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5 things to know about Middletown’s holiday drive-through display

5 things to know about Middletown’s holiday drive-through display

Here are five things to know about Light Up Middletown at Smith Park in Middletown: 1. Hours of operation The 19th Light Up Middletown is open from 6 to 10 p.m. every night from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. RELATED: Light Up Middletown adds more attractions for its 19th season 2. What to expect The drive-through holiday lights display features...
German Christmas market coming to Hamilton

German Christmas market coming to Hamilton

Hamilton’s Christkindlmarkt is an authentic German Christmas market held Dec. 1-3 at Courtyard by Marriott, 1 Riverfront Plaza. Hours are from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 2, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3. MORE: There’s plenty of local holiday events to fill your calendar. Find more here The Christkindlmarkt follows in the tradition of German Christmas Markets held throughout...
Fairfield schools file motion in bullying lawsuit

Fairfield schools file motion in bullying lawsuit

Fairfield City School District wants several people and issues dismissed in a federal lawsuit filed by the parents of a student who allegedly committed suicide over bullying. Marc and Cynthia Olsen filed a lawsuit in December 2015 after their 13-year-old daughter Emilie committed suicide a year earlier. They sued the school district, school board, several administrators and employees and eight students...
Blustery, cold night ahead; nice outlook for Thanksgiving

Blustery, cold night ahead; nice outlook for Thanksgiving

Expect breezy and cool conditions across the region after Saturday’s cold front moved through, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.  A Flood Warning remains in effect for parts of Darke County until 4:45 p.m. and Auglaize County until 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Flood Warnings for the Great Miami River at Sidney has been extended until 8 p.m. Sunday, and the Great Miami River in Troy...
After boasting of sex with 50 women, Supreme Court judge apologizes

After boasting of sex with 50 women, Supreme Court judge apologizes

An Ohio Supreme Court justice is apologizing for a recent Facebook post in which he boasted of having sex with about 50 women over 50 years. “There comes a time in everyone’s life when you have to admit you were wrong,” Justice William O’Neill posted on his Facebook page Sunday. “It is Sunday morning and I am preparing to go to church and get right with God,&rdquo...
Police release condition of Trenton boy hit by car

Police release condition of Trenton boy hit by car

Trenton Police Chief Arthur Scott said the 9-year-old boy who was hit by a car Saturday does not have life threatening injuries. The accident happened about 5:45 p.m. at East State Street and Sal Boulevard and police are still investigating. Scott said the boy’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening. The boy was riding his bike when he was hit. No charges have been filed against the...
Butler County animal shelter offers special deal on Black Friday

Butler County animal shelter offers special deal on Black Friday

The Animal Friends Humane Society is holding its own Black Friday event on Nov. 24 to encourage potential pet owners to adopt black cats and dogs, who are often overlooked. MORE: Cat recovering after being shot with arrow in Middletown The animal shelter’s 9th annual Black Friday Adoption event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Predominantly black dogs will be available for...
Accidental shooting fatal in West Chester Twp.

Accidental shooting fatal in West Chester Twp.

West Chester Twp. officials are reporting an accidental shooting Saturday night. Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said police were called to a shooting in the 8600 block of Meadowview Drive at around 9:30 p.m. Wilson said a preliminary investigation reveals there was an accidental discharge of a firearm and a 19-year-old man died. Wilson said the coroner will have to provide the name and that report...
Butler County Donut Trail wants you to design its new T-shirt

Butler County Donut Trail wants you to design its new T-shirt

The Butler County Visitors Bureau is accepting design submissions for its 2018 Butler County Donut Trail T-shirt. The final design winner will receive $200 and a feature on the Donut Trail website. MORE: 5 things to know about the new Holtman’s Donuts in Butler County Design concepts are specifically for the back of the 2018 T-shirt and must be designed in one color. Interested designers are...
Fairfield’s winter farmers market has returned

