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Butler County budget work continues through weekend
 The Butler County finance department worked over the weekend to cut $5 million and to make sure the $90 million-plus general fund budget for next year is structurally balanced. Butler County has had a structurally balanced budget for the past four years — after years of financial woes — but officials said it was tough to get the...

Posted: 29 days ago

The Butler County finance department worked over the weekend to cut $5 million and to make sure the $90 million-plus general fund budget for next year is structurally balanced. Butler County has had a structurally balanced budget for the past four years — after years of financial woes — but officials said it was tough to get the...
Veterans boards in Butler and Warren to partner on advertising
 After nearly a year of negotiations, the Butler and Warren County veterans boards will split advertising costs, maximizing taxpayer dollars and expanding each organization’s outreach. The Butler County Veteran Service Commission members approved a deal where each county contributes about $50,000 to run ads on 700 WLW talk radio and...

9:56 PM Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

After nearly a year of negotiations, the Butler and Warren County veterans boards will split advertising costs, maximizing taxpayer dollars and expanding each organization’s outreach. The Butler County Veteran Service Commission members approved a deal where each county contributes about $50,000 to run ads on 700 WLW talk radio and...
Butler County bails out county-run nursing home with $225,000
 Butler County commissioners have once again bailed out the county-run nursing home, forwarding $225,000 in taxpayer-backed general fund monies so the facility can make payroll for the remainder of the year. That brings the Care Facility’s outstanding bill up to $750,000, just below a previous loan amount of $1.1 million. The county...

9:37 PM Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

Butler County commissioners have once again bailed out the county-run nursing home, forwarding $225,000 in taxpayer-backed general fund monies so the facility can make payroll for the remainder of the year. That brings the Care Facility’s outstanding bill up to $750,000, just below a previous loan amount of $1.1 million. The county...
Butler County renews food stamp fraud unit
 A Butler County program that has saved taxpayers almost $30 million since it began going after individuals who fraudulently use food stamps was renewed Monday.  The number of recipients on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — commonly referred to as food stamps — has been shrinking since the county began targeting...

10:30 PM Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

A Butler County program that has saved taxpayers almost $30 million since it began going after individuals who fraudulently use food stamps was renewed Monday.  The number of recipients on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — commonly referred to as food stamps — has been shrinking since the county began targeting...
Drug rehab center approved — with conditions — in West Chester
 A drug rehabilitation facility will be permitted to open in West Chester Twp. as long as several conditions involving its clients and security are met. Dr. Mohamed Aziz sued the township in September claiming they were violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by enacting a moratorium on facilities like his. He claimed his addicted clients...

10:03 PM Thursday, Dec. 08, 2016

A drug rehabilitation facility will be permitted to open in West Chester Twp. as long as several conditions involving its clients and security are met. Dr. Mohamed Aziz sued the township in September claiming they were violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by enacting a moratorium on facilities like his. He claimed his addicted clients...
Butler County child support agency among best in state — again

7:55 PM Thursday, Dec. 08, 2016

For the first time in 13 years the Butler County Child Support Enforcement Agency was not the top performing agency in the state, but performance had nothing to do with the downgrade. The annual rankings were recently released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the county came out on top in one category — most improved...
Sea of Santas to run through West Chester this weekend
 There will be a sea of Santas in The Streets of West Chester on Sunday morning for the fifth annual Santa Suit & Ugly Sweater Fun Run that benefits Reach Out Lakota. Event sponsor Mojo Running has 375 five-piece Santa suits in various sizes for runners, holiday running beanies for people who don their own ugly sweaters and Little Elf Race...

5:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 08, 2016

There will be a sea of Santas in The Streets of West Chester on Sunday morning for the fifth annual Santa Suit & Ugly Sweater Fun Run that benefits Reach Out Lakota. Event sponsor Mojo Running has 375 five-piece Santa suits in various sizes for runners, holiday running beanies for people who don their own ugly sweaters and Little Elf Race...
Opinions differ on urgency of Liberty Twp. fire levy
 Liberty Twp. may ask a staffing firm to help expedite its search for a new fire chief in hopes the new leader will be able to weigh in on a possible fire levy. If the growing Butler County township remains status quo, the fire and EMS fund balance, estimated to be $1.1 million to start next year, will evaporate and put the fund into the negative...

