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Hamilton energy effort lowers bills, spares power

The city now can wear smaller shoes, because Hamilton’s electric utility has reduced its “carbon footprint” over the past two years by more than 1.53 percent. In the first two years of a three-year contract with the Columbus-based Efficiency Smart organization, most Hamilton businesses and city government have clipped their annual electric use by 7,442 megawatt-hours. Houses across...


Middletown seeks ways to increase property values

Middletown seeks ways to increase property values

Despite home values that have declined faster and stayed lower than surrounding communities, Middletown residents pay the highest property taxes in Butler County. Because of this, Middletown is preparing to start a discussion on improving the city’s housing stock and connecting for residents how property values affect taxes. During economic downturns, the county can apply factors to slowly reduce...
Waffle House co-founder dies a month after business partner

Waffle House co-founder dies a month after business partner

Both of the founders of Waffle House have died, just two months apart. Co-founder Tom Forkner died earlier this week at 98 years old, just two months after his business partner Joe Rogers Sr. died in early March. Rogers was 97 years old. “Tom will be remembered as a man of honesty and integrity,” Waffle House Chairman Joe Rogers Jr. said in a statement. “He and my father never...
Sidewalk fixes may cost some Middletown homeowners more than estimated

Sidewalk fixes may cost some Middletown homeowners more than estimated

Some Middletown property owners with defective sidewalks, curbs and gutters will be charged more than original estimates after the only bid for the project came in higher than estimated. FIRST REPORT: 400 Middletown property owners told to fix sidewalks About 30 property owners will be charged $10 to $577 more than the original estimates sent to them in repair notices. However, about 77 property owners...
53 people indicted in Butler, Warren counties

53 people indicted in Butler, Warren counties

Grand juries, which meet in secret, review criminal charges brought by police and prosecutors and investigate possible criminal behavior. The proceedings are usually one-sided, the accused is not present and witnesses are not cross-examined. PHOTOS: Look who’s been booked in the Butler County Jail A grand jury may issue an indictment if it finds probable cause that...
Brewery with Butler County location joins Taste of Cincinnati

Brewery with Butler County location joins Taste of Cincinnati

A Cincinnati-based brewery that opened a Butler County location this year is among the new restaurants at Taste of Cincinnati this summer. Taste of Cincinnati 2017 will include nine new restaurants and five new food trucks among the 52 vendors at the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival, organizers said. One of those new additions is Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House, which opened...
Ohio’s largest 100 employers in 2017: Walmart tops the list

Ohio’s largest 100 employers in 2017: Walmart tops the list

Walmart is back on top as Ohio’s biggest employer, regaining the No. 1 spot from the Cleveland Clinic, which usurped the giant Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer last year, according to a new list of the state’s top 100 employers. Walmart — with 173 retail operations, including nearly two dozen in the Dayton area — has 50,500 employees in Ohio, according to the Ohio Development...
What Hamilton’s top volunteers did to make city shine

What Hamilton’s top volunteers did to make city shine

The city has bestowed honors on some of its volunteers for their efforts last year. Honorees are recognized in three categories: Volunteers of the Year; Youth Service Award; and Community Service Award, according to Karen Wittmer, Hamilton’s program coordinator for volunteers. Volunteers of the Year are Jane and Monty Jacobs, whose efforts to rehabilitate homes on Hueston Street have helped...
Drunk driving checkpoint tonight in Butler County

Drunk driving checkpoint tonight in Butler County

There will be a drunk driving checkpoint in Liberty Twp. tonight. An OVI checkpoint will be held at 9 p.m. on Ohio 4 near the intersection of Kyles-Station Road in Liberty Twp., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Members of the Butler County OVI Task Force, Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will staff the checkpoint as well as have nearby saturation patrols...
New Warren County restaurant: Fresh, healthy Mediterranean

New Warren County restaurant: Fresh, healthy Mediterranean

Taziki’s Mediterranean Café recently made its debut in Warren County. The Birmingham Ala.-based chain’s new 4,000-square-foot restaurant opened this month at 9640 Mason-Montgomery Road in Deerfield Twp. next to Brixx Wood Fired Pizza. The new eatery, which features 100 items created daily, including Taziki’s seafood, vegetarian options, and fresh prepared meats, is not only...
Butler County school trend: Outdoors can be the best classroom

Butler County school trend: Outdoors can be the best classroom

This spring’s school lessons include the following non-traditional instructional tools: Rotting pumpkins, sidewalks, garden beds, chain saws and Mother Nature. Say hello to some of the new school learning going on outdoors in Butler County. These are just a few of the wildly different learning instruments increasingly being used outdoors by local K-12 schools, and education experts and veteran...
New owners of Fairfield Harley-Davidson shop plan expansion

