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Hamilton’s Operation Pumpkin to get national TV exposure

Hamilton’s Operation Pumpkin to get national TV exposure

This year’s sixth annual Operation Pumpkin festival will get some national television exposure. Jason Snyder, co-chair of the festival, told the Journal-News that a national television program will film an episode during this year’s festival, which will be held Oct. 13-15. Snyder’s not yet releasing the show’s identity, but said it will focus on the event’s first-ever...
New Family Dollar store opens today in Hamilton

New Family Dollar store opens today in Hamilton

A new Family Dollar store opens Saturday in Hamilton at 2528 Dixie Highway. As part of its grand opening event, the company will make a check presentation to Boys & Girls Club of Hamilton. MORE: What are shoppers buying this Halloween? Superhero costumes The grand opening, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., will feature gift card giveaways for the first 50 customers and prizes. The newest Hamilton...
Summer-like feel in the air for Saturday

Summer-like feel in the air for Saturday

We can expect more dry, hot weather for the next few days, according to StormCenter7 meteorologist Brett Collar.  A cold front and possible rain is anticipated for Wednesday.  Feeling more like summer on this first weekend of fall Dry conditions prevail into next week Rain chances return with a cold front Wednesday Today: Mostly sunny skies are expected to start the weekend...
Cedarville University 5k walk for opioid awareness

Cedarville University 5k walk for opioid awareness

Cedarville University pharmacy students are teaming with local nonprofit The Jeremiah Tree to host its annual 5k BridgeWalk. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 23, at Xenia Station.  Cedarville students will be holding an educational session on the danger of opioid addiction. "The purpose for the walk is twofold," said Marlene Labig, president of  The Jeremiah Tree board of directors...
Teen struck, killed by train in Miamisburg; suicide not suspected

Teen struck, killed by train in Miamisburg; suicide not suspected

A Norfolk Southern train struck and killed a teenager tonight, but Miamisburg police Sgt. Josiah Keefer said police do not believe it was a suicide. The 16-year-old boy was hit just after 7:40 p.m. on the railroad tracks near the 400 block of East Linden Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release his name or whether he was a Miamisburg student. The train has been stopped since...
Miami U. police investigate 2 on-campus sexual assaults

Miami U. police investigate 2 on-campus sexual assaults

Miami University officials are reporting two, separate sexual assaults on its Oxford campus. The two assaults both involve female students being attacked during the early morning hours of Friday, and campus police are asking for help to identify and find the suspects, said Claire Wagner, spokeswoman for the university. According to police reports released by university officials: “A female student...
Ballots for military, overseas voters available Saturday

Ballots for military, overseas voters available Saturday

County boards of elections in Ohio will begin sending out absentee ballots for military and overseas voters on Saturday for the Nov. 7 general election. Early voting for Ohio residents begins on Wednesday, Oct. 11, which is the first day absentee ballots will be mailed to voters living in Ohio. Those who want to vote in this November’s local-year election must register to vote by Oct. 10, and...
5 Middletown residents indicted in million-dollar diamond robbery

5 Middletown residents indicted in million-dollar diamond robbery

A federal grand jury has charged five Middletown residents with the strong-armed robbery of a diamond jewelry merchant in Monroeville, Pa. Amit Patel (also known as Alex Patel), 48; Mimi Chang, 40; Andrea Mullins, 35; Deanna Williams (also known as Dee Dee Williams), 36; and Danny Ray Horne, 37, were each charged in the indictment. MORE: OSHP cadet accused of armed robbery while dressed as trooper...
5 reasons to check out Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt

5 reasons to check out Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt

Kings Island is ready to put on a scary good show when its 11th annual Halloween Haunt starts Friday, Sept. 22. MORE: Two new haunted attractions opening this weekend Here are 5 reasons not to miss this fright fest: 1. Two new scare zones debut this year New this year are two scare zones: Dance of the Macabre and Wasteland. Dance of the Macabre is located around the base of the Eiffel Tower and themed...
Funeral procession motorcyclist seriously hurt in crash

