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Memorial Day travel: Expect slow traffic, high prices, good weather

Millions are expected to be on the road this Memorial Day weekend where traffic will be slow and gas prices high, but good weather is projected. Nearly 37 million travelers nationwide and 733,397 in Ohio will hit the road for the holiday weekend, according to AAA, and most will see gas prices around $3 a gallon. Memorial Day weekend is considered the beginning of the summer travel season and experts...


House OKs $182M Wright-Patt expansion, military pay raise

House OKs $182M Wright-Patt expansion, military pay raise

The House has passed a $717 billion defense policy bill that would give the military a 2.6 percent pay hike, the largest in nine years and allow for a major expansion at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The bill OKs a massive $182 million expansion of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at the base, one of the largest expansions in history. The bipartisan 351-66 vote sends the measure to...
What would proposed ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill in Ohio do?

What would proposed ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill in Ohio do?

Pro-gun rights lawmakers moved this week toward making Ohio a “stand your ground” state. House Bill 228 passed out of a House committee this week, even though Gov. John Kasich has threatened to veto the measure. Still, the bill has substantial support from House members with 38 co-sponsors. If and when it goes to the House floor, it will mark the first time a stand your ground measure...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED TUESDAY INCLUDED: Tammy R. Botkin, 36, of 459 Sherman Ave., falsification, guilty, 80 hours community service or 10 days jail; abandon animals, dismissed. Ricky E. Harber Jr., 35, of 2529 Woodside Ave., OVI amended to physical control, guilty, three days jail with three days suspended, administrative license suspension remains in effect, fined $375. Merry C. Keaton, 53, of 2573 Tecumseh...
Springfield standout: ‘It’s all about getting to state’

Springfield standout: ‘It’s all about getting to state’

Other than not getting off a legal jump in the Greater Western Ohio Conference meet two weeks ago, Springfield High School senior Quincy Scott had been unbeatable in the long jump. That changed in the first day of the Division I regional track and field meet at Wayne on Wednesday. The defending D-I state runner-up, Scott sank to third, the first time he hadn’t won this season other than the...
Man arrested after Clark County police pursuit pleads not guilty

Man arrested after Clark County police pursuit pleads not guilty

The man arrested after leading police on a pursuit through Clark County appeared in court Thursday and had a judge enter pleas of not guilty for him.  Municipal Court Judge Denise Moody entered the pleas for King Hurshel Jr. on charges of firearms possession, fleeing and eluding police officers and having weapons as a felon.  Judge Moody set bond at $12,500. According to initial reports...
School shootings: Mental health symptoms parents can watch out for

School shootings: Mental health symptoms parents can watch out for

In the wake of recent school shootings, parents should take the time to monitor their children for warning signs of mental illness, a local doctor said. Dr. Gregory Ramey, vice president for outpatient services and child psychologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital, told Miami Valley’s Morning News on AM 1290 and 95.7 WHIO in an interview today that mood disorders such as depression are...
Kroger just bought Home Chef: 5 other major changes to expect

Kroger just bought Home Chef: 5 other major changes to expect

Kroger Co. is buying Home Chef, the country’s largest private meal kit company, in deal that could reach $700 million, according to the Cincinnati-based grocery chain. The initial transaction price is $200 million and future payments of up to $500 million over five years are contingent on achieving certain sales goals, the company said. The pending merger comes on the heels of Home Chef&rsquo...
Trip home kept Springfield woman away from Texas school on day of deadly shooting

Trip home kept Springfield woman away from Texas school on day of deadly shooting

Lisa Truitt says May 18, 2018 is a day that’s burned into her mind. Her husband woke her up to tell her that the school she’d been a substitute at for the last three months had been the site of the country’s latest mass shooting. Truitt, a Springfield native and graduate of Northeastern High School, just recently moved to Bayou Vista, Texas, with her her husband and youngest daughter...
Xenia takes Greene county to court in bid to annex Central State

