Clark & Champaign Counties


Clark County continue massive clean up of new park, gorge

A recently developed park and nature preserve will get a visit next month from an organization devoted to showing visitors how to enjoy nature while leaving the area in pristine condition. From Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, Leave No Trace will host activities at the Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve. The Clark County Park District won a roughly $800,000 grant from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, allowing...
Clark State to shows businesses how they can use 3D printing

Clark State to shows businesses how they can use 3D printing

Clark State Community College and several partners will host a conference next week to show area firms how additive manufacturing can improve their business and profitability. The conference, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 24, will focus on trends and best practices in the technology. It will include a panel discussion and a keynote address from Greg Morris, additive technologies leader for GE. Also...
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author, others coming to Springfield for Witt Series

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author, others coming to Springfield for Witt Series

The author of a recent New York Times Best Seller, an award-winning Iraqi poet, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a service for the anniversary of the Reformation will be among the highlights when the Wittenberg Series marks its 35th season beginning Tuesday, Aug. 22. The 12 cultural programs including lectures, concerts and convocations are admission-free and open to the...
Springfield schools, residents prepare for Monday’s solar eclipse

Springfield schools, residents prepare for Monday’s solar eclipse

Clark County residents are preparing to watch the solar eclipse Monday, from schools changing dismissal times to handing out solar eclipse glasses to golfers. About 87 percent of the sun will covered by the moon at 2:30 p.m. in Springfield. It’s important to remember not to look at the solar eclipse without the proper eye protection, Wittenberg University Physics and Space Professor Dan Fleisch...
Navistar, local leaders push others to buy trucks made in Springfield

Navistar, local leaders push others to buy trucks made in Springfield

Members of the UAW Local 402 and Chamber of Greater Springfield are increasingly working with area businesses as part of a two-year effort to encourage them to buy Navistar products made in Springfield. The chamber and UAW started out more than a year ago with a mailing campaign to more than 600 townships, villages cities and other government entities throughout Ohio. The campaign’s direct impact...
$1.8M road diet discussed for busy north side Springfield corridor

$1.8M road diet discussed for busy north side Springfield corridor

Some Springfield and Clark County leaders believe a $1.8 million project on Derr Road will improve safety and quality of life in the area, while others said it will slow down traffic and affect businesses at the nearby shopping center. Scott Schmid from the Springfield-Clark County Transportation Coordinating Committee and Steve Thieken, an engineer with TCC’s consultant, Burgess and Niple,...
Stafford: Blunder during island trip provides time to reflect

Stafford: Blunder during island trip provides time to reflect

Most of my mistakes either turn out badly or make me laugh at myself. But every often, I have blunder I’m really proud of. And last week, in this space, I may have made — thank you very much — my Best Blunder of 2017. MORE: Spending time with grandchild special The column was about my walks around the block with our grandson Finnegan and how, in the intense focus...
Beatty Station Trailhead receives $66k grant for redevelopment

Beatty Station Trailhead receives $66k grant for redevelopment

Beatty Station Trailhead recently received a $66,000 grant that will be used to redevelop the trailhead station, which opened in 1999. The trailhead station redevelopment will include a permanent restroom, a picnic shelter, bike fixit station with a roof, a play train station, bike rack, grill, and picnic tables. The grant was provided through NatureWorks. The Beatty Station Trailhead is located at...
New walking track built at New Carlisle Elementary School

New walking track built at New Carlisle Elementary School

New Carlisle Elementary School students have a new track to use when they return to school this week. The elementary PTO at Tecumseh Local Schools donated $7,500 and McMahan’s Mobile Homes built the track just in time for the school year. The walking track is near the playground at the school and can be difficult to see from the street. The track is about a tenth of a mile long and the total...
Family of Medway man killed on Tecumseh Road files wrongful death suit

Family of Medway man killed on Tecumseh Road files wrongful death suit

The family of a man struck and killed on Tecumseh Road nearly a year ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the SUV state troopers have alleged hit him. Lawrence J. Mason, 45, of Medway, allegedly was struck and killed by a silver 2015 Dodge Durango on Tuesday, Sept. 6, according to a state patrol crash report. Mason was standing on the east shoulder of North Tecumseh Road in...
Major electricity transmission lines approved in Clark County

