will be releasing its Wet Hop Pale Ale — with nearly all Ohio-based ingredients — at 5 p.m. Wednesday at its tap room at 109 W. North St. “They’re very time...
Springfield natives hunker down, evacuate during Hurricane Irma
 Some Springfield natives living in Florida sheltered in place during Hurricane Irma, which killed at least one person in the United States and more than 30 in the Caribbean over the weekend. However others — including a Clark County native living in the Florida Keys — were forced to evacuate from their homes. The storm engulfed...

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Some Springfield natives living in Florida sheltered in place during Hurricane Irma, which killed at least one person in the United States and more than 30 in the Caribbean over the weekend. However others — including a Clark County native living in the Florida Keys — were forced to evacuate from their homes. The storm engulfed...
Springfield man allegedly found with carfentanil in vehicle
 A Springfield man is facing driving under the influence charges after a K-9 officer allegedly found carfentanil in his vehicle in August. MORE CRIME: 3 things to know about the Clark County officer-involved shooting Johnathan W. Adams, 28, plead not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Friday. Adams was stopped by a Clark County...

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A Springfield man is facing driving under the influence charges after a K-9 officer allegedly found carfentanil in his vehicle in August. MORE CRIME: 3 things to know about the Clark County officer-involved shooting Johnathan W. Adams, 28, plead not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Friday. Adams was stopped by a Clark County...
Clark County to move 9-1-1 dispatchers, could become combined center
 Clark County will move its emergency 9-1-1 dispatchers to the Springview Government Center, which could house a countywide dispatch center in the future, county officials said The county began accepting requests for proposals last week for a consultant who will oversee the creation of a countywide 9-1-1 dispatch center at Springview at 3130...

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Clark County will move its emergency 9-1-1 dispatchers to the Springview Government Center, which could house a countywide dispatch center in the future, county officials said The county began accepting requests for proposals last week for a consultant who will oversee the creation of a countywide 9-1-1 dispatch center at Springview at 3130...
New Carlisle unhappy with local split of state money
 The Clark County Budget Commission has approved the formula for local government funding from the state for the next three years but New Carlisle city leaders aren’t happy with the way the money is split. The commission — which consists of Clark County Auditor John Federer, Clark County Treasurer Steve Metzger and Clark County...

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The Clark County Budget Commission has approved the formula for local government funding from the state for the next three years but New Carlisle city leaders aren’t happy with the way the money is split. The commission — which consists of Clark County Auditor John Federer, Clark County Treasurer Steve Metzger and Clark County...
Clark County officially splits with Humane Society
 Clark County commissioners have formally split with the Humane Society Serving Clark County, canceling its contract as of Aug. 31. Clark County opened its own animal shelter on Sept. 1 after the local humane society said it wouldn’t be able to continue its contract to house stray and lost dogs for the county dog wardens. RELATED: Clark...

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Clark County commissioners have formally split with the Humane Society Serving Clark County, canceling its contract as of Aug. 31. Clark County opened its own animal shelter on Sept. 1 after the local humane society said it wouldn’t be able to continue its contract to house stray and lost dogs for the county dog wardens. RELATED: Clark...
Springfield beats Lima Senior; 3-0 for first time since merger
 The Springfield High School football team accomplished something it hadn’t done since North and South merged back in 2008 — start the season with three straight victories. RELATED: High School Football: 5 things to know about the Springfield Wildcats Springfield survived six turnovers to improve to 3-0, beating Lima Senior 19-17...

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The Springfield High School football team accomplished something it hadn’t done since North and South merged back in 2008 — start the season with three straight victories. RELATED: High School Football: 5 things to know about the Springfield Wildcats Springfield survived six turnovers to improve to 3-0, beating Lima Senior 19-17...
Springfield gas station employee injured trying to stop robbery
 A Springfield gas station employee was injured while attempting to stop a robbery Thursday. RELATED: Springfield man allegedly assaults hospital staff, attempts to flee A man walked into the BP at 2112 W. Main St. at about 5:30 p.m. and walked directly to the beer cooler. He allegedly took a 12-pack of Corona and walked back to his car, according...

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A Springfield gas station employee was injured while attempting to stop a robbery Thursday. RELATED: Springfield man allegedly assaults hospital staff, attempts to flee A man walked into the BP at 2112 W. Main St. at about 5:30 p.m. and walked directly to the beer cooler. He allegedly took a 12-pack of Corona and walked back to his car, according...
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