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Trenton firefighters go from cramped space to new $2.5M firehouse
 Firefighters and medics in Trenton will soon have actual beds to sleep in during down time while they work their shifts, instead of recliners and couches. The city broke ground recently on a new $2.5 million fire station on the site where the former Bloomfield Elementary once stood on Miami Street. The firefighters and paramedics, who work...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Firefighters and medics in Trenton will soon have actual beds to sleep in during down time while they work their shifts, instead of recliners and couches. The city broke ground recently on a new $2.5 million fire station on the site where the former Bloomfield Elementary once stood on Miami Street. The firefighters and paramedics, who work...
Liberty Twp.’s new roundabout opening early
 Traffic snarls from the construction of a new roundabout at Princeton and Yankee roads are about to almost dissolve with the ahead-of-schedule opening of the traffic circle and some of the roads. Butler County Deputy Engineer Dale Schwieterman said the first phase of the project was scheduled to last three months but the new roundabout, Princeton...

Posted: 3 days ago

Traffic snarls from the construction of a new roundabout at Princeton and Yankee roads are about to almost dissolve with the ahead-of-schedule opening of the traffic circle and some of the roads. Butler County Deputy Engineer Dale Schwieterman said the first phase of the project was scheduled to last three months but the new roundabout, Princeton...
West Chester Twp. still on the hunt for a new administrator
 The search is still on for a new West Chester Twp. administrator to replace veteran Judi Boyko, and under the hiring schedule three new trustees will make the final decision. After 25 years of service to the township — in various capacities — Boyko resigned to become Hamilton County’s assistant county administrator. Her...

Posted: 5 days ago

The search is still on for a new West Chester Twp. administrator to replace veteran Judi Boyko, and under the hiring schedule three new trustees will make the final decision. After 25 years of service to the township — in various capacities — Boyko resigned to become Hamilton County’s assistant county administrator. Her...
Liberty Twp. trustees working to shape future development
 Now that Liberty Center has been open for business almost two years, the Liberty Twp. trustees are eager for another major development to come their way. The three trustees recently met with local developers to find out what they need to locate major developments in the township. RELATED: TriHealth moves project out of Liberty Twp. The trustees...

Posted: 9 days ago

Now that Liberty Center has been open for business almost two years, the Liberty Twp. trustees are eager for another major development to come their way. The three trustees recently met with local developers to find out what they need to locate major developments in the township. RELATED: TriHealth moves project out of Liberty Twp. The trustees...
Ross Twp. continues pot ban, needs more info on medical pot industry
 The rules governing the production and sale of medical marijuana are due today and the Ross Twp. trustees extended their moratorium another six months Thursday night so they can review the procedures. The trustees first put a ban on the cultivation, processing and distribution of the drug a year ago when it became medically legal in the state...

Posted: 10 days ago

The rules governing the production and sale of medical marijuana are due today and the Ross Twp. trustees extended their moratorium another six months Thursday night so they can review the procedures. The trustees first put a ban on the cultivation, processing and distribution of the drug a year ago when it became medically legal in the state...
Faith Alliance feeds hundreds of hungry Lakota children
 The Faith Alliance spent the summer feeding, mentoring and preparing low-income children in the Lakota school district for back-to-school. Many children could have gone hungry over the summer but volunteers from 22 churches, 26 schools, three companies and three non-profits helped serve 13,533 meals to almost 300 children throughout the summer...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Faith Alliance spent the summer feeding, mentoring and preparing low-income children in the Lakota school district for back-to-school. Many children could have gone hungry over the summer but volunteers from 22 churches, 26 schools, three companies and three non-profits helped serve 13,533 meals to almost 300 children throughout the summer...
Liberty Twp. making decisions on new township offices
 Liberty Twp. has embarked on a $10 million to $11 million plan for new facilities, including administration offices and an expanded public works building. In the township where population has quadrupled over the past two decades to about 40,000 — and with future growth a certainty — trustees said they are making long-term plans...

