Rabid bat captured in Clark County

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 12:21 PM
Updated: Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 6:51 PM

Number of Clark County rabid bats

2006 – 9

2007 – 5

2008 – 3

2009 – 0

2010 – 1

2011 – 0

2012 – 5

2013 – 1

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The Springfield News-Sun provides in-depth coverage of public health concerns, including tracking reports of rabid bats.

A bat found in a Springfield family’s home last week has tested positive for the rabies virus, health officials confirmed Wednesday.

The family captured the bat Friday and turned it over to the Clark County Combined Health District for testing by the Ohio Department of Health.

It’s the first bat to have tested positive for rabies in Clark County this year, health district spokesman Vince Carter said. Since 2006, 25 bats in Clark County have tested positive for the virus.

Carter said the bat was located in the 45505 ZIP code, which includes the northeast portion of Springfield and parts of Springfield and Moorefield twps., but declined to give a more specific area, citing health information privacy laws.

Rabies is a virus that travels through the central nervous system to the brain, according to the health district. “Once it reaches the brain, the disease nearly always causes death,” the health district said in a news release.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, most human exposure to rabies is caused by bites from infected animals. No bites were reported from the bat found this year.

Bats are the most common carriers of rabies, according to the health district, but other animals are known to carry it.

However, bats have been the only animal to test positive for rabies in Clark County since 2005.

The health district said the presence of an infected animal in the area means local residents should be concerned about the possibility of more and take proper precautions.

“We’re concerned about them coming in contact with humans,” Carter said.

Children and adults should avoid handling, feeding or unintentionally attracting wild animals with open garbage cans or litter. Residents should also have their dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated.

Those who believe they’ve been exposed to a bat should seek immediate medical attention at a local emergency room or urgent care and explain that they may have been exposed to a bat.

It’s best if the bat is captured so that it can be tested. If a resident believes they cannot capture a bat on their own, they should call a wildlife specialist or the health district at 937-390-5600.

Slow warming trend to get underway

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:21 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Warmer temperatures are expected in the Dayton area over the coming days.

Clear skies and seasonably cool weather is expected overnight as temperatures drop into the lower 40s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


  • Clear, not quite as chilly tonight
  • Slow warmup over next few days
  • No rain until late Sunday

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Warmer Mornings(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)


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Wednesday: Expect lots of sunshine. Temperatures will rebound to near 70 degrees by late afternoon.

Long-range Temperature Trend(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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Thursday: More sunshine is expected through the day. Highs will reach into the lower 70s.

Friday: A few high clouds will arrive, however skies will remain mostly sunny. Highs will reach well above normal, into the lower to middle 70s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures will start the weekend with highs in the middle 70s. 

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Sunday: Clouds will be on the increase, mainly late in the day. It will become breezy and mild with highs in the middle 70s. There is a chance for showers by late evening or at night.

Speedway: Customer rearranges sign to say ‘Free Heroin w/ Speedy Rewards’ 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:19 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:15 PM

Speedway sign

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m.

A Speedway customer rearranged the letters on the sign outside the store to create the “inappropriate message,” Stefanie Griffith, communications manager said.

“After approximately 15 minutes, we became aware of the message and removed it immediately,” she said.

Someone, possibly another customer notified the clerk about the sign, she said.

The sign originally read:



Griffith said the incident was captured on the store’s surveillance cameras, but that it’s against company policy to release it. She did not rule out pursuing charges.


A sign reading “Free Heroin w/ Speedy Rewards” at a Dayton Speedway store has prompted the company to investigate the incident.

“It was found on Saturday, Oct. 14, and was immediately removed,” said Speedway spokeswoman Stefanie Griffith.  “We apologize to those who may have seen this sign and are currently investigating how this occurred.”

The photo was taken of the sign at the station on the corner of Smithville Road and Huffman Avenue.

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Dayton and Montgomery County have been plagued by heroin related deaths for several years.

Funeral arrangements set for Greenon student killed in car crash

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:04 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:06 PM

A 16-year-old Greenon High School student was killed Sunday in a car crash in Enon — the third student in the district to die in a fatal accident this school year.

Greenon Local Schools will be closed Friday so students and staff members can attend the funeral of a Greenon student who was killed in a car crash Sunday.

Kendall “Kenny” DePhillip’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Enon United Methodist Church, 85 Broadway Road in Enon. A visitation will be at Greenon High School at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Kenny was killed in a car crash on Fowler Road near Rebert Pike. He was 16 years old.

He’s the third Greenon student to die in a car crash this year.

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Greenon Local Schools said on its Facebook page that many people have shown support for the district and Kenny’s family.

“We would like to thank all of our Greenon students, families and the community for their support this week for the DePhillip family,” the posts says. “Thank you for your support and understanding as we work with the family, our students, our staff and the community during this difficult time.”

Clark County residents mixed on fee to pay for new $4M 9-1-1 center

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 8:45 PM

            The Clark County Dispatch Center. Bill Lackey/Staff
The Clark County Dispatch Center. Bill Lackey/Staff

Clark County residents had a mixed reaction to a proposal to add a $60 annual fee to property tax bills to pay for a new combined emergency dispatch center, citing concerns with costs but also believing it could save lives.

The city of Springfield and Clark County have debated combining their separate dispatch centers for more than decade, with cost often one of the stumbling blocks. But local leaders have said one 9-1-1 center could mean faster response times as calls wouldn’t have to be transferred between dispatchers.

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Currently 9-1-1 calls go to different dispatchers based on where callers are located and what type of phone they’re using, which can lead to delays in response times as calls are transferred between the city and county.

The new dispatch center could cost up to $4 million, including renovations, security and new equipment, Clark County Commissioner Richard Lohnes has said.

So Clark County commissioners are considering applying a flat fee to every parcel, which they can approve without going on the ballot under state law, he said.

Leaders decided against a property tax levy, Lohnes said, because other counties have had that type of funding initially approved by voters but then rejected when it came up for renewal.

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Logistics and the amount of the assessment is still to be determined, Lohnes said, but might be in the range of about $60 annually or about $5 per month.

One new Springfield resident, Anthony Kapek, is on the fence about the proposed plan.

“Inflation is going up. The price of everything is going up, paychecks aren’t going up,” Kapek said. “But I do agree if it does save lives quicker and faster, then that’s a good thing.”

Ron Kilgore, another Springfield resident, has arthritis and heart problems. He’s used the county’s emergency services.

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“I call them on occasion when something is going on far as my medical issues or whatever,” Kilgore said.

The current system is good, Kilgore said, and the response times have been good when he’s used it. He would like to have a say in the proposed fee to pay for a new dispatch center.

“We should be able to vote on the 9-1-1 situation, not them voting for us,” Kilgore said.

County commissioners also will hold public meetings later this month to discuss the proposed assessment.