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Winter farmers market an alternative for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping

Winter farmers market an alternative for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping

The Winter Market at Village Green Farmers Market boasts locally produced food — from salsas, hummus and pickles to desserts to olive oils and winter squash — but also has a number of gift items, such as jewelry, candles, hand-crafted soaps and unique home decor. It’s where you can roll in last-day Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday shopping in one stop without the high-pressure rush...
West Chester police officer honored for intervention efforts

West Chester police officer honored for intervention efforts

A West Chester Police officer is being recognized for his efforts to connect people afflicted with mental health conditions and substance abuse problems to social services. Officer Tim Mintkenbaugh was among nine Butler County criminal justice professionals and four agencies who were honored locally by the Stepping Up Initiative in October 2018 for exemplary service. The initiative is intended to...
After 73 years, World War II veteran receives medals

After 73 years, World War II veteran receives medals

On Nov. 11, World War II veteran Earl Bailey received ribbons and medals he had earned during his service but never received. The long-overdue medals ceremony for Bailey took place at his church, Tri County Assembly Church in Fairfield, on Veterans Day. Bailey’s grandson and daughter concocted a surprise party with the help of a local lawmaker, who interceded to help get Bailey’s medals...
Medical practice spends millions to buy, remodel Liberty Twp. building

Medical practice spends millions to buy, remodel Liberty Twp. building

A Butler County office building that underwent a more than $1 million renovation recently reopened as Liberty Endoscopy Center. The project at 7354 Liberty One Drive in Liberty Twp. is the third location of Ohio Gastroenterology and Liver Institute, the largest independent gastroenterology group in Southwest Ohio. The practice focuses on the study and treatment of intestinal diseases and diseases...
National sandwich chain to open in Liberty Twp.

National sandwich chain to open in Liberty Twp.

A fast-casual sub sandwich franchise is set to open a new location early next year in the same shopping center as a Kroger. Jersey Mike’s Subs serves meats and cheese sliced upon order with bread baked in-store and fresh condiments. The new location along Yankee Road between Wing Eye Care and Han’s White Tiger Tae Kwon Do will join locations in Fairfield, Mason and Maineville. Headquartered...
Sen. Brown: Democrats can win Ohio in 2020 if focus is on workers

Sen. Brown: Democrats can win Ohio in 2020 if focus is on workers

Sen. Sherrod Brown said a Democratic presidential candidate can win Ohio in 2020 if he or she focuses on middle-class people who work hard but “never get ahead” and do not “have the kind of retirement security they should.” Although Brown said he has not decided whether he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, he insisted during an interview Sunday on “NBC&rsquo...
Report: Browns could interview Condoleezza Rice for head coach job

Report: Browns could interview Condoleezza Rice for head coach job

The Cleveland Browns would like to interview former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to fill the team’s head-coaching job, ESPN reported Sunday citing an anonymous source. John Dorsey, the Browns general manager, said last week the team was open to hiring a woman as head coach, ESPN reported. Rice, who grew up in Alabama, is a longtime Browns fan, even appearing in the team&rsquo...
Police investigating body found in roadway as homicide

Police investigating body found in roadway as homicide

Middletown police are investigating the death of a man found in the roadway early this morning as a homicide, according to Lt. Scott Reeve. The man was found dead about 12:30 a.m. in a residential community at Lefferson Road and Sheffield Street. There are no arrests, according to Reeve, who declined to release more details. Identification will be released after autopsy at the Butler County Coroner&rsquo...
Largest Indian restaurant chain in U.S. opens locally

Largest Indian restaurant chain in U.S. opens locally

The largest Indian restaurant chain in the United States has set up shop in Greater Cincinnati and is now serving its signature biryani — and more — in Mason. Bawarchi Indian Cuisine opened late September at 8220 Arbor Square Drive, in the same development as Kroger, facing Mason-Montgomery Road. It’s the second location in Ohio for the Texas-based chain, joining Columbus, and after...
Hamilton rising: Residents give city high marks in survey

