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Jungle Jim’s to offer first-ever Buckeye Beer Bash

A Butler County business will celebrate Ohio in a big way late next month. The inaugural Jungle Jim’s Buckeye Beer Bash will feature breweries from around Ohio, plus live music from Strange Love, local food trucks Bonelickers Smokehouse and Renegade Street Eats and an appearance by members of NFL Alumni. ...

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Lower gas prices for Fourth of July? Expert says it’s likely

Average retail gasoline prices in the Cincinnati area have fallen 12 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.47 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com’s daily survey of 637 gas outlets in Cincinnati.“The national average price of gasoline has now slipped nearly 10 cents lower than the 2016 peak, to-date, ...

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Fairfield man in child porn case turns himself in to FBI

UPDATE, June 27:A man wanted on child pornography charges surrendered to special agents Friday morning, the FBI announced.Eric Michael Schuster was initially charged with distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography last November. On May 18, he as also indicted on charges of production and attempted production of child pornography.He ...

A recent study showed there could be significant savings if all of the Butler County fire departments could share testing results in the part-time personnel hiring process. Departments already work together to cut costs in purchasing and training, including a multi-department training exercise in April (pictured).

Butler County fire chiefs collaborate on ways to save taxpayer money

Butler County fire departments have long shared purchasing and equipment testing, but a new study shows there are other avenues to pursue that could save more taxpayer money. Officials in all nine jurisdictions that participated in the two-year study agree sharing testing results in the part-time personnel hiring process is ...

Marc Bellisario, CEO of Primary Health Solutions, says the Fairfield Schools Clinic, which opened earlier this year, has exceeded projections with 1,600 students and adults using the school district’s first on-campus health clinic.

Fairfield Schools’ 1st clinic showing healthy results

The first-ever medical clinic at Fairfield Schools is reporting healthy results.“It’s been above our expectations,” said Marc Bellisario, CEO of Primary Health Solutions with whom Fairfield City Schools partnered with in opening Butler County’s first on-campus health center.“We’ve seen approximately 1,600 patient visits since we opened in January,” Bellisario said.“And ...

Madison Harris, of Walnut Hills, holds a sign Friday, June 24, at the corner of Symmes Road and Route 4 in Fairfield as part of a campaign that features young adults holding signs that encourage passers-by to say the “Things You Shouldn’t Wait to Say” to their loved ones. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

What are those friendly signs about along Butler County roads?

Drivers may have noticed young adults holding signs along Butler County roads this week, thanking them for what may seem like the most random things: “Thank you for coming to my games,” “I couldn’t have asked for better parents,” and “I admire how hard you work each day.” It’s not ...

45 indicted by Butler County grand jury

Grand juries, which meet in secret, review criminal charges brought by police and prosecutors and investigate possible criminal behavior. The proceedings are usually one-sided, the accused is not present and witnesses are not cross-examined.A grand jury may issue an indictment if it finds probable cause that a crime was committed ...

The Bluecoats from Canton will take part in the Summer Music Games. CONTRIBUTED

Drum corps galore in Butler County on Monday

Thousands of spectators will gather at Virgil Schwarm Stadium in Hamilton for the 2016 Summer Music Games in Cincinnati on Monday, June 27.Director Bruce Brown, who has been directing the competition with his wife, Sara, for more than 20 years, said The Summer Music Games in Cincinnati competition showcases a ...

Lauren Marsh, director of the Butler County Coalition of Healthy Safe Drug Free Communities teaches a lesson centered around music during an after school program at the Booker T. Wilson Community Center in Hamilton, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

BTW Center launches first ever fundraising campaign

A first-time campaign is underway to raise more funds for a community center in the city.The Booker T. Washington Community Center is hoping to raise $10,000 in an effort to better serve some of the city’s most financially-challenged residents“This is the inaugural year for raising money into the budget that ...

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office and fire departments throughout the county have received a $500,000 grant to automate 911 dispatching, a move officials said will speed up the response process and save staffing costs. STAFF FILE PHOTO/2007

Computers to dispatch Butler County emergency crews

Computers will soon be helping to dispatch emergency crews when Butler County residents make a 911 call. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office and fire departments throughout the county have received a $500,000 grant to automate 911 dispatching, a move officials said will speed up the response process and save staffing ...

