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Caleb Young and Madeleine Elwell were named the 2016 Butler County Fair King and Queen. WAYNE BAKER / STAFF

Young, Elwell crowned Butler County Fair King and Queen

The 166th Butler County Fair opened Sunday with a special event in the morning, as the King and Queen contest produced some thrills for an audience that packed the hall of the exhibition building.Josh Richter and Kait Butterfield, the 2015 fair King and Queen, emceed the event and told the ...

Karen Meyer checks out books using the self checkout kiosk at the Midpointe Library System Monroe Branch Thursday, July 21 in on Tennessee Avenue on the campus of Mount Pleasant Retirement Village in Monroe. The new branch features a coffee shop and an outdoor deck area for reading. The grand opening celebration is Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

New library branch opening in Monroe

Monroe resident Karon Meyer’s commute to the library is about to go from eight miles via car to less than two blocks on foot.That’s because the MidPointe Library System is opening a branch in Monroe — its first new branch in 40 years and one of two new buildings in ...

Tina Osso, executive director of Shared Harvest food bank in Fairfield. Staff photo by Greg Lynch

Butler, Warren counties receive federal emergency grants

Butler and Warren counties are receiving over $200,000 combined in federal funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFS) to help hungry and homeless people.The EFS program is a federal initiative administered by Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order “to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to ...

Actors Rhyon Nicole Brown and Michel’le Toussaint pose for promotional pictures for the movie Girl from Compton, they are filming in Middletown, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Films being made in Butler County seek crew and cast

Movies are currently being shot in the Butler County area and, according to TV Hamilton Executive Director Steve Colwell, have presented the kind of problems you want to have when Hollywood comes to town.Right now, “The Life and Death of John Gotti” is filming in the Cincinnati area, and the ...

Hamilton city officials credit recent job growth, such as at the Barclaycard facility in Vora Technology Park, for healthy increases in income-tax revenues. Here, Jessica Stahl and others took calls after a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of Barclaycard in early May. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Hamilton income-tax growth near top of region

Business growth helped Hamilton income-tax revenues grow by a healthy 9.06 percent during the first half of the year over 2015, continuing a positive trend in recent years, members of the city council learned Friday.“To put this in a context, it seems like most of the cities in Southwest Ohio ...

Detectives from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office returned to a farm in the 8100 block of Keister Road last week to seek more evidence. The field where a farmer baling hay two weeks ago found bones was lit up most of the night while detectives worked. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Middletown police take lead in Bogan bones mystery

Two weeks after Lindsay Bogan’s remains were found in a Madison Twp. farm field, a trio of agencies are continuing the quest to find out what happened to the Middletown mother. Middletown police, who have been investigating the 30-year-old woman’s death since September, are the lead agency in the case ...

New Program Designed to Help Troubled Middletown Youths

New Program Designed to Help Troubled Middletown Youths

Jason Groves talks about a new program at the Robert "Sonny" Hill Jr. Community Center in Middletown that aims to help juvenile offenders meet their

Heroin, opiate spike prompts Fairfield to reach out to addicts

There is no sure-fire way to combat the opiate overdose epidemic the country is facing, but the Fairfield Fire Department is attempting to put treatment help into the hands of addicts through the U.S. Postal Service. Since January, the department has mailed out 20 packets of information, which includes a ...

Security at Hamilton, Butler County courts under review

In the first six months of 2016, nearly 7,000 prisoners were transported from the Butler County Jail to courtrooms and back without incident. During that same time period, 136,000 people have passed through the county’s government services center, juvenile and three area court security points. That’s a lot of people ...

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OVI checkpoint tonight in Monroe

The Butler County O.V.I. Task Force will be conducting an OVI checkpoint tonight in Monroe.The checkpoint will be held on Ohio 4 (Hamilton-Middletown Rd.) in front of the Monroe Fire Department at 6262 Hamilton-Middletown Rd. from 8 p.m. until midnight.Officers, deputies and troopers will combine the checkpoint with saturation patrols ...

A 2-year-old boy found unresponsive in a bathtub in Madison Twp. July 21, 2016, was flown to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Boy, 2, unresponsive in bathtub in Butler County

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.A 2-year-old boy is receiving intensive care tonight at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center after he was found unresponsive in a bathtub filled with water, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.The child’s parents called 911 around 8 p.m. from their home in the Catalina Manufactured Home ...

New program designed to help troubled Middletown youths

A new program at the Robert “Sonny” Hill Jr. Community Center aims to not only help juvenile offenders meet their probation requirements, but to also teach them life skills. Adolescent Community Treatment Services program — or ACTS — is the brainchild of Jason Groves, a licensed chemical dependency counselor. Groves ...

Middletown considers rules for food trucks

Middletown considers rules for food trucks

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42 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, with the accused not present and witnesses not cross-examined. A grand jury may issue an indictment if it finds probable cause that a crime was committed ...

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Suspects tie up 2 Middletown women, steal video game system

Two Middletown women told police they were tied up Tuesday afternoon, and when they got free, they noticed the suspects stole a PlayStation video game system, according to Middletown police.Police were called to an apartment on Aaron Drive, and when they arrived, they found two women in the parking lot ...

McDonald’s restaurant on Breiel Boulevard in Middletown.

Caller threatens to blow up Middletown McDonald’s

A man called the McDonald’s, 1301 S. Breiel Blvd., and threatened to blow up the restaurant Wednesday morning, according to Middletown police.The manager told police she received a call at 1:25 a.m. Wednesday from “a potentially disgruntled person” who was angry because he couldn’t get into the restaurant.The man said: ...

Middletown changing rules for food truck operators

With the demand and popularity for food trucks growing in Middletown, leaders are crafting changes to regulations for the street vendors. City officials, Downtown Middletown Inc., local restaurants and an food truck operator have been working collaboratively on the proposed ordinance that will clarify where and when food trucks can ...

Pickleball courts renovated in Middletown

Pickleball courts renovated in Middletown

Michell Cook says money needed to pay back players

Movie shot in downtown Middletown

Movie shot in downtown Middletown

'Girl from Compton' to be released this year on Lifetime

Middletown pickleball group raising funds for court renovations

Members of a local sports organization find themselves in a financial pickle. For the last several months, volunteers from the Middletown Pickleball Association have renovated the 10 outdoor courts at Lefferson Park at a cost of about $7,000, said Michell Cook, tournament director. She said members of the group paid ...

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