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Dog to be euthanized after attacking 2 people in Springfield
 A pit bull that attacked two people at a Springfield home over the weekend will be put down, according to the Clark County Dog Warden’s office. Dog warden officials removed the 8-year-old pit bull, named Paws, from the house on West Euclid Avenue on Monday after sedating him. “The dog — when we walked into the house, was...

Posted: 18 days ago

A pit bull that attacked two people at a Springfield home over the weekend will be put down, according to the Clark County Dog Warden’s office. Dog warden officials removed the 8-year-old pit bull, named Paws, from the house on West Euclid Avenue on Monday after sedating him. “The dog — when we walked into the house, was...
Blast of winter: ‘It’s been a wild year so far’
 Another blast of winter weather caused several accidents on Clark County roadways Friday. One of the first wrecks was reported around 8:15 a.m. when a semi truck jackknifed on I-70 westbound near U.S. 68. The view from an ODOT camera captured a lengthy traffic back up immediately after while crews tried to remove the truck from the highway...

Posted: 21 days ago

Another blast of winter weather caused several accidents on Clark County roadways Friday. One of the first wrecks was reported around 8:15 a.m. when a semi truck jackknifed on I-70 westbound near U.S. 68. The view from an ODOT camera captured a lengthy traffic back up immediately after while crews tried to remove the truck from the highway...
Polar Vortex doesn’t stop harness racing exercises at fairgrounds
 Staying inside during the frigid temperatures isn’t an option for the harness racing horses at Dailey Stable in Urbana. Some horses, like “Trial By Fire,” had races to prepare for as soon as this weekend. “You just can’t stop. Somebody’s got to take care of them. They’re not going to take care of...

Posted: 22 days ago

Staying inside during the frigid temperatures isn’t an option for the harness racing horses at Dailey Stable in Urbana. Some horses, like “Trial By Fire,” had races to prepare for as soon as this weekend. “You just can’t stop. Somebody’s got to take care of them. They’re not going to take care of...
Urbana City Schools to close Friday for 11-year-old’s funeral
 Urbana City Schools announced they will close on Friday so students and staff can attend the funeral of a classmate who passed away over the weekend. Troy Byrd, 11, collapsed at the Champaign Family YMCA while playing basketball. Emergency crews weren’t able to restart his heart, and he was pronounced dead at Mercy Health Urbana last...

Posted: 22 days ago

Urbana City Schools announced they will close on Friday so students and staff can attend the funeral of a classmate who passed away over the weekend. Troy Byrd, 11, collapsed at the Champaign Family YMCA while playing basketball. Emergency crews weren’t able to restart his heart, and he was pronounced dead at Mercy Health Urbana last...
Springfield community hunkers down, comes together through bitter cold
 Most warming centers will serve something to eat, some will even give out clothes — but very few will actually bring you there. A group of friends started up a warming center in Springfield in less than 12 hours because they wanted to do more than just talk about helping people. “There is zero reason anybody needs to be out on...

Posted: 23 days ago

Most warming centers will serve something to eat, some will even give out clothes — but very few will actually bring you there. A group of friends started up a warming center in Springfield in less than 12 hours because they wanted to do more than just talk about helping people. “There is zero reason anybody needs to be out on...
Springfield to hold meeting about allowing open containers downtown
 The City of Springfield says too many people driving — and not enough people walking — is problematic to downtown growth. The City is considering establishing a DORA, or a designated outdoor refreshment area, as a possible solution. DORA will allow people to move throughout certain areas downtown with open containers of alcohol...

Posted: 25 days ago

The City of Springfield says too many people driving — and not enough people walking — is problematic to downtown growth. The City is considering establishing a DORA, or a designated outdoor refreshment area, as a possible solution. DORA will allow people to move throughout certain areas downtown with open containers of alcohol...
Community rallies around family after boy collapses, dies while playing basketball
 Troy Byrd died doing what he loved — playing basketball — but that doesn’t make grieving his loss any easier for his family. The Urbana sixth grader collapsed while he was playing basketball at the Champaign Family YMCA on Saturday. “He shouldn’t have died so young,” Troy’s cousin, Lanicia Cunningham...