Fairfield’s winter farmers market has returned

Still hoping to find your favorite coffees, breads, meats, produce and treats during the winter months? The Village Green Farmers Market has moved inside for the winter. Stop by the Fairfield Community Arts Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday each month, through April, to check out local vendors. Current vendors include: Baking Diva Cupcakes Carrie&rsquo...
5 things Ohio governor candidates want to do about the opioid crisis

5 things Ohio governor candidates want to do about the opioid crisis

The next governor of Ohio in all likelihood will inherit a drug crisis that continues to kill thousands of Ohioans each year. The annual cost of opiate abuse, addiction and overdoses to Ohio is estimated at $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Beyond the dollars and cents, the scourge is killing on average of 12 Ohioans every day. As the various candidates...
West Chester police K9s now outfitted with bullet-proof vests

West Chester police K9s now outfitted with bullet-proof vests

West Chester Police Department K9 officers Ciro and Blek have each received bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc. K9 Ciro and Blek’s vests are sponsored by Vikki Johnston of West Chester Twp., and are embroidered with the sentiment, “Bless and protect this K9 and their partner.” MORE: Oxford&rsquo...
Trenton youth on bicycle struck by car

Trenton youth on bicycle struck by car

Trenton police are investigating after a youth on a bicycle was struck by a car early Saturday evening. A police dispatcher said the accident happened about 5:45 p.m. at East State Street and Sal Boulevard. MORE: Weather watches, advisories in effect The dispatcher said the youth was taken to an area hospital but that no further information was available.
New publishing company opens in Oxford

New publishing company opens in Oxford

Story ideas collected in folders but never written and a manuscript written decades ago and nearly forgotten in a drawer turned into the first books produced by a new publishing company established here. Berg Kaufman Publishing was a natural progression for Cecilia Berg and Don Kaufman, both retired from Miami University. The two have collaborated for 30 years in a venture, Two Herons Consulting,...
Annual ‘adoption day’ bustling with activity at quiet courthouse

Annual ‘adoption day’ bustling with activity at quiet courthouse

There was a lot of hustle and bustle at the Historic Butler County Courthouse in Hamilton Saturday morning as nine children had their adoption cases finalized. Each year, the Butler County Probate Court observes National Adoption Day with a special docket of adoption hearings presided over by Probate Judge Randy Rogers and/or Magistrate Heather Cady. On Saturday, Cady presided over the hearings, which...
Petition wants Monroe property named after Americana Amusement Park

Petition wants Monroe property named after Americana Amusement Park

A Badin High School student has started an online petition seeking to change the new name of a Monroe park. Last week, Monroe City Council approved a motion to change the name of the former Americana amusement park to Bicentennial Park in honor of the city’s bicentennial year. FIRST REPORT: Monroe to rename former Americana Amusement Park property However, Thomas van Horn, of Liberty Twp., has...
Ex-Bengal Maualuga released from Dolphins following Friday night arrest

Ex-Bengal Maualuga released from Dolphins following Friday night arrest

After being signed by Dolphins during the preseason, it appears that the Rey Maualuga era is already over in Miami. Maualuga, a former second-round pick out of USC, was arrested overnight on Firday, and it appears that the Dolphins are already making the move to waive the former defensive standout. Maualuga had been with the Bengals for the first eight years of his career after they drafted him back...
Hundreds remain without power from Saturday’s storms, high winds

Hundreds remain without power from Saturday’s storms, high winds

Hundreds remain without power across the region after high winds and storms rolled through the area Saturday.  These are the latest outages from regional electric providers at 1:25 p.m.  DP&L:  Montgomery: 189 Shelby: 27 Greene: 19 Miami: 11 Darke: 10  Warren: 215 Butler: 198 No significant outages are reported by Ohio Edison in Clark and Champaign counties. ...
Lakota West High School gets Scandinavian makeover by Ikea

