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U.S. immigrant naturalizations up 37 percent since 2005

U.S. immigrant naturalizations up 37 percent since 2005

The United States saw a 37 percent increase in naturalized immigrants from 2005-15, led by larger naturalization rates for the largest 20 immigrant groups, according to the Pew Research Center. And during that decade, the government denied nearly 1 million applications, which is roughly 11 percent of the 8.5 million applications filed over that time. RELATED: 85 take oath of citizenship at Miami University...
Hostage report leads to Fairfield Twp. SWAT call

Hostage report leads to Fairfield Twp. SWAT call

SWAT officers busted into a house Sunday night amid concerns a hostage could be inside. The breach around 7:15 p.m., which involved a type of concussion grenade, ended the hourslong law enforcement activity in the 1800 block of Pater Avenue with no one found inside the home. Fairfield Twp. police were called around 2 p.m. to a report of a “domestic incident.” Officers were not able get...
How some local students are spreading kindness through their school

How some local students are spreading kindness through their school

Mason Intermediate students recently found a unique way to spread kindness through their school The “Snowball Challenge” consisted of students sharing thoughtful words throughout the school - specifically on crafted snowballs taped to lockers, and teacher and staff doors. The students were handed a very simple template, and were then instructed to spread cheer through kindness. MORE TRENDING...
Meet the 11 people who applied to be on Monroe’s city council

Meet the 11 people who applied to be on Monroe’s city council

Eleven residents have applied to fill the vacant seat on Monroe City Council. They are seeking to replace former councilwoman Suzi Rubin, who resigned last month as she and her husband are planning to move out of state after he retires. Council has until Jan. 31 to select Rubin’s replacement, who will complete the final two years of her term. MORE: Longtime Monroe council member resigns, council...
Damages still being assessed at AK Steel fire in Middletown

Damages still being assessed at AK Steel fire in Middletown

It will take fire officials several weeks to determine the cause and cost of a fire at AK Steel’s Middletown Works on Saturday morning that took 60 firefighters from four fire departments a few hours to put out. Company and fire officials said a cracked vessel holding molten steel ignited the large fire. According to Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli, the molten steel ignited other equipment...
Fairfield Twp. searching for Walmart shooter

Fairfield Twp. searching for Walmart shooter

Fairfield Twp. police are continuing their investigation of a drug deal that resulted in a teenager getting shot in the leg Saturday afternoon in a Walmart parking lot. Capt. Doug Lanier told this news outlet that detectives are working to piece together surveillance video of the parking lot at the Walmart, 3201 Princeton Road. Lanier said detectives have also been in contact with the 17-year-old...
New restaurant owners lured by downtown Hamilton’s appeal, resilience

New restaurant owners lured by downtown Hamilton’s appeal, resilience

A new restaurant’s recent Hamilton debut is further evidence that downtown properties are rebounding quickly from unexpected vacancies. Basil 1791 opened earlier this month at 241 High St. in downtown Hamilton in a space that formerly was home to Ryan’s Tavern, a business that helped kick off booming growth in Hamilton’s downtown a decade ago. The new restaurant, whose “1791&rdquo...
After racist basketball jerseys shocked the region, the community responded

After racist basketball jerseys shocked the region, the community responded

Names on white teen basketball player jerseys have caused nationwide controversy but shouldn’t also label this suburban community, some African-American parents from the Kings school system say. But they — and other residents — say a key question continues to hover over one of Southwest Ohio’s top academic school systems: How did it happen? For multiple games, the teens &ndash...
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: What we know about Wright Patt

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: What we know about Wright Patt

U.S. lawmakers are in session today but no deal is in sight to prevent an extended government shutdown. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday and other local governmental institutions, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will be closed Monday as Republicans and Democrats have failed to reach a deal to fund governmental operations. Both sides are dug in at the moment, with...
Water revolution: What started in Hamilton is saving lives worldwide

