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Rick McCrabb

Cox Media Group Ohio reporter covering Middletown City Schools, Madison Local Schools, Carlisle Local School and Middletown non-profits

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McCrabb: Principal says upbringing with abusive father ‘shapes me to this day’
 It was normal for Chuck Hall to be lying in bed, listening to his parents arguing. His father was an alcoholic and after a night in the bars, Fred Hall would come home and take out his frustrations on his wife, Connie. He would sometimes choke her, then release seconds before she passed out. It was a sick game he played But on this summer...

Posted: 4 hours ago

It was normal for Chuck Hall to be lying in bed, listening to his parents arguing. His father was an alcoholic and after a night in the bars, Fred Hall would come home and take out his frustrations on his wife, Connie. He would sometimes choke her, then release seconds before she passed out. It was a sick game he played But on this summer...
Security guard facing charge after she let teen sleep in her car at work
 A security guard at AK Steel was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she allegedly allowed her cousin to sleep in her car at work. Middletown police received a call from the girl’s mother stating her 15-year-old daughter was not at school on Wednesday and she had left during the night, according to the police...

Posted: 11 hours ago

A security guard at AK Steel was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she allegedly allowed her cousin to sleep in her car at work. Middletown police received a call from the girl’s mother stating her 15-year-old daughter was not at school on Wednesday and she had left during the night, according to the police...
Middletown theater receives largest grant in time for 40th year
 The timing couldn’t have been better for the Middletown Lyric Theatre. On the heels of its 40th anniversary, MLT was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Middletown Community Foundation, the largest of the 10 grants from the second cycle of awards. The grant to the theater will help sponsor eight productions that will make up the 40th Birthday...

Posted: 16 hours ago

The timing couldn’t have been better for the Middletown Lyric Theatre. On the heels of its 40th anniversary, MLT was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Middletown Community Foundation, the largest of the 10 grants from the second cycle of awards. The grant to the theater will help sponsor eight productions that will make up the 40th Birthday...
WWII Navy veteran had ‘a zest for life’
 Growing up during the Great Depression and the youngest of 10 children, Harold “Scotty” McGraw learned one lesson quick: Never be late for dinner. “Food never was wasted,” said Michael McGraw, one of his sons. “There wasn’t much food around and what you had, you ate.” McGraw later served in the U...

Posted: a day ago

Growing up during the Great Depression and the youngest of 10 children, Harold “Scotty” McGraw learned one lesson quick: Never be late for dinner. “Food never was wasted,” said Michael McGraw, one of his sons. “There wasn’t much food around and what you had, you ate.” McGraw later served in the U...
Can you help identify this Franklin bank robbery suspect?
 A Franklin bank was robbed today, and police are looking for help in identifying the suspect. At 3:04 p.m. the Union Savings Bank at Second and Millard streets was robbed by a man, according to police. MORE: One dead after crash in Fairfield Franklin, Carlisle and Warren County Sheriff’s deputies “swarmed” the area, but...

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A Franklin bank was robbed today, and police are looking for help in identifying the suspect. At 3:04 p.m. the Union Savings Bank at Second and Millard streets was robbed by a man, according to police. MORE: One dead after crash in Fairfield Franklin, Carlisle and Warren County Sheriff’s deputies “swarmed” the area, but...
Report: Woman started fire in jail cell when wait for ‘hygiene products’ took too long
 An inmate in the Middletown City Jail is charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she allegedly started a fire in her cell around 7 a.m. Thursday. Georgia Osborne, 35, of Middletown, was charged after she allegedly used a lighter to catch a blanket on fire while she sat on the concrete floor, according to the police report. MORE...

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An inmate in the Middletown City Jail is charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she allegedly started a fire in her cell around 7 a.m. Thursday. Georgia Osborne, 35, of Middletown, was charged after she allegedly used a lighter to catch a blanket on fire while she sat on the concrete floor, according to the police report. MORE...
Let Imagination Bloom luncheon set records
 The Let Imagination Bloom luncheon, organized by Women Enriching Lives and supporting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, raised a record $37,100 this year, the committee recently announced. The event was held last month at Majors Event Barn in Monroe and more than 230 people attended, the largest since the initial luncheon nine years ago...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Let Imagination Bloom luncheon, organized by Women Enriching Lives and supporting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, raised a record $37,100 this year, the committee recently announced. The event was held last month at Majors Event Barn in Monroe and more than 230 people attended, the largest since the initial luncheon nine years ago...
Oxford community advocate ‘lived life to the fullest’
 John “Jack” Beaton, well-known in the Oxford community, died last week in Oxford. He was 89. He graduated from Miami University and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was the second-generation owner of Beaton Insurance Agency until 1991 when his son Jim, who later died, became owner. Beaton continued working with the agency...

Posted: 2 days ago

John “Jack” Beaton, well-known in the Oxford community, died last week in Oxford. He was 89. He graduated from Miami University and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was the second-generation owner of Beaton Insurance Agency until 1991 when his son Jim, who later died, became owner. Beaton continued working with the agency...
Fatal Monroe prom night crash: What we know now
 Here is the latest information about a Monroe High School prom night crash on April 27 that killed one student: Monroe senior Chynna Brandon, 17, is charged with aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of vehicular assault. She is scheduled to be in Butler County Juvenile Court for an initial appearance before a magistrate on May...

Posted: 3 days ago

Here is the latest information about a Monroe High School prom night crash on April 27 that killed one student: Monroe senior Chynna Brandon, 17, is charged with aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of vehicular assault. She is scheduled to be in Butler County Juvenile Court for an initial appearance before a magistrate on May...
Remains of WWII sailor coming home to Butler County nearly 75 years after his death
 A Butler County sailor who was killed nearly 75 years ago during World War II will be buried on Memorial Day in Hamilton’s Greenwood Cemetery. MORE: 5 local veterans whose amazing stories of war have inspired us Thomas J. Murphy, who was Navy pharmacist mate assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine...

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A Butler County sailor who was killed nearly 75 years ago during World War II will be buried on Memorial Day in Hamilton’s Greenwood Cemetery. MORE: 5 local veterans whose amazing stories of war have inspired us Thomas J. Murphy, who was Navy pharmacist mate assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine...