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9-1-1 caller: ‘There’s a guy under the water. He’s not coming out’
 Two 9-1-1 calls to Clark County Dispatch painted the terrifying scene unfolding on the Mad River in Clark County on Labor Day. Canoers and holiday visitors sprang into action after a woman yelled for help to find a man she said was drowning. “There’s a guy under the water. He’s not coming out, and we can’t find him...

Posted: 20 days ago

Two 9-1-1 calls to Clark County Dispatch painted the terrifying scene unfolding on the Mad River in Clark County on Labor Day. Canoers and holiday visitors sprang into action after a woman yelled for help to find a man she said was drowning. “There’s a guy under the water. He’s not coming out, and we can’t find him...
Community donates hundreds of lotions, perfumes to Tecumseh girls
 When Tecumseh Middle School gym teacher Sheli Randall asked the community for help — they responded in an overwhelming way. Randall reached out on Facebook over the summer, asking for donations for lotions and perfumes for her girls gym class. She never expected that 300 bottles later, she’d still be receiving donations from faculty...

Posted: 21 days ago

When Tecumseh Middle School gym teacher Sheli Randall asked the community for help — they responded in an overwhelming way. Randall reached out on Facebook over the summer, asking for donations for lotions and perfumes for her girls gym class. She never expected that 300 bottles later, she’d still be receiving donations from faculty...
Springfield WWII vet honored on 100th birthday
 John Varney said the secret to life — is all about not counting your age. Varney, a decorated World War II veteran, turned 100 years old on Friday. The community put on a celebration fit for a military hero that even included a 21-gun salute by the Marine Corps League 963. Varney was also chosen to take an Honor Flight in September...

Posted: 24 days ago

John Varney said the secret to life — is all about not counting your age. Varney, a decorated World War II veteran, turned 100 years old on Friday. The community put on a celebration fit for a military hero that even included a 21-gun salute by the Marine Corps League 963. Varney was also chosen to take an Honor Flight in September...
Springfield coping with 3 fire deaths in just over 2 weeks
 The Springfield Fire Rescue Division is investigating the city’s second fatal fire this month. One person is dead after a fatal fire on Dover Road in Springfield that started early Thursday morning. Just over two weeks ago, another fatal house fire on Wiley Avenue killed two people. “This is pretty unusual for Springfield to have...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Springfield Fire Rescue Division is investigating the city’s second fatal fire this month. One person is dead after a fatal fire on Dover Road in Springfield that started early Thursday morning. Just over two weeks ago, another fatal house fire on Wiley Avenue killed two people. “This is pretty unusual for Springfield to have...
Deadly Springfield house fire may have started in garage, chief says
 A Springfield fire official said the man killed in a fire on Dover Road in Springfield Thursday died in a front bedroom of the home. Springfield Fire Rescue Division Chief Brian Miller said the fire probably began in the garage area, however they may never be able to identify an exact cause. The victim’s identity will have to be determined...

Posted: 26 days ago

A Springfield fire official said the man killed in a fire on Dover Road in Springfield Thursday died in a front bedroom of the home. Springfield Fire Rescue Division Chief Brian Miller said the fire probably began in the garage area, however they may never be able to identify an exact cause. The victim’s identity will have to be determined...
‘I heard bang, bang, bang, bang, bang!,’ Springfield resident said of shooting
 Springfield Police are investigating three shootings that took place over the weekend. The first shooting happened in the parking lot of Everyday Edibles restaurant on East Main Street around 5 a.m. Saturday morning. A man sustained several gunshot wounds that included one to the upper chest and one to upper left thigh, according to a police...

Posted: 27 days ago

Springfield Police are investigating three shootings that took place over the weekend. The first shooting happened in the parking lot of Everyday Edibles restaurant on East Main Street around 5 a.m. Saturday morning. A man sustained several gunshot wounds that included one to the upper chest and one to upper left thigh, according to a police...
Parks district gets $8K grant to update playground safety feature
 The National Trail Parks and Recreation District recently received a grant from the Springfield Foundation to update safety features in some Springfield playgrounds. The $8,500 grant will go towards fresh fall protection at six of the district’s 13 playgrounds. In this case, the district uses a sand surface with 12 inches of mulch and...

Posted: 28 days ago

The National Trail Parks and Recreation District recently received a grant from the Springfield Foundation to update safety features in some Springfield playgrounds. The $8,500 grant will go towards fresh fall protection at six of the district’s 13 playgrounds. In this case, the district uses a sand surface with 12 inches of mulch and...
Graham student facing charges after making threats at school bus stop
 A Graham Local High School student is facing charges after making threats at a bus stop. The student admitted to making threatening comments, regarding the use of a weapon to other students at the bus stop on Wednesday, according to a news release. Superintendent Kirk Koennecke said the student was removed from class, interviewed, suspended...

10:07 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

A Graham Local High School student is facing charges after making threats at a bus stop. The student admitted to making threatening comments, regarding the use of a weapon to other students at the bus stop on Wednesday, according to a news release. Superintendent Kirk Koennecke said the student was removed from class, interviewed, suspended...
Graham Local schools deal with cuts, will seek new levy in November
 As a new school year rolls around, students and families in the Graham Local School District are already seeing the effects of a failed levy attempt last May. Graham Superintendent Kirk Koennecke said less than 50 votes in the election meant $1.5 million cut from the budget and 15 jobs lost. Many of those jobs lost were school bus drivers...

12:30 AM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

As a new school year rolls around, students and families in the Graham Local School District are already seeing the effects of a failed levy attempt last May. Graham Superintendent Kirk Koennecke said less than 50 votes in the election meant $1.5 million cut from the budget and 15 jobs lost. Many of those jobs lost were school bus drivers...
Woman gives birth in West Liberty parking lot with help from off-duty EMT
 Heather Wilson’s son may not know it, but he has one heck of a birth story. While most kids are born in a hospital, his first exposure to the world was a West Liberty IGA parking lot. “I was 36 weeks that day,” Wilson said. “I had been having Braxton Hicks [contractions] up until that point.” Though a parking...

8:22 PM Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

Heather Wilson’s son may not know it, but he has one heck of a birth story. While most kids are born in a hospital, his first exposure to the world was a West Liberty IGA parking lot. “I was 36 weeks that day,” Wilson said. “I had been having Braxton Hicks [contractions] up until that point.” Though a parking...
Springfield teens sentenced in aggravated robbery at school parking lot
 Two Springfield teens were sentenced on aggravated robbery charges in Clark County Juvenile Court on Thursday. The 14 and 16-year-old boys were sentenced to three years at an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility and completion of a program at the Miami Valley Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, respectively. Each of the teens also have...

12:30 AM Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Two Springfield teens were sentenced on aggravated robbery charges in Clark County Juvenile Court on Thursday. The 14 and 16-year-old boys were sentenced to three years at an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility and completion of a program at the Miami Valley Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, respectively. Each of the teens also have...
Southeastern delays first day of school, bypasses heat
 Southeastern Local School District is pushing back the first day of school so students and staff can beat the heat. Southeastern Superintendent David Shea said that in the past, the district has had to release students two hours early, up to six times during the first few weeks of school because of excessive heat. Miami View Elementary School...

10:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Southeastern Local School District is pushing back the first day of school so students and staff can beat the heat. Southeastern Superintendent David Shea said that in the past, the district has had to release students two hours early, up to six times during the first few weeks of school because of excessive heat. Miami View Elementary School...
Resource officers on duty full time at Clark, Champaign county schools
 There will be school resource officers present every day at four Clark County districts beginning on the first day of classes as part of a pilot program with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Tecumseh Local was one of the first districts to take part in a tentative agreement with the sheriff’s office back in May. “It&rsquo...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

There will be school resource officers present every day at four Clark County districts beginning on the first day of classes as part of a pilot program with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Tecumseh Local was one of the first districts to take part in a tentative agreement with the sheriff’s office back in May. “It&rsquo...
Springfield City School employees celebrate start of new school year
 Wednesday is the first day back to school for first through ninth grade students in the Springfield City School District — but they aren’t the only ones who are excited for the new year. Over 1,000 district employees — many in matching T-shirts that showed school spirit — came together Tuesday for a convocation to...

