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Lawrence Budd

Covers Warren County, including Springboro, Lebanon and surrounding communities. He has worked as a reporter for 30 years, more than 20 years in Ohio. He has won two awards for investigative reporting from Ohio AP and one for community service from the Society of Professional Journalists of Ohio. He was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University in 1995-96.

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Lebanon schools close to settling teacher contract
 The Lebanon Board of Education is close to settling an expired contract with teachers, including raises of 5.25 percent over two years. If the contract is ratified by the union, the district’s 300-plus teachers should get extra pay retroactive to the beginning of the current school year “by the first checks in December 2018,&rdquo...

Posted: 15 hours ago

The Lebanon Board of Education is close to settling an expired contract with teachers, including raises of 5.25 percent over two years. If the contract is ratified by the union, the district’s 300-plus teachers should get extra pay retroactive to the beginning of the current school year “by the first checks in December 2018,&rdquo...
Bipartisan group improving Ohio’s outdoors opportunities
 A bipartisan effort to improve Ohio’s 3,000-plus-mile network of trails, headed in part by a Warren County state lawmaker, has been an example for other states in driving improvement of outdoors opportunities, officials said. The bipartisan Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus, thought to be the first of its kind, is headed by two state senators...

Posted: 22 hours ago

A bipartisan effort to improve Ohio’s 3,000-plus-mile network of trails, headed in part by a Warren County state lawmaker, has been an example for other states in driving improvement of outdoors opportunities, officials said. The bipartisan Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus, thought to be the first of its kind, is headed by two state senators...
Springboro budgets to save $700K on debt payments
 The Springboro City Council has passed its 2019 budget and a five-year capital investment plan this month, setting the stage for the city government to save $700,000 in interest payments in coming years, according to staff projections. The city decided to go ahead and pay off long-term debts over the next four years on its water and sewer...

Posted: a day ago

The Springboro City Council has passed its 2019 budget and a five-year capital investment plan this month, setting the stage for the city government to save $700,000 in interest payments in coming years, according to staff projections. The city decided to go ahead and pay off long-term debts over the next four years on its water and sewer...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
Man who streamed struggle with Springboro police avoids conviction
 The former political candidate who streamed his arrest by Springboro police live on Facebook has been granted treatment in lieu of conviction. On Thursday, Judge Robert Peeler ordered Samuel Ronan, 28, to comply with recommendations by Veterans Administration doctors and undergo therapy for moral recognition and anger management. RELATED...

Posted: 4 days ago

The former political candidate who streamed his arrest by Springboro police live on Facebook has been granted treatment in lieu of conviction. On Thursday, Judge Robert Peeler ordered Samuel Ronan, 28, to comply with recommendations by Veterans Administration doctors and undergo therapy for moral recognition and anger management. RELATED...
Warren County set to give tax breaks on 1,200 acres on I-75 corridor
 Warren County commissioners laid the groundwork on Tuesday to forgive taxes for the commercial or industrial developers of some of the last large parcels of undeveloped land along the Interstate 75 corridor between Dayton and Cincinnati. Commissioners Dave Young expressed reluctance about setting up the community investment area enabling...

Posted: 6 days ago

Warren County commissioners laid the groundwork on Tuesday to forgive taxes for the commercial or industrial developers of some of the last large parcels of undeveloped land along the Interstate 75 corridor between Dayton and Cincinnati. Commissioners Dave Young expressed reluctance about setting up the community investment area enabling...
Columbus man found dead in Warren County last seen in August near I-71
 The Columbus man whose remains were found earlier this month in rural Warren County was last seen with a friend at a gas station along Interstate 71 on Aug. 31, according to a missing-persons report by the Columbus Police Department. The remains of Jerold C. Haas, 43, of Columbus were found on Nov. 3 off Clarksville Road, near the Clinton...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Columbus man whose remains were found earlier this month in rural Warren County was last seen with a friend at a gas station along Interstate 71 on Aug. 31, according to a missing-persons report by the Columbus Police Department. The remains of Jerold C. Haas, 43, of Columbus were found on Nov. 3 off Clarksville Road, near the Clinton...
Tax abatement requested for some of last undeveloped land in I-75 corridor
 Warren County has been asked to create a zone around 1,300 acres east of Interstate 75 where property taxes could be forgiven on future commercial or industrial development. The land, some of the last large, undeveloped parcels along the I-75 corridor between Cincinnati and Dayton, is located near the Miami Valley Gaming & Racing racino and...

Posted: 7 days ago

Warren County has been asked to create a zone around 1,300 acres east of Interstate 75 where property taxes could be forgiven on future commercial or industrial development. The land, some of the last large, undeveloped parcels along the I-75 corridor between Cincinnati and Dayton, is located near the Miami Valley Gaming & Racing racino and...
Man’s remains found in Warren County
 The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of death of a 43-year-old Columbus man whose remains were found on Nov. 3 off Clarksville Road, according to authorities. Jerold Haas, 43, of Grant Ave. in Columbus, was reported missing on Sept. 15 to Columbus police, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of death of a 43-year-old Columbus man whose remains were found on Nov. 3 off Clarksville Road, according to authorities. Jerold Haas, 43, of Grant Ave. in Columbus, was reported missing on Sept. 15 to Columbus police, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the...
Warren County OKs $4.4M juvenile, probate court project
 Warren County is moving ahead with a $4.4 million expansion and renovation of juvenile and probate court facilities. RELATED:Warren County agrees to spend $4.2 million on juvenile, probate court project The project is part of a series of improvements planned on most of the buildings in the county government complex in Lebanon. The county...

Posted: 8 days ago

Warren County is moving ahead with a $4.4 million expansion and renovation of juvenile and probate court facilities. RELATED:Warren County agrees to spend $4.2 million on juvenile, probate court project The project is part of a series of improvements planned on most of the buildings in the county government complex in Lebanon. The county...