Xenia takes Greene county to court in bid to annex Central State

The city of Xenia has taken legal action against Greene County commissioners, asking a court to reverse their decision denying the city’s petition to annex land connected to Central State University. The city filed the complaint Wednesday with the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals and seeks a “writ of mandamus,” according to filings with the Greene County Clerk of Courts...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 18-CV-0262 — Wright-Patt Credit Union, Beavercreek, v. Carla R. Cantrell, Stout; Gina D. Boyd, 3026 Revels St.; and unknown heirs, devisees, grantees and assignees of Irene M. Cantrell, deceased; complaint in foreclosure for $20,796 for property located at 3026 Revels St. 18-CV-0263 — Specialized Loan Servicing LLC v. Kathy S. Burgstaller aka Kathy S. Shreve...
1 YEAR LATER: Rebuilding continues after 5 tornadoes hit Miami Valley

1 YEAR LATER: Rebuilding continues after 5 tornadoes hit Miami Valley

One year after five tornadoes hit in three counties across the Miami Valley, businesses are recovering and the Sunoco station in Park Layne is remembering the tornado outbreak by selling gas at the same price it was being sold for when a tornado hit the gas station. The Sunoco is selling gas for $2.39 a gallon Thursday. Five tornadoes hit the Miami Valley one year ago, including two in Clark County...
Kroger buys Home Chef in deal worth $700M; meal kits will be sold in stores, online

Kroger buys Home Chef in deal worth $700M; meal kits will be sold in stores, online

Kroger Co. is buying Home Chef, the country’s largest private meal kit company, in deal that could reach $700 million, according to the Cincinnati-based grocery chain. The initial transaction price is $200 million and future payments of up to $500 million over five years are contingent on achieving certain sales goals, the company said. The pending merger comes on the heels of Home Chef&rsquo...
Springfield pharmacy robber sentenced to 42 years in prison

Springfield pharmacy robber sentenced to 42 years in prison

Tyrez Boyd was sentenced to 42 years in prison for his role in a December robbery of a local pharmacy. A man convicted of robbing a local pharmacy and tying up its employees will be sentenced today on a number of felonies. Tyrez Boyd, 24, was found guilty by a jury on an aggravated robbery charge and six counts of kidnapping in Clark County Common Pleas Court. He is due in court today at 8:45 a.m...
Is your baby’s name on the list? Ohio’s hottest baby names in 2017

Is your baby’s name on the list? Ohio’s hottest baby names in 2017

The Social Security Administration announced the most popular baby names in Ohio for 2017. Liam and Emma topped the list. The five top boys and girls names last year in Ohio were: 1. Liam 2. Carter 3. Noah 4. William 5. Lucas For the girls: 1. Emma 2. Ava 3. Olivia 4. Harper 5. Charlotte You find out how popular your name is here. • With a harsh hurricane season expected, how do...
Springfield police investigating body found at local park as homicide

Springfield police investigating body found at local park as homicide

Springfield police confirmed they are investigating the death of a man found in a city park as a homicide but say they are not sure how events where the man lived in Huber Heights are connected. Cedric Holt, Jr., 34, of Huber Heights, was found dead in a vehicle at Virgil Mabra Park in Springfield on Tuesday morning. Holt had been a victim of crime in that park years earlier. Just before his body...
Wedding band, ring stolen in Springfield home burglary

Wedding band, ring stolen in Springfield home burglary

A Springfield woman reported to police Wednesday that someone had broken into her home and stolen jewelry, including a wedding band and a wedding ring. Springfield police began their investigation at around 4 p.m. when they were called to a home on the 1000 block of Summer Street in the city, according to a police report. MORE: Springfield crime: Sue’s Furniture Store reports burglary &ldquo...
Census data shows Springfield, Urbana populations stabilizing

Census data shows Springfield, Urbana populations stabilizing

Springfield’s population appears to have leveled off after close to a decade of slow, steady losses according to information released from the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday. Springfield actually added about 300 people between 2016 and 2017 a 0.5-percent increase, according to the latest census estimates. However, the city’s population is still down more than 1,300 people compared to 2010...
Clark Co. homeowner trying to kill weeds sets garage ablaze, fire officials say

Clark Co. homeowner trying to kill weeds sets garage ablaze, fire officials say

UPDATE @ 6:00 a.m: A homeowner attempting to kill weeds surrounding his garage with a torch, caused the entire garage to go up in flames, officials say. Springfield Twp. fire crews were dispatched to the 2000 block of Scioto Street around 4 a.m. on reports of a fully involved detached garage fire, per initial reports. The fire did not expose to the house and no injuries were reported.  Damage...
New bakery set to open downtown

