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Butler County elections board member to resign
 The Butler County Board of Elections will look for a new Democratic member after Kathy Wyenandt steps down Monday after serving only half of her four-year term. Wyenandt will also resign as Central Committee chair with the Butler County Democratic Party, and both resignations are because of plans to pursue another opportunity, which she declined...

7:27 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

The Butler County Board of Elections will look for a new Democratic member after Kathy Wyenandt steps down Monday after serving only half of her four-year term. Wyenandt will also resign as Central Committee chair with the Butler County Democratic Party, and both resignations are because of plans to pursue another opportunity, which she declined...
Butler County communities continue to fight sex oriented businesses
 Sometimes local governments change zoning laws, or re-evaluate its regulations, because of what’s happening next door. That’s the case in Fairfield, where after a swingers club lost a bid in 2015 to open in West Chester Twp. — and a subsequent lawsuit that cost West Chester Twp. more than $150,000 — the city evaluated...

12:30 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Sometimes local governments change zoning laws, or re-evaluate its regulations, because of what’s happening next door. That’s the case in Fairfield, where after a swingers club lost a bid in 2015 to open in West Chester Twp. — and a subsequent lawsuit that cost West Chester Twp. more than $150,000 — the city evaluated...
Retherford says bill will prevent ‘re-victimizing’ of crime victims
 Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, has introduced a bill that would prevent photos, videos and images of a victim of a sexually oriented crime from being accessed via a public records request. The bill, called the Victim’s Protection and Privacy Act, was prompted after a conversation Retherford said he had with a Hamilton police...

4:32 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, has introduced a bill that would prevent photos, videos and images of a victim of a sexually oriented crime from being accessed via a public records request. The bill, called the Victim’s Protection and Privacy Act, was prompted after a conversation Retherford said he had with a Hamilton police...
Former Fairfield Twp. trustee wants to return to board
 A former Fairfield Twp. trustee wants to get back on the board. Steve Morgan, who lost in his bid for a fifth term in 2013, said he’s “ready to rock and roll” and return to his role as trustee. He exclusively told the Journal-News he intends to run in 2019 against Fairfield Twp. Trustee Joe McAbee, who won election in 2015...

1:00 AM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

A former Fairfield Twp. trustee wants to get back on the board. Steve Morgan, who lost in his bid for a fifth term in 2013, said he’s “ready to rock and roll” and return to his role as trustee. He exclusively told the Journal-News he intends to run in 2019 against Fairfield Twp. Trustee Joe McAbee, who won election in 2015...
Fairfield leaders on 2018 budget: City living within its means
 Fairfield leaders consistently talk about being frugal with taxpayer dollars, and say they proved it when City Council approved Monday the 2018 proposed operating budget. City Finance Director Mary Hopton is estimating a 5 percent increase in its revenues over 2017’s projected totals, and estimates expenditures to be around a 3 percent...

11:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

Fairfield leaders consistently talk about being frugal with taxpayer dollars, and say they proved it when City Council approved Monday the 2018 proposed operating budget. City Finance Director Mary Hopton is estimating a 5 percent increase in its revenues over 2017’s projected totals, and estimates expenditures to be around a 3 percent...
Fairfield to adjust employee pay structure
 The city of Fairfield will revamp its pay grades, which will prevent six employees from receiving pay raises, though they could still get annual bonuses. A pay study was commissioned last year to review how the city pays its employees, nearly 20 years after the last pay study. Assistant City Manager Greg Preece said the study showed the city...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

The city of Fairfield will revamp its pay grades, which will prevent six employees from receiving pay raises, though they could still get annual bonuses. A pay study was commissioned last year to review how the city pays its employees, nearly 20 years after the last pay study. Assistant City Manager Greg Preece said the study showed the city...
Community tours brand new Boys & Girls Club in West Chester
 Hundreds of area residents — and their children — toured the $6.9 million Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty on Sunday, a month before the facility opens for business. The 30,000-square-foot club at 8735 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Olde West Chester has been labeled as one of the best clubs in Ohio, according to Boys...

