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Franklin Twp. endured controversy in 2017
 Controversy swirled around Franklin Twp. in 2017, with some incidents receiving regional and national attention. The controversy around the removal of a township-owned Confederate marker over the summer raised the ire of residents after the city of Franklin removed it from the right of way along South Dixie Highway. Residents packed the meeting...

Posted: 18 days ago

Controversy swirled around Franklin Twp. in 2017, with some incidents receiving regional and national attention. The controversy around the removal of a township-owned Confederate marker over the summer raised the ire of residents after the city of Franklin removed it from the right of way along South Dixie Highway. Residents packed the meeting...
5 biggest stories of the year in Carlisle, from tragedy to elections
 Carlisle saw tragedy and change in 2017. The small Warren County village was in the regional spotlight after a story broke that a former cheerleader allegedly killed her newborn, burned the body and buried it in the backyard. In another major story, issues were raised with a local crematorium. The Carlisle Village Council approved a medical...

Posted: 19 days ago

Carlisle saw tragedy and change in 2017. The small Warren County village was in the regional spotlight after a story broke that a former cheerleader allegedly killed her newborn, burned the body and buried it in the backyard. In another major story, issues were raised with a local crematorium. The Carlisle Village Council approved a medical...
Carlisle to swear in 5 new council members today
 Carlisle will have a swearing-in ceremony today for its four recently elected Village Council members and for a newly appointed council member. The ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Carlisle Town Hall, 760 Central Ave. Mayor Randy Winkler will be conducting the ceremony to swear-in the recently elected council members William Bicknell...

Posted: 21 days ago

Carlisle will have a swearing-in ceremony today for its four recently elected Village Council members and for a newly appointed council member. The ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Carlisle Town Hall, 760 Central Ave. Mayor Randy Winkler will be conducting the ceremony to swear-in the recently elected council members William Bicknell...
Downtown development, new construction marked Middletown’s 2017
 In future years, 2017 could be remembered as one of Middletown’s brightest in terms of progress and development. The city faced a number of challenges as it continued in its fight against the opioid epidemic — including a stint in the national spotlight. More than $750 million in development projects are in various stages of construction...

Posted: 22 days ago

In future years, 2017 could be remembered as one of Middletown’s brightest in terms of progress and development. The city faced a number of challenges as it continued in its fight against the opioid epidemic — including a stint in the national spotlight. More than $750 million in development projects are in various stages of construction...
Fire at Franklin roofing company re-ignites from the weekend
 A fire that started Saturday afternoon at Atlas Roofing has re-ignited this morning, Franklin fire officials said. Firefighters from Franklin and Clearcreek Twp. are on scene at 675 Oxford Rd. Officials said no injuries have been reported. This story will be updated when new information is available. TRENDING NEWS Trenton bank robbery suspect...

Posted: 23 days ago

A fire that started Saturday afternoon at Atlas Roofing has re-ignited this morning, Franklin fire officials said. Firefighters from Franklin and Clearcreek Twp. are on scene at 675 Oxford Rd. Officials said no injuries have been reported. This story will be updated when new information is available. TRENDING NEWS Trenton bank robbery suspect...
Fix a house, learn job skills in this Middletown program
 Starting Feb. 12, the newest Build-Up Academy will start its next class to rehab a house in Middletown. The Build-Up Academies is a program operated by the nonprofit Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families that provides job training for people looking to get into a construction trade by rehabbing or flipping property. John Post, SELF&rsquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

Starting Feb. 12, the newest Build-Up Academy will start its next class to rehab a house in Middletown. The Build-Up Academies is a program operated by the nonprofit Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families that provides job training for people looking to get into a construction trade by rehabbing or flipping property. John Post, SELF&rsquo...
Questions on new councilwoman’s business finances prompts ethics review
 Some community members, including an outgoing Middletown councilwoman, have been questioning a tax abatement received more than a year ago and a business reinvestment loan that closed on Tuesday to a newly elected councilwoman in the city. While Vice Mayor Dora Bronston said it was a fair election, she has questioned the ethics of a year-old...

