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TopGolf International, Inc., a sports entertainment business headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is interested in building a new 64,232-square-foot facility at the Streets of West Chester similar to the one pictured in Tampa, Fla.

Golf, entertainment facility ‘interested’ in West Chester site

Topgolf is ‘interested’ in building a 64,232-square-foot recreational entertainment facility at the second phase of The Streets of West Chester.The location being considered for the three-story complex is just south of Civic Centre Boulevard and Oxford Way, according to a township staff report.Topgolf locations feature 102 climate-controlled hitting bays enclosed ...

Former Miami students pleaded guilty in graffiti incident

Two former Miami University students admitted in court Thursday that they scrawled offensive graffiti on campus and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges.Samir Lal and William Armour, both 19, have since withdrawn from the school. They defaced a bulletin board with a permanent marker earlier this month. The two ...

Golf, entertainment facility ‘interested’ in West Chester site

A 64,232-square-foot recreational entertainment facility is eyeing a location at the Streets of West Chester.While the site is not finalized, Topgolf recently requested zoning changes to allow for 170-foot-tall net poles, 50 feet taller than what is allowed by existing zoning, according to a staff report to the West Chester ...

Mark Clement will become president of TriHealth May 26, 2015.

TriHealth names new president

A new president has been named at Cincinnati-based TriHealth.Mark Clement, who comes to TriHealth from Rochester Regional Health System in New York, begins the new role May 26. He will report directly to John Prout, the health system’s current president and chief executive officer, according to a media release.Prout, who’s ...

Garfield Middle School teacher Liz Zoller runs through a warm-up exercise as part of the Girls on the Run program. The national program helps girls in grades three through eight build character and develop friendships while training for a 5K.

Program trains young women for 5K — and for life

On May 9, thousands of friends and family members will crowd Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati to cheer on young area girls in a 5K they’ve been training for since February.More than 1,500 school-age girls from the Cincinnati area participate in Girls on the Run, a 12-week after-school program that ...

Rebecca Eldemire

Outside agency to review handling of homicide/suicide by Oxford police

The Oxford Police Department will ask an outside agency to review its handling of a murder/suicide that claimed the life of a Miami University junior in February. Larry Tipton II, the estranged boyfriend of Miami University junior Rebecca Eldemire, took his own life with a single shot fired into his ...

A Miami Hamilton student walks under the archway between Schwarm Hall and Harry T. Wilks Conference Center in Hamilton.

Final recommendations for Miami regional campuses released

Miami University officials today rolled out a plan they say will allow the regional campuses to offer more four-year degrees at the colleges in Hamilton and Middletown.A university committee announced final recommendations for the regional campus, which include branding the campuses as the “Miami University Regional System” and allowing them ...

Shaun Higgins, Interim Director of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, (from left) Jenn Acus-Smith, Education Coordinator of Fitton Center for Creative Arts and Vaden W. “Woody” Fitton, President and CEO of the Great Miami Valley YMCA stand under the “Euclids Cross” sculpture by Michael Dunbar at Pyramid Hill in Hamilton. The Fitton Center, YMCA, and Pyramid Hill are collaborating on a full day arts camp at Pyramid Hill starting in July.

Nonprofits partner to offer full-day summer camp

This summer, Hamilton children don’t have to choose between an art camp or a physical activity camp — they can get the best of both worlds.Three local nonprofits have joined forces to develop two one-week camp sessions that provide youth with a half-day of hands-on art classes at the Fitton ...

Howard and Judy Dirksen of the Fairfield Food Pantry stand with Tim White, Pastor, and Brenda Heckman, Women’s Ministry Director, right, of First Baptist Church of Fairfield next to the Little Free Library located at the Food Pantry and maintained by the church.

Little Free Library opens in Fairfield

Fairfield residents have a new kind of library — one that not only lets you borrow books but lets you donate them as well.It’s called the Little Free Library, promoted by the Fairfield Community Connection Group, with a distribution box at the Fairfield Food Pantry at 1085 Magie Ave. If ...

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Find a job with Journal-News: Butler County Job Fair returns

The Butler County Job Fair, organized by Miami University Regionals, is returning for its second year since taking a break during the economic downturn.Last year was the first year for the event since 2008, and it drew about 60 hiring employers and more than 400 attendees, said Shelley Cassady, regional ...

College look at ways to help students avoid loan trouble

As college graduates have amassed $1.2 trillion in school loan debt, area college officials say they’re trying new ways to teach students how to pay back what they’ve borrowed.Local colleges, too, are hearing more questions than ever from worried parents and their children about the costs of college, they say.“We’ve ...

Storms this week dumped record-breaking rain

This week has been a whirlwind of showers and storms, seemingly one round after another.There were many factors that played into the active weather pattern, including a front that was hovering over the Miami Valley.Our first significant line of storms came Wednesday morning. Nearly every county in the Miami Valley ...

The Butler County Regional Transit Authority has a dozen new buses traveling to and from the Miami University campus in Oxford. The buses cost $445,000 each, with state and federal governments covering 80 percent of the cost.

County transit systems buys new buses

The Butler County Regional Transit Authority has a dozen new buses traveling to and from Miami University in Oxford and ridership is now up 73 percent.With the help of the state and federal governments — those entities picked up 80 percent of the cost — BCRTA was able to buy ...

John Boehner

Speaker congratulates military academy appointments

Speaker of the House John Boehner earlier this week congratulated the 8th District’s 2014 Service Academy Nominees receiving appointments to the United States Military Service Academies.The following Butler County students were nominated by Boehner last year and received appointments as members of the class of 2019:Oseji Azuka, of Liberty Twp. ...

Oxford residents object to plan for new housing development

A proposed housing development in the south end of the city continues to stir controversy, with residents telling council members they oppose the project.The development, now in the form of a subdivision, had a first reading before council Tuesday night. Residents objected to the project, fearing the amount of traffic ...

Autopsy: Ex-boyfriend who killed Miami junior shot himself in the head

Larry Tipton II, the estranged boyfriend of Miami University junior Rebecca Eldemire, took his own life with a single shot fired into his mouth after killing Eldemire at her Oxford apartment in February, according to the autopsy report released today by Butler County Coroner Lisa Mannix.“The two were found dead ...

City beginning to obtain easements for road project

Middletown has taken the first step in the legal process to acquire properties whose owners did not accept the fair market value offered for them for easements.City Council Tuesday approved the appropriation of right-of-way easements on several properties in order to relocate utility lines prior to construction for the $5.3 ...

P.G. Sittenfeld, Cincinnati City councilman and U.S. Senate candidate

Sittenfeld: ‘I’ve been very clear, my opponent is Rob Portman’

In a re-election campaign television ad, Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld touted that “he’s on the move and getting things done,” and that is how he’s been running his 2016 U.S. Senate campaign — “crisscrossing the state” in order to get his message, and name, out.And he plans to take ...

Inmates walk through a security check at Lebanon Correctional Institution in Lebanon. BYRON STIRSMAN / STAFF

Drug treatment rare in prison — for now

State officials plan to funnel millions of additional dollars into drug treatment programs to help more addicted men and women who come through the system every year, says the head of Ohio’s prisons.Only a small percentage of Ohio inmates currently get access to drug treatment, according to Gary Mohr, director ...

Autopsy report: Miami student shot in sleep

Miami University junior Rebecca Eldemire died of two gunshot wounds to the face fired from a handgun that was found next to her estranged boyfriend who was also lying dead of gunshots beside her on the bed at her Oxford apartment on Feb. 1, according to an autopsy report released ...

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