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Butler County-run nursing home sees $1M in cost savings, revenues
 Changes at the Butler County Care Facility are bringing about cost savings and increased revenues of almost $1 million, according to a county official. In December, commissioners had to loan another $225,000 to the facility so payroll could be met through the end of 2016. That brought the Care Facility’s outstanding bill up to $750...

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Changes at the Butler County Care Facility are bringing about cost savings and increased revenues of almost $1 million, according to a county official. In December, commissioners had to loan another $225,000 to the facility so payroll could be met through the end of 2016. That brought the Care Facility’s outstanding bill up to $750...
Butler County judge honored by lawyers association
 Noah Powers loves being a judge on the Butler County Common Pleas Court and there is a group of trial lawyers who showed him recently they are glad he is there. Powers is the presiding judge on the court he has been a member of for 10 years and the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association bestowed on him the George J. Gounaris Award for judicial...

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Noah Powers loves being a judge on the Butler County Common Pleas Court and there is a group of trial lawyers who showed him recently they are glad he is there. Powers is the presiding judge on the court he has been a member of for 10 years and the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association bestowed on him the George J. Gounaris Award for judicial...
Ross Twp. trustees protect schools from revenue loss
 The Ross Twp. trustees have ensured the schools will be made whole when the tax increment financing district becomes operational for the new UDF store downtown. Two identical agreements, one for the Ross Local School District and another for Butler Tech, were passed Thursday. Township Administrator Bob Bass said they won’t know how...

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The Ross Twp. trustees have ensured the schools will be made whole when the tax increment financing district becomes operational for the new UDF store downtown. Two identical agreements, one for the Ross Local School District and another for Butler Tech, were passed Thursday. Township Administrator Bob Bass said they won’t know how...
Hamilton annexation case: Ohio Supreme Court orders settlement
 Other Butler County townships say they may consider joining a lawsuit seeking 12 years of taxes after the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the city of Hamilton and St. Clair Twp. to settle. The cash-strapped township sued Hamilton, saying it wants taxes repaid that were lost due to annexations over the years. FIRST REPORT: Hamilton sued over annexations...

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Other Butler County townships say they may consider joining a lawsuit seeking 12 years of taxes after the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the city of Hamilton and St. Clair Twp. to settle. The cash-strapped township sued Hamilton, saying it wants taxes repaid that were lost due to annexations over the years. FIRST REPORT: Hamilton sued over annexations...
West Chester mourns death of veteran firefighter
 UPDATE, May 19: Funeral arrangements have been made for longtime West Chester Twp. firefighter Tim Burns who died this week after a battle with cancer.
               Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 22, at Springdale Church of the Nazarene, 11177 Springfield Pike.
            
            
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UPDATE, May 19: Funeral arrangements have been made for longtime West Chester Twp. firefighter Tim Burns who died this week after a battle with cancer. Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 22, at Springdale Church of the Nazarene, 11177 Springfield Pike. Funeral service...
Butler County veterans spending sees double digit increase
 The Butler County veterans board passed its 2018 tax budget, and the preliminary spending plan of $2.3 million represents a 14 percent increase over this year. All government entities must submit tax budgets in the summer before the next fiscal year, so this plan and the final budget approved by the county commissioners in December could...

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The Butler County veterans board passed its 2018 tax budget, and the preliminary spending plan of $2.3 million represents a 14 percent increase over this year. All government entities must submit tax budgets in the summer before the next fiscal year, so this plan and the final budget approved by the county commissioners in December could...
Hamilton sued by township over annexations
 St. Clair Twp. has sued the city of Hamilton and wants taxes repaid that were lost due to annexations over the years. The township’s legal advisor, has filed an action in the Ohio Supreme Court asking the justices to force Hamilton to pay monies the township would have otherwise received had the land not been annexed. Over the years...

