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7 area jobs stories from 2017 expected to reverberate through 2018
 Now that 2017 has come to a close, we’re taking a look back at seven of the top business stories of the year and how they impacted employment in Hamilton, Middletown and other cities in the area. The following is a compilation, in no specific order, of what areas saw gains and which saw losses. 1. Companies continue to create jobs in...

Posted: 14 days ago

Now that 2017 has come to a close, we’re taking a look back at seven of the top business stories of the year and how they impacted employment in Hamilton, Middletown and other cities in the area. The following is a compilation, in no specific order, of what areas saw gains and which saw losses. 1. Companies continue to create jobs in...
The area’s booming growth led this facility to double in size
 As West Chester and Liberty Twp. grow — and Butler County with them — so does the need for mental health and addiction services. A recently completed second expansion of Beckett Springs in West Chester Twp. is aimed at helping it meet that need, boosting it to 96 inpatient beds for adults, plus a separate area of outpatient group...

Posted: 14 days ago

As West Chester and Liberty Twp. grow — and Butler County with them — so does the need for mental health and addiction services. A recently completed second expansion of Beckett Springs in West Chester Twp. is aimed at helping it meet that need, boosting it to 96 inpatient beds for adults, plus a separate area of outpatient group...
3 Butler County dogs on ‘Puppy Bowl’ rosters for Super Bowl Sunday
 Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton will once again have puppy players competing in the largest non-sports TV event on Super Bowl Sunday. Local puppies Teddy, Boomer and Bubbles will participate in this year’s Puppy Bowl XIV at 3 p.m. Feb. 4 on Animal Planet as members of “Team Ruff” vs. “Team Fluff.” Animal...

Posted: 15 days ago

Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton will once again have puppy players competing in the largest non-sports TV event on Super Bowl Sunday. Local puppies Teddy, Boomer and Bubbles will participate in this year’s Puppy Bowl XIV at 3 p.m. Feb. 4 on Animal Planet as members of “Team Ruff” vs. “Team Fluff.” Animal...
Tax changes lead bank to increase wages, contribute $3M to foundation
 First Financial Bancorp will raise the starting wage for all new and existing hourly associates to $15 an hour effective immediately, the company said. In addition, the bank has made a $3 million contribution to its newly established charitable foundation. First Financial’s announcement comes as a result of the recently passed tax legislation...

Posted: 15 days ago

First Financial Bancorp will raise the starting wage for all new and existing hourly associates to $15 an hour effective immediately, the company said. In addition, the bank has made a $3 million contribution to its newly established charitable foundation. First Financial’s announcement comes as a result of the recently passed tax legislation...
New $62M medical center set to open near Liberty Center
 The medical boom is about to get bigger in Butler County. Christ Hospital Health Network will start seeing patients Monday at the health system’s new $62 million medical center in Liberty Twp. Located on 17 acres at 6939 Cox Road near the Interstate 75 interchange with Ohio 129, the new Christ Hospital Medical Center-Liberty Twp. includes...

Posted: 15 days ago

The medical boom is about to get bigger in Butler County. Christ Hospital Health Network will start seeing patients Monday at the health system’s new $62 million medical center in Liberty Twp. Located on 17 acres at 6939 Cox Road near the Interstate 75 interchange with Ohio 129, the new Christ Hospital Medical Center-Liberty Twp. includes...
5 new places to eat and drink in Hamilton this year
 Hamilton will have its share of restaurants opening in the next 12 months, serving up everything from sushi and tapas to burgers and beer. Here’s a look at five of the new businesses set to open this year. The new Asian-American “gastro-pub-esque” restaurant is working to open as soon as possible at 241 High St. in the former...

Posted: 15 days ago

Hamilton will have its share of restaurants opening in the next 12 months, serving up everything from sushi and tapas to burgers and beer. Here’s a look at five of the new businesses set to open this year. The new Asian-American “gastro-pub-esque” restaurant is working to open as soon as possible at 241 High St. in the former...
Here’s how to get FREE pizza and help a local restaurant celebrate
 Rapid Fired Pizza will be offering 100 free pizzas to the first 100 people who walk through the door Friday at 3583 Dixie Highway in Middletown. Zach Ketring, owner and operator of the Middletown location, said the promotion is meant to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the restaurant’s debut. Doors opens at 10:30 a.m. Rapid Fired...

