Clark & Champaign Counties


Springfield Guard unit providing communications after hurricanes

A group of airmen from Springfield have spent much of this month on the island of St. Thomas, stabilizing communications as rescuers and government agencies respond to damage caused by two hurricanes. In all, six airmen from the 269th Combat Communications Squadron were deployed on Sept. 7 to the U.S. Virgin islands, which have been lashed first by Hurricane Irma and more recently, Hurricane Maria...
High School Football: Wildcats’ ‘Big back’ Smoot wears down Lebanon

High School Football: Wildcats’ ‘Big back’ Smoot wears down Lebanon

During an up-and-down first half against Lebanon on Friday night there was a constant for the Springfield football team: Tavion Smoot. Smoot is a 5-foot-11, 240-pound sophomore running back who gets stronger as the game progresses and makes defenses weaker. When the Wildcats needed a first-half drive to tie the score he made punishing runs. When it was time to take control in the third quarter he...
Family of Springfield woman found in crashed car looks for answers

Family of Springfield woman found in crashed car looks for answers

The family of a Springfield woman found dead in a crashed car last week says they have a lot of questions about what caused her death. Chelsea Marie Dowler, 27, was found in a 1993 Dodge Dakota on Sept. 14. The car left the roadway and struck a tree before coming to rest in Delaware County’s Kingston Twp. north of Columbus, according to the Delaware Post of the State Highway Patrol, but it&rsquo...
Champaign County teen charged with murder gets hearing pushed back

Champaign County teen charged with murder gets hearing pushed back

A scheduling conflict has forced a hearing for a Champaign County teen accused of killing a woman to be pushed back. Donovan Nicholas, 14, was set for an amenability hearing on Friday. Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi told the Springfield News-Sun that a scheduling conflict forced the case to be put on hold for a month. MORE: Champaign Co. prosecutors want 8th-grade murder suspect tried The...
Springfield native living clean, successful after prison, addiction

Springfield native living clean, successful after prison, addiction

Springfield native Jeff Childress began using drugs when he was 12 years old — and he never stopped. He didn’t know as a pre-teen it would lead him to prison twice and homelessness. “Basically, it was a loss of everything,” Childress said. “Living skills reduced to the animal level.” Childress has been clean since Feb. 19, 2014. He now owns an exterior cleaning...
Springfield ex-addicts: Recovery possible

Springfield ex-addicts: Recovery possible

About 160 people have died from drug overdoses in Clark County since the beginning of 2016 but many more have escaped addiction’s grasp. In Springfield, hundreds of addicts have found their way to local treatment facilities and programs to live a better life. This month, those addicts celebrate recovery as part of National Recovery Month, held annually in the United States. Springfield native...
‘Perfect’ Springfield couple battles addictions, finds recovery

‘Perfect’ Springfield couple battles addictions, finds recovery

In 2014, Springfield residents Abby and Eli Glaser and their five children were pictured on a billboard for a local organization promoting healthy relationships. At home, however, the family struggled as Eli Glaser battled a prescription pill addiction and depression that saw him blow through the family’s finances. He tried to get clean multiple times but wasn’t ready. RELATED: New program...
3 times experimental planes have crashed in Clark County

3 times experimental planes have crashed in Clark County

Some aviation enthusiasts who do not have their pilot licenses have turned to home-built ultralight planes to fly. To fly a plane without a license, a person’s aircraft must follow the ultralight vehicle criteria: weigh less than 254 pounds, limit to five U.S. gallons of fuel, maximum speed of 55 knots and contain a single occupant, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.  Any...
Cottrel: Here’s your chance to weigh in on the future of Clark County

Cottrel: Here’s your chance to weigh in on the future of Clark County

Speaking of communication, which was the subject of my column last week, this coming week is full of some golden opportunities for us to contribute our two cents. Big things are happening in our end of the county and residents need to have input. On Wednesday, Sept. 20, another Community Choices Workshop will be held by Connect Clark County. This session will be held in Western Clark County at United...
Springfield man accused of grabbing woman faces sex charge

