Clark & Champaign Counties


Springfield Chamber opens annual expo to public, offers more exposure

The Chamber of Greater Springfield showed off Springfield’s best in business to a much bigger crowd than usual on Thursday. The chamber opened its annual business expo to the general public this year, a first for the organization. More than 30 Springfield-area businesses participated, with specializations running from restaurants to printing companies. Most years, attendance for the event hovers...
Springfield student arrested after Facebook threat: 4 things to know

Springfield student arrested after Facebook threat: 4 things to know

A student at Springfield High School has been arrested after police said she made a Facebook post about a school shooting that went viral, including in multiple states. Here’s four things you should know about the ongoing case. » READ MORE: Attendance ‘light’ at Clark County Schools after threat, arrest made 1. ‘I will bring a gun to school tomorrow’ A post made...
Financial experts say you should do these things with your tax refund

Financial experts say you should do these things with your tax refund

‘Tis the season for taxpayers to get a nice chunk of change back from the IRS. It’s tempting to spend it all, but financial experts say there are steps you should take to shore up your financial future.  Some who usually pay off debt will splurge this year. “I’m going to Japan in April so I’m actually going to add that to my travel fund, so I’m really excited...
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...
Teen charged in connection with crash that killed Greenon student

Teen charged in connection with crash that killed Greenon student

A Greenon High School student has been charged in connection with a crash that killed another student in October. Andrew J. Scott, 16, faces charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter in Clark County Juvenile Court. Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, a junior, died while a passenger in a car that crashed shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, on Fowler Road between Rebert Pike...
 Three things to look forward to this spring

 Three things to look forward to this spring

It has been a very wet week in the Miami Valley, but it is also a turning point. We are now less than a month from the astronomical start to spring. On March 20 the vernal equinox will take place, transitioning us to the new season.  Daylight: The days will get longer. Daylight Saving Time begins March 11, which will help increase the amount of daylight but naturally the days get longer during...
Attendance ‘light’ at Clark County schools after threat, arrest made

Attendance ‘light’ at Clark County schools after threat, arrest made

A Springfield High School student was arrested Thursday after police said she posted a Facebook threat about a school shooting that went viral, causing districts across Clark County and the U.S. to take precautions and many students to stay home. Authorities declined to name the 16-year-old junior but Clark County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Travis Russell said she was charged with felony...
$223M Silfex plant, 400 jobs in Springfield: 3 things to know

$223M Silfex plant, 400 jobs in Springfield: 3 things to know

Silfex, an Eaton-based manufacturing company that has pledged to bring 400 jobs to Springfield, will start construction on its new $223 million plant, possibly as early as next week. Here are three things to know about the manufacturer and its pledge to bring more jobs to the region. » READ MORE: Construction to start on $223M Springfield plant, hiring 400 1. Construction, hiring to begin soon...
JUST IN: McDonald’s admits it screwed up & vows to ‘make amends’ this time

JUST IN: McDonald’s admits it screwed up & vows to ‘make amends’ this time

Mighty McDonald’s acknowledged this morning that it botched last fall’s release of a cult favorite menu item and vowed to get it right this time — starting this Monday, Feb. 26. “Last October, we truly meant well,” McDonald’s said in a release this morning, “when we brought back a super-limited batch of Szechuan Sauce, but it quickly became apparent we did...
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...
Student arrest for making threats at Springfield H.S. charged with a felony

Student arrest for making threats at Springfield H.S. charged with a felony

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m: After a Springfield High School student was arrested on Thursday due to viral threats posted on Facebook about a school shooting, Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill released a statement about student safety. “As I have stated many times and as I will continue to reiterate, student and staff safety is of the utmost importance in our district. Threats, whether written, posted...
Springfield schools set to hire new treasurer

Springfield schools set to hire new treasurer

The Springfield City School Board of Education will vote today on hiring the district’s new treasurer. The agenda for Thursday’s 6 p.m. regular school board meeting includes a vote on Nicole Cottrell, who’s worked in the treasurer’s office for the past five years, as the new treasurer. The Springfield City Schools treasurer manages a payroll for more than 1,000 employees and...
Boy ‘apologetic,’ faces charges after gun found at Springfield school

