Springfield

Springfield is preparing to host for the first time in 10 years, the Ohio Women's Bowling Association's state tournament and convention. It is estimated that the 13 week event will generate nearly one million dollars to the city's economy.

Springfield has hosted the Ohio Women's Bowling tournament every 10 years since 1952. Vickie Sibole is the president of the Springfield District Bowling Association.

 

SPRINGFIELD - Thousands of crows have been swarming around downtown Springfield for several months. It's not unusual for the birds to come to this area. That's been happening since the 1970s. 

The crows blanket the tree tops and the sky in such great numbers that at times it becomes impossible to see anything other than their impressive v-shaped formations.

The city of Springfield is partnering with a national peacekeeping group that specializes in training community members on how to work with police to keep their streets safe.

Springfield is using a program called the Peacekeepers  Global Initiative to make unstable neighborhoods safer by deterring crime and violence.

Peacekeepers was founded by Columbus native Dennis Muhammad and stems from the Islamic faith. The idea is to bring in men from the community to make the streets safe for women, children and seniors.

A manufacturing company in Springfield has been approved for $800,000 in state funding to add a new facility. The Ohio Job Creation Credit Tax Loan will bring new jobs and $2.7 5 million of investment money to the city.

The Springfield News Sun is reporting that Springfield Township voters have ousted longtime fiscal officer, Herb Greer, who has been under fire lately for bookkeeping errors.

Newcomer Mike Hively defeated Greer on Tuesday in unofficial results by a count of 52% to 48%.  Pressure to unseat Greer began building in late September after township trustees learned he failed to pay the lease on the township's administrative building.  The error forced the township to pay more than $124,00.

David Zak is vice-president of the Springfield Improvement Corporation, which is part of the chamber of commerce. His colleague at the chamber, John Detrick, says Zak has been vital in the city's economic growth spurt. He points to a gift company Zak helped lure to Springfield as an example of how he can relate well to the business community.

“He did this with thirty one gifts a company that is going to be growing to a thousand jobs. We are fortunate to be able to attract them to Springfield,” says Detrick.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for September 18, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Flyer Enterprise, the latest installment in the SOCHE Talks

-Downtown Dayton LGBT Film Festival Begins Friday by Liz Cambron

-Jerry Kenney previews Culturefest 2011 in Springfield.

-Poor Will's Almanack: September 13 - 19 by Bill Felker

Clark State Community College now has a home for its arts program. The Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts Center will also host other arts organizations in the community. It is part of the City of Springfield's plan to revitalize downtown. WYSO's Wayne Baker reports.

When Dave Bauer was serving in the Vietnam War, he worked alongside human and canine soldiers. When Bauer got injured on the battlefield, he became aware of the sacrifices of the war dogs.

"I was laying there in the hospital, and they were operating on me and when I looked over on the other gurney, they were operating on a dog," he says.

Bauer received a Purple Heart for his service and is now a Clark County Veterans Commissioner. In 2009 he began raising funds to construct the War Dog Memorial, which honors dogs who serve a in a variety of capacities.

 

On Saturday officials gathered in Clark County for a ground-breaking ceremony at the Springfield-Beckley airport. It kicks off an 11.6 million dollar construction project that will benefit the Air National Guard Base housed at the airport. 

The project will result in a new administrative building and a training complex for the National Guard. It's being built by Tamsah Marker. The Bellefontaine-based company will also construct a warehouse facility and a parking lot to support the new complex.

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