Springfield man accused of grabbing woman faces sex charge

A Springfield man has been accused of inappropriately touching a woman outside a restaurant. Rolando Chapa, 49, is charged with sexual imposition in Clark County Municipal Court. He’s accused of allegedly grabbing a woman’s chest and running away. The charge is a misdemeanor. Police said the woman’s son told them that he chased Chapa after the alleged assault. READ MORE: Man accused...
Springfield City students take part in video with John Legend

Springfield City students take part in video with John Legend

The Springfield City School District and some of its students are featured in a product-unveiling video with Springfield native and multiple Grammy winner John Legend. The Springfield News-Sun and WHIO-TV were the only media at the video shoot in August. Students were seen learning how to produce music on the Cisco Spark Board, a new technology by Cisco Systems. The students were surprised when John...
3 things to know about the newest Honda Accord made at Marysville

3 things to know about the newest Honda Accord made at Marysville

Honda’s newest version of its flagship, the Accord, rolled off the assembly line at the Marysville plant on Monday.  The 2018 model has a more streamlined look and Honda Sensing technology that includes safety features such as line departure warnings, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition that allows the car to detect and read road signs like speed limits, according to Steve...
Unemployment rates drop in August in Clark, Champaign counties

Unemployment rates drop in August in Clark, Champaign counties

Unemployment rates fell in Clark and Champaign counties in August while economists said results at the state level showed mixed results. The unemployment rate in Clark County fell to 5 percent in August, according to information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released Tuesday. That’s down from July’s 5.7 percent unemployment rate, but flat compared to the same time...
Dobbins bringing energy to Ohio State offense

Dobbins bringing energy to Ohio State offense

J.K. Dobbins hit the hole opened by left tackle Jamarco Jones and tight end Marcus Baugh, planted his left foot and turned up the field. Army cornerback Mike Reynolds lost his footing when Dobbins made his move and made a desperate tackle attempt. Dobbins did his best Ezekiel Elliott impression in the last 40 yards of his 52-yard touchdown run Saturday at Ohio Stadium. He showed Elliott’s breakaway...
Springfield man accused of picking up child from school drunk

Springfield man accused of picking up child from school drunk

A Springfield man faces child endangering charges after he allegedly attempted to pick up a child from school while drunk. Christopher C. Hill, 28, of 1727 Highland Ave., pleaded not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. Bond was set at $1,000. He also faces one charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. RELATED: Springfield man indicted, accused of snorting drugs in police cruiser...
Springfield-based EF Hutton reports $2.1M loss

Springfield-based EF Hutton reports $2.1M loss

A Springfield financial start-up reported a net loss of $2.17 million for the first six months of this year as the firm continues to try to gain a foothold in a competitive industry. Financial documents filed with the OTC Markets Group showed EF Hutton also reported $177,930 in revenue. The company is a financial services firm based in downtown Springfield. On its website, the company says it provides...
Suspicious fire destroys ‘eyesore’ property in Clark County

Suspicious fire destroys ‘eyesore’ property in Clark County

Local and state fire officials are investigating as suspicious a fire in Clark County at an abandoned property that has received complaints from neighbors for years. Firefighters from multiple departments responded Friday night to an unoccupied house at South Tecumseh and Hustead roads. RELATED: Clark County approves $178M budget, raises “On our arrival, we found a vehicle totally involved...
Honda rolls latest model off assembly line, adds 300 jobs

Honda rolls latest model off assembly line, adds 300 jobs

Honda will invest more than $260 million and add 300 jobs to support production of the newest version of its flagship Accord model, which officially rolled off the assembly line in Marysville on Monday. Company leaders said Monday they expect the car to be a key to the automaker’s future, even as consumers increasingly favor trucks and sport utility vehicles. Honda is a major employer in the...
F-16s could soar near Springfield today in intercept defense exercises

F-16s could soar near Springfield today in intercept defense exercises

Springfield area residents may see and hear F-16 fighter jets training in the region between 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today, according to the Ohio Air National Guard. The jets will practice air defense intercepts with a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, the Air Guard said. RELATED: General: Air Force must restore readiness as adversaries challenge The jets are assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing at Toledo Air...
Ex-Clark County dog shelter worker accused of sexual assault pleads

