It’s Clark County Fair time! They are trying something new this year to help everyone be able to experience the fair. “Free Till Three” will let fairgoers get in absolutely free until 3pm on specially designated days. The gates will open for the promotion on Monday, July 21st and Friday, July 25th. After 3pm, visitors will be charged regular admission and parking fees. “Free Till Three” replaces Family Fun Day. On this “Free Till Three” days, ride tickets or an all-day wristband can be bought if you choose. Dara Ferryman, public relations coordinator, said the promotion is a way to save some money but still be able to see the fair. The Fair has a new look along the midway this year too.
I’m Ruth Book reporting for our WEEC News!

Yes, the Clark County Fair begins today and is one of the largest events in the area, drawing about 80,000 people to the Clark County Fairgrounds each year. Chris Schutte, director of marketing and the convention and visitor’s bureau for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce said, “As the birthplace of 4-H, the fair has always been and continues to be a big thing for the community.” He continued, “The fair in general is a real source of priced for the community. The fair is so big here it almost closes the community.” The 2014 Clark County Fair begins Friday and runs through July 25th. Military veterans can get in free Saturday with their military identification. The always popular Kids’ Day will be on Wednesday with kids ages 14 and under admitted for free and all-day ride wristbands will be discounted to $12. Thursday is Bike Night with admission buy one- get one free for the motorcycle passenger. Thursday is also Senior Citizens Day where all senior citizens receive half-price admission. WEEC will be in the Mercantile Building, and we would enjoy having you stop by to say hello!

Over 200 people from Heart for the Next Generation stood outside the Women’s Medical clinic on Stroop Road with signs yesterday morning. They are also keeping a constant vigil of prayer and inspirational evening rally held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The group also took a stand outside of the federal courthouse in downtown Dayton. That website for more information is www.heartfornextgeneration.com . Thanks to Lynn Berna and Pastor Keith Tucci for our three part series on Heart for the Next Generation.

The man shot and killed in Dayton last night has been identified by the Montgomery County Coroner. He is 58 year old Jeffrey Farr Sr. Farr is the 16th homicide in Dayton so far this year. Police have identified a suspect, who owed Farr $50 according to Farr’s fiancee’. That started an argument that led to Farr’s shooting and death around 7:21 last night. Dayton police ask anyone with information about the man who fired the shots or if you know of his whereabouts, please call them at 937/333-2677.
In Springfield a truck hit an apartment building on Primm Drive around 7:45 this morning. A resident said the driver argued with her, then drove off before police arrived. That resident said the crash knocked a TV inside her apartment, which nearly hit her daughter.

Another crash in Piqua this morning resulted in a man hitting a power pole which brought down wires just after 6am. Police are investigating to see if alcohol was a factor in that crash in the 9100 block of North Piqua Lockington Road.

A note was found at Clopay Products around 9:30 last night causing a search by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, but no bomb or suspicious devices were found. Workers were evacuated during the search.

U.S. 35 in Dayton had to be shut down going east for several hours last night after a two-vehicle accident that may have been caused by leaking recycled oil from a tanker. The accident involved a pickup truck and an oil tanker just east of South Gettysburg Avenue around 6:45. The pickup driver was taken to Miami Valley Hospital suffering serious injuries when he was ejected in the accident. Dayton Sgt. Mark Spiers said the tanker driver was not injured.

Employees at Cox Media Group Ohio…about 50 of them…are “getting their hands dirty” at the Great Mimi River in downtown Dayton as part of Clean Sweep 2014. The employees are from the Dayton Daily News, WHIO TV and Radio and other Cox companies participating in the effort organized by American Rivers and Five Rivers MetroParks and other groups. The Northern Clean-up event from Indian Lake to Franklin takes place today and tomorrow. The clean-up will continue to the Ohio River.

On our 12:20 news we told you about a shooting last night in Dayton. We now have more information. Dayton police have now named a person of interest in the shooting of 60 year old Jeffrey Farr Sr. He is 32 year old Curtis Moody. Farr’s fiancée claimed that Moody owed Farr $50, an argument started which led to the shooting. This was the 16th homicide in Dayton this year and occurred in the 1700 block of Germantown Street. Police say the homicide is not gang-related and that the two were friends in the past. Anyone with information about Moody or if you know his whereabouts, please call Dayton Police at 937/333-2677.

More than 800 High school and middle school students attending LIFT camp at Cedarville University this week made a difference in our local communities when they packed rolling suitcases which were given to 111 children in the foster care system of Butler County. There are 455 children in the foster care system in Butler County and 130 are waiting to be adopted. Cedarville president Thomas White feels strongly about adoption. He and his family adopted their daughter, Rachel. White said, “Adoption is at the heart of the gospel.” CU President White continues, “The Gospel allows orphans to become heirs…and slaves to become sons of God through Jesus Christ. He further stated, “Through Cedarville University’s Foster Care Scholarship, we answer God’s call to care for the widows and orphans by providing a student with an education from a biblical worldview and welcoming them into the Cedarville family.

The weather shouldn’t be too bad for fair-going either. Only a 30 percent chance for rain Saturday through Tuesday…at least that is the weather forecast offered for now from the National Weather Service. Temperatures will peak at 80 degrees for Saturday and Sunday, then we go up to around 85 Monday and Tuesday. Lows tonight will drop to 61.