New owners of Fairfield Harley-Davidson shop plan expansion

Queen City Harley-Davidson is roaring down a new road in the dealership’s decades-long journey. Purchased late last year from Louie and Chris Owens, who owned it for the past 35 years as Tri-State Harley-Davidson, the business at 5960 Dixie Highway is now owned by Brett and Sherry Tekavec. The couple bought the dealership with 22 people employed there. Now, less than half a year later, they&rsquo...
Butler County pastor: ‘We can’t afford to have another bloody summer’

Butler County pastor: ‘We can’t afford to have another bloody summer’

Area pastors are coming together to address violence in local communities and the ongoing drug problem that is plaguing Butler County. Drug overdoses were the leading cause of deaths in 2016 in Butler County, according to the coroner’s office. That marks the third year in a row that drug overdoses claimed the top spot, according to a Journal-News analysis of statistics from the Butler County...
Airfare decreases at local airports

Airfare decreases at local airports

Average airfare at airports in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati has dropped in the past year, but still remains among the highest in the United States. Five airports in the region rank in the top 50 most expensive in the country, including Dayton International Airport, John Glenn International Airport and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, according to the most recent data released...
Frisch’s introduces new, limited-edition cheeseburger

Frisch’s introduces new, limited-edition cheeseburger

Frisch’s Big Boy has introduced a new hamburger to its menu — the Primetime Chili Cheeseburger. The Cincinnati-based fast casual restaurant added the Chili Cheeseburger to its menu this month. The burger features premium ground beef, melted cheddar cheese and is topped with Frisch’s famous chili with beans. The restaurant said the sandwich is available for a limited time. Frisch&rsquo...
Butler County moving to electronic poll books

Butler County moving to electronic poll books

Butler County voters should have an easier time casting their ballots in the November election with the county’s purchase of electronic poll books. Butler County will spend $524,900 on the new technology, with the state paying $394,465, for the equipment. Benefits of electronic poll books, according to the Board of Elections, include: Voters can verify their name and address while...
Drug use passes drinking in fatal crashes

Drug use passes drinking in fatal crashes

For the first time, drug-impaired driving has surpassed drunk-driving as the leading factor in fatal crashes, according to a new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. About 43 percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used a legal or illegal drug, passing the 37 percent who tested above the legal limit for alcohol, according to the report from the GHSA and the Foundation...
Middletown grocery store owners walking away after 30 years

Middletown grocery store owners walking away after 30 years

They used to dot every neighborhood in Any City, USA. But family-run grocery stores — those places where employees know customers by name — are quickly disappearing off the American landscape, being replaced by larger, corporate-owned convenience stores. Those cherished and respected last names attached to the markets have been replaced by corporate initials. For that, we’re worse...
Overdose deaths strain space at Butler County morgue

Overdose deaths strain space at Butler County morgue

The escalating number of overdose deaths in Butler County has strained space at the morgue, leading the coroner’s office this week to accept a donation of cots it can use to keep bodies awaiting autopsy. “Our case load has often been increasing over the past number of years,” Martin Schneider, Butler County Coroner’s Office Administrator, told the Journal-News. “(The...
5 things to know about Meijer home delivery

5 things to know about Meijer home delivery

Meijer’s home delivery starts today in the Miami Valley, allowing customers to shop for more than 55,000 items online. The service will cover 2,100 square miles including Miamisburg, Middletown, Lebanon, Huber Heights, Englewood, Springfield and Troy, acccording to the company. That’s more than 415,000 houses that can be serviced by Meijer’s home delivery. Here’s what to know...
United changes policies, will pay passengers up to $10,000

United changes policies, will pay passengers up to $10,000

United Airlines announced 10 “substantial” policy changes to how it flies and serves customers following a disastrous month for United Airlines when a passenger was dragged off of an overbooked flight. The passenger, David Dao, was left bloodied and injured after being forcibly removed. Several videos shared by fellow passengers went viral on social media. The airline is now...
First Financial bank relocating in Oxford

First Financial bank relocating in Oxford

A regional bank headquartered in Cincinnati plans to bring a new location to a new retail center in Oxford. First Financial will be opening a branch in the new Bishop Square mixed use development at 419 Locust Street this fall, according to the leasing agent for the project. FIRST REPORT: New restaurants, retail shops coming to Oxford Tenants already disclosed for the 50,000-square-foot Bishop Square...
Hamilton sidewalks will be open during Robert Redford movie shoot