Funeral procession motorcyclist seriously hurt in crash

A motorcyclist in a funeral procession was involved in a crash on North Main Street near Elmwood Drive this afternoon. The crash was reported around 12:20 p.m. Friday and police said the motorcyclist suffered serious injuries, but they are not believed to be life threatening. The motorcyclist was escorting a funeral procession north on North Main Street, police said. A portion of the road was closed...
Middletown school leader talks state report card with business leaders

Middletown school leader talks state report card with business leaders

While last week’s state report card on Middletown Schools left some in the district disappointed, the school system is making significant progress in some areas, Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. told business and community leaders. The quarterly community outreach forum was the first for Styles and is part of his proactive campaign to engage the Butler County city’s various segments as...
Building that houses Middletown homeless shelter sold

Building that houses Middletown homeless shelter sold

A South Main Street building that has two tenants — Middletown’s homeless shelter and a barber shop — was sold today, said Realtor Rachel Lewitt, who represented the seller. She didn’t disclose the name of the buyer of the properties at 32 and 34 S. Main St. or the selling price. The building first housed The US Hotel. Hope House, a homeless shelter, became a tenant in 1989...
OHTF 1 members help with Hurricane Maria recovery efforts

OHTF 1 members help with Hurricane Maria recovery efforts

Several Ohio Task Force 1 members are assisting with rescue efforts throughout the Carribean as Hurricane Maria continues to batter the region. Battalion Chief Jack Reall from Columbus has been assisting the “Red” Incident Support Team in Puerto Rico for five days and he is assigned as a deputy operations section chief, according to a spokesman “OH-TF1’s continuing efforts...
Sports complex to mean hundreds of Hamilton jobs

Sports complex to mean hundreds of Hamilton jobs

Not only will the proposed Spooky Nook Sports at Champion Mill attract athletes from about a 3½-hour drive from Hamilton, but it also will create hundreds of jobs. The mega sports complex is being built at the former paper mill along North B Street. MORE: What Hamilton’s massive sports center could look like For an idea of how significant the number of jobs can be, the existing Spooky...
Why this is the perfect weekend to head to Pyramid Hill

Why this is the perfect weekend to head to Pyramid Hill

Thousands of people will be at Pyramid Hill this weekend all in the name of art. Pyramid Hill Art Fair will return to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On average, 2,500 to 3,000 spectators enjoy the art fair each year. “Art Fair is Pyramid Hill’s opportunity to connect with local and regional artists. It allows...
Rollover crash reported on Fenner Road in Miami County

Rollover crash reported on Fenner Road in Miami County

A rollover crash with a person possibly trapped inside has been reported on Fenner Road this afternoon. The crash was reported between Greenlee and Johnson roads around 1:30 p.m. It’s unclear if there are any injuries in the crash.
OSHP cadet accused of armed robbery while dressed as trooper

OSHP cadet accused of armed robbery while dressed as trooper

An Ohio State Highway Patrol cadet is facing charges after he was accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint while he was wearing an Ohio State Highway Patrol uniform. Gregory Payne, 22, of Cincinnati was accused of robbing a woman of her cell phone in the area of the 6900 block of Cedar Alley in Cincinnati on Sept. 10. “[Gregory Payne] While wearing an Ohio State Highway Patrol uniform stopped...
Cincinnati brewery creates black IPA for zoo’s black rhino

Cincinnati brewery creates black IPA for zoo’s black rhino

We can now raise a glass to the zoo’s black rhino. Listermann Brewing Company created a black IPA in honor of Kendi, the Cincinnati Zoo’s newest rhino baby. Sales of the New-England style brew will help support the zoo’s rhino conservation efforts. MORE: More baby news at Cincinnati Zoo: Kendi the rhino arrives The brewery said they decided to make the beer after they sold out of...
Police: Suspect in 2 Hamilton bank robberies said he had weapon

Police: Suspect in 2 Hamilton bank robberies said he had weapon

Police are continuing to look for the person suspected in two Hamilton bank robberies Thursday afternoon. Detectives said today the suspect indicated he had a weapon and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from the Fifth Third Bank at 902 NW Washington Blvd. and the US Bank at 540 Main St. FIRST REPORT: 2 Hamilton banks robbed by the same suspect Police said they have received numerous tips...

