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Keith Jester, of Ross Twp., died suddenly Feb. 27, 2014. A Duke Energy lineman, he died after falling about 20 feet when the utility pole he climbed snapped.

Funeral arrangements set for Duke Energy lineman from Ross Twp.

Funeral arrangements have been made for those wanting to pay their respects and remember Keith Jester, 43, of Ross Twp.Jester, a senior lineman for Duke Energy, died suddenly Thursday when a utility pole he climbed snapped, falling on him and another utility worker.Dr. Russell Uptegrove, Warren County coroner, said Jester’s ...

Beloved Madison Township firefighter laid to rest

A conversation with a Butler County Sheriff’s deputy at a crash scene in front of his Madison Twp. home inspired Rob Beckett to become a volunteer firefighter.Beckett was always concerned about others and decided to use his past experience as a member of the Greeneville EMS from 1974 to 1979, ...

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks during a memorial service for her father, former Ohio governor and congressman John J. Gilligan at the Ohio Statehouse Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Columbus. Gilligan died last week at the age of 92. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio Statehouse event honors late Gov. Gilligan

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius didn’t always know how different her father, former Ohio Gov. John J. Gilligan, was from other dads.During a memorial service for the late Democratic governor and congressman, Sebelius said Thursday that she thought most families spent the fall season knocking on doors, ...

Bob Breitenbach

Funeral home owner ‘dealt with death, but brought life’

Longtime funeral director Robert Breitenbach is being remembered for his love of family and his lifetime of service to the community.Breitenbach died Monday at Atrium Medical Center at age 70. He was the owner of the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home in Middletown since 1977 and has been with the funeral home ...

Woman turns up alive 13 days after her funeral

Thirteen days after saying their final farewells to a Sharolyn Jackson, a Philadelphia family got a pleasant surprise when they found Jackson alive and well. The fifty-year-old was pronounced dead after a body matching her description was found on a street corner on July 20. (Via Daily Mirror) The body was ...

“Voyagers Struck by the Light of Night” by Jud Yalkut

Distinguished visual artist Jud Yalkut dies at 75

One of Dayton’s most well-known and beloved artists, Jud Yalkut, died in Cincinnati on Tuesday after battling illness for many years. He was 75.In addition to a distinguished career as a visual artist, he became well-known in the 1960s and ’70s as an innovator in film and video. Born in ...

Hot, humid conditions for the weekend

This morning’s sunshine will turn into cloudy skies by the afternoon. A few isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and evening but nothing severe is expected. Highs today will reach into the upper-80s, but feeling like the lower-90s with the increasing humidity. “Our UV Index will be ...

Realtor, Kiwanian Philip O. Morrical Jr. dies at 75

Longtime area Realtor and community champion Philip O. “Phil” Morrical Jr., died Thursday at the age of 75.The native of Hamilton graduated from Stewart High in Oxford, where he was named to the all-county football team.A self-made man, Morrical was the owner/broker of Morrical Realty. He entered the real estate ...

Springfield's Jonathan Winters sports the Wildcat blue at his home in Montecito, Calif. Photo by Michael Moriatis, special to the News-Sun

Springfield legend Winters dies at 87

Jonathan Winters, the Springfield-raised comic genius who once told his wife he’d come back to Ohio and sell farm equipment if his comedy career in New York didn’t pan out, has died. Winters, 87, died Thursday evening of natural causes at his home in Montecito, Calif., long-time family friend Joe ...

“He was an effortless writer,” said Mike O’Connor, a Pulse-Journal consulting editor, of Pete Conrad. “He was never a show-off, never a hot dog. His work was as unassuming as he was.”

Pete Conrad, long-time sports journalist, dies at 56

Pete Conrad will be remembered as a “gentle giant,” a kind, softspoken man and a journalist who always gave everyone a fair shake. Conrad, editor of The Oxford Press and longtime Miami University sports reporter, died March 4 at University Hospital in Cincinnati. Born March 22, 1956, in Hamilton, Conrad ...

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