Posted: 12 days ago

Liberty Twp. has embarked on a $10 million to $11 million plan for new facilities, including administration offices and an expanded public works building. In the township where population has quadrupled over the past two decades to about 40,000 — and with future growth a certainty — trustees said they are making long-term plans...
Butler County crews deploy to face Irma: What you need to know
 Sixteen members of Butler County’s Incident Management Team, comprised of local fire and police departments, are deploying today to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma efforts. MORE: Butler County emergency team joins Hurricane Irma relief effort Here’s what you should know: 1. Will local response times be impacted? Some Butler...

Posted: 12 days ago

Sixteen members of Butler County’s Incident Management Team, comprised of local fire and police departments, are deploying today to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma efforts. MORE: Butler County emergency team joins Hurricane Irma relief effort Here’s what you should know: 1. Will local response times be impacted? Some Butler...
$2 million returned to Butler County schools, governments
 $2 million in unused tax collection fees is being returned to Butler County taxing districts. The fees are monies the auditor’s office receives from the state for calculating and distributing real estate taxes to local governments. The auditor’s office doesn’t need all the fees to operate, according to its elected leader...

Posted: 12 days ago

$2 million in unused tax collection fees is being returned to Butler County taxing districts. The fees are monies the auditor’s office receives from the state for calculating and distributing real estate taxes to local governments. The auditor’s office doesn’t need all the fees to operate, according to its elected leader...
New Miami speed camera lawsuit has cost taxpayers nearly $300,000
 It’s been a war of words on paper in the New Miami speed camera case for a long time, but the two sides are set to meet in person in October to argue before the 12th District Court of Appeals. The speed camera case that has been dragging on since 2013 and is about to be decided by three judges on the appellate court. If New Miami has...

Posted: 16 days ago

It’s been a war of words on paper in the New Miami speed camera case for a long time, but the two sides are set to meet in person in October to argue before the 12th District Court of Appeals. The speed camera case that has been dragging on since 2013 and is about to be decided by three judges on the appellate court. If New Miami has...
Butler County dangerous drug notification delayed
 A dangerous drug notification system has been delayed for Butler County, while the data collection group continues to work on collecting emergency medical runs for overdoses by fire and police departments. In a county where there have been 155 drug overdoses — the total for all of 2016 was 192 — so far this year, a sub group of...

Posted: 15 days ago

A dangerous drug notification system has been delayed for Butler County, while the data collection group continues to work on collecting emergency medical runs for overdoses by fire and police departments. In a county where there have been 155 drug overdoses — the total for all of 2016 was 192 — so far this year, a sub group of...
New options coming for helping people get off public assistance
 Butler County Job and Family Services will be changing the way they help people get off public assistance and into good jobs with added programs, such as life skills classes. JFS Executive Director Bill Morrison was looking for more “robust” options to help people and he says he believes he got it with 10 new proposals submitted...

Posted: 15 days ago

Butler County Job and Family Services will be changing the way they help people get off public assistance and into good jobs with added programs, such as life skills classes. JFS Executive Director Bill Morrison was looking for more “robust” options to help people and he says he believes he got it with 10 new proposals submitted...
Sojourner: $2,600 donation to go to ‘Hill’ facility for women, children
 A Butler County family is so grateful for the services of a local addiction treatment center that they have donated $2,600 for a new play area at Sojourner’s “Hill” location. Samantha Weber was addicted to heroin and gave birth to her daughter in the front yard of her home almost one year ago. Butler County Children Services...

Posted: 17 days ago

A Butler County family is so grateful for the services of a local addiction treatment center that they have donated $2,600 for a new play area at Sojourner’s “Hill” location. Samantha Weber was addicted to heroin and gave birth to her daughter in the front yard of her home almost one year ago. Butler County Children Services...
West Chester: No more taxpayer money for proposed concert venue
 MetroParks of Butler County wants to know: Should they build a $20 million amphitheater at Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester Twp.? To get the answer, a $60,000 to $65,000 feasibility study may be commissioned to determine the viability of such a venue. Kelly Barkley, the park district’s spokeswoman, said if there is not enough...

