Clark County

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Clark County is seeing its tourism industry grow according to a recently released economic report. The study done by Oxford Economics reveals that tourism contributes almost $368 million per year to the county's economy.

Chris Schutte, of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, released the findings of the study which shows an increase of $42 million since 2011. He feels there are a few key factors involved with the financial improvement.

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Clark County based Speedway has reached an agreement to purchase Hess Retail Holdings for $2.8 billion dollars. The deal makes Speedway one of the largest convenience store chains in the country.

Hess operates out of New York City and is the largest operator of convenience stores along the East Coast. Speedway's corporate headquarters are in Enon, and the company is a subsidiary of the Marathon Petroleum Company.

Angelia Graves, director of public and state government affairs for Marathon, says the deal is a win-win for both companies.

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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.

The Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities 8-year additional levy was defeated Tuesday. Unofficial results show that 12,811 voters approved, while 14,560 said "no" to passing the measure. 

Until November 2012, the board hadn't had a levy defeat since 1967. With two straight losses now, Board Superintendent Jennifer Rousculp says her agency won't be able to do as much for the developmentally disabled in Clark County.

All three new school funding issues were defeated in Clark County, according to unofficial results from Tuesday's election. Northeastern had asked voters for a new income tax, and Clark-Shawnee sought a 7.59-mill additional levy to avoid a deficit.

Tecumseh Local Schools also failed to get its 5-year, 12.37-mill levy passed, with unofficial results showing that 54 percent of the voters rejected the measure. The district could face an operating deficit of over $7 million by 2017.

Bob Evans Farms says it is growing its business operations in Clark and Greene Counties. The company is looking at a possible expansion in Xenia and further developing its partnership with Springfield's Global Impact STEM Academy. But that comes after an announcement earlier this year that Bob Evans sold its Springfield sausage plant to a Texas company, cutting 52 jobs in Springfield

After years of fundraising, a statue will be erected on Saturday by the old South High School in Springfield to honor boxing legend Davey Moore. It marks the 50th year after his death.

Moore was the boxing icon that inspired the Bob Dylan song; "Who Killed Davey Moore?"
 
Moore was born in Springfield.  He used boxing to climb out of Clark County to eventually compete in the Olympics and later become the featherweight champion of the world. After he was knocked out during a fight with Cuban boxer Sugar Ramos in 1963, he died a few days later.

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Legislators have been hashing out the future of food stamps in Washington this week. But here in Ohio, changes to food assistance, also called SNAP, are coming down the pike regardless. Work requirements will go into effect Oct. 1 for 134,000 Ohioans who depend on food stamps.

Each year, over 1,000 complaints of graffiti-related vandalism are made in Springfield. This year over 700 incidents have been reported so far according to police. Graffiti artist also knows as taggers have even spray painted historic buildings like the old State Theater.

The United Rehabilitation Services is helping young people with disabilities in the Clark County area gain vocational skills.  The organization is helping students get hands on training regarding the employment process.

URS has started a Summer Youth Program, which is a 6-week class serving young people with disabilities between the ages of 18 to 22. The class will teach 35 youths from Clark, Champaign, Madison and Miami Counties about job interview skills, creating cover letters and resumes, and how to fill out applications.
 

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