Posted: 25 days ago

Troy Byrd died doing what he loved — playing basketball — but that doesn’t make grieving his loss any easier for his family. The Urbana sixth grader collapsed while he was playing basketball at the Champaign Family YMCA on Saturday. “He shouldn’t have died so young,” Troy’s cousin, Lanicia Cunningham...
11-year-old dies after collapsing while playing basketball in Urbana
 An 11-year-old boy died after he collapsed while playing basketball at an Urbana YMCA Saturday, according to officials.  The boy, identified as Troy Byrd, suffered a medical condition while playing at the Champaign Family YMCA Jan 26, Paul Waldsmith, CEO of the YMCA said in an emailed statement.  “Byrd received immediate attention...

Posted: 26 days ago

An 11-year-old boy died after he collapsed while playing basketball at an Urbana YMCA Saturday, according to officials.  The boy, identified as Troy Byrd, suffered a medical condition while playing at the Champaign Family YMCA Jan 26, Paul Waldsmith, CEO of the YMCA said in an emailed statement.  “Byrd received immediate attention...
New details emerge in Urbana U shots fired case, three appear in court
 Three people appeared in Champaign County Common Pleas Court on felony charges relating to a shots fired incident at Urbana University that sent the entire campus into lock down. Court documents say it was a drug deal in a dorm turned violent that spurred the campus-wide alert in November. According to a statement of facts filed in Champaign...

Posted: 29 days ago

Three people appeared in Champaign County Common Pleas Court on felony charges relating to a shots fired incident at Urbana University that sent the entire campus into lock down. Court documents say it was a drug deal in a dorm turned violent that spurred the campus-wide alert in November. According to a statement of facts filed in Champaign...
Springfield Fire upgrades life-saving thermal imaging technology
 The Springfield Fire/Rescue Division recently upgraded technology that crews say is critical when lives are on the line. Thermal imagers detect differences in temperatures at fire scenes. The department has owned imagers for around 20 years, but due to issues with the imagers breaking and budget constraints, Springfield Fire hasn’t...

Posted: 30 days ago

The Springfield Fire/Rescue Division recently upgraded technology that crews say is critical when lives are on the line. Thermal imagers detect differences in temperatures at fire scenes. The department has owned imagers for around 20 years, but due to issues with the imagers breaking and budget constraints, Springfield Fire hasn’t...
Neighbors saddened but not surprised at double fatal crash in Union Twp.
 Neighbors near the site of a double fatal accident on Ohio 29 in Union Twp. Tuesday morning say they were shocked by news of how deadly the crash was, but it’s not the first incident they’ve heard of in the area. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office said 24-year-old Clayton L. DeArmond, of Springfield, and 21-year-old Courtney...

1:00 PM Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

Neighbors near the site of a double fatal accident on Ohio 29 in Union Twp. Tuesday morning say they were shocked by news of how deadly the crash was, but it’s not the first incident they’ve heard of in the area. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office said 24-year-old Clayton L. DeArmond, of Springfield, and 21-year-old Courtney...
Students walk out in protest during Witt’s MLK convocation
 Even though decades have passed since the time of the Civil Rights Movement, the Wittenberg community was encouraged to become the new civil rights leaders of their time. The message was given by Adam Foss, a criminal justice reform advocate during the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation on Monday. Foss is a former Assistant...

10:32 PM Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Even though decades have passed since the time of the Civil Rights Movement, the Wittenberg community was encouraged to become the new civil rights leaders of their time. The message was given by Adam Foss, a criminal justice reform advocate during the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation on Monday. Foss is a former Assistant...
‘I did not know it was illegal’: Mom who let young son get tattoo in home
 The Logan County mom who let her young son get a tattoo in a private home changed her plea in the case and was sentenced on Friday morning. Nikki Dickinson, 34, previously entered a guilty plea on a child endangering charge. The maximum penalty she faced for the charge was six months in jail and/or $1,000 fine. The charges were filed after...

3:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019

The Logan County mom who let her young son get a tattoo in a private home changed her plea in the case and was sentenced on Friday morning. Nikki Dickinson, 34, previously entered a guilty plea on a child endangering charge. The maximum penalty she faced for the charge was six months in jail and/or $1,000 fine. The charges were filed after...
Springfield man, accused of abusing 911, dials up criminal charges for himself
 A Springfield man’s alleged abuse of the 911 system landed him in a Clark County courtroom. Frederick Campbell was out drinking at various places in Springfield, according to court documents, and called dispatchers nearly two dozen times  Wednesday when he never had an emergency. During the calls, Campbell didn’t make coherent...