New bakery set to open downtown

Downtown Springfield’s newest business has opened  Thursday morning, providing fresh cookies, cream horns and homemade bread at a recently renovated space on Fountain Avenue. Le Torte Dolci opened at 9 a.m., said Lisa Freeman, who owns the business with her husband Dan. The bakery is the most recent business to open along North Fountain Avenue, which already includes businesses like Winan&rsquo...
Heat, humidity to build this weekend

Heat, humidity to build this weekend

Clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures slowly dropping back through the 70s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Clear, mild tonight Heat builds Friday under sunshine Hot, humid with pop-up storms for holiday weekend Tonight: Skies will remain clear. Temperatures will drop into the lower 60s by daybreak. Friday: Expect another day with sunny skies...
Experts: Americans, borrowing more than ever, must learn to eliminate debt

Experts: Americans, borrowing more than ever, must learn to eliminate debt

With education costs and credit card balances higher in recent years, experts say you may have to make drastic changes to get a handle on your debt.  Matt Ingram, a finance lecturer at Wright State University, says Americans are borrowing more than ever.  "When the economy is growing and people feel stable in their jobs, they think it's going to continue forever so they tend to borrow...
Fight to lead Ohio House leads to accusations of threats, bullying

Fight to lead Ohio House leads to accusations of threats, bullying

The battle to pick an interim speaker of the Ohio House took a bizarre turn Wednesday as accusations were made about threats, bullying and extortion. State Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, who is vying to be speaker for the remainder of the two-year session and the next session starting in January, held an extraordinary press conference outside the House chamber accusing his opponent of intimidating staff...
Huber Heights resident found dead in Springfield park: What we know about him

Huber Heights resident found dead in Springfield park: What we know about him

Cedric Holt Jr., 34, was found dead at Virgil Mabra Park on Tuesday hours after he was last seen at his Huber Heights home, according to information two teens provided police. The teens, one of them Holt’s son, had been bound with zip-ties, according to police reports. RELATED: Death of Huber Heights man found in Springfield park ruled a homicide Springfield and Huber police continue their investigations...
Local groups to aid veterans confronting Alzheimer’s disease

Local groups to aid veterans confronting Alzheimer’s disease

Veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder face a higher chance of battling Alzheimer’s disease, research shows, and a new local partnership aims to help veterans and their families confronting the disease, organizers say. About 5.7 million Americans have the disease and that number could nearly triple within 30 years, according to Eric VanClymen, executive director...
Area woman worked with, knew Texas high school shooting victims

Area woman worked with, knew Texas high school shooting victims

A Springfield woman was a substitute at Santa Fe High School in Texas just before a mass shooter killed 10 people and injured 13 others.  Lisa Truitt was a teacher at South Vienna School in Clark County for 16 years before moving to Texas with her husband and youngest daughter.  She had been subbing in the Texas district for three months – both as teacher and receptionist.  Although...
U.S. Senate votes to expand health care options for veterans

U.S. Senate votes to expand health care options for veterans

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a VA Health bill Wednesday that would expand the private health care options for veterans, extending and streamlining the current VA Choice program and providing $5.2 billion for that program. Both Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman voted for the bill, which embraces increased flexibility, allowing veterans to seek private provider options if VA centers within...
Reports: Deputies pursue vehicle in Clark County

Reports: Deputies pursue vehicle in Clark County

We’re working to learn more about a reported pursuit in Clark County Wednesday afternoon.  Initial reports indicate the vehicle ran over stop sticks during the pursuit, that ended in the area of Ohio 4 and Moorefield Road around 3:05 p.m. Reports indicate one person was taken into custody, but those reports were not able to be confirmed through dispatchers. We’ll update this page...
Who won ‘Survivor’ season finale last night? 

Who won ‘Survivor’ season finale last night? 