Ex-Clark County dog shelter worker accused of sexual assault pleads

A man accused of sexually assaulting a teen at the Humane Society Serving Clark County has entered an Alford plea in the case. Demetrice Green, 36, was charged with eight sex counts and entered the plea to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. An Alford plea isn’t an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgment that if the case was presented in front of a jury that he could be convicted. Clark...
New store at Upper Valley Mall to offer shoppers steep discounts

New store at Upper Valley Mall to offer shoppers steep discounts

A new store that recently opened at the Upper Valley Mall plans to attract customers both through its storefront at the mall and through daily online auctions. Upper Valley Values opened late this summer in a space formerly occupied by Rue 21, said Kevin Back, who co-owns the business with Matt Koronich, his brother-in-law. The business focuses on buying a variety of products at liquidation sales...
Springfield man recovering after crashing homemade plane in Clark County

Springfield man recovering after crashing homemade plane in Clark County

A Springfield man is recovering after the ultralight plane he was flying crashed in the yard of Pleasant Twp. home Sunday afternoon.  James Lewis, 46, was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries after crews arrived to the scene in the 6200 block of Pleasant Chapel Road around 2:35 p.m.  Lewis crashed the homemade plane while flying over the property...
Logan County auditor: Hire more deputies to make jail safer

Logan County auditor: Hire more deputies to make jail safer

The Logan County Jail is overwhelmed with inmates, according to the sheriff, but has had trouble with staffing since its budget was cut several years ago. Now the county auditor says money is available to hire more deputies, but budgets haven’t changed. Around 2008, county budgets, like many budgets across Ohio, were cut as a response to the Great Recession, Logan County Auditor Michael Yoder...
Bill would allow wind turbines closer to property lines

Bill would allow wind turbines closer to property lines

Proponents of a proposal to allow developers to build turbines closer to property lines say it would mean more wind farms and more money for the state but opponents say it would be at the expense of people who live nearby. Developers have previously proposed wind farms for both Logan and Champaign counties. The plan for Logan County failed last year and a deal to build a wind farm in Champaign County...
Navistar CEO sees role for drivers with self-driving trucks

Navistar CEO sees role for drivers with self-driving trucks

Navistar’s president and CEO told a Senate panel this week that autonomous vehicle technology likely won’t eliminate the need for truck drivers, but they may need to gain new skills as they’re asked to manage several trucks at once. The manufacturer’s Springfield plant is one of the largest employers in Clark County, where it employs more than 1,500 workers. Thousands of retirees...
Urbana hospital gets $3M in updates, new name

Urbana hospital gets $3M in updates, new name

A Champaign County hospital will receive more than $3 million in changes as part as an effort to unify a large health care system that’s one of the biggest employers in Ohio. Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana has been renamed Mercy Health-Urbana Hospital and is the latest health-care facility in Champaign County to make upgrades to its facilities. RELATED:Construction starts on new $9M medical...
Clark County voters to pick several school board seats in November

Clark County voters to pick several school board seats in November

Several school boards across Clark County will likely see changes this fall as many have competitive races and several veteran board members aren’t seeking re-election. School board members play a major role in the finances of the district, deciding how taxpayer money is spent, as well as major policy decisions that affect all students and staff members. MORE: Four Springfield residents will...
Friends, family, fellow sailors gather for funeral of fallen Champaign County fallen sailor

Friends, family, fellow sailors gather for funeral of fallen Champaign County fallen sailor

Friends and family continue to gather for the funeral of Navy sailor Jacob Drake Saturday morning in West Jefferson.  Fellow sailors have turned out to pay their respects as well as a group of Blue Star Mothers who have children in the Navy.  Petty Officer Third Class Nathan Rafferty, 28, drove with another sailor from Norfolk, Virginia for the visitation and funeral.  "Whenever...
Springfield coalition to host community forum on opiates