Boy ‘apologetic,’ faces charges after gun found at Springfield school

An 8-year-old Springfield student at Simon Kenton Elementary School faces charges for allegedly bringing an unloaded gun to the school. A teacher found the .380 semi-auto pistol in the student’s backpack while putting homework inside his backpack, according to Springfield Police Capt. Mike Kranz. The student will face a charge of possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone, Kranz said...
‘Bad Art’ raises money for Champaign County arts programs

‘Bad Art’ raises money for Champaign County arts programs

The Champaign County Arts Council is holding its sixth fundraiser to support community programs. Bad Art by Good People takes local leaders from the community and they create a work of art, said Executive Director Heath Brackney. None of them are professional artists, she said. Each local leader has the option to have a professional mentor and help them create the work of art, give them advice and...
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...
Champaign County officials push forward plan to build new hotel

Champaign County officials push forward plan to build new hotel

Champaign County economic development leaders will push ahead with a proposal that could lead to a new hotel in Urbana as early as next year. A recent review conducted by a Wisconsin-based consultant showed there’s enough demand in Urbana that it would be feasible to build a new hotel with at least 70 to 80 rooms and meeting space, said Marcia Bailey, economic development coordinator for the...
Superintendent: Springfield schools safe, even after gun in backpack

Superintendent: Springfield schools safe, even after gun in backpack

Students in the Springfield City School District are safer at school than anywhere else, the superintendent said Wednesday morning. Superintendent Bob Hill told the Springfield News-Sun no students were in danger Tuesday when an 8-year-old Simon Kenton student allegedly brought an unloaded gun to school. “The incident was handled quickly and swiftly,” Hill said. “I’m very proud...
Springfield teen sentenced in brother’s brutal death: 3 things to know

Springfield teen sentenced in brother’s brutal death: 3 things to know

The Springfield teenager who was only 16 when prosecutors said he beat and stabbed his brother to death in 2016 has pleaded guilty to murder and been sentenced to 15 year to life in prison, according to court documents. Here’s three things you should know about the case. Nicholas Starling was accused of beating his brother, Harley Starling, with a baseball bat and then stabbing him in the throat...
Springfield man accused of abduction, stomping on woman’s head

Springfield man accused of abduction, stomping on woman’s head

A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly abducted a woman he knows and stomped on her head in Pike Twp. last week. MORE: Springfield man holds alleged thief at gunpoint until police arrive Jonathan J. Rockey, 36, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty to one count each of domestic violence, abduction, disrupting public services, assault, menacing and unauthorized use of a vehicle...
Criminal charges filed in Springfield nursing home drug theft

Criminal charges filed in Springfield nursing home drug theft

One of two patients accused of stealing unsecured narcotics from a Springfield nursing home has been arrested. Christopher R. Rosales, 29, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft in Clark County Municipal Court on Sunday, Feb. 18. Bond was set at $10,000. About 5 a.m. Dec. 10, nurses at Eaglewood Care Center, 2000 Villa Road, told police they were unable to locate about 23 Oxycodone...
Construction to start on $223M Springfield plant, hiring 400

Construction to start on $223M Springfield plant, hiring 400

Silfex, a company that has pledged to invest $223 million to expand to Springfield, is ramping up hiring and will soon begin construction. The company, based in Eaton, has pledged to create about 400 jobs in Springfield over the next several years. On Tuesday, company officials hosted a project preview and open house at their new property on Titus Road. The site is now a vacant 350,000-square-foot...
Springfield leaders to discuss changes to requirements for landlords

Springfield leaders to discuss changes to requirements for landlords

Springfield city commissioners are considering changes to an ordinance that fines landlords $100 for failing to provide information to tenants about their rights. Landlords currently must provide a booklet to renters that explains the rights and responsibilities of both parties or face a $100 fine, according to a city code enacted in 2001. Under a new proposal, Springfield landlords first would receive...
8-year-old found with a gun in his backpack at local elementary school

