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Springfield News-Sun | Monday, February 11, 2019 B LOCAL& STATE OUR COMMUNITY LOCAL FOCUS HIGHLIGHTS AREA NEWS, EVENTS B3 News: Delivery: 937-328-0346 | springfieldnewssun.com/subscribe or 1-800-441-6397 | Clark and Champaign Counties’Hometown News CLARKCOUNTY Solar boat race backat fairgrounds Goal is to keep June event in Springfield on a permanent basis. hosted by Cedarville University, the 11-time world champion. Blair said that hosting the competition will be “fantastic” for Springfield. The competition rotates to a new location every five years. It will stay at the fairgrounds for three more years, but Blair said he hopes to keep Solar Splash in Springfield permanently. “What if you could have an event where you caused 300 of boats. “I think it’s absolutely huge for us,” said Dean Blair, executive director of the fairgrounds. “To have an event where you bring 300 of the smartest young people in America into one spot... it is absolutely fabulous.” Competitors earn points in sevencategories, including sprint, maneuverability, endurance, and Solar Slalom — a combination of speed and maneuverability, according to the competition’s website. Solar Splash was previously Aboat fromThe University ofNew Orleans takes part in Solar Splash 2018. A boat from India is expected this year. ByLucasGonzalez StaffWriter An intercollegiate solar boat race will return to the Clark County fairgrounds for a second time this summer. Solar Splash challenges college students from across the world to build and race solar-powered JEFF GUERINI/ Boat racecontinued onB6 STAFF SPRINGFIELD SPRINGFIELD Programfocuses onwellness, Chinese traditions Wittenberg hosts latest from Global Education and Peace Network. exercise is part of that.” Chang will share the basic philosophy of tai- chi, including a demonstration of simple, basic movements, focusing on how to shift weight to give participants a sense of their bodies and how to move. As an exercise, Chang said taichi can be especially beneficial to people who sit at desks for work or at computers, as well as for the elderly as it helpswith knee joints. Attendees are recommended to wear comfortable clothes designed formovement in learning the basics of tai-chi. They will also receive information to practice on their own if they wish. Chang teaches various forms of dance atWittenberg including modern, jazz, ballet, tap, Chinese folk dancing and others. In 2016, she co-authored the book “Chinese Dance: In the Vast Land and Beyond,” and in March will help lead the American College Dance Association’s East-Central Region Conference, involving 400 participants from 24 colleges at Springfield’s John Legend Theater. TheGlobalEducationandPeace Network’s speakers series is in its 17th season of exploring ways local residents can practice kindness in their lives. Formore on the February programor the network, gotohttps:// springfieldohio.gov/global-education/. ByBrettTurner ContributingWriter The Global Education and Peace Network will turn to the east for its sixth program of the season, which will involve balance, inner peace and healthy bodies and their connection to Chinese religion. “Practicing Kindness with Ourselves from the Chinese Traditions” will explore the practice of tai-chi, which operates on spiritual and physical levels. Shih-Ming Li Chang, associate professor of theatre and dance at Wittenberg University, and Dr. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, aWittenberg religion professor specializing in Chinese religious traditions, will present the program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in room 105 of the Shouvlin Center on the Wittenberg campus. The programis free and open to the public. Chang describes tai-chi as like dividing a circle into a half dark with white dots and a white half with dark dots, representing balance. “It’s about being balanced — the universe, people — life should be that way,” she said. “If people are interested in Chinese culture and philosophy, this healthy The manager of El ToroMexican Bar& Grill will bemoving its BechtleAvenue location downthe road to a spot next to Sakura Japanese Steakhouse to alleviate parking problems. PHOTOS BY BILL LACKEY / STAFF One of Springfield’s El Toro’s restaurants plans to relocate Mexican eatery to keep current spot openwhile itworks on new one. ByRileyNewton StaffWriter El Toro will be moving one of its Springfield locations within the next couple of months. One of two of the Mexican restaurants, which is currently located