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Springfield residents react, protest Trump’s inauguration
 Some local residents watched Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump with enthusiasm. Others said they were worried, and marched in protest. Some, attending the event in Washington, said they were just glad to be part of an important American event. Springfield High School teacher Zach Raines and a group of three students watched...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Some local residents watched Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump with enthusiasm. Others said they were worried, and marched in protest. Some, attending the event in Washington, said they were just glad to be part of an important American event. Springfield High School teacher Zach Raines and a group of three students watched...
Residents to protest Trump in downtown Springfield on Inauguration Day
 A demonstration will be held downtown Friday by residents who say the want to demand inclusion from President-Elect Donald Trump on his Inauguration Day. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday on two corners of City Hall Plaza — the southeast corner at Limestone and High streets and northwest corner at Fountain Avenue and Main...

Posted: a day ago

A demonstration will be held downtown Friday by residents who say the want to demand inclusion from President-Elect Donald Trump on his Inauguration Day. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday on two corners of City Hall Plaza — the southeast corner at Limestone and High streets and northwest corner at Fountain Avenue and Main...
Clark County approves $178M budget, raises
 Clark County commissioners approved a $178 million budget for this year, including raises for its non-union employees. About $425,000 was cut from the county’s general fund budget due to a projected loss of about $1 million in sales taxes due to changes from the federal government. The budget was unanimously approved Wednesday. The...

Posted: 2 days ago

Clark County commissioners approved a $178 million budget for this year, including raises for its non-union employees. About $425,000 was cut from the county’s general fund budget due to a projected loss of about $1 million in sales taxes due to changes from the federal government. The budget was unanimously approved Wednesday. The...
Clark County drug overdoses double in 24-hour spike
 Clark County has seen a spike in opioid-related drug overdoses this week — double what’s typically seen — in just a 24-hour period, according to local health leaders. The Clark County Combined Health District sent an alert to other county agencies that the emergency department at Springfield Regional Medical Center has seen...

Posted: 2 days ago

Clark County has seen a spike in opioid-related drug overdoses this week — double what’s typically seen — in just a 24-hour period, according to local health leaders. The Clark County Combined Health District sent an alert to other county agencies that the emergency department at Springfield Regional Medical Center has seen...
Springfield income tax increase goes back to the polls in May
 Springfield residents will vote again on an income tax increase this spring, months after a similar proposal was rejected at the polls. City commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to put the increase back on the ballot. Both supporters and opponents of the proposal spoke out about it at their meeting in City Hall Forum. The 5½-year...

Posted: 3 days ago

Springfield residents will vote again on an income tax increase this spring, months after a similar proposal was rejected at the polls. City commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to put the increase back on the ballot. Both supporters and opponents of the proposal spoke out about it at their meeting in City Hall Forum. The 5½-year...
TCC may partner with Champaign, Logan planning commission
 A Clark County transporation planning organization may be expanding its services into Champaign and Logan counties. The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee will be performing a $20,000 planning feasibility study to provide services for the Logan-Union-Champaign Regional Planning Commission. The study is being paid...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Clark County transporation planning organization may be expanding its services into Champaign and Logan counties. The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee will be performing a $20,000 planning feasibility study to provide services for the Logan-Union-Champaign Regional Planning Commission. The study is being paid...
Advocates: New law could improve blight, including in Springfield
 Ohio has enacted the nation’s first statewide ban on mortgage lenders using plywood to board up vacant structures, which some local officials hope will help disguise and stop the spread of abandoned homes and blight. Plywood covers the doors and windows of thousands of empty structures across southwest Ohio — including in Springfield...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio has enacted the nation’s first statewide ban on mortgage lenders using plywood to board up vacant structures, which some local officials hope will help disguise and stop the spread of abandoned homes and blight. Plywood covers the doors and windows of thousands of empty structures across southwest Ohio — including in Springfield...
Clark County to buy old armory, possible site for new hotel
 Clark County’s deal to purchase the Ohio National Guard Armory site for $125,000 site is expected to be finalized in the next two to three months — which could lead to new development near one of the county’s largest tourism generators. Ohio Department of Administrative Services officials verbally approved the deal last...

Posted: 5 days ago

Clark County’s deal to purchase the Ohio National Guard Armory site for $125,000 site is expected to be finalized in the next two to three months — which could lead to new development near one of the county’s largest tourism generators. Ohio Department of Administrative Services officials verbally approved the deal last...
Springfield commission to vote to go back on ballot with tax increase
 Springfield city commissioners will likely vote whether to place an income tax increase back on the ballot this spring, just months after a similar proposal was rejected at the polls. City staff members have recommended commissioners approve placing a 5½-year income tax increase on the May 2 primary ballot. The income tax rate in Springfield...

Posted: 7 days ago

Springfield city commissioners will likely vote whether to place an income tax increase back on the ballot this spring, just months after a similar proposal was rejected at the polls. City staff members have recommended commissioners approve placing a 5½-year income tax increase on the May 2 primary ballot. The income tax rate in Springfield...
Clark County board approves South Limestone Street corridor study
 A study recommending $12 million in improvements to a two-mile stretch of South Limestone Street was approved by a local transportation planning committee. The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee unanimously approved the proposal on Friday, which calls for several changes, including a mini-roundabout at the Grand...

Posted: 7 days ago

A study recommending $12 million in improvements to a two-mile stretch of South Limestone Street was approved by a local transportation planning committee. The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee unanimously approved the proposal on Friday, which calls for several changes, including a mini-roundabout at the Grand...
Busy Springfield corridor could get $12M in improvements
 More than $12 million in improvements have been recommended for the two-mile South Limestone Street corridor, including a mini-roundabout at the Grand Avenue intersection, wider sidewalks and more landscaping. The proposal includes widening the street between South Limestone and John streets, as well as realigning the intersection at Spring...

