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The annual Welding Rodeo is coming to the SCCTC
Josh Blevins, a junior in the welding program at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, participates in the 4th annual Welding Rodeo.

8:07 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

Josh Blevins, a junior in the welding program at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, participates in the 4th annual Welding Rodeo.
The annual Welding Rodeo is coming to the SCCTC
John Wolfe, a junior in the welding program at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, participates in the 4th annual Welding Rodeo.

8:06 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

John Wolfe, a junior in the welding program at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, participates in the 4th annual Welding Rodeo.
How a Philly cheesesteak goes from the grill to Carnegie Hall
 “Can I get one with whiz, no onion?” a hungry young man called into the window of Pat’s King of Steaks. The counterman deftly flipped a sizzling skein of thinly sliced steak onto a roll and then applied a lacquer of Cheez Whiz to create a classic Philly cheesesteak. Taking it all in with a digital recorder and high-end binaural...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

“Can I get one with whiz, no onion?” a hungry young man called into the window of Pat’s King of Steaks. The counterman deftly flipped a sizzling skein of thinly sliced steak onto a roll and then applied a lacquer of Cheez Whiz to create a classic Philly cheesesteak. Taking it all in with a digital recorder and high-end binaural...
After record Clark County drug deaths, big drop in fatal overdoses
 Clark County saw a record number of drug overdose deaths last year for the third straight year, but a significant drop in recent months has local leaders optimistic the crisis might have peaked. Drug overdoses claimed the lives of 104 people in Clark County in 2017 — an average of one drug death every 3.5 days, according to data from...

2:00 PM Sunday, Apr. 01, 2018

Clark County saw a record number of drug overdose deaths last year for the third straight year, but a significant drop in recent months has local leaders optimistic the crisis might have peaked. Drug overdoses claimed the lives of 104 people in Clark County in 2017 — an average of one drug death every 3.5 days, according to data from...
Springfield leaders: New red light camera bill unconstitutional
 Some Ohio lawmakers want to put up more hurdles for cities that use automated cameras to enforce traffic laws — including cutting their state funding — but Springfield leaders say the latest effort is unconstitutional. If red light cameras are used for safety, cities shouldn’t profit off of their use, said state Rep. Kyle...

10:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018

Some Ohio lawmakers want to put up more hurdles for cities that use automated cameras to enforce traffic laws — including cutting their state funding — but Springfield leaders say the latest effort is unconstitutional. If red light cameras are used for safety, cities shouldn’t profit off of their use, said state Rep. Kyle...
Springfield commissioner wants to examine goal-setting process
 A newly elected Springfield city commissioner wants to change the way the city sets and evaluates its annual goal-setting process. City Commissioner David Estrop has asked city staff members to present a resolution with goals for commissioners at the city’s next meeting on Tuesday, March 27, including an updated five-year financial...

11:00 PM Monday, Mar. 26, 2018

A newly elected Springfield city commissioner wants to change the way the city sets and evaluates its annual goal-setting process. City Commissioner David Estrop has asked city staff members to present a resolution with goals for commissioners at the city’s next meeting on Tuesday, March 27, including an updated five-year financial...
Springfield’s Hartman Rock Garden seeking docents for guided tours
 A local nonprofit is seeking docents to guide tours at a historic Springfield site, the Hartman Rock Garden. The rock garden will host training next month for people interested in guiding tours at “one of the nation’s revered visionary art environments,” Springfield historian Kevin Rose said. PHOTO GALLERY: Hartman Rock...

2:00 PM Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018

A local nonprofit is seeking docents to guide tours at a historic Springfield site, the Hartman Rock Garden. The rock garden will host training next month for people interested in guiding tours at “one of the nation’s revered visionary art environments,” Springfield historian Kevin Rose said. PHOTO GALLERY: Hartman Rock...
Springfield NAACP threats connected with fired firefighter
 A threatening letter sent to the Springfield NAACP president earlier this week has prompted an investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The letter contained “threats of violence and racial epithets,” in response to comment made by NAACP President Denise Williams to the media, Springfield officials said...

11:02 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

A threatening letter sent to the Springfield NAACP president earlier this week has prompted an investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The letter contained “threats of violence and racial epithets,” in response to comment made by NAACP President Denise Williams to the media, Springfield officials said...
Former Springfield RV dealer faces up to 15 years in prison
 A boat and RV dealer who operated a location in Springfield faces up to 15 years in prison, including a possible five years for crimes allegedly committed in Clark County. Thomas Owens, 42, of Marblehead, the owner of Tom’s Toys Inc., pleaded guilty to three counts of prohibited acts of involving certificates of title on Thursday, according...

2:21 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

A boat and RV dealer who operated a location in Springfield faces up to 15 years in prison, including a possible five years for crimes allegedly committed in Clark County. Thomas Owens, 42, of Marblehead, the owner of Tom’s Toys Inc., pleaded guilty to three counts of prohibited acts of involving certificates of title on Thursday, according...
Man accused of nearly running over Springfield police: “I’m on the drugs”
 A man has been accused of fleeing from Springfield police officers on Tuesday, nearly striking them with his car and later telling them he was on drugs. Lamar Hameed Jr., 20, at-large, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count each of failure to comply with an order from a police officer, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and...

3:03 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

A man has been accused of fleeing from Springfield police officers on Tuesday, nearly striking them with his car and later telling them he was on drugs. Lamar Hameed Jr., 20, at-large, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count each of failure to comply with an order from a police officer, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and...
Closed Springfield church finds new life as community center
 A downtown church that closed has found new life as a community center and will host a national comedian in recovery performing to raise money for its substance abuse initiative. Kay Dodd, a comedian and recovering addict, will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Central Community Center at 102 W. High St., the former Faith United Methodist...

12:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

A downtown church that closed has found new life as a community center and will host a national comedian in recovery performing to raise money for its substance abuse initiative. Kay Dodd, a comedian and recovering addict, will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Central Community Center at 102 W. High St., the former Faith United Methodist...
Springfield woman charged with abandoning injured dog
 A Springfield woman accused of dropping off an injured dog she claimed was a stray at the Clark County Dog Shelter faces charges after an investigation allegedly showed the injured animal belonged to her. MORE: Springfield parish center struck during chase for stolen car Amanda L. Engle, 29, has been charged with one count of abandoning animals...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

A Springfield woman accused of dropping off an injured dog she claimed was a stray at the Clark County Dog Shelter faces charges after an investigation allegedly showed the injured animal belonged to her. MORE: Springfield parish center struck during chase for stolen car Amanda L. Engle, 29, has been charged with one count of abandoning animals...
Springfield parish center struck during chase for stolen car
 The parish center of a Springfield church was struck as law enforcement officers chased a stolen early Monday morning, according to a police report. Springfield Police Division officers were called to assist the Ohio State Highway Patrol as they were pursuing a stolen car heading westbound on East High Street at about 3:50 a.m. Monday morning...

12:32 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

The parish center of a Springfield church was struck as law enforcement officers chased a stolen early Monday morning, according to a police report. Springfield Police Division officers were called to assist the Ohio State Highway Patrol as they were pursuing a stolen car heading westbound on East High Street at about 3:50 a.m. Monday morning...
Springfield man accused of striking pregnant woman in face
 A Springfield man is facing charges after he allegedly punched a pregnant woman in the face multiple times Sunday evening, according to a police report. Timothy E. Carey, 47, has been charged with one count of domestic violence. He’s expected to appear in Clark County Municipal Court at 10:30 a.m. today. Springfield Police Division...

11:43 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

A Springfield man is facing charges after he allegedly punched a pregnant woman in the face multiple times Sunday evening, according to a police report. Timothy E. Carey, 47, has been charged with one count of domestic violence. He’s expected to appear in Clark County Municipal Court at 10:30 a.m. today. Springfield Police Division...
Car held at gun point, 1-year-old struck in Springfield
 Warrants have been issued for two Springfield men who allegedly held a car at gun point and struck a 1-year-old in the face, according to a police report. MORE: Drug recovery changing in Springfield, nation, offering hope Rodney Ligon, 24, is being charged with four counts of assault and two counts of aggravated menacing. Kyle Webster, 25...

12:26 AM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Warrants have been issued for two Springfield men who allegedly held a car at gun point and struck a 1-year-old in the face, according to a police report. MORE: Drug recovery changing in Springfield, nation, offering hope Rodney Ligon, 24, is being charged with four counts of assault and two counts of aggravated menacing. Kyle Webster, 25...
Drug recovery changing in Springfield, nation, offering hope
 The face of recovery from drug addiction in Springfield — and across the United States — is changing. People recovering told the Springfield News-Sun they have started to come out of the shadows and services to be coordinated in ways not seen just a few years ago. Common barriers to recovery have become clearer, they said, as...

10:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018

The face of recovery from drug addiction in Springfield — and across the United States — is changing. People recovering told the Springfield News-Sun they have started to come out of the shadows and services to be coordinated in ways not seen just a few years ago. Common barriers to recovery have become clearer, they said, as...
Clark County ranks in bottom quarter of Ohio counties for health
 Clark County continues to rank near the bottom quarter of Ohio counties on a national health survey but improved three spots from last year’s ranking. The county ranked 70th among Ohio’s 88 counties in the ninth annual County Health Rankings report released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of...

10:00 AM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Clark County continues to rank near the bottom quarter of Ohio counties on a national health survey but improved three spots from last year’s ranking. The county ranked 70th among Ohio’s 88 counties in the ninth annual County Health Rankings report released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of...
Springfield rejects rezoning for used car lot after neighbors object
 A rezoning request for a proposed car lot on East High Street has been rejected because it didn’t fit the neighborhood, local leaders said. Springfield city commissioners unanimously rejected Tuesday the rezoning for a proposed half-acre car lot at 2440 E. High St. The Springfield City Planning Board members also recommended in January...

10:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

A rezoning request for a proposed car lot on East High Street has been rejected because it didn’t fit the neighborhood, local leaders said. Springfield city commissioners unanimously rejected Tuesday the rezoning for a proposed half-acre car lot at 2440 E. High St. The Springfield City Planning Board members also recommended in January...
Warrant issued for Springfield man accused of punching woman
 A warrant has been issued for a Springfield man accused of punching a woman he knows last weekend. Walter Crawford, 49, faces domestic violence charges, according to a police report. The victim told police she got into an argument with Crawford, her fiancee, at a home in the 700 block of Kenton Street. Crawford allegedly pushed her away and...

6:03 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

A warrant has been issued for a Springfield man accused of punching a woman he knows last weekend. Walter Crawford, 49, faces domestic violence charges, according to a police report. The victim told police she got into an argument with Crawford, her fiancee, at a home in the 700 block of Kenton Street. Crawford allegedly pushed her away and...
Report: Man robbed at gunpoint near drive-through
 A Springfield man was robbed at gunpoint in an alley near a drive-through, according to a police report. The victim was leaving a drive-through in the 1100 block of Lagonda Avenue when a man flagged him down near the alley, it said. The victim told police the man pulled out a black handgun with a square end and told the victim to give him...

11:17 AM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

A Springfield man was robbed at gunpoint in an alley near a drive-through, according to a police report. The victim was leaving a drive-through in the 1100 block of Lagonda Avenue when a man flagged him down near the alley, it said. The victim told police the man pulled out a black handgun with a square end and told the victim to give him...
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