Hamilton sidewalks will be open during Robert Redford movie shoot

Sidewalks along High Street in Hamilton will remain open during the filming of “The Old Man and the Gun” today and Friday, City Manager Joshua Smith said. “If you want to go to High Street Cafe and have lunch (Thursday) or Friday, you certainly can take the sidewalk and do that,” he said. ROAD CLOSURES: Here’s what you need to know to get around town this week &ldquo...
3 things to know as Robert Redford movie filming closes Hamilton streets

3 things to know as Robert Redford movie filming closes Hamilton streets

“The Old Man and the Gun,” a movie being produced by and starring Robert Redford, is filming scenes in downtown Hamilton. Here are 3 things to know: 1. Plan an alternate driving route A stretch of High Street — from 2nd Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard — is closed today and Friday. There will also be intermittent closures of the High Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard intersection...
Ol’ Lefthander Joe Nuxhall to be featured on newest Hamilton mural

Ol’ Lefthander Joe Nuxhall to be featured on newest Hamilton mural

Homegrown baseball hero Joe Nuxhall will be the subject of a mural to be painted on the side of a Hamilton sporting goods store this summer. Nuxhall, known as the “Ol’ Lefthander,” the beloved Cincinnati Reds pitcher and later radio announcer for the team, became the youngest player in modern Major League Baseball history at age 15 in 1944. He died in 2007 at age 79, but remains...
Longtime Middletown business continues to grow

Longtime Middletown business continues to grow

A Middletown business continues to blossom as it branches out into its seventh decade. Berns Garden Center grows the bulk of its inventory at production greenhouses on the site where co-owners Al and Cherie Berns first founded the business in 1956. “That’s what sets us apart from other companies,” said co-owner and daughter-in-law Jane Berns, the center’s office manager. &ldquo...
Fairfield hospital performs first surgery with new robot device

Fairfield hospital performs first surgery with new robot device

A new medical technology designed to make surgery an easier experience this month made its Butler County debut. Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital used a new da Vinci Xi Surgical System for the first time on April 17. Designed for minimally-invasive surgery for many complex conditions, the Xi model offers more range of motion than the previous Si model the hospital has used since 2012, Mercy Health surgeon...
It’s raining in Hamilton?! Yes, but just for a movie

It’s raining in Hamilton?! Yes, but just for a movie

Rain was falling in Hamilton this afternoon — but only as part of movie-making special effects. “The Old Man and the Gun,” a movie being produced by and starring Robert Redford is filming scenes in downtown Hamilton. In addition to Redford, the movie will also star Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover and Casey Affleck. According to IMDB, the movie tells the story of an elderly bank robber...
2 indicted after drug bust in Middletown

2 indicted after drug bust in Middletown

Two men arrested in February — allegedly with a pound of crystal methamphetamine — have been indicted on multiple felony charges. Frances Torres-Davila, 33, and Ramon Sanchez, 27,were taken into custody on Feb. 14 after officers observed what appeared to be a “drug transaction” in the parking lot of an Auto Zone located at the corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Marshall Road...
Chipotle investigating credit card data breach

Chipotle investigating credit card data breach

Chipotle Mexican Grill is investigating a data breach in its payment processing system, after reporting a sharp increase in sales. The fast-casual restaurant said it recently detected unauthorized activity on its network that supports the payment system. Chipotle said the transactions occurred between March 24 and April 18, and the company believes it took the proper precautions to stop the breach...
95-year-old’s Butler County plant farm filled with unique blooms

95-year-old’s Butler County plant farm filled with unique blooms

What was 95-year-old Mary Harrison doing on an early spring morning at her Hanover Twp. home? Pruning a rose bush and working with her daughter and granddaughter to get her plant farm ready for its 41st season. Dressed for the chilly wear with a favorite pair of gardening gloves and clippers, Harrison pruned at Mary’s Plant Farm & Landscaping, her three-acre showcase filled with thousands of...
WATCH: Amazon’s new shopping concept means never waiting in lines

WATCH: Amazon’s new shopping concept means never waiting in lines

Amazon is launching a new kind of brick-and-mortar store that means never having to wait in a line again. The new concept Amazon Go will give consumers “the world’s most advanced shopping technology so you never have to wait in line,” according to the online retail giant. Some industry experts are calling the concept the future of brick-and-mortar retail. So, how does it work? Consumers...
Butler County Veterans Board protests attempt to allow non-veterans