Major electricity transmission lines approved in Clark County

The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved construction of separate, new transmission line projects in Clark County. Information from the siting board shows American Transmission Systems Inc. will build the East Springfield-Tangy Loop to Broadview Substation project, a new 138 kilavolt transmission line connecting the existing East Springfield-Tangy line to Broadview Substation. MORE BUSINESS NEWS:...
Springfield woman accused of passing out in car with 19 grams of meth

Springfield woman accused of passing out in car with 19 grams of meth

Springfield police allegedly they found a woman passed out behind the wheel of a running car and with drugs, guns and money in it. Tinisha Delong, 33, of Springfield, has been charged in Clark County Municipal Court with possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, OVI and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. Springfield police alleged they found her at a gas station on East Main Street...
Speedway, major Clark County employer, raises $2.5M at charity event

Speedway, major Clark County employer, raises $2.5M at charity event

Speedway, one of Clark County’s biggest employers, raised almost $2.5 million for charity during its annual Speedway Miracle Tournament at the NCR Country Club. MORE: Enon-based Speedway hits near record earnings of $239M The money raised will benefit the Children’s Miracle Hospital Network. The Enon-based company has raised more than $90 million for the hospital...
Clark County strays, lost dogs won’t go to Dayton shelter

Clark County strays, lost dogs won’t go to Dayton shelter

Clark County won’t send strays and runaway dogs to a shelter in Dayton, according to Clark County commissioners. The commissioners said in a news release that they’re seeking a new place for dogs picked up by the Clark County dog wardens. “The county is in the process of obtaining a facility suitable to house the county dogs,” the release says. “Impounded dogs will not...
Near record freshman class enrolls at Witt, major Springfield employer

Near record freshman class enrolls at Witt, major Springfield employer

Wittenberg University received a near record enrollment for the upcoming school year as students moved in on Thursday. Close to 1,800 students will attend the liberal arts college, new President Mike Frandsen said. That includes 588 students in the 2021 graduating class. That includes freshmen and transfer students. RELATED: New Wittenberg president wants stronger ties with Springfield Wittenberg...
Clark County council votes against merging 2 clerk of courts offices

Clark County council votes against merging 2 clerk of courts offices

The Clark County Criminal Justice Council voted to no longer examine consolidating two local clerk of courts offices, due at least in part due to the cost to combine computer systems. Council members also questioned the Chamber of Greater Springfield’s motivation for asking local government leaders to move forward with the consolidation. The majority of council members voted in favor of ending...
Springfield groups partner on marriage programs after grants end

Springfield groups partner on marriage programs after grants end

The Marriage Resource Center and Citi Lookout have recently partnered together to keep the center available to the public. The Marriage Resource Center launched in 2004 to address high divorce rates in Clark County. The group’s mission is to provide relationship and marriage education resources that build strong families and strong futures. It received two separate federal grants between 2006...
Springfield police unsure why woman killed on U.S. 40 was in roadway

Springfield police unsure why woman killed on U.S. 40 was in roadway

Springfield police say it’s unknown why the woman struck and killed on U.S. 40 on Wednesday night was outside of her car and standing in the roadway. Elizabeth S. Brightman, 41, of Columbus was standing about two feet in the roadway on Wednesday night, according to Springfield Police Sgt. Brett Bauer. She was just outside the open driver side rear door of her 2003 Toyota, which was parked on...
Springfield teen takes silver at world youth reining championship

Springfield teen takes silver at world youth reining championship

A 14-year-old Shawnee Middle School student recently won a team silver medal in reining at the world championship. Sam Flarida, son of Michele and Shawn Flarida, traveled to Switzerland to compete on the Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team for the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championship. On the youth team, Flarida helped the U.S. nab the silver medal and as an individual, placed 10th overall. &ldquo...
Springfield police, deputies to up patrols looking for drunk drivers

Springfield police, deputies to up patrols looking for drunk drivers

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Police Division will begin extra patrols as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, starting Friday, Aug. 18, and lasting through Sept. 3. The campaign will focus on the enforcement of impaired motor vehicles, speeding violations and seat belt violations. Police officers and deputies will enforce a zero tolerance policy...
What happened when the Ku Klux Klan came to Springfield 23 years ago?

