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New Springfield art exhibit offers fresh look at everyday life

When viewing the works of artist Christopher Burk from a certain distance the first time, you may ponder if it’s paint or photography on display. The answer is oil or gouache paint the Columbus-based artist has used to capture urban scenes from his city — designed to make viewers see things they pass by without notice in a new way. “Christopher Burk: Illuminating the Everyday&rdquo...
New jobs, new stores and closings rocked local retail this week

New jobs, new stores and closings rocked local retail this week

Consumers are spending big in 2018. An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing. The National Retail Federation announced sales increased 5.4 percent in January compared to last year at the same time. READ MORE Bon-Ton Stores Inc., parent company of Elder-Beerman, is starting going-out-of-business sales at some of its store this week...
5 simple things you can do for the environment and your health

5 simple things you can do for the environment and your health

With climate change predictions coming from scientists on a regular basis, many people are increasingly concerned about their personal impact on the environment. At the same time, who isn't concerned about their health and well-being? While it's a no-brainer that severe pollution and ominous natural disasters can be detrimental to humanity, there are small things we do daily that negatively impact...
Dayton web curating company gets Silicon Valley shoutout

Dayton web curating company gets Silicon Valley shoutout

If you have worthwhile content, a sizable social media following and the vision to monetize all of that, then Arielle Jordan would like a word with you. Jordan, of Miamisburg, is the creator of Curafied, a new Internet platform that enables users to place what they believe is expert, valuable content behind a paywall for publication in a user-friendly, ad-free environment. Users on Curafied &mdash...
Should you talk about your pay? Career experts weigh in

Should you talk about your pay? Career experts weigh in

Even with nearly every cultural taboo thrown to the wind− from discussing sexual orientation to politics; one last conversational taboo still exist among Americans − how much we get paid. "These days, it's okay to talk about the troubles we're having with our children or even our marriages," noted one blogger from PayScale. "We can talk about race, religion, identity...
‘Bad Art’ is good for Champaign County Arts Council

‘Bad Art’ is good for Champaign County Arts Council

URBANA — If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, “Bad Art by Good People” can surprise when non-artists contribute works for a good cause. Voting is underway for Champaign County Arts Council’s seventh annual fundraiser, with 14 local non-artists and one high-profile celebrity contributing works. A dinner and art auction for the pieces will be 6-10 p.m. Friday, March 2 at...
Amazon reportedly opening 6 more cashier-less stores

Amazon reportedly opening 6 more cashier-less stores

The success of the first Amazon Go cashier-less store in Seattle will likely lead to the online giant opening six more locations across the U.S. by the end of the year. Multiple people familiar with the matter told Recode some stores are likely to open in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle, and others may settle in Los Angeles, although it is unclear if stores will open in other cities, according...
Springfielders could be among Ohioans self-diagnosing illnesses online

Springfielders could be among Ohioans self-diagnosing illnesses online

Has a sudden pain in your side or a splotch on your skin that wasn’t there yesterday ever sent you running to WebMD or Google instead of your primary care provider? If so, you may be one of the increasing number of Ohioans turning to the internet to diagnose what ails you. According to a survey of 3,000 adults conducted by Tinker Law Firm, almost 38 percent of Ohioans surveyed admitted they...
Mercy merger won’t affect Springfield, Urbana hospitals, officials say

Mercy merger won’t affect Springfield, Urbana hospitals, officials say

Mercy Health — Springfield’s largest employer — will merge with an East Coast hospital network to become one of the largest health systems in the U.S. The merger with Bon Secours Health system would include 43 hospitals and more than 10 million patient visits annually. The deal won’t affect local facilities, hospital officials said, including Springfield Regional Medical Center...
Rev. Billy Graham chose John 14:6 to be placed on his grave marker

Rev. Billy Graham chose John 14:6 to be placed on his grave marker

Before his death, Rev. Billy Graham chose one of his favorite Scripture verses from the Bible to be placed on his grave marker. Graham selected John 14:6 and the following inscription to be on his marker: BILLY GRAHAM NOVEMBER 7, 1918 – FEBRUARY 21, 2018 PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST JOHN 14:16 John 14:6 reads, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth, and...

