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Complaint filed over presidential election of the GOP women’s club

A legal battle is brewing between two local women who both claim that have been chosen by the membership of the Butler County Republican Women’s Club to lead the volunteer auxiliary organization.Candice Keller, of Middletown, and Donna Irvin, of Liberty Twp., both maintain they were picked by the majority of ...

Domestic situation leads to shooting in Fairfield

UPDATE @ 10:08 a.m. Fairfield Sgt. Greg Valandingham said a domestic disturbance escalated into the shooting of a 50-year-old man. The victim was conscious and talking at the time police and a life squad responded to the scene. Valandingham said the suspect is the ex-boyfriend of the woman who lives ...

Funding was recently secured for an $8.5 million road widening project for Ohio 747 north of Princeton Road in Liberty Twp.

$8.5 million road widening project could start sooner than planned

A road widening project with an estimated $8.5 million price tag recently received funding and could launch a year earlier than planned.Liberty Twp. initially applied for a grant for 2018-2019 from the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments this past March through the Butler County Engineer’s Office.BCEO wasn’t awarded ...

Special needs program expands for families

A program providing a night off for parents and caregivers of children with special needs is expanding in Butler County.A second location and monthly night for PAUSE for Parents, Play for Kids — which provides a night out for caregivers and a fun, safe night in for children — has ...

Every Sunday, we’ll report on new job opportunities in the community including companies hiring, how to apply, training programs and other economic trends that can affect your job search.

Find a job with Journal-News: 3 ways the job market changed in 2014

Local workers and job seekers will have to be the judge about how much the job market improved in 2014.The jury’s still out with local economic and job search experts.There’s no denying the facts, that more people found work this past year. The latest unemployment figures released Tuesday show Butler ...

Heroes’ Fund receives massive boost from local fundraising effort

An annual campaign for an organization that helps area combat veterans recently netted more than ever before.CTI Restaurants, which owns and operates Taco Bell and Uno Pizzeria & Grill locations in Liberty and West Chester townships, ran the campaign for veterans-aid effort Heroes’ Fund from Oct. 29 to Nov. 24 ...

Middletown Public Works employee Dana Wysong fills potholes along Ross Street in Middletown on Jan. 14.

Politics, funding put speed bumps in street repairs

Cities and townships in Butler County are looking at ways they can provide the road resurfacing services to their residents with limited funding sources.Millions of dollars are invested annually into the county’s roadways. However, the funding supply doesn’t meet the demand of repair — especially in Butler County’s two largest ...

Overnight showers could be heavy at times

Temperatures are still in the middle to upper 40s ahead of an approaching cold front, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Carrieann Marit said.“We will see more widespread showers overnight, even some heavy at times,” she said.It will be breezy as well, and Marit said that as temperatures fall into the low ...

House Speaker John Boehner, right, and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will lead the 114th Congress when it convenes next month. The men are pictured during a news conference in March 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The power of Congress resides in the backyards of Ohio, Kentucky

There are roughly two hours between House Speaker John Boehner’s home in West Chester Twp. and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s in Louisville, Ky. But those close to both men say between that distance is a lot of common ground. Stylistically, the two are different. Boehner is jovial, quick ...

Rare diseases to be recognized by Ohio

House Bill 27 is more than just a calendar day bill for Rep. Tim Derickson.Earlier this month, the bill introduced in February 2013 by the Hanover Twp. Republican was signed by Gov. John Kasich that designates Feb. 28 as “Rare Disease Day” in Ohio. Derickson’s sister Joy Lynn Derickson died ...

Damage to U.S. Bank is superficial

A vehicle struck the side of the U.S. Bank on Princeton Glendale Road just before 11 a.m. today.Details of the accident are not yet available, but no one was injured and the damage to the building was superficial, according to the West Chester Twp. dispatch.The bank is located at 8396 ...

Franklin Twp., Carlisle explore joint fire district

Officials in Franklin Twp. and Carlisle are mulling a report to better utilize their resources to provide better and more efficient fire and EMS protection for its residents.As in all things, the devil is in the details and how much it will cost residents in the end.Franklin Twp. trustees established ...

Liberty Twp. purchases land for future fire station

Trustees have taken the steps necessary to purchase three acres of land for the township’s fourth fire station.Located in the 5000 block of Cincinnati-Dayton Road between Kyles Station and Millikin roads, the properties won’t sit unused until the township decides to move forward with plans to build there.Donald and Deborah ...

The Hamilton Community Foundation is offering a $250,000 matching grant to Butler County to repair a leaky roof on the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument in Hamilton. County officials have 12 months to decide if they want to accept the offer. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Foundation offers up funding for veterans monument

Hamilton leaders hope they can use $250,000 to compel Butler County’s commissioners to fix a century-old monument dedicated to the area’s fallen service members.The Hamilton Community Foundation offered to donate $250,000 to the county to help fix the roof and make any other needed renovations to the Soldiers, Sailors and ...

On Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, LCNB Corp was listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Company officials believe it’s the first Lebanon-based company to be listed on the stock exchange. Staff photo by Michael D. Pitman

2014 was one of most active years for local bank M&A

The pace of mergers and acquisitions is accelerating in Ohio, says the president of the Community Bankers Association of Ohio, and locally-based financial companies First Financial Bancorp and LCNB Corp. are among the banks to grow through acquisition this past year.Dealmakers are being driven by the costs of complying with ...

Governor now considering adoption bill

Before the end of the 130th General Assembly, the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 250, a bill designed to make adoption more affordable for Ohio families, as well as streamlining the process.Sen. Shannon Jones, R–Springboro, jointly sponsored the bill with Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Sabina, that proposed to increase the existing ...

Kasich: ‘Long way to go’ for Ohio’s colleges

A newly released state report says Ohio’s colleges need to become more innovative with online teaching, get better at advising students on which classes they should take and partner more often with businesses.The report — the Quality and Value Initiative — likely will be used to help shape Gov. John ...

Showers arrive this weekend

Clouds will continue to stream into the area, but it will stay for most of the night, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek said.Overnight lows will be in the mid- to upper 30s.“As more moisture builds in with a continued southerly flow, a passing light shower will be possible close ...

Cincinnati-based Kroger is planning multi-million investments in 2015 across the company’s Cincinnati/Dayton Division. Pictured is the existing Kroger store on Liberty Fairfield Road in Liberty Twp.

New Kroger Marketplace store planned in Butler County

The Kroger Co. plans to build a new Marketplace location and adjacent fuel center along one of Butler County’s most traveled roads. The grocer submitted plans to Liberty Twp. this week for a 133,868-square-foot location at the southeast corner of Ohio 4 and Kyles Station Road. If plans move forward ...

Bunnell Hill Construction Co. will complete work in 2015 on the new INX International Ink Co. manufacturing plant at the business park Lebanon Commerce Center.

Local construction company sees 100% sales increase

Citing increased market confidence, Bunnell Hill Construction Co. Inc. President Kevin Scott says sales grew 100 percent in 2014 from the year before.The Lebanon commercial construction company saw its book of business grow in the last year with new customers as well as existing ones, Scott said.Customers hire Bunnell Hill, ...

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