Obama to Springfield crowd: I have a lot of fight left in me

Published: Friday, November 02, 2012 @ 9:54 AM
Updated: Friday, November 02, 2012 @ 9:54 AM


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President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of 4,000 at Springfield High School this afternoon. He concluded his speech at 1:49 p.m.

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The following is coverage of the event and Obama’s speech comments.

3 p.m.: The President has boarded Air Force One and departed.

1:49 p.m.: Obama concluded his speech with, “God bless you; God bless America,” and is shaking hands with people as he exits the gymnasium.

1:46 p.m.: “I have a lot of fight left in me,” Obama said. “I hope you aren’t tired either, Ohio.”

1:44 p.m.: In speaking about bipartisanship, Obama said when “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was repealed, some courageous Republican senators stood up. He said he admired them, and he is “willing to work with anyone” to make things happen.

1:43 p.m.: “I’m betting on you,” Obama said. “I’m betting on the decency of the American people.”

1:42 p.m.: “You can’t just reduce the deficit on the backs of the middle class; on the backs of the poor,” Obama said when speaking about tax cuts. “I’m not gonna make it more expensive for people to go to college just to pay for a millionaire’s tax cuts … that’s not who we are … that’s not real change.”

1:40 p.m.: Obama talks about the military and says no one serving the country should have to fight to find a job when they return from service.

1:38 p.m.: “Don’t tell me students who want to go to college should borrow more money from their parents. That wasn’t an option for me … That’s why I want to recruit 100,00 math and science teachers, so our kids don’t fall behind the rest of the world,” Obama said.

1:37 p.m.: “This school we are in right now” is an example of a school making great strides, Obama said of Springfield High School.

1:36 p.m.: Obama says, “I know what real change looks like because I fought for it. Right along side of you.”

1:35 p.m.: Assistant Fire Chief Brian Miller for the City of Springfield told the Springfield News-Sun there are 4,000 people at the rally.

1:33 p.m.: Obama said Romney has a tough time hearing Ohio because he doesn’t want to save the auto industry.

1:32 p.m.: Obama sais Romney has been “massaging the facts” to make them “convenient” to his campaign.

1:31 p.m.: Romney has been trying to “repackage these ideas” and when you “look at the policies, theya re the same ones that didn’t work,” Obama said. “What he’s sellin’ ain’t working,” he said.

1:30 p.m.: “We tried giving big tax cuts to the wealthied Americans … and what did we get? We got falling incomes, record deficits …” Obama said. “We tried our ideas, they work. We tried their ideas … didn’t work.”

1:29 p.m.: “Don’t boo … vote,” Obama said after making a remark about Romney and hearing the crowd boo. “Voting is the best revenge.”

1:28 pm.: “We also beilieve that our economy does better, our businesses do better when everyone is given a chance to succeed,” he said. “We believe America is stronger when everyone can count on affordable healthcare.”

1:27 p.m.: “In four days, Springfield, just four days …. four days for four years … in four days you’ve got a choice to make,” he said.

1:26 p.m.: The crowd is chanting, “Four more years, four more years.”

1:25 p.m.: “The reason all of you are here today is because we know we’ve got more work to do,” Obama said. “As long as there’s a child anywhere in this country who is languishing in poverty … our job is not yet done.”

1:23 p.m.: Obama is speaking about recovery efforts along the East Coast following Hurricane Sandy.

1:16 p.m.: A Springfield H.S. English teacher, also a single mother, is speaking about balancing responsibilities outside of work.

1:15 p.m.: Reports indicate Obama will likely speak around 1:30 p.m. The fire marshall reports the overflow crowd is in an auxiliary gymnasium. There is an estimated 3,500 people on campus to see the President give his speech.

1:10 p.m.: News Center 7’s Jim Otte reports someone went up to the stage and adjusted the presidential seal on the podium, and the crowd erupted in applause. The president has not entered the gymnasium yet and may be speaking to those in the overflow space first.

1 p.m.: Mark Bruce reports guests are waiting to hear from Obama now, he has not taken the stage yet.

12:40 p.m.: News Center 7’s Mark Bruce said President Obama is on campus at Springfield High School and will speak momentarily.

Noon: President Obama has left Columbus and the motorcade is on its way to Springfield for the rally.

11:35 a.m.: The Springfield Fire Department said not everyone will fit in Springfield High School’s main gym, so some people will be seated in the auxiliary gym. President Obama will likely stop in the auxiliary gym first and speak briefly to them before heading into the main gym for his speech.

10:18 a.m.: Springfield News-Sun reporter Mike Cooper said there are journalists from all over the world at the rally in Springfield, highlighting the importance of local votes for both candidates.

10:15 a.m.: The doors are open for visitors to the rally in Springfield. Obama will arrive this afternoon.

9:50 a.m.: Clark County residents are urged to avoid Home Road and North Limestone Street this morning. Traffic will likely be heavy between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m in those areas, said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.

9:30 a.m.: People are gathering to see President Barack Obama at Springfield High School. The event is scheduled to take place shortly before 1 p.m. No more tickets are available. Doors to the gymnasium are scheduled to open at 10:15 a.m.

Staff contributors: Mike Cooper, Mark Bruce, Barb Perenic, Bill Lackey, Jim Otte

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

New restaurants, retail shops coming to Oxford

Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 4:37 PM

New restaurants and retail shops are coming to a development on the former Walmart site in Oxford.

