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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 ...

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, they have ...

Thomas Recker Jr.

Paperwork error leads to incorrect charge in court

A Liberty Twp. man remains in jail after arraignment Tuesday in connection with the death of a woman found dead on Cincinnati-Dayton Road early Saturday.Thomas Recker Jr., 55, of Kyles Station Road, was booked into the Butler County Jail at about 5:20 a.m. Saturday, five hours after Rebekah Jo Shaw ...

Oxford switches to new dispatch system

Oxford will spend $200,000 to upgrade its police dispatch and record-keeping system, amid some concerns that the system may be in use for only four years.City Council approved the upgrade last week, with Police Chief Robert Holzworth strongly advocating the change.“To say that I’m excited would be a gross understatement. ...

Thomas Recker Jr.

Man charged in death of woman found on a Liberty Twp. road

A Liberty Twp. man has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with the death of woman found on Cincinnati-Dayton Road early Saturday, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.Rebekah Jo Shaw, 41, of Trenton-Oxford Road in Milford Twp. was pronounced dead at the scene about 12:14 a.m. She ...

What you can do for Mother Nature on Earth Day

It’s the day to hug Mother Earth, but local experts say you don’t need ridiculously long arms to do so. Lynn White, education specialist at Butler Soil and Water Conservation District, said there are plenty of things individuals can do today and everyday to help the environment. “If you add ...

Oxford resident donates Indiana business location

A familiar Liberty, Ind. business location has been donated to that town by its Oxford owner. Residents here have long been familiar with Fosdick’s Interiors on the town square in Liberty, and many homes in Oxford have been designed through that store.The business was liquidated by Alan Straus after the ...

 SHP Leading Design has completed renderings of the new Oxford Lane Library, scheduled to open in the summer of 2015 on South Locust Street at the site of the former Wal-Mart.

New Oxford library plans unveiled

The new Oxford Lane Library is expected to open next summer, and residents got their first look at the plans for the new building when they were unveiled Thursday night. The new two-story building, to be located on Locust Street at the site of the former Wal-Mart, will replace the ...

Oxford council changes zoning from office to residential

A 39-acre plot of land south of SouthPointe Parkway has been zoned for residential use after efforts to build a tech or office park at that location proved unsuccessful.Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to rezone the land, despite some lingering reluctance to give up shovel-ready property. The land was ...

West Chester Twp. Chief of Police Erik Niehaus has announced he will resign May 3 to pursue a law career.

West Chester police chief resigns

Police Chief Erik Niehaus will step down May 3 from the police department to pursue a career as a practicing attorney.Niehaus, who was promoted to West Chester’s police chief in December 2008, submitted his letter of resignation to the township trustees in a letter dated April 4.The 20-year veteran of ...

A Chevy Volt is hooked to an electric vehicle charging station on Miami University’s campus.

Taxpayers pay bill for new, rarely used electric car chargers

Taxpayers have paid for new electric car chargers installed at parking lots and garages around the state, but most chargers in southwest Ohio are used only a handful of times every month. Clean Fuels Ohio awarded nearly $250,000 in federally financed grants to businesses and cities to buy and install ...

Construction of a loop ramp to relieve congestion at the Fields-Ertel/Interstate 71 interchange in Warren County began last month and is expected to be completed by October 2015 at a cost of $7.4 million.

Local road projects part of $2.5 billion Ohio plan

Blue skies and warmer weather are two sure signs that spring has arrived — and so are orange barrels and road detour signs. The Ohio Department of Transportation officially unveiled its plans for the 2014 construction season Thursday, detailing statewide projects that will total $2.5 billion. One of the most ...

Middletown power plant project progressing

Plans to build a $500 million natural gas-fired power plant in Middletown are progressing. Developers have taken the project’s next steps, meeting with regulators and scheduling an informational meeting open to the public. NTE Energy LLC of St. Augustine, Fla., publicly announced in January plans to build a power plant ...

'Our Rhythm in Boat Race Was Great'

'Our Rhythm in Boat Race Was Great'

Malcolm Howard, President of the Oxford University Boat Club, has praised his crew's efforts after winning the 160th Boat Race on the Thames.

Crowds Build Ahead of Boat Race

Crowds Build Ahead of Boat Race

Oxford are targeting their fifth Boat Race victory in seven years when they face university rivals Cambridge on the River Thames on Sunday.

We want to know: What’s the best in Butler County?

What are your favorite places in Butler County? Is there a burger place your family swears by? A dessert that can’t be topped? What are some of the hidden gems in Butler County that deserve recognition?The Journal-News, Today’s Pulse and the Oxford Press have teamed up with the Butler County ...

Growing weekend tourism in Oxford

For this week’s chamber of commerce feature, the Journal-News talked to Carol Dockum, president of Oxford Chamber of Commerce.Dockum is busy preparing for the chamber’s seventh annual Oxford Wine Festival coming up in May.The wine festival raises money for a scholarship fund through the Oxford Community Foundation. Every year, the ...

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Reily Twp. family suffers double tragedy

A family in Reily Township is dealing with two tragedies that happened just hours apart. A car hit 10-year-old Adam Lakin while he was riding his bike Thursday night on Sample Road. While the family was at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, their house caught fire early Friday morning, according to ...

Franklin roadway closes due to high water

Franklin-Trenton Road is closed at the black bridge underpass due to high water.The road, which transitions from the 600 block of Oxford Road into Franklin-Trenton Road, was shut down at around 11:22 a.m. today, according to emergency dispatchers.There is no word yet on when it may be reopened, dispatchers said.

Oxford council debating office versus residential zoning

Later this month, Oxford City Council must decide whether 39 acres of land will stay zoned for a potential office park, or whether it is better suited for residential zoning.The 39 acres are on the south side of Southpointe Parkway. According to the city’s report on the zoning change request, ...

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