Springfield coalition to host community forum on opiates

The Clark County Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Support Coalition will host a community forum to discuss the opiate epidemic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at United Senior Services, 125 W. Main St. The event will be an open discussion that will include local professionals and a person in recovery. The message is often spread to people who are tied to the epidemic, but not the general...
Truck drivers, nurses top job openings in Clark County region

Truck drivers, nurses top job openings in Clark County region

Bob Evans Farms Inc. and Air Force Materiel Command were the top two employers in Western Ohio with the most online jobs ads in a recent tracking period, the state said. The most advertised occupations? Truck drivers and nurses, according to a monthly state report. DETAILS: Ohio to play key role in driverless cars, transportation research Bob Evans, which has a distribution center in Clark County...
Man accused of breaking into 2 Springfield businesses

Man accused of breaking into 2 Springfield businesses

A Springfield man has been accused of breaking into a local bar and a landscaping company. Richard Tepfenhart Sr., 45, of Springfield, is charged with two counts of breaking and entering and theft in Clark County Municipal Court. Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies allegedly he and another man were caught on camera breaking into Taylor’s Tavern on Dayton-Springfield Road in July. READ...
Springfield fire, police chiefs to retire, 6 apply to replace them

Springfield fire, police chiefs to retire, 6 apply to replace them

The chiefs of both the Springfield Police and Fire/Rescue divisions will retire at the end of the year and city leaders are reviewing resumes of replacement candidates. Both Chief Nick Heimlich and Chief Steve Moody have submitted letters saying they will retire at the end of the year. Mayor Warren Copeland said it wasn’t a surprise. “It’ll be a loss and we are beginning the process...
Recovery home prepares to open, with help from Leadership Clark County

Recovery home prepares to open, with help from Leadership Clark County

Close to 40 Clark County business professionals ripped up carpet and put together beds this week for a for a drug recovery program that will begin housing patients this fall. The Celebrating Recovery House on West Mulberry Street will begin treating men this fall as part of a year-long program designed to provide them with therapy and employment skills to help them transition back into society. Members...
OVI checkpoint underway through midnight in Clark County

OVI checkpoint underway through midnight in Clark County

An OVI checkpoint is underway through midnight in Clark County. The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Springfield Post, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s OVI task force are stopping cars from 8 p.m. to midnight on U.S. 40 just east of U.S. 68. Patrols in the area of the checkpoint also will be looking for impaired drivers, according to the highway patrol. State law requires...
Ohio 2nd in Midwest for renewable energy jobs but lags in growth

Ohio 2nd in Midwest for renewable energy jobs but lags in growth

Ohio supports the second-most renewable energy jobs in the Midwest — such as those tied to wind turbines planned for Champaign County — but has seen slower growth than several of its neighbors, according to a study released earlier this month. The Clean Jobs Midwest 2017 report was produced by the Clean Energy Trust, an investment group, and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit comprised...
Springfield police chase man on bicycle after alleged underwear theft

Springfield police chase man on bicycle after alleged underwear theft

A Springfield man has been accused of stealing underwear and leading police on a chase with a bicycle. Christopher Reed, 39, has charged with seven counts of theft, resisting arrest, drug paraphernalia and obstructing official business in Clark County Municipal Court, which includes several warrants for previous accusations. Police said they started their investigation Wednesday night when they were...
West Liberty team collects more than 150 shoes for hurricane victims

West Liberty team collects more than 150 shoes for hurricane victims

A group of West Liberty-Salem High School students are hosting a shoe drive to send to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The West Liberty-Salem High School Girls Cross Country team has collected 150 new or gently worn running shoes and plans to send the footwear soon. They are donating to victims in Houston through the I Play Track Foundation. The team will continue to collect shoes for the next...
State honors Clark County farm in the same family for 200 years

State honors Clark County farm in the same family for 200 years

The Ohio Department of Agriculture honored this week a historic Clark County Farm that has been in the same family for more than 200 years. Grandview Farms, a 725-acre farm at 5050 Moorefield Road, was initially acquired in 1811 through a land grant from the Northwest Territory, according to information from the state. Founder James Foley, a forester who also briefly served as a state representative...
Clark, Champaign schools score low for achievement on report cards