Hamilton rising: Residents give city high marks in survey

Hamilton residents this decade say they have seen significant improvement to the city’s economy, as well as recreation and wellness, the National Citizen Survey, last conducted in Hamilton during 2017, found. The city’s results in those areas were so significant — eclipsing improvements among about 100 other communities that conducted the survey — that the city received two...
Pike County investigation: 8 deaths and multiple arrests were tied to one key factor — child custody

Pike County investigation: 8 deaths and multiple arrests were tied to one key factor — child custody

Sophia Wagner is spending her fifth birthday today in the custody of Children Services. Her mother, Hanna Rhoden, and her mother’s immediate family were all murdered in their homes in 2016. Her father, Edward “Jake” Wagner, and his immediate family are in jail and charged with killing them. Investigators have revealed little about the relationship between the Wagner family and the...
How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio

How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio

Amazon is growing at breakneck speed across the nation and in Ohio, where it has created 6,000 jobs in the past seven years and has commitments to add 5,500 more employees. Last week, the online giant said it would open a package-sorting “air gateway” at Wilmington Air Park, an airport 40 minutes southeast of Dayton that was decimated in the past decade when cargo carrier DHL announced...
Fog develop overnight, showers/some snow to start work week

Fog develop overnight, showers/some snow to start work week

Fog developing overnight Showers (and some snow) to kick off the work week Drying out/nice weather for Thanksgiving Tonight: Fog developing throughout the overnight hours and into tomorrow morning. Cloudy with a slight chance for a few rain showers (snow showers to the north.) The chance for a rain/snow mix increasing towards sunrise. Low temperatures falling into the mid 30s. Monday: AM...
Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Knox County woman

Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Knox County woman

UPDATE Nov. 18 @ 12:23 a.m.: The Endangered Missing Adult Alert for Mt. Vernon woman Betty Shaw has been canceled. FIRST REPORT Nov. 17 @ 10:47 p.m.: An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a Mt. Vernon woman last seen leaving her residence on Crooked Street wearing a red coat. Betty Shaw, 80, left her residence on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m. and failed to return, according...
‘Food for Fines’ program returns for holidays

‘Food for Fines’ program returns for holidays

MidPointe Library patrons who have fines on their library cards can substitute food and other high-need items for those fines during MidPointe’s Food For Fines program Nov. 23 through Dec. 7. The pre-holiday program “allows us to collect non-perishable items with enough time to deliver them to local food banks before the holidays,” said Travis Bautz, MidPointe Director. “For...
Students become caretakers of city’s historic burial grounds

Students become caretakers of city’s historic burial grounds

Since the late 1990s, third-graders at Fairfield South Elementary School have been the caretakers of the city’s historic Symmes Burial Grounds, the resting place of Celadon and Phebe Symmes, founders of Fairfield, and seven of their children. The students raised money to erect a plaque at the entrance, located on Nilles Road at Hicks Boulevard. On Oct. 19, third-graders walked from their school...
Oxford to pilot food waste composting program

Oxford to pilot food waste composting program

Recycling has been such a success here a county award honoring the community doing the best job was discontinued because it came to Oxford every year. Now, the city is taking the lead with a pilot program aimed at composting food waste. City Council included $11,000 in the 2019 budget for the project. The idea was first floated by Council member Chantel Raghu several months ago and was discussed at...
13 Butler County foster kids get forever families during Saturday ceremony

13 Butler County foster kids get forever families during Saturday ceremony

More than a dozen foster children were connected with forever families during a Saturday celebration for National Adoption Day at the Butler County historic courthouse, and officials said more families are needed. Among those at Saturday’s ceremony were Mandy and Alan Whiteside of Franklin, who adopted two children, Leland (7 years old) and Bronson (5). It already includes Amanda Tobian, 26...
Columbus Zoo’s baby giraffe passes away after 18 days

Columbus Zoo’s baby giraffe passes away after 18 days

Columbus Zoo officials announced Saturday that Ubumwe, the female giraffe calf that was born Oct. 30, has died. Zoo officials said in a series of Facebook posts that Ubumwe had been energetic and nursing well in her first two weeks, weighing an estimated 130 pounds a week ago. But she began experiencing “gastrointestinal discomfort” Friday afternoon, leading to multiple tests and treatment...
Veteran of the Year supports Lakota students