Gardening tips: It’s time to start thinking about planting vegetables

It’s getting close to the time we can start planting vegetables in the garden! As soon as the soil dries, (will it ever?) I will start my lettuces, spinach and peas. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about vegetable gardening techniques, join me for our Fourth Annual Backyard Vegetable Garden Workshop on March 17, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Springfield High School. We have a lineup...

Breaking old habits the first step to making your house your home

Years ago while vacationing, my husband and I stayed with his cousin in California. His cousin had to work during the day, so while he was gone we relaxed by his pool. During this time, I decided to teach his dog, Rocco, some fun tricks. Rocco was an eager student so I taught him several tricks a day. At the end of our stay, he performed his surprise show to everyone’s delight. Many years went...
Champaign County woman with burns on 80 percent of body beats odds

Champaign County woman with burns on 80 percent of body beats odds

Kalleen Garringer had about a 20 percent survival rate upon arrival at Springfield Regional Medical Center following a fire that destroyed her Champaign County home just over a year ago. Despite having burns on more than 80 percent of her body, Garringer overcame the odds and has numerous reasons to celebrate 2018. RELATED: One in critical condition after Champaign County mobile home fire Although...
Target launches new home decor brand

Target launches new home decor brand

Target has released a new home decor brand that features dozens of bold colors, prints and textures. The chain’s newest home brand, Opalhouse, has more than 1,300 pieces of furniture for the home. The brand includes bedding, bath, décor, tabletop and furniture. Most pieces are priced under $30. Target has launched several new brands in the past year, including Threshold brand to celebrate...
Here are tips on keeping a snake-free yard

Here are tips on keeping a snake-free yard

Forget about "Snakes on a Plane," we're more concerned with snakes in the yard. Even though snakes are nowhere near as prevalent as our irrational fears would have us think (assuming you don't live smack dab in the middle of rattlesnake territory), if you're a homeowner with a bit of landscape or yard under your direction, you may encounter snakes on occasion. That should be no biggie...
Home Depot hiring for more than 200 jobs in Dayton region

Home Depot hiring for more than 200 jobs in Dayton region

The Home Depot is hiring 225 associates in Dayton and 80,000 associates nationwide. Interested applicants can apply online at careers.homedepot.com, or job seekers can text HOMEDEPOT to 52270 and receive a link to apply to hourly positions in their area. Available positions vary by store. » TRENDING NEWS: #NationalChiliDay: These are the top 10 chili cities in the U.S. The home improvement retailer...
Is it really a cold? Here’s how to know if you have winter allergies

Is it really a cold? Here’s how to know if you have winter allergies

Sniffling, sneezing and a runny nose are tell-tale signs of the common cold, but it could be winter allergies. Allergy sufferers usually get a break when the weather gets colder, but allergy symptoms could kick up even in the winter months for some people. If you’re symptoms last more than 10 days, it’s probably not a cold. A fever is also a good indicator that it’s the cold or flu...
#NationalChiliDay: These are the top 10 chili cities in the U.S.

#NationalChiliDay: These are the top 10 chili cities in the U.S.

