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2 fatal crashes kills three people in Clark County

Three people were killed in two accidents in Clark County over the weekend, including a fiery crash in Springfield that killed two people and injured a third. Officials responded to the 1800 block of West Pleasant Street near Dayton Avenue on Saturday about 6:20 p.m. and found a gray Chrysler 300 on fire. The driver, Charles L. Foster II, 26, of Springfield and front seat passenger Kiarrah N. Young...
3 recent plane crashes in Southwest Ohio involving experimental planes

3 recent plane crashes in Southwest Ohio involving experimental planes

The Miami Valley has witnessed multiple airplane crashes in the past few months. All three crashes involved where experimental planes. The small plane that crashed in a field near I-70 in Harmony Twp. on Sunday, resulted in the death of the pilot, 24-year-old Jordan A. Spier of Wilmington, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Witnesses reported seeing the plane, a Macleod homebuilt fixed wing...
Springfield News-Sun staff nominated for state awards

Springfield News-Sun staff nominated for state awards

The Springfield News-Sun has received eight nominations in its division of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2016 newspaper contest. Two News-Sun reporters were both named finalists for best public service. Reporter Michael Cooper was selected in the category for his yearlong Healthy Springfield series that included more than 60 articles digging into efforts to improve Springfield&rsquo...
Clark County plane crash: 5 things to know about experimental aircraft

Clark County plane crash: 5 things to know about experimental aircraft

A string of fatal plane crashes in the Miami Valley have involved experimental or amateur/home-built airplanes. Here are five things you should know about these airplanes. The term experimental doesn’t mean that these planes are experiments, but is the designation given by the Federal Aviation Administration. According to the FAA, if a plane is 51 percent constructed by an individual, it can...
Clark County Land Bank, housing partnership turn blight into home

Clark County Land Bank, housing partnership turn blight into home

A run-down house in Park Layne could have been an eyesore in the community for many years, but because of the work of the Clark County Land Bank and the Neighborhood Housing Partnership, it instead is an opportunity. Ethan Harris, Clark County Land Bank project/community engagement manager, said the house was a mess not that long ago. The Land Bank took time last week to celebrate the accomplishments...
FAA records: Victim in Clark County crash had active pilot’s license

FAA records: Victim in Clark County crash had active pilot’s license

Investigators worked Monday to piece together details of a plane crash in Harmony Twp. that killed a 24-year-old Wilmington pilot who was dedicated to aviation. Jordan A. Spier was flying Sunday evening a Macleod home-built aircraft owned by his uncle Ronald Spier. He had taken off from his uncle’s private airstrip in the 300 block of Titus Avenue before crashing shortly before 5 p.m. in a field...
Clark County, Springfield ask where you want development to go

Clark County, Springfield ask where you want development to go

Clark County residents will have a chance to share their vision for future development this week as as part of a $214,000 update to an 18-year-old land use plan. The Crossroads Comprehensive Plan — a long-term strategic vision used by the city and county as a road map for future transportation, housing and economic development projects — was last updated in 1999. Sarah Kelly, senior project...
Assurant sees net operating income fall 30 percent last year

Assurant sees net operating income fall 30 percent last year

Assurant’s net operating income fell more than 30 percent last year, but company leaders said they have made progress in a restructuring effort that should make it more profitable in the future. The company, based in New York, reported net operating income of $276.9 million in 2016. That’s about a 31 percent decrease compared to 2015, when the company reported net operating income of $398...
SKY 7 VIDEO: NTSB investigates fatal Clark County plane crash

SKY 7 VIDEO: NTSB investigates fatal Clark County plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused the plane to crash that killed Jordan Spier, 24, of Wilmington. Family members said Jordan Spier was the nephew of the plane’s owner, Dr. Ronald Spier, a Springfield surgeon. A view from Sky 7 showed the plane still down in a field near Interstate 70 in Clark County Monday with investigators remaining on the scene...
New Carlisle boutique gets new owner, plans to add events

