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Kuss remembered for words and deeds
 Hundreds of community members of all ages and from all walks of life joined together to celebrate the life of a Springfielder who loved his family, loved his community and was a true gentleman, according to a longtime friend. “He was a patient man, never lost his cool. ... He gave so much. ... He was the epitome of class. No matter...

2:40 AM Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010

Hundreds of community members of all ages and from all walks of life joined together to celebrate the life of a Springfielder who loved his family, loved his community and was a true gentleman, according to a longtime friend. “He was a patient man, never lost his cool. ... He gave so much. ... He was the epitome of class. No matter...
Business owner finds new, profitable use for machinery
 Eight years ago, Larry Schneider accepted a friend’s invitation to move from the scrap metal business into the promotional items production business, and he’s glad he did. “I didn’t see much of a future in where I was and he came up with this idea, so we decided to try it,” Schneider said. Schneider’s friend...

1:16 AM Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010

Eight years ago, Larry Schneider accepted a friend’s invitation to move from the scrap metal business into the promotional items production business, and he’s glad he did. “I didn’t see much of a future in where I was and he came up with this idea, so we decided to try it,” Schneider said. Schneider’s friend...
Avetec interns show off computer systems

9:55 PM Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Instead of the usual internship experiences revolving around menial tasks and learning by watching, 12 interns at Avetec spent their summers immersed in researching ways to integrate varying technologies to enhance technology security. The interns, from Clark State Community College and Central State University, shared...
Convention group aims to lure more visitors

1:20 AM Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Tourism in Clark County is slowly rebounding, but is still at levels slightly below what it was two years ago, so the Convention Facilities Authority is looking for ways to draw more visitors to the area. “Revenues from overnight stays are up about 7 percent from last year, but still about 2 percent below what they...
Prepare your lawn for frost

1:19 AM Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010

Even though the thermometer continues to hover in the sweltering range, summer is quickly coming to a close, which means preparing lawns and gardens for winter. You can hire someone to do the work, but most chores a are manageable. Get helpful tips at the local garden center , talk to friends who are experienced gardeners or do some homework...
Company, union tackle local, national contracts

3:39 AM Sunday, Aug. 08, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — By mid-August, negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Navistar International will begin and representatives will start working on master and local contracts that will govern work at the Springfield truck production facility on Urbana Road. UAW Local 402 President Jason Barlow will be negotiating local issues...
Now's the time for back-to-school bargains

10:30 PM Tuesday, Aug. 03, 2010

Even though none of us are really ready to admit it in my house, it’s time to start thinking about school. The conversation has shifted from ways to spend a lazy sun-filled day to what choices need to be made about clothes, shoes, school supplies and backpacks. Now is the time to get shopping since nearly every retail outlet that offers...
Navistar says it could lay off up to 370 workers in October
 SPRINGFIELD — In anticipation of the expiration of the master contract between Navistar International, Inc. and the United Auto Workers union, the company issued a worker adjustment retraining notification anticipating mass layoffs in Springfield. The WARN notice filed Monday, Aug. 2, with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services...

11:13 PM Monday, Aug. 02, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — In anticipation of the expiration of the master contract between Navistar International, Inc. and the United Auto Workers union, the company issued a worker adjustment retraining notification anticipating mass layoffs in Springfield. The WARN notice filed Monday, Aug. 2, with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services...
Move by Navistar ‘aggravating,' union president says

11:12 PM Monday, Aug. 02, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Navistar International, Inc. issued a Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Monday, Aug. 2, as part of its plan to begin contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers union. The WARN notice filed with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services states up to 370 workers at the company’s Springfield production...
Golden Wedding day’s royal couple remain committed
 SPRINGFIELD — It was fitting that the 2010 Golden Wedding celebration king and queen, Richard and Lois Fowble, received their honor at the Clark County Fair. “In 1941 or so, before we were married, I took her to the fair in Richmond, Ind.,” said Richard of his courtship with Lois, who was his high school sweetheart. The...

