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Carlisle school board expected to place renewal levy on May ballot
 The Carlisle Board of Education is expected to proceed in placing a five-year, 6.05-mill operating renewal levy on the May 8 primary election ballot at its board meeting today. The levy generates $993,222 a year for district operating expenses. District officials said there would be no increase to taxpayers. MORE: Hostage report leads to...

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The Carlisle Board of Education is expected to proceed in placing a five-year, 6.05-mill operating renewal levy on the May 8 primary election ballot at its board meeting today. The levy generates $993,222 a year for district operating expenses. District officials said there would be no increase to taxpayers. MORE: Hostage report leads to...
5 things to know about the weekend’s large fire at AK Steel
 A fire at AK Steel’s Middletown Works on Saturday morning took 60 firefighters from four fire departments a few hours to put out. Here are five things we know about the fire and its aftermath: READ MORE: Damages still being assessed at AK Steel fire in Middletown 1. Heavy smoke reported. The incident was initially reported as heavy...

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A fire at AK Steel’s Middletown Works on Saturday morning took 60 firefighters from four fire departments a few hours to put out. Here are five things we know about the fire and its aftermath: READ MORE: Damages still being assessed at AK Steel fire in Middletown 1. Heavy smoke reported. The incident was initially reported as heavy...
This fast food spot returns to Middletown TODAY after more than a decade
 Middletown’s newest eatery opens on Monday. Hardee’s will return to Middletown after an absence of more than a decade in the city. The new restaurant on South Breiel Boulevard opens Monday, said Leslie Young, PRG vice president of operations. It will be the company’s ninth location. “We’re really excited to open...

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Middletown’s newest eatery opens on Monday. Hardee’s will return to Middletown after an absence of more than a decade in the city. The new restaurant on South Breiel Boulevard opens Monday, said Leslie Young, PRG vice president of operations. It will be the company’s ninth location. “We’re really excited to open...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
Franklin youth released from detention, placed on house arrest

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A 14-year-old Franklin boy, the driver in a three-vehicle crash on East Second Street in early January, was released from the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center Wednesday and placed on house arrest with GPS monitoring. He was released following a pre-trial hearing Wednesday morning where one of the four charges, reckless operation, was...
Here’s what Middletown will be doing to fix some streets in 2018
 While Middletown’s street crews are preparing for whatever the next winter storm is, city officials are looking ahead to 2018’s street paving program. Scott Tadych, public works director, said the city is planning to spend about $2.35 million in paving this year. Tadych said the largest paving project this year will be the $2...

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While Middletown’s street crews are preparing for whatever the next winter storm is, city officials are looking ahead to 2018’s street paving program. Scott Tadych, public works director, said the city is planning to spend about $2.35 million in paving this year. Tadych said the largest paving project this year will be the $2...
Fire departments are working together to upgrade emergency equipment
 Franklin, Carlisle and Franklin Twp. fire departments are teaming up to apply for a federal grant to obtain new self-contained breathing apparatus equipment for all three departments. Franklin Fire Chief Jonathan Westendorf recently told Franklin City Council that the department would be the lead agency for the application that is due Feb...

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Franklin, Carlisle and Franklin Twp. fire departments are teaming up to apply for a federal grant to obtain new self-contained breathing apparatus equipment for all three departments. Franklin Fire Chief Jonathan Westendorf recently told Franklin City Council that the department would be the lead agency for the application that is due Feb...
These firefighters have worked for 160 years, and they’ve seen changes
 Celebrating 40 years doing something one enjoys is special. Celebrating four Madison Twp. volunteer firefighters each marking 40 years of dedicated service to the township is even more so. In December, Madison Twp. recognized Robert Strassburger, Denzil Ferguson, Andy Bolen and Deputy Chief Rife Denlinger as the department’s 2017 Firefighters...

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Celebrating 40 years doing something one enjoys is special. Celebrating four Madison Twp. volunteer firefighters each marking 40 years of dedicated service to the township is even more so. In December, Madison Twp. recognized Robert Strassburger, Denzil Ferguson, Andy Bolen and Deputy Chief Rife Denlinger as the department’s 2017 Firefighters...
This former grocery store could become a police station in Monroe
 As Monroe begins planning a new police facility, city officials will be taking a look at one existing building to determine if that could be re-purposed. City Council on Monday approved an emergency resolution for a $25,300 contract with KZF Design Inc. for professional architectural services to determine if the former IGA grocery store at...

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As Monroe begins planning a new police facility, city officials will be taking a look at one existing building to determine if that could be re-purposed. City Council on Monday approved an emergency resolution for a $25,300 contract with KZF Design Inc. for professional architectural services to determine if the former IGA grocery store at...
Worker injured at Amazon construction site, flown to Dayton hospital
 A construction worker was injured Wednesday afternoon at the Amazon construction site in Monroe. Monroe police said the incident was reported as a steel beam falling on a worker about 3:30 p.m. at the construction site at 700 Gateway Blvd. MORE: Middletown man admits to dumping overdosed woman’s body The worker was taken by medical...