New Carlisle boutique gets new owner, plans to add events

When Sarah Trimbach first started her job at World Threads, an import boutique in New Carlisle, she did so believing that it might not be for very long. Being hired on as a manager, Trimbach was told by her employers John and Carolyn Brichacek that the state of their business was unknown. RELATED: 2 new businesses to open at Upper Valley Mall “They had told me up...
Urbana seeks to make downtown roundabout safer

Urbana seeks to make downtown roundabout safer

City of Urbana leaders are asking residents for their input and suggestions as they plan to renovate the downtown roundabout on U.S. 68 and Ohio 36 in 2019. Urbana City Engineer Tyler Bumbalough said the current roundabout was created in 2009 with costs in mind and has been deemed deficient in many areas. The intersection has cut down on traffic accidents and fatal crashes, he said, but there are...
Dense Fog Advisory issued for entire region

Dense Fog Advisory issued for entire region

Dense Fog Advisory expanded for entire region until 10 a.m. Monday Visibilities less than a quarter of a mile expected  Showers return early in the week The National Weather Service has expanded a Dense Fog Advisory to cover the entire Miami Valley until 10 a.m. Monday.  Areas of dense fog could impact the Monday morning commute, with visibility expected to drop to less than a quarter...
Wittenberg sets sights on growth with new president

Wittenberg sets sights on growth with new president

Wittenberg University’s new president hopes his diverse background in corporate finance and higher education will help him lead the Springfield institution through what will likely be a transition period. Mike Frandsen was named the school’s 15th president on Feb. 10. Frandsen served almost three years as the vice president for finance and administration at Oberlin College and before that...
Upper Valley Mall to host Clark County home show

Upper Valley Mall to host Clark County home show

The annual Clark County Home Show will move to the Upper Valley Mall this year as area home owners to start think about potential projects this spring. The show has been hosted by the Clark State Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center for the past few years, but the mall will allow a more open space for residents to browse the local vendors and companies who will attend this year, said Dan Kegley, president...
Two killed in fiery Springfield crash identified

Two killed in fiery Springfield crash identified

The identities of two people killed in a fiery car crash Saturday night in Springfield have been released by police.  The driver, Charles L. Foster II, 26, of Springfield, and front seat passenger Kiarrah N. Young, 24, of Springfield, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to a Springfield Police report.  Jeffrey Brown, 28, was a back seat passenger in the car and was...
Mardi Gras event to raise money for Clark County cancer society

Mardi Gras event to raise money for Clark County cancer society

Springfield’s branch of the American Cancer Society will host its first celebrity luncheon in three years on Feb. 24 to raise money for the organization and its programs. The Bourbon Street at the Buckeye event is a Mardi Gras themed luncheon will start at noon and is expected to raise between $3,000 to $5,000, according to Michele Hemphill, who has been part of Clark County’s cancer society...
Stafford: Health care coverage costs concerning

Stafford: Health care coverage costs concerning

This may not be sweet. It will be short. You likely have seen the commercial. It’s one of those, “What’s in your wallet?” ads for Capital One and has the usual message. Dear Consumer: If you’re piling up bonus cash while using your charge card, you shouldn’t be cheated by some company that places all kinds of restrictions on what you can spend your bonus cash on...
West Liberty group home closes after license revoked, staff shortages

West Liberty group home closes after license revoked, staff shortages

A Logan County group home whose license had been revoked recently has closed after leaders say it wasn’t able to maintain a trained workforce. The Adriel School in West Liberty housed and taught about 40 kids with behavioral issues from across Southwest and Central Ohio. In the past several years, West Liberty Police had responded to the campus hundreds of times for everything from fights to...
New restaurant opens in Springfield

New restaurant opens in Springfield

Springfield’s latest option for Mexican dining has opened its doors. El Speedy Gonzales opened this month at 1100 Upper Valley Pike, in the same building that previously housed a KFC franchise. MORE: New restaurant to open on Upper Valley Pike in Clark County The new restaurant focuses on customers who want to dine, but seek quicker service than traditional restaurants. The restaurant will be...
Lawsuit alleges Springfield vet clinic billed for pills it didn’t give