1:24 AM Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — It was fitting that the 2010 Golden Wedding celebration king and queen, Richard and Lois Fowble, received their honor at the Clark County Fair. “In 1941 or so, before we were married, I took her to the fair in Richmond, Ind.,” said Richard of his courtship with Lois, who was his high school sweetheart. The...
Use all the parts of citrus fruits to add flavor, cleanliness to your home

11:29 PM Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2010

After the baking is finished or the party punch made, there are often the remains of oranges, lemons, limes — and even grapefruits — that can be put to many other good uses. If you’ve juiced citrus fruit and have halves remaining, don’t toss them. They can be used in many ways to clean and freshen your home. You can...
Marine who had local family ties killed in Afghanistan

5:37 AM Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — A Marine with local ties died while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday, July 26. Lt. Col. Mario D. Carazo, 41, was killed Thursday, July 22, in Helmand Province, the DOD reported. Carazo frequently visited the area in the early 1990s to spend time with his sister...
Bloomingdeals owners back for 3rd tour of duty

1:25 AM Sunday, Jul. 25, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Alan and Nancy Feinstein can’t seem to retire, no matter how many times they try. The couple, co-owners of Bloomingdeals Used Furniture at 42 W. High St., recently re-purchased their business after selling it and trying to slow down — for the second time. The Feinsteins opened the store in 1991, after...
Lone Star Steakhouse to close

4:34 PM Thursday, Jul. 22, 2010

Lone Star Steakhouse, at 1661 W. First St., will close its doors at 11 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Slow sales have made the location unprofitable for the company, according to General Manager Christina Sommerville. All Springfield employees were offered positions at other Lone Star locations in Columbus and Dayton, with more than half accepting...
Security National Bank victim of phishing scam

6:40 PM Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — A local bank found out early Wednesday, July 21, it was the victim of an e-mail phishing scam. E-mails purporting to be from Security National Bank were sent to an audience that included customers and non-customers, offering a $50 deposit to a checking account in return for taking a survey. At the end of the survey, respondents...
Indianapolis Navistar agreement eyed as Springfield plant nears negotiations

12:23 AM Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — A UAW/Navistar agreement in Indianapolis is being studied as contract negotiations near between the two sides in Springfield. UAW members at a Navistar foundry in Indianapolis this month agreed to a slate of concessions that the company said were needed in order to re-open the plant. One major change Indianapolis UAW workers...
Indianapolis Navistar foundry accepts cutbacks to keep doors open

12:21 AM Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — As Navistar’s United Auto Workers Local 402 members prepare for the late August start of master contract negotiations, UAW workers at the company’s Indianapolis iron foundry recently accepted a new contract to keep the doors open. The five-year contract, approved by 58 percent of UAW Local 226 members on July...
Finding the right hostess gift can be tricky

12:15 AM Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010

Demonstrating your gratitude when someone is kind enough to include you at a party is an important gesture that often falls by the wayside. It shouldn’t. Hostess gifts (as they’re known in some circles, but in no way gender specific) can be tricky, especially if you don’t know your hosts well. And doing it on a dime can...
Trustees discuss electric rates

3:32 AM Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — In an effort to help area First Energy customers better understand a program that will help save money on their electric bills, Clark County commissioners met with trustees from all county townships Monday, July 19, to discuss electrical aggregation. Residential customers would save 6 percent on the generation portion...
Arts Festival wraps up with attendance up, financial goals met

1:37 AM Sunday, Jul. 18, 2010

The air was filled with the sweet smell of barbecue as Austin “Walkin’ Cane” sang the blues at the final evening of the 2010 Summer Arts Festival. The Cleveland-based blues guitarist provided the entertainment at Rhythm ‘n’ Ribs Fest, Saturday, July 17, at Veterans Park, which drew an early crowd that festival...
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