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Tornado Recovery Continues in Clark County

Jun 2, 2017
A mobile home in McMahan's Fairway Terrace, affected by the May 24th tornado in Clark County.
Daniel Gummel

Many home and business owners are continuing to dig out one week after six tornadoes swept across the Miami Valley, leaving behind a path of destruction.

 

The National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoes rated EF0, and two rated EF1, on the evening of May 24, 2017, including a twister that touched down in Clark County along Highway 235 near New Carlisle.

 

tornado wall cloud national weather service Photo taken near US 35 and I-75, just west of Dayton, at around 7 p.m. Wednesday
WYSO/ Jerry Kenney

Experts with the National Weather Service are still working to survey all of the damage from Wednesday's severe storms. Forecasters have so far confirmed there were six tornadoes in and around Clark and Miami Counties, with wind speeds varying between 75 and 100 miles per hour. 

The National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoes rated EF0, and two rated EF1, on the evening of May 24, 2017, including a twister that touched down in Clark County along Highway 235 near New Carlisle. No major injuries were reported.

Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab Springfield clark county court drug evidence police sheriff jail fentnyl heroin opioids
WYSO/Jess Mador

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with officials from Clark County and the city of Springfield, Tuesday unveiled a new Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab in downtown Springfield.

The lab will be dedicated to testing drug evidence seized by law enforcement agencies in Clark County and statewide. Officials say it will be staffed by two highly trained and experienced drug-chemistry scientists, who will test complex combinations of drugs, including heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic street opioids.

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.   

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."

Springfield Brewery Rises to the Top

Jan 19, 2017
Buck Gunn / Hatch New Media

Springfield’s downtown revitalization efforts got a big boost recently when the city’s first craft brewery, Mother Stewart’s, was named one of the top new breweries in the nation by Beer Advocate Magazine. Brewmaster Kevin Loftis says the designation will help them expand their business.

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.

Clark County Seeks to Attract New Retailers

Nov 30, 2016
Springfield's Upper Valley Mall, built in 1971, has suffered from the loss of several anchor tenants.
Nicholas Eckhart / Flickr/Creative Commons

Texas based Buxton Co will be paid $50,000 to look at retail development options for several Springfield-area sites including the Upper Valley Mall, Bechtle Avenue  and the I-70 corridor.  Clark County wants to increase retail options for residents and attract new business to the area.

“We’re trying to build a retail base, because it keeps people shopping in Clark County, adds to the sales tax and enhances our local businesses," says Commissioner John Detrick.

Numbers show Clark County has seen job growth in 2016, but it's unclear whether this positive economic outlook may be impacted by the city of Springfield’s ongoing budget troubles.

 

Recent Clark County investments include development at the Prime Ohio Industrial Park and Wall Street brokerage firm EF Hutton’s decision to relocate its global headquarters to downtown Springfield.

 

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