Where should you celebrate National Chili Day? Cincinnati, of course. A study by one of the world’s largest chili purveyors shows that residents of cities across the country love this classic comfort food as much or more than their Long Star State counterparts. The internal analysis, conducted by Wienerschnitzel in honor of National Chili Day on Feb. 22, named the Top 10 Chili Cities in the...
Toys “R” Us reportedly plans to close another 200 stores

Toys “R” Us reportedly plans to close another 200 stores

Toys “R” Us is reportedly planning to close another 200 stores and lay off part of its corporate staff. The Wall Street Journal reported the toy chain plans to close another 200 stores, after previously announced it would close about 180 stores. The latest shutter would cut nearly in half the number of U.S. stores it had before its bankruptcy filing. » Local Babies ‘R&rsquo...
Experts: Cash clinics divert treatment drugs to Springfield streets

Experts: Cash clinics divert treatment drugs to Springfield streets

Office-based opioid treatment centers that accept only cash to prescribe recovery medications such as Suboxone are hindering treatment and diverting dangerous medications to the street in Clark County and across Ohio, experts said. But the clinics provide a necessary service for some patients who don’t have time for more extensive counseling, proponents said. Suboxone is used to help people...
Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

The weather in some parts of the country is not helping people with allergies, and your pets could also be feeling the effects of the high pollen (and other allergens) count.  >> Read more trending news  Pets are often sniffling grass, other pets and the ground. They are also much closer to where the allergens can sit, so they could be more exposed to more allergens, such...
Google’s new AI can look into your eyes and predict heart attack risk

Google’s new AI can look into your eyes and predict heart attack risk

Researchers from Google and sibling company Verily Life Sciences have developed a new algorithm using artificial intelligence to predict the risk of heart attack, stroke and other major cardiovascular events. How does it work? Through the eyes. » RELATED: Google launches 10,000-person study to predict how and when people get sick Scientists studied data from 284,335 patients and found...
Springfield’s biggest employer to merge with East Coast health system

Springfield’s biggest employer to merge with East Coast health system

Mercy Health, which operates the Springfield Regional Medical Center and Mercy Health-Urbana Hospital in Champaign County, will merge with Bon Secours Health System, a Catholic health ministry serving residents across the East Coast. Mercy Health, headquartered in Cincinnati, is the largest employer in Springfield. It’s the largest health system in Ohio and among the top five employers...
Sneaky ways to save money on your next road trip

Sneaky ways to save money on your next road trip

You hop in the car with a few friends or the family and a mere 1,000 miles later you're down $400 when you only intended to spend $150. What happened? Probably just a few overruns on the road trip budget. With a little effort, you'll find it's just as simple and sometimes even more pleasant to take a road trip that will save you hundreds. Credit Donkey shared the secret to saving money on road trips...
Don't try this at home: Top home repairs that aren't DIY

Don't try this at home: Top home repairs that aren't DIY

Everyone wants to feel self-sufficient, and even those with deep pockets find it's a good idea to stick to some kind of home maintenance budget. If you chuckled at the thought of having "deep pockets," you're probably even more concerned with controlling costs on the home front. But frugal isn't always better, even if you have monster DIY skills. "When it comes to doing your own home...
Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

A Florida beach has been named the nation's best in TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice awards. The travel website announced Tuesday that Clearwater Beach was the best in the U.S. in 2018, climbing from No. 4 in 2017. The beach also topped the national list in 2016.  >> Read more trending news  Meanwhile, Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, took the award for...
Macy’s outlet store to open at shopping center in Dayton area

Macy’s outlet store to open at shopping center in Dayton area

Macy’s is renovating one of its existing stores in the Dayton area to add an outlet store, according to a permit submitted to the Montgomery County Building Regulations Division. Macy’s submitted a permit for a partial remodel of its existing Macy’s department store located at 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road at the Dayton Mall. The estimated market value of the completed project...
Sam’s Club to offer free shipping for premium members starting today

Sam’s Club to offer free shipping for premium members starting today

Sam’s Club is offering free shipping for premium members. Starting today, Sam’s Club, which is a membership-only retail warehouse owned by Walmart, will give free shipping on online orders for Plus members on approximately 95 percent of its items. Shipping costs were previously based on product item’s shapes and sizes. Sam’s Club is also changing its three membership plans...
Rite Aid could be acquired by grocery operator