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A construction worker was injured Wednesday afternoon at the Amazon construction site in Monroe. Monroe police said the incident was reported as a steel beam falling on a worker about 3:30 p.m. at the construction site at 700 Gateway Blvd. MORE: Middletown man admits to dumping overdosed woman’s body The worker was taken by medical...
2 injured following Franklin crash
 Two people were transported with non life-threatening injuries following a multi-vehicle crash in Franklin Tuesday afternoon. Franklin police said the crash occurred at about 3:24 p.m. on North Main Street at Kenneth Koons Boulevard where a driver of a white Buick lost control and struck a red Ford causing it to run off the roadway and into...

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Two people were transported with non life-threatening injuries following a multi-vehicle crash in Franklin Tuesday afternoon. Franklin police said the crash occurred at about 3:24 p.m. on North Main Street at Kenneth Koons Boulevard where a driver of a white Buick lost control and struck a red Ford causing it to run off the roadway and into...
Franklin student hurt in fall is stable, moved to Dayton hospital
 UPDATE @ 3:49 p.m. Superintendent Michael Sander said it appears the student who fell over a railing on the third floor of a stairwell at Franklin Junior High School was the only one involved in the incident. Sander said the boy fell over the third floor railing to the first floor. MORE: Hamilton teacher and coach facing sex charges involving...

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UPDATE @ 3:49 p.m. Superintendent Michael Sander said it appears the student who fell over a railing on the third floor of a stairwell at Franklin Junior High School was the only one involved in the incident. Sander said the boy fell over the third floor railing to the first floor. MORE: Hamilton teacher and coach facing sex charges involving...
Middletown looks ahead to new, important projects in 2018
 After spending the last three years working to strengthen and add more personnel in the public safety and economic development departments — and making a number of water and sewer department upgrades — Middletown is poised to move forward in a number of areas in the new year. In 2018, the city’s master plan will be completed...

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After spending the last three years working to strengthen and add more personnel in the public safety and economic development departments — and making a number of water and sewer department upgrades — Middletown is poised to move forward in a number of areas in the new year. In 2018, the city’s master plan will be completed...
Middletown’s new council takes shape as members look forward
 Middletown’s newest council members officially took their seats at their first meeting earlier this month. Council members Joe Mulligan and Ami Vitori joined fellow members Talbott Moon, Steve Bohannon and Mayor Larry Mulligan. Council also selected Moon to serve as vice mayor. “It’s a tremendous honor to serve as vice mayor...

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Middletown’s newest council members officially took their seats at their first meeting earlier this month. Council members Joe Mulligan and Ami Vitori joined fellow members Talbott Moon, Steve Bohannon and Mayor Larry Mulligan. Council also selected Moon to serve as vice mayor. “It’s a tremendous honor to serve as vice mayor...
Franklin boy, 14, who was driving during crash to face assault charge
 A 14-year-old from Franklin who was a driver in a three-vehicle crash Thursday will remain in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center following a detention/arraignment hearing Friday. The teen was taken into custody Thursday afternoon following a crash on East Second Street in Franklin. At Friday’s hearing, Juvenile Court Judge...

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A 14-year-old from Franklin who was a driver in a three-vehicle crash Thursday will remain in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center following a detention/arraignment hearing Friday. The teen was taken into custody Thursday afternoon following a crash on East Second Street in Franklin. At Friday’s hearing, Juvenile Court Judge...
Here’s why ‘People’ magazine features a Middletown woman in its latest issue
 A buzz circulated on Facebook on Thursday night as local subscribers to “People” magazine saw a familiar face in its pages. The feature is about local entrepreneur Ami Vitori, founder of Torchlight Pass, and her story of returning to Middletown and building her business that was the focus of a Starbucks “Upstanders&rdquo...

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A buzz circulated on Facebook on Thursday night as local subscribers to “People” magazine saw a familiar face in its pages. The feature is about local entrepreneur Ami Vitori, founder of Torchlight Pass, and her story of returning to Middletown and building her business that was the focus of a Starbucks “Upstanders&rdquo...
Boy, 14, charged with assault in 3-vehicle Franklin crash
 UPDATE @ 5:48 p.m. Franklin police said a 14-year-old boy was driving a Toyota Camry westbound onto East Second Street, failed to maintain reasonable control and struck a Mercedes work van, also headed west. The juvenile’s vehicle then struck an Isuzu Rodeo SUV, seriously injuring the female driver. The 14-year-old is being charged...

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UPDATE @ 5:48 p.m. Franklin police said a 14-year-old boy was driving a Toyota Camry westbound onto East Second Street, failed to maintain reasonable control and struck a Mercedes work van, also headed west. The juvenile’s vehicle then struck an Isuzu Rodeo SUV, seriously injuring the female driver. The 14-year-old is being charged...
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