In case you missed it: Journal-News top stories in the past week

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Here is an aggregated, weekly look at some of the best work from Journal-News reporters.

Reporters at the Journal-News write several stories each week to help our readers keep up with the goings-on in Butler County as a whole. But, even longtime subscribers with a watchful eye can miss our best work.

To consistently keep our readers up to date on the site’s best pieces, we will each week aggregate impactful stories from our journalists, spanning from beats focused on Hamilton, Middletown and Butler County, to our local school districts, to our court coverage and our investigative pieces — and anything in between.

This post will be taking a look at stories that were printed from Saturday, Sept. 24 to Friday, Sept. 29.

Lakota Schools board hires firm to investigate superintendent Matt Miller

In school news, Lakota School Board unanimously decided at their most recent meeting to launch an investigation into accusations made against Superintendent Matt Miller.

“The board voted 5-0 to hire the national, employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. as an investigator to review non-criminal accusations against Lakota Schools Superintendent Matt Miller,” education reporter Michael Clark wrote.

In his first public comments since allegations surfaced, Miller, who had already been investigated by the Butler County Sheriff for the same allegations, said the claims “are false” and promised to fully cooperate with the board’s investigation.

Editor’s Note: Because no charges have been filed against Miller, nor have any accusations been made public by the district, the Journal-News is not reporting the allegations.

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Owner of Red’s Hamburger Shop decides not to open popular diner

In New Miami, the new owners of Red’s Hamburger Shop, a 60-year-old restaurant which was set to reopen later this month, incurred hidden costs that will not allow the restaurant to reopen, reported Rick McCrabb.

Current owner Walley Estes said he hopes a new owner can take over and reopen the business soon.

‘Bad***’ Women’s Month’ in Hamilton aims to connect local ladies

In Hamilton, Casual Pint owner Ann Marie Cilley spoke on “Bad*** Women’s Month,” a local initiative to connect women and support women’s organizations.

“There are a lot of bada** women here in Hamilton,” Cilley said. “Women’s support in Hamilton is not a problem. I don’t think I’ve been anywhere where I’ve felt more supported as a business owner, as a contributor, and as a leader here.”

Reporter Michael Pitman wrote, “Cilley is leading the charge of a city-wide effort called Bada** Women’s Month, which is designed to strengthen and build wellness, which includes physical care, mental health and spiritual health, financial literacy and personal safety. Several tough, resilient, and tenacious women have joined Cilley in this initiative.”

Middletown sees three homicides this summer, police make arrests in two

In Crime & Law, reporter Lauren Pack talked with Middletown officials about the three murders that have occurred in the past two months. Pack said no murders had occurred in the first six months of 2022.

“While officers are always concerned about violence, Middletown Police Maj. Eric Crank said last week the recent uptick in homicides is not a large concern, pointing to quick arrests and efforts to curtail gun violence,” Pack wrote.

Butler County exploring homeless housing options; leaders look at Dignity Buses

Reporter Denise Callahan wrote about Butler County officials’ potential interest in “Dignity Buses,” a mobile nightly shelter solution for some of the county’s homeless population.

The buses, which can shelter 20 people a night and include bathrooms, luggage, and space for pets, were seen in action in Florida by local decision makers, including Butler County Commissioner Cindy Carpenter.

“The Dignity Bus idea first surfaced in Middletown in August when the Coalition for a Healthy Middletown proposed the city spend $360,000 on three buses — one for men, another for women and one for overflow — that would provide the unhoused a nightly warm place to sleep during the winter,” Callahan wrote.

“Middletown Mayor Nicole Condrey told the Journal-News she doesn’t think the city will purchase the buses since the council has not indicated they would support it,” Callahan wrote.

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Reily Twp. voters to decide on fire levy

In Reily Twp., a rural, agrarian community outside Oxford, voters will be asked to increase the levy for the township’s volunteer fire department.

Township officials are asking to increase the tax levy from its current 2.75 mills to 4.5 mills, which would be in effect for a five year period, Avery Kreemer wrote.

“It’s always been well received in the past. I think if we do a good job getting the information out there, hopefully it will pass,” said Reily Township Trustee and volunteer firefighter Nick Schwab.

“Schwab himself has been a resident of Reily Twp. for around 55 years, and a township trustee for 49 of those. His current term is set to expire in 2023,” Kreemer wrote.

“He said it’s important to note that in Reilly Twp., residents aren’t charged for using EMS services,” Kreemer wrote. “All of its operations are maintained through the tax levy and donations, which is made possible by a volunteer staff of more than 30 people.”

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