Butler County Veterans Board protests attempt to allow non-veterans

The Butler County Veterans Service Commission is protesting a move by the state that would try to wrest some control over hiring and funding of local veterans’ groups and boards. The board sent a letter to all of the state senators and representatives from Butler County asking them to stop a move by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services that aims to allow non-veterans to be service officers...
Monroe wants apology from ‘The Great American’ on gang remark

Monroe wants apology from ‘The Great American’ on gang remark

Comments made by a Cincinnati radio personality that Monroe has a gang problem have raised the ire of one city council member. Monroe Councilman Todd Hickman called out the comments made by conservative 700 WLW radio talk show host Bill Cunningham during a national television program. Cunningham appeared Sunday on “This Week” with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos about President Trump&rsquo...
Longtime Warren County restaurant closes

Longtime Warren County restaurant closes

A longtime Deerfield Twp. restaurant has closed its doors. A message on the website for Toot’s, 12191 Montgomery Road, said the location was shutting down “due to health issues with its owners.” “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of this growing community and we’d like to thank all of our loyal customers for your continued support over the last 22 years,”...
Hamilton body shop celebrates 80 years in business

Hamilton body shop celebrates 80 years in business

In the 80 years since George Ritzi and Charlie Hogan founded Ritzi Body Shop near the corner of Main and E streets, a lot has changed. The cars are very different, and the business now is in the hands of the Ritzi family’s third and fourth generations. And certainly the feel of Main Street has changed since 1937. The business passed from George Ritzi to his son, Paul Ritzi Sr.; and then his...
Spring in Hamilton, and food trucks are popping up

Spring in Hamilton, and food trucks are popping up

It’s springtime in Hamilton, and food trucks are beginning to appear. That’s just what city officials hoped would happen in April of 2016 when they approved an ordinance allowing the vehicles to park and set up shop. “It’s something different,” said Gina Hudson of Hamilton as she waited for freshly made delicacies at The Dapper Doughnut. “We don’t have a lot...
New Middletown emergency department designed with seniors in mind

New Middletown emergency department designed with seniors in mind

Atrium Medical Center’s new Senior Emergency Center is a concept that, if successful, could spread to the remainder of the Premier Health network. A goal of the eight-bed, senior-friendly geriatric unit within Atrium’s Emergency Trauma Center is to help seniors navigate the “complex and labyrinthine” health care environment and to help the success of patients upon their discharge...
911 caller lured Hamilton police with report of shooting

911 caller lured Hamilton police with report of shooting

A police officer was sent to a Hamilton apartment complex Saturday after a 911 caller painted a chaotic scene of a man waving a gun and then shooting someone. But police said they found no evidence of such a shooting when they arrived just after 3 p.m. at the Knollwood Crossing apartments. The man making that 911 call appears to be the same person later shot by the Hamilton police officer who responded...
Downtown Hamilton transforms for Robert Redford, Casey Affleck movie

Downtown Hamilton transforms for Robert Redford, Casey Affleck movie

Downtown Hamilton is starting to transform for this week’s filming of a movie that includes an Academy Award-winning cast. “The Old Man and the Gun,” a movie being produced by and starring Robert Redford will film scenes in Hamilton on Thursday and Friday. Today, a portion of S. 3rd Street was blocked as crews began to create sets for the film. In addition to Redford, the movie will...
Gambling addiction: Ohio named a top state

Gambling addiction: Ohio named a top state

Ohio is a top state when it comes to gambling addiction, a new report shows. Ohio tied with New Jersey for fourth place for having the highest percentage of adults with a gambling disorder, according to a report form WalletHub, a personal finance website. Ohio is ranked the 10th most gambling addicted state in the country, right behind Louisiana and just above Deleware. Nevada, the home of Las Vegas...
Staff cuts, renovations at Butler County-run nursing home

Staff cuts, renovations at Butler County-run nursing home

The Butler County Care Facility has struggled financially for years, but the dark, unwelcoming atmosphere has been eradicated and a consultant hired by the county is working on revenue enhancements, process improvements and realigning staff for more efficiency. FIRST REPORT:Taxpayers bail out county home with nearly $1M Butler County hired Jennifer Strickland, a consultant with LeaderStat LLC, about...
2nd Butler County city bans selling of medical marijuana

2nd Butler County city bans selling of medical marijuana

The city of Fairfield has become the second Butler County municipality to ban cultivation, production and selling of medical marijuana. However, the legislation, which passed by a 6-0 vote, does not ban the laboratory testing of medical marijuana. FIRST REPORT: City Council debates medical marijuana ban Fairfield Law Director John Clemmons said Ohio&rsquo...
Semi overturned in Monroe; Ohio 63 blocked