8:40 PM Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

Wednesday is the first day back to school for first through ninth grade students in the Springfield City School District — but they aren’t the only ones who are excited for the new year. Over 1,000 district employees — many in matching T-shirts that showed school spirit — came together Tuesday for a convocation to...
Chief: Cause of Springfield fatal house fire may never be known
 It could be weeks before the identities of two people who died in a house fire in Springfield on Sunday morning are known, officials said. Springfield Fire Rescue Division Chief Brian Miller said it could take weeks before officials at the coroner’s office are able to name the victims because their remains were badly burned in the fire...

11:36 PM Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

It could be weeks before the identities of two people who died in a house fire in Springfield on Sunday morning are known, officials said. Springfield Fire Rescue Division Chief Brian Miller said it could take weeks before officials at the coroner’s office are able to name the victims because their remains were badly burned in the fire...
Victims still being identified in Springfield deadly fire
 A cause of a fire on Wiley Avenue may never be able to be determined due to the amount of damage from the flames, Springfield Fire Chief Brian Miller said. The ages and identities of the victims have not been released.  The coroner’s office will likely use fingerprints, dental records or DNA analysis to identify the victims in...

12:44 AM Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

A cause of a fire on Wiley Avenue may never be able to be determined due to the amount of damage from the flames, Springfield Fire Chief Brian Miller said. The ages and identities of the victims have not been released.  The coroner’s office will likely use fingerprints, dental records or DNA analysis to identify the victims in...
‘Wake the Lake’ returns at Clark County Fairgrounds this weekend
 After a successful first year, the ‘Wake the Lake’ F1 Powerboat Championship is returning to the Clark County Fairgrounds this weekend. Drivers from across the country, as far as Houston and California made the long journey to Springfield for the race they said they wouldn’t want to miss. “We were in Seattle, Washington...

10:20 PM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

After a successful first year, the ‘Wake the Lake’ F1 Powerboat Championship is returning to the Clark County Fairgrounds this weekend. Drivers from across the country, as far as Houston and California made the long journey to Springfield for the race they said they wouldn’t want to miss. “We were in Seattle, Washington...
Springfield Police using billboards to aid homicide investigations
 The Springfield Police Division wants to keep unsolved homicide cases fresh in the minds of the public. They’ve taken a new approach to asking for information — billboards. Once a month, detectives will focus their community efforts on a new case. This month, it’s James Mundy. Mundy was killed in June 2015 at the intersection...

12:30 AM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

The Springfield Police Division wants to keep unsolved homicide cases fresh in the minds of the public. They’ve taken a new approach to asking for information — billboards. Once a month, detectives will focus their community efforts on a new case. This month, it’s James Mundy. Mundy was killed in June 2015 at the intersection...
In memory of Sara: Graham student’s pig goes for $10K at county fair
 Dori Wilson said she just wanted to do the right thing. Her friend, Sara Hess caught a pig in the Champaign County pig scramble last year, but wouldn’t be able to show it at this year’s fair. Hess died in a car crash on Ohio 235 near Shanley Road in November as a result of a driver under the influence. Her death rocked the Champaign...

10:57 PM Thursday, Aug. 09, 2018

Dori Wilson said she just wanted to do the right thing. Her friend, Sara Hess caught a pig in the Champaign County pig scramble last year, but wouldn’t be able to show it at this year’s fair. Hess died in a car crash on Ohio 235 near Shanley Road in November as a result of a driver under the influence. Her death rocked the Champaign...
Clark County deputy who shot news photographer returns to road patrol; 10 weeks of standard training with senior deputies required
 The Clark County Sheriff’s deputy who shot a news photographer in New Carlisle is back on road patrol. The sheriff’s office confirmed Tuesday that deputy Jake Shaw has been assigned to the road since July 30, and will go through the standard 10 weeks of training that deputies receive before they can go out on their own. &ldquo...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 08, 2018

The Clark County Sheriff’s deputy who shot a news photographer in New Carlisle is back on road patrol. The sheriff’s office confirmed Tuesday that deputy Jake Shaw has been assigned to the road since July 30, and will go through the standard 10 weeks of training that deputies receive before they can go out on their own. &ldquo...
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