Water revolution: What started in Hamilton is saving lives worldwide

As the second class of Pipeline H2O gets ready to convene in Hamilton and Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood starting next month, at least one organization from the original class has been helping disaster-plagued areas like parts of Florida hit by Hurricane Irma and storm-devastated Puerto Rico. WaterStep, a non-profit based in Louisville, Ky., has created what it calls a WOW —...
Used pipe organ was a bargain for Oxford church

Used pipe organ was a bargain for Oxford church

An organ recital at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Oxford will celebrate the acquisition of a pipe tracker organ. ››READ THIS NEXT: ‘Waitress’ Broadway tour understudy discusses show The Nordlie Opus 27, a 1,718-pipe tracker organ, was originally built by the J.F. Nordlie Company of Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1995 for Faith Lutheran Church in Prairie Village, Kan...
Rain showers Monday; chance for snow Tuesday

Rain showers Monday; chance for snow Tuesday

A few passing showers are possible overnight, but more dry time is expected heading toward daybreak, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures overnight will be somewhat steady in the 40s. A few showers possible overnight More rain likely Monday Colder with chance for snow Tuesday Monday: A dry start is expected before more rain returns in the afternoon and early evening. Some...
Sen. Sherrod Brown donates pay during shutdown

Sen. Sherrod Brown donates pay during shutdown

Under relentless attacks from Republicans for blocking a vote on a bill that would have kept the federal government open, Sen. Sherrod Brown said he would donate his paycheck during the shutdown to an Ohio diaper bank which helps low-income families.  Brown, D-Ohio, announced the move in a statement Saturday on the first full day of a partial shutdown of the federal government. Senate Democrats...
Doctors said she would be blind and mute. Now she’s an inspiring freshman.

Doctors said she would be blind and mute. Now she’s an inspiring freshman.

With doctors giving her only an 8 percent chance of survival, Anna Hayes’ life story is one of perseverance. The Mars Hill Academy freshman was born prematurely at 25 weeks, weighing only 1 pound and 11 ounces. She spent the first three months of her life in the Miami Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Dayton. “I wondered how we would plan for an infant funeral,” her...
New Fairfield Vice Mayor ‘looking forward’ to new role

New Fairfield Vice Mayor ‘looking forward’ to new role

Fairfield Vice Mayor Craig Keller said he’s “looking forward” to serving alongside Mayor Steve Miller for the next year, leading both the city council and the city of Fairfield. Miller made Keller, who’s entering his third year as the Second Ward City Council member, vice mayor for 2018. “It means a lot to serve under Steve as vice mayor of the city,” Keller said...
Teen shot in leg in drug deal outside Walmart in Fairfield Twp.

Teen shot in leg in drug deal outside Walmart in Fairfield Twp.

Police are looking for the suspect who shot a teenager in his leg Saturday after they met up for a drug deal in the Walmart parking lot. The 17-year-old male was shot around 3 p.m. while he was in the driver’s side of a car in the lot, 3201 Princeton Road. He then accelerated his vehicle and struck other vehicles and a shopping cart corral, Fairfield Twp. police Sgt. Brandon McCroskey said....
The area’s newest club for kids just got a boost from local restaurants

The area’s newest club for kids just got a boost from local restaurants

The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty is the latest recipient of a local restaurant company’s generosity. The youth club, which opened in early December, has received a donation of $17,755 from CTI Restaurants, Inc. The money will be used for program supplies and specialty education programs. MORE TRENDING NEWS » 7 new restaurants to try in Middletown this year » 5 ways Mike...
Crowded governor field puts Democratic race up for grabs

Crowded governor field puts Democratic race up for grabs

Nobody denies the Democratic field of candidates running for Ohio governor is crowded. But the whether that is a good thing for the party — and its fortunes in November — depends on how the five candidates behave, according to political experts and party officials. “I am not sure we can assume that a tight primary will damage a candidate for a general election unless the party emerges...
Liberty Twp. didn’t get Amazon’s second HQ, but big dreams continue