Fairfield one of the latest stops for the Beast of Burden Challenge

Marathon runner Jess Kurti has traveled across the country completing dozens of races, and along the way she’s volunteered for a few hours at 130 foodbanks. In what’s being called a Beast of Burden Challenge, Shared Harvest Foodbank in Fairfield on Thursday was the 44-year-old’s 131st stop on her way ...

Members of Hamilton’s new 17 Strong Advisory Board (front row, from left) are: Scott Chadwell, Lauren Smallwood and Mitchell Willis; and (back row, from left) Frank Downie, Joanne Wallisch, Michele Simmons, Kathy Christen, Don Garrett, Alfred Hall, Rob Stewart and Chris Roehl. CONTRIBUTED

Lack of candidates causes little diversity on Hamilton committee

A new panel responsible for better connecting Hamilton’s 17 neighborhoods with city government — to strengthen all parts of the city and build greater trust between citizens and city leaders — has been named, and in recent weeks has been organizing itself.“We were blessed with more than 30 outstanding citizens” ...

In January, Ashley Parris worked on an activity at Liberty Adult Center. If numbers of clients and staff at the adult day center operated by the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities continue to erode, it may close sooner than its planned March 2017 date.

Board of DD facility may close sooner than planned

If numbers of clients and staff at the adult day center operated by the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities continue to erode, it may close sooner than planned.The exodus of staff from the adult day center — called Liberty Adult Center — has slowed, but it now has less ...

The new superintendent of the region’s Cincinnati Archdiocese Schools is a familiar face. Archdiocese education veteran Susan Gibbons — seen here with students at Cincinnati’s St. Cecelia School — has worked with Butler and Warren county school officials for years.

New Catholic schools’ leader a familiar face to Butler, Warren schools

The region’s Catholic school system has a new superintendent, but the impact on Archdiocese schools in Butler and Warren counties will likely be small, according to local school officials.Cincinnati Archdiocese officials recently announced that Susan Gibbons has been appointed as the new superintendent of 19-county Catholic district of Southwest and ...

Summer break forecast for schools: Dust, dirt, detours

The summer break “forecast” for two major Butler County school districts calls for major dust swirls, dirt and detours.Fairfield and Middletown school systems have started major school construction projects with giant earth-mover equipment and dozens of building crews scrambling over some of their oldest school campuses.The more than $180 million ...

Dean Bruewer, of Fairfield, listens to a representative with architect Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. on Tuesday as they talk about three concept plans for Harbin Park. About three dozen people attended a public forum where people were asked to share their thoughts and opinions about the ideas, tell city officials and architects what they want to see in the park, and ask questions.

3 plans for Harbin Park updates unveiled

Residents gave their thoughts Tuesday about how Harbin Park should be redeveloped, including connecting it to the neighborhoods and adding more parking while preserving its natural feel.Fairfield resident Joe Alltop said he has bought two homes in Fairfield to be near this park he calls “very unique,” and the ideas ...

The Champagne Club was set to open at 9834 Harwood Court in West Chester Twp.

West Chester, owners of swingers club settle lawsuit

Owners of an Indiana-based sexually-oriented business looking to open in West Chester Twp. will be looking elsewhere.Melissa Warren and Eric Adams of Sanford Group LLC had planned to open a sexually oriented business at 9834 Harwood Court but found their sexually oriented business license and zoning certificate revoked in November ...

The city of Fairfield is aiming to put a 2.5-mill additional fire levy on the November 2016 ballot. The city’s been subsidizing the fire department since 2013, and it’s anticipated to be a $1.2 million subsidy for 2016.

Fairfield considers fire levy on November ballot

Fairfield is aiming to place a new 2.5-mill additional fire levy on the November ballot, the city’s first fire levy request in 15 years. City officials say the levy is needed because it supplemented the fire department’s budget from 2013 to 2015 with a collective $1.6 million, and it’s projected ...

If you can help identify the man using the duplicate card, contact Detective Shutts at (937)432-2726 or the Regional Dispatch Center at (937) 225-4357.

Thief steals credit card number, creates duplicate card

The Montgomery County Sheriff Office is asking for the public’s help to identify a man considered a “person of interest” in a credit card theft case.A thief on May 2 stole a credit card number from a Washington Twp., Montgomery County resident and it has been used to create a ...

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Hamilton apartment fire displaces 5 people

No injuries were reported after a Hamilton apartment fire Sunday evening.Firefighters were called just after 7 p.m. to a fire in an apartment over a business at 604 Sycamore St.When firefighters arrived, smoke was seen from three sides of the building’s second floor and all residents were out of the ...

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