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.
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.
The City of Springfield has partnered with a Wittenberg professor and her Geology class to tackle an ongoing problem with storm overflow waste going directly into Buck Creek during rainstorms. The new partnership has come up with a plan to help fix the problem.
Springfield has an aging sewer system and when it rains all the stormwater goes into the same pipeline as the city's sanitary waste. The city has increased in size but the pipeline hasn't, and so there's an overflow of raw sewage.
Clark County has awarded a construction contract to an Urbana-based company to begin work on a large industrial park project called Prime Ohio II. The industrial park is projected to bring over 1,000 jobs to the county.
Prime Ohio II is approximately 200 acres and will sit just south of the Clark County Fairgrounds off of 1-70. The construction company, J&J Schlaegel, was the winning bidder to do the work on the nearly $8 million project.