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Nitrogen leak in city worker's death came from Air Products-AK Steel line

11:03 PM Wednesday, May. 19, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Tests confirm the nitrogen that filled a manhole where a Middletown city worker was killed came from two gas lines running from Air Products & Chemicals to AK Steel’s Middletown Works, according to the city. Law Director Les Landen said during investigations Wednesday afternoon, May 19, experts identified the source...
No successor yet for Armbruster’s 1st Ward seat

7:15 AM Wednesday, May. 19, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Following more than two hours of interviews and deliberation, City Council was unable to name a successor for Jim Armbruster’s 1st Ward seat. Council members adjourned to executive session for nearly an hour Tuesday, May 18, then emerged to announce they would be holding a second round of interviews at their June...
Safety Town officer named first Officer of the Year
 MIDDLETOWN — Officer Mike Davis has been named the city’s first Officer of the Year, due to what colleagues describe as a career filled with spectacular work. Davis, a 44-year police department veteran synonymous with the city’s summer Safety Town program, was honored Thursday, May 13, during the Middletown Division of Police&rsquo...

6:21 AM Wednesday, May. 19, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Officer Mike Davis has been named the city’s first Officer of the Year, due to what colleagues describe as a career filled with spectacular work. Davis, a 44-year police department veteran synonymous with the city’s summer Safety Town program, was honored Thursday, May 13, during the Middletown Division of Police&rsquo...
Dog attacks focus of postal service effort
MIDDLETOWN — In 16 years of delivering mail, Tim Napier has been bitten by two dogs and had to fight off numerous others.

5:00 AM Tuesday, May. 18, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — In 16 years of delivering mail, Tim Napier has been bitten by two dogs and had to fight off numerous others.
Council candidates cover broad spectrum

12:01 AM Monday, May. 17, 2010

The four men vying to fill the 1st Ward City Council seat all live in Middletown, though the paths they took to get here could not be any more diverse. Jason Jones, Tom Allen, Rob Hoffman and Gary Barge will come before City Council Tuesday, May 18, to interview for the open position. Young. Old. Practical. Revolutionary. Introverted. Eccentric...
Church visits, abortion counseling occupy local woman’s life

11:58 PM Sunday, May. 16, 2010

Every Sunday, Candice Keller makes her way into a different Middletown area church and takes a seat in the second row. Sometimes she just mingles with parishioners. Other times she gets up in front of the congregation and talks about the work she and the Community Pregnancy Center are performing. For someone who had trouble looking her now-husband...
Local woman trying to fight back against teen pregnancy

11:57 PM Sunday, May. 16, 2010

There are days when Candice Keller finds it hard to hold back the tears. They’re called weekdays. Keller, who is in her third year serving as executive director for Middletown’s Community Pregnancy Center, said the emotional impact of her job has not lessened over time. Dealing directly with pregnant teens who are quickly seeing...
1st Ward candidates from different walks of life

11:55 PM Sunday, May. 16, 2010

A mechanic, a lawyer, a musician and a preacher’s son walk into a room to figure out which one will replace a florist. It might sound like the setup to a bad joke, but there are not likely to be any punchlines when City Council interviews candidates to fill the vacant 1st Ward seat Tuesday, May 18. Gary Barge, Tom Allen, Rob Hoffman...
$15,000 cemetery grant ‘virtually useless’ says volunteer
 MIDDLETOWN — A $15,000 grant for repairs to the Pioneer Cemetery’s historic vault is “virtually useless,” according to a longtime cemetery volunteer. Vivian Moon, who has been entangled in legal battles with the city over its maintenance of the cemetery, said the money will not cover the $40,000 in repairs needed to...

