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West Chester to restart ‘right to work’ discussion
 Economic frustrations have boosted the ranks of union membership, and that may make “right to work” efforts a tough sell at the local and state level, political experts say. Still, West Chester Twp. trustees will consider making union membership and dues optional for private unions in the township, reflecting work underway by...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Economic frustrations have boosted the ranks of union membership, and that may make “right to work” efforts a tough sell at the local and state level, political experts say. Still, West Chester Twp. trustees will consider making union membership and dues optional for private unions in the township, reflecting work underway by...
Butler County plans $24 million in road work
 A major revamp of Ohio 747, two new bridges and more than 70 miles of road resurfacing are some of the biggest projects the Butler County Engineer’s Office will undertake this year, but the Union Centre Boulevard interchange did not make the list. West Chester Twp. officials had the interchange on their priority list for this year,...

Posted: 2 days ago

A major revamp of Ohio 747, two new bridges and more than 70 miles of road resurfacing are some of the biggest projects the Butler County Engineer’s Office will undertake this year, but the Union Centre Boulevard interchange did not make the list. West Chester Twp. officials had the interchange on their priority list for this year,...
New Miami speeders’ attorneys want $1.1 million in fees
 The attorneys for speeders in the New Miami speed camera case have asked the judge to award them 33 percent of the $3 million-plus judgment, or $1.1 million. The attorneys want fees on 33 percent of the total amount — which is $3.4 million, including $367,560 worth of interest, calculated by plaintiffs’ attorneys at four percent...

Posted: 3 days ago

The attorneys for speeders in the New Miami speed camera case have asked the judge to award them 33 percent of the $3 million-plus judgment, or $1.1 million. The attorneys want fees on 33 percent of the total amount — which is $3.4 million, including $367,560 worth of interest, calculated by plaintiffs’ attorneys at four percent...
Paige’s Princess Foundation helps Liberty Twp. family get “magic” van
 Wyandot Early Childhood School first-grader Emma Turner says she needs a “magic van,” and Paige’s Princess Foundation is helping to make that wish a reality. Emma has Mitochondrial Syndrome, a progressive disease that saps all her energy and poses many more problems. Soon she will have a “magic” electric wheelchair...

Posted: 4 days ago

Wyandot Early Childhood School first-grader Emma Turner says she needs a “magic van,” and Paige’s Princess Foundation is helping to make that wish a reality. Emma has Mitochondrial Syndrome, a progressive disease that saps all her energy and poses many more problems. Soon she will have a “magic” electric wheelchair...
Liberty Twp. unveils new economic impact tool
 Liberty Twp. now has a tool that will help them gauge the economic impact of proposed projects, rather than having to take a developer’s word for it. The township recently unveiled the tool, developed by the Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati, that will tell them how many jobs, wages — directly and indirectly &mdash...

Posted: 5 days ago

Liberty Twp. now has a tool that will help them gauge the economic impact of proposed projects, rather than having to take a developer’s word for it. The township recently unveiled the tool, developed by the Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati, that will tell them how many jobs, wages — directly and indirectly &mdash...
West Chester cop cited for OVI received letter of praise from MADD
 The West Chester police officer who was cited for alleged drunk driving last weekend has had two written reprimands and 22 commendations during his 17 years on the police force. Officer Marc Madama, 41, of Loveland, was charged with OVI and driving in marked lanes after troopers stopped him at 3:45 a.m. Sunday on Ohio 4 near Ross Road, according...