Posted: 8 days ago

More than $12 million in improvements have been recommended for the two-mile South Limestone Street corridor, including a mini-roundabout at the Grand Avenue intersection, wider sidewalks and more landscaping. The proposal includes widening the street between South Limestone and John streets, as well as realigning the intersection at Spring...
Clark County’s $178M budget includes raises, repair projects
 Clark County’s proposed $178 million budget for this year include raises, as well nearly $425,000 in cuts as it faces a loss of about $1 million in sales taxes due to changes from the federal government. Personnel cuts could be examined in 2018 as the county prepares for a total annual loss of about $3 million in sales tax. The county...

Posted: 9 days ago

Clark County’s proposed $178 million budget for this year include raises, as well nearly $425,000 in cuts as it faces a loss of about $1 million in sales taxes due to changes from the federal government. Personnel cuts could be examined in 2018 as the county prepares for a total annual loss of about $3 million in sales tax. The county...
Clark County, Springfield still mulling combined dispatch center
 Clark County and the city of Springfield will continue discussions this year about a countywide combined dispatch center to enhance emergency services and improve public safety. The county currently spends about $1.4 million and the city about $1.5 million annually to operate separate 9-1-1 centers. The combined dispatch center was a hot...

Posted: 18 days ago

Clark County and the city of Springfield will continue discussions this year about a countywide combined dispatch center to enhance emergency services and improve public safety. The county currently spends about $1.4 million and the city about $1.5 million annually to operate separate 9-1-1 centers. The combined dispatch center was a hot...
Officials, union leaders in Springfield debate longevity pay

Posted: 20 days ago

Some city commissioners believe the city of Springfield should examine eliminating $750,000 in longevity payments to employees to balance its budget, but city staff and union leaders say it could affect retention in critical areas, such as police and fire services. Springfield has offered longevity benefits as part of its employees compensation...
Springfield may go back on ballot with .4-percent income tax increase
 The city of Springfield may ask voters for a .4-percent income tax increase next spring, two months after a similar proposal was rejected at the polls. Springfield City Manager Jim Bodenmiller is recommending commissioners approve placing a temporary, 5½-year, .4-percent income tax increase on the May 2 primary ballot. The income tax...

Posted: 21 days ago

The city of Springfield may ask voters for a .4-percent income tax increase next spring, two months after a similar proposal was rejected at the polls. Springfield City Manager Jim Bodenmiller is recommending commissioners approve placing a temporary, 5½-year, .4-percent income tax increase on the May 2 primary ballot. The income tax...
New Carlisle man charged with child porn was youth football coach
 UPDATE @5:52 a.m. The Park Layne Wee Arrows Football and Cheerleading Board of Directors has released the following statement: “The organization was unaware of the former member’s prior history and record with the law. As a non-profit organization, we are not required by law to obtain background checks of our members or volunteers...

Posted: 22 days ago

UPDATE @5:52 a.m. The Park Layne Wee Arrows Football and Cheerleading Board of Directors has released the following statement: “The organization was unaware of the former member’s prior history and record with the law. As a non-profit organization, we are not required by law to obtain background checks of our members or volunteers...
Deal keeps Springfield golf open, park board member questions terms
 Springfield city commissioners have approved an agreement with a new private operator to take over management of Reid Park Golf Course next season. However one National Trail Parks and Recreation District board member believes the management company is getting “a sweetheart deal.” Reid Park Limited, a local private operator run...

Posted: 25 days ago

Springfield city commissioners have approved an agreement with a new private operator to take over management of Reid Park Golf Course next season. However one National Trail Parks and Recreation District board member believes the management company is getting “a sweetheart deal.” Reid Park Limited, a local private operator run...
Springfield, Clark County work to shed unhealthy image
 Springfield was named the least healthy city in Ohio one year ago by a national website and since then Clark County leaders have worked to shed that image. Their efforts have included proposed policy changes, improved infrastructure and increased programming. The community must better that image for Springfield and Clark County to be successful...

Posted: 27 days ago

Springfield was named the least healthy city in Ohio one year ago by a national website and since then Clark County leaders have worked to shed that image. Their efforts have included proposed policy changes, improved infrastructure and increased programming. The community must better that image for Springfield and Clark County to be successful...
Clark County’s ‘biggest ambassador’ to step down after 20 years
 Clark County Commissioner John Detrick will retire this week from a political career that spanned 20 years and five terms in office. Detrick’s last commission meeting will be held Thursday and his last day in office will be Dec. 31. He was first elected in 1996 and won five straight terms before deciding to retire last year. The Republican...

Posted: 28 days ago

Clark County Commissioner John Detrick will retire this week from a political career that spanned 20 years and five terms in office. Detrick’s last commission meeting will be held Thursday and his last day in office will be Dec. 31. He was first elected in 1996 and won five straight terms before deciding to retire last year. The Republican...
Springfield’s 2017 fitness challenge: lose weight, do good, help kids
 A local non-profit organization is holding a weight loss challenge for the second straight year to raise money for its annual peace camp. The Springfield Peace Center is holding its second Health and Fitness Challenge, a fitness challenge open to the public that is sponsors along with several area partners, including local fitness centers...

Posted: 28 days ago

A local non-profit organization is holding a weight loss challenge for the second straight year to raise money for its annual peace camp. The Springfield Peace Center is holding its second Health and Fitness Challenge, a fitness challenge open to the public that is sponsors along with several area partners, including local fitness centers...
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