Semi overturned in Monroe; Ohio 63 blocked

A semi tractor trailer has overturned on Ohio 63 West at American Way in Monroe. There are no injuries but lanes are blocked, according to police dispatchers. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Use American Way to Lebanon Street as a detour. No word yet when the scene will be clear, but the truck is leaking gasoline
1 person flown to hospital after I-75 accident in Monroe

1 person flown to hospital after I-75 accident in Monroe

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m.: A man was transported to Atrium Medical Center, then flown to Miami Valley Hospital today following a two-vehicle crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Monroe, according to the State Highway Patrol. The man’s name has not been released and the crash investigation is continuing, the post said. The driver of the other vehicle wasn’t injured, officials said...
911 call details fears in West Chester Twp. standoff

911 call details fears in West Chester Twp. standoff

A 911 caller asked police to check on a woman’s health, and when officers arrived, they saw the woman with a gun pointed at her head, which touched off a nearly three-hour standoff at a West Chester Twp. apartment complex. The 911 caller said a male Goodwill helper had arrived at the Landings at Beckett Ridge to assist a woman who lives in one of the apartment units, but she was not responding...
1 person remains in hospital after Butler County accident

1 person remains in hospital after Butler County accident

UPDATE @ 11 a.m. APRIL 25: A 40-year-old man is listed in “good” condition at Miami Valley Hospital this morning, one day after he was struck by a vehicle, according to the hospital. Steven Fannin was struck by a car Monday morning on Oxford State Road, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The car that struck Fannin was driven by Jenna Jones, 26, of Trenton...
Democratic leader’s comments rile Butler County prosecutor

Democratic leader’s comments rile Butler County prosecutor

The Butler County prosecutor wants an apology from the county’s Democratic Party chairwoman for comments she made after a state lawmaker was arrested. THE LATEST: Career-ending felony dropped against Wes Retherford Butler County Democratic Party Executive Chairwoman Jocelyn Bucaro told the Journal-News last month the county GOP was being opportunistic in calling for Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford&rsquo...
Another Butler County community joins effort to eliminate eyesores

Another Butler County community joins effort to eliminate eyesores

The Butler County land bank has just added a new member and might bring another on soon. The village of Seven Mile joined the land bank last week, bringing membership in the blight-busting organization up to 13. LEARN MORE: Commissioners open up land bank to entire county Village council member Missy Mick said the tiny hamlet doesn’t have the wherewithal to eradicate eyesores and they have a...
Hamilton police officer fatally shoots man holding ‘butcher knife’

Hamilton police officer fatally shoots man holding ‘butcher knife’

A Hamilton police officer shot and killed an armed man during a confrontation at an apartment complex Saturday, according to police. Police were called to a report of a shooting around 3 p.m. at the Knollwood Crossing apartments on Forest Park Drive, said Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit. When the officer arrived “he was immediately confronted by an armed subject,” Bucheit said. OFFICER-INVOLVED...
Butler County brewery helps lower summer gas prices for motorists

Butler County brewery helps lower summer gas prices for motorists

Thanks to pollution reductions at two major employers — Miller Coors Brewing in Trenton and Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton — gasoline prices in the Greater Cincinnati, Greater Dayton and Springfield areas will be about 12 cents lower per gallon than last summer. Officials from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency persuaded the U.S. EPA that reductions the brewery and air...

Davidson to wrap up Butler County tour on Monday

Congressman Warren Davidson wraps up his tour of Butler County on Monday. He’ll have non-public events in Fairfield and Cincinnati — touring businesses in each community — and deliver a speech Monday afternoon at the groundbreaking for Marcum Apartments across from the Courtyard by Marriott and the new Marcum Park. RELATED: New luxury housing option to break ground That puts him...
Trial rescheduled for Middletown woman charged in murder of ex-husband

Trial rescheduled for Middletown woman charged in murder of ex-husband

A trial scheduled to begin Monday for a Middletown woman accused of killing her ex-husband has been continued until June. Dawn Shearer, 48, of Ellis Way, is charged with murder and felonious assault for allegedly fatally shooting Anthony “Tony” Shearer on Feb. 6. ‘SHE GOT TO THE GUN FIRST’: Lawyer claims struggle before fatal shooting Last week, defense attorney Jason Phillabaum...
Masked thieves steal thousands in cash from Butler County restaurant

Masked thieves steal thousands in cash from Butler County restaurant

Police are looking for two masked thieves who broke into a Ross Twp. restaurant, ransacked the inside, and took thousands of dollars. The break-in at Big Buls Roadhouse happened at 3:15 a.m. Monday, and the masked suspects were in the building for two hours smashing anything that might contain money, including a jukebox, games, an ATM, cash registers and a safe. “They got thousands,” owner...
Butler County school board president unexpectedly resigns

