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Stuck in the starting blocks: Farmers idled by bad weather

Ohio farmers are stuck on the sidelines because of cold temperatures and wet conditions and it comes during precarious economic times that has the farming industry already on edge. Less than 1 percent of Ohio farmers have started planting crops this year and this week’s rains will delay planting for at least another week. “It’s a stressful time for farmers. They’re sitting...
How did Winans get to Springfield? The coffee shop’s story started in 1933

How did Winans get to Springfield? The coffee shop’s story started in 1933

Who doesn’t love the taste and aroma of a great cup of coffee? Downtown Springfield has a spot you’re sure to like. RESTAURANT: Winans Chocolates & Coffees LOCATION: 32 N. Fountain Ave., Springfield CONTACT: https://www.facebook.com/WinansSpringfield/ TELEPHONE: (937) 717-0268 At the start of the 20th century, Charles and Katie Walton owned a pastry shop in Bryan, Ohio. Their daughter...
Lanes reopen after vehicle fire on I-70 west in Clark County

Lanes reopen after vehicle fire on I-70 west in Clark County

All lanes of Interstate 70 west have reopened at the Ohio 41 exit after an earlier vehicle fire was extinguished.  Emergency crews have reopened the center lane of Interstate 70 west at the Ohio 41 exit following a vehicle fire, according to ODOT cameras in the area.  The right lane remains blocked.  Additional details about the incident remain unavailable.  Fire crews and state...
‘Summer of Love’ in Springfield: Why this weekend event will be great for the ears and the eyes

‘Summer of Love’ in Springfield: Why this weekend event will be great for the ears and the eyes

The saying goes “If you remember the 1960s, you weren’t really there.” With the music that came out of the era, who could forget? “Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Concert” offers note-for-note recreations music revue-style up through Woodstock. It will be in the Clark State Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28. This is the finale concert of the Springfield...
5 fascinating things to know about Clark County’s history as it celebrates its bicentennial

5 fascinating things to know about Clark County’s history as it celebrates its bicentennial

Clark County is noting a special milestone this week with its bicentennial celebration. The county has a few special events lined up to get people in the party mood, including a bicentennial bash on Friday. To help you bone up on a little Clark County history, here are five facts you might not have known. Back when Clark County was formed in 1818, the state legislature was responsible for choosing...
Springfield man accused of choking woman driving with baby in car

Springfield man accused of choking woman driving with baby in car

A Springfield man is facing charges in connection with a Sunday night incident during which he is accused of grabbing a wheel of a car from the passenger seat and almost causing an accident with a baby in the car. Jasean Fleming, 18, is charged with child endangering, domestic abuse and obstructing official business in Clark County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty during an appearance on Monday...
April’s weather is poised to break this 68-year-old area record

April’s weather is poised to break this 68-year-old area record

April is almost over, and if you thought it has been a cold start to spring, you would be correct. In fact, according to data compiled by the National Weather Service in Wilmington, April in the Miami Valley has so far been the coldest on record. Records in our area date back 125 years. Even with the warmer temperatures that arrived over the weekend, it is doubtful there will be enough time left in...
Champaign Co. standoff suspect convicted of rape in Kentucky

Champaign Co. standoff suspect convicted of rape in Kentucky

The man arrested after allegedly assaulting a deputy, which led to a standoff on East Dallas Road Sunday, has a prior conviction for child rape in Kentucky, according to records. Christopher Blanton, 37, was arrested in the 100 block of East Dallas on suspicion of felonious assault and was transported to the Tri-County Jail. Blanton must register for the rest of his life in the Kentucky for his previous...
This breakout Springfield junior is among the state’s best in his event. Here’s how he’s doing it.

This breakout Springfield junior is among the state’s best in his event. Here’s how he’s doing it.