A local woman competed to win $1 million last night on the finale of “Survivor: Ghost Island.” The season finale aired last night on CBS with Domenick, Wendell, Laurel, Angela, Donathan, and Sebastian competing for the final prize. Wendell Holland, 33, won the whole thing. He lives in Philadelphia and works as a furniture designer.  Angela Perkins...
Area greenhouse that supplies large grocers preparing to open, hiring 30

Area greenhouse that supplies large grocers preparing to open, hiring 30

A new greenhouse in the region that will sell produce in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati is about to start operations. BrightFarms said in a statement that the company is hiring 30 for its Wilmington greenhouse, which will grow greens, herbs and tomatoes year-round. BrightFarms produce is sold at major grocery chains like Wal-Mart and Kroger. The Irvington, N.Y.-based company markets its produce as...
Death of Huber Heights man found in Springfield park ruled a homicide

Death of Huber Heights man found in Springfield park ruled a homicide

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss Holt’s killing, Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf officially ruled Holt’s death a homicide. Graf also reached out to the public for help in the investigation. Holt was last seen alive about 11 p.m. Monday, so anyone who may have seen him after that time or came in contact with him should contact Springfield police investigators with...
New, updated voting machines could be coming for Ohio voters

New, updated voting machines could be coming for Ohio voters

A bill that would provide nearly $115 million to counties to help upgrade aging voting equipment, reimburse election boards for more recent machine purchases and set up a unified purchasing and leasing program through the Secretary of State passed a Statehouse panel Wednesday. The measure approved by the House Finance Committee already passed the Ohio Senate. It is in limbo for when the full House...
Gov. John Kasich to address graduates of Harvard Kennedy School

Gov. John Kasich to address graduates of Harvard Kennedy School

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is delivering the spring graduation address at the Harvard Kennedy School. The former presidential candidate addresses the school of government’s class of 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Wednesday. Kasich’s focus on national policy issues since losing his 2016 presidential bid has fueled speculation that he’s positioning himself to challenge President...
ACLU sues over Ohio’s congressional districts

ACLU sues over Ohio’s congressional districts

The ACLU has filed a constitutional challenge to Ohio’s congressional map, using Republican Gov. John Kasich’s statements opposing gerrymandering as ammunition. A suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati challenges district maps in effect through 2020 for “an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” that violates voters’ rights to democratically select...
Greenon students learn real-world economic lesson

Greenon students learn real-world economic lesson

Greenon eighth graders had a chance to learn more about finances recently when they took part in an educational experiment. Real Money Real World allows students to learn just how difficult it can be to manage money when responsibilities to family, work and government start to build, Kathy Goins, an extension educator said. POPULAR NEWS: About $1,500 in clothes, electronics stolen from Springfield...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 18-DP-0409 — Lisa Everhart, 312 N. Burnett Road v. Brian Trainer, 312 N. Burnett Road; petition for domestic violence civil protection order. 18-DR-0430 — Debra K. Friece, London v. Kenneth R. Friece, 3483 N. Urbana Lisbon Road, South Vienna; complaint for divorce. 18-CV-0257 — Robert H. Baker Jr., Riverside v. First Transit Inc., Cincinnati and Ohio...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED MONDAY INCLUDED: Aaron L. Baker, 46, of 603 S. York St., distribution/drugs, possession of drugs, dismissed - prosecutor request. Harley M. Beverly, 27, of 328 N. Race St., burglary, dismissed - prosecutor request. Terry J. Donohoe, 58, of Woodstock, OVI, failure to control, dismissed. Shane T. Wallace, 40, of 718 Innisfallen Ave., felonious assault/weapon, dismissed - prosecutor request...
Longtime Wright State administrator takes job at University of Houston

Longtime Wright State administrator takes job at University of Houston

A Wright State University administrator is leaving the school for a job down south. Steven Berberich, WSU associate provost for faculty and staff affairs, will leave Wright State on July 2 after being at the university for more than 30 years, according to an announcement made to campus via email. Berberich will become the senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Huston-Clear...
FBI raids home of former Ohio House Speaker Rosenberger

FBI raids home of former Ohio House Speaker Rosenberger

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s house in Clarksville and at a storage facility in Wilmington this morning. “We are conducting law enforcement activities in those areas,” said FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren. He declined further comment. Agents dressed in khakis and navy blue polo shirts and wearing gloves and...
Ohio college trustee removed from day job after telling woman to stay with abusive spouse

Ohio college trustee removed from day job after telling woman to stay with abusive spouse

A trustee at a local college was let go from his day job today as the president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary following controversial comments he made years ago. Paige Patterson, one of 28 members of Cedarville University’s board of trustees, has been removed from his post as the leader of the seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, according to a statement released this morning from...
About $1,500 in clothes, electronics stolen from Springfield home