12:02 AM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

Hundreds of area residents — and their children — toured the $6.9 million Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty on Sunday, a month before the facility opens for business. The 30,000-square-foot club at 8735 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Olde West Chester has been labeled as one of the best clubs in Ohio, according to Boys...
Butler County GOP seeks representative for State Central Committee
 West Chester Twp. Trustee Ann Becker has stepped down as the GOP State Central Committeewoman after being sworn in as township trustee. And now the Butler County GOP is looking to replace her on the state party’s governing body. RELATED: Ann Becker wins race to replace ex-West Chester trustee George Lang Becker won election to the Fourth...

1:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

West Chester Twp. Trustee Ann Becker has stepped down as the GOP State Central Committeewoman after being sworn in as township trustee. And now the Butler County GOP is looking to replace her on the state party’s governing body. RELATED: Ann Becker wins race to replace ex-West Chester trustee George Lang Becker won election to the Fourth...
Fairfield City Council race’s automatic recount completed
 Fairfield City Council is set for the next two years. An automatic recount was ordered in the at-large race following the certification of the Nov. 7 election. Councilman Bill Woeste received the third-most votes and was only nine votes ahead of former council member Terry Senger, who finished in fourth. That difference was within a half...

8:07 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

Fairfield City Council is set for the next two years. An automatic recount was ordered in the at-large race following the certification of the Nov. 7 election. Councilman Bill Woeste received the third-most votes and was only nine votes ahead of former council member Terry Senger, who finished in fourth. That difference was within a half...
Fairfield Twp. taking resumes for fiscal officer after official’s death
 Fairfield Twp.’s assistant fiscal officer will serve as deputy fiscal officer until an appointment can be made, township trustees decided Friday. Fairfield Twp. trustees appointed Patty Moore just two days after longtime fiscal officer Nancy Bock died. INITIAL REPORT: Longtime Fairfield Twp. fiscal officer Nancy Bock, 60, dies Moore...

3:44 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

Fairfield Twp.’s assistant fiscal officer will serve as deputy fiscal officer until an appointment can be made, township trustees decided Friday. Fairfield Twp. trustees appointed Patty Moore just two days after longtime fiscal officer Nancy Bock died. INITIAL REPORT: Longtime Fairfield Twp. fiscal officer Nancy Bock, 60, dies Moore...
Longtime Fairfield Twp. fiscal officer Nancy Bock dies at age 60
 Fairfield Twp. trustees will meet Friday to appoint a deputy fiscal officer after the death Wednesday of Nancy Bock, who served 18 years as the township’s fiscal officer. The news of Bock’s death, of which the cause has not yet been released, was delivered Wednesday by Fairfield Twp. Trustee President Susan Berding at the start...

4:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Fairfield Twp. trustees will meet Friday to appoint a deputy fiscal officer after the death Wednesday of Nancy Bock, who served 18 years as the township’s fiscal officer. The news of Bock’s death, of which the cause has not yet been released, was delivered Wednesday by Fairfield Twp. Trustee President Susan Berding at the start...
Fairfield police release body camera video from nightclub stabbing
 A four-minute police body camera video from the Nov. 12 stabbing incident at El Centenario on Dixie Highway shows the chaos and an officer attempting to overcome a language barrier in order to assess the situation and figure out who stabbed one of the five victims. Fairfield Police released the video footage from the nightclub stabbing after...

9:36 PM Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

A four-minute police body camera video from the Nov. 12 stabbing incident at El Centenario on Dixie Highway shows the chaos and an officer attempting to overcome a language barrier in order to assess the situation and figure out who stabbed one of the five victims. Fairfield Police released the video footage from the nightclub stabbing after...
6 make short list to be Fairfield’s next police chief

7:28 PM Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Nine people applied to be the next Fairfield police chief, but only six will take an assessment test next month, including one of the department’s top lieutenants. Applications were submitted and candidates were narrowed last week for the city’s top cop spot. Applicants will take the assessment test administered by the Ohio Association...
Hamilton resident, former reality show star to run against Retherford
 Hamilton resident Susan Vaughn has announced she is running against Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford for the 51st Ohio House District. Vaughn, a 67-year-old Democrat, will run against the three-term Republican in the November 2018 general election. She said she’s running because “ethics” has been the “first and foremost&rdquo...