Posted: 29 days ago

Some community members, including an outgoing Middletown councilwoman, have been questioning a tax abatement received more than a year ago and a business reinvestment loan that closed on Tuesday to a newly elected councilwoman in the city. While Vice Mayor Dora Bronston said it was a fair election, she has questioned the ethics of a year-old...
West Chester announces results of OVI checkpoint
 No arrests were made at last week’s OVI checkpoint in West Chester. Pete Reising, Butler County OVI Task Force coordinator, said frigid temperatures shortened the hours of the planned four-hour checkpoint to less than two hours on westbound Tylersville Road at Crosley Way. Reising said 362 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, but...

Posted: 30 days ago

No arrests were made at last week’s OVI checkpoint in West Chester. Pete Reising, Butler County OVI Task Force coordinator, said frigid temperatures shortened the hours of the planned four-hour checkpoint to less than two hours on westbound Tylersville Road at Crosley Way. Reising said 362 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, but...
Newly-elected Middletown council members take oaths of office
 While they won’t officially take office until Jan. 1, Middletown’s newest council members-elect — Joe Mulligan and Ami Vitori — have been sworn-in. Middletown’s city charter requires newly-elected council members to take their oaths of office in December prior to taking office. MORE: With half-price emergency...

Posted: 30 days ago

While they won’t officially take office until Jan. 1, Middletown’s newest council members-elect — Joe Mulligan and Ami Vitori — have been sworn-in. Middletown’s city charter requires newly-elected council members to take their oaths of office in December prior to taking office. MORE: With half-price emergency...
Middletown humanitarian award recognizes longtime community leader
 A longtime community leader was recently recognized for his service to the city of Middletown. The Rev. Gregory Tyus was presented last week with the 11th annual Robert “Sonny” Hill Humanitarian Award following the 2017 State of the City address. Tyus was accompanied by his wife, Linda, for the presentation made by Patricia Hill...

12:00 AM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

A longtime community leader was recently recognized for his service to the city of Middletown. The Rev. Gregory Tyus was presented last week with the 11th annual Robert “Sonny” Hill Humanitarian Award following the 2017 State of the City address. Tyus was accompanied by his wife, Linda, for the presentation made by Patricia Hill...
Franklin Twp. under fire from residents, Tea Party for holiday bonuses
 Some Franklin Twp. residents and the Warren County Tea Party are raising concerns about the amount of spending for holiday bonuses and parties for township employees. Kelly Kohls, Warren County Tea Party leader, said “several” residents have contacted her about this spending. “Bonuses are a hidden way to add pay without...

8:29 PM Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

Some Franklin Twp. residents and the Warren County Tea Party are raising concerns about the amount of spending for holiday bonuses and parties for township employees. Kelly Kohls, Warren County Tea Party leader, said “several” residents have contacted her about this spending. “Bonuses are a hidden way to add pay without...
Middletown participates in National Wreaths Across America Day
 A large crowd of people of all ages braved chilly temperatures to help decorate more than 1,100 wreaths on the graves of veterans in Middletown. Led by the Middletown squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, more than 300 people came to participate in the fifth annual Wreaths Across America effort at Woodside Cemetery. Veterans and volunteers and...

1:06 AM Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

A large crowd of people of all ages braved chilly temperatures to help decorate more than 1,100 wreaths on the graves of veterans in Middletown. Led by the Middletown squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, more than 300 people came to participate in the fifth annual Wreaths Across America effort at Woodside Cemetery. Veterans and volunteers and...
Christmas toy giveaway marks 10th anniversary in Middletown
 Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the annual Christmas Toy Giveaway in Middletown. The Louella Thompson Dream Center Feed the Hungry Project organization will host the annual Christmas giveaway from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the YMCA Middletown Branch, 1020 Manchester Ave. More than 530 children have pre-registered to participate...