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St. Clair Twp. has sued the city of Hamilton and wants taxes repaid that were lost due to annexations over the years. The township’s legal advisor, has filed an action in the Ohio Supreme Court asking the justices to force Hamilton to pay monies the township would have otherwise received had the land not been annexed. Over the years...
Liberty Twp. to ask auditor for 3 different fire levy figures
 The Liberty Twp. trustees are poised tonight to set in motion a fire levy request likely for the November ballot. The township trustees have been debating this issue for almost a year, trying to decide not only how much money they need to cover growth, but also how much more residents can afford to pay. They will pass six resolutions formally...

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The Liberty Twp. trustees are poised tonight to set in motion a fire levy request likely for the November ballot. The township trustees have been debating this issue for almost a year, trying to decide not only how much money they need to cover growth, but also how much more residents can afford to pay. They will pass six resolutions formally...
Butler County OKs $44M for assisted living complex in Fairfield Twp.
 Butler County commissioners approved $44 million in bonds Monday for a new assisted living complex in Fairfield Twp. that will bring about 100 new jobs. Michigan-based StoryPoint, which offers independent living, assisted living and memory care, will build its facility on about 15 acres of property known as the Grace Lutheran site at Hamilton-Mason...

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Butler County commissioners approved $44 million in bonds Monday for a new assisted living complex in Fairfield Twp. that will bring about 100 new jobs. Michigan-based StoryPoint, which offers independent living, assisted living and memory care, will build its facility on about 15 acres of property known as the Grace Lutheran site at Hamilton-Mason...
Lakota student’s ‘magic van’ accommodates electric wheelchair
 Wyandot Early Childhood School first-grader Emma Turner picked up her “magic van” this month and looked like she could roll on and off it all day. Emma has Mitochondrial Syndrome, a progressive disease that saps all her energy and poses many more problems. She needed a “magic van” to accommodate her new electric wheelchair...

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Wyandot Early Childhood School first-grader Emma Turner picked up her “magic van” this month and looked like she could roll on and off it all day. Emma has Mitochondrial Syndrome, a progressive disease that saps all her energy and poses many more problems. She needed a “magic van” to accommodate her new electric wheelchair...
Butler County road projects delayed, some repaving may be cancelled
 Several Butler County road projects will be delayed and some street repaving may be cancelled after the county received bids too high for its budget. “The whole bid process is built in to protect the taxpayer. You come up with an estimate and companies bid on on it and if it’s way too high, you have to reject it,” Butler...

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Several Butler County road projects will be delayed and some street repaving may be cancelled after the county received bids too high for its budget. “The whole bid process is built in to protect the taxpayer. You come up with an estimate and companies bid on on it and if it’s way too high, you have to reject it,” Butler...
West Chester sells historic schoolhouse to Montessori school
 The West Chester Twp. trustees have agreed to sell the historic Station Road Schoolhouse to a local Montessori school for $250,000. Trustee Board President Mark Welch said he supports the sale because he likes the fact the former schoolhouse — there is a mandate in the purchase offer — will be returned to its original use. &ldquo...

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The West Chester Twp. trustees have agreed to sell the historic Station Road Schoolhouse to a local Montessori school for $250,000. Trustee Board President Mark Welch said he supports the sale because he likes the fact the former schoolhouse — there is a mandate in the purchase offer — will be returned to its original use. &ldquo...
Butler County finance director gets five percent pay hike
 The Butler County commissioners have given Finance Director Tawana Keels a five percent pay raise, saying that finances are the county’s number one priority. The commissioners approved Keels’ new $107,467 salary this week, which moves her position into the highest level of the county pay scale. Commissioner Don Dixon said Keels...

