Eric Schwartzberg

Eric covers business and housing for the Journal-News. Since being hired by Cox Media Group Ohio in 2005, he has reported on local government, crime, business, education, politics and entertainment in Butler and Warren counties.  Eric earned a bachelor's of science in journalism from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He is married with three children.

Latest from Eric Schwartzberg

Hundreds of jobs to be featured at staffing firm job fair
 OhioMeansJobs-Butler County will hold a Staffing Firm Job Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at its offices at 4631 Dixie Highway in Fairfield. The event offers the opportunity to apply for hundreds of job openings, and all skill levels may participate at no cost. Hourly pay ranges from $8 an hour to $22 an hour. MORE: 7 area jobs stories...

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OhioMeansJobs-Butler County will hold a Staffing Firm Job Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at its offices at 4631 Dixie Highway in Fairfield. The event offers the opportunity to apply for hundreds of job openings, and all skill levels may participate at no cost. Hourly pay ranges from $8 an hour to $22 an hour. MORE: 7 area jobs stories...
Miss that Middletown KFC? A new one is coming.
 A new KFC will be built at 2211 N. Verity Parkway in Middletown on the site of one that closed there early last year. “The KFC is scheduled to be demolished the last week of January or the first week of February,” said Matt Saunders, director of development/construction for RGT Management Inc., a Memphis, Tenn.-based food service...

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A new KFC will be built at 2211 N. Verity Parkway in Middletown on the site of one that closed there early last year. “The KFC is scheduled to be demolished the last week of January or the first week of February,” said Matt Saunders, director of development/construction for RGT Management Inc., a Memphis, Tenn.-based food service...
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...

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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...
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,...

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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,...
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...

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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...
7 new restaurants to try in Middletown this year
 Looking for place to dine out in Middletown? Here are seven places that opened in the past year to try: Gracie’s The modest, focused menu at Gracie’s, 1131 Central Ave., features Pork Belly Shrimp & Grits, Deviled Eggs and The (Charcuterie) Board among its starters, as well as Half Roasted Chicken, The Burger, a Berkshire Pork...

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Looking for place to dine out in Middletown? Here are seven places that opened in the past year to try: Gracie’s The modest, focused menu at Gracie’s, 1131 Central Ave., features Pork Belly Shrimp & Grits, Deviled Eggs and The (Charcuterie) Board among its starters, as well as Half Roasted Chicken, The Burger, a Berkshire Pork...
Company laying off 48 in Butler County
 Dover Business Services is laying off 48 employees and contractors at 9393 Princeton-Glendale Road in West Chester Twp. later this year. The company sent a notice of mass layoff to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services’ Office of Workforce Development in a letter dated Jan. 16. “DBS expects that the mass layoff will be...

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Dover Business Services is laying off 48 employees and contractors at 9393 Princeton-Glendale Road in West Chester Twp. later this year. The company sent a notice of mass layoff to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services’ Office of Workforce Development in a letter dated Jan. 16. “DBS expects that the mass layoff will be...
6 things to know about Basil 1791, Hamilton’s newest restaurant
 Basil 1791 recently opened at 241 High St. in Hamilton in a space that formerly was home to Ryan’s Tavern, a business that helped kick off booming growth in the city’s downtown a decade ago. Here are six things to know about the new dining spot: Basil doesn’t only have the menu items you’d expect to find at a full...

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Basil 1791 recently opened at 241 High St. in Hamilton in a space that formerly was home to Ryan’s Tavern, a business that helped kick off booming growth in the city’s downtown a decade ago. Here are six things to know about the new dining spot: Basil doesn’t only have the menu items you’d expect to find at a full...
The area’s newest brewery debuts TODAY in downtown Hamilton
 The long-awaited Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub is set to make its debut today at 103 Main St. in Hamilton. Hours for the soft opening will be 4 p.m. to 9 p.m today through Saturday. The restaurant, which has a location at 107 E. Church St. in Oxford, offers craft beers, a diverse wine selection and a varied menu that includes traditional American...

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The long-awaited Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub is set to make its debut today at 103 Main St. in Hamilton. Hours for the soft opening will be 4 p.m. to 9 p.m today through Saturday. The restaurant, which has a location at 107 E. Church St. in Oxford, offers craft beers, a diverse wine selection and a varied menu that includes traditional American...
5 ways this change to I-75 opened up BIG growth in Liberty Twp.
 The Liberty Way Interchange, a $42 million locally funded infrastructure project, sparked a series of changes to the township and to the area, in part by opening up 600 undeveloped acres for commercial development. Here are five big changes that have happened: When the interchange opened, it paved the way for the 100-acre mega retail development...

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The Liberty Way Interchange, a $42 million locally funded infrastructure project, sparked a series of changes to the township and to the area, in part by opening up 600 undeveloped acres for commercial development. Here are five big changes that have happened: When the interchange opened, it paved the way for the 100-acre mega retail development...
7 things to know about the 30-hour hostage standoff in Liberty Twp.
 A 10-year-old boy is reportedly safe after being held hostage in his own home in Liberty Twp. for nearly 30 hours this weekend. The suspect is in the Butler County Jail on charges of kidnapping, felonious assault and inducing panic. The standoff with police began late Friday night and ended early Sunday. Here are key things to know about...

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A 10-year-old boy is reportedly safe after being held hostage in his own home in Liberty Twp. for nearly 30 hours this weekend. The suspect is in the Butler County Jail on charges of kidnapping, felonious assault and inducing panic. The standoff with police began late Friday night and ended early Sunday. Here are key things to know about...