Butler County school board president unexpectedly resigns

The governing board of Ross Schools has an open seat due to the unexpected resignation of a veteran member. Board of Education President Steve Stitsinger has resigned as of Friday for personal reasons, according to district officials with the Butler County school system. Stitsinger, who has served more than a decade on the Ross board, told district officials he would be not be speaking publicly about...
Man, girlfriend face new charges in Butler County shooting death

Man, girlfriend face new charges in Butler County shooting death

A Cincinnati man and his girlfriend, taken into custody last week for the fatal shooting in St. Clair Twp., were arraigned Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court on new charges. Keith D. Harris Jr., 27, and Diamond Reid, 18, who were arrested as they left a Hamilton County motel, now both face murder charges for the death of Trey Shepard on April 8, according to the indictment handed down by...
Butler County’s newest heroin-fighting tool: Big data

Butler County’s newest heroin-fighting tool: Big data

Butler County is turning to big data as its newest tool to battle the heroin scourge. The county will soon use live data from emergency rooms, first responders and the coroner’s office to uncover hot spots where there have been spikes in overdoses. “Overdose data in real time allows communities — first responders, policymakers, treatment providers, emergency departments — to...
Court date set for State Rep. Wes Retherford on OVI charge

Court date set for State Rep. Wes Retherford on OVI charge

A May court date has been set for State Rep. Wes Retherford on a misdemeanor OVI charge. On Monday a Butler County grand jury declined to indict Retherford, 33, on a felony weapons charge that could have automatically ousted him from office if convicted. He was indicted for the OVI charge, and the case was sent back to county Area II Court. MORE: Butler County lawmaker no longer faces career-ending...
Davidson: ISIS more of a threat than climate change

Davidson: ISIS more of a threat than climate change

A pair of biologists and Miami University professors were among the dozens who expressed concerns that Congressman Warren Davidson didn’t truly understand the issue of climate change. The Pentagon has called climate change a credible threat to the country’s national security, but Davidson, R-Troy, speaking at a Q&A Wednesday in Oxford said ISIS is more of a threat to national security...
Homicide suspect being returned to Butler County from California jail

Homicide suspect being returned to Butler County from California jail

A Cincinnati man and his girlfriend who detectives arrested in California after a fatal shooting in St. Clair Twp. will be back in Ohio soon to stand trial. William D. Harris, 26, of Cincinnati, was arrested April 10 as he stepped off a bus in California with his girlfriend. Deputies issued a murder arrest warrant for Harris earlier this month along with a $5,000 reward for information leading to...
Ohio woman deported to Mexico calls family; says faith remains strong

Ohio woman deported to Mexico calls family; says faith remains strong

Maribel Trujillo Diaz called her husband today after she had arrived in Mexico, according to the pastor at Hamilton’s St. Julie Billiart Church, the parish she attended. “She said that her faith in God remains strong despite her suffering,” Father Mike Pucke told this news outlet. Lawyers for Trujillo said the mother of four children between ages 3 and 14, was flown this morning...
Where to meet Congressman Warren Davidson in Butler County this week

Where to meet Congressman Warren Davidson in Butler County this week

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, will make his rounds to a number of Butler County communities this week. Davidson says he is using the events to communicate with constituents and inform them on updates regarding his latest legislative work, including the Welfare BRAC Act and the Drain the Swamp Act. MORE: Opponents walk out of testy town hall with local congressman This week’s events come...
Butler County lawmaker appears on white power advocate’s show

Butler County lawmaker appears on white power advocate’s show

Ohio Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, says she would not have appeared on an Internet podcast if she had known the host pushes an agenda for the “the existence of our race and a future for white children.” The freshman state representative in February went on the “Sonny Thomas Show” to promote her proposed legislation that would crackdown on cities that refuse to enforce...
Bond set at $50,000 for gang member arrested in Butler County

Bond set at $50,000 for gang member arrested in Butler County

Bond was set at $50,000 for a Dayton man and alleged national gang member charged with two felony counts of drug possession, according to Area II Court records. FIRST REPORT: Alleged gang member arrested in Butler County William Bragg II, 26, was charged with two counts of possession of drugs, both felonies, said Sgt. Mike Hackney from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested Friday...
See how much homes sold for in your neighborhood

See how much homes sold for in your neighborhood

The following list of recent real estate transactions was compiled through public records. BUTLER COUNTY College Corner 203 County Line St; $24,500 Fairfield 406 Blackburn Ave; $90,000 4739 Bradley Dr; $146,000 5595 Chesapeake Way; $193,500 6031 Happy Valley Ct; $143,000 3240 Homeward Way; $400,000 6359 Jamesfield Ct; $222,600 155 Martha Ln; $165,000 25 Nicolson Cir; $71,500 5494 Nottingham Pl; $175...