About $1,500 in clothes, electronics stolen from Springfield home

Springfield police are investigating a burglary where about $1,500 in clothes and valuables were reported stolen. Police began their investigation Tuesday evening when they were called to a home on the 1100 block of Gable Street. They spoke with the resident of the home who said the suspect came in through a side door. “The suspect went through all her rooms and stole various items,” the...
Ex-Kenton Ridge teacher: ‘Living with myself has been very difficult’

Ex-Kenton Ridge teacher: ‘Living with myself has been very difficult’

A former Kenton Ridge teacher who pleaded guilty to two charges in connection with a fatal hit-and-run said in court she was sorry for killing a man with her car. Kristine Baggs who killed Lawrence “Larry” Mason, 45, of Medway, after hitting him with a vehicle and fleeing from the scene in September 2016, was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday. EARLIER: Troopers ask for help finding...
Sinclair to close Eaton and Austin Landing locations

Sinclair to close Eaton and Austin Landing locations

Sinclair Community College is planning to cease operations at its Preble County Learning Center and at an office at Austin Landing. The Preble County center in Eaton will be completely closed by August, according to a resolution approved by trustees and reviewed during a board meeting Tuesday. Sinclair leaders decided to close the learning center because of “sustainability concerns” that...
Ohio House to vote today on major school deregulation bill

Ohio House to vote today on major school deregulation bill

The Ohio House Education Committee is expected to vote this morning on a major school deregulation bill, with hopes of getting some changes enacted in time for next school year. The bill would change Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System, allow schools to go back to paper and pencil state tests for younger students, give more flexibility on teacher licensure requirements, and require middle class...
Talented QB prospect Jacob Zeno commits to Baylor

Talented QB prospect Jacob Zeno commits to Baylor

Jacob Zeno has committed to Baylor, according to a video he posted to his Twitter account. The recruit from John Jay (TX) high school has seen his stock soar in recent months. Currently, he’s the No. 14 ranked pro-style quarterback in the nation according to 247 Sports. He’s also Baylor’s first high-profile quarterback recruit in the class of 2019. Currently, he&rsquo...
Report: Auburn walk-on ruled ineligible due to cannabis oil prescribed for epilespy

Report: Auburn walk-on ruled ineligible due to cannabis oil prescribed for epilespy

Sometimes the NCAA’s decision making doesn’t make much sense. This is true in the case of C.J. Harris, a preferred walk-on at Auburn for this upcoming year. Due to suffering from epilepsy and the seizures the condition causes during high school, Harris, who played at Warner Robins HS in Georgia, was prescribed cannabis oil for his condition. That’s a no-no...
Morgan Freeman friend defends actor after misconduct allegations, speaks out against accusers

Morgan Freeman friend defends actor after misconduct allegations, speaks out against accusers

At least eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, according to a report from CNN. The women said the behavior happened on and off movie sets. >> Read more trending news  Freeman is an Academy Award-winning actor, but he's also a business owner in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Two blocks around the corner from Ground Zero, the blues club Morgan Freeman...
Arkansas QB commit KJ Jefferson promises top WRs are coming with him

Arkansas QB commit KJ Jefferson promises top WRs are coming with him

Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss a guarantee from quarterback commit KJ Jefferson and an upcoming decision date. Arkansas 2019 quarterback commit KJ Jefferson has shifted his focus to recruiting for the Hogs since announcing his pledge last week. ...
South Carolina recruiting: In-state CB ready for Gamecocks camp

South Carolina recruiting: In-state CB ready for Gamecocks camp

Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting.  For previous editions of SpursUp Surveillance, check out the link. Hilton Head (S.C.) High School cornerback Christian Miller...
Ohio State recruiting: The Opening Finals features long list of Buckeyes targets

Ohio State recruiting: The Opening Finals features long list of Buckeyes targets

Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes and a glimpse at what’s coming next. The steady stream of invitations to The Opening Finals continues around the country, and more Ohio State targets have booked their...
Fort Ancient, other Ohio sites step closer to World Heritage status

Fort Ancient, other Ohio sites step closer to World Heritage status

The Fort Ancient Earthworks in Warren County and other sites comprising Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are big step closer to being designated as World Heritage sites. RELATED: Lawmakers join push for World Heritage status “The U.S. Department of the Interior is scheduled to publish a notice in the Federal Register tomorrow inviting Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks as...
Police: Driver finds gun stuck in front of his car