Posted: 17 days ago

Rapid Fired Pizza will be offering 100 free pizzas to the first 100 people who walk through the door Friday at 3583 Dixie Highway in Middletown. Zach Ketring, owner and operator of the Middletown location, said the promotion is meant to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the restaurant’s debut. Doors opens at 10:30 a.m. Rapid Fired...
Macy’s announces downtown Cincinnati store will close
 Macy’s Inc. told its Fountain Place employees today that the downtown Cincinnati store will close by mid-March as part of the 100 store closings that the company announced last August, according to our media partner, WCPO. The 54 employees impacted will be offered severance packages or jobs in other Macy’s stores, WCPO reported...

Posted: 17 days ago

Macy’s Inc. told its Fountain Place employees today that the downtown Cincinnati store will close by mid-March as part of the 100 store closings that the company announced last August, according to our media partner, WCPO. The 54 employees impacted will be offered severance packages or jobs in other Macy’s stores, WCPO reported...
5 tasty new area dining options to plan for in 2018
 As the new year starts, many people are searching for new things to try or looking for new projects to get excited about. Here are the five most recent restaurant announcements in Butler County, which you can visit now or plan for in the coming months. The owners of a new local sushi burrito franchise plan to open a downtown Hamilton location...

Posted: 17 days ago

As the new year starts, many people are searching for new things to try or looking for new projects to get excited about. Here are the five most recent restaurant announcements in Butler County, which you can visit now or plan for in the coming months. The owners of a new local sushi burrito franchise plan to open a downtown Hamilton location...
These 4 major Butler County projects mean $86 million of investment
 The Butler County Port Authority wraps up 2017 with a positive bank balance, multiple job-creating projects in various communities and in far better shape than it was just several years ago. Three years ago, the Butler County Port Authority was in debt to the Butler County Commissioners, had failed to develop a long term budget, and had few...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Butler County Port Authority wraps up 2017 with a positive bank balance, multiple job-creating projects in various communities and in far better shape than it was just several years ago. Three years ago, the Butler County Port Authority was in debt to the Butler County Commissioners, had failed to develop a long term budget, and had few...
6 new restaurant options coming to Butler County in 2018
 There’s no shortage of dining options in Butler County, but more are already on the way. New eateries will allow local diners to grab anything from a Mediterranean gyro, bagel sandwiches and burgers to chicken fingers, pizza and soft serve ice cream. There are at least six new places that will open new locations in Fairfield, West Chester...

Posted: 22 days ago

There’s no shortage of dining options in Butler County, but more are already on the way. New eateries will allow local diners to grab anything from a Mediterranean gyro, bagel sandwiches and burgers to chicken fingers, pizza and soft serve ice cream. There are at least six new places that will open new locations in Fairfield, West Chester...
Here’s why it’s a good time to be selling homes in southwest Ohio
 The average price for home sales in the region rose for the 17th consecutive month in November, including increases in both Butler and Warren counties, while average number of days homes were on the market dropped by double digits. The median home sales price for the year in Butler County rose 5.6 percent from 2016, while the average amount...

Posted: 22 days ago

The average price for home sales in the region rose for the 17th consecutive month in November, including increases in both Butler and Warren counties, while average number of days homes were on the market dropped by double digits. The median home sales price for the year in Butler County rose 5.6 percent from 2016, while the average amount...
West Chester behavioral health facility now one of region’s largest
 Beckett Springs is now one of the largest behavioral health hospitals in the Tri-State region after completing a second expansion project that allows it to add services to the facility for children and adolescents. The West Chester Twp. facility, at at 8614 Shepherd Farm Drive, offers inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction treatment...

