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Trash is being removed from the future Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve in Clark County.  When it opens this summer it will become Ohio's largest rock climbing cliffs.
Ohio Climbers Coalition

The Miami Valley will soon be home to Ohio’s largest natural rock-climbing area. The Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve, set to open in May on the west side of Springfield, will feature a set of limestone cliffs nearly 5,000 feet long and ranging from 40 to 50 feet high. 

 

Carol Kennard, executive director of the Clark County Parks District, says the attraction will be available to climbers at no cost.   

Wittenberg University Selects New President

Feb 10, 2017
Dr. Michael Frandsen will become Wittenberg University's 15th President.
Daniel Gummel

Officials at Wittenberg University in Springfield have named a new president to lead the school. The announcement concludes a six month search.

 

When he takes office, Dr. Michael Frandsen will become the 15th president of Wittenberg University. The school’s search followed the resignation of former president Dr. Laurie Joyner, who stepped down in late 2015.

The university has faced several years of budget cuts and Wittenberg officials say they chose Frandsen for his extensive financial management experience.  

Wittenberg University

Lydia Kisley, a 2010 Wittenberg University grad, was recently recognized in Forbes Magazine for her work in medical research.  The Ohio native and current post-doctoral fellow at University of Illinois made the magazine’s 30 Under 30 list, honoring young people for outstanding contribution to their fields.

“I was pretty surprised. Especially, my research is pretty basic science," she says. "I’ve done some projects looking at how proteins interact in your blood that has potential to be used in cancer treatments."

Citizens with the group Indivisible Springfield say they are concerned with some of President Trump’s actions in his first weeks in office. They’ve teamed up with the nonprofit Welcome Springfield, and plan to send a letter to officials calling for “bipartisan solutions that honor and respect the needs of the immigrants and refugees who have come to our nation and to Clark County, Ohio.”

 

Pam Dixon with Indivisible Springfield says its the right thing to do.

Artist rendering of new entrance at the Clark County Public Library in Downtown Springfield
McCall Sharp Architecture

The Clark County Public Library in downtown Springfield has a new look. The library is undergoing major renovations as part of a 2.6 million dollar project designed to make the building more accessible to patrons. The update includes a newly remodeled entrance. Lead Architect Steve Sharp says visitors found the old entrance confusing.

"People really couldn’t tell how to get into the building really well" says Sharp. "We wanted to make a splashy statement that says look this is how you come into the library.  And to me this was a very satisfying and fun project."

Dan Gummel

Donald Trump was officially sworn in Friday, January 20th, as the 45th President of the United States. As supporters and protesters converged for the inauguration festivities in Washington, a diverse group of demonstrators gathered in downtown Springfield Friday afternoon to express their concerns about a Trump presidency. WYSO producer Dan Gummel spoke to some of the protesters. 

Event organizer John Wheeler:

Dan Gummel

At a Tuesday night meeting, the Springfield City Commission voted unanimously to put Issue 2, an income tax increase, back on the ballot this May.

 

The levy originally failed during the November election. Since then, the city has cut police services and closed a local fire station. Mayor Warren Copeland says the commission was forced to make cuts due to decreased state funds.  

 

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Springfield

Oesterlen Services for Youth in Springfield provides emotional and behavioral support for young people.  This week they celebrated the grand opening of the state’s first program designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum.

More than $1 million in funding from Medicaid and Department of Developmental Disabilities will create 15 new jobs at the center and provide a private environment for the treatment of up to 6 children at a time.

Dan Gummel

Downtown Springfield has seen a flurry of development in the last year, with new small businesses, luxury lofts and a brewery all opening their doors.

One of the most high-profile new developments is Hatch Artist Studios, where a $500,000 renovation is transforming the long-vacant Metallic Casket Company complex into studios for artists and small business owners.

Springfield artist and Turner Foundation creative director Rod Hatfield says the complex was chosen for renovation because of its central downtown location and its significance to the city.

Springfield to Vote on 2017 Budget Cuts

Dec 12, 2016

Springfield City Commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on the city’s 2017 budget. Officials are also expected to announce cuts to police, fire and other services after voters narrowly rejected an income tax boost in November.

 

The Issue 2 levy that voters failed to pass would have increased city revenues by raising the earned income tax. Now, Springfield commissioners say they’re forced to make budget cuts for next year.

 

The 2017 budget is expected to include cuts to police, fire and recreation funding.

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