Rite Aid could be acquired by grocery operator

Rite Aid could be bought by a private company that operates grocery chains like Safeway and Vons. Albertsons Cos., based in Idaho, said the company is planning to buy Rite Aid’s 2,500 stores, according to the Associated Press. The announcement comes at a time when rival pharmacy chains are also looking at mergers. Drug distributor AmeriSourceBergen is looking at buying Walgreens, and CVS and...
3 things to know about proposed Medicaid job conditions

3 things to know about proposed Medicaid job conditions

Ohio is seeking approval from the federal government to require more people with Medicaid to work. When Medicaid expanded, it added coverage for about 700,000 people in the state. Now, the Republican-majority Ohio General Assembly Ohio has required the state’s Department of Medicaid ask for approval to add job conditions for those covered through the expansion. RELATED: Dayton company&rsquo...
Women may be mistaking ovarian cancer symptoms for bloating, study says

Women may be mistaking ovarian cancer symptoms for bloating, study says

According to a new research, women may be suffering from ovarian cancer without even knowing it. A study completed by Target Ovarian Cancer (TOC) shared Monday found that instead of visiting a physician after feeling symptoms including bloating and fullness, women are more likely to simply change their diets. By just switching to eating probiotic yogurts or leaving out gluten from their...
Record-breaking highs allow for fun in the sun in Springfield

Record-breaking highs allow for fun in the sun in Springfield

Record-breaking temperatures provided an opportunity for Springfield residents to enjoy the sun Tuesday. Temperatures reached at least 74 degrees by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a new record-high for Feb. 20, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Many in Springfield took the day to have some fun. “It’s a nice day go out and enjoy with your family,” Thaddeus Williams...
Put that pen down: Why baby boomers should not co-sign college loans 

Put that pen down: Why baby boomers should not co-sign college loans 

We all know that young people should show respect for their elders. In return, those elders should extend all their resources to the up-and-coming generation. Right? Not so fast, says the Motley Fool. When it comes to co-signing for college loans, parents and grandparents in the Baby Boom generation (born 1946 to 1964) should just say no. "Tempting as it may be to co-sign a loan for...
Should Medicaid come with work requirements? Ohio says yes

Should Medicaid come with work requirements? Ohio says yes

Ohio for the first time is seeking federal approval to create job requirements as a condition to qualify for Medicaid. Most Ohio residents enrolled through the expansion of Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor, are already working or would be exempt because of things like their age, disability or care taking responsibilities. But an estimated 36,000 residents — 5...
Report: Opioids cost Midwest construction industry billions

Report: Opioids cost Midwest construction industry billions

Opioids — including heroin and fentanyl — killed nearly 1,000 construction workers in the Midwest at a cost of more than $5 billion to the region’s construction industry in 2015, according to estimates in a new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. The report confirms a trend identified by Dayton Daily News data analysis in December that showed all types of laborers &mdash...
Chrissy Teigen is not a ‘creepy stalker,’ fails Ellen’s John Legend test

Chrissy Teigen is not a ‘creepy stalker,’ fails Ellen’s John Legend test

You’d think she’d know the guy by now. Nope.   Chrissy Teigen maybe expecting her second child with him in June, but it seems Ohio’s adopted daughter, the co-star of Lip Sync Battle, stinks at trivia about her husband, Springfield native John Legend. Ellen DeGeneres had good-hearted fun with Teigen during a John Legend trivia game on her show Monday, Feb. 19.  A belly-laughing...
JUST IN: Large-scale festival toasting Ohio wines coming to region

JUST IN: Large-scale festival toasting Ohio wines coming to region

A new and potentially large-scale wine festival is coming to Springfield in May, and its organizers say they’d like to turn it into an annual event. “Vintage Ohio South” will spotlight Ohio wines and wineries, especially those in the southern half of the state, according to Donniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association (OWPA), which is sponsoring the...
Springfield nursing home cited 31 times on health inspections