Butler County to give county-run nursing home another loan

Butler County will grant another loan to the county-run nursing home. Commissioners will lend the Butler County Care Facility $425,000 to finish out the year. MORE: Staff cuts, renovations at Butler County-run nursing home Last December, commissioners had to loan another $225,000 to the facility so payroll could be met through the end of the year. That brought the Butler County Care Facility&rsquo...
Two-day bash with country stars, fireworks kick off today for this community’s big 2-0-0

Two-day bash with country stars, fireworks kick off today for this community’s big 2-0-0

Monroe is turning 200 and celebrating the milestone with a star-studded weekend festival with country stars and fireworks. The bicentennial celebration will take place Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23 at Monroe Community Park with a headlining concert by Jo Dee Messina and a fireworks finale. Hours for the weekend’s events are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday....
Man whose body pulled from creek told 911 ‘I’d rather be humiliated than dead’

Man whose body pulled from creek told 911 ‘I’d rather be humiliated than dead’

The body of 71-year-old Charles Romine of Dayton was found Wednesday, two days after he called 911 for help after he got lost. Charles Romine called 911 at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday Call log closed after crews could not find Romine and he didn’t answer dispatchers’ calls Romine’s body was found around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Wolf Creek On Monday afternoon, 71-year-old Charles Romine was...
Pet store that makes slow-cooked food opens new location in Miamisburg

Pet store that makes slow-cooked food opens new location in Miamisburg

Pet Wants has opened a new store in Miamisburg. The pet store, which is locally owned by Jackie and Ray Covington, has opened its new retial storefront at 38 Fiesta Lane and offers free, personal delivery to Franklin, Germantown, Miamisburg, West Carrollton, Moraine, Trotwood, Englewood, Vandalia, Clayton and the surrounding areas. The store open on Sept. 2, and will host a grand-opening celebration...
Funeral for last eyewitness to Pearl Harbor bombing Sunday in Ohio

Funeral for last eyewitness to Pearl Harbor bombing Sunday in Ohio

A Cleveland area native who was believed to be the only Pearl Harbor survivor to visit the 9/11 memorial site in New York was expected to be laid to rest Sunday in this hometown. John Seelie died at age 94 last month and was also believed to be the last eyewitness to see the Japanese attack on Wheeler Army Air Field near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune...
Middletown Fire Department gets federal funds to replace oxygen masks

Middletown Fire Department gets federal funds to replace oxygen masks

Middletown will receive more than $370,000 in federal funds for fire department operations. The $337,690 grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. MORE: Thousands of dollars in equipment donated to Hamilton firefighters Middletown Division of Fire Chief Paul Lolli said the money will be used to replace the department’s 75 self-contained...
CVS Health to limit opioid access to customers

CVS Health to limit opioid access to customers

Local residents whose health benefits are overseen by one of the largest pharmacy benefit managers will soon be limited to how many opioids they can get at one time. In the face of a sweeping opioid overdose epidemic — in part blamed on over-prescription of opioids — CVS Caremark plans to limit opioid prescriptions to seven days or less for some patients. RELATED: Five things you didn&rsquo...
Local health network to announce opioid-free health care tool

Local health network to announce opioid-free health care tool

Kettering Health Network said it plans to unveil a new tool in October to be used for opioid-free health care. “As you know, we are facing an opioid epidemic locally and nationally. Over the years, the number of patients who have been prescribed high doses of long-acting narcotics has escalated,” the network said in a statement about the planned Oct. 2 announcement. RELATED: High infant...
Commemorative rifles sold as part of Monroe bicentennial

Commemorative rifles sold as part of Monroe bicentennial

Limited edition rifles are being sold this weekend as part of Monroe’s bicentennial celebration. MORE: 5 great events this weekend in Butler County The three different Henry rifles feature engravings of various Monroe milestones over the city’s 200-year history. Angela Wasson of the bicentennial committee said a total of 30 rifles were produced, and the city’s bicentennial committee...
Students at Butler, Warren schools earn National Merit honor

