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Fiscal officer says she’s ‘ready’ to replace longtime predecessor in Fairfield Twp. job
 Shelly Schultz understands the challenges facing her as she takes over as fiscal officer in Fairfield Twp., replacing Nancy Bock, who died on Nov. 29, 2017. Bock served as fiscal officer since 1999, and Schultz said Bock understandably ran the finance office a certain way. Schultz eventually hopes to streamline the accounting process and...

Posted: 15 days ago

Shelly Schultz understands the challenges facing her as she takes over as fiscal officer in Fairfield Twp., replacing Nancy Bock, who died on Nov. 29, 2017. Bock served as fiscal officer since 1999, and Schultz said Bock understandably ran the finance office a certain way. Schultz eventually hopes to streamline the accounting process and...
Homeless man in Speedway bathroom charged with drug possession
 A 46-year-old homeless man was cited for drug charges after he was found Friday morning in the bathroom at Speedway, 3501 Roosevelt Blvd., according to police. Joey Burton, whose address is listed as at large, was charged with possessing drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia, and the items were destroyed at the police department,...

Posted: 15 days ago

A 46-year-old homeless man was cited for drug charges after he was found Friday morning in the bathroom at Speedway, 3501 Roosevelt Blvd., according to police. Joey Burton, whose address is listed as at large, was charged with possessing drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia, and the items were destroyed at the police department,...
What you’re saying: Which closed restaurants are missed in Butler County?
 Last week, we at the Journal-News published a story about “7 beloved restaurants that are missed in Butler County.” People around the community responded on Facebook with their own memories, including other places they wish were still open. Here’s a sampling of what you had to say:

Posted: 15 days ago

Last week, we at the Journal-News published a story about “7 beloved restaurants that are missed in Butler County.” People around the community responded on Facebook with their own memories, including other places they wish were still open. Here’s a sampling of what you had to say:
After losing twins, Fairfield couple welcome first baby of year
 Six years after losing twins, Sean and Robin Cox believe their family is “complete” after having what is believed to be the first baby born in Butler County this year. Quinn Mary Cox was delivered by Cesarean section at 9:04 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital, giving her the distinction of being 2018&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

Six years after losing twins, Sean and Robin Cox believe their family is “complete” after having what is believed to be the first baby born in Butler County this year. Quinn Mary Cox was delivered by Cesarean section at 9:04 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital, giving her the distinction of being 2018&rsquo...
These 10 stories were the most impactful for the region in 2017
 The death of a Middletown judge, a trial involving two men charged with aggravated arson and murder in the death of a Hamilton firefighter, a controversial Confederate monument in Franklin Twp. and comments from a Middletown City Councilman that made national news were some of the major events this year. Here are 10 of the biggest stories...

Posted: 18 days ago

The death of a Middletown judge, a trial involving two men charged with aggravated arson and murder in the death of a Hamilton firefighter, a controversial Confederate monument in Franklin Twp. and comments from a Middletown City Councilman that made national news were some of the major events this year. Here are 10 of the biggest stories...
7 beloved restaurants that are missed in Butler County
 The holidays are a great time to eat out with family and friends, and many Butler County restaurants have been enjoyed through the years. So we decided to remember some popular places that have closed. Here are seven of them: Manchester Inn, Middletown: This hotel and restaurant was a favorite choice for Middletown residents because of its...

Posted: 19 days ago

The holidays are a great time to eat out with family and friends, and many Butler County restaurants have been enjoyed through the years. So we decided to remember some popular places that have closed. Here are seven of them: Manchester Inn, Middletown: This hotel and restaurant was a favorite choice for Middletown residents because of its...
2 men charged in connection to dead mother of 9 not released, after all
 In a late-night twist, the two men allegedly connected to the overdose death to a Middletown mother of nine were not released from the Middletown City Jail on Wednesday as ruled earlier in the day. Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron gave Jim Boyer, 63, and his son, Keith Boyer, 32, an OR bond on Wednesday afternoon and told them...

Posted: 20 days ago

In a late-night twist, the two men allegedly connected to the overdose death to a Middletown mother of nine were not released from the Middletown City Jail on Wednesday as ruled earlier in the day. Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron gave Jim Boyer, 63, and his son, Keith Boyer, 32, an OR bond on Wednesday afternoon and told them...
Men connected to death of mother of 9 released from jail
 The two men allegedly connected to the overdose death to a Middletown mother of nine were released from the Middletown City Jail on Wednesday. Jim Boyer, 63, and his son, Keith Boyer, 32, were given an OR bond and told to report to Hope House, a downtown homeless shelter. They also must pass periodical drug tests and stay in contact with...

Posted: 21 days ago

The two men allegedly connected to the overdose death to a Middletown mother of nine were released from the Middletown City Jail on Wednesday. Jim Boyer, 63, and his son, Keith Boyer, 32, were given an OR bond and told to report to Hope House, a downtown homeless shelter. They also must pass periodical drug tests and stay in contact with...
$25K grant from Starbucks split between two Middletown groups
 Ami Vitori didn’t look far when she decided where to donate the $25,000 Upstander grant she received from the Starbucks Foundation. The Middletown woman split the grant equally between the Downtown Middletown Inc., and the Community Building Institute, where she’s a board member. Vitori presented large checks to the organization...