Liberty Twp. didn’t get Amazon’s second HQ, but big dreams continue

Liberty Twp.’s bid to land Amazon’s second headquarters didn’t pan out, but it did solidify the resolve of local officials to continue already existing economic development efforts aimed at attracting similar companies, officials said. The HQ2 project, which generated 238 applicants from cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America, was...
Here are the big things happening with Hamilton schools in 2018

Here are the big things happening with Hamilton schools in 2018

The state of education in Hamilton-area schools is strong and getting stronger, local public and private school officials said Thursday. The annual State of Hamilton Schools event at the Courtyard Marriott in the Butler County city is a pep rally of sorts for school officials, business and community organization leaders. And this year there was plenty to be cheery about. Badin High School, which is...
Shutdown: Air Force museum closes: Wright-Patt workers face furlough

Shutdown: Air Force museum closes: Wright-Patt workers face furlough

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday after initially opening in the morning in the midst of a federal government shutdown. Hundreds of people had trekked inside the world’s largest military aviation museum Saturday morning before the closure at 1 p.m. The fallout was the latest from the federal closure expected to affect thousands of workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force...
Inspiring talks about Hamilton highlighted by a standing ovation for its ‘citizens of the year’

Inspiring talks about Hamilton highlighted by a standing ovation for its ‘citizens of the year’

Leaders of the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the owner of Spooky Nook Sports gave inspiring talks about how Hamilton is on an upswing — with the proposed Spooky Nook Sports at Champion Mill moring ahead. But the biggest applause Friday at the chamber’s 108th Annual Meeting & Dinner was for the city’s Citizens of the Year for 2017: Jason and Tammy Snyder. In fact, the couple...
New app helping detect credit card skimmers in Butler County

New app helping detect credit card skimmers in Butler County

Several cases of credit card thieves using skimming devices to steal unsuspecting customers’ credit card information have affected Butler County. Now, new technology is being used by the Butler County Auditor’s office to combat the problem. When a credit card is run through a skimmer, the small device stores the cardholder’s data. Once the credit information is obtained, a thief...
Lessons from Middletown’s superintendent: Be a difference-maker

Lessons from Middletown’s superintendent: Be a difference-maker

Middletown City Schools Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. wants to be a difference maker and to make others into the same. Styles said his mother and father were and continue to be the difference makers in his life. Even if only one was available, at least one of them was there to guide him during tough times, like taking the ACT multiple times or taking six years to complete college instead of the...
Crews battle structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over 2 hours

Crews battle structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over 2 hours

A cracked vessel holding molten steel ignited a large fire at AK Steel in Middletown this morning. Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli said the crew of about 60 firefighters from four departments have now cleared the scene. One firefighter/paramedic was taken to Atrium Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Lolli said the molten steel ignited other equipment and the building when it poured out...
Mom, daughters run studio/gallery in Lebanon

Mom, daughters run studio/gallery in Lebanon

Inspired by art and poetic living, Sonja Smith and her four daughters — Sara Ball, Jackie Housh, Sally Cook and Sammie Clark — put their dreams and creativity together to run a studio/gallery at 35 E. Mulberry St. in historic downtown Lebanon. BluClover celebrated the shop’s one-year anniversary in November. ››READ THIS NEXT: ‘Waitress’ Broadway...
Light showers overnight; weekend ends on warmer note

Light showers overnight; weekend ends on warmer note

A few light showers can be expected overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. “We’re not anticipating much rain to fall, but there will be a few showers from time to time,” he said. Overnight temperatures will drop into the middle to upper 30s. Warmer finish to weekend Wet Sunday into Monday Colder with snow possible Tuesday Sunday: We’ll experience...
Government shutdown on anniversary of Trump inauguration

Government shutdown on anniversary of Trump inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 11:10 a.m. The White House says President Donald Trump phoned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss strategies to reopen the government. Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley says Trump called the Republican Senate leader on Saturday morning. Gidley says chief of staff John Kelly is speaking with lawmakers...
What happens to veterans if the government shuts down?

