City of Springfield

Wayne Baker

Ohio's new Bureau of Criminal Investigation Science School was launched this week in Springfield with 4th graders  at Perrin Woods Elementary School. Wednesday, Attorney General Mike DeWine visited the school to check on the program's progress.

On Monday, kids at the elementary school were the first in the state to start participating in the program, which was created by the Attorney General's office in order to expose younger students to science.

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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.

Attendees turned out to enjoy Clark County's first ever Barnstorming Carnival at Springfield Beckley Municipal Airport. airplane
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  The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport and Airpark hosted the first-ever Barnstorming Carnival in the area over the weekend. 

Xenia resident Dewey Davenport organized the event. He was pleased with the attendance and volunteer support that helped make the two-day carnival successful.

Springfield police are still looking for a 17-year-old Clark County man in connection with the murder of a Springfield High School student. Now, several law enforcement agencies have joined in the search for the suspect.

Jeffrey Wellington, a 17-year-old student-athlete, was shot and killed Sunday morning. Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Tyrin Hawkins who was also a student at Springfield High School.

US Marshals have joined the search for Hawkins, along with the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team.

The National Trail Parks and Recreation District Board in Clark County will meet Saturday morning to decide whether or not to close one of the city's historic public golf courses. Springfield's 93-year-old Snyder Park Golf Course might be shut down due to budget cuts.

Like many other publicly funded golf courses in the Miami Valley area, Springfield's three municipally owned courses all brought in less revenue than what was paid to operate them with taxpayer's money. Parks Director Leann Castillo says the financial outlook isn't good for the city-owned courses.

A proposed state-of-the-art $2.5 million recycling center and solid waste transfer station that would be located on Springfield's south side has been met with resistance from many of the residents in that area. The facility would be built on a 10 acre property near the UPS building on West Leffel Lane and would create nearly 15 full-time jobs.

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Wittenberg geology students and the city of Springfield have paired up to reduce pollution in area rivers and streams.  The partnership is expected to save the city money and serve as a learning experience for students.

Buck Creek cuts through the middle of Springfield. Trees line the banks and in the warmer months, kayaking and other activities are common recreation. But there’s a problem. During heavy rains, the sewage system gets overwhelmed.

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Black Friday is known for crowded malls and long lines outside of big retail stores.  But with more people strapped for cash these days, pawn shops are becoming a holiday shopping destination.

It's not your parent's pawnshop anymore, according to Larry Beloff, the president of Max's Jewelers and Loan Company in Springfield. He says with new shows on reality TV, like Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn, these shops have taken on new appeal.

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The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's satellite operation in Springfield's Upper Valley Mall is up and running in a new, larger space. Mall officials are hoping the museum will lead to an economic revival. 

Youngsters, Riley and Ben, are at the new Boonshoft Museum, admiring a popular exhibit with the sounds of whistles and bright lights glaring around them. Their grandmother, Joe Johnson, likes the fact that the new museum is at the Upper Valley mall, because she lives in Clark County.

Clark County is getting a new amateur minor league baseball franchise. The team will be known as the Champion City Kings and will play a 60 game schedule starting in June of 2014, with 30 home games scheduled for Springfield's Carleton Davidson Stadium.

The Champion City name comes from the 1800s, when Springfield's Glessner Company manufactured Champion brand farm equipment.

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