Hospital ceremony to honor Butler County organ and tissue donors

In honor of those who have given or received a life-saving organ or tissue donation, Atrium Medical Center in conjunction with LifeCenter Organ Donor Network will host a Donate Life flag raising ceremony open to the public. The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, starting in the main lobby and then moving outside of the Middletown hospital’s main entrance. Then, visitors can stop...
Alleged gang member arrested in Butler County

Alleged gang member arrested in Butler County

One person with alleged ties to a gang was charged Friday night after he was found to have drug paraphernalia inside a Monroe hotel, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office said. William Bragg II, 26, of Dayton, was charged with two counts of possession of drugs, both felonies, and Echo Seward, 27, of Fairfield, was arrested on a parole violation, said Sgt. Mike Hackney from the BCSO. More charges...
Ohio ABLE renamed to Aspire, Miami student touts program benefits

Ohio ABLE renamed to Aspire, Miami student touts program benefits

The Ohio Department of Higher Education announced on Monday it has changed the name of the statewide ABLE program — with two local providers for adults seeking advanced education or employment — to Aspire. The name better reflects the mission of the program, which is more than just providing basic literacy skills and education. RELATED: Warren County Career Center hires Springfielder &ldquo...
Maribel’s case: What options do immigrants have to become legal?

Maribel’s case: What options do immigrants have to become legal?

In the week since most people have learned about Maribel Trujillo Diaz, the Fairfield mother of four children facing deportation back to Mexico, many have asked themselves or others: “Why didn’t she just try to become an American citizen when she arrived in this country in 2002?” Area lawyers specializing in immigration issues told the Journal-News it’s not that simple, especially...
OVI checkpoint tonight in Fairfield

OVI checkpoint tonight in Fairfield

The Butler County OVI Task Force will stage a drunk driving checkpoint in Fairfield tonight. The checkpoint will be held on northbound Pleasant Avenue at Symmes Road in Fairfield starting at 11 p.m.and ending at 3 a.m. Officials say officers, deputies and troopers will combine the checkpoint with saturation patrols to prevent alcohol related crashes. Download the free Journal-News app for local traffic...
UC surgeons, students join international photo movement

UC surgeons, students join international photo movement

A group of University of Cincinnati medical students decided to try their hand at photos showcasing the number of women deciding to enter surgery. They saw what the New Yorker Magazine did in a story highlighting the issue and wanted to let everyone know there are a growing number of women wanting to be surgeons and also many who are already in the profession. Cedric Ricks of the UC Academic Health...
Huge crowd turns out for opening day at Kings Island

Huge crowd turns out for opening day at Kings Island

Kings Island’s opening day got underway Saturday morning as thousands of people packed the park to enjoy multiple rides and entertainment including the amusement park’s newest roller coaster. More: Kings Island has big plans for this season Kings Island’s 16th roller coaster, Mystic Timbers, made its debut Saturday, boasting 330,00 board feet of lumber, 30,000 pounds of nails, 88...
Fancy felines from around country coming to Butler County this weekend

Fancy felines from around country coming to Butler County this weekend

Felines from around the country will have the opportunity to compete for top cat status during a cat show this weekend at the Butler County Fairgrounds. More than 150 pedigreed cats and household pets are expected to compete at the 2017 Cincinnati Cat Club’s 65th Cat Fanciers’ Association cat show. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16, at the...
Congressional leader advocates for Fairfield mom of 4

Congressional leader advocates for Fairfield mom of 4

The head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus took up the cause of Fairfield mother Maribel Trujillo Diaz with the nation’s Homeland Security secretary Wednesday, a day after family and supporters feared the mother of four would be flown back to Mexico. MORE: Husband of Butler County woman to be deported tells kids: Have faith As of late Wednesday, Trujillo, a mother of four children ages 3...
Butler County: new administrator good investment for residents

Butler County: new administrator good investment for residents

Butler County is one step closer to picking a new assistant county administrator and officials say it is not just about adding another body, customer service, efficiency and furthering financial goals are at the heart of the hiring. The person who gets the $81,000 a year position will be expected to be another set of eyes and ears for County Administrator Charlie Young when deals — like the...
2 more arrests in Butler County homicide