What happened when the Ku Klux Klan came to Springfield 23 years ago?

The Ku Klux Klan propelled Springfield into the national spotlight in March 1994 when it held a rally in front of the Clark County Common Pleas Court. The Springfield News-Sun’s headline of the event read: “They came, they shouted, they left.” Earlier this week, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland spoke out about the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., that saw three people die...
Clark County commissioners approve store rezoning despite objections

Clark County commissioners approve store rezoning despite objections

Clark County commissioners approved Wednesday a rezoning for a proposed retail store in Bethel Twp., despite multiple objections from upset residents who live nearby — including some who asked voters to remember the decision at the polls. The rezoning for a proposed two-acre Dollar General store at 5550 W. National Road was approved by a 2-1 vote after a contentious two-hour meeting Wednesday...
Springfield VA clinic outgrows location, plans $1M expansion project

Springfield VA clinic outgrows location, plans $1M expansion project

The Dayton VA Medical Center plans a nearly $1 million expansion for its Springfield outpatient clinic in order to offer more services. The health-care system announced Wednesday that it has outgrown its current space on Burnett Road. The Veterans Affairs office has solicited offers for a proposed new location. The project has health and economic benefits that will help the Springfield region, said...
Woman struck, killed on U.S. 40, east of Springfield identified

Woman struck, killed on U.S. 40, east of Springfield identified

The woman struck and killed on U.S. 40 has been identified by the Springfield Police Division. Elizabeth S. Brightman, 41, of Columbus was standing in the roadway about 8:15 p.m. just outside the open driver side rear door of her 2003 Toyota, which was parked on the shoulder with its flashers on, according to the police report. She was then hit by a 2003 Dodge Stratus driven by Alexandria L. Thomas...
Clark County students head back to school

Clark County students head back to school

Clark County students grabbed their backpacks and settled into classrooms Wednesday morning as districts opened their doors for the first day of school. Children at Horace Mann Elementary School in Springfield put away pencils, listened to class rules and answered short survey questions about themselves. MORE: The Dome open house brings in Springfield community “I’ve got 21 homeroom teachers...
Springfield school to host prominent parenting author

Springfield school to host prominent parenting author

Ridgewood School has partnered with Rocking Horse Community Health Center and the Community Health Foundation to bring New York Times best-selling author and psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax to Springfield on Sept. 12. The school previously held a Parenting with a Purpose program, originally hosted Dr. John Rosemond in 1989 and spoke on the Six Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children. MORE: ...
Humane Society won’t house dogs for Clark County anymore

Humane Society won’t house dogs for Clark County anymore

The Humane Society Serving Clark County has sent a letter to county commissioners informing them that the organization won’t be able to house strays picked up by dog wardens after Aug. 31. Now Clark County stray dogs and runaway pets might be sent to Dayton. “We are looking at several options we have, both here in Clark County and maybe some help again in Montgomery County,” Clark...
Springfield mayor speaks out about Charlottesville violence

Springfield mayor speaks out about Charlottesville violence

Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland spoke out about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and also said the city will enforce its anti-discrimination ordinance if similar actions were to occur here. A Unite the Right rally was held Saturday morning in the Virginia city where a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has long been a point of contention. Rally participants, including white...
Champaign County teen murder suspect might be tried as adult

Champaign County teen murder suspect might be tried as adult

A 14-year-old boy accused of killing his father’s fiance and allegedly blaming an alternate personality for the death will have a hearing to decide if he should be tried as an adult. His next court date will be an amenability hearing at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, Champaign County Juvenile Court Judge Lori Reisinger said in a statement. The hearing will decide if his case will be moved to adult...
Woman accused of crashing car in Springfield with child while high

