Springfield News Sun

A community college in southwest Ohio is asking the state for $500,000 to make over its 20-year-old performing arts center.

Officials at Clark State Community College in Springfield say the downtown building needs a new roof and upgrades to the heating and air conditioning systems.

Clark State says the performing arts center has drawn over 1.5 million people in the last 20 years.

The Springfield News-Sun reports that local officials say the performing arts center has been vital to the city's downtown.

Opponents of a multimillion dollar wind project that would build at least 52 wind turbines in southwest Ohio are challenging a state board's approval of the project's next phase.

The Ohio Power Siting Board voted this week to allow the second phase of the Buckeye Wind Project. The Springfield News-Sun reports that opponents living near the proposed project want that decision reviewed.

A native of Springfield killed in the Colorado theater massacre will be buried this week.

The Springfield News-Sun reports a visitation for 27-year-old Matthew McQuinn will be Friday at the Springfield church he attended before moving to Colorado last year.  This funeral will be Saturday morning.

McQuinn was watching the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," with his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, and her older brother when the Friday shooting rampage occurred.  An attorney retained by their families has said the men covered Yowler with their bodies as bullets flew.

Bob Evans Farms Inc. says it will close two food production plants in Ohio next year and beef up its production at a Texas facility.

 The Ohio-based restaurant and food company plans to shut down plants in Springfield and Bidwell in southern Ohio next summer as it focuses on convenience foods, packaged side dishes and other higher-growth opportunities.

The move will mean over 50 jobs lost in Springfield and will affect about 110 employees overall. The company says it will try to place some of them in other jobs with Bob Evans.

A fire at a Springfield fuel distribution company is now under control as 50 agencies, including every fire department in Clark County battled the blaze since it started late this morning.

The city of Springfield has rejected a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's non-discrimination codes for fair housing and job protection.

The 3-2 vote by the Springfield Mayor's Commission on Human Rights ended months of debate.

The Springfield News Sun reports the two yes votes came from Mayor Warren Copeland and Commissioner Karen Duncan.   Commissioners tabled the proposal in September while the city's volunteer Human Relations Board researched the issue.

The Springfield News Sun is reporting that Springfield Township voters have ousted longtime fiscal officer, Herb Greer, who has been under fire lately for bookkeeping errors.

Newcomer Mike Hively defeated Greer on Tuesday in unofficial results by a count of 52% to 48%.  Pressure to unseat Greer began building in late September after township trustees learned he failed to pay the lease on the township's administrative building.  The error forced the township to pay more than $124,00.