Posted: 19 days ago

MetroParks of Butler County wants to know: Should they build a $20 million amphitheater at Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester Twp.? To get the answer, a $60,000 to $65,000 feasibility study may be commissioned to determine the viability of such a venue. Kelly Barkley, the park district’s spokeswoman, said if there is not enough...
Butler County has plan to serve more of its elderly population
 With the number of senior citizens on the rise in Butler County, the Council on Aging of Southwest Ohio offered a new contract deal that will allow them to serve more people. The county has had a contract with the agency for 20 years, administering programs that are funded by the Elderly Services levy. The county put out request for proposals...

Posted: 23 days ago

With the number of senior citizens on the rise in Butler County, the Council on Aging of Southwest Ohio offered a new contract deal that will allow them to serve more people. The county has had a contract with the agency for 20 years, administering programs that are funded by the Elderly Services levy. The county put out request for proposals...
Butler County loses 7 top officials in less than one year
 The resignation last week of Butler County’s Human Resources Director marks the seventh top official to leave the county’s employment in less than a year. Commissioners accepted former Butler County Human Resources Director Jim Davis’ resignation and approved hiring local attorney Laura J. Murphy, at an annual salary of...

Posted: 23 days ago

The resignation last week of Butler County’s Human Resources Director marks the seventh top official to leave the county’s employment in less than a year. Commissioners accepted former Butler County Human Resources Director Jim Davis’ resignation and approved hiring local attorney Laura J. Murphy, at an annual salary of...
Butler County could lose discount price on $19M equipment bill
 Police and fire chiefs from across Butler County met Thursday to discuss the looming $19.2 million bill to replace Motorola radios and infrastructure. Butler County Sheriff’s Capt. Matt Franke, who is in charge of the system, said it was good to get all the chiefs together to get them all on the same page. There were some misconceptions...

Posted: 24 days ago

Police and fire chiefs from across Butler County met Thursday to discuss the looming $19.2 million bill to replace Motorola radios and infrastructure. Butler County Sheriff’s Capt. Matt Franke, who is in charge of the system, said it was good to get all the chiefs together to get them all on the same page. There were some misconceptions...
Body cameras, vehicles in West Chester’s $30.8M safety services spend
 The West Chester Twp. trustees are close to approving the purchase of police body cameras, in addition to $1 million worth of police and fire vehicles already approved. Trustee Board President Mark Welch said this year the township will spend $30.8 million on safety services, which is 69 percent of their entire operational budget. Welch told...

Posted: 26 days ago

The West Chester Twp. trustees are close to approving the purchase of police body cameras, in addition to $1 million worth of police and fire vehicles already approved. Trustee Board President Mark Welch said this year the township will spend $30.8 million on safety services, which is 69 percent of their entire operational budget. Welch told...
Butler County services at stake if sales tax fix isn’t found
 The Ohio Senate did not vote on the House override of the governor’s veto of millions of dollars worth of Medicaid Managed Care Sales Tax revenue Tuesday, but the interested parties plan to negotiate. Butler County stands to lose $3.1 million worth of sales tax the federal government has abolished. Local officials implored their state...

Posted: 27 days ago

The Ohio Senate did not vote on the House override of the governor’s veto of millions of dollars worth of Medicaid Managed Care Sales Tax revenue Tuesday, but the interested parties plan to negotiate. Butler County stands to lose $3.1 million worth of sales tax the federal government has abolished. Local officials implored their state...
Butler County may expand program that keeps kids out of foster care
 With a bump in funding from the state, Butler County Children Services may expand a program that reduces the number of children placed in foster care. Children Services is slated to get an additional $297,289 from the state, a 28 percent increase. While the department has not formally discussed what to do with the funds, Job and Family Services...

Posted: 29 days ago

With a bump in funding from the state, Butler County Children Services may expand a program that reduces the number of children placed in foster care. Children Services is slated to get an additional $297,289 from the state, a 28 percent increase. While the department has not formally discussed what to do with the funds, Job and Family Services...
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