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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...

Posted: 27 days ago

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...

Posted: 28 days ago

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...

Posted: 28 days ago

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...
Springfield extends medical marijuana moratorium
 Springfield leaders extended a temporary ban on new medical marijuana-related businesses in the city for five more months, although one local business owner objected. The original six-month moratorium was put in place last August, a few months after Gov. John Kasich signed a bill making cannabis legal for medical use under state law...

Posted: 29 days ago

Springfield leaders extended a temporary ban on new medical marijuana-related businesses in the city for five more months, although one local business owner objected. The original six-month moratorium was put in place last August, a few months after Gov. John Kasich signed a bill making cannabis legal for medical use under state law...
Pro-Trump group to host Springfield rally
 A pro-President Donald Trump rally will be held in Springfield on Saturday, March 4, as part of a self-described national grassroots organization’s efforts to support his policies. The rallies are being held across the U.S. by the Main Street Patriots group over the next two weeks to show support for President Trump’s “Contract...

7:45 PM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

A pro-President Donald Trump rally will be held in Springfield on Saturday, March 4, as part of a self-described national grassroots organization’s efforts to support his policies. The rallies are being held across the U.S. by the Main Street Patriots group over the next two weeks to show support for President Trump’s “Contract...
5 non-citizens registered to vote in Clark County, didn’t cast ballots
 Reviews of election data by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted found 821 non-citizens, including five in Clark County, have registered to vote in the state over the past five years — 126 of whom cast ballots. “Voter fraud exists. It’s rare. We hold people accountable when it happens. And we’re trying to build a better...

4:19 PM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Reviews of election data by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted found 821 non-citizens, including five in Clark County, have registered to vote in the state over the past five years — 126 of whom cast ballots. “Voter fraud exists. It’s rare. We hold people accountable when it happens. And we’re trying to build a better...
Bridge project will close portion of Old Columbus Road

2:00 PM Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

A portion of Old Columbus Road will be closed for the next few months for a bridge project. The $509,000 replacement will begin today and will be closed to through traffic until about mid-May, Clark County Engineer Jonathan Burr said. SOCIAL MEDIA: FOLLOW REPORTER MICHAEL COOPER ON FACEBOOK AND ...
Springfield police, fire struggling to recruit, retain employees
 The city of Springfield has struggled to recruit and retain police officers and firefighters in recent years, which city and union leaders say could lead to re-examining city hiring practices. At its civil service test for prospective firefighters in January of 2013, Springfield had 144 applications and 113 who took the exam, according to...

11:00 AM Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

The city of Springfield has struggled to recruit and retain police officers and firefighters in recent years, which city and union leaders say could lead to re-examining city hiring practices. At its civil service test for prospective firefighters in January of 2013, Springfield had 144 applications and 113 who took the exam, according to...
Clark County residents want jobs, more activities
 Higher-paying manufacturing jobs, curbing the opioid epidemic and more activities for young people are all ways Clark County can improve in the future, residents said as part of several long-term planning meetings held this week. Connect Clark County — a local group working to update the county’s land use plan for the first time...

9:46 PM Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Higher-paying manufacturing jobs, curbing the opioid epidemic and more activities for young people are all ways Clark County can improve in the future, residents said as part of several long-term planning meetings held this week. Connect Clark County — a local group working to update the county’s land use plan for the first time...
Extra space to allow Springfield Soup Kitchen to serve more people
 A local credit union has donated a building to the Springfield Soup Kitchen, which will create more space for its facility on West Main Street where it serves meals to the needy. The IH Credit Union recently merged with the former Robbins and Myers Credit Union after the manufacturer went out of business. Robbins and Myers left the area last...

3:05 PM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

A local credit union has donated a building to the Springfield Soup Kitchen, which will create more space for its facility on West Main Street where it serves meals to the needy. The IH Credit Union recently merged with the former Robbins and Myers Credit Union after the manufacturer went out of business. Robbins and Myers left the area last...
Clark County, Springfield ask where you want development to go
 Clark County residents will have a chance to share their vision for future development this week as as part of a $214,000 update to an 18-year-old land use plan. The Crossroads Comprehensive Plan — a long-term strategic vision used by the city and county as a road map for future transportation, housing and economic development projects...

11:00 AM Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

Clark County residents will have a chance to share their vision for future development this week as as part of a $214,000 update to an 18-year-old land use plan. The Crossroads Comprehensive Plan — a long-term strategic vision used by the city and county as a road map for future transportation, housing and economic development projects...
Clark County Fairgrounds moves forward with boat racing plans
 The Clark County Fairgrounds wants to move forward with its plan to host racing events at its 125-acre lake, which leaders say could draw thousands of tourists and millions of dollars in revenue to Springfield. The Springfield City Planning Board approved a re-zoning request this week to allow the 185-acre property on Laybourne Road to hold...