1:10 AM Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

A Springfield man’s alleged abuse of the 911 system landed him in a Clark County courtroom. Frederick Campbell was out drinking at various places in Springfield, according to court documents, and called dispatchers nearly two dozen times Wednesday when he never had an emergency. During the calls, Campbell didn’t make coherent...
Springfield man charged for calling 9-1-1 two dozen times while out drinking
 A Springfield man’s alleged abuse of the 9-1-1 system landed him in a Clark County courtroom. Court documents say Frederick Campbell was out drinking at various places in Springfield. He called dispatchers nearly two dozen times on Wednesday when he never had an emergency. During the calls, Campbell doesn’t make coherent sense...

11:41 PM Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

A Springfield man’s alleged abuse of the 9-1-1 system landed him in a Clark County courtroom. Court documents say Frederick Campbell was out drinking at various places in Springfield. He called dispatchers nearly two dozen times on Wednesday when he never had an emergency. During the calls, Campbell doesn’t make coherent sense...
Springfield Gas Leak: ‘Little device has already paid big dividends’
 Fire crews evacuated more than 100 residents of Springfield Towers Wednesday morning after a faulty heating system was blamed for sending unsafe levels of carbon monoxide fumes into the building. Crews were called to the East High Street apartment complex around 6 a.m. for a woman who had fallen and couldn’t get up. But when they entered...

11:00 AM Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Fire crews evacuated more than 100 residents of Springfield Towers Wednesday morning after a faulty heating system was blamed for sending unsafe levels of carbon monoxide fumes into the building. Crews were called to the East High Street apartment complex around 6 a.m. for a woman who had fallen and couldn’t get up. But when they entered...
Graham Local moving toward fourth levy attempt
 The Graham Local School District’s Board of Education is taking the steps toward putting another income tax levy in front of voters as soon as this spring. At a recent meeting, the board passed two resolutions as part of the first step of getting that issue on a ballot. Voters have previously turned down three consecutive levy attempts...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

The Graham Local School District’s Board of Education is taking the steps toward putting another income tax levy in front of voters as soon as this spring. At a recent meeting, the board passed two resolutions as part of the first step of getting that issue on a ballot. Voters have previously turned down three consecutive levy attempts...
Clark County survives first snow storm of year, prepares for next
 Clark County residents are wiping their brows after making it through the first snow storm of the year, but they’re also looking ahead to what could be coming next. Clark County Engineer Johnathan Burr said around 300 miles of county roads were plowed over the weekend without a major hitch. He credited the county’s preparedness...

11:00 AM Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

Clark County residents are wiping their brows after making it through the first snow storm of the year, but they’re also looking ahead to what could be coming next. Clark County Engineer Johnathan Burr said around 300 miles of county roads were plowed over the weekend without a major hitch. He credited the county’s preparedness...
Problem Springfield property covered with junk will be cleaned
 After months of complaints to local officials, a problem property in one Springfield neighborhood may finally be close to getting the cleanup neighbors have been wanting. People who live around 1803 Prospect St. call the property a junkyard in the middle of their neighborhood. “It’s been going on for months,” said Doug McConehea...

11:00 AM Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

After months of complaints to local officials, a problem property in one Springfield neighborhood may finally be close to getting the cleanup neighbors have been wanting. People who live around 1803 Prospect St. call the property a junkyard in the middle of their neighborhood. “It’s been going on for months,” said Doug McConehea...
Clark County Dog Shelter starts adopting dogs out again
 The Clark County Dog Shelter started conducting adoptions again Friday after taking a 2-week hiatus due to an outbreak of a deadly canine virus. Clark County Dog Warden Sandi Click said the outbreak of parvovirus prompted officials to stop adopting dogs out because the disease is very contagious. Springfield veterinarians predicted about...

1:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

The Clark County Dog Shelter started conducting adoptions again Friday after taking a 2-week hiatus due to an outbreak of a deadly canine virus. Clark County Dog Warden Sandi Click said the outbreak of parvovirus prompted officials to stop adopting dogs out because the disease is very contagious. Springfield veterinarians predicted about...
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