8-year-old found with a gun in his backpack at local elementary school

The gun found in an 8-year-old’s book bag at Simon Kenton Elementary School was discovered at the end of the day before dismissal, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill. “As a parent and as a resident, you wonder if it’s safe to send your children to school and if they will return safely,” Nina Wiley of Springfield said to News Center 7’s James Buechele about the...
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...
What’s new around Springfield: 3 recently opened local spots

What’s new around Springfield: 3 recently opened local spots

With the advent of Springfield’s first stand-alone Starbucks on the horizon, you may be asking yourself what else is new around town? Here’s a guide to three local businesses that have opened within the past year. 1. Stick + Stone A unique set of owners has created this eclectic home and bath decor store deep in the heart of Springfield. Located at 36 N. Fountain Ave. (next door to Winans...
New Springfield stop light to alleviate congestion at I-70, Ohio 72

New Springfield stop light to alleviate congestion at I-70, Ohio 72

A new traffic light built to alleviate congestion at a busy I-70 interchange in Springfield is set to activate this week. The $300,000 project was funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee Director Scott Schmid said in December the traffic signals, built at the westbound entrance and exit ramps of the I-70/Ohio 72 exchange, will...
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...
Springfield teen guilty of killing brother: Crime scene a ‘horror movie’

Springfield teen guilty of killing brother: Crime scene a ‘horror movie’

The teenager who was 16 when prosecutors say he killed his younger brother has pleaded guilty to murder. Nicholas Starling, who was accused of stabbing and beating his 14-year-old brother with a baseball bat to death in October 2016, was sentenced last week to 15 years to life in prison, according to court documents. The violent slaying of Harley Starling resembled something out of a horror movie...
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...
Big spikes in construction last year in Springfield, Champaign County

Big spikes in construction last year in Springfield, Champaign County

The value of commercial building permits ballooned more than $50 million in Champaign County last year compared to 2016, and the city of Springfield also saw a spike due to large projects like Topre and investments at Wittenberg University. The value of commercial permits is one signal of the amount of investment in the region, local leaders said, but they also noted various issues can affect the...
Family: Attempted robbery led to fatal shooting of Springfield teen

Family: Attempted robbery led to fatal shooting of Springfield teen

The Springfield Police Division is investigating the city’s first fatal shooting of the year and family said they believe an attempted robbery might have led to the killing. Cobey E. Etherington, 19, of Springfield, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers were in the area of West Pleasant and South Yellow Springs streets when they heard a single gunshot about 3 a.m. Monday, according to a...
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...
Low-cost airline adds flights an hour from Springfield to 7 cities

Low-cost airline adds flights an hour from Springfield to 7 cities

Spirit Airline, a low-cost carrier, has added new nonstop flights just an hour from Springfield to five cities and plans additional service to New Orleans and Myrtle Beach in late March. Spirit added flights from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay and Fort Myers in Florida and Las Vegas, beginning Thursday, Feb. 15. MORE COVERAGE: Don&rsquo...
Suspect in custody after Bellaire Avenue stabbing 

Suspect in custody after Bellaire Avenue stabbing 

One male was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after an altercation led to a stabbing Monday afternoon.  The two person altercation took place at a residence in the 100 block of Bellaire Avenue. The male victim reported injuries to his shoulder and buttocks.  We will continue to update this developing story with the latest details. 
Witt students compete in “Shark Tank”-like program

Witt students compete in “Shark Tank”-like program

The shark has jumped and the Tiger Tank has replaced it at Wittenberg University. The school’s Department of Business presented its own version last week of the popular ABC television series “Shark Tank,” calling it Tiger Tank after the school’s mascot. RELATED: Cedarville business lands $100K deal on ‘Shark Tank’ Seven sets of students, 20 participants altogether...
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...
Man accused of sex assault at Clark County Humane Society sentenced

Man accused of sex assault at Clark County Humane Society sentenced

A man accused of sexual misconduct with an underage girl at the Humane Society Serving Clark County was sentenced to four years in prison. Demetrice Green, 36, was sentenced by Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill on Feb. 12. Green entered an Alford plea to a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. An Alford plea means he didn’t admit to the crime but accepts its...
Urbana chief: Level of violence ‘troubling’ in city