Veteran of the Year supports Lakota students

Part of the reason West Chester Twp. veteran Jerry Nelson was chosen as one of Butler County’s two Veterans of the Year was his work with Lakota students on several programs the American Legion provides, some of which include college scholarships. The Butler County Veterans Service Commission picked Nelson and WWII prisoner of war Marvin Sizemore as their top veterans this year. RELATED: Butler...
What you’re saying: Facebook reacts to ‘stand your ground’ gun bill passing Ohio House

What you’re saying: Facebook reacts to ‘stand your ground’ gun bill passing Ohio House

A “stand your ground” bill that passed the Ohio House this week would allow armed Ohioans facing a threat or perceived threat in public spaces to defend themselves with lethal force with no “duty to retreat” first. Supporters say having to seek a path of retreat puts people at risk of harm before they can defend themselves. To become law, the bill would still have to pass the...
Fairfield Twp. jewelry store expanding into Mason and adding new services, classes

Fairfield Twp. jewelry store expanding into Mason and adding new services, classes

Sterling Seraph, which opened in Fairfield Twp.’s Bridgewater Falls in 2016, is opening a second location Dec. 1, this one at 108 W. Main St. in Mason, next to Dixie Union Station and Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli. “I’m happy to say in two years we have not just survived but thrived,” said Dawn Singleton, Sterling Seraph’s owner and artisan. Sterling Seraph hired two...
Fairfield woman’s coffee business helps families fund adoptions

Fairfield woman’s coffee business helps families fund adoptions

Call it coffee for a cause. Based out of Debra Liston’s Fairfield home, Mwimbula Fresh Coffee • Fresh Bread donates a portion of proceeds to families seeking to adopt special needs children from parts of the world where they’d be thrown away or enslaved. “My husband convinced me that I should do and declare a cause,” said Liston, a Fairfield resident since 2012. &ldquo...
One driver arrested during Friday OVI checkpoint

One driver arrested during Friday OVI checkpoint

The Butler County OVI Task Force arrested one driver for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Monroe on Friday night. No further information was available about that driver. During the checkpoint staged on Cincinnati-Dayton Road at Todhunter Road, the task force checked 458 vehicles. One driver was diverted for further investigation and subsequently arrested, according to task force coordinator...
Middletown teens get rare, insider’s tour of AK Steel

Middletown teens get rare, insider’s tour of AK Steel

High school students in Middletown have either seen it, ridden around it, know someone who works in it or have at least heard of AK Steel, but on Friday some of them got a rare insider’s tour of the massive industrial complex. Students from Middletown’s private Marshall High School saw the inner workings of one of America’s largest steel plants, including near the searing blast furnace...
Increase in online shopping could lead to package delays

Increase in online shopping could lead to package delays

Area shoppers will want to purchase their holiday gifts earlier this year, as a major jump in online holiday shopping could complicate the delivery system. Target, Walmart and other retailers have started offering free two-day delivery with no minimum purchase amounts for the holidays, a move to compete with Amazon’s Prime delivery options. Upping the ante, Amazon announced that Prime members...
Cloudy skies, rain/snow showers to finish weekend

Cloudy skies, rain/snow showers to finish weekend

Cloudy skies tonight, rain and snow showers in the north Tracking the chance for rain and snow showers to finish off the weekend Drying out by mid-week Tonight: Cloudy skies with rain and snow showers in the north. Temperatures will be falling to 34 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Molly Coates.  Sunday: Cloudy skies with highs reaching 42 degrees. A cold front...
No one shot, injured during dispute in Eaton

No one shot, injured during dispute in Eaton

No one was shot during a domestic violence incident that occurred Friday night in the 400 block of E. Main Street, according to Officer Sean Mackuy. According to Officer Mackuy,  a firearm was discharged multiple times but no one was injured. A male and female have been jailed on related charges to the incident. Detectives are investigating a shooting Friday night on Main Street. The incident...
Middletown police officer retires after 28 years of service

