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Greenville attendees hope to start working soon

Now that the group of Middletown leaders and officials have returned home after touring Greenville, S.C. for the last three days, it’s time to get to work, they said. The group met with Greenville representatives and took walking tours of the city’s revitalized downtown that has experienced tremendous growth over ...

Beavercreek, Springboro, Bellbrook, Fairborn grads in Cincy show

University of Cincinnati fashion professor Margie Voelker-Ferrier’ says there’s a reason her department puts so many resources and so much effort into its DAAPworks Annual Fashion Show. The show not only represents the University of Cincinnati’s fashion design program and its student designers, but also the graduates that preceeded them. ...

Emily Blair and Aaron Wheeler, both of Springfield, look at a map of John Bryan State Park while out for a hike on Wednesday, April 23. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

State pumping millions into park fixes

Ohio’s state parks, which have endured cutbacks in recent years, are getting an $88.5 million makeover — a budget windfall that officials say will transform the experience for users, including the 2.3 million who stayed at least one night in an Ohio park last year. “This is probably the most ...

Eric Gurr

Jobs, Obamacare among the issues U.S. House candidates plan to address

Members of the national tea party movement want Speaker of the House John Boehner out of Congress, and it has set up an expensive primary campaign in Boehner’s heavily Republican 8th Ohio Congressional District. One of Boehner’s May 6 GOP primary opponents, high school and college teacher J.D. Winteregg of ...

Speaker of the House John Boehner will visit Hamilton and Middletown on Thursday.

Boehner to visit business, service club in Butler County on Thursday

Speaker of the House John Boehner will be making visits to a Hamilton business and Middletown service organization on Thursday.Boehner, who is seeking a 13th term in Congress, will tour Thursday morning Hamilton-based Kaivac Cleaning Systems, a 17-year-old manufacturer of cleaning systems, mainly for restroom maintenance. Kaivac is on South ...

Dave Crouch, Fairfield public utilities director, stands inside the Fairfield Water Works facility on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, above a tank that holds 800,000 gallons of drinking water. Fairfield ranks among the lowest in water and sewer rates in Southwest Ohio, according to the annual survey compiled by the city of Oakwood. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

Fairfield’s water, sewer rates lowest in Butler County

Fairfield residents pay the lowest amount on their water and sewer bill in Butler County, according to an annual water and sewer rate survey.That survey, compiled by the city of Oakwood, finds not only that Fairfield is low, but that Butler and Warren county communities rank low in the overall ...

Chelsea Johnson

New developments emerge in two unsolved Fairfield homicides

New developments have surfaced this week in two high-profile, unsolved homicides involving two Butler County women. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones announced Wednesday that his detectives would review the slaying of Fairfield teen Chelsea Johnson after the urging of her family members who are frustrated after two years without an ...

Hamilton's 1913 Flood Committee is installing a commemorative sculpture by Jack Armstrong near the river near Park Avenue at the High Street bridge. A dedication ceremony for the sculpture will be held April 25 at 2 pm. CONTRIBUTED

City commemorates 1913 flood with new marker Friday

Hamilton will commemorate the 1913 flood that devastated the city and displaced over 60,000 residents with a new sculpture by Jack Armstrong. A dedication ceremony will occur Friday at 2 p.m. by the sculpture, next to the Park Avenue ramp westbound onto the High Street Bridge. The sculpture is fourth ...

Monroe water customers could see rate hike

Monroe water customers may be seeing their rates increase soon.City Council Tuesday heard the first reading of an ordinance that would raise water rates by 12.5 percent as recommended by a recent water rate study.However, City Manager Bill Brock said the proposed increase did not allow sufficient time for the ...

Police say the driver of the vehicle was Denney's 16-year-old boyfriend.

