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Clinton County History Center: Early look at Alumni Field

In this undated photo is an early aerial look at Wilmington High School’s Alumni Field. The high school is in the upper left of the photo. A history of Alumni Field … In May of 1935 the News Journal reported Wilmington schools was seeking funds for Alumni Field with the purchase of land and construction of the stadium at Wood Street and Sherman Avenue planned. Just 10 days later, it was reported the Wilmington High School Alumni Association voted to purchase the land and build Alumni Field. WPA (Works Progress Administration) is building Alumni Field. The WHS football team practiced at Alumni Field on Nov. 18, 1936, even though the entire complex was not completed. On Nov. 21, 1936, Wilmington defeated Xenia 39-25 in the first game at Alumni Field with an estimated attendance of 1,000. In August of 1937, the installation of lights was completed. A night practice session on Sept. 15, 1937 was attended by an estimated 500 fans and was the first night event at the stadium. Wilmington had two homes games — a 13-0 loss to Lockland and a 6-0 win over Oakwood — before the official dedication game was held on Oct. 1, 1937 against rival Washington. With more than 2,000 looking on, Wilmington defeated Washington 38-0. Can you tell us more? Share it at [email protected]. The photo is courtesy of the Clinton County History Center. Like this image? Reproduction copies of this photo are available by calling the History Center. For more info, visit www.clintoncountyhistory.org; follow them on Facebook @ClintonCountyHistory; or call 937-382-4684.

NWS: Heat advisory runs through Friday evening, with potential extension

As southwest Ohio bakes under an intense heat wave, residents are being urged to take precautions in these conditions. The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for the entire area, effective through 8 p.m. on Friday, with a possibility of extension into Saturday. This advisory underscores the seriousness of the prolonged period of high temperatures expected to last through the week.

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Eyes of Freedom comes to Wilmington

WILMINGTON — Over the weekend, the Roberts Centre in Wilmington played host to a special event in honor of Flag Day, featuring live music, special events, and a powerful tribute to our nation’s heroes.

Summer Concert Series rocks on with ‘Crush — A Bon Jovi Experience’

Downtown Wilmington was abuzz this weekend as the Clinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau Summer Concert Series welcomed “Crush – A Bon Jovi Experience.” Food and drink vendors were on hand for a full night of fun in Clinton County. The “Rock the Block” committee and the CCCVB would like to thank those who have participated in their “Teachers Rock” Campaign. While attending any summer concert, people are encouraged to bring a school supplies for local teachers. Those who donate will receive a free “Teachers Rock” t-shirt. Summer Concert Series continues on June 28 with “Sean Poole & Buckin Krazy” with “Floyd & the Walkmen” at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Wilmington parking lot.

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Thompson sentenced to 4 years in prison in reckless homicide case

WILMINGTON — The woman who pleaded guilty in the Aug. 19, 2023 hit-and-run incident that killed 27-year-old Daniel Smith was sentenced this week to serve approximately four years in prison.

Firefighters quickly contain roof fire at Arby’s

WILMINGTON — At approximately 7:28 p.m. Wednesday, Wilmington Local 3011 Fire was dispatched to the Arby’s restaurant on Rombach Avenue due to reports of smoke seen coming from the roof.

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Fire ravages Rombach Ave. home

WILMINGTON — Several local departments responded to a fire late Monday night that ravaged the residence at 671 Rombach Ave.