Woman accused of crashing car in Springfield with child while high

A Tennessee woman faces multiple charges after police alleged she crashed a rental car in Springfield while under the influence of drugs with a 4-year-old child in the back seat. Amber L. Rollins, 40, of Madisonville, Tenn., is charged with two counts of drug possession as well as one count each of child endangering, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and failure to control, according to...
Clark County school changes traffic to improve safety, ease congestion

Clark County school changes traffic to improve safety, ease congestion

Traffic patterns will change at one Clark County school to ease congestion and improve safety as many districts go back to classes across the region today. Shawnee High School will now also house seventh and eighth grades. Both the high school and middle school now have designated drop-off and pick-up locations at the campus, 1675 E. Possum Road. RELATED : Clark County school stocks Narcan due...
New Carlisle: Income tax ballot issue may lead to ‘humongous’ cuts

New Carlisle: Income tax ballot issue may lead to ‘humongous’ cuts

An initiative petition filed with the Clark County Board of Elections could potentially devastate New Carlisle’s finances, city leaders say, but the woman behind it says residents shouldn’t have to pay income taxes twice. Residents can be taxed both by the city where they work and, if it’s a different, where they live. Many cities give their residents credit if they work elsewhere...
Cottrel: New school year offers reasons for optimism in Clark County

Cottrel: New school year offers reasons for optimism in Clark County

Another school year is starting. Remember the magic of walking into that classroom with tablets with clean pages and pencils that haven’t even been sharpened yet? The glue sticks haven’t hardened yet, the caps are on all the markers and the colors of the caps match the marker. Every crayon is still has its factory point, and they are still arranged in the box in rainbow order. Ah, the...
Power restored to FirstEnergy customers in Clark County

Power restored to FirstEnergy customers in Clark County

Power has been restored to Clark County customers. FirstEnergy customers in Clark County continue to experience a power outage affecting nearly 3,300. Alan Brown, living on West National Road outside of Springfield, said his home lost power just after 9 p.m. "It was abrupt," Brown said, adding that he received a robo-call from FirstEnergy telling him service would be restored by 12...
Springfield teachers play escape game before they go back to school

Springfield teachers play escape game before they go back to school

Springfield teachers prepared to get back to the classroom on Tuesday but first they had to escape from the classroom. About 1,000 Springfield City School District teachers met at Springfield High School for the annual back to school convocation on Tuesday. But this year it had a twist. Teachers were split into groups and assigned a classroom for an escape game. “It was a little intimidating...
Park Layne park called unsafe, township trustees say complaints rare

Park Layne park called unsafe, township trustees say complaints rare

A Park Layne mom said she won’t bring her kids to Raynor Park because she believes its unsafe but Bethel Twp. trustees said they rarely get complaints about it. Raynor Park off Fyffe Drive is a popular spot, said Bethel Twp. Trustee Nancy Brown, especially during the fall for sports such as soccer and football. “It’s clean, it’s safe,” Brown said. “Kids come down...
Teen removed from Springfield home with roaches, gnats

Teen removed from Springfield home with roaches, gnats

A man and woman have been accused of allowing a 17-year-old to live in a house with roaches, bed bugs and gnats, along with other dirty conditions. David Holland, 53, and Rose Holland, 54, were charged with endangering children in Clark County Municipal Court. DETAILS: Unbelted back seat passengers can become ‘human missiles’ in crash Springfield police went to the home on a welfare check...
Springfield to discuss $1.8M project to reduce lanes on Derr Road

Springfield to discuss $1.8M project to reduce lanes on Derr Road

Springfield city commissioners will discuss a proposed $1.8 million lane reduction project on Derr Road at tonight’s city commission. RELATED: Study: Reduced lanes can improve safety on Derr Road Scott Schmid from the Springfield-Clark County Transportation Coordinating Committee will discuss the project during a work session at 6:30 p.m. today at the City Hall Forum, 76 E. High St. The formal...
Group to host vigil in Springfield after Charlottesville violence

