City of Springfield

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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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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.

Springfield is this year's host for the Miami Valley Cycling Summit. The Summit is designed to help both large and small communities learn how to use cycling to drive economic development.

Organizers for this year's event have come up with the theme Cycling Connects. A panel of experts will detail how communities can benefit economically and connect with other cities in the region and around the nation to develop a profitable biking agenda.

Springfield's Rocking Horse Community Health Center has completed a new expansion project.  The project will allow the center to serve more people and provide more health services to low income residents in Clark County.

Rocking Horse finished its $7.9 million expansion project recently, which involved adding 42,000 square feet to the heath center. With the additional space, there will be more opportunities to provide pediatric, women's and general health services for families.

The city of Springfield is close to reaching an agreement to supply water to Yellow Springs. The city is prepared to start the arrangement this summer.

An aging water treatment plant has prompted the village of Yellow Springs to look for a better way to supply water to its residents. The town's council is weighing concerns about water quality, costs and control when it comes to closing its treatment plant and entering into an agreement with Springfield to supply water.

Plans for the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery to open a satellite operation in Springfield's Upper Valley Mall are ahead of schedule. The museum is now on pace to open in early March.

Boonshoft's vice-president of external relations Diane Farrell, says the museum received an overwhelming positive response by Clark County residents and mall management when the idea of locating at the Upper Valley Mall was proposed.

Farrell says the satellite museum will be an interactive experience designed for family fun.

Clark County Democratic Party Chairman Ron Rhine is planning to retire from his position next year.  A search for a replacement is currently underway.

Rhine took over as party chairman in 2007 after taking over the unexpired term of Charlie Bush. He was elected to the position in 2010.

He also served as a state representative and past president of the UAW International Union. He still serves on the Board of Elections.

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