Lawsuit alleges Springfield vet clinic billed for pills it didn’t give

Two Springfield residents have filed a lawsuit against a local veterinary clinic alleging the business charged customers for a flea treatment and other services that weren’t administered and seeking $750,000. The clinic and kennel’s owners denied the allegations and said they’d fight back in court. OTHER COURT NEWS: EF Hutton seeks to throw out former exec’s lawsuit over disputed...
Springfield business park soon to be home to Honda supplier

Springfield business park soon to be home to Honda supplier

The city of Springfield has sold some land in its Champion City Business Park, a step toward allowing a Honda supplier to open a new manufacturing plant at the site. Two other business parks in Clark County also have received a state designation that local leaders said could help draw new companies to the region. Springfield city commissioners also approved this week selling five acres in the Champion...
Champaign County school considers asking voters to raise taxes

Champaign County school considers asking voters to raise taxes

Graham Local School leaders continue to discuss putting a levy on November’s ballot to pay for operating costs. Superintendent Kirk Koennecke said the district has slashed its budget as much as it can and will eventually face cuts that will hurt the education of its students. “This district went through a financial upheaval in 2011 and in 2012,” Koennecke said. “The district...
Clark County Fairgrounds moves forward with boat racing plans

Clark County Fairgrounds moves forward with boat racing plans

The Clark County Fairgrounds wants to move forward with its plan to host racing events at its 125-acre lake, which leaders say could draw thousands of tourists and millions of dollars in revenue to Springfield. The Springfield City Planning Board approved a re-zoning request this week to allow the 185-acre property on Laybourne Road to hold racing events. Springfield city commissioners will vote on...
Pre-school targets parents to help Springfield children

Pre-school targets parents to help Springfield children

Knowing where to go to get information and resources that will help a person become a better parent can make a large difference in a child’s life, and a nonprofit wants to make that easier for Springfield families. Miami Valley Child Development Centers Inc. hosted a Bold Beginning event at the Springfield City School District’s Clark Center on Thursday morning that brought local resources...
Springfield man who gets 13 years for rape had been ‘under the radar’

Springfield man who gets 13 years for rape had been ‘under the radar’

A Springfield man will spend 13 years in prison after he was convicted of raping a woman at gunpoint in 2015. Issac Morgan, 24, agreed to plead guilty to rape with a firearm specification, Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Driscoll said, in exchange for the state dropping another rape charge and two kidnapping charges. Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill sentenced him...
EF Hutton seeks to throw out former exec’s lawsuit over disputed pay

EF Hutton seeks to throw out former exec’s lawsuit over disputed pay

EF Hutton America has responded to a lawsuit filed by a former company executive, arguing in court documents that the case should be dismissed. Dennis White sued EF Hutton America and CEO Chris Daniels in federal court in Pennsylvania late last year, alleging the firm failed to compensate him for his work as president for at least two years. Attorneys for EF Hutton asked the court last week to...
Springfield vet changed by ‘everything you knew about death’ in Vietnam

Springfield vet changed by ‘everything you knew about death’ in Vietnam

Name: Allen W. Kurtz Hometown: Springfield, Ohio Current Residence: Savannah, Ga. Family: Wife, Nannette Lambert; children Matthew A. Kurtz and Kristin L. Kurtz. RELATED: Honoring Clark, Champaign County veterans by sharing their stories Career after the military: Water Treatment Plant and AFSCME/AFL-CIO Local No. 1608 union president; retired in 1985. Hobbies: Auto repair and wood working Branch...
Springfield man shot outside of Yellow Springs Street house

Springfield man shot outside of Yellow Springs Street house

A man was shot in the leg in the 1100 block of South Yellow Springs Street this morning. Officers responded to the house around 1 a.m. and discovered a man shot on the front porch, according to a police report.  The victim told police he was on the sidewalk in front of the residence, when a vehicle stopped quickly in the street and a suspect came up to him between houses and fired an unknown...
Three taken to hospital after crash that struck Springfield house