Middletown police officer retires after 28 years of service

A Middletown Division of Police officer has retired. Today was Kathy Jones' last day of service after being hired in 1990.  Jones has been a high performer on her shifts, a highly self initiated active officer, and a friend to the Middletown Community.  She has also been an outstanding evidence technician as well as a bike officer during her time. 
Pike County murders: Court docs reveal custody battle at heart of killings

Pike County murders: Court docs reveal custody battle at heart of killings

Sophia Wagner was just 2 when prosecutors say her father was part of the group who killed her mother and seven more family members. Little Sophia was not at any of the crime scenes when the execution-style murders happened. Comparing her father’s indictment and custody documents he filed a week after the killings provide new insight into the charges against Edward “Jake” Wagner...
Man leaves bar without paying tab and is arrested for warrants

Man leaves bar without paying tab and is arrested for warrants

A Middletown man, who allegedly left a restaurant without paying his $62 bar tab, was found to have two outstanding warrants through the Warren County and Montgomery County sheriff’s offices, according to Middletown police. Patrick Dorn, 33, allegedly sat at Buffalo Wild Wings, 3429 Towne Blvd., for about four hours on Saturday, according to a police report. He went outside several times, and...
Body found on railroad tracks in Middletown

Body found on railroad tracks in Middletown

A body was found this afternoon along the railroad tracks on Vannest Avenue in Middletown, according to Police Sgt. Malcolm Tipton. MORE: Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial A man was found at about 4:20 p.m. behind the 3500 block of Vannest Avenue, Tipton said. The Butler County Coroner’s Office is responding to the scene. Tipton said at this point it does not appear...
Dining out at Kroger? Store renovations aimed at providing that option

Dining out at Kroger? Store renovations aimed at providing that option

Kroger’s renovated and remodeled storefront at 7300 Yankee Road in Liberty Twp. puts a strong emphasis on fast, fresh food. The nearly year-long renovation effort added three new dining options: pizza, chicken and barbecue fare, according to Erin Rolfes, a Kroger spokeswoman. Gone are the store’s clothing department, a Honey Baked Ham Company kiosk and its selection of housewares, with...
Investigators ask for help figuring out how 1994 Springboro grad died

Investigators ask for help figuring out how 1994 Springboro grad died

The Columbus man whose remains were found earlier this month in woods in rural Warren County was a 1994 graduate of Springboro High School and a founder of a Columbus-based foundation. Jerold Haas, 43, of Columbus, graduated in June 1994 from the Springboro district, school officials said. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public with its investigation of Haas&rsquo...
911 callers, including child, describe gunfire in Hamilton after 2 people shot

911 callers, including child, describe gunfire in Hamilton after 2 people shot

Dispatchers received nine frantic 911 calls Wednesday night by Hamilton residents who described lots of gunfire, including a crying child who said, “they shot my mom.” An argument broke out on Chestnut Street just before 9 p.m. resulting in Mario Ramirez, 60, and Elizabeth Palma-Duran, 35, both of Hamilton being wounded by a gunshots, according to police. Both victims were transported...
Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial

Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial

A judge has ruled a Middletown man facing two murder charges for allegedly killing two woman will receive only one trial. James Geran, 45, is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 10 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but he was back in court Thursday for a hearing to separate the charges and allow two trials — one for each alleged killing. Geran killed his “business associate in criminal...
Alleged victims in OSU doctor sex abuse scandal speak to trustees for the first time

Alleged victims in OSU doctor sex abuse scandal speak to trustees for the first time

For decades, Dr. Richard Strauss preyed upon young men at Ohio State University — watching them shower and groping them during medical exams – but administrators failed to put a stop to sexual abuse, seven men told OSU trustees on Friday. Strauss, who died by suicide in 2005 in California, was a faculty member, student health center physician and athletics doctor from 1979-98 at OSU. The...
Recalls: Dangerous baby carriers and poisonous tables 