Students at Butler, Warren schools earn National Merit honor

Dozens of high school seniors in Butler and Warren counties have been named semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, based on their strong performance on the preliminary SAT exam (PSAT) last school year. RELATED: How did your schools perform on the state report card? About 1.6 million juniors nationwide took the PSAT last year, and roughly 16,000, or 1 percent, were named semifinalists...
AF Marathon participation down; race seeks answers

AF Marathon participation down; race seeks answers

Faced with fewer people running this year, Air Force Marathon organizers may consider changes to the series of races to push up numbers on the starting line in 2018. The marathon, a series of races with 5K and 10K contests and half- and full-marathons, may add a new race of a shorter distance, and increase opportunities to participate in more than one event, according to marathon director Rob Aguiar...
Middletown group to hire drug prevention expert with $125,000 grant

Middletown group to hire drug prevention expert with $125,000 grant

After being without funding for one year, the Coalition for a Healthy Middletown was notified Thursday it would receive $125,000 a year for the next five years. Kristy Duritsch, director of the local agency, felt “excitement and relief” when she was told Middletown received one of the 719 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants totaling $89 million. MORE: An unlikely heroin fighter...
More money budgeted to help Butler County veterans

More money budgeted to help Butler County veterans

The Butler County Veterans Service Commission passed a $2.4 million budget this week, one that accounts for helping more veterans than ever before. The biggest item on the budget is $770,000 for veterans assistance, a 10 percent increase over the budget for this year. The veterans board has made a concerted effort over the past few years to reach more of the estimated 26,000 veterans in Butler County...
What are shoppers buying this Halloween? Superhero costumes

What are shoppers buying this Halloween? Superhero costumes

Americans are expected to spend more than $9 billion in Halloween spending this year, according to the National Retail Federation survey. Consumers are expected to spend an average $86.13, up from last year’s $82.93, with 179 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million in 2016. Only 12.9 percent say their spending will be impacted by the economy, down...
Ohio State named most valuable college football team, UC makes top 100

Ohio State named most valuable college football team, UC makes top 100

A new study has found that Ohio State University’s football team is the most valuable college team in the country. Ohio State’s team is valued at $1.5 billion, according to a study conducted by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus whose findings were published in The Wall Street Journal this week. RELATED: Demonstration at Wright State sparks...
Fairfield to host forum on opioid, heroin addiction

Fairfield to host forum on opioid, heroin addiction

People who are addicted to prescription opioid-based painkillers are 40 times as likely to be addicted to heroin, which is a large reason experts say the country is experiencing a drug crisis. And that drug crisis is why the city of Fairfield is hosting a Heroin and Opioid Addiction Forum next month designed to address that booming opioid epidemic. MORE: ‘Street Smart’ drug program an...
Summer-like heat for first weekend of fall

Summer-like heat for first weekend of fall

A stray shower west nest the Ohio-Indiana border will be possible this evening, but the chances diminish toward sunset.  Summer-like heat through weekend Stays dry through Tuesday Rain returns by middle of next week Overnight: Skies will be clear overnight as temperatures drop into the middle 60s.  Saturday: Mostly sunny skies are expected to start the weekend. It will be a...
5 great events this weekend in Butler County

5 great events this weekend in Butler County

Friday, Sept. 22, marks the first day of fall and the start of a busy weekend in Butler County. Here are 5 events you don’t want to miss: Thousands of people will be at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum this weekend all in the name of art. The Pyramid Hill Art Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road in Hamilton. Diverse artists from...
‘Dancing Trucker’ brings smiles to downtown Hamilton

‘Dancing Trucker’ brings smiles to downtown Hamilton

It’s 80-plus degrees on a sweltering afternoon in downtown Hamilton and yet several cars, motorcycles and school buses are honking at a 6-foot-7, 350-pound man, smiling and showcasing his dance moves at a fevered pitch. The sight of John “The Dancing Trucker” Drury performing is certainly something out-of-the-ordinary. As KC and the Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogie...
Butler County church will mark 125 years this weekend