It didn’t take long for Springfield High School junior Austin Tyree to establish himself among the state’s best hurdlers this spring. His personal best times of 39.04 in the 300-meter hurdles and 15.05 in the 110 highs shot him high on the Division I state leader board. That kind of breakout season is just what Tyree had envisioned. “Being a part of such a great team, I wanted to...
Athletic trainers honored for their part in saving Urbana wrestler’s life

Athletic trainers honored for their part in saving Urbana wrestler’s life

Two athletic trainers are receiving recognition their part in helping save a the life of a college wrestler from Mechanicsburg High School. Kelley Hockenberger and Chelsey Meyers, two student athletic trainers from Ohio University, have received the Lifesaver Certificate of Recognition from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. The pair gave life-saving aid to Austin Reese, originally...
Springfield man representing himself in burglary trial while facing up to 110 years

Springfield man representing himself in burglary trial while facing up to 110 years

A Springfield man who is facing more than 100 years in prison for alleged burglaries and other property crime is representing himself in court today. Ramon Boyce, 33, is charged with 22 felony counts including 18 counts of burglary and three counts of receiving stolen property in Clark County Common Pleas Court. He is facing between six months and 110 years in prison if convicted. MORE: Secret indictment...
Police: Facebook post about smoking marijuana mistaken as threat to blow up Springfield school

Police: Facebook post about smoking marijuana mistaken as threat to blow up Springfield school

Springfield police are investigating a second recent alleged school threat at Cliff Park High School. Police were called to the school on Friday after school administrators learned of a possible threatening Facebook status posted by a student, according to a police report. The student told police the social media post was about smoking marijuana rather than committing violence, according to the report...
Nostalgia can be seen — and smelled — in his new Springfield exhibit dedicated to baby boomers

Nostalgia can be seen — and smelled — in his new Springfield exhibit dedicated to baby boomers

They helped put the bang into the baby boomers. A new exhibition will have Springfield talking about their generation. “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,” which opens this week at the Springfield Museum of Art’s McGregor Gallery, gathers portraits of 19 influential people, one each from 1946-64, each year of the boomer generation, in an interactive exhibit...
Amish buggy crashes like Friday’s fatal incident not uncommon in Ohio, data show

Amish buggy crashes like Friday’s fatal incident not uncommon in Ohio, data show

Friday night’s fatal crash in which a pickup truck hit a horse-drawn buggy shares similarities with other automobile-buggy accidents in the state, according to Ohio Department of Transportation data. An ODOT study of Amish buggy crashes in Oho involving a motor vehicle from 2007 to 2016 identified 1,412 crashes leading to 25 fatalities and 208 serious injuries. The most common scenario...
How a Wright-Patt office is working to arm fighter jets with lasers

How a Wright-Patt office is working to arm fighter jets with lasers

The Air Force has targeted arming an F-15 fighter jet with a laser by 2021, one of what could become a wider use of directed-energy weapons to protect aerial refueling tankers to military bases, a leading researcher says. Facing increased competition from Russia and China, the Air Force launched an office at Wright-Patterson to explore experimental technologies and bring them to the battlefield faster...
Suspect in 2 Speedway robberies dies in Clark County Jail

Suspect in 2 Speedway robberies dies in Clark County Jail

A suspect in two Speedway robberies was identified Saturday as the inmate found deceased in his jail cell Friday evening, Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said. Brian S. Trainer, 41, of Urbana Twp. in Champaign County, died Saturday evening of an apparent suicide by hanging at the Clark County Jail, officials confirm. “He was the inmate that robbed two Speedway stations, one in the county and...
SUV hits buggy: Woman killed, husband, 2 infants critical; driver jailed in Shelby Co.

SUV hits buggy: Woman killed, husband, 2 infants critical; driver jailed in Shelby Co.

A Sidney man is facing aggravated vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal crash involving an SUV and horse-drawn buggy. Steven Eugene Hunter, 42, was booked into the Shelby County Jail early Saturday morning. He is being held without bond. A 23-year-old woman was killed, and her husband and two infant children all remain in critical condition at hospitals in Dayton. The Amish family who...
Feds: Indiana man uses 37 fake $20 bills at Dayton Dragons game

Feds: Indiana man uses 37 fake $20 bills at Dayton Dragons game

Kenneth J. Stopkotte may have bought himself some peanuts and Cracker Jack during Wednesday’s Dayton Dragons game but a federal agent alleged he used fake $20 bills to do it. Stopkotte, 52, an Indiana man on federal probation for stealing $180,000 of donations to Tennessee churches, recently got out of prison after serving more than three years. A new criminal complaint was filed in Dayton&rsquo...
3 things to know: Urbana 7-year-old comes to school high on cocaine

