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.
Springfield is adding another piece to its citywide redevelopment plans, as city commissioners have approved turning five acres of green space into two 8,400 square foot restaurant and retail buildings.
Commissioners will allow the development to take place at the site of the former Roosevelt Middle school on North Limestone Street. The new development will be called the Limestone Center and will be built by PGI Development of Powell, Ohio.
PGI will also build two office buildings behind the restaurant and retail space, which will be a combined 30,000 square feet.
Judges for the nationwide America in Bloom contest will be descending on Springfield Thursday and Friday to evaluate the city's landscape for a chance to be named the Best Blooming City.
two national experts in historic preservation and horticulture will be judging Springfield's community involvement aesthetics and heritage. Judges will look closely at the city's urban forestry, landscaping, environmental efforts, floral display and community involvement.