Three taken to hospital after crash that struck Springfield house

The three people involved in a car crash on the corner of McCreight and Fountain avenues didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries, Springfield police said Thursday morning. Two vehicles collided Wednesday afternoon, which resulted in one of the cars — a red Ford Fusion — jumping the curb and hitting a home’s porch. The other vehicle, a grey Lexus, had its front end destroyed...
Clark County, Humane Society reach deal to keep lost, stray dogs here

Clark County, Humane Society reach deal to keep lost, stray dogs here

Clark County leaders and the local Humane Society have reached an agreement to keep stray and lost dogs picked up by dog wardens within the county, but the nonprofit’s leaders said it still faces financial struggles. Clark County had planned earlier this month to send stray or lost dogs picked up by wardens to a Montgomery County shelter after the two organizations couldn’t agree on the...
Wittenberg to host popular trio for concert

Wittenberg to host popular trio for concert

Wittenberg University will welcome the Goldstein, Peled, Fiterstein Trio for a concert as part of the 2016-17 Wittenberg Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Weaver Chapel. READ MORE: Wittenberg selectes new leader to tackle financial challenges Longtime friends bound by their Israeli roots and summers shared in Vermont at the Marlboro Music Festival, trio members Alon Goldstein (piano), Amit...
Retailer files for bankruptcy, Upper Valley Mall store’s future unclear

Retailer files for bankruptcy, Upper Valley Mall store’s future unclear

The Upper Valley Mall received a blow this week after MC Sports, a national retailer based in Michigan, filed for bankruptcy and said it will begin immediate liquidation sales at all stores. Company officials declined comment Wednesday afternoon and referred all questions to a news release. Officials at the Upper Valley Mall also didn’t return a call seeking comment Wednesday. The German Twp...
Planets, stars you may be able to locate this week

Planets, stars you may be able to locate this week

DAYTON —Despite the cold temperatures you'll have to deal with, early birds may want to head out a few hours before dawn and try to find a planet.  The waning gibbous moon should be bright in the southwest sky and to the bottom right of the moon you should be able to see a very bright looking star which is actually Jupiter.  Near Jupiter will be an actual star called Spica. The clouds...
Springfield hopes to save money on $250M plan to stop sewer overflows

Springfield hopes to save money on $250M plan to stop sewer overflows

As a $23 million sewer project continues in Springfield, local and state environmental leaders are reviewing the city’s plan to determine what else must be done to eliminate overflows of raw sewage into area waterways. The city has already spent nearly $80 million on the federally mandated Combined Sewer Overflow project, designed to cut down on overflows from combined storm sewers during heavy...
Clark County students compete to collect socks for homeless

Clark County students compete to collect socks for homeless

Emily High was a freshmen at Kenton Ridge High School when she began volunteering at Springfield Soup Kitchen four years ago. Last year around her junior year, High wanted to find a way to help the patrons of the soup kitchen. She asked Fred Stegner, president of the organization, what they needed most and he replied “socks.” “I have over 250 people come in each night, a lot of whom...
Springfield man indicted in fatal hit-and-run

Springfield man indicted in fatal hit-and-run

A Springfield man has been indicted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that happened in November. A Clark County grand jury indicted Jeffrey Campbell, 53, on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to stop after an accident, operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and grand theft of a motor vehicle. The charges are related to a crash that killed Phillip Carlton...
Valentine’s Day spending attracts business in Springfield

Valentine’s Day spending attracts business in Springfield

After a record-setting year for Valentine’s Day spending in 2016, spending may drop in 2017, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics According to the National Retail Federation, spending for Valentine’s Day is estimated to reach $18.2 billion nationally, which is down from $19.7 billion last year. Nearly 50 percent of Valentine&rsquo...
Springfield couple allegedly stole thousands from elderly woman

Springfield couple allegedly stole thousands from elderly woman

A husband and wife from Springfield allegedly stole thousands of dollars from an older Ohio woman over a period of several years, according to a release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. A Clark County grand jury has indicted Deborah and Dwight Stutzman, ages 64 and 68, on charges of theft with a specification that the victim of the offense is an elderly or disabled adult, according to...
2 new businesses to open at Upper Valley Mall

2 new businesses to open at Upper Valley Mall

Two local businesses will open in the Upper Valley Mall this spring, including a furniture store that will take over space formerly occupied by Elder Beerman. Sheer Perfection, a new hair salon, is expected to open in a location near the mall’s front entrance near the food court on March 1, said Brenda LaBonte, the mall’s general manager. Unique Furnishings Plus, which will offer antique...
What is that loud noise over Springfield?