Lakota West High School gets Scandinavian makeover by Ikea

An international retailer gave Lakota West High School a Scandinavian makeover this week with $11,000 of donated furniture, lamps and decorations from the region’s Ikea store. And yes, some assembly was required but done expertly by Ikea workers. It was all worth it, said grateful Lakota school officials, to transform Lakota West’s 20-year-old library and media center. MORE: Lakota food...
5 things to know about the new Holtman’s Donuts in Butler County

5 things to know about the new Holtman’s Donuts in Butler County

An award-winning, family-owned doughnut shop chain with a devoted Greater Cincinnati fan-base recently debuted its first Butler County location. Holtman’s Donuts, which also has locations in Over-The-Rhine, Loveland and Williamsburg, located its fourth storefront at 9558 Civic Centre Blvd. in the Streets of West Chester shopping center. We spoke with marketing and branding manage Katie Plazarin...
Garth Brooks’ donation helps K99.1FM raise $310,000 for hospital

Garth Brooks’ donation helps K99.1FM raise $310,000 for hospital

Garth Brooks and his fellow county music entertainer wife Trisha Yearwood helped K99.1FM’s “Cares for Kids” Radiothon gather a record $310,713 in its 20th year raising money for Dayton’s Children’s Hospital. Brooks’ and Yearwood’s matching of funds meant each dollar in that hour was quadrupled leading to a total donation of nearly $50,000. It’s the second...
Monroe Schools seeks input on new building, grade realignment

Monroe Schools seeks input on new building, grade realignment

The Monroe Local School Board will hold a special board work session, that will focus on new facilities, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Monroe High School Auditorium, 220 Yankee Road. This is the second open meeting where the board will share information about the anticipated construction of a new school building to accommodate the growing student enrollment. MORE: Monroe Schools considers tax...
Miami University program that helps students with debt awarded grant

Miami University program that helps students with debt awarded grant

More than 250 people turned out at the Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton on Friday afternoon to celebrate the 7th bi-annual Butler County National Philanthropy Day, which honored those who have given to area non-profits and donated valuable services to help those in need in the community. The first-ever Giving Circle grant was also awarded to a special organization at Miami University. The Hamilton Community...
Colder with snow possible; flood warnings remain for some

Colder with snow possible; flood warnings remain for some

Flooding and high water likely will still be an issue today, especially in communities north of Interstate 70. Drivers should use caution, particularly in the dark, and avoid any high water, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Few light snow showers/flurries late night/early Sunday north Flood Warning for Great Miami R. in Sidney until 10:30 p.m. Sunday Quiet start to next week Auglaize...
Top 10 things to do this week

Top 10 things to do this week

Oxford Community Band Concert The theme for this band concert is “Popular Tunes Through The Years.” Selections will include a tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein, “Kentucky Sunrise,” “Broadway Center Stage Medley,” and more. See it at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College St., Oxford, on Nov. 19 from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome...
Prep football: Mohawks crush West Jefferson to earn spot in Final Four

Prep football: Mohawks crush West Jefferson to earn spot in Final Four

Madison High School’s inaugural postseason run became a thundering march Friday night. The Mohawks surged within two wins of the Division V state championship by clobbering West Jefferson 42-7 at Beavercreek’s Frank Zink Field, capturing the Region 20 title before another large throng of cowbell-clanging MHS fans. “It’s something special,” said junior quarterback/cornerback...
Number of sexual assaults reported at Wright Patt increases

Number of sexual assaults reported at Wright Patt increases

The number of sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has increased the past four years, with 83 reported since 2013, the Department of Defense said Friday. The Pentagon released the data for military installations around the world, including Wright-Patterson which is the largest single site-employer in Ohio with a workforce of about 27,000 employees. The data, which does not include...
Storms Saturday bring wind, heavy rain, chance for snow

Storms Saturday bring wind, heavy rain, chance for snow

It will be breezy overnight with off and on rain. A few thunderstorms also will be possible, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will slowly rise into the 50s. A wind advisory goes into effect from noon to 4 a.m. Sunday. Rain overnight, thunder possible Rain, storms and strong winds Saturday Rain changes to snow showers, flurries late Saturday into Sunday Saturday: A...
State leaders tour Wright Patt as they explore how to protect bases

