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Judge, former prosecutor will lie in state at county building

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Rachel Hutzel, the Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals judge and former Warren County prosecutor. Hutzel will lie in-state from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the rotunda of the Warren County Administration Building, 406 Justice Drive Lebanon. A mass of Christian burial will ...

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon and a native of Ohio, died Saturday, Aug. 25, at age 82.

Ohioans remember Armstrong as quiet presence in region

“He used to come in for lunch and would sit at the counter. All of the businessmen would eat in the balcony, and I told him he should go eat with them and he said, ‘They never asked me to.’ He wasn’t very talkative, but a real gentleman and very ...

Heidi Schiller appeared with the late Eric Johnson in a 2006 summer theater production of “Oliver!” File photo by Nick Daggy

Arts community mourns passing of well-known actor

The Fairfield arts community is mourning the loss of one of its key players.Eric Johnson, who appeared in several shows for the Fairfield Footlighters, Fairfield Summer Theatre and other companies, died on July 26 after a long battle with cancer. His funeral service was held Monday at the Avance Funeral ...

Hrnyak, former administrator, Fairfield athletic director, dies at age 64

Nick Hrnyak, former Fairfield high School athletic director and also an administrator in the Hamilton, Talawanda and Ross school districts, died at the age of 64 Friday at Fort Hamilton Hospital.Hrnyak, a resident of Hamilton, retired two years ago as assistant principal at Talawanda High School but still remained active ...

Matt McQuinn’s stepfather, David Jackson, speaks in his Springfield home on Saturday, July 21. Matt McQuinn was one of 12 people killed by lone gunman James Eagen Holmes at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, on Friday. McQuinn died shielding his girlfriend Samantha Yowler from the gunfire. Staff photo by Barbara J. Perenic

Local victim in theater shooting died a hero, loved ones say

Though shocked and saddened by his death, friends and family of Matt McQuinn were not surprised to learn that he died protecting his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, in a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater early Friday morning. “I know he’s a hero,” McQuinn’s stepfather, David Jackson, said at his ...

Wife of politician had a ‘good sense of people’

There were two politicians in the Donham household: the one in the public eye and the one behind the scenes, said her son, Dane Donham.His mother, Lillian “Pat” Donham, 82, of Middletown, passed away Thursday at Spring Hills Middletown, and Dane Donham remembered her for the way she ran their ...

Hamilton man, 88, known for his generosity

Hobert Combs lived his life to help others.“He’d do anything for anybody,” said granddaughter Crystal Scott of Hamilton. “He’d take his shirt off his back for you. He was a very caring person.”Combs, a longtime Hamilton resident, died Monday at 88 years old.He was born in Buckhorn, Ky., on Feb. ...

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