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Big projects have exploded in Butler County. Here’s what it means for everyone.
 The value of commercial building in Butler County has increased more than 125 percent over the past five years, which officials say has positive effects for the region beyond new structures. Liberty Center, the rebirth of downtown Hamilton, the AK Steel Research & Innovation Center and more big commercial developments have been pursued since...

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The value of commercial building in Butler County has increased more than 125 percent over the past five years, which officials say has positive effects for the region beyond new structures. Liberty Center, the rebirth of downtown Hamilton, the AK Steel Research & Innovation Center and more big commercial developments have been pursued since...
Police body cams: As Butler County departments add them, debate continues
 West Chester Twp. and Oxford are the latest police agencies to deploy body worn cameras, and others will be following suit soon while some are still deliberating. West Chester Assistant Police Chief Brian Rebholz said the department slowly began the rollout of 50 cameras in December and were outfitting the final patrol officer this week....

Posted: 23 hours ago

West Chester Twp. and Oxford are the latest police agencies to deploy body worn cameras, and others will be following suit soon while some are still deliberating. West Chester Assistant Police Chief Brian Rebholz said the department slowly began the rollout of 50 cameras in December and were outfitting the final patrol officer this week....
‘It’s about time’: Butler County officials react to a major drug company decision and hope more is done
 Butler County officials say a recent announcement that Purdue Pharma will stop pushing OxyContin on prescribing doctors “is about time” but the impact on the county’s $5 million lawsuit against 20 drug companies is unknown. The Butler County commissioners, at the urging of Prosecutor Mike Gmoser, filed a lawsuit against...

Posted: 5 days ago

Butler County officials say a recent announcement that Purdue Pharma will stop pushing OxyContin on prescribing doctors “is about time” but the impact on the county’s $5 million lawsuit against 20 drug companies is unknown. The Butler County commissioners, at the urging of Prosecutor Mike Gmoser, filed a lawsuit against...
This old scam has new enemies in an Ohio law and the Butler County recorder
 Butler County Recorder Danny Crank is praising state lawmakers for targeting a long-standing “deed scam” that has plagued the county, mainly older residents, for years. Both chambers of the state legislature have passed a law aimed at putting companies that try to sell expensive copies of deeds out of business. These are companies...

Posted: 5 days ago

Butler County Recorder Danny Crank is praising state lawmakers for targeting a long-standing “deed scam” that has plagued the county, mainly older residents, for years. Both chambers of the state legislature have passed a law aimed at putting companies that try to sell expensive copies of deeds out of business. These are companies...
4 years ago, it was a battle. Now Children Services workers and the county almost have a deal.
 About four years ago, social workers in the Butler County Children Services union and management were locked in a contentious contract negotiation that included a strike. Now, the two sides are almost ready to ratify a new deal after amiable talks. Both sides said the process has been more cooperative for these negotiations. “It has...

Posted: 6 days ago

About four years ago, social workers in the Butler County Children Services union and management were locked in a contentious contract negotiation that included a strike. Now, the two sides are almost ready to ratify a new deal after amiable talks. Both sides said the process has been more cooperative for these negotiations. “It has...
A new administrator will bring changes to West Chester. What’s in store for 2018?
 Changing of the guard, some secret big developments and major roadwork are on the agenda for West Chester Twp. this year. The township’s new administrator is set to start in two weeks, and trustees say residents will find that the township is already a great place to live and work — West Chester was named five times to CNN/Money...

Posted: 9 days ago

Changing of the guard, some secret big developments and major roadwork are on the agenda for West Chester Twp. this year. The township’s new administrator is set to start in two weeks, and trustees say residents will find that the township is already a great place to live and work — West Chester was named five times to CNN/Money...
Auditor: New federal tax cut will have $2.1M impact for Butler County employees
 President Donald Trump was in Cincinnati on Monday touting the government’s massive tax reform, and the Butler County auditor said county employees are already seeing more cash in their paychecks that will total an estimated $2.1 million this year from the cuts. Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds told this news organization his office...

Posted: 12 days ago

President Donald Trump was in Cincinnati on Monday touting the government’s massive tax reform, and the Butler County auditor said county employees are already seeing more cash in their paychecks that will total an estimated $2.1 million this year from the cuts. Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds told this news organization his office...
Restored 100-year-old Soldiers Sailors and Pioneers monument to reopen in May
 The Butler County Historical Society is looking for a part-time curator to man the Soldiers Sailors and Pioneers monument in downtown Hamilton when it reopens in May. Continuing a partnership that made the $500,000 restoration project a reality, the county and Hamilton Community Foundation will split the $24,000 annual cost to employ a curator...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Butler County Historical Society is looking for a part-time curator to man the Soldiers Sailors and Pioneers monument in downtown Hamilton when it reopens in May. Continuing a partnership that made the $500,000 restoration project a reality, the county and Hamilton Community Foundation will split the $24,000 annual cost to employ a curator...
This unique Butler County group relives long-ago times and helps the community in the process
 Fancy history, archery, dressing in Medieval garb, axe tossing? There is a group in West Chester Twp. passionate about these hobbies as a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. And, they use their passion to help others. The local group known as the Canton of Hawkes Keys is within the larger region of the Barony of Flaming Gryphon...

