Rick McCrabb

Cox Media Group Ohio reporter covering Middletown City Schools, Madison Local Schools, Carlisle Local School and Middletown non-profits

Latest from Rick McCrabb

Middletown McDonald’s demolished; new restaurant to reopen in 2018
 For the first time in decades, there is no McDonald’s on Verity Parkway in Middletown. That location is being demolished as workers are building another McDonald’s at the same location, according to a company spokesman and city records. RELATED: McDonald’s spending $2.1 million on 2 Middletown restaurants McDonald&rsquo...

Posted: a minute ago

For the first time in decades, there is no McDonald’s on Verity Parkway in Middletown. That location is being demolished as workers are building another McDonald’s at the same location, according to a company spokesman and city records. RELATED: McDonald’s spending $2.1 million on 2 Middletown restaurants McDonald&rsquo...
Pet cemetery condition like a 'war zone,' pet owners say
 When Marla Cupp spent $500 on a burial plot for her dog 30 years ago at Garden of Pines Pet Cemetery, she never figured the sacred space would someday resemble “a war zone.” But when Cupp, of Hamilton, recently visited the Ross Township pet cemetery, that’s exactly what she found, she said. Large trees had been knocked over...

Posted: a day ago

When Marla Cupp spent $500 on a burial plot for her dog 30 years ago at Garden of Pines Pet Cemetery, she never figured the sacred space would someday resemble “a war zone.” But when Cupp, of Hamilton, recently visited the Ross Township pet cemetery, that’s exactly what she found, she said. Large trees had been knocked over...
Middletown home a total loss after fire
 Middletown Capt. George Blake said there was little firefighters could do when they arrived today at a house fire on Roslyn Drive. Blake said the fire blew a hole out off one side of the roof and heavy smoke was billowing out of the other side of the roof. That’s when he told the firefighters to get “defensive,” he said...

Posted: 2 days ago

Middletown Capt. George Blake said there was little firefighters could do when they arrived today at a house fire on Roslyn Drive. Blake said the fire blew a hole out off one side of the roof and heavy smoke was billowing out of the other side of the roof. That’s when he told the firefighters to get “defensive,” he said...
Butler County pet cemetery resembles ‘war zone,’ upset pet owner says
 When Marla Cupp spent $500 on a burial plot for her dog 30 years ago at Garden of Pines Pet Cemetery, she never figured the sacred space would someday resemble “a war zone.” But when Cupp, of Hamilton, recently visited the Ross Twp. pet cemetery, that’s exactly what they found, she said. Large trees had been knocked over...

Posted: 2 days ago

When Marla Cupp spent $500 on a burial plot for her dog 30 years ago at Garden of Pines Pet Cemetery, she never figured the sacred space would someday resemble “a war zone.” But when Cupp, of Hamilton, recently visited the Ross Twp. pet cemetery, that’s exactly what they found, she said. Large trees had been knocked over...
McCrabb: Thief leads Middletown artist to paint animals
 We can thank a thief for the latest exhibit at the Middletown Arts Center. Not for stealing any of the work, but for pushing C. Kelly Lohr into painting animals. Her exhibit, “Personal Observations of Animals” opened last week at the Middletown Art Center, and has received rave reviews, according to Executive Director Betsy Hope...

Posted: 3 days ago

We can thank a thief for the latest exhibit at the Middletown Arts Center. Not for stealing any of the work, but for pushing C. Kelly Lohr into painting animals. Her exhibit, “Personal Observations of Animals” opened last week at the Middletown Art Center, and has received rave reviews, according to Executive Director Betsy Hope...
Middletown boasts: New arena bigger than Hamilton’s
 The competition has already begun and the games don’t start until Saturday at Middletown High School’s new Wade E. Miller Arena. Seating capacity at the new arena is over 2,000. But Middletown school district officials joked about another benchmark for a more accurate count. “The correct answer is Hamilton plus 100,&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

The competition has already begun and the games don’t start until Saturday at Middletown High School’s new Wade E. Miller Arena. Seating capacity at the new arena is over 2,000. But Middletown school district officials joked about another benchmark for a more accurate count. “The correct answer is Hamilton plus 100,&rdquo...
Miller Arena ‘next chapter’ in Middletown Middies history
 For decades, Wade E. Miller Gym was a shining star in Middletown, but over the years — compared to newer high school gyms in the region — it lost its luster. Now, 65 years after Miller Gym opened, its younger brother, Wade E. Miller Arena, is about to open on the campus of Middletown High School. The goal, school officials said...

Posted: 4 days ago

For decades, Wade E. Miller Gym was a shining star in Middletown, but over the years — compared to newer high school gyms in the region — it lost its luster. Now, 65 years after Miller Gym opened, its younger brother, Wade E. Miller Arena, is about to open on the campus of Middletown High School. The goal, school officials said...
5 things to know for final, first games at Middletown gyms
 Here are 5 things to know if you’re attending this weekend’s Middletown High School basketball games that will mark the district’s goodbye to Wade E. Miller Gym and the opening of its new Wade E. Miller Arena. MORE: 5 things to know about Middletown’s storied Wade E. Miller Gym 1. Two days of basketball On Friday,...

Posted: 4 days ago

Here are 5 things to know if you’re attending this weekend’s Middletown High School basketball games that will mark the district’s goodbye to Wade E. Miller Gym and the opening of its new Wade E. Miller Arena. MORE: 5 things to know about Middletown’s storied Wade E. Miller Gym 1. Two days of basketball On Friday,...
Charity Ball in Middletown reaches goal, attracts younger crowd
 While net proceeds from the 97th annual Charity Ball won’t be announced for several months, at least one goal was attained: More young adults are attending the event. Chairpersons Andy and Lori Guyler said they were pleased the recent trend of attracting younger adults to the event continued this year. They said of the 210 people who...

Posted: 5 days ago

While net proceeds from the 97th annual Charity Ball won’t be announced for several months, at least one goal was attained: More young adults are attending the event. Chairpersons Andy and Lori Guyler said they were pleased the recent trend of attracting younger adults to the event continued this year. They said of the 210 people who...
Middies’ last game, first game in arenas to be broadcast online
 The final basketball game at historic Wade E. Miller Gym and the first game at Miller Arena this weekend will be broadcast online thanks to a Middletown church. RELATED: 5 things to know about Middletown’s storied Wade E. Miller Gym Stratford Heights Church of God has volunteered its television production equipment to be used for Friday&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

The final basketball game at historic Wade E. Miller Gym and the first game at Miller Arena this weekend will be broadcast online thanks to a Middletown church. RELATED: 5 things to know about Middletown’s storied Wade E. Miller Gym Stratford Heights Church of God has volunteered its television production equipment to be used for Friday&rsquo...
Attendance, donations up at Light Up Middletown
 If the first weekend in any indication, Middletown’s holiday drive-through lights display will have a successful season. MORE: Light Up Middletown adds more attractions for 19th season More people attended Light Up Middletown and increased their donations compared to last year, said Cheryl Landen, secretary for the organization Landen...

Posted: 6 days ago

If the first weekend in any indication, Middletown’s holiday drive-through lights display will have a successful season. MORE: Light Up Middletown adds more attractions for 19th season More people attended Light Up Middletown and increased their donations compared to last year, said Cheryl Landen, secretary for the organization Landen...