Police: Driver finds gun stuck in front of his car

Police said a driver on I-5 saw a "black object" moving through the air and, when he pulled over miles later, near Lakewood, Washington, he found a gun stuck in the front of his car.  The driver continued for about 18 miles after the object struck his car, and then stopped for gas, Washington Trooper Guy Gill said.  Photos show a gun lodged into the front of the driver’s...
Linebacker Jahmar Brown joins 2019 South Carolina recruiting class

Linebacker Jahmar Brown joins 2019 South Carolina recruiting class

On Thursday night, 3-star linebacker Jahmar Brown confirmed to SEC Country that he is joining the 2019 South Carolina recruiting class. The Gamecocks’ 2019 haul now has commitments from 11 prospects, one of whom is Brown’s teammate at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 3-star center Vincent Murphy. South Carolina landed Brown...
Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans

Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans

Deer across North America are dying from a mysterious disease that gradually destroys the animal’s nervous system, and scientists are concerned that the infection could spread to humans.  >> Read more trending news  Chronic wasting disease — or “zombie deer disease” — was first observed in 1967 in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has since infected wild herds...
Ole Miss guard Terence Davis to return for senior season

Ole Miss guard Terence Davis to return for senior season

Although new himself, Kermit Davis will receive some help with more experience in the Ole Miss backcourt next season. Terence Davis announced Thursday he would return for his senior season in 2018 after testing the NBA Draft waters. “I had a fantastic learning experience from the NBA Draft process over the last four weeks. It’s made me a better player in preparation for my...
Report: Shareef O’Neal may not qualify academically for UCLA

Report: Shareef O’Neal may not qualify academically for UCLA

UCLA being able to steal Shareef O’Neal away from Arizona earlier this year only added to the already heated rivalry between the Pac-12 basketball powers. But all that effort to land the 4-star prospect (and son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal) may have been for naught. Per Tracy Pierson of BruinReportOnline, O’Neal is “trying to...
Relationship building helps Tennessee stand out to top prospects

Relationship building helps Tennessee stand out to top prospects

Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Check out previous editions  here . In this edition, we discuss Tennessee...
Teen charged in crash that killed 3, including a baby: ‘I never saw anyone coming’

Teen charged in crash that killed 3, including a baby: ‘I never saw anyone coming’

A metro Atlanta teenager who is charged in a crash that killed three people, including a 3-month-old baby, said she was looking at the road at the time of the deadly incident. >> Read more trending news  "I never saw anyone coming,” Zoe Reardon, 18, told WSB-TV. “My eyes were on the road,” she said. Reardon faces eight misdemeanor charges that include vehicular homicide...
Report: Mizzou AD apologizes to Dawn Staley, will settle lawsuit for $50,000

Report: Mizzou AD apologizes to Dawn Staley, will settle lawsuit for $50,000

The controversey between the South Carolina and Mizzou women’s basketball programs appears to be coming to a close. Mizzou Athletic Director Jim Sterk has apologized and will settle the lawsuit with Dawn Staley for $50,000, according to David Cloninger. The lawsuit was sparked by spitting allegations after a fight between the two programs during a game in January. ...
Here’s how Ohio State wants youth football coaches to teach tackling

Here’s how Ohio State wants youth football coaches to teach tackling

Alex Grinch had two big selling points as he laid out the tackling method Ohio State football has adopted in recent years.  Not only is the Buckeyes’ system safer, it is effective.  The latter is important, he noted to an audience of roughly 170 youth and high school coaches, because otherwise it won’t be used.  The former – safety – is key at a time when youth...
Linebacker Fotu Leiato dismissed from Oregon following April arrest

Linebacker Fotu Leiato dismissed from Oregon following April arrest

Senior linebacker Fotu Leiato, who was arrested in April after allegedly removing a parking boot from his vehicle, has been dismissed from Oregon’s football program. According to Matt Prehm of DuckTerritory.com, Leiato was removed from the team on April 26, one day after he was arrested on charges of theft, criminal trespassing, and criminal mischief. The charges stemmed...
Huskies football beats out Stanford in Academic Progress Rate

Huskies football beats out Stanford in Academic Progress Rate

The Washington Huskies football team excelled in the classroom. The Huskies football team reached an all-time high 986 multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score, per The Seattle Times’ Percy Allen. The 986 total is the highest score of any football team in the Pac-12. Washington’s football team ended a streak with the 986 score. It was the first time in APR’s 14-year...
Kroger just bought Home Chef for $200 million: 5 other major changes to expect