State leaders tour Wright Patt as they explore how to protect bases

A state panel touring military bases across Ohio to urge ways to protect the facilities visited the state’s largest installation base Friday as the panel prepares to release findings early next year. Seven members of the 12-member BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force toured Wright-Patterson Air Force Base over five hours, the longest scheduled stop thus far to about a dozen installations in...
Lebanon Carriage Parade organizer stays busy

Lebanon Carriage Parade organizer stays busy

Longtime organizer and stage announcer Joe Wilson has been busy gearing up for the 29th annual Lebanon Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival, which will be held in downtown Lebanon on Saturday, Dec. 2. ››RELATED: Q&A with Kings Island’s new PR boss The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with two parades, at 1 and 7 p.m. Wilson has helped to organize the Carriage...
5K Thanksgiving Day run in Hamilton helps teen moms

5K Thanksgiving Day run in Hamilton helps teen moms

Before enjoying a Thanksgiving Day meal, hundreds of people are expected to start the day running through the streets of Hamilton to help raise funds for local teenage mothers. The third annual Young Lives Thanksgiving Run raises money for teenage mothers to attend a special summer camp, and organizers are expecting the event’s largest crowd so far on Thursday. “We expect between 500 to...
WSU could narrowly avoid fiscal watch if $6M surplus is realized

WSU could narrowly avoid fiscal watch if $6M surplus is realized

Wright State University has been edging toward state fiscal watch the last few years but may be able to narrowly avoid it if a budget plan in place continues as expected. The university’s budget calls for around a $6 million surplus this year as the school attempts to rebuild its reserve fund that was drained from years of overspending. WSU slashed around $30.8 million from its fiscal year 2018...
Middletown private school goes on lockdown after man attempts entry

Middletown private school goes on lockdown after man attempts entry

A man was questioned by Middletown Police today after he tried to enter a local school, forcing the school into lockdown. Dawn Pickerill, principal of the St. John XXIII Catholic School, sent a message out to school families Friday morning stating: “This morning at approximately 8:39 an unknown gentleman buzzed to enter the school and asked to come in to the building to go to the bathroom.&rdquo...
Ohio Supreme Court Justice boasts of bedding 50 women as part of defense of ‘all heterosexual males’

Ohio Supreme Court Justice boasts of bedding 50 women as part of defense of ‘all heterosexual males’

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, also a gubernatorial candidate, on Friday night made another Facebook post about calls for him to resign after his earlier post detailing past sexual relations and to clarify his thoughts about the “dogs of war” going after Sen. Al Franken. “When a United States Senator commits a non criminal act of indiscretion and; and when it...
Cat recovering after being shot with arrow in Middletown

Cat recovering after being shot with arrow in Middletown

A female cat that was shot with an arrow is having surgery today at Monroe Family Pet Hospital, according to Meg Melampy, president of a Butler County animal rescue. Melampy said she was notified by a Middletown resident that a cat — later named Arrow — was shot and needed to be rescued. Since the arrow was about 12 inches long, Melampy said the cat wouldn’t fit into a normal crate...
3 Butler County holiday events not to miss this weekend

3 Butler County holiday events not to miss this weekend

Get in the holiday spirit and check out these area tree lightings and family-friendly celebrations this weekend in Butler County: 1. Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays Saturday, Nov. 18 Carriage rides and Santa’s arrival will help to welcome the holidays in Hamilton as part of the annual tree lighting ceremony, which will be held at the Butler County Courthouse on Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at...
Hatch to Sherrod Brown: ‘Don’t spew this stuff at me’

Hatch to Sherrod Brown: ‘Don’t spew this stuff at me’