Recalls: Dangerous baby carriers and poisonous tables 

Parents and those cleaning up from this week’s ice storm should check to see if they have this week’s recalled products. Jobs news: Amazon hiring in Butler Co.  Active Series baby carriers by LILLEbaby are being recalled because a clip can detach and cause your child to fall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There are three reports of the chest straps detaching...
Sheriff asks for help with death investigation of Springboro High grad

Sheriff asks for help with death investigation of Springboro High grad

The Columbus man whose remains were found earlier this month off Clarksville Road was a 1994 graduate of Springboro High School and a founder of a Columbus-based foundation. Jerold Haas, 43, of Columbus, graduated in June 1994 from the Springboro district, school officials said Thursday. Also Thursday, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office asked for help from the public with its investigation of...
OVI checkpoint tonight in Butler County

OVI checkpoint tonight in Butler County

The Butler County OVI Task Force will be conducting an OVI checkpoint tonight, Nov. 16, in Monroe. The checkpoint will be located on Cincinnati-Dayton Road at Todhunter Road, according to the Task Force. The northbound lanes will be checked from 7 p.m. to about 10 p.m., according to the Task Force. In addition to the checkpoint, there will be saturation patrols in the area tonight.
Here’s when stores will open for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping

Here’s when stores will open for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving and Black Friday ads are surfacing quickly. Here’s when stores plan to open this year: Kohl’s will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving and remain open through Black Friday. The store is offering its well-known deal of $15 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent. The ad also features a 15 percent off coupon. Sales will begin at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving...
Take a look at Butler County’s oasis of bipartisanship

Take a look at Butler County’s oasis of bipartisanship

Democrats have not had much success getting elected to countywide seats in Butler County for the past two decades, but there are more than two dozen elected to local boards and councils. There is only one Democrat currently in a countywide office — Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Romans — which is technically a non-partisan seat. But she’s not the only Democrat that&rsquo...
Would adding hospital beds reduce East End development in Middletown?

Would adding hospital beds reduce East End development in Middletown?

If Middletown City Council agrees with the Middletown Planning Commission’s decision to allow Kettering Health Network to add overnight stays at its Middletown facility, it would be a game-changer for the city. But will the decision enhance the growth of Middletown’s East End or damage the city’s relationship with Atrium Medical Center, its top employer? Depends on who you believe...
Monroe to buy 2 armored vehicles ‘we hope we never have to use’

Monroe to buy 2 armored vehicles ‘we hope we never have to use’

The Monroe police department is nearing the acquisition of a pair of military surplus armored Humvee vehicles for tactical incidents. The city has been on a waiting list and is in the process of completing the final paperwork for two Mine Resistant Armor Protection (MRAP) vehicles — one for use by police and the other to be used for parts. City officials have discussed this opportunity since...
‘Real Housewives’ star coming to Centerville

‘Real Housewives’ star coming to Centerville

A “Real Housewives” star with a “rags to riches” story is heading to Centerville. Emily Simpson, a 1994 graduate of Middletown’s Madison High School, is scheduled to make a special appearance at Turbo Zone Fitness, 7917 S Suburban Drive, Centerville, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Erica Monbeck, the gym’s owner, said.  Simpson...
Liberty Twp. Kroger grand reopening: Food and beer samples, gift card giveaways and more starting TODAY

Liberty Twp. Kroger grand reopening: Food and beer samples, gift card giveaways and more starting TODAY

Kroger will celebrate Friday the grand re-opening of its renovated and remodeled store at 7300 Yankee Road in Liberty Twp. Doors will officially re-open at 7 a.m. The first 300 people in line will receive a $10 Kroger gift card, according to Erin Rolfes, a Kroger spokeswoman. An 8 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature remarks by store manager Lynn Fondelier and by Liberty Twp. Trustee Christine...
Beware of scams in aftermath of ice storm

Beware of scams in aftermath of ice storm

Those seeking to clean up tree limbs or other debris in the coming days should take caution, authorities said. Better Business Bureau President and CEO John North said if the debris is on power lines, contact your utility company. If you are seeking to remove trees or limbs, call the jurisdiction in which you live to see if it is providing that service, he said. Should you look to hire a private company...
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