Kroger just bought Home Chef for $200 million: 5 other major changes to expect

Kroger Co. is buying Home Chef, the country’s largest private meal kit company, in deal that could reach $700 million, according to the Cincinnati-based grocery chain. >> Read more trending news  The initial transaction price is $200 million and future payments of up to $500 million over five years are contingent on achieving certain sales goals, the company said. The pending merger...
Family: 15-year-old’s skull fractured in ‘body slam’ by school security officer

Family: 15-year-old’s skull fractured in ‘body slam’ by school security officer

An Alabama teenager is recovering from a fractured skull that his family says he suffered Monday when a school resource officer at his high school “body-slammed” him headfirst onto concrete.  Steven Franklin, 15, of Huntsville, was left in the intensive care unit following the incident, which took place at Jemison High School, WHNT News 19 in Huntsville reported. Along with the...
CBS Sports: West Virginia’s Will Grier is nation’s No. 2 overall QB

CBS Sports: West Virginia’s Will Grier is nation’s No. 2 overall QB

Honors and accolades for West Virginia quarterback Will Grier are rolling in before his senior season. Add another to the list: on Thursday, CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval rated him as the second-best quarterback in the nation. Kercheval grouped college football’s starting quarterbacks into tiers. Grier was one of only three to make the top tier, which indicates...
Oklahoma baseball: Sooners knock out Texas at Big 12 tournament

Oklahoma baseball: Sooners knock out Texas at Big 12 tournament

OKLAHOMA CITY — It would’ve been easy for Oklahoma to phone it in on Thursday. An elimination game is never easy. Playing at 9 a.m. in the Big 12 tournament felt more like a penance than a pleasure, and the Sooners received an early wake-up call for the second straight day. After a half an inning against Texas, the Sooners were missing All-Big 12 right fielder Steele...
Utah announces home-and-home football series with Houston

Utah announces home-and-home football series with Houston

The Utah Utes and Houston Cougars have agreed to a home-and-home series beginning in 2026. The first game of the series will come at Houston in 2026, followed by a matchup in 2027 in Salt Lake City. The Cougars and Utes met four times from 1966 to 1978, with Houston winning all four of those contests. The home-and-home series announced on Thursday are the first non-conference games scheduled for...
Auburn football: Best place to report from inside Jordan-Hare Stadium

Auburn football: Best place to report from inside Jordan-Hare Stadium

SEC Country wants to tackle the best questions from Auburn football and basketball fans. Look for our Auburn Question of the Day most weekdays. Go  here  to see all of our previous answers. AUBURN, Ala. — As many of you may know, news broke this week that SEC Country’s last day will be June 30. That means my...
No charges filed after 1-year-old dies in hot pickup truck outside Nashville home

No charges filed after 1-year-old dies in hot pickup truck outside Nashville home

Police said no charges will be filed after a 1-year-old girl died after being left in a hot pickup truck all day Wednesday outside the family’s home in east Nashville. Metro Nashville police said that investigators believe the girl’s adoptive father left her in the truck “unintentionally,” WZTV reports.  >> Read more trending news  The girl has...
Giant hammerhead worm invasion could pose threat to France

Giant hammerhead worm invasion could pose threat to France

Five invasive worm species have been detected in parts of France and its territories, sometimes in groups of hundreds in a single location. >> Read more trending news  That’s according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal PeerJ, which spans reports of sightings dating back to 1999. Lead author Jean-Lou Justine of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris was...
Devonte Graham tells story of his winding road to Kansas basketball

Devonte Graham tells story of his winding road to Kansas basketball

Devonte Graham finished his four-year career at Kansas as one of the Jayhawks’ most decorated players ever. And according to Sports Illustrated, the whole thing almost didn’t happen. Sports Illustrated’s Joan Niesen wrote a story on Graham’s road to Kansas, which was published on Thursday. The story details how Graham, once a lightly-recruited Appalachian...
Arizona Cardinals sign former Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk

Arizona Cardinals sign former Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk

Christian Kirk is probably very thankful at the moment. Not only did he get drafted by his hometown team, but Arizona Cardinals took him with full knowledge of prior transgressions. An arrest back in February was likely far from his mind Thursday when he signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals. “I couldn’t wait for my day,” Kirk said in a statement...
James Harden named first-team All-NBA

