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Tom Stafford

Tom Stafford has worked at the News-Sun and lived in Springfield for 30 years, covering most of the newsroom beats. For 28 years he has written a weekly feature column and for about 15 years has explored the area's history in a weekly feature called Looking Back. A graduate of Wittenberg University, his personal interests include playing music, in-line skating on area bike trails and reading.

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Stafford: Updated takes on classic Christmas carols
 
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             Welcome to the annual Christmas carol column. More carols in a moment, but first, this breaking news. 
             Famous North Polesters Santa and Mrs. Claus, are busy trying to point out that their...

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Welcome to the annual Christmas carol column. More carols in a moment, but first, this breaking news. Famous North Polesters Santa and Mrs. Claus, are busy trying to point out that their...
Stafford: Never-ending presidential election drags on
 I’m 62 now. As best I can remember, the current presidential campaign started when I was 4, maybe 5. I place its beginning sometime around the birthday when I held a clothespin to my forehead and, leaning over, tried to drop it in the mouth of the glass milk bottle that sat on the basement floor. That was shortly after the day my parents...

5:14 PM Saturday, Sep. 24, 2016

I’m 62 now. As best I can remember, the current presidential campaign started when I was 4, maybe 5. I place its beginning sometime around the birthday when I held a clothespin to my forehead and, leaning over, tried to drop it in the mouth of the glass milk bottle that sat on the basement floor. That was shortly after the day my parents...
Springfield partnership shows promise for heroin-addicted moms, babies
 In 2015, the number of babies who went through methadone-aided withdrawal in the Birthing Center at Springfield Regional Medical Center doubled to 14. Through the end of August this year, that number stood at six — five of whom were in treatment to lower their dependency when they gave birth. The changes are largely the result of a...

8:00 PM Saturday, Sep. 10, 2016

In 2015, the number of babies who went through methadone-aided withdrawal in the Birthing Center at Springfield Regional Medical Center doubled to 14. Through the end of August this year, that number stood at six — five of whom were in treatment to lower their dependency when they gave birth. The changes are largely the result of a...
Springfield therapist: Moms who get clean ‘superheroes’
 When she felt solid in her own recovery, Kathy Maddy decided to dedicate her future to helping others to reclaim their lives as she had reclaimed hers. But, deep in her being, the McKinley Hall therapist knew there was one group of addicts she could never work with: Women who used drugs during their pregnancies. Maddy now calls some of those...

4:00 PM Saturday, Sep. 10, 2016

When she felt solid in her own recovery, Kathy Maddy decided to dedicate her future to helping others to reclaim their lives as she had reclaimed hers. But, deep in her being, the McKinley Hall therapist knew there was one group of addicts she could never work with: Women who used drugs during their pregnancies. Maddy now calls some of those...
Recovering Springfield heroin addicts piece lives together again
 About this series By the time they’re ready to endure a withdraw from heroin, addicts have lost so many possessions, burned so many bridges and spent so many endless days sacrificing everything to the altar of addiction that they’ve grown uncomfortably numb. Then during and right after withdrawal, things turn painful, said recovering...

10:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 03, 2016

About this series By the time they’re ready to endure a withdraw from heroin, addicts have lost so many possessions, burned so many bridges and spent so many endless days sacrificing everything to the altar of addiction that they’ve grown uncomfortably numb. Then during and right after withdrawal, things turn painful, said recovering...
Vivitrol helped Springfield woman break longtime addiction
 For 15 years, Jody Arnold’s most constant relationship was with opioids. She’d smoked weed and done other drugs since high school, finishing up her senior year with countless acid trips as she followed the Grateful Dead. All that led to her becoming a daily crack smoker and then IV heroin user, at least when she wasn’t in...

2:00 PM Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

For 15 years, Jody Arnold’s most constant relationship was with opioids. She’d smoked weed and done other drugs since high school, finishing up her senior year with countless acid trips as she followed the Grateful Dead. All that led to her becoming a daily crack smoker and then IV heroin user, at least when she wasn’t in...
Springfield clinic sees cautious hope in fight against heroin
 In the midst of an out-of-control heroin-fentanyl epidemic that killed twice as many as Clark Countians last year as the year before, McKinley Hall CEO Wendy Doolittle isn’t beginning to claim victory. But she does say that the “huge difference” she’s seen during the past year in clients treated with Vivitrol &mdash...

12:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

In the midst of an out-of-control heroin-fentanyl epidemic that killed twice as many as Clark Countians last year as the year before, McKinley Hall CEO Wendy Doolittle isn’t beginning to claim victory. But she does say that the “huge difference” she’s seen during the past year in clients treated with Vivitrol &mdash...
Stafford: Washington traffic likely to blame for political gridlock

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

I’ll know to look for it from now on. But the first time I spotted the sign along the right side of Connecticut Avenue saying “Use Two Lanes,” I was in the third of six lanes and had just avoided going grill-to-grill with a car headed in the opposite direction. As I slipped back into the safer second lane and narrowly avoided...
Stafford: Learning to appreciate life-long learning
 Many are taken aback by the idea of alternate universes. As regular readers of this column are well aware, I’ve been spending time in and out of my own alternate universe for years. Compared with the ones science fiction writers envision, mine isn’t particularly exciting. It’s more cluttered with what my wife calls &ldquo...

10:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016

Many are taken aback by the idea of alternate universes. As regular readers of this column are well aware, I’ve been spending time in and out of my own alternate universe for years. Compared with the ones science fiction writers envision, mine isn’t particularly exciting. It’s more cluttered with what my wife calls &ldquo...
Stafford: Historic North Hampton building home to new bakery
 In recent history, too many of the stops out-of-towners have made along Ohio 41 in this village were involuntary and left a bad taste in their mouths. Since the beginning of April, Shari Donnelly and Barb Carlson have worked long hours at their “It’s Your Party” bakery to change that attitude one muffin, cookie, crumb bar...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 30, 2016

In recent history, too many of the stops out-of-towners have made along Ohio 41 in this village were involuntary and left a bad taste in their mouths. Since the beginning of April, Shari Donnelly and Barb Carlson have worked long hours at their “It’s Your Party” bakery to change that attitude one muffin, cookie, crumb bar...