Tom Stafford

Staff Writer

Tom Stafford has worked at the News-Sun and lived in Springfield for 30 years, covering most of the newsroom beats. For 28 years he has written a weekly feature column and for about 15 years has explored the area's history in a weekly feature called Looking Back. A graduate of Wittenberg University, his personal interests include playing music, in-line skating on area bike trails and reading.

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Springfielder Gene Linson is retiring after six decades as a barber.Springfield’s Gene Linson said his customers become his friends in more than 60 years of serving as a barber.

6-decade career as barber coming to end

They never stopped being customers. But over the 60-plus years Springfielder Gene Linson cut, then razor cut and styled their hair, many of his customers became something else. The result is that although they’ll be looking for a new barber when he retires on New Year’s Eve, they will still ...

Cedarville University professor helps fight superbugs

They don’t have brains, but bacteria are smart. They’re smart enough to hang out in hospitals and other care facilities where people are sickest and may have weakened immune systems. They’ve used that edge to learn how to develop resistance to the antibiotics we use to defend ourselves against them. ...

Historic homestead sold at auction for more than $1M

A couple plan to move into one of Greene County’s most historic homes after buying it and 78 acres of adjacent Bath Twp. land for more than $1 million at auction. “It went very well. The buyers and sellers were both happy,” auctioneer Jeff Harvey said. Byron resident Al Risch ...

This Aug. 24, 2004 file photo shows former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger, chairman of the Detention Operations Review Panel speaking at the Pentagon. A Washington think tank confirms Schlesinger has died. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

Former Defense, Energy secretary to be buried in Springfield

Springfield’s Littleton & Rue Funeral Home isn’t accustomed to fielding calls from the halls of power in Washington D.C. But a spate of telephone queries from inside the Beltway have arrived this week from friends and colleagues of former Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Energy James R. Schlesinger, who ...

Wittenberg University’s freshman class of 584 represents an increase of 63 students over last year’s and is 44 students above budget but was recruited by use of increased tuition discounts that are eroding the financial stability of colleges across the country. Staff/Barbara Perenic

Witt’s students, discounts increase

The good news for Wittenberg University is that its freshman class is 584 students strong. That’s 63 more than last fall, 44 more than budget and worth celebrating, said President Laurie Joyner, because “we outperformed 80 percent” of the competition. The more sobering news is that to reach the number ...

Stephanie Ramsey points out honesuckle plants to her children, Briana and Xavier, Monday during a trip to Clifton Gorge. On Nov. 2, a group of volunteers will go into Clifton Gorge to cut out honeysuckle trees that have invaded the area and are crowding out native species. B

Honeysuckle event meant to plant a seed

Volunteers from all over Ohio will converge on Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve Nov. 2 to do two things: Uproot honeysuckle that’s crowding out native wildflowers and cultivate a community of volunteers to take the fight against the wild plant to other state preserves. With government budgets shrinking and honeysuckle ...

A Trupointe employee in South Charleston, center, walks across the grain facility’s new million-bushel outdoor storage facility that hey have built to help handle the huge corn crop that is expected. Bill Lackey/Staff

Clark County farms expect large corn crop

A nearly bone-dry August and early September will reduce soybean yields, but ears crammed with kernels have grain elevators worried about what they’ll do when the corn harvest reaches flood stage. National crop forecasters late last week confirmed what Farm Manager Nathan Douridas discovered last week as he harvested crops ...

Wittenberg University is in the early planning stages for a $10 million plus indoor practice/athletic building in the area bounded by the football field, HPER Center, tennis courts and McCreight Avenue.

Wittenberg eyeing $15-$20 million sports facility

Wittenberg University is considering building a $15-20 million indoor field with artificial turf to serve its intercollegiate and club teams, intramural program and general student population. The university is close to naming a committee that will recommend what’s to be included in the facility, officials said. “We have a group ...

James Hamilton will soon mark his 50th anniversary as an employee of Cascade Corporation in Springfield. Barbara J. Perenic/Staff

Springfield assembler is Cascade’s first 50-year worker

In an age of robotics, CNC technology and software design packages, terms like skilled crafts and industrial arts can sound like relics of the Iron Age. But as Cascade Corp. gets ready to honor Springfielder Jim Hamilton as its worldwide organization’s 50-year full-time employee, a different scenario is developing in ...

Alisha Wagner, a registered nurse and licensed social worker, often helps elderly and disabled patients who come to the Emergency Department at Springfield Regional Medical Center find places they can be cared for after their release so they don’t have to return to the hospital unnecessarily. Staff photo by Bill Lackey

Hospital penalized for high readmission rate

Medicare will withhold more than $120,000 in reimbursements from Springfield Regional Medical Center for the second straight year because the hospital readmitted more patients after initial treatment than Medicare says it should. The penalty is authorized by the Affordable Care Act, which many call Obamacare. It represents about half a ...