HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JEFF KELLEY’S MOTHER, NORMA JEAN, TODAY ON DECEMBER 30TH!
OUTLOOK BRIGHT FOR BRINGING NEW BUSINESS TO CLARK COUNTY
Local economic development leaders believe new business parks and other work in 2013 will give them an advantage over other communities in the new year as they compete to bring jobs to Clark County.
In 2013, new industrial parks broke ground in Clark County and in Springfield, which also became headquarters for Ohio and Indiana’s efforts to land a test site for unmanned aircraft systems. A new ice arena opened, a portion of downtown Springfield was converted to two-way traffic and several area businesses showed signs of growth.
Community leaders have worked to prepare the region’s workforce for job openings and to improve corridors into the city, among other projects.
The efforts might not pay off immediately, said Mike McDorman, president of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. However, it puts the city and county in a better position to encourage outside investment and offers opportunities for local businesses to grow.
In Champaign County, several projects that began in 2013 will be completed next year, increasing optimism for business owners, said Marcia Bailey, economic development coordinator for Urbana.
A project to extend a sanitary sewer line to Robert Rothschild Farm will be completed in 2014, allowing that company to move forward with plans to expand and create at least 25 full-time jobs.
Hughey and Phillips, an Urbana-based company, also announced a multi-million dollar agreement to provide obstruction lighting on a Canadian telecommunication company’s towers throughout Canada. KTH, a St. Paris-based auto parts supplier, also began work on a $29 million expansion that will continue in 2014 and could add as many as 90 full-time jobs.
Retailers and restaurants also appear to be more optimistic about downtown Urbana, Bailey said.
GREENON SCHOOLS TO SAVE MONEY WHILE REPLACING OUTDATED EQUIPMENT
(FROM NEWS SUN) Greenon schools will use surplus donated computers from the federal government next year, paying only the cost of shipping.
The Greenon Local School District received a technology donation of 240 laptop computers that will be used to create mobile labs in the district’s buildings and replace outdated equipment.
The most recent donation, valued at $449,000, brings Greenon’s total technology donations in 2013 to $615,000 and 683 new pieces of equipment.
The donations have been made through the Federal Acquisition Service’s Computers for Learning program, which matches educational entities like school districts to federal agencies that have retired computers and related equipment to donate at only the cost of shipping.
The technology donations have been used to replace outdated computers and equipment throughout the district this fall, and the laptops will be used to create mobile labs that students can use in the classrooms in each building.
Director of Instructional Technology and STEM teacher at Greenon High School Jim Shaner says, “Students of today need to be fluent in various forms of technology to prepare them to be successful in their lives after Greenon, and fluency is only achieved through thousands of hours of hands-on practice.”
The district said the technology will help them prepare their students for 21st century jobs.
WEEC SPORTS – MONDAY 12-30-13:
NFL: CINCINNATI 34 BALTIMORE 17, THE BENGALS HOST SAN DIEGO THIS WEEKEND IN A 1ST ROUND PLAYOFF GAME, WHILE THE DEFENDING SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS DON’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. PITTSBURGH 20 CLEVELAND 7, THE BROWNS FINISH A DISAPPOINTING 4-12, AND COACH ROB CHUDZINSKI IS FIRED AFTER 1 SEASON SUNDAY.
THIS WEEKEND’S WILD CARD PLAYOFF SCHEDULE: AN AFC GAME HAS KANSAS CITY AT INDIANAPOLIS AT 4:30PM SATURDAY, AT 8PM IT’S NEW ORLEANS AT PHILADELPHIA IN AN NFC GAME, SUNDAY 1PM SAN DIEGO AT CINCINNATI IN THE AFC, AT 4:45PM THE NFC WILD CARD GAME HAS SAN FRANCISCO AT GREEN BAY, SAYS ESPN.
COLLEGE MENS BASKETBALL: WITTENBERG WINS THEIR OWN CHARLES B. ZIMMERMAN CLASSIC, WINNING 79-40 FRIDAY OVER GROVE CITY, BEFORE DEFEATING KEAN 91-75 SATURDAY! OHIO STATE 71 NORTHERN LOUISIANA 31.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAMES: LOUISVILLE 36 MIAMI, FLORIDA 9, KANSAS STATE 31 MICHIGAN 14, WASHINGTON 31 BYU 16, NOTRE DAME 29 RUTGERS 16, SYRACUSE 21 MINNESOTA 17, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 45 FRESNO STATE 20. NORTH CAROLINA 39 CINCINNATI 17, EAST CAROLINA 37 OHIO 20, OREGON STATE 38 BOISE STATE 23. BOWL GAMES TODAY: 11:45AM: THE ARMED FORCES BOWL, MIDDLE TENNESSEE VS. NAVY, 3:15PM: THE MUSIC CITY BOWL, OLE MISS VS. GEORGIA TECH, 6:45PM: THE ALAMO BOWL, OREGON VS. TEXAS, AND THE HOLIDAY BOWL AT 10:15: ARIZONA STATE VS. TEXAS TECH. FRIDAY NIGHT 8:30PM THE ORANGE BOWL HAS OHIO STATE VS. CLEMSON, SAYS ESPN.
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: FRIDAY: VERSAILLES 78 WEST LIBERTY-SALEM 47, AND SATURDAY MIAMI EAST 58 WEST LIBERTY-SALEM 47. VERSAILLES OVER ANNA IN THEIR OWN INVITATIONAL FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY NIGHT, ALTHOUGH IN THE WIN STAR KYLE AHRENS, BEING LOOKED AT BY MAJOR COLLEGES, INJURES HIS LEG, AND THE GREENVILLE DAILY ADVOCATE SAYS HE COULD BE LOST FOR THE SEASON. OTHER GAMES: ST. MARYS 56 INDIAN LAKE 35, UPPER SCIOTO VALLEY 68 BENJAMIN LOGAN 36, SAYS PEAKOFOHIO.COM. SPRINGFIELD 67 HAMILTON 66, AND FRIDAY IT WAS SPRINGFIELD 69 URBANA 60, THE ‘CATS NOW 7-1, SAYS THE NEWS SUN. SOUTHEASTERN 52 NORTHEASTERN 33.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL: RIVERSIDE 45 SPRINGFIELD 41, BENJAMIN LOGAN 46 GREENON 41, WEST LIBERTY-SALEM 54 CATHOLIC CENTRAL 19, TRIAD 58 MECHANICSBURG 53.