James Harden named first-team All-NBA

Former Arizona State standout and current Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been named first-team All-NBA, the NBA announced on Thursday. It is the fourth time he has been named to the NBA’s first-team.   Harden is considered the favorite to win his first MVP award this season. The Rockets finished the regular season with the NBA’s best record and he&rsquo...
Oklahoma football among few programs to play in front of 1 million specators in 2017

Oklahoma football among few programs to play in front of 1 million specators in 2017

Oklahoma football is sitting in elite territory when it comes to attendance numbers for the 2017 season. Per a detailed report from the Football Foundation, the Sooners were one of just 12 football teams to play in front of at least 1 million fans during the 2017 season. Oklahoma, per the report, played in front of 1,054,046 spectators across all home, road, and neutral site games. It...
In-state 2019 tackle Jacob Dean to camp at Michigan this summer

In-state 2019 tackle Jacob Dean to camp at Michigan this summer

One year ago, Walled Lake (Mich.) Western 2019 2-star guard Jacob Dean visited Michigan for the Big Man Big House camp at Michigan Stadium. This year, he will be back on June 18. “They are encouraging me to attend their camp, so they can further evaluate me,” Dean said of Michigan’s coaching staff. Dean, lately, has been in touch with Michigan defensive analyst Elijah...
Hurricane, tropical storm and tropical depression: What’s the difference?

Hurricane, tropical storm and tropical depression: What’s the difference?

There are a ton of weather terms that might be easy to confuse including hurricanes, tropical depressions and tropical storms. Here’s the difference. Tropical depressions form when a low-pressure area is accompanied by thunderstorms that produce maximum winds below 39 mph.  As for tropical storms, those are more severe. Depressions become storms when winds reach between 39 and 73 mph. They...
Harvey Weinstein to turn himself in to authorities in New York: reports

Harvey Weinstein to turn himself in to authorities in New York: reports

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein is expected to be charged Friday in connection to allegations of sexual abuse out of New York City, according to multiple reports. Two unidentified law enforcement officials told The New York Times on Thursday that Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is expected to bring charges against...
Greg McElroy names 4 SEC breakout stars for 2018

Greg McElroy names 4 SEC breakout stars for 2018

Greg McElroy has a few SEC names in mind who could break out as stars in 2018. When speaking to SEC Country about the conference’s possible breakout standouts for the coming season, the SEC Network analyst named Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger, Tennessee linebacker Daniel Bituli and Florida wide receivers Van Jefferson and Dre Massey as players who can produce...
Auburn football will have all hands on deck at flanker with Eli Stove out

Auburn football will have all hands on deck at flanker with Eli Stove out

Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take Auburn football fans to Summer School. Each session will focus on one position on Auburn’s 2018 roster, finding answers from spring practice and looking ahead to what might be the biggest questions for the fall. Let’s continue with the wide receiver position of flanker also known as the 2 or Z. Eli Stove (junior...
Cincinnati Reds: Suarez grand slam holds up in 5-4 win over Pirates

Cincinnati Reds: Suarez grand slam holds up in 5-4 win over Pirates

The Reds waited on Wednesday night until they were losing to Pittsburgh, 4-0, before starting to swing their bats. They eventually came back to tie the score before running out of steam, opening the door for the Pirates to pull out a 12-inning, 5-4 win. They found in Thursday’s series finale that taking the initiative works better. Eugenio Suarez hit a grand slam and Jesse Winker added a solo...
Sleeping in on the weekends could help you live longer, study suggests

Sleeping in on the weekends could help you live longer, study suggests

Good news for Sunday snoozers: Sleeping in on your off-days might actually be beneficial to your health. >> Read more trending news    In fact, new research from Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute found that compensating for missed sleep on the weekends really does work and can even lengthen your life. Previous sleep science research hasn’t...
College football betting: Early lines, odds posted for biggest games of 2018 season

College football betting: Early lines, odds posted for biggest games of 2018 season

It’s apparently not too early to bet on some of the biggest games of the 2018 college football season. Las Vegas sportsbook South Point released a list of early lines on some marquee matchups for the 2018 season, including Michigan-Ohio State, Alabama-Auburn and more. Sports handicapper @Johnny_Detroit tweeted out a full list: The full list can also be found ...
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