Posted: 22 days ago

Beckett Springs is now one of the largest behavioral health hospitals in the Tri-State region after completing a second expansion project that allows it to add services to the facility for children and adolescents. The West Chester Twp. facility, at at 8614 Shepherd Farm Drive, offers inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction treatment...
3 things to know about the sushi burrito restaurant coming to Hamilton
 The owners of Roll On In plan to bring their sushi burrito franchise to 102 Main St. in downtown Hamilton. Here are three things to know about the soon-to-open restaurant: The non-traditional business operates off a “build your own” template. Guests first answer “How Do You Roll?” by opting for either a burrito (with...

Posted: 23 days ago

The owners of Roll On In plan to bring their sushi burrito franchise to 102 Main St. in downtown Hamilton. Here are three things to know about the soon-to-open restaurant: The non-traditional business operates off a “build your own” template. Guests first answer “How Do You Roll?” by opting for either a burrito (with...
5 unique ideas for your New Year’s Eve, from golf to ‘Star Wars’
 Options abound for those looking for New Year’s Eve options closer to home. Here are several places we found that offer a combination of fanfare, fun and food. Reservations are required. MORE ON NEW YEAR’S EVE » The biggest and best New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cincinnati » Ohio’s liquor laws could put...

Posted: 23 days ago

Options abound for those looking for New Year’s Eve options closer to home. Here are several places we found that offer a combination of fanfare, fun and food. Reservations are required. MORE ON NEW YEAR’S EVE » The biggest and best New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cincinnati » Ohio’s liquor laws could put...
A 13-cent gift to a police officer might be the most emotional part of this community story
 The Oxford community, and some from far beyond, have rallied around the family of Oxford police officer Pete Durkin, who lost his home in a Dec. 14 fire. Durkin, his wife Desi and their pets escaped the devastating fire that also destroyed their belongings. After the Oxford police department took to Facebook to tell the Durkins&rsquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Oxford community, and some from far beyond, have rallied around the family of Oxford police officer Pete Durkin, who lost his home in a Dec. 14 fire. Durkin, his wife Desi and their pets escaped the devastating fire that also destroyed their belongings. After the Oxford police department took to Facebook to tell the Durkins&rsquo...
Sushi burrito restaurant to open in downtown Hamilton
 The owners of a new local sushi burrito franchise plan to open a downtown Hamilton location in March. Roll On In is expected to debut in late February or early March at 102 Main St., the former site of J. Austin’s Riverbank Cafe, a restaurant that closed in September. Co-owners John Kallenberger and Michael McCarthy, both of Cincinnati...

Posted: 25 days ago

The owners of a new local sushi burrito franchise plan to open a downtown Hamilton location in March. Roll On In is expected to debut in late February or early March at 102 Main St., the former site of J. Austin’s Riverbank Cafe, a restaurant that closed in September. Co-owners John Kallenberger and Michael McCarthy, both of Cincinnati...
Miami Valley Gaming collects cash and toys for charities
 Miami Valley Gaming held two fundraisers in December that raised cash and collected toys for charities. MVG’s pull tab promotion this month raised $12,500 for Giving Hope To Kids at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center.The fourth annual Give A Kid A Christmas toy drive from December 1-14 at MVG collected over 1,700 toys. The cash...

Posted: 25 days ago

Miami Valley Gaming held two fundraisers in December that raised cash and collected toys for charities. MVG’s pull tab promotion this month raised $12,500 for Giving Hope To Kids at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center.The fourth annual Give A Kid A Christmas toy drive from December 1-14 at MVG collected over 1,700 toys. The cash...
Butler County saw BIG growth in breweries in 2017, and more is coming in 2018
 Butler County has continued to mirror Ohio with growth in an area that is boosting its economic impact throughout the state: The beer industry. While 2016 saw the openings of Municipal Brew Works in Hamilton and FigLeaf Brewing in Middletown, 2017 was even bigger with six new beer-related businesses opening this year and one relocating to...

Posted: 25 days ago

Butler County has continued to mirror Ohio with growth in an area that is boosting its economic impact throughout the state: The beer industry. While 2016 saw the openings of Municipal Brew Works in Hamilton and FigLeaf Brewing in Middletown, 2017 was even bigger with six new beer-related businesses opening this year and one relocating to...
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