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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune speaks Saturday at Lakota West Freshman School during a farewell ceremony for the Army 961st Engineer Company deploying to Kuwait in May. LAUREN PACK/STAFF

Hundreds gather at sendoff for Army unit

Hundreds gathered in West Chester Twp. Saturday to pay tribute and say goodbye to 157 members of an Army unit bound for Kuwait.The 961st Engineer Company will travel to Fort Bliss, Tex. on Sunday and be deployed to Camp Buehring in Kuwait in mid-May to build infrastructure in the war-torn ...

Schools give mixed reviews of healthy lunch programs

New federal regulations requiring schools to serve up healthier lunch meals have driven up food costs and, at some schools, driven down revenues, local school leaders say.And, more regulations rolling out later this year will order schools to lower calorie counts on snack foods and serve up only whole grain-rich ...

Bacteria becoming more resistant to treatments

The fight is on against nearly 20 types of bacteria becoming more resistant to antibiotic drugs.This is a concern to local and national health officials who say it’s becoming harder to treat infections caused by these bacteria, including the common MRSA infection — Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus — and Clostridium ...

REDI Cincinnati leads the region’s economic development activities for business attraction and retention.At ADVICS Manufacturing Ohio’s Lebanon production facilities, employees machine castings and brackets for brake calipers, assemble the whole caliper, and coat brake parts to prevent rust. The control products division produces electronic stability control units, a computerized technology that helps prevent drivers from losing control of a car. Pictured are employees at the brake caliper plant on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

Changes at Cincinnati region’s top development agency seen as positive

It’s not quite been a month since major changes were announced to the group in charge of business retention and recruitment across the Cincinnati region. But in that time, key business and government stakeholders say they like the progress they’re seeing at the agency, recently renamed REDI Cincinnati.The changes to ...

Liberty voters to decide on police levy

Voters here will go to the polls May 6 to decide the fate of a police 3-mill renewal levy that pays for the township’s law enforcement services.Taxpayers started paying for those services via a levy in 1995. Voters approved a 3-mill renewal levy in 2005, then approved a 3-mill replacement ...

Scammers pose as IRS, law enforcement to swindle local residents

Telephone scammers are attempted to dupe unsuspecting Butler County residents by posing as Internal Revenue Service agents, Department of Justice employees and Butler County Sheriff’s Office deputies, according to Sheriff Richard Jones.Jones warned of the scammers Friday, saying they have targeted at least two residents, one in Liberty Twp. and ...

Voter registration for May primary ends Monday

Anyone considering voting in the May 6 partisan primary has until Monday to make sure they are registered to vote.Candidates for several offices, including governor, state representative and county commission, are seeking their party’s nominations in order to advance and compete in the November general election. There are also tax ...

Erik Estrada poses Thursday, April 19, 2007, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after receiving the 2,336th star in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Actor Erik Estrada visits West Chester to encourage child safety

Erik Estrada, the star of iconic TV series CHiPs, rolled into Butler County Wednesday night to promote child safety. Estrada visited Crestview Presbyterian Church in West Chester Twp. to show “Finding Faith,” his full-length, family-friendly narrative film designed to educate teens and their parents about how children are being targeted ...

Semi overturns, loses cargo on Ohio 129

A tractor-trailer overturned Thursday, shutting down the westbound Ohio 129 ramp for more than four hours and sending its driver to the hospital. The semi was loaded with six or seven 5,ooo-pound paper rolls along northbound Interstate 75 when it overturned on the ramp while headed to Eaton, Trooper Daniel ...

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Survey: Cheesecake Factory nation’s best for casual dining

The Cheesecake Factory is the nation’s top casual dining chain, according to a survey conducted by restaurant industry trade publication Nation’s Restaurant News and WD Partners, a research company. The popular Calabasas Hills, Calif.-based restaurant chain, with a location at 56 Greene Boulevard at the Greene in Beavercreek, ranked highest ...

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