8:23 PM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the annual Christmas Toy Giveaway in Middletown. The Louella Thompson Dream Center Feed the Hungry Project organization will host the annual Christmas giveaway from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the YMCA Middletown Branch, 1020 Manchester Ave. More than 530 children have pre-registered to participate...
No injuries reported in Franklin house fire
 Franklin firefighters were called to a house fire in the 1100 block of South Main Street early Saturday afternoon. The fire at the two-story single-family house was called to 911 about 12:16 p.m. MORE: Man shot in Middletown turns up at Dayton area hospital Dispatchers said that no injuries were reported in the blaze. This story will be updated...

7:14 PM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Franklin firefighters were called to a house fire in the 1100 block of South Main Street early Saturday afternoon. The fire at the two-story single-family house was called to 911 about 12:16 p.m. MORE: Man shot in Middletown turns up at Dayton area hospital Dispatchers said that no injuries were reported in the blaze. This story will be updated...
Trenton police still searching for Fifth Third Bank robber
 UPDATE @ 8:15 a.m. (Dec. 17) Trenton police say they are still searching for the man who allegedly robbed the Fifth Third Bank on State Street Saturday morning. Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the Trenton Police Department at 513-988-6341 or call Detective Sean Gill at 513-428-0129. This story will be updated as...

6:40 PM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

UPDATE @ 8:15 a.m. (Dec. 17) Trenton police say they are still searching for the man who allegedly robbed the Fifth Third Bank on State Street Saturday morning. Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the Trenton Police Department at 513-988-6341 or call Detective Sean Gill at 513-428-0129. This story will be updated as...
Agreement close to put Confederate marker on display in Franklin
 It may be a few more months before a 90-year-old Confederate marker is back on public display. Franklin Twp. Trustees President Brian Morris told this news outlet that attorneys are working out the details between the United Daughters of the Confederacy Ohio Division and the Franklin Fraternal Order of Eagles to put the marker on the Eagles&rsquo...

8:23 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

It may be a few more months before a 90-year-old Confederate marker is back on public display. Franklin Twp. Trustees President Brian Morris told this news outlet that attorneys are working out the details between the United Daughters of the Confederacy Ohio Division and the Franklin Fraternal Order of Eagles to put the marker on the Eagles&rsquo...
OVI checkpoint tonight in West Chester
 The Butler County OVI Task Force will be conducting an OVI checkpoint tonight, Dec. 15, in West Chester. The checkpoint will be located on Tylersville Road at Crosley Way, which is between Butler-Warren and Cox roads, according to the Task Force. MORE: Police: Drug dealers let Middletown mother die in front of her 9 kids The westbound lane...

1:27 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The Butler County OVI Task Force will be conducting an OVI checkpoint tonight, Dec. 15, in West Chester. The checkpoint will be located on Tylersville Road at Crosley Way, which is between Butler-Warren and Cox roads, according to the Task Force. MORE: Police: Drug dealers let Middletown mother die in front of her 9 kids The westbound lane...
Middletown’s newest firefighters include former NFL player, city native
 The Middletown Division of Fire pinned badges on its three newest firefighter-EMT’s during a ceremony at Fire Headquarters today . Receiving their pins were Branden Cottrell, Antonio Pittman and Joey Robertson. All three were selected from the eligibility list as a result of civil service testing procedures. Middletown City Council...

10:23 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

The Middletown Division of Fire pinned badges on its three newest firefighter-EMT’s during a ceremony at Fire Headquarters today . Receiving their pins were Branden Cottrell, Antonio Pittman and Joey Robertson. All three were selected from the eligibility list as a result of civil service testing procedures. Middletown City Council...
Middletown’s new judge will take office next week
 Middletown’s new judge will take office next week. Municipal Court Judge-elect James Sherron will be sworn in at 5 p.m. Monday during a ceremony at Johnston Hall at Miami University Middletown. Municipal Judge Melynda Cook-Howard’s last day on the bench will be Monday, and Sherron will begin hearing cases Tuesday, according to...

5:19 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Middletown’s new judge will take office next week. Municipal Court Judge-elect James Sherron will be sworn in at 5 p.m. Monday during a ceremony at Johnston Hall at Miami University Middletown. Municipal Judge Melynda Cook-Howard’s last day on the bench will be Monday, and Sherron will begin hearing cases Tuesday, according to...
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