Urbana chief: Level of violence ‘troubling’ in city

Champaign County had some high profile cases last year — including a school shooting and a teen murder suspect who’s claimed multiple personalities — but overall violent crime rates remained largely flat. Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell said he’s concerned about the amount of crime in the city, even though the statistics don’t show an increase in violent crime last...
STEM program offers female students special opportunity in Springfield

STEM program offers female students special opportunity in Springfield

Female students in the greater Springfield area are getting a unique opportunity to study math and science in depth thanks to a special program. Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), a program dedicated to offering a hands-on learning experience for female students around the area, began holding events at The Dome earlier this month. The program, which is now in its third...
Rain returns this week, flooding a concern

Rain returns this week, flooding a concern

Clouds will be on the increase overnight tonight as rain approaches toward daybreak Monday. Temperatures overnight will be steady in the upper 30s and lower 40s. Rain returns tomorrow More rain mid-week Flooding possible the next few days MONDAY: Rain returns, and it could be heavy at times. While the chance for storms is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in...
Local organizations stepping up to improve Clark County oral health

Local organizations stepping up to improve Clark County oral health

In the wake of a dental crisis in Clark County, local organizations want to improve dental health throughout the community. FIRST REPORT: Health district to pursue fluoridation in Springfield, New Carlisle More than 32 percent of Clark County residents have had between one and five permanent teeth removed because of tooth decay or gum disease, according to the most recent Community Health Assessment...
Clark County deputy shooting of news photographer heads to grand jury

Clark County deputy shooting of news photographer heads to grand jury

The investigation into a Clark County deputy shooting of a news photographer will be presented to a grand jury. The Ohio Attorney’s General’s office declined in an email to say when the case will be presented. “This matter is still pending a presentation to the grand jury,” AG’s spokeswoman Jill Del Greco said. “Because grand jury hearings are secret, we wouldn&rsquo...
Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame workplace barriers

Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame workplace barriers

In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She doubted that anyone would...
Clark County event unites women for fun, fundraiser

Clark County event unites women for fun, fundraiser

More fun and reading opportunities will result when the Women’s Giving Society’s second annual Power of the Purse returns. The fundraiser event combining food and fun will be 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center in downtown Springfield. MORE THINGS TO DO: Wonderland, Oz set to cross paths over the rainbow in Springfield Proceeds go...
Rain, maybe a heavy dose, headed for region early next week

Rain, maybe a heavy dose, headed for region early next week

Look for rain, perhaps heavy, beginning Monday that is expected to last through at least Wednesday, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. After a brief break, an active weather pattern will resume across the Miami Valley next week. High pressure will move off the southeastern United States and stall.  The clockwise surface wind flow around that high pressure will pump moisture-laden...
Sing out loud: 4 things to do this weekend in Springfield

Sing out loud: 4 things to do this weekend in Springfield

This weekend’s weather outlook is on the wet side, but that’s no reason to stay indoors. Here are four events to enjoy in the greater Springfield area while keeping you dry. 1. ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ The Springfield Civic Theater will be performing their rendition of ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ at the John Legend Theater in Springfield, starting on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7...
She’s Yellow Springs’ most generous book lover

She’s Yellow Springs’ most generous book lover

Countless books of the odd and unexpected varieties are in the hands of many people who have visited Yellow Springs, thanks to Kate Mooneyham. Mooneyham, manager of Dark Star Books in Yellow Springs, has been consistently placing a large box of free books in the alley behind her and her mother’s bookstore for over a year. On almost any day, folks taking a leisurely walk down the colorful back...
Flu hospitalizations hit 10,000 in Ohio, more than 230 in Clark County

Flu hospitalizations hit 10,000 in Ohio, more than 230 in Clark County

More than 10,000 Ohioans have now landed in the hospital because of the flu this season, according to Ohio Department of Health data released Friday. That includes 232 people in Clark County. Also, the number of people reporting flu-like-illnesses to doctors continues to rise, trending up three weeks in a row and climbing more than 18 percent during the reporting week. TRENDING STORY: Springfield...
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