5:58 AM Saturday, May. 15, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — A $15,000 grant for repairs to the Pioneer Cemetery’s historic vault is “virtually useless,” according to a longtime cemetery volunteer. Vivian Moon, who has been entangled in legal battles with the city over its maintenance of the cemetery, said the money will not cover the $40,000 in repairs needed to...
Cost analysis sinks hopes of opening Sunset Pool

5:53 AM Saturday, May. 15, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Cathy Shepherd’s dreams of opening Sunset Pool in time for the 2010 season have been tempered by the realization that attendance rates cannot sustain anticipated expenses. Shepherd, who owns and operates S & S Construction and Pools, said after taking a long, hard look at the pool’s declining attendance rates...
After escape, all jail trusties to stay put

7:04 AM Thursday, May. 13, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Sweeping changes have been made to the city’s work-release policy after two jail trusties escaped last month from a routine work detail. Sgt. Rick Bowling, who oversees the city jail, said trusties are no longer eligible to participate in the work release program. “If the court doesn’t assign any work-release...
East End zoning tweaks, new UDF gets OK

3:30 AM Thursday, May. 13, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — A sweeping reworking of the city’s East End zoning was approved Wednesday evening, April 12 by the planning commission. The 6-1 vote follows months of public hearings and debate among commission members over various aspects of a proposed Business Center zoning district and subdistricts. Commission member Jack Wolf...
Ohio loses 1 in 3 jobs, study finds

6:47 AM Wednesday, May. 12, 2010

COLUMBUS — From 2001-09, Ohio lost more than one of every three of the high-paying manufacturing jobs that made the state an economic powerhouse. The news was somewhat less harsh for Butler County, which ranked 12th in the state in terms of increased manufacturing employment. The county lost only 2,665 manufacturing jobs, an overall...
Oxygen level reportedly remains low in manhole

7:26 AM Tuesday, May. 11, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — The oxygen level inside the manhole where a city worker was killed and three firefighters were overcome by mysterious fumes hasn’t risen at all in the past three days, city officials said Monday, May 10. Oxygen measurements taken Monday were as low as they were during the tragic accident that killed 31-year-old Jabin...
Middletown-Oxford shuttle begins next week

6:47 AM Friday, May. 07, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Federal funds are on the way for several new transportation programs in the city, including shuttle service to and from Oxford and after-hours service within Middletown. City Council approved both routes last February, though they have been stuck in limbo until federal dollars were handed down to Middletown. The city is...
Recount possible for library levy

2:53 AM Thursday, May. 06, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — A slim 151 votes separated the Middletown Public Library’s 0.75-mill levy from defeat, though several hundred ballots yet to be counted could potentially be a game-changer. The issue passed Tuesday, May 4, with 16,662 votes, or 50.1 percent, for the levy and 16,567, or 49.9 percent against it Butler County. The issue...
Voters pass library levy by thin margin

6:29 AM Wednesday, May. 05, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — It may not have been the resounding victory library officials hoped for, but unofficial election results show voters approving a 0.75-mill levy for the Middletown Public Library. The issue passed on a razor thin margin of 144 votes, according to final, unofficial returns from the board of elections in Butler and Warren...
Voters approve 2-mill fire/EMS levy

5:45 AM Wednesday, May. 05, 2010

MADISON TWP. — Fire Chief Kent Hall said Tuesday evening, May 4, was “a good night to live in Madison Twp.” Madison Twp. voters passed a 2-mill fire and emergency services levy by a margin of 320 votes, according to final, unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections. Hall said his department will not have...
4 seek open 1st Ward seat on City Council

3:36 AM Wednesday, May. 05, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Four 1st Ward residents have thrown their hats in the ring to fill the vacant seat on City Council. Council members received applications from the four candidates during an executive session following their regular meeting Tuesday evening, May 4. The 1st Ward seat has been empty since late March, when Jim Armbruster died...
UDF plans to pump about $3 million into downtown site

3:34 PM Tuesday, May. 04, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — The city’s downtown corridor could soon be host to a new United Dairy Farmers gas station and convenience store, according to local officials. Planning Director Marty Kohler said UDF has filed paperwork to construct a 4,224 square foot building with 10 fuel pumps at the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Verity...
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