Posted: 21 days ago

Ami Vitori didn’t look far when she decided where to donate the $25,000 Upstander grant she received from the Starbucks Foundation. The Middletown woman split the grant equally between the Downtown Middletown Inc., and the Community Building Institute, where she’s a board member. Vitori presented large checks to the organization...
Numerous local deaths felt strongly by the area in 2017
 Many prominent Butler and Warren county residents died this year, from notable fire department members to judges to business community members to coaches. Here are some newsmakers, in alphabetical order, who passed away this year: Tony Abston A retired Franklin fire captain was remembered for his compassion and his sense of humor. Fire Capt...

Posted: 21 days ago

Many prominent Butler and Warren county residents died this year, from notable fire department members to judges to business community members to coaches. Here are some newsmakers, in alphabetical order, who passed away this year: Tony Abston A retired Franklin fire captain was remembered for his compassion and his sense of humor. Fire Capt...
Flat tire, preacher’s flashlight couldn’t stop marriage now at 75 years
 It’s amazing Justus Richardson and Mable Hembree ever got married, considering they had a flat tire on the way to buy their marriage license and the preacher hitch-hiked to the ceremony, then lost his flashlight before he could perform the wedding in the middle of the night. If you think that’s hard to believe, try this: The Richardsons...

Posted: 24 days ago

It’s amazing Justus Richardson and Mable Hembree ever got married, considering they had a flat tire on the way to buy their marriage license and the preacher hitch-hiked to the ceremony, then lost his flashlight before he could perform the wedding in the middle of the night. If you think that’s hard to believe, try this: The Richardsons...
Bond set at $250K for Trenton man charged with bank robbery
 A 36-year-old Trenton man has been arrested this morning for allegedly robbing a Trenton bank on Dec. 16, police said. Trenton police arrested Dustin F. Pedersen for the robbery at the Fifth Third Bank on West State Street. They received information Friday from the community in reference to Pedersen’s possible involvement in the robbery...

Posted: 25 days ago

A 36-year-old Trenton man has been arrested this morning for allegedly robbing a Trenton bank on Dec. 16, police said. Trenton police arrested Dustin F. Pedersen for the robbery at the Fifth Third Bank on West State Street. They received information Friday from the community in reference to Pedersen’s possible involvement in the robbery...
Superintendent: Changes coming in Lakota School District
 Students in the Lakota School District could see changes next year, including all-day kindergarten, daily specials for grades kindergarten-through-six and increased access to consistent technology in the classroom, according to a letter sent home with students Friday from Superintendent Matthew J. Miller. MORE: Lakota board rejects expansion...

Posted: 25 days ago

Students in the Lakota School District could see changes next year, including all-day kindergarten, daily specials for grades kindergarten-through-six and increased access to consistent technology in the classroom, according to a letter sent home with students Friday from Superintendent Matthew J. Miller. MORE: Lakota board rejects expansion...
These examples of giving in Butler County will warm your heart for the holidays
 When a mother of nine was found dead in her Middletown kitchen last week, residents throughout Butler County — and beyond — responded by overwhelming the police department with financial donations and gifts that were presented to the family in time for Christmas. Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said that, after posting...

Posted: 26 days ago

When a mother of nine was found dead in her Middletown kitchen last week, residents throughout Butler County — and beyond — responded by overwhelming the police department with financial donations and gifts that were presented to the family in time for Christmas. Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said that, after posting...
Middletown honors two council members, retiring law director
 Middletown City Council said goodbye to a longtime employee and two council members during its City Council meeting Tuesday night. Les Landen, who has worked in the law office for nearly 30 years, most recently as law director, is retiring at the end of the year. Vice Mayor Dora Bronston, who served on council for four years, was defeated...

Posted: 26 days ago

Middletown City Council said goodbye to a longtime employee and two council members during its City Council meeting Tuesday night. Les Landen, who has worked in the law office for nearly 30 years, most recently as law director, is retiring at the end of the year. Vice Mayor Dora Bronston, who served on council for four years, was defeated...
West Chester police release photos of suspect in bank robbery
 Police are investigating a reported robbery at a US Bank in West Chester this morning. West Chester Police said employees of the bank stated a white male subject entered the bank, presented a note to the teller that demanded U.S. currency. An undisclosed amount of U.S. currency was given to the subject and he fled the bank in an unknown direction...

Posted: 26 days ago

Police are investigating a reported robbery at a US Bank in West Chester this morning. West Chester Police said employees of the bank stated a white male subject entered the bank, presented a note to the teller that demanded U.S. currency. An undisclosed amount of U.S. currency was given to the subject and he fled the bank in an unknown direction...
This heartwarming Middletown event helped more than 500 children
 Bridget Kinney, chairperson of the Feed the Hungry Project’s Christmas Toy Giveaway, had mixed feelings when she walked into the Middletown YMCA gymnasium Sunday and saw more than 500 children and their parents and grandparents. She felt blessed that so many children received presents but also disappointment because many children are...

Posted: 26 days ago

Bridget Kinney, chairperson of the Feed the Hungry Project’s Christmas Toy Giveaway, had mixed feelings when she walked into the Middletown YMCA gymnasium Sunday and saw more than 500 children and their parents and grandparents. She felt blessed that so many children received presents but also disappointment because many children are...
Allegations against Oxford cab driver bring ‘disbelief,’ more questions
 Sexual assault allegations against a well-known cab driver operating in Oxford have left the community in “disbelief” and caused some to question what communities do to ensure the safety of passengers. The alleged incidents came after the riders did what is encouraged by law enforcement — calling for a ride when people feel...

Posted: 26 days ago

Sexual assault allegations against a well-known cab driver operating in Oxford have left the community in “disbelief” and caused some to question what communities do to ensure the safety of passengers. The alleged incidents came after the riders did what is encouraged by law enforcement — calling for a ride when people feel...
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