What happens to veterans if the government shuts down?

Vital services for veterans will not be threatened if the government shuts down this weekend.  The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, including the Dayton VA Medical Center, would remain open. After previous partial shutdowns caused headaches for the VA, the department lobbied Congress to fund the VA on a two-year budget cycle. That exempts the department from the latest funding...
Will a government shutdown delay my tax refund?

Will a government shutdown delay my tax refund?

One way this potential government shutdown would be different than in the past -- there’s never been a federal shutdown during tax filing season.  Nor has the government been shut down amid the implementation of a massive tax code overhaul. The Internal Revenue Service would lose an estimated 56 percent of its workforce to furloughs if the government shuts down, according to the U.S. Treasury...
Wright Patt: Workers to show up Monday even if shutdown still in place

Wright Patt: Workers to show up Monday even if shutdown still in place

Thousands of Wright-Patterson employees were expected to report to work Monday morning for further instructions “to carry out orderly shutdown activities” if a partial federal government closure stuck at midnight Friday, base authorities said. The scenario could be a replay of October 2013 when most civil service employees at Wright-Patterson were sent home on furlough at the state&rsquo...
Man caught entering Manchester Inn by K-9s training fined $100

Man caught entering Manchester Inn by K-9s training fined $100

A Middletown man pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and was fined $100 and court costs for breaking and entering a closed downtown hotel. Nicholas Tsakeris, 18, also was told Friday morning to stay away from the Manchester Inn, which closed seven years ago, by Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron. MORE TRENDING NEWS » Badin High School plans $1.8M expansion as enrollment grows »...
Truck flips on its side after hit-and-run collision, driver says

Truck flips on its side after hit-and-run collision, driver says

The driver of a Ford F-15o pickup truck said someone ran the stop sign at the corner of The Alameda and Superior Avenue on Friday afternoon in Middletown, causing him to lose continue and flip his vehicle. The male driver said he was traveling on Superior Avenue when a white vehicle ran the stop sign and collided with his pick-up truck. The truck flipped on its side, and the driver was uninjured,...
Could your travel plans be impacted by a government shutdown?

Could your travel plans be impacted by a government shutdown?

The U.S. government could be headed for a shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass a temporary spending bill.  What would a shutdown mean for those planning domestic or international travel in the coming days or weeks? First, employees deemed “essential” would remain on the job and that includes  Transportation Security Administration screeners and air traffic...
No serious injuries among children in Butler County school bus-truck collision

No serious injuries among children in Butler County school bus-truck collision

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m.: At least a couple of students are receiving medical attention in the pickup truck-school bus collision on Wayne Madison Road, but there are no serious injuries, Edgewood Schools Spokeswoman Pam Pratt said.  The children are from Edgewood Elementary, she said, and they are in grades 2 through 5.  District officials are telephoning parents and guardians to arrange rides...
Indiana man charged with robbery with BB gun waives hearing

Indiana man charged with robbery with BB gun waives hearing

An Indiana man charged with aggravated robbery waived his preliminary hearing on Friday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court, and his case was bound over to the Butler County Grand Jury for consideration. Brenden Parker, 27, of Aurora, Ind., was charged with aggravated robbery, a felony, and two misdemeanors (resisting arrest and obstructing official business) after he allegedly robbed a Middletown...
Spectrum reports TV streaming app service issues

Spectrum reports TV streaming app service issues

Spectrum customers are reporting service interruptions while attempting to use the Spectrum TV app, the company said on Friday afternoon. “Spectrum customers are experiencing a service interruption while attempting to use the Spectrum TV App. This is causing errors including incorrect login information. Technicians are working diligently to restore the service as soon as possible. We apologize...
Former elections board member to run for Ohio Statehouse

Former elections board member to run for Ohio Statehouse

The reason why former Butler County Board of Elections member Kathy Wyenandt resigned her board seat last month is so she can run for office. Wyenandt told the Journal-News she will formally announce on Sunday afternoon at Grainworks Brewing Company that she will run against Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., who was appointed this past spring to the 52nd Ohio House District after...
Democrat Kucinich picks running mate in Ohio governor’s race