12:00 AM Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Hamilton resident Susan Vaughn has announced she is running against Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford for the 51st Ohio House District. Vaughn, a 67-year-old Democrat, will run against the three-term Republican in the November 2018 general election. She said she’s running because “ethics” has been the “first and foremost&rdquo...
Fairfield City Council election a lesson in civics: Every vote counts
 Fairfield’s City Council race in the Nov. 7 election was the latest example of how every vote counts. Nine votes separated incumbent Councilman Bill Woeste, who won the third seat in this month’s general election, and former council member Terry Senger, who finished in fourth-place. RELATED: Police, Fairfield Schools investigating...

8:27 PM Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

Fairfield’s City Council race in the Nov. 7 election was the latest example of how every vote counts. Nine votes separated incumbent Councilman Bill Woeste, who won the third seat in this month’s general election, and former council member Terry Senger, who finished in fourth-place. RELATED: Police, Fairfield Schools investigating...
Fairfield, soccer groups partner on new facilities at park

2:00 PM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

The 2018 soccer season in the city will have a few more creature comforts when they play at Grange Park or the adjacent Optimist Soccer Fields. City Council is expected to OK next month a near-$200,000 project that will construct a new shelter house and restroom facility at Grange Park, next to the soccer fields on Joe Nuxhall Way. It&rsquo...
Postal service adds Fairfield Twp. to community’s addresses
 Fairfield Twp. is now a recognized community in the eyes of the U.S. Postal Service. The thousands of Fairfield Twp. addresses have community names like Hamilton (45011), Fairfield (45014) and West Chester Twp. (45069) as part of their mailing addresses because those communities have their own ZIP codes. FIRST REPORT: 
            
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11:00 AM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Fairfield Twp. is now a recognized community in the eyes of the U.S. Postal Service. The thousands of Fairfield Twp. addresses have community names like Hamilton (45011), Fairfield (45014) and West Chester Twp. (45069) as part of their mailing addresses because those communities have their own ZIP codes. FIRST REPORT: ...
Fairfield drivers: Get ready for city’s first roundabout
 The improvements at Marsh Park, which includes a dog park and bike trail extension, are prompting the city to design its first roundabout, a three-way traffic circle at the Gray and River roads intersection. The city approved a contract for the Kleingers Group to design the roundabout, appropriating $65,000 for the project. RELATED: How safe...

4:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

The improvements at Marsh Park, which includes a dog park and bike trail extension, are prompting the city to design its first roundabout, a three-way traffic circle at the Gray and River roads intersection. The city approved a contract for the Kleingers Group to design the roundabout, appropriating $65,000 for the project. RELATED: How safe...
Fairfield City Council race outcome could soon change
 The outcome of a too-close-to-call Fairfield City Council race will be known Monday, when dozens of provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots are counted and tallied with unofficial Election Day totals. Three of the five people seeking three at-large city council seats in the Nov. 7 general election will be waiting to know if they won...

11:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

The outcome of a too-close-to-call Fairfield City Council race will be known Monday, when dozens of provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots are counted and tallied with unofficial Election Day totals. Three of the five people seeking three at-large city council seats in the Nov. 7 general election will be waiting to know if they won...
Renovations give Fairfield Lane Library brighter, fresher look
 Fairfield Lane Library patrons may get a sense the library is a bit brighter nowadays — and they would be correct, said the library’s branch manager. The library just wrapped up a year-long renovation project that added fresh paint, new furniture, lighting and carpet, and rearranged its bookshelves, which Fairfield library manager...

5:59 PM Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Fairfield Lane Library patrons may get a sense the library is a bit brighter nowadays — and they would be correct, said the library’s branch manager. The library just wrapped up a year-long renovation project that added fresh paint, new furniture, lighting and carpet, and rearranged its bookshelves, which Fairfield library manager...
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