Springfield nursing home cited 31 times on health inspections

A Springfield nursing facility accused of allowing a patient to overdose after accessing unsecured narcotics has a much higher number of health citations than the state average — a total of 31, according to a federal website. Eaglewood Care center also received a statement of deficiency from the Ohio Department of Health after a patient died there in May 2016 after staff, “failed to appropriately...
Ohio adults smoking more weed while teen marijuana use remains low

Ohio adults smoking more weed while teen marijuana use remains low

Wacky tobaccy. Weed. Dank. Hippie lettuce — call it what you want. Ohio adults are smoking more of it. Adult marijuana use in Ohio increased to what is likely a record level from 2015 to 2016, according to a new federal report. The annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 1.2 million Ohioans, ages 18 and older, reported using cannabis at least once in the previous 12 months...
Bass Pro Shops offering buyouts to Cabela’s employees

Bass Pro Shops offering buyouts to Cabela’s employees

Bass Pro Shops is offering buyouts to Cabela’s employees at its former headquarters in Sidney, Nebraska. Employees have until March 1 to accept an offer from Bass Pro that would let them leave on their own accord and receive bonuses of up to $40,000, The World-Herald reported. This comes after Bass Pro Shops purchases Cabela’s for $4 billion last year. » CONTINUED COVERAGE: 7 questions...
Investigation at Springfield nursing home: 3 things to know

Investigation at Springfield nursing home: 3 things to know

Two patients allegedly gained access to unsecured narcotics and one of them overdosed at a Springfield nursing home, according to state documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun. Here are three things to know about the ongoing investigation. » RELATED: Springfield nursing home investigation: Patient ODs on unlocked pills 1. State alleges deficiencies stemming from December incident The...

GET HEALTHY: How to get started on the road to fitness the safe way

Q: I’m ready to get into shape, but am confused about what type and how much exercise is appropriate. I want to lose weight as quickly as possible and so planned on training every day. Any suggestions? A: The best fitness programs involve resistance training to keep muscles and bones strong, cardiorespiratory training for building endurance, and stretching to help maintain flexibility of the...
Strong start: Retail sales boom in January

Strong start: Retail sales boom in January

Consumers are spending big in 2018. An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing. The National Retail Federation announced sales increased 5.4 percent in January compared to last year at the same time. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants sales. Employment has increased, labor markets are tightening and wage...
65 dead in Iran plane crash, airline says

65 dead in Iran plane crash, airline says

A commercial aircraft carrying 65 people crashed in Iran on Sunday, killing everyone on board, an airline spokesman told state media.  >> Read more trending news 
President Trump expresses support for senators' gun bill

President Trump expresses support for senators' gun bill

President Donald Trump signaled support for one piece of gun control legislation on Monday, five days after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead and scores injured. "The president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system," Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, wrote in a statement Monday morning. Sanders said the president...
CEO of health center on Good Sam campus says it’s here to stay

CEO of health center on Good Sam campus says it’s here to stay

Obscured by the monumental news that Good Samaritan Hospital will be closed by the end of the year is that a health center on the campus expects to remain operating for years to come. “We’re not a hospital, but we’re hoping the services we can offer will meet the needs of the community,” Five Rivers Health Centers CEO Gina McFarlane-El said. The community health center, across...
Ohio firearms group says gun owners are ‘doing something’

Ohio firearms group says gun owners are ‘doing something’

Last week’s mass shooting at a Florida school that left 17 dead and even more injured has rekindled the debate on gun-control issues. In Ohio, the Buckeye Firearms Association on Friday issued a release noting that a call “to do something” regarding the gun violence such as the Feb. 14 killings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. is ignoring ongoing action by...
Delta passenger caught on video complaining about baby has been suspended from her job 

Delta passenger caught on video complaining about baby has been suspended from her job 

The woman accused of screaming at a mother and her baby on a Delta flight last week has now been punished at work. According to Fox News, Susan Peirez, who claimed to work for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the incident, has been suspended from her job with the New York state government. “State employees are and must be held to the highest standard both professionally...
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