Posted: 6 days ago

The West Chester police officer who was cited for alleged drunk driving last weekend has had two written reprimands and 22 commendations during his 17 years on the police force. Officer Marc Madama, 41, of Loveland, was charged with OVI and driving in marked lanes after troopers stopped him at 3:45 a.m. Sunday on Ohio 4 near Ross Road, according...
Butler County Administrator Charlie Young gets pay raise
 The Butler County commissioners have awarded Administrator Charlie Young a two percent raise on his base pay and a 2.5 percent performance incentive, bringing his annual pay up to $151,755. The two percent hike to his base pay amounts to $2,975 annually and the one-time boost totalled $3,719. The three county commissioners gave Young a formal...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Butler County commissioners have awarded Administrator Charlie Young a two percent raise on his base pay and a 2.5 percent performance incentive, bringing his annual pay up to $151,755. The two percent hike to his base pay amounts to $2,975 annually and the one-time boost totalled $3,719. The three county commissioners gave Young a formal...
Consulting firm to help manage Butler County nursing home
 “Fresh eyes” are what is needed to bring the Butler County Care Facility into financial stability that is why the commissioners are poised to approve a contract today, March 6, with a consulting firm to help run the nursing home. County Administrator Charlie Young said the county will pay LeaderStat LLC up to $48,000 to work with...

Posted: 16 days ago

“Fresh eyes” are what is needed to bring the Butler County Care Facility into financial stability that is why the commissioners are poised to approve a contract today, March 6, with a consulting firm to help run the nursing home. County Administrator Charlie Young said the county will pay LeaderStat LLC up to $48,000 to work with...
New Miami wants immediate appeal of $3 million speed camera judgment
 The village of New Miami has filed an immediate appeal after a judge ruled that $3 million should be returned to drivers caught by speed cameras later deemed unconstitutional. The village filed a notice of appeal Friday, which will set in motion an appeal on several matters, including whether the village is liable for the entire $3 million...

Posted: 18 days ago

The village of New Miami has filed an immediate appeal after a judge ruled that $3 million should be returned to drivers caught by speed cameras later deemed unconstitutional. The village filed a notice of appeal Friday, which will set in motion an appeal on several matters, including whether the village is liable for the entire $3 million...
Butler County delays new employment assistance deal
 Butler County will investigate specialized employment assistance needs locally before committing to a new $1.75 million contract with Community Behavioral Health. Butler County entered an agreement with the mental health agency several years ago because of significant barriers — mental health issues chief among them — to successful...

Posted: 20 days ago

Butler County will investigate specialized employment assistance needs locally before committing to a new $1.75 million contract with Community Behavioral Health. Butler County entered an agreement with the mental health agency several years ago because of significant barriers — mental health issues chief among them — to successful...
Lost state revenue, opiate epidemic top Butler County concerns
 Butler County commissioners have two messages they wanted to deliver to Ohio’s top political leaders: regarding money, “leave us alone,” and regarding a drug epidemic, “give us an ability to be creative.” Every few years, leaders of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio meet directly with commissioners...

Posted: 20 days ago

Butler County commissioners have two messages they wanted to deliver to Ohio’s top political leaders: regarding money, “leave us alone,” and regarding a drug epidemic, “give us an ability to be creative.” Every few years, leaders of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio meet directly with commissioners...
Butler commissioners oppose governor’s sales tax solution

Posted: 23 days ago

Butler and a host of other counties are mounting a fight over Gov. John Kasich’s proposed one-time payment to make up for millions in lost Medicaid sales tax monies. The county stands to lose more in $3 million in sales tax revenue since the federal government outlawed the tax collection in the state. The governor’s proposal would...
Butler County must close one 911 dispatch center by year’s end
 One local emergency dispatch center — Fairfield, Middletown or West Chester — must stop taking 911 calls before next year or Butler County risks losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in state aid. Officials in those communities said they do not want to merge with another center and lose local control, and one county expert said...

Posted: 23 days ago

One local emergency dispatch center — Fairfield, Middletown or West Chester — must stop taking 911 calls before next year or Butler County risks losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in state aid. Officials in those communities said they do not want to merge with another center and lose local control, and one county expert said...
Reach Out Lakota turns 25 and still going strong
 Founders of the 25-year-old Reach Out Lakota non-profit say “it was a God thing to begin with” that has turned into a unique opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors. Reach Out Lakota turns 25 this year and the food pantry has gone from a Christmas food drive started by one of the co-founders, Sharon McGuire, to serving about...