3 things to know: Urbana 7-year-old comes to school high on cocaine

An Urbana elementary student was high on cocaine when he came to school on Monday, police and school officials said. Here are three things to know about the incident. The school said the 7-year-old student was drowsy, groggy and was acting strange during lunch. Precautions were taken to remove students and quarantine the student’s classroom until emergency crews could arrive. Once they arrived...
Police recognize Springfield Speedway robbery suspect on surveillance video, later arrest two people

Police recognize Springfield Speedway robbery suspect on surveillance video, later arrest two people

A man and a woman are charged in connection with a robbery at the Speedway on East Main Street in Springfield, one of two Speedway robberies in Clark County on Thursday night. Brian Trainer, 41, of Springfield, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with aggravated robbery. He is accused of using a gun to rob the store at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday night. Brooke Clipner, 28, of Springfield, is...
Springfield man enters plea in shooting death of pregnant girlfriend

Springfield man enters plea in shooting death of pregnant girlfriend

A Springfield man pleaded not guilty in Clark County Common Pleas Court on Friday to murder and felonious assault charges related to the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend. Travis Hypes is accused of shooting Lindsey Marsh, who was 30 weeks pregnant with the couple’s child, on April 5 at a home on McCreight Ave. RELATED: Springfield man indicted on murder, accused of killing pregnant...
These 5 big school projects upgraded facilities recently in the area

These 5 big school projects upgraded facilities recently in the area

Voters in the Northeastern School District will face a choice about the future of three schools in their district when they head to the polls in May. Residents in the district will vote on a $79 million bond issue aimed at helping to finance new school buildings in the area. Officials are hopeful the new issue will pass after the previous levy failed last fall but announced they have approved a contingency...
Police: Mother faces charges after Urbana elementary student has cocaine in system at school

Police: Mother faces charges after Urbana elementary student has cocaine in system at school

A 7-year-old Urbana student came to school high on cocaine on Monday, police said. The child is a student at North Elementary, one of the district’s kindergarten and first-grade schools, and was acting very unusual in the late morning, according to police and school officials. “The student was drowsy, groggy and they thought there might be a blood sugar question,” Urbana Superintendent...
This month is your chance to start a more active lifestyle. Here’s how.

This month is your chance to start a more active lifestyle. Here’s how.

Keeping your heart healthy takes more than just a balanced diet and a few super foods. Exercise is just as important, and the American Heart Association is urging Americans to get out and get active in the month of April. AHA’s Move More Month encourages more Americans to get out and walk their way to better health. » TRENDING: What you should know about a crash in Springfield which left...
What a judge ordered after a Greenon student admitted to crashing off road, killing fellow student

What a judge ordered after a Greenon student admitted to crashing off road, killing fellow student

Andrew Scott was ordered to pay a fine and other undergo other punishments this morning after admitting to a charge of vehicular manslaughter in Clark County Juvenile Court. A judge ordered Scott to pay a max fine of $200 and court costs, be placed on indefinite probation, undergo a license suspension of six months, take a driving course and speak at an assembly about distracted driving. The driver...
How payday lending could change in Ohio, if a local lawmaker succeeds

How payday lending could change in Ohio, if a local lawmaker succeeds

An Ohio House bill co-sponsored by a local representative that aims to regulate the payday loan industry passed out of committee. Ohio House Bill 123, co-sponsored by Kyle Koehler, a Republican from Springfield, was approved to move to the House floor with a 9-1 vote in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. Springfield pastor wants to put payday loan limits on ballot “We&rsquo...
This Clark County restaurant is about as ‘mom and pop’ as it gets

This Clark County restaurant is about as ‘mom and pop’ as it gets

Sometimes, a bit of throwback history can make an eatery even more interesting to visit. That would certainly be the case at this one. Restaurant: Sis’s Restaurant Location: 2 W. Pleasant St., Catawba Contact: Facebook for “Daily Specials” Telephone: (937) 828-0061 Catawba was a common stagecoach station in the mid-1800s. This corner building in its downtown still has the actual...
This smashed car crashed into a Springfield house. Here’s what happened next.

This smashed car crashed into a Springfield house. Here’s what happened next.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was searching Wednesday for a man who crashed a car into a house early that morning. The crash happened around 2:36 a.m. in the area of East Southern Avenue and Delta Road, according to a preliminary crash report by the state patrol. RELATED : Police: Couple gets in argument, man hits another man with hammer RELATED : Man sentenced to 24 months for Springfield bank robbery...
A notable British car will soon see a rebirth. Here’s why that’s exciting for Springfield.

