Clark County

To many people of religious faith, the issue of climate change transcends partisan politics.
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For many Americans around the country, climate change is a partisan political issue. But to many people of religious faith, the issue transcends politics. To them, the planet is “God's green earth” and should be treated accordingly. In this story we meet one Miami Valley man of faith whose long-held beliefs shape his view of climate change and the environment.

Graci Leonard and Gracie McHenry
courtesy of Jean Anders

As part of our series County Lines, Community Voices producer Anna Lurie went to rural Northeastern High School in Clark County, to talk to students in FFA about their lives.  Two sophomore friends at Northeastern, Graci Leonard and Gracie McHenry, discuss how they manage the demands of raising and showing animals, especially when life doesn’t go according to plan.


Graci Leonard: So what does a normal day for you look like?  I know it can be pretty hectic so how do you handle it?

Northeastern High School FFA students
courtesy of Jean Anders

Future Farmers of America was founded in 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri as way to educate the next generation of farmers. Today, FFA is a national organization for young people interested in leadership and agriculture.  There are over a dozen local FFA chapters in the Miami Valley - including one at Northeastern High School in rural Clark County.

As part of our series called County Lines, producer Anna Lurie went to Northeastern last fall to learn about FFA and to teach the students a little bit about radio.

Damage was reported in Yellow Springs, Clark County and Greene County after Friday's storms.
Mike Frazier / WYSO

The National Weather Service will survey damage caused by severe morning storms that blew through Greene and Clark Counties.

Inspectors are expected to publish the results of their storm-damage survey Friday evening. 

The Yellow Springs News reported multiple trees were down in the vicinity of Glen View and Corry streets in the village, including one that landed on the roof of a home.

Several hundred DP&L customers in Greene and Clark counties experienced power outages as winds gusted over 60 miles per hour.

Weapons for sale at Mad River Armory and Range in Springfield.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Ohio lawmakers are considering a long-debated bill that would roll back concealed-carry gun permit and training regulations. Some states have already passed similar controversial laws, while others have gone in the opposite direction to tighten gun sale, permit and background-check rules.

Gun regulations across the country are a patchwork and following the differences between state and federal laws can be confusing.

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Early and absentee voting begins Tuesday, April 9 for voters in some parts of the Miami Valley.

The May 7 Primary Election includes a number of school levies, including in Oakwood, Kettering and Beavercreek, where voters will consider a five-year, emergency 6.15 mill operating levy after a similar levy failed to pass in November.

In Dayton, there are five City Commission candidates vying in the May primary to appear on the November ballot.

To find out if there’s a Primary Election in your community, visit MyOhioVote.com.

Yellow Springs' new 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation facility will produce a variety of medically sanctioned products, including edibles and sprays.
April Laissle / WYSO

The first of several medical marijuana dispensaries is about a month away from opening for business in Springfield. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC would be the first to open in Southwest Ohio. 

A few other dispensaries are already operating in other parts of the state. Some Dayton addiction centers say they have concerns as the dispensaries begin operations.

The Gammon House
Jerry Kenney

In the decades leading up to the Civil War, the Underground Railroad ferried enslaved African Americans in the South to freedom in the northern United States and Canada. And Southwest Ohio, bordering the slave states of Virginia and Kentucky, played an especially important role in the clandestine network.

One stop along the Underground Railroad still stands in Springfield. Preservationists have spent nearly two decades restoring the historic Gammon House and say it holds a message for future generations.

Andy Grimm sits in a smoky, cramped newsroom in downtown New Carlisle. He’s antsy and nervous.

Just as he seems to be getting comfortable, a Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy drives by. Grimm peers out the window and waits until the deputy is out of sight to continue talking.

The first Madonna of the Trail monument along the National Road in Springfield was dedicated in 1928.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In 1806, Congress authorized federal funding for a road that would connect Cumberland, Maryland west to the Ohio Territories, opening up westward expansion for the country. The National Road, as it was eventually called, became the first Federally funded, and paved, highway in the U.S.