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Butler County seeks creative ways to get people off public assistance
 New efforts to move residents off public assistance and into jobs they can keep drew praise from Butler County commissioners on Thursday. “It’s refreshing to hear that we are challenging the status quo,” Commissioner Don Dixon said. Bill Morrison, who was recently promoted to executive director of Job and Family Services...

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New efforts to move residents off public assistance and into jobs they can keep drew praise from Butler County commissioners on Thursday. “It’s refreshing to hear that we are challenging the status quo,” Commissioner Don Dixon said. Bill Morrison, who was recently promoted to executive director of Job and Family Services...
Liberty Twp. puts 3.5-mill safety levy on ballot
 Fast-growing Liberty Twp. will ask its taxpayers in November to pay more for fire and emergency services. Trustees for 18 months debated the amount and length of the ballot issue, but they agreed Tuesday night to seek a 3.5-mill continuous levy. If voters agree, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $122 more annually — or a total...

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Fast-growing Liberty Twp. will ask its taxpayers in November to pay more for fire and emergency services. Trustees for 18 months debated the amount and length of the ballot issue, but they agreed Tuesday night to seek a 3.5-mill continuous levy. If voters agree, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $122 more annually — or a total...
West Chester police get raises, but trustees unhappy with ruling
 West Chester Twp. trustees think a labor ruling giving their police officers and supervisors what they wanted in a new contract failed to consider taxpayers. The officers’ union contract proposal called for a $1,000 addition to base pay, plus a 2.5-percent increase retroactive to 2016 and 3-percent hikes this year and in 2018, which...

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West Chester Twp. trustees think a labor ruling giving their police officers and supervisors what they wanted in a new contract failed to consider taxpayers. The officers’ union contract proposal called for a $1,000 addition to base pay, plus a 2.5-percent increase retroactive to 2016 and 3-percent hikes this year and in 2018, which...
Husband, wife, infant rescued from Twin Creek sandbar in Warren Co.
 A husband, wife and 10-month-old baby who were canoeing were rescued Saturday night in Franklin Twp., Warren County Sheriff’s Lt. Shaun Embleton said Sunday morning. They beached their canoe on a Twin Creek sandbar after they missed their exit point on the creek in the area of Trenton Franklin Road, said Franklin Twp. Assistant Fire...

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A husband, wife and 10-month-old baby who were canoeing were rescued Saturday night in Franklin Twp., Warren County Sheriff’s Lt. Shaun Embleton said Sunday morning. They beached their canoe on a Twin Creek sandbar after they missed their exit point on the creek in the area of Trenton Franklin Road, said Franklin Twp. Assistant Fire...
Ryan Widmer lawyer disputes magistrate judge’s ‘frivolous’ comments
 Ryan Widmer’s attorney has once again objected to a federal magistrate judge’s ruling that the case is “without merit” and “frivolous.” Michele Berry Godsey filed her objection Thursday to the recommendation by Magistrate Judge Michael Merz that “Widmer be denied a certificate of appealability, and...

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Ryan Widmer’s attorney has once again objected to a federal magistrate judge’s ruling that the case is “without merit” and “frivolous.” Michele Berry Godsey filed her objection Thursday to the recommendation by Magistrate Judge Michael Merz that “Widmer be denied a certificate of appealability, and...
Butler County bond refinancing to net $800,000-plus savings
 Butler County stands to save $831,074 in interest by refinancing $11.8 million in water and general purpose bonds. The commissioners on Thursday agreed to refinance bonds that were originally issued in 2002 and refinanced in 2007. The water bonds total almost $8 million and general purpose bonds are about $4 million. Kent Cashell, the Ohio...

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Butler County stands to save $831,074 in interest by refinancing $11.8 million in water and general purpose bonds. The commissioners on Thursday agreed to refinance bonds that were originally issued in 2002 and refinanced in 2007. The water bonds total almost $8 million and general purpose bonds are about $4 million. Kent Cashell, the Ohio...
Butler County commissioners approve 2018 tax budget
 Butler County’s finance director is warning office holders and department heads the budget for 2018 is going to be challenging, but the tax budget commissioners approved for next year is structurally balanced. The general fund is sitting at $96 million and it includes across-the-board, two percent raises, since Finance Director Tawana...

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Butler County’s finance director is warning office holders and department heads the budget for 2018 is going to be challenging, but the tax budget commissioners approved for next year is structurally balanced. The general fund is sitting at $96 million and it includes across-the-board, two percent raises, since Finance Director Tawana...
Butler County approves executive promotions
 The “interim” in front of Bill Morrison’s title as executive director of Job and Family Services, Children Services and Child Support Enforcement disappeared Thursday after the Butler County commissioners approved the promotion. Morrison has been serving as head of the three agencies since former executive director Ray Pater...

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The “interim” in front of Bill Morrison’s title as executive director of Job and Family Services, Children Services and Child Support Enforcement disappeared Thursday after the Butler County commissioners approved the promotion. Morrison has been serving as head of the three agencies since former executive director Ray Pater...
West Chester hires firm to find new administrator
 Searching for a new township administrator, the West Chester Twp. trustees have agreed to pay $25,000 to a consulting group to help. The trustees approved the payment to Novak Consulting Group on Tuesday. Administrator Judi Boyko tendered her resignation last month so she can move on to become Hamilton County’s assistant county administrator...

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Searching for a new township administrator, the West Chester Twp. trustees have agreed to pay $25,000 to a consulting group to help. The trustees approved the payment to Novak Consulting Group on Tuesday. Administrator Judi Boyko tendered her resignation last month so she can move on to become Hamilton County’s assistant county administrator...
Liberty Twp. trustees continue fire chief search
 The Liberty Twp. trustees are going back to square one in their search for a new fire chief after one candidate turned down their job offer and another dropped out of the applicant pool. RELATED: Liberty Twp. to get help finding new fire chief Trustee Tom Farrell said he is not happy with the job the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association did...