Democrat Kucinich picks running mate in Ohio governor’s race

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Friday chose Akron City Councilwoman Tara Samples as his running mate in his bid for Ohio governor. Samples fills out the field of lieutenant governor candidates in the 2018 race to replace Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is term limited. Kucinich, 71, on Wednesday announced his decision to run in the Democratic primary. Samples was elected to council in 2013, works...
The CUTEST birthday party of the year features Fiona the Hippo

The CUTEST birthday party of the year features Fiona the Hippo

The Cincinnati Zoo has unveiled how it will celebrate a big birthday for its famous hippo, Fiona, who turns 1 on Jan. 24. The zoo isn’t waiting until then to start the celebration, as the public can attend a huge event from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 20). From authors who have penned books on Fiona to caretakers who have watched over the hippo that captivated the nation with...
Paralyzed woman: Life ‘a living hell’ without stolen van

Paralyzed woman: Life ‘a living hell’ without stolen van

For the last two weeks, a paralyzed Middletown woman has been without the van that used to drive her to doctor appointments. Shirley English, 77, paralyzed from the waist down after an auto accident in 2007, said her 2003 tan Dodge Caravan was stolen from her residence on Crawford Street earlier this month. English said she allowed a former homeless man who lived with her to use the van to drive to...
Losers appeal Ohio medical pot licensing decisions

Losers appeal Ohio medical pot licensing decisions

State officials are scrambling to hold more than 60 appeal hearings for companies that did not win medical marijuana cultivator licenses in Ohio. So far, 68 of the 161 rejected applicants have filed for a “119 hearing,” in which a hearing officer listens to the state and the business present their cases on why the licensing decision should stand or be reversed. The window is still open...
Altercation may have preceded Butler County jail suicide death

Altercation may have preceded Butler County jail suicide death

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the suicide death of a Cincinnati woman found hanging in the county jail on Tuesday. Samantha Young, 21, who was in jail for a probation violation, died from hanging in the Hanover Street facility, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. Her death was ruled a suicide by the coroner’s office. According to Sheriff...
Middletown native and Ohio State grad decides against Senate run

Middletown native and Ohio State grad decides against Senate run

J.D. Vance, a Middletown High School and Ohio State graduate, has decided a senate run is not in the best interest of his family at this time. According to a social media post pictured below Vance states, “ Count me out of politics for now.” Vance is a New York Times bestselling author for his memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” and the book was a 2017 finalist for the Dayton Literary...
Badin High School plans $1.8M expansion as enrollment grows

Badin High School plans $1.8M expansion as enrollment grows

Butler County’s only Catholic high school is expanding this year to better handle its growing enrollment. This week, officials at Badin High School released more details about the school’s first campus expansion since 2006, including a $1.8 million construction project that will add a new “Student Development Center.” MORE: Badin High School celebrates 50th anniversary &ldquo...
Ohio flu hospitalizations climb, prompting caution and optimism

Ohio flu hospitalizations climb, prompting caution and optimism

Ohio’s flu-related hospitalizations increased by more than 50 from the previous week, new data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health said. The increase was smaller than previous weeks, prompting some optimism and words of caution from one local expert. “While it looks like (the flu) may be leveling off, it is still significantly higher than the five year average,” said...
It’s about to be a lot easier to have fun on the Great Miami River in Middletown, and here’s how

It’s about to be a lot easier to have fun on the Great Miami River in Middletown, and here’s how

Ground has been broken on the River Center facility along the Great Miami River Recreation Trail in downtown Middletown. Turnbull Walhert Construction broke ground on the $1.4 million project on Jan. 9, according to Kelly Barkley, spokesperson for MetroParks of Butler County. The project, located at 120 Carmody Blvd., was originally slated to begin in 2015 but was delayed due in part to several issues...
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