A notable British car will soon see a rebirth. Here’s why that’s exciting for Springfield.

Many Springfield residents may know the name Lagonda for a number of reasons locally, but a luxury auto manufacturer will be making the name global again soon. Aston Martin Lagonda recently announced it will be reviving the Lagonda luxury car line in the near future. A concept for the Lagonda Vision sedan was unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, along with two 40 percent...
What 78 new stores in New York says about Speedway’s value in Clark County

What 78 new stores in New York says about Speedway’s value in Clark County

Speedway, already one of the country’s largest convenience store chains, grew again this week with the acquisition of almost 80 stores in New York state. Speedway, whose headquarters is in Enon, announced the acquisition of 78 additional stores held by Petr-All Petroleum Consulting Corporation. The new stores are now marketed under the Express Mart brand and are located in the Syracuse, Rochester...
Car crashes into Springfield home while fleeing police, suspect still at large

Car crashes into Springfield home while fleeing police, suspect still at large

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is actively looking for a man who crashed a car in a Springfield home. The incident happened at about 5 a.m. Wednesday. A patrolman was attempting to make a traffic stop on a Buick Century when it fled the area. The patrolmen lost sight of the car. He was later flagged down by a homeowner in the area of East Sourthern and Delta who stated there was a car in her house...
Opinion: Kids who can’t read cursive may miss pieces of family history

Opinion: Kids who can’t read cursive may miss pieces of family history

Can you imagine writing a letter to a teenage grandson, then finding out that he could not read it? That’s what happened to a friend of mine last weekend. It wasn’t the kid’s fault, you see, problem is that his school has stopped teaching cursive. Apparently that is happening at some schools here also and I think it is a terrible shame. Nothing will stifle communication between generations...
Man accused of tying up employees, stealing oxycontin from Springfield pharmacy gets trial date

Man accused of tying up employees, stealing oxycontin from Springfield pharmacy gets trial date

A man accused of robbing a Springfield pharmacy is set to face a jury in less than two weeks. Tyrez Boyd, 24, of Indianapolis, is scheduled for a jury trial on April 30, about five months after he was arrested for allegedly tying up employees of the Harding Road Pharmacy and robbing the store of oxycontin. RELATED: Springfield employee’s hands tied during pharmacy robbery Boyd allegedly had...
Officials say case against ex-Springfield school employee is open despite dismissal

Officials say case against ex-Springfield school employee is open despite dismissal

The case against a former Springfield school technology employee accused of inappropriately touching female students at school was dismissed last week, but prosecutors say they still may seek an indictment next month. Jordan Pennington, 33, was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with gross sexual imposition. The case was dismissed without prejudice after a preliminary hearing. RELATED: Ex-Springfield...
Tree falls on Springfield home, damaging roof

Tree falls on Springfield home, damaging roof

A tree fell on a house in the 1800 block of Southern Parkway in Springfield on Tuesday afternoon, causing damage to the roof.  No one was at  home at the time of the incident, Springfield fire officials said, noting that there were no injuries.  We will continue to follow the story to bring you the latest information. 
Man sentenced to 24 months for Springfield bank robbery

Man sentenced to 24 months for Springfield bank robbery

A Springfield man has been sentenced to two years in prison for robbing a west side bank with a handwritten note. Rodney J. Oglesby, 33, of 908 W. Rose St., pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of robbery in the Clark County Common Pleas Court. The Springfield Police Division was called to the Security National Bank: Western Office, 920 W. Main St. at about 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9....
Icy conditions reported on Springfield bridge cause several crashes

Icy conditions reported on Springfield bridge cause several crashes

Icy conditions have been reported on the Spring Street overpass in Springfield and has caused multiple crashes including one involving a medic unit.  A Springfield Twp. medic was involved in the crash on the bridge around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to emergency scanner traffic. Initial reports indicate the bridge was icy and caused the crash.  At least two other vehicles were involved...
Springfield man indicted on murder, accused of killing pregnant woman

Springfield man indicted on murder, accused of killing pregnant woman

A Springfield man was indicted on two murder charges this week in connection with the shooting that killed a woman who was 30 weeks pregnant. Travis Hypes, 24, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on the murder charges and felonious assault, according to the prosecutor’s office. He is accused of shooting Lindsey Marsh, who was carrying their baby, on April 5 at a home on McCreight...
Speedway acquires 80 new stores