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The Liberty Twp. trustees are going back to square one in their search for a new fire chief after one candidate turned down their job offer and another dropped out of the applicant pool. RELATED: Liberty Twp. to get help finding new fire chief Trustee Tom Farrell said he is not happy with the job the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association did...
Butler County worries about state cuts to Job and Family Services
 Butler County Job and Family Services is bracing for a potential $720,000 cut to their annual funding from the state. The possible reduction has Interim JFS Executive Director Bill Morrison evaluating whether to fill vacancies and searching for services that could be cut, even though they have not yet received official notification from the...

Posted: 20 days ago

Butler County Job and Family Services is bracing for a potential $720,000 cut to their annual funding from the state. The possible reduction has Interim JFS Executive Director Bill Morrison evaluating whether to fill vacancies and searching for services that could be cut, even though they have not yet received official notification from the...
Butler County’s new family drug court begins today
 The first official day for Butler County’s new Family Treatment Drug Court is today, and juvenile court officials say they also plan to open a Juvenile Drug Court next year. With the number of Children Services cases involving addicted parents on the rise, the juvenile court, Children Services and the mental health board banded together...

Posted: 22 days ago

The first official day for Butler County’s new Family Treatment Drug Court is today, and juvenile court officials say they also plan to open a Juvenile Drug Court next year. With the number of Children Services cases involving addicted parents on the rise, the juvenile court, Children Services and the mental health board banded together...
West Chester hires Cincinnati consultant as interim administrator
 The West Chester Twp. trustees are poised to hire an interim township administrator Tuesday to temporarily replace Judi Boyko, who is leaving in August to become Hamilton County’s assistant county administrator. FIRST REPORT: West Chester Twp. administrator announces resignation The township will hire Laurence Fronk, who works for a...

Posted: 24 days ago

The West Chester Twp. trustees are poised to hire an interim township administrator Tuesday to temporarily replace Judi Boyko, who is leaving in August to become Hamilton County’s assistant county administrator. FIRST REPORT: West Chester Twp. administrator announces resignation The township will hire Laurence Fronk, who works for a...
Butler County fires airport director
 County commissioners fired the Butler County Regional Airport administrator on Monday, citing revenue problems and differences in management styles. Ron Davis, who has been at the airport nearly 18 years, declined comment. His termination is effective Friday. Commissioner Don Dixon said they could not allow the airport to continue to be a...

Posted: 25 days ago

County commissioners fired the Butler County Regional Airport administrator on Monday, citing revenue problems and differences in management styles. Ron Davis, who has been at the airport nearly 18 years, declined comment. His termination is effective Friday. Commissioner Don Dixon said they could not allow the airport to continue to be a...
Butler County to spend $1 million on nursing home upgrades
 Butler County commissioners plan to move some Community Development Block Grant money away from other projects in order to partially fund about $1 million worth of renovations at the county nursing home. They believe the work is needed to make the Butler County Care Facility more competitive. It has struggled financially for years, but commissioners...

Posted: 25 days ago

Butler County commissioners plan to move some Community Development Block Grant money away from other projects in order to partially fund about $1 million worth of renovations at the county nursing home. They believe the work is needed to make the Butler County Care Facility more competitive. It has struggled financially for years, but commissioners...
Major road project headed for Liberty Twp.
 A year-long road project will bring some major changes to a busy stretch of roadway in Liberty Twp. The widening of Yankee Road is slated to begin July 5, according to Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens, and will include construction of a new roundabout at Yankee and Princeton roads. “Construction will be challenging for motorists...

Posted: 28 days ago

A year-long road project will bring some major changes to a busy stretch of roadway in Liberty Twp. The widening of Yankee Road is slated to begin July 5, according to Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens, and will include construction of a new roundabout at Yankee and Princeton roads. “Construction will be challenging for motorists...
Butler County veterans board breaks service record
 The Butler County Veterans Service commissioners celebrated a milestone Wednesday: Breaking the five-year record for most veterans served in a month. The service commission helped 508 veterans in May, which surpasses the previous five-year record of 496 reached last November. The number of people helped in May was the 12th largest since the...

4:17 PM Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017

The Butler County Veterans Service commissioners celebrated a milestone Wednesday: Breaking the five-year record for most veterans served in a month. The service commission helped 508 veterans in May, which surpasses the previous five-year record of 496 reached last November. The number of people helped in May was the 12th largest since the...
Liberty Twp. trustees want Millikin Road interchange to be priority

10:30 AM Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017

Liberty Twp. Trustee Tom Farrell says he is prepared to do battle with the state over a new Millikin Road interchange he and his fellow trustees consider a top priority, even over fixing Liberty Way. The trustees met Tuesday afternoon with their consultant and Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens to go over their “purpose and need&rdquo...
Butler County officials respond to claims woman fired for being Jewish
 A Butler County judge and two prosecutors have asked a federal court to dismiss most of the claims in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former magistrate who says she was fired for being Jewish. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in May by Kimberly Edelstein, alleges Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens fired her for asking for...

7:58 PM Tuesday, Jun. 20, 2017

A Butler County judge and two prosecutors have asked a federal court to dismiss most of the claims in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former magistrate who says she was fired for being Jewish. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in May by Kimberly Edelstein, alleges Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens fired her for asking for...
Butler County Children Services plans next levy

3:00 PM Monday, Jun. 19, 2017

Butler County commissioners are weighing a renewal levy request for Butler County Children Services on the November ballot. Interim Butler County Job and Family Services Executive Director Bill Morrison says a renewal of the 2-mill levy that brings in about $13 million is all that is necessary, not an increase. Butler County spent $24 million...
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