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Standing ovation, high-fives greet Lakota students on 1st day back

Even before they entered their school’s front door Tuesday morning for the start of the school year, students at Lakota’s Hopewell Junior School got a standing ovation and more. Hundreds of students were applauded, cheered and high-fived by two rows of top Lakota officials and school administrators on their walk ...

A final first day at Fairfield’s Central Elementary

It was an active morning through much of Butler County today as students returned to classes, including the 9,000-student Fairfield City Schools. Tuesday marked the last, first-day of school for the district’s 87-year-old Central Elementary and neither school staffers nor parents showed much regret about leaving the the aged, deteriorating ...

Detective: We continue to follow leads in Katelyn Markham death

Fairfield’s Katelyn Markham would have been 27 years old Tuesday. But instead of presents, balloons and a cake, her family and friends will watch the premiere of a documentary chronicling her disappearance and death. The hour-long documentary, entitled “Taken Too Soon: The Katelyn Markham Story,” explores the ongoing homicide investigation ...

The nearly 16,500 students in Lakota Local Schools return to school Tuesday. Also starting back to school Tuesday in Butler County are students in Fairfield and Monroe school districts.

27,000 Butler County students return to classes Tuesday

When the sun rises Tuesday on a first day of classes for Butler County’s Lakota and Fairfield school districts, more than 27,000 students will return to their local schools.The nearly 16,500-student Lakota Schools is the second largest district in Southwest Ohio and the eighth largest in the state.The 9,000-student Fairfield ...

Butler County commissioners approved a new lease agreement Monday that will cost $824,100 over five years with the county’s current landlord, Fairfield Property LLC, to expand the Ohio Means Jobs-Butler County office in Fairfield.

State mandate will cost Butler County almost $1 million

An unfunded mandate from the state requiring counties to marry public assistance and job help is also costing Butler County an extra $250,000 over five years because of the need to expand the Ohio Means Jobs-Butler County office in Fairfield.The commissioners approved a new lease agreement Monday that will cost ...

New dog daycare, boarding opens in Fairfield Twp.

A new business aims to offer a place for dog owners to board and train their four-legged friends.Dog Country Daycare & Boarding recently opened at 3983 Hamilton-Middletown Road in Fairfield Twp. just down the road from Butler Tech.The 7,000-square-foot business focuses on dog daycare, boarding and training. It also offer ...

Butler communities put up fight to keep own 911 dispatch centers

Butler County’s emergency 911 committee must close one more dispatch center in about 1½ years or risk losing more than $700,000 in funding for the county. But the next mandated cut could be more difficult because the remaining three municipal dispatch centers — Fairfield, Middletown and West Chester Twp. — ...

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Butler drug-testing seminar teaches protection of employees, customers

Substance abuse can take a massive toll on finances and morale, especially for an employer looking for new hires.That’s why OhioMeansJobs-Butler County is offering a free Drug Testing 101 business seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at its office at 4631 Dixie Highway in Fairfield.OMJ’s business seminars are ...

Fairfield park uses trees to memorialize, honor loved ones

Fairfield continues to plant at Honor Grove at Creekside Park, where trees represent memories. The concept for the grove is a straightforward one: select a type of tree to be planted, choose a family member or special loved one for the name on the plaque and visit at one’s leisure ...

Up to five fire levies set to be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, including in Fairfield and Ross Twp.

State lawmaker wants to change how casino tax money is allocated

A local state lawmaker wants to make changes in how casino tax revenues are paid out, and plans to unveil that proposal this fall in Columbus.When local government funds were cut, some communities were impacted harder than others and many went to the ballot to ask voters to further financially ...

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Hamilton nuisance board to property owners: Fix or face demolition

The new Hamilton Board of Nuisance Appeals had its busiest meeting yet on Thursday, pressuring two owners of three buildings that were declared blighted to continue improving the properties or face the prospect of having the structures demolished. The seven-member panel also took action toward the razing of seven other ...

For the first time, Fairfield City Schools is offering district parents a home drug test to use on their children. The school district is partnering with the Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Fairfield to offer these kits. CONTRIBUTED

Fairfield Schools to offer free home drug test kits

Parents who are concerned about their children using drugs are getting some free help from Fairfield City Schools.The Butler County school system is offering home diagnostic drug tests to district parents.Fairfield City Schools, which open for classes Tuesday, is working with the Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Fairfield — ...

A water main break at the intersection of Nilles Road and Pleasant Avenue snarled traffic July 26 in Fairfield. The water main break at one of the busiest intersections in Fairfield demonstrates the need to replace dozens of miles of pipes that are nearly 60 years old, officials said.

Official: Water main break illustrates need to replace aging lines

A recent water main break at one of the busiest intersections in Fairfield demonstrates the need to replace dozens of miles of pipes in the city that are nearly 60 years old, officials said.But what that will cost the city of Fairfield is a moving target due to a number ...

Joe Schneider (left), of Spirit Seminars in Fairfield, with Adam French, the most recent Eagle Scout from Troop 420, where Schneider is scoutmaster. French is the 92nd Eagle Scout that Schneider, a Fairfield resident, has mentored. Schneider received the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle Scout award for his lifelong contribution to the spiritual development of young men through the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America. CONTRIBUTED

Fairfield resident honored with 2 youth mentoring awards

A Fairfield resident and business owner who has spent a lifetime helping young people grow in their spiritual lives and navigate adolescence is being honored with two youth mentoring awards.Joe Schneider, president of Spirit Seminars & Consulting in Fairfield, is the recipient of the National Eagle Scout Association’s “Outstanding Eagle ...

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57 indicted in Butler, Warren counties

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 ...

Harbor Freight Tools is scheduled to open Sept. 26 at 1460 Main St. in the Hamilton Meadows Shopping Center. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG/STAFF

Discount tool retailer opening, hiring in Hamilton

Set to open in Hamilton next month is a discount tool retailer that boasts “ridiculously low prices,” according to the company. Harbor Freight Tools is scheduled to open Sept. 26 at 1460 Main St. in the Hamilton Meadows Shopping Center, according to Collin Ozar, marketing manager. The new location will ...

Macy’s to close 100 stores

Macy’s says it plans to close about 100 stores next year as the department store operator aims to become more nimble in a competitive market. That represents close to 14 percent of its store base.The store has locations at the Dayton Mall, Mall at Fairfield Commons and Tri-County Mall. The ...

Man struck by train in Butler County

A man who had been sitting on train tracks was struck by a train Wednesday night in Fairfield, according to dispatchers.The impact, which took place at a crossing on Bobmeyer Road, severely injured the victim and threw him several yards from the tracks, our news partner WCPO reports.The train stopped, ...

Swingers clubs will be banned in West Chester

West Chester Twp. intends to completely ban swingers clubs, so trustees extended a moratorium Tuesday night to allow the township more time to get zoning language in place.The nine-month moratorium expires Aug. 17 so trustees agreed to extend the ban until year’s end. The ban was placed on sex businesses ...

A new Ohio law requires all incoming seventh-graders have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine, and all incoming seniors must have a second dose. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

5 things to know: Vaccination rates falling at some local schools

As kids head back to school, health officials are reminding parents to get students caught up on required vaccinations. For the second straight year, the I-Team requested immunization data on every school in the state from the Ohio Department of Health to find out how many students are fully vaccinated. ...

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