What is that loud noise over Springfield?

Ohio Air National Guard fighter jets boomed through the skies above Springfield last night on a night training exercise, a Guard spokesman confirmed today. The 180th Fighter Wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons will conduct night training exercises through Thursday, said Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes, a spokesman for the Toledo-based unit. RELATED: F-16s roaring above region as Toledo fighter...
Daylight increases as winter ends

Daylight increases as winter ends

DAYTON —Warmer than normal temperatures continue to reappear this month, and longer days are on the way.  We will gain about two minutes and 30 seconds of daylight each day from Feb. 14 to March 14. We will see about 10 hours and 42 minutes of daylight on Wednesday, but by March 14 that will have increased to 11 hours and 53 minutes.  Don't forget March 12 begins daylight saving...
Man sentenced in Drake Motel baby death

Man sentenced in Drake Motel baby death

SPRINGFIELD —Brian Lee Spencer Jr. was sentenced to 11 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter during a Clark County Common Pleas Court hearing on Tuesday. Spencer pleaded guilty to the charge in connection to the death of his 7-week-old baby, who was found unresponsive at the Drake Motel last fall. RELATED: Parents of baby found dead at Clark County motel charged with felony The baby's...
Clark County seeks to develop long-term jobs plan to grow economy

Clark County seeks to develop long-term jobs plan to grow economy

Economic development leaders in Clark County are starting to develop a plan that seeks to grow Clark County’s economy faster than its population. They’re in the earliest stages of developing a long-term road map for jobs in the region as they face challenges ranging from workforce development to targeting industries for growth. It could take months to develop the plan, which would involve...
Colder air returns tonight; find out how warm this weekend will be

Colder air returns tonight; find out how warm this weekend will be

Partly cloudy skies are expected through the evening hours with breezy conditions. It will be unseasonably mild with temperatures dropping back into the 40s. Turning blustery, colder late tonight Chance for passing flurries Wednesday Another big weekend warm-up coming TONIGHT: Clouds will be on the increase with gusty winds at times. Colder air will push back into the Miami Valley overnight with...
West Liberty candy maker busy prepping for Valentine’s rush

West Liberty candy maker busy prepping for Valentine’s rush

Marie’s Candies in West Liberty has been working hard making hundreds of pounds of candies for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is the local company’s second busiest holiday behind Christmas. The factory and store in West Liberty, which is famous for its chocolates, was busy Monday making chocolate-covered potato chips, truffles and even bacon. The workers will start making...
Flu spreading but may be losing steam as Clark County cases drop

Flu spreading but may be losing steam as Clark County cases drop

Overall flu activity and the number of flu-related hospitalizations continued to rise for the entire Miami Valley last week but dropped in Clark County. At least four children have died from flu-related complications in Ohio, according to the state health department. A 7-year-old boy from Columbiana County near Cleveland was the latest victim, according to a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of...
West Liberty-Salem shooting victim ‘bravest kid,’ back in class

West Liberty-Salem shooting victim ‘bravest kid,’ back in class

The student critically injured during the West Liberty-Salem High School shooting returned to classes for the first time Monday about three weeks after the shooting and two weeks after having heart surgery. The family of 16-year-old Logan Cole, who stayed for an extended time at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus following the shooting on Jan. 20, shared on social media Monday that the...
Four Springfield residents will vie for three commission seats

Four Springfield residents will vie for three commission seats

Four Springfield residents — including two incumbents and two political newcomers — will vie for three seats on the city commission on the November ballot. The Clark County Board of Elections certified the ballots at Monday’s meeting – meaning incumbent commissioners Joyce Chilton and Dan Martin will compete against challengers Rob Rue and David Estrop at the polls on Nov....
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