Bishop Square — a 50,000-square-foot mixed use development at 419 Locust Street that currently includes 272 units of student housing — is adding Marco’s Pizza, Tim Hortons, a Sprint retail store and a bank.

“The final stage is important because we’ll be building the outlots that sit along Locust, which will serve as the front door to the whole project,” said Josh Rothstein, of Blue Ash-based OnSite Retail Group, which is handling marketing and leasing for the project. “The retailers and restaurants are excited to open their locations here because being across from Kroger, TJ Maxx and Dollar Tree provides tremendous exposure, great visibility and easy access to the shoppers already passing through this part of town.

“It’s also easily in walking distance to not only the concentration of Miami’s campus, but also the off-campus housing population,” Rothstein said.

Two other storefronts on the site are being are in the process of being leased, he said.

Existing Bishop Square tenants include Oxford Lane Library, Mercy Health - Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation, Great Clips and Cloud 9 Vapor Lounge. A second-floor above some of those tenants includes office space.

Alan Kyger, Oxford’s economic development director, said the community is excited to see the Bishop Square project moving into its final phases.

“In 2005, when Walmart moved away from this site, the abandoned building that was left behind was a large eyesore for the Tollgate Business District, as well as for the whole community,” Kyger said. “Developer Robert Fiorita is to be commended in providing such a good-looking redevelopment project.

“The addition of these merchants will provide the citizens of Oxford additional shopping options. I expect each of these new businesses to be very successful in this new development.”

Marco’s Pizza has 700 stores in 35 states, doubling in size over the last five years and on track to 1,000 stores by the end of 2017, according to the company. Area locations include Middletown, Monroe, Hamilton and Liberty Twp. in Butler County.

Tim Hortons has more than 4,400 locations in the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Area locations include Monroe, Springboro and Maineville in Warren County.

Crash victim lived to fly, friend says

Published: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM

A 73-year-old Bellbook man killed in a plane crash Saturday morning was an experienced pilot who had built four planes like the “experimental aircraft” he flew that day, according to his wife.

Roger Flower died in the 8 a.m. crash, said Sgt. Anthony Pearcy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Some witnesses in the area did see the plane flying and the witnesses believe they did see something fall off the plane,” he said.

Flying out of the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County, the plane flown by Flower crashed about 100 yards from a house at 1856 Ohio 380. Debris from the crash spread about 300 feet and the plane had extensive damage.

Flower was a naval aviator for 31 years who still loved to fly in his retirement, said Jan Flower, his wife of 50 years.

“It was his life, ” she said. “He was flying a plane that he had built and flew out of Greene County Airport and was there every day and loved it.”

After retiring from the Navy, he became a certified aviation engineer and began building his own aircraft, his wife said.

“He knew what he was doing about building it and just loved it and wasn’t ready to give up airplanes, so he built them,” she said.

Both natives of Ohio, Roger and Jan Flower have four sons and moved to Bellbrook eight years ago, when they were done traveling with the Navy.

She described her husband as “a leader, totally confident. (He) could tackle anything, could build or fix anything, loved his children and his grandchildren, (and) loved serving in his church.”

The OHSP is investigating the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The plane was a fixed wing, single engine, experimental/homemade aircraft, according to the patrol.

“According to the family members, it’s been flown before,” said Pearcy.

There was no flight plan filed for the plane and the destination of the flight was unknown, Pearcy said.

“As unfortunate as this incident is, it is fortunate that no other people were involved,” Pearcy said.

Arrest made in slaying of businessman

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 7:44 PM

Police have arrested a 20-year-old Dayton man in the slaying of a business owner found dead inside a burned out garage last week.

Anthony Lamar Stargell Jr. was arrested Wednesday morning and is in the Montgomery County Jail pending the filing of an unclassified felony murder charge.

Dayton Sgt. Dan Mauch said detectives believe Stargell shot and killed 54-year-old Tommy Nickles before setting a fire inside 838 S. Main St. on April 3.

“The fire did not do the damage that the perpetrator expected,” Mauch said Wednesday afternoon. He said evidence collected inside the business and from Nickles’ stolen work van helped lead detectives to Stargell. The van was recovered by police late April 3 in the 400 block of Leland Avenue.

A search warrant was executed at 2905 Oakridge Drive on Wednesday, where Stargell occasionally stays with family. He was taken into custody at about 11 a.m.

Nickles, of Kettering, died from multiple gunshot wounds and was found in a garage where he ran Quality One Electrical Service. A Golden retriever that had been shot to death also was found in the building, police said.

Nickles' family confirmed last week that he had been living in the building because of a recent divorce. They said they couldn’t fathom why someone would want to kill the father of two. 

“Tom was a good man, he was a good father,” said Gavin Whitt, Nickles’ godson.

Mauch said Stargell and Nickles knew each other. He said police are investigating robbery as a possible motive or that Nickles possibly owed Stargell money.

“It’s still an ongoing investigation,” he said. Police also are trying to locate several individuals who may have stolen property belonging to Nickles.

According to court records, Stargell was convicted of robbery in February 2011 and sentenced to five years’ probation.

His mother, Tonya Bailey, said her son recently got out of prison, but she doesn’t believe that he is responsible for Nickles’ death.

“I don’t think that he did do it, but if he did do it he didn’t do it by himself,” she said.

She said Stargell wasn’t on South Main Street on the night Nickles was killed. “He was here,” she said at her mother’s house on Wednesday.