8:56 PM Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2016

Liberty Twp. may ask a staffing firm to help expedite its search for a new fire chief in hopes the new leader will be able to weigh in on a possible fire levy. If the growing Butler County township remains status quo, the fire and EMS fund balance, estimated to be $1.1 million to start next year, will evaporate and put the fund into the negative...
Opinions differ on urgency of Liberty Twp. fire levy
 Liberty Twp. may ask a staffing firm to help expedite its search for a new fire chief in hopes the new leader will be able to weigh in on a possible fire levy. If the growing Butler County township remains status quo, the fire and EMS fund balance, estimated to be $1.1 million to start next year, will evaporate and put the fund into the negative...

8:56 PM Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2016

Liberty Twp. may ask a staffing firm to help expedite its search for a new fire chief in hopes the new leader will be able to weigh in on a possible fire levy. If the growing Butler County township remains status quo, the fire and EMS fund balance, estimated to be $1.1 million to start next year, will evaporate and put the fund into the negative...
Region has ‘effectively’ ended homelessness among veterans
 Homelessness among veterans has “effectively” ended in the region, the result of more than a decade of work focused on reducing and eliminating the problem, federal and local authorities declared last week. Exact numbers of homeless veterans were not available for Butler County, but those who work in shelters and with homeless...

12:00 AM Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016

Homelessness among veterans has “effectively” ended in the region, the result of more than a decade of work focused on reducing and eliminating the problem, federal and local authorities declared last week. Exact numbers of homeless veterans were not available for Butler County, but those who work in shelters and with homeless...
New Miami speeders want $3 million; village says it’s more like $11K
 New Miami speeders are once again asking Judge Michael Oster to garnish the village’s funds so they can be repaid almost $3 million illegally collected from fines under the old stationary speed cameras. Oster has already denied the request once, but attorney Josh Engel said he believes once they tell him the village misrepresented the...

8:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 04, 2016

New Miami speeders are once again asking Judge Michael Oster to garnish the village’s funds so they can be repaid almost $3 million illegally collected from fines under the old stationary speed cameras. Oster has already denied the request once, but attorney Josh Engel said he believes once they tell him the village misrepresented the...
New Miami speeders want $3 million; village says it’s more like $11K
 New Miami speeders are once again asking Judge Michael Oster to garnish the village’s funds so they can be repaid almost $3 million illegally collected from fines under the old stationary speed cameras. Oster has already denied the request once, but attorney Josh Engel said he believes once they tell him the village misrepresented the...

8:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 04, 2016

New Miami speeders are once again asking Judge Michael Oster to garnish the village’s funds so they can be repaid almost $3 million illegally collected from fines under the old stationary speed cameras. Oster has already denied the request once, but attorney Josh Engel said he believes once they tell him the village misrepresented the...
Preliminary Monroe budget $12.3 million
 Monroe City Council is poised to pass a $12.3 million general fund budget for next year, one that represents a 3.1 percent decrease from this year. A big part of the reduction, according to the budget document, is the city has spent a good deal time, effort and money making renovations to its city hall. The next biggest projects of that kind...

1:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 04, 2016

Monroe City Council is poised to pass a $12.3 million general fund budget for next year, one that represents a 3.1 percent decrease from this year. A big part of the reduction, according to the budget document, is the city has spent a good deal time, effort and money making renovations to its city hall. The next biggest projects of that kind...
Liberty, West Chester experts offer holiday shopping safety tips
 With the holidays fast approaching, law enforcement in Liberty and West Chester townships are offering some safe shopping strategies. Some things, like locking your car, seem pretty obvious, but West Chester Officer Jeff Newman said you also have to make sure nothing of value can be seen from the outside. “Probably the most important...

11:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 03, 2016

With the holidays fast approaching, law enforcement in Liberty and West Chester townships are offering some safe shopping strategies. Some things, like locking your car, seem pretty obvious, but West Chester Officer Jeff Newman said you also have to make sure nothing of value can be seen from the outside. “Probably the most important...
Judge appoints youngest Butler County veterans board member
 A Butler County judge has appointed likely the youngest commissioner ever on the veterans board, a Desert Storm vet from the Disabled American Veterans post in Hamilton. Judge Noah Powers interviewed three DAV members to replace Ken Smith, who is retiring after 15 years on the board, and chose 47-year-old David Reed. The judge said all three...

8:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 01, 2016

A Butler County judge has appointed likely the youngest commissioner ever on the veterans board, a Desert Storm vet from the Disabled American Veterans post in Hamilton. Judge Noah Powers interviewed three DAV members to replace Ken Smith, who is retiring after 15 years on the board, and chose 47-year-old David Reed. The judge said all three...
Judge appoints youngest Butler County veterans board member
 A Butler County judge has appointed likely the youngest commissioner ever on the veterans board, a Desert Storm vet from the Disabled American Veterans post in Hamilton. Judge Noah Powers interviewed three DAV members to replace Ken Smith, who is retiring after 15 years on the board, and chose 47-year-old David Reed. The judge said all three...

8:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 01, 2016

A Butler County judge has appointed likely the youngest commissioner ever on the veterans board, a Desert Storm vet from the Disabled American Veterans post in Hamilton. Judge Noah Powers interviewed three DAV members to replace Ken Smith, who is retiring after 15 years on the board, and chose 47-year-old David Reed. The judge said all three...
Liberty Twp.’s budget, fire service touched by rapid growth
 Trustees in Liberty Twp. — one of the fastest-growing places in Ohio — are working on a 2017 budget that would add staff, consider new facilities and deal with a fire department deficit that is a byproduct of explosive growth. The township has quadrupled in two decades, now standing at about 40,000 residents and home to Liberty...

1:44 PM Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Trustees in Liberty Twp. — one of the fastest-growing places in Ohio — are working on a 2017 budget that would add staff, consider new facilities and deal with a fire department deficit that is a byproduct of explosive growth. The township has quadrupled in two decades, now standing at about 40,000 residents and home to Liberty...
Liberty Twp. fire levy possibly postponed again
 Liberty Twp. residents likely will not see a fire levy on their ballots next year, even though the fire fund for next year shows a $750,000-plus deficit and reserves for the township’s fire department evaporating rapidly under explosive growth. Township trustees got their first look at the $25 million spending plan for 2017 this week...

1:44 PM Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Liberty Twp. residents likely will not see a fire levy on their ballots next year, even though the fire fund for next year shows a $750,000-plus deficit and reserves for the township’s fire department evaporating rapidly under explosive growth. Township trustees got their first look at the $25 million spending plan for 2017 this week...
West Chester says doctor can’t prove harm in drug rehab fight
 West Chester Twp. lawyers fighting a lawsuit about a proposed drug rehab clinic said the doctor who filed the suit does not qualify for a preliminary injunction. The township offered a federal judge a litany of reasons why a preliminary injunction is inappropriate, chief among them that Dr. Mohamed Aziz is not a disabled person protected...

6:10 PM Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

West Chester Twp. lawyers fighting a lawsuit about a proposed drug rehab clinic said the doctor who filed the suit does not qualify for a preliminary injunction. The township offered a federal judge a litany of reasons why a preliminary injunction is inappropriate, chief among them that Dr. Mohamed Aziz is not a disabled person protected...
West Chester says doctor can’t prove harm in drug rehab fight
 West Chester Twp. lawyers fighting a lawsuit about a proposed drug rehab clinic said the doctor who filed the suit does not qualify for a preliminary injunction. The township offered a federal judge a litany of reasons why a preliminary injunction is inappropriate, chief among them that Dr. Mohamed Aziz is not a disabled person protected...

6:10 PM Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

West Chester Twp. lawyers fighting a lawsuit about a proposed drug rehab clinic said the doctor who filed the suit does not qualify for a preliminary injunction. The township offered a federal judge a litany of reasons why a preliminary injunction is inappropriate, chief among them that Dr. Mohamed Aziz is not a disabled person protected...
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