Posted: 13 days ago

Fancy history, archery, dressing in Medieval garb, axe tossing? There is a group in West Chester Twp. passionate about these hobbies as a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. And, they use their passion to help others. The local group known as the Canton of Hawkes Keys is within the larger region of the Barony of Flaming Gryphon...
Scammed older residents have more allies in Butler County. Here’s one success story.
 Police officers don’t always have time to dive into financial records and unearth proof of elder abuse, so Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser’s staff is helping to catch some scammers. Senior citizens are bilked out of about $36.5 billion each year because of scams, according to the National Council on Aging. Susan Monnin, outreach...

Posted: 13 days ago

Police officers don’t always have time to dive into financial records and unearth proof of elder abuse, so Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser’s staff is helping to catch some scammers. Senior citizens are bilked out of about $36.5 billion each year because of scams, according to the National Council on Aging. Susan Monnin, outreach...
Those in mental health crisis now have a new way to get help
 Butler County residents suffering a mental health crisis, or someone who knows someone who needs help, can now text for help. Beckett Springs handles the hotline for the Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Services Board, and they went live with the texting tool Thursday. People can also chat online with mental health specialists. With...

Posted: 16 days ago

Butler County residents suffering a mental health crisis, or someone who knows someone who needs help, can now text for help. Beckett Springs handles the hotline for the Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Services Board, and they went live with the texting tool Thursday. People can also chat online with mental health specialists. With...
Here’s what area communities are doing about Ohio’s coming medical marijuana
 West Chester Twp. has officially banned medical marijuana businesses from operating in the township, joining the majority of Butler County jurisdictions that have already done so. Saying people can still use medical marijuana when it becomes available, West Chester trustees officially banned the businesses within their zoning codes last week...

Posted: 18 days ago

West Chester Twp. has officially banned medical marijuana businesses from operating in the township, joining the majority of Butler County jurisdictions that have already done so. Saying people can still use medical marijuana when it becomes available, West Chester trustees officially banned the businesses within their zoning codes last week...
Many Butler County jurisdictions are not buying discount emergency radios. Here’s why.
 Butler County taxpayers won’t be on the hook for extra radios Butler County commissioners ordered, that local jurisdictions apparently don’t want. Last summer, the county faced a $19.2 million bill to replace the obsolete public safety system and about 3,000 radios that sheriff’s deputies, police, firefighters and others...

Posted: 19 days ago

Butler County taxpayers won’t be on the hook for extra radios Butler County commissioners ordered, that local jurisdictions apparently don’t want. Last summer, the county faced a $19.2 million bill to replace the obsolete public safety system and about 3,000 radios that sheriff’s deputies, police, firefighters and others...
A new court has opened for veterans, focusing on their unique issues
 The new Veterans Treatment Court in Butler County is the latest court to serve a specific set of offenders who might be fragile or need more care to be productive participants in society. The court has been in operation a little over a year and recently was officially certified as a specialty court by the Ohio Supreme Court. Butler County...

Posted: 20 days ago

The new Veterans Treatment Court in Butler County is the latest court to serve a specific set of offenders who might be fragile or need more care to be productive participants in society. The court has been in operation a little over a year and recently was officially certified as a specialty court by the Ohio Supreme Court. Butler County...
Fight continues over historic Station Road schoolhouse in West Chester
 Neighbors who oppose the sale of the historic Station Road schoolhouse to a Montessori school want to intervene in the pending 12th District Court of Appeals case. West Chester Twp. was poised to sell the old school to Todd and Jamie Minniear for $250,000 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit the school owners filed. However, some neighbors...

Posted: 22 days ago

Neighbors who oppose the sale of the historic Station Road schoolhouse to a Montessori school want to intervene in the pending 12th District Court of Appeals case. West Chester Twp. was poised to sell the old school to Todd and Jamie Minniear for $250,000 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit the school owners filed. However, some neighbors...
Butler County’s $3.6M opioid plan has new life in unlocked funds
 Butler County’s $3.6 million Opiate Business Plan will be getting another infusion of cash, lessening the amount of taxpayer levy funds that will be needed to fight the opiate epidemic. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser recently determined that mental health levy dollars can be used to support addiction services, reversing a previous...

Posted: 23 days ago

Butler County’s $3.6 million Opiate Business Plan will be getting another infusion of cash, lessening the amount of taxpayer levy funds that will be needed to fight the opiate epidemic. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser recently determined that mental health levy dollars can be used to support addiction services, reversing a previous...
New Miami loses decision on speed cameras, closer to paying out $3M
 New Miami speeders who are owed more than $3 million in unconstitutional fines are one step closer to collecting, following a 12th District Court of Appeals ruling. The court has ruled that New Miami is not entitled immunity because the village gained funds by collecting fines under the old speed camera program, which has been declared unconstitutional...

Posted: 26 days ago

New Miami speeders who are owed more than $3 million in unconstitutional fines are one step closer to collecting, following a 12th District Court of Appeals ruling. The court has ruled that New Miami is not entitled immunity because the village gained funds by collecting fines under the old speed camera program, which has been declared unconstitutional...
These major road projects are coming to Butler County in 2018
 Orange cones and detour signs will dot Butler County this year with $26 million worth of major road improvements scheduled by the county engineer. Road widening and reconstruction, new roundabouts, repaving and bridge work will occur all across the county, but Liberty and West Chester townships will see the most road work. Not all the work...

Posted: 27 days ago

Orange cones and detour signs will dot Butler County this year with $26 million worth of major road improvements scheduled by the county engineer. Road widening and reconstruction, new roundabouts, repaving and bridge work will occur all across the county, but Liberty and West Chester townships will see the most road work. Not all the work...
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