at 2017 N. Bechtle Ave., will be moving just a short five minutewalk to1781N. BechtleAve. Enrique Alvarez, the manager of El Toro in Springfield, said that the move is mostly due to parking issues. “We have a lot of issues with customers having nowhere to park,” Alvarez said. Alvarez said that the location changewill also be good for business, as 1781 N Bechtle Ave. sits in view of a more popular shopping center. El Toro applied for a liquor license transfer with the state of Ohio on Friday morning. Alvarez said work on the new location Enrique Alvarez, manager of El Toro in Springfield. said the upcoming move will be good for the restaurant because it will sit in viewof a more popular shopping center. BEAVERCREEK Crawford suit against officer, Walmart to be tried together 1785 N Bechtle Ave. El Toro’s other Springfield location is at 2100 S Limestone St. The restaurant chain has locations across the region, including cities like Springboro, Bellbrook, Centerville, Miamisburg, Englewood, Beavercreek, Dayton, HuberHeights and Vandalia. It is most commonly knownfor itsweekly Taco Tuesday special, which features $1 tacos all day. will start sometime in early March and hopefullywrap up by the end of June. “Right now, we are hoping everything will be done by June,” Alvarez said. The restaurant will stay open at its current location untilwork at the new location is completed. The business currently occupying 1781 N Bechtle Ave is Sakua Japanese Restaurant, which will be relocating to the adjacent building, Excessive force alleged in fatal shooting that occurred in 2014. on an appeal by Beavercreek to another ruling. The appeals court ruling could impactwhether Beavercreek defendants andWalmart go to trial together. Crawford, 22, of Fairfield, was shot Aug. 5, 2014 after 911 caller Ronald Ritchie told dispatchers a black man was holding a rifle, appeared to be loading it and waving it near people, including children. Crawford was holding a Crosman MK-177 BB/pellet rifle he foundunpackagedona storeshelf. Williams and Sgt. David Darkowresponded toWalmart, and Williams fired within seconds of seeing Crawford after officers said they shouted out commands. Surveillance video and evidence showed Crawfordwas on his cell phone talking to the mother of his two children. ByMarkGokavi StaffWriter LOOKINGBACK The civil lawsuit brought by JohnCrawfordIII’s parents against Walmart and Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams likely will go forward in the same trial, a federal judge ruled this week. But U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice also ruled that counts against the city of Beavercreek and police Chief Dennis Evers won’t progress unless the jury finds fault in Williams’ actions. Certain claims against Beavercreek are “predicated upon a finding that Officer Williams used excessive force when he shot and killed John Crawford,” Rice wrote. “Accordingly, there is no need to present the City’s alleged failure to train and supervise Officer Williams unless the jury first finds that Officer Williams violated Crawford’s constitutional rights.” Rice wrote that if the jury finds that, the same jury would determine ifBeavercreek orEverswere responsible for failing to train or supervise. The trial has been pushed back to Oct. 28 — more than five years after Williams shot twice and killed Crawford in Beavercreek’s Walmart— to give the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals time to decide Other rulings by Rice in Dayton’s U.S. District Court this week: Rice sustained Beavercreek’s motion to exclude testimony in the first part of the trial aboutWilliams’ higher rates of using force and of his other use of deadly force. The judge said if the jury finds a constitutional violation against Williams, that evidence could be used in the case against the city and Evers. Rice overruled for nowBeavercreek’s motion to exclude references to a “toy gun,” “air gun,” ■ Grouppartofnationwidenetworkcommittedtoservice, friendship ■ The Springfield Chapter of Links Incorporatedwas formed in 1956 by LucilleGinn. The chartermembers shown here are seated (fromleft), LucilleGinn, Mary Elizabeth Stokes, Georgia Ransome, Pansy Harmon and LolaMorehead; standing (fromleft), Nancy Stokes, Lillian Smith, Isabelle Collins, DorothyOliverGigger, HopeMcGinnis, Cassie Cooke, Helen Jenkins, Martha Jones, Marcia Bethel, Mabel Paige and EvelynMoss. Crawfordcontinued onB6 PHOTOCOURTESYOF THE CLARK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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