Speedway acquires 80 new stores

Speedway’s footprint expanded today when the company announced the acquisition of about 80 additional stores held by Petr-All Petroleum Consulting Corporation. MORE: Volkswagen execs indicate possible takeover of Navistar Speedway, based in Enon, is a major employer in Clark County and already operates about 2,740 convenience stores in 21 states. The new stores are now marketed under the Express...
Volkswagen execs indicate possible takeover of Navistar

Volkswagen execs indicate possible takeover of Navistar

Volkswagen executives signalled Monday that the company might consider a takeover of Navistar, according to information from Bloomberg. MORE: Kroger drops plans for new Springfield Marketplace store Matthias Gruendler, chief financial officer for VW’s truck and bus division, said the company might consider boosting its stake in Navistar, from 16.9 percent during a press conference in Munich...
Jury trial set in Xenia teacher rape case in Logan County

Jury trial set in Xenia teacher rape case in Logan County

A Clark County resident and Xenia Local Schools teacher accused of sex crimes is out of jail on his own recognizance, according to court records. Brandon M. Murray, 35, of Bethel Twp., was arraigned in Logan County Common Pleas Court Monday on two counts of rape, one count of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition, according to online Logan County court records. Earlier charges against...
POLICE: Children left at home while parent shops for alcohol with missing teen

POLICE: Children left at home while parent shops for alcohol with missing teen

A 33-year-old Springfield woman was arrested after she was accused of leaving her two children home alone, while she shopped for alcoholic beverages and auto parts with a 16-year-old boy who was reported missing, court records show. Kristen Foster, 33, was booked into the Clark County Jail on two counts of child endangering. She pleaded not guilty to the charges in court Monday. Officers responded...
Ohio looks to pump $50M into expanding internet access to rural areas

Ohio looks to pump $50M into expanding internet access to rural areas

Nearly a third of Ohioans in rural counties lack access to broadband internet, compared to just 2 percent of urban residents, something legislators want to remedy with a proposed $50 million grant program. Proponents of the bipartisan House Bill 378 said this digital gap has a negative affect on everything from health care to education to employment in rural communities, and closing it would level...
Your Voice: Many in Springfield disappointed with scrapped Kroger plan

Your Voice: Many in Springfield disappointed with scrapped Kroger plan

Officials from The Kroger Company recently announced a $20 million plan to bring a Kroger Marketplace to a former Springfield Twp. driving range has been discontinued after a re-anaylsis of company priorities. City officials previously said the project would have been a major improvement to the area, which could have spurred redevelopment and improvements, and said they were disappointed by the company&rsquo...
After mistrial, man faces amended charges in Logan County rape case

After mistrial, man faces amended charges in Logan County rape case

A Xenia teacher on indefinite leave is ordered to appear in court today on amended charges in a Logan County rape case. Brandon M. Murray, 35, of Bethel Twp. in Clark County, is scheduled to be arraigned on two counts of rape, one count of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition, according to online Logan County court records. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 25-year-old woman...
U.S. attacks Syria: What will happen next?

U.S. attacks Syria: What will happen next?

U.S., British and French airstrikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities were returned by only heated Russian rhetoric on Saturday, easing fears of an immediately escalating conflict. The strikes were generally supported by allies and Ohio lawmakers. RELATED: Trump claims success in Syria, but chemical weapons remain The more than 100 cruise missiles fired at targets in Syria early Saturday meant...
BollyX gains fitness footing in New Carlisle

BollyX gains fitness footing in New Carlisle

A unique form of fitness classes that’s gaining popularity across the country and world is now offered in New Carlisle. Named after India’s equivalent of Hollywood – Bollywood, BollyX is a high-intensity cardio workout. Vijaya Devatha, co-owner of New Carlisle Sports & Fitness, was looking for a different fitness class to offer. Her Indian roots and background in dance led her to...
Springfield’s art scene gets elevated with new gallery

Springfield’s art scene gets elevated with new gallery

Art lovers in Springfield have a new place to appreciate pieces by local artists. The Gallery on High, located at 352 E. High Street, is a new art gallery which features artwork and crafts made by creators from Clark County. Owner Angela Ward said the gallery is backed by a local non-profit art gallery, Beyond the Looking Glass, and the building the gallery calls home contains a lot of history. &ldquo...
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