Butler County church will mark 125 years this weekend

Redeemer Church in Hamilton will celebrate its 125th anniversary this weekend, with a two-day celebration and an eye to continue its work in the community for many years to come. The Rev. Craig Pinley has been pastor for nearly two years and said the church has made strides in its outreach efforts. “We are a church with a desire to reach the community — our work with Serve City and our...
Ohio man accused of violating new state bestiality law

Ohio man accused of violating new state bestiality law

An Ohio man is accused of violating Ohio’s new law banning sex with animals, according to Cleveland Municipal Court records. Scott Turner, 47, of Cleveland, was charged by a Cleveland Animal Protective League officer with engaging in sexual conduct with an animal, court records show. He has been ordered to appear in court Oct. 5 for a hearing on the second-degree misdemeanor charge. Cleveland...
Warren County road reopened after gas leak

Warren County road reopened after gas leak

UPDATE @ 9:30 a.m., Sept. 22: Duke Energy is continuing to make final repairs to the gas main on Natorp Boulevard. The westbound lanes of Natorp Boulevard will be closed just east of the Mason-Montgomery Road intersection until 2 p.m. Friday. Eastbound lanes of Natorp Boulevard are open to traffic, according to the engineer’s office. UPDATE @ 7:06 p.m., Sept. 21: Mason-Montgomery Road is now...
Police: 2 Hamilton banks robbed by same suspect

Police: 2 Hamilton banks robbed by same suspect

Police are looking for the person suspected in two Hamilton bank robberies Thursday afternoon.  The Fifth Third Bank at 902 NW Washington Blvd. was robbed at 3:56 pm., then at 4:10 p.m. the US Bank at 540 Main St. was robbed by the same man, according to Hamilton police. The suspect is described as a white man with dark facial hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved black shirt, black baseball cap...
Memories of cow dung floors has Nepali teen grateful for Butler Tech

Memories of cow dung floors has Nepali teen grateful for Butler Tech

Butler Tech teachers noticed high school junior Dependra Khatiwoda staring at the floors — again. To those who don’t know the Bhutanese/Nepali teen, who is applying to become an American citizen, they might think the young man was sad. They couldn’t be more wrong. It’s gratitude and memories of cow feces that often turn the 16-year-old Dependra’s gaze downward. In his...
Here’s why a Hamilton home was surrounded by federal marshals

Here’s why a Hamilton home was surrounded by federal marshals

Federal marshals took a Hamilton man into custody Wednesday morning for a probation violation. The Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Team surrounded a house in the 500 block of Lawn Avenue and arrested Sebastian Crooker at about 8 a.m., according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Charles Sanso. MORE: Oops — Middletown man directs police to his drugs Crooker, 21, was wanted on a warrant for a probation...
‘Street Smart’ drug program an eye-opener for many in Fairfield

‘Street Smart’ drug program an eye-opener for many in Fairfield

An interactive program on how everyday items are used to conceal drugs was an eye-opener for many parents and community members. As part of efforts to inform about the latest drug threats youth face, the Fairfield Prevention Coalition hosted Operation: Street Smart earlier this month. Parents and community members filled the newly built Fairfield Freshman School for the program that exposed how everyday...
VIDEO: Riverside police looking for vehicle that struck man

VIDEO: Riverside police looking for vehicle that struck man

Riverside police are searching for a vehicle that struck and injured a man crossing the street in the area of Airway Road and Woodman Drive Friday morning. Surveillance video captured from a nearby business shows the man crossing the street and being struck by a car. Police said the victim, Justin Wessler, of Riverside, was discovered later by someone who was passing through the area and notices someone...
Death Wish Coffee Co. recalls product possibly contaminated with deadly toxin

Death Wish Coffee Co. recalls product possibly contaminated with deadly toxin

Death Wish Coffee Co. has initiated a recall one of its nitro coffee products because it could be contaminated with a deadly toxin. The Round Lake, N.Y.-based coffee producer determined that the current process could lead to the growth and production of the deadly toxin, botulin, in low acid foods commercialized in reduced oxygen packaging. Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can...
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