Clark County

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A Clark County sheriff's deputy has been fired after admitting to publishing racist tweets.  A concerned citizen saw the posts on Twitter and realized they belonged to a member of local law enforcement.

Tuesday night, Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly says he received an email containing social media posts from one of his deputies, Zachary Davis, that were made in late April. The posts encouraged the use of deadly force against protesters in Baltimore along with racist language to describe African-Americans.

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The largest structure in downtown Springfield, which was once home to one of the biggest publishing companies in the country is being demolished, but the project hasn't gone as planned as several court-ordered deadlines for the project have been missed.

This giant 900,000 square foot brick structure looks like a Lego building someone knocked down parts of. Back in the 1940s, Crowell-Collier Publishing used to print more than 20 million magazines per month here. By 1957, the company was in financial trouble and left the massive structure on High and Lowry Streets empty.

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The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Clark State Community College a $2.5 million grant to that will help the school train workers for manufacturing jobs.

The grant money will be used to purchase equipment and develop a curriculum to help students and displaced workers find jobs in different manufacturing areas. Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin feels that manufacturing jobs require a different skill set these days.

City of Springfield, Ohio.
City of Springfield, Ohio.

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Clark State Community College permission to fly a drone in parts of Clark County and it will fly over land owned by the City of Springfield, but leased to local farmers.

Clark State recently announced it would integrate drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, into a new precision agriculture program. Getting FAA authorization to fly was the next step. Clark State President Jo Alice Blondin indicated that the students should benefit.

Several Clark County races appeared to be competitive heading into Election Day, but with 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial voting totals revealed that GOP candidates were victorious in all of the contests.

The race for Clark County commissioner between incumbent Republican Rick Lohnes, who is one of two GOP members on the three person commission, defeated Democrat David Herier. Lohnes captured 60 percent of the vote.

As election day draws closer, several Clark County races have heated up. The race for a seat as a Clark County commissioner between incumbent Republican Rick Lohnes, who is one of two GOP members on the three person commission, and attorney David Herier, a Democrat, is one to watch closely, according to political analyst Rob Baker of Wittenberg University.

Clark County-based Speedway is expanding and adding jobs.
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  Clark County is likely to see a boost in employment opportunities over the next five years as Speedway and Dole add jobs.

At a recent job growth conference in Springfield, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and members of the Dayton Development Coalition pointed to Speedway and Dole's expansion as key factors in Clark County's growth. Speedway is projected to add 350 jobs and Dole expects to add another 150 jobs in the next five years.

Springfield's 5th annual Promisefest
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The Springfield Promise Neighborhood held its fifth annual PromiseFest this week. The program designed to help families in poor areas thrive, is getting stronger.

Nearly 20 years ago in Harlem, New York, Geoffrey Canada started the Promise Neighborhood initiative to help children from poor families succeed at the earliest age possible. Canada called it the "cradle through college" system that made sure kids were safe, in school and fed.

A hearing in Clark County Tuesday brought state legislators and policy advocates together to strategize on addressing Ohio's unemployment debt.
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Ohio legislators are trying to figure out how to pay down almost $1.4 billion in debt to the federal government for the state's unemployment fund. Ohio's Unemployment Compensation Study Committee held a hearing in Clark County Tuesday to address concerns about the fund. 

The state borrowed lots of money from the federal government during the Great Recession to make up for shortfalls in its unemployment fund. 

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Clark County has implemented two economic improvement projects. City officials expect both projects to have a significant impact on tourism and business.

The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau unveiled a  new marketing brand for Clark County recently. "Find Your Unwind," is now the slogan attached to the city and county that will appear on social media, t-shirts, mugs and other merchandise.

Chris Schutte, director of the CVB, believes the new brand will help Springfield compete better with areas like Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

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