2 more arrests in Butler County homicide

Two more people have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a St. Clair Twp man at his Nelson Street home. Butler County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Keith D. Harris Jr., 27, and Diamond Reid, 18, on Tuesday night as they left a Hamilton County motel. Harris is charged with murder, and Reid, his girlfriend, is charged with obstruction of justice. MORE:Reward offered for arrest of Butler County...
Butler County child support payments now taken by phone

Butler County child support payments now taken by phone

Parents can now make their child support payments by phone in Butler County. Since February, the Butler County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) has been taking phone payments. So far the agency has collected 115 payments totaling $74,677. “We are constantly looking for ways to not only increase collections, but improve our processes so that making and receiving child support is easy,...
Butler County restaurant’s KylerStrong booth honors 10-year-old

Butler County restaurant’s KylerStrong booth honors 10-year-old

The KylerStrong booth at Chili’s at Bridgewater Falls is one of the most requested of all its tables, said assistant manger Drake Connley. The booth honors the memory of Kyler Bradley, a 10-year-old boy who died one year ago from the childhood cancer known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. It’s better known by its initials, DIPG. RELATED: Working to find a cure for childhood cancer...
Teen son of Fairfield mom facing deportation: No chance to say goodbye

Teen son of Fairfield mom facing deportation: No chance to say goodbye

The last time her son, Oswaldo, said goodbye to Maribel Trujillo Diaz at the Fairfield mobile home park where they live, it wasn’t a real goodbye with hugs and kisses. Neither suspected she would be taken into custody soon after and placed in Butler County’s jail, awaiting deportation, the 14-year-old boy told reporters Tuesday. After being arrested Wednesday, April 5, she later was transferred...
Butler County murder suspect found getting off bus in California

Butler County murder suspect found getting off bus in California

A Cincinnati man wanted for murder in the shooting death of a St. Clair Twp. man has been arrested - the minute he stepped off a bus in California, according the the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. RELATED:The Miami Valley’s Most Wanted Sheriff’s Office detectives issued murder arrest warrant for William D. Harris, 26, Sunday for the death of 29-year-old Trey Shepard at his Nelson...
Final order on $3 million New Miami speed award needed, court says

Final order on $3 million New Miami speed award needed, court says

The 12th District Court of Appeals basically said slow down to the village of New Miami’s request to appeal issues in its speed camera case. The village filed a notice of appeal a month ago on several matters, including whether the village is liable for the entire $3 million amount the program collected, rather than just the $1.8 million that went into village coffers. The rest of the money...
Hundreds of Butler County poll workers honored by election board

Hundreds of Butler County poll workers honored by election board

The Butler County Board of Elections acknowledged the role of poll workers in the democratic process with an appreciation breakfast for the more than 1,200 precinct election officials who worked the polls in 2016. Approximately 300 poll workers attended the event, held at the Butler County Fairgrounds. “We have wonderful poll workers in Butler County and we wanted to let them know how much we...
Butler County still seeking weekend homicide suspect

Butler County still seeking weekend homicide suspect

Butler County Sheriff’s detectives are still looking today for a suspect in the shooting death of 29-year-old Trey Shepard at his St. Clair Twp. home early Saturday morning. An arrest warrant for murder was issued Sunday for William D. Harris, 26, of Cincinnati. Maj. Mike Craft said today that Harris had not been taken into custody. MORE: Reward offered for arrest of Butler County murder suspect...
Rounding up in Butler County raises money for cancer research

Rounding up in Butler County raises money for cancer research

Southwest Ohio and Miami Valley residents have played a big role in cancer research by giving a few cents at a time. Illinois-based Highland Ventures and its 930-plus retail brand locations, which includes Family Video, Marco’s Pizza and Stay Fit 24, raised more than $1 million over two weeks that will benefit the Lymphoma Research Foundation and Hoogland Lymphoma Biobank at The University of...
Reward offered for arrest of Butler Co. murder suspect

Reward offered for arrest of Butler Co. murder suspect

UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. An arrest warrant has been issued and a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the shooting death of 29-year-old Trey Shepard. William D. Harris, 26, is wanted on suspicion of murder and a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect is wanted in connection to the...
Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra now Butler Philharmonic

Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra now Butler Philharmonic

The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra has been a staple in the arts community since 1951, and the orchestra plans to keep entertaining far into the future. The only change will be to its name — the new moniker will be the Butler Philharmonic. Paul John Stanbery, musical director and conductor of the orchestra, told the Journal-News that branding and marketing are important items to address...
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