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The Butler County commissioners have given Finance Director Tawana Keels a five percent pay raise, saying that finances are the county’s number one priority. The commissioners approved Keels’ new $107,467 salary this week, which moves her position into the highest level of the county pay scale. Commissioner Don Dixon said Keels...
Ex-magistrate alleges Butler County judge discriminated, seeks $1M
 A former Butler County magistrate has sued Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens, alleging he fired her because she is Jewish. Kimberly Edelstein filed a discrimination lawsuit in federal court Friday that alleged Stephens fired her for asking for eight religious holidays off in October, and she is asking for almost $1 million. Stephens told the...

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A former Butler County magistrate has sued Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens, alleging he fired her because she is Jewish. Kimberly Edelstein filed a discrimination lawsuit in federal court Friday that alleged Stephens fired her for asking for eight religious holidays off in October, and she is asking for almost $1 million. Stephens told the...
Butler County stops search for No. 2 in command
 Butler County has paused its search for a new assistant county administrator and later might re-post the job that drew almost 250 applicants the first time. In the meantime, one candidate for the job is taking on some of the duties on an interim basis. Commissioners months ago determined they wanted additional help and sought to hire someone...

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Butler County has paused its search for a new assistant county administrator and later might re-post the job that drew almost 250 applicants the first time. In the meantime, one candidate for the job is taking on some of the duties on an interim basis. Commissioners months ago determined they wanted additional help and sought to hire someone...
Butler County Jobs and Family Services overhaul includes promotions

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Butler County Job and Family Services is making some changes at the top as part of its overall overhaul. County commissioners on Monday promoted Shannon Glendon to the position of assistant director and expanded Ombudsman Chris Pater’s duties to cover the entire JFS agency. EXCLUSIVE: Butler JFS changes mean clients will deal with fewer...
Quick response teams help heroin addicts in Butler County
 Butler County first responders aren’t just administering Narcan to drug addicts who overdose, Heroin Response Teams in Hamilton, Middletown and Oxford are on the streets encouraging addicts to get help. The county’s two largest cities launched heroin response teams in 2015 to reach overdose addicts in response to an overwhelming...

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Butler County first responders aren’t just administering Narcan to drug addicts who overdose, Heroin Response Teams in Hamilton, Middletown and Oxford are on the streets encouraging addicts to get help. The county’s two largest cities launched heroin response teams in 2015 to reach overdose addicts in response to an overwhelming...
Changes coming to Butler County Job and Family Services
 The Butler County Job and Family Services operation is about to be overhauled to improve service and outcomes for clients. Interim JFS Executive Director Bill Morrison says the agency is in the process of being reorganized so clients will deal with fewer people and get more personalized service. “This is a first step not a finish line...

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The Butler County Job and Family Services operation is about to be overhauled to improve service and outcomes for clients. Interim JFS Executive Director Bill Morrison says the agency is in the process of being reorganized so clients will deal with fewer people and get more personalized service. “This is a first step not a finish line...
Federal judge punts review of Ryan Widmer conviction to another judge
 The federal judge reviewing the conviction of killer Ryan Widmer has turned the case over to a magistrate judge, saying he “considered the objections and believes they will be more appropriately resolved after further analysis by the magistrate judge.” FIRST REPORT: Widmer’s attorney objects to “frivolous” ruling...

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The federal judge reviewing the conviction of killer Ryan Widmer has turned the case over to a magistrate judge, saying he “considered the objections and believes they will be more appropriately resolved after further analysis by the magistrate judge.” FIRST REPORT: Widmer’s attorney objects to “frivolous” ruling...
Liberty Twp. sets new door to door sales rules
 Liberty Twp. has added some new restrictions on door to door solicitors, including a requirement that all of them register and have photo identification. The township instituted a 5 p.m. curfew last summer after residents complained about solicitors using aggressive tactics and ignoring “no soliciting” signs. Liberty Twp. was...

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Liberty Twp. has added some new restrictions on door to door solicitors, including a requirement that all of them register and have photo identification. The township instituted a 5 p.m. curfew last summer after residents complained about solicitors using aggressive tactics and ignoring “no soliciting” signs. Liberty Twp. was...
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