Clark, Champaign schools score low for achievement on report cards

Clark and Champaign County school districts saw some improvements on their state report cards released Thursday but grades remained low overall at most schools. No local schools got an A on their achievement or performance measurements, but some got several As in the other categories like graduation rates and progress. Districts get graded on a total of 15 categories but no overall grade was released...
Mechanicsburg woman accused of leaving boy, 5, alone in car to shop

Mechanicsburg woman accused of leaving boy, 5, alone in car to shop

A Mechanicsburg woman has been accused of leaving a 5-year-old boy alone in her car while shopping earlier this month. Tabitha A. Smith, 31, of 310 Pleasantview Estates, pleaded not guilty to a single count of child endangering and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, according to court records. DETAILS: Springfield woman credits dog, neighbor with saving lives from...
Clark, Champaign counties school report cards to be released today

Clark, Champaign counties school report cards to be released today

Clark and Champaign County schools will be graded today on everything from graduation rates for students who left two years ago to how much their very youngest students improved in reading. BREAKING NEWS: SCHOOL GRADES RELEASED But local and state education leaders cautioned this week that even with a broad swath of data, the state report card grades are just one piece of measuring whether schools...
Springfield adds $1.2M new hangars, more airport improvements on tap

Springfield adds $1.2M new hangars, more airport improvements on tap

Several improvements that could total about $4.7 million are underway at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, as city and airport officials are seeing growing interest from business traffic at the site. A $1.2 million project to build 10 new hangars at the airport is nearly complete, and city and airport staff are working to develop a new master plan for the airport’s future. In the meantime...
Census: Fewer Clark County residents living in poverty

Census: Fewer Clark County residents living in poverty

Fewer Clark County residents are living below the poverty line over the last five years as the median household income has increased, according U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today. However, the county still has one of the lowest median household incomes in southwest Ohio. About 20,400 people in Clark County were living below the poverty level last year, down from about 27,400 people were...
Clark County health district: Avoid mosquitoes to prevent West Nile

Clark County health district: Avoid mosquitoes to prevent West Nile

A Clark County resident has been diagnosed with the West Nile Virus, the first human case of the virus in the county in at least a year. The virus was first detected in mosquitoes trapped in the county in July and five new mosquito samples tested positive this week, according to Larry Shaffer, Clark County Combined Health District environmental director. No mosquitoes tested positive for the virus...
Clark County man hides camera in couple’s bedroom, gets jail time

Clark County man hides camera in couple’s bedroom, gets jail time

A Clark County man accused of planting a camera in a couple’s bedroom to watch them while they were undressed was sentenced Wednesday. Theodore Galbreath, 64, pleaded guilty to voyeurism in August after a woman found the camera hidden in her bedroom in December. Galbreath had a chance to withdraw his guilty plea Wednesday because the court did not inform him about sexual offender registration...
Families of Greenon teens killed in crash to attend NASCAR race

Families of Greenon teens killed in crash to attend NASCAR race

The families of two Greenon teens killed in a car crash last month will attend a NASCAR race next weekend as guests of a team. The families of Greenon senior David Waag, 17, and sophomore Connor Williams, 15, who played football at Greenon while attending classes at the Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield, will be guests of Joey Gase and his team on Sept. 23 at Kentucky Speedway. MORE: Greenon...
Springfield couple warn about possible online puppy scam

Springfield couple warn about possible online puppy scam

A Springfield couple is working to regain more than $1,700 they lost after trying to buy a puppy online that they never received. Mariah Hughes convinced her fiance Joey Brown that they should get a dog. She decided on a mini-Dachshund because she likes small dogs and they live in an apartment. RELATED: Springfield police warn about possible school fundraiser scam “I was kind of hesitant...
Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Clark County

Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Clark County

The Clark County Combined Health District confirms there is one human case of West Nile Virus in the county, according to Larry Shaffer, the Environmental Director at the district.  Shaffer said the condition of the patient was not known.  Earlier on Wednesday, the health district said five more cases of the virus in mosquitoes had been discovered, raising the total number of positive cases...
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