Group to host vigil in Springfield after Charlottesville violence

A Springfield grassroots organization will gather downtown Wednesday for a vigil, one of several events being hosted in the region in light of violent demonstrations this past weekend in Virginia. Indivisible Springfield, an organization that describes its mission as resisting racism and corruption in government, will host the vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Esplanade in downtown Springfield, organizer...
Clark County commission to vote on controversial Dollar General plan

Clark County commission to vote on controversial Dollar General plan

Clark County commissioners will likely vote this week on the future of a controversial Dollar General proposed at the site of a long-vacant former business site in Bethel Twp. Commissioners held a public hearing on a request to rezone two acres at 5550 W. National Road earlier this month for the planned retail store. The commission voted unanimously to table the issue because residents said they didn&rsquo...
Clark County works to make breastfeeding more common

Clark County works to make breastfeeding more common

The state of Ohio ranks 38th in the nation for breastfeeding so the Clark County Combined Health District is encouraging mothers — and their support system — to make it more common. August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Carolyn Williams is director of Woman, Infants and Children for the Clark County Combined Health District. Breastfeeding has many benefits, she said. DETAILS...
Mechanicsburg woman pushes to reach families faster after emergencies

Mechanicsburg woman pushes to reach families faster after emergencies

A Mechanicsburg woman continues to honor her son’s memory by promoting an online registry to make it easier for authorities to contact family members in case of a traffic accident or similar emergencies. Carmela Wiant, of Mechanicsburg, celebrated her son David Money’s life last week. He was killed in an auto accident near Columbus 11 years ago when he was headed home from work and lost...
Clark State teachers face poverty, tough decisions in simulator

Clark State teachers face poverty, tough decisions in simulator

Clark State Community College teachers and administrators gathered Monday to learn more about poverty and the challenges it can pose to students wanting a better life for themselves. About 300 employees who took part in a simulation were given new identities and goals they had to achieve. Goals included feeding their family, making sure their family was getting treatment for medical needs, going to...
Springfield man accused of string of break-ins at school, stores

Springfield man accused of string of break-ins at school, stores

A Springfield man allegedly involved in multiple thefts and break-ins was arrested by police on Friday evening. Daniell J. Taylor, 38, of 310 E. Street, was arrested on Friday evening and placed in the Clark County Jail. He is expected to appear in the Clark County Municipal Court today, according to jail records. RELATED: Employee chases Springfield man accused of stealing auto parts Taylor faces...
New restaurant opens in downtown Springfield today

New restaurant opens in downtown Springfield today

A new Wendy’s location opens this morning in downtown Springfield. The Chamber of Greater Springfield along with the Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon-cutting for the new location of Wendy’s Restaurant at 9:30 a.m. today at 305 W. Columbia St. in downtown Springfield. The restaurant will officially open its doors for the first time at 10 a.m. The $1 million restaurant, including construction...
Clark County schools make changes due to drug crisis, 1 stocks Narcan

Clark County schools make changes due to drug crisis, 1 stocks Narcan

Several Clark County school districts have made changes to address the expanding drug crisis, including one district that now keeps overdose revival drugs at its schools and more prevention efforts in the classroom. A survey of six public Clark County school districts revealed one overdose incident that took place on school property last year — an overdose in the parking lot of Indian Valley...
Springfield assisted living facility to expand next year

Springfield assisted living facility to expand next year

An assisted living facility on the city’s north side is expanding next year due to an increased demand for senior housing. MORE LOCAL NEWS: State alleges Union Club used bingo money for non-charity purposes Springfield Assisted Living, 2981 Vester Ave., is building a new wing to increase its capacity from 76 to 96 units, owner Eamon Burgess said. The City Planning Board unanimously recommended...
Clark-Shawnee $37M bond passed for new, renovated schools, what’s next?

Clark-Shawnee $37M bond passed for new, renovated schools, what’s next?

The Clark-Shawnee Local School District is preparing to take its next steps after its $37 million dollar bond issue passed last week. The Clark County Board of Elections reported 2,948 residents voted on the Clark-Shawnee Bond Issue in the 2017 August Special Election. About 55 percent voted in favor of the bond and close to 45 percent were against it. RELATED: Clark-Shawnee residents approve...
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