Sen. Sherrod Brown and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch are garnering attention today for a yelling match they had last night at a hearing over the tax reform bill working its way through the Senate. Hatch, a Utah Republican, took umbrage at comments by Brown saying the tax bill will help the rich at the expense of the poor.
Wright State could increase tuition by 6 percent

Wright State could increase tuition by 6 percent

Wright State University may increase the cost of tuition by 6 percent if a proposal for a tuition guarantee program is implemented. The program, which locks in tuition for four years for a freshman, serves as something of a loophole that allows public universities to increase tuition despite a state mandated tuition freeze that is in its fifth year. The proposal presented to Wright State’s board...
Hamilton girl with leukemia among those to be adopted Saturday

Hamilton girl with leukemia among those to be adopted Saturday

Heidi was suffering from untreated leukemia when the Matthews family took her in, and on Saturday the Hamilton couple will officially make her part of their family. Butler County Probate Judge Randy Rogers will finalize nine adoptions on Saturday as part of National Adoption Day. Renee and Jody Matthews said Heidi and the 15 other children they have fostered — some for long periods of time,...
Elder-Beerman parent company to close 40 stores

Elder-Beerman parent company to close 40 stores

Bon-Ton Stores Inc., the parent company of Elder-Beerman, will close at least 40 stores by the end of 2018. The retailer will shutter about a sixth of its 260 department stores, furniture galleries and clearance centers. The chain has Elder-Beerman stores at the Dayton Mall, Mall at Fairfield Common and several others at Dayton area locations. The company has not disclosed what stores will be...
Wright Patt, defense firm work to protect weapons from cyber threats

Wright Patt, defense firm work to protect weapons from cyber threats

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $47.9 million contract to a defense contractor to explore ways to protect weapon systems from cyber attacks, according to the Department of Defense. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which has an office in the Dayton region, will research the problem at Wright-Patterson, the Defense Department reported. The contract will expire in March 2023. RELATED...
Patrol: Higher speed limit leads to spike in crashes, fatalities

Patrol: Higher speed limit leads to spike in crashes, fatalities

Crashes and fatalities spiked after Ohio increased the speed limit to 70 mph on hundreds of rural interstates and freeways, according to an Associated Press report. The Ohio State Highway Patrol released a report Thursday that said there was a 24 percent increase in crashes, including 22 percent more fatal and injury crashes, on 70 mph roads since the state went to the faster limit four years ago...
Most fatal crash victims in Greene County this year not buckled

Most fatal crash victims in Greene County this year not buckled

As the hazardous driving season begins, efforts are underway to educate the public and target unsafe driving in Greene County, where eight more people have died in crashes so far this year compared to all of last year. There have been 13 fatal crashes, resulting in the deaths of 18 people in Greene County this year as of Nov. 8, according to statistics compiled by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. STAY...
The demise of Black Friday: What’s really going on?

The demise of Black Friday: What’s really going on?

Black Friday could be taking a backseat to early sales, Thanksgiving deals and online shopping — but economists say though it’s morphing, Thanksgiving weekend will still be the busiest shopping time all year. An estimated 164 million people are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey released Thursday by the National Retail Federation...
Joey Votto lost the closest MVP race in 38 years, and Reds fans are not amused

Joey Votto lost the closest MVP race in 38 years, and Reds fans are not amused

Joey Votto delivered a masterpiece of a season for the last-place Cincinnati Reds this year, but he finished second in the race for Major League Baseball’s National League Most Valuable Player. And Reds nation is not happy. It was the closest MVP race since 1979, as Votto finished only two points behind Florida Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton in voting by the Baseball Writer’s...
Middletown YMCA celebrates 100th anniversary with ‘monumental event’

Middletown YMCA celebrates 100th anniversary with ‘monumental event’

One of the pillars of downtown Middletown recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a “monumental event,” said Angela Howard, executive director of the Middletown Area YMCA. On Saturday, there was a reunion for current and former members and directors, but most of all, as a fundraiser for the Urban Youth Endowment Fund, which will help fund the Teen Leaders Club in Middletown, Howard...
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