Posted: 24 days ago

Founders of the 25-year-old Reach Out Lakota non-profit say “it was a God thing to begin with” that has turned into a unique opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors. Reach Out Lakota turns 25 this year and the food pantry has gone from a Christmas food drive started by one of the co-founders, Sharon McGuire, to serving about...
14 Butler County projects receive funding
 Fourteen projects in low-to-moderate income areas throughout Butler County will receive funding through the Community Development Block Grant and HOME housing assistance programs. Every year communities throughout the county are invited to apply for these funds, and commissioners approved Tuesday more than $1 million for 14 projects. MORE...

Posted: 27 days ago

Fourteen projects in low-to-moderate income areas throughout Butler County will receive funding through the Community Development Block Grant and HOME housing assistance programs. Every year communities throughout the county are invited to apply for these funds, and commissioners approved Tuesday more than $1 million for 14 projects. MORE...
Butler County studies workers comp for tax savings
 Butler County is taking another step in its goal to save taxpayers money on insurance costs by hiring a consultant to see if it is feasible to go self-insured for workers’ compensation coverage. The county already expects to save about $500,000 this year after the commissioners agreed to a new self-insured health plan and more than...

4:19 PM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Butler County is taking another step in its goal to save taxpayers money on insurance costs by hiring a consultant to see if it is feasible to go self-insured for workers’ compensation coverage. The county already expects to save about $500,000 this year after the commissioners agreed to a new self-insured health plan and more than...
Trustees find setting tax levies can be tricky
 Nobody likes taxes, but local officials in Liberty and Ross townships say they are crucial to the operation of safety services, so they need to get the ballot timing and dollar amount just right for new levy requests, to protect their funding streams. Ross Twp. Trustee Board President Ray Wurzelbacher says he and his fellow trustees almost...

2:26 PM Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

Nobody likes taxes, but local officials in Liberty and Ross townships say they are crucial to the operation of safety services, so they need to get the ballot timing and dollar amount just right for new levy requests, to protect their funding streams. Ross Twp. Trustee Board President Ray Wurzelbacher says he and his fellow trustees almost...
Veterans board to reopen Middletown location
 The Butler County Veterans Service Commission plans to reopen the shuttered Middletown office next month. Executive Director Caroline Bier says the new location at 78 N. Breiel Blvd. will open March 1, if not before. The vet board closed that office about 18 months ago because their service officer who staffed that office retired, causing...

5:00 AM Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

The Butler County Veterans Service Commission plans to reopen the shuttered Middletown office next month. Executive Director Caroline Bier says the new location at 78 N. Breiel Blvd. will open March 1, if not before. The vet board closed that office about 18 months ago because their service officer who staffed that office retired, causing...
Tax return event fun and informational in Middletown
 Little Logan Cresong got his face painted like Spiderman while his mom Crystal, a mother of five, got her taxes done for free during the Super Saturday Tax Prep Day at the Middletown community center on Saturday. “It’s a big plus because you don’t have to pay anY extra money that some places might charge you,” Cresong...

6:40 PM Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Little Logan Cresong got his face painted like Spiderman while his mom Crystal, a mother of five, got her taxes done for free during the Super Saturday Tax Prep Day at the Middletown community center on Saturday. “It’s a big plus because you don’t have to pay anY extra money that some places might charge you,” Cresong...
Resignation and promotion at Butler County JFS won’t undermine progress
 In the wake of Job and Family Services Executive Director Ray Pater’s resignation, the county is continuing to make changes at the agencies but commissioners say no one has yet or will miss a step during the transition. County Administrator Charlie Young told the Journal-News that Pater has verbally confirmed he will resign from the...

12:06 AM Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

In the wake of Job and Family Services Executive Director Ray Pater’s resignation, the county is continuing to make changes at the agencies but commissioners say no one has yet or will miss a step during the transition. County Administrator Charlie Young told the Journal-News that Pater has verbally confirmed he will resign from the...
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