Driver allegedly fled scene of fatal crash that killed 14-year-old girl

At least one teen ran from the scene of a fatal crash in Hamilton early Tuesday morning that killed a 14-year-old West Chester Twp. girl, according to a 911 recording obtained by the Journal-News. Nicole Denney, of Chestnut Hill Lane, was pronounced dead at the crash scene near the intersection ...

The deteriorated steps of the historic Butler County Courthouse, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Butler County may soon restore the steps on the High Street side of the courthouse. The county can’t afford to do the whole building. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Commissioner: We need long-term historic courthouse plan

Butler County officials appear poised to begin repairing the crumbling steps along the High Street side of the historic courthouse in downtown Hamilton, but the commissioners say a long-term plan for maintaining the $30 million asset is critical.“The bigger picture is we have to come up with a plan financially ...

Approximately 55 employers were on hand at the career fair held at Towne Mall Galleria in Middletown in March 2014. Cincinnati State Middletown, OhioMeansJobs-Butler County and Butler Technology and Career Development Schools organized the event. LOT TAN / STAFF

Unemployment sinks in Butler County to below 6 percent, lowest since 2008

Butler County’s job market in March followed similar trends seen statewide with unemployment sinking to its lowest level since 2008.In March, Butler County’s unemployment rate took a sharp drop to 5.6 percent, the lowest since it was 5.4 percent in May 2008. A year ago, the countywide jobless rate was ...

New Miami without police chief, officers

The village’s defunct police department is now without a leader after council members voted Tuesday night to fire Police Chief Kenny Cheek. Council members, in a 5-1 vote, ousted Cheek after roughly two hours of testimony during a disciplinary hearing for the chief related to allegations that he choked a ...

Vince Dewitt, 35, of Middletown, is charged with assault for accidentally shooting his girlfriend’s 6-year-old son with a pellet gun.

Man charged with assault after shooting boy with pellet gun

A 35-year-old man is facing criminal charges after he attempted to “playfully scare” his girlfriend’s 6-year-old son by shooting what he thought was an empty pellet gun at him.But the gun Vince Dewitt held Sunday afternoon was loaded and a pellet went through the boy’s abdomen, causing serious internal injuries, ...

Missing Hamilton girl found

Police reported today that Noel A. Roy, who was reported missing since April 18, has been found.Butler County dispatchers received an anonymous tip that Roy was seen in Millikin Woods. Police officers found her there around 1:30 p.m.Officials said that she had run away, and they have not yet decided ...

'Call Of Duty' loser calls SWAT team on opponent

If you can't beat 'em, call in the SWAT team? "The SWAT team's responding to a call from a teenager saying he just killed his mom. ... When police arrived, the only guns around 17-year-old Rafael Castillo were of the video game variety." (Via ABC) >> Read more trending stories   And WABC reports ...

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Oxford arrests four for aggravated robbery

Oxford police have arrested four people, three of them teenagers, in connection with two aggravated robbery reports last weekend.On April 18, 2014 at approximately 1:30 a.m., a female Miami University student reported having her purse and cell phone stolen after being confronted at gunpoint by two suspects in the parking ...

Chelsea Johnson

Sheriff’s office to review Fairfield teen’s unsolved homicide

Butler County Sheriff’s detectives will review the unsolved homicide of a Fairfield teen, Sheriff Richard Jones announced today. Last week the family and friends of Chelsea Johnson protested the lack of prosecution in the death of the 15-year-old who was found dead in April 2012. According to sheriff’s officials, the ...

Ticket sales extended for Fairfield event with teen athlete

Jake Olson, a teenager who lost his eyesight to cancer at age 12 and now plays for his high school football team, will speak at Fairfield High School at 7:30 p.m. May 1.Olson is the co-author of “Open Your Eyes,” and he will share his story of strength, courage, and ...

Students to protest voting law changes

A new group of student activists at Miami University plans to protest recent changes in Ohio’s voting laws. Organize Oxford plans to stage a demonstration with a “closed” mock voting booth with dozens of people waiting in line. “It really definitely affects college students because when they want to vote, ...

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