Dr. Thomas Hartman, a veterinarian who, even as a child at his grandparents' farm, found animals fascinating, died Dec. 12 at home in the Shoreland neighborhood of North Toledo. He was 61. The severity of his condition forced him to retire in 2002 from Shoreland Animal Hospital, where he treated dogs and cats, but also snakes, birds, guinea pigs, and hamsters.

Elvis Don Crisp, 57, of Springfield, Ohio, died Sunday, Dec. 14 in Springfield, Ohio.

The Hoosier Classic Sale Company of Indiana recently revealed intentions of expanding their 2015 auction schedule. A second auction will be held in Springfield, Ohio.

A prosecutor has dropped charges against a man who deputies said was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident scene. Kele Stanley, of Springfield, had faced a felony charge of obstructing official business and misdemeanor charges of misconduct at an emergency and disorderly conduct.

Two southwestern Ohio universities will offer a combined program allowing qualified students to earn a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years.

A downtown Dayton staffing company has purchased a competitor in Springfield. Barry Staff bought out CS Staffing, owned by Cynthia Savage, located at 1629 East Main St. in downtown Springfield, said Doug Barry.

Flights between the Serbian and Croatian capitals were discontinued in 1991 because of the war between the two former Yugoslav republics. The Serbian national carrier, partly owned and operated by United Arab Emirates' Etihad Airways, says it will offer two daily flights with ATR72 turboprop aircraft.

MANCHESTER >> Manchester Harned-Fowler Post 6471 is having a Children's Holiday Party with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 13. Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. There will be a clown at 12 p.m. and Santa will arrive at 1 p.m. All children 10-years-old and under are welcome to attend.

Poland's defense minister on Thursday complained of "unprecedented" activity by Russia's navy and air force in the Baltic Sea region in recent days. Tomasz Siemoniak said the majority of the incidents involved Russian operations in international waters, and that Sweden was the country most affected.

A year after receiving strong criticism for only inviting white authors as featured panelists, BookCon is teaming with the advocacy group We Need Diverse Books for two gatherings that will showcase authors of various backgrounds. ReedPop, which produces BookCon, announced Thursday that one discussion will focus on science-fiction and fantasy and the other will focus on children's literature.

In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, director Alejandro Inarritu poses during a photo call for the movie "The Birdman" at the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Inarritu was nominated for a Golden Globe for best director for the film on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

"Ordeal by Fire" will be on the big screen at the library Friday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. The acclaimed documentary "Ordeal by Fire" will be shown in the Hondius Community Room at the Estes Valley Library today, Friday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. The film recounts the events of the historic 1910 event dubbed "The Big Burn".

Thousands of crows roosting at night in a western Ohio city's downtown leave some residents comparing the crow-laden landscape to the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds" as they work to drive away the flocks. The crows troubling Springfield aren't aggressive, as birds in the 1963 thriller were portrayed.

Authorities say one local resident was found dead Thursday in a swollen river in the Philadelpheia area, some 30 kilometers northwest of Thessaloniki. Another man drowned when the taxi he was riding in was swept away by a torrent near the town of Kilkis, 50 kilometers north of Thessaloniki.

JobsOhio has executed agreements with Speedway and Meijer for their respective projects in the Dayton area.

From left, Mike Boerger, president of the Madison County Township Association, presents the organization's 2014 Friends of the Townships Award to Tom Spayth and his wife, Barbara Spayth. From left, Mike Boerger, president of the Madison County Township Association, presents the organization's 2014 Friends of the Townships Award to Tom Spayth and his wife, Barbara Spayth.

McKinney Youth Theatre is pleased to announce the promotion of Hollie Hongosh to the position of Managing Director. Hollie has been a director with Plano Children's Theatre, McKinney Youth Theatre and Frisco Youth Theatre for the past three years.