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Ozzie Kleinas, a long-time newspaper man, died Monday after battling heart disease. He was 66.

Former Journal-News manager dies at age 66

A long-time newspaper man with strong ties to Butler County died Monday at Ross Heart Hospital at Ohio State University, where he had been a patient since May 19.Ozzie Martin Kleinas, who was manager of the Hamilton Journal-News and copy and wire editor at The Dayton Daily News, suffered from ...

 Wild flowers fill most of the undeveloped 135 acres of land owned by Kettering Health Network in Fairfield Twp. The future of property is still being determined, according to network officials. Up to 5 acres of land, however, has been donated to the township.

Future of 135 acres in Fairfield Twp. in limbo

As Fairfield Twp. begins again looking to relocate its antiquated and undersized Tylersville Road fire station, one possible location for it is on the nearly 135-acre parcel owned by Kettering Health Network. An agreement was reached last year between the township and health network to donate up to 5 acres ...

In this 2009 photo, Holocaust survivor Werner Coppel speaks about his experiences in World War II during a lecture at Miami University in Middletown. Coppel survived labor camp, Auschwitz death camp and death marches to Germany. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Local Holocaust survivor dies at age 91

Local Holocaust survivor Werner Coppel, whose story is on exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, died Friday night at the Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason, according to our news partner WCPO 9 On Your Side.Coppel was 91 years old.According to the museum, Coppel was born ...

Ron Ely, instrumental in the success of the Middletown Community Foundation, passed away Monday.

‘Mr. Middletown Community Foundation’ dies

The man commonly called “Mr. Middletown Community Foundation” died Monday night, his family said.Ron Ely, who helped the MCF spin off from the Middletown United Way by spearheading a fundraising campaign 30 years ago, died in Michigan.“The foundation would likely not exist today if it were not for Ron,” said ...

Richard “Dick” Slagle, longtime Armco executive and later CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton, pictured in 2013. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Middletown’s Slagle remembered for doing it his way

Those who knew former longtime Chamber of Commerce President and Armco exec Richard “Dick” Slagle , also knew the civic leader did things his way.So it was fitting that the Frank Sinatra classic, “My Way,” was the closing music of Slagle’s memorial service Friday at the Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home ...

In this 2011 photo, Edgar Mitchell holds up the “rational hand control” that he used to help land the Apollo 14 Lunar Module “Antares” on the moon in February of 1971. Mitchell explained that NASA allowed him and all of the astronauts of his day to keep mementos from their trips into space. Yet, after choosing to sell a lunar camera that was aboard the Apollo 14 moon mission, he was sued by NASA. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell dies at 85

Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, who was part of the Apollo 14 space crew that flew to the moon in 1971, died late Thursday in West Palm Beach, according to his family. Mitchell, 85, lived in suburban Lake Worth and died at a local hospice at about 10 p.m. Thursday, his ...

Former Hamilton police officer, Butler County Sheriff and Hamilton City Council member Dick Holzberger died earlier this month after suffering a massive stroke.

Holzberger had a ‘serving, helping heart’

It was October 1989 and Mike Craft was new to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.When Craft was due to get paid for the first time, there was “a glitch” in the payroll department, so he didn’t receive a check.So his boss, Richard “Dick” Holzberger, then Butler County sheriff, reached into ...

Retired Middletown firefighter Scott Bruggeman died Jan. 18 at home. He was 45. CONTRIBUTED

Retired Middletown firefighter Scott Bruggeman ‘fought to the end’

A retired Middletown firefighter and U.S. Marine battled to the end, his mother said.“He was a fighter,” said Ginger Bruggeman. “He was a Marine and he never gave up. He’d be at death’s door one day and one hour later, he’d be telling jokes.”Her son, Scott D. Bruggeman, 45, of ...

Virgil “Tub” Sorrell, who worked for the Middletown Division of Police for 29 years, died Jan. 7. CONTRIBUTED

Retired Middletown police officer Virgil Sorrell dies

For the second time this year, the Middletown Division of Police is mourning the loss of one of its retired officers.Virgil “Tub” Sorrell, who worked for the Middletown Division of Police for 29 years, died Thursday night at the Woodlands of Middletown. He was 85.Another retired police officer, W. Dale ...

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