11:00 AM Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

The Clark County Fairgrounds wants to move forward with its plan to host racing events at its 125-acre lake, which leaders say could draw thousands of tourists and millions of dollars in revenue to Springfield. The Springfield City Planning Board approved a re-zoning request this week to allow the 185-acre property on Laybourne Road to hold...
Retailer files for bankruptcy, Upper Valley Mall store’s future unclear
 The Upper Valley Mall received a blow this week after MC Sports, a national retailer based in Michigan, filed for bankruptcy and said it will begin immediate liquidation sales at all stores. Company officials declined comment Wednesday afternoon and referred all questions to a news release. Officials at the Upper Valley Mall also didn&rsquo...

9:23 PM Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

The Upper Valley Mall received a blow this week after MC Sports, a national retailer based in Michigan, filed for bankruptcy and said it will begin immediate liquidation sales at all stores. Company officials declined comment Wednesday afternoon and referred all questions to a news release. Officials at the Upper Valley Mall also didn&rsquo...
Springfield hopes to save money on $250M plan to stop sewer overflows
 As a $23 million sewer project continues in Springfield, local and state environmental leaders are reviewing the city’s plan to determine what else must be done to eliminate overflows of raw sewage into area waterways. The city has already spent nearly $80 million on the federally mandated Combined Sewer Overflow project, designed to...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

As a $23 million sewer project continues in Springfield, local and state environmental leaders are reviewing the city’s plan to determine what else must be done to eliminate overflows of raw sewage into area waterways. The city has already spent nearly $80 million on the federally mandated Combined Sewer Overflow project, designed to...
Springfield leaders pledge support to Muslim and Sikh residents
 A proclamation of support for the Springfield Muslim and Sikh communities was presented by city commissioners on Tuesday night. “We are proud of our Muslim and Sikh brothers and sisters who are citizens of Springfield,” Mayor Warren Copeland said. “We’re glad you’re here and we’re grateful for what you...

3:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

A proclamation of support for the Springfield Muslim and Sikh communities was presented by city commissioners on Tuesday night. “We are proud of our Muslim and Sikh brothers and sisters who are citizens of Springfield,” Mayor Warren Copeland said. “We’re glad you’re here and we’re grateful for what you...
Flu spreading but may be losing steam as Clark County cases drop
 Overall flu activity and the number of flu-related hospitalizations continued to rise for the entire Miami Valley last week but dropped in Clark County. At least four children have died from flu-related complications in Ohio, according to the state health department. A 7-year-old boy from Columbiana County near Cleveland was the latest victim...

1:00 AM Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Overall flu activity and the number of flu-related hospitalizations continued to rise for the entire Miami Valley last week but dropped in Clark County. At least four children have died from flu-related complications in Ohio, according to the state health department. A 7-year-old boy from Columbiana County near Cleveland was the latest victim...
Four Springfield residents will vie for three commission seats
 Four Springfield residents — including two incumbents and two political newcomers — will vie for three seats on the city commission on the November ballot. The Clark County Board of Elections certified the ballots at Monday’s meeting – meaning incumbent commissioners Joyce Chilton and Dan Martin will compete against...

10:14 PM Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Four Springfield residents — including two incumbents and two political newcomers — will vie for three seats on the city commission on the November ballot. The Clark County Board of Elections certified the ballots at Monday’s meeting – meaning incumbent commissioners Joyce Chilton and Dan Martin will compete against...
$24M Clark County barrel fill clean-up plan may move forward
 Local elected officials and community activists are now backing a new version of a clean-up plan at the Tremont City Barrel Fill site in northern Clark County. After years of arguing over whether an extensive, $56 million cleanup plan will do the job, support is growing locally for a new plan that would cost an estimated $24 million Community...

11:00 AM Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Local elected officials and community activists are now backing a new version of a clean-up plan at the Tremont City Barrel Fill site in northern Clark County. After years of arguing over whether an extensive, $56 million cleanup plan will do the job, support is growing locally for a new plan that would cost an estimated $24 million Community...
Overdose epidemic spreads, strains Springfield first responders
 Veteran Springfield firefighter/paramedic Tristan Walker responded to a call on Feb. 3 to a familiar address on Perry Street — a young woman she’d revived from overdoses twice in December. Walker had advised her that she might not make it the next time — especially with nearby Fire Station No. 5 closing at the beginning...

11:00 AM Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

Veteran Springfield firefighter/paramedic Tristan Walker responded to a call on Feb. 3 to a familiar address on Perry Street — a young woman she’d revived from overdoses twice in December. Walker had advised her that she might not make it the next time — especially with nearby Fire Station No. 5 closing at the beginning...
Springfield police saw calls increase by 7 percent last , murders down
 The Springfield Police Division responded to more than 62,000 calls for service last year, an increase of about 7.5 percent from 2015. That’s an average of about 170 calls every 24 hours, Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said at Friday’s City Commission retreat at the City Service Center on Lagonda Avenue. Moody gave an update...

5:16 PM Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

The Springfield Police Division responded to more than 62,000 calls for service last year, an increase of about 7.5 percent from 2015. That’s an average of about 170 calls every 24 hours, Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said at Friday’s City Commission retreat at the City Service Center on Lagonda Avenue. Moody gave an update...
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