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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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...
Budget constraints put Butler County incentive raises in jeopardy
 State decisions, online purchases and slow car sales are being blamed for a Butler County budget that likely won’t include incentive raises next year. Finance Director Tawana Keels is painting a semi-bleak picture of the county’s finances next year, not because officials have been on a spending spree, she said, but because there...

Posted: 20 days ago

State decisions, online purchases and slow car sales are being blamed for a Butler County budget that likely won’t include incentive raises next year. Finance Director Tawana Keels is painting a semi-bleak picture of the county’s finances next year, not because officials have been on a spending spree, she said, but because there...
Catholic church opposes lighting project in Olde West Chester
 Almost 100 businesses and homeowners will help pay for new decorative street lighting as part of the Cincinnati-Dayton Road widening project in Olde West Chester, but at least one — a Catholic church — is not happy about the expense. The Butler County engineer’s office will be widening Cincinnati-Dayton Road from West Chester...

Posted: 21 days ago

Almost 100 businesses and homeowners will help pay for new decorative street lighting as part of the Cincinnati-Dayton Road widening project in Olde West Chester, but at least one — a Catholic church — is not happy about the expense. The Butler County engineer’s office will be widening Cincinnati-Dayton Road from West Chester...
Volunteers and seniors benefit from RASKALS program
 Calling all volunteers! West Chester Twp. is still looking for volunteers to participate in the Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors (RASKALS) for the annual spring clean-up. Groups of volunteers team up to rake leaves, clean gutters, even change hard-to-reach light bulbs for senior citizens. The township has about 64 seniors...

Posted: 25 days ago

Calling all volunteers! West Chester Twp. is still looking for volunteers to participate in the Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors (RASKALS) for the annual spring clean-up. Groups of volunteers team up to rake leaves, clean gutters, even change hard-to-reach light bulbs for senior citizens. The township has about 64 seniors...
Butler County moving to electronic poll books
 Butler County voters should have an easier time casting their ballots in the November election with the county’s purchase of electronic poll books. Butler County will spend $524,900 on the new technology, with the state paying $394,465, for the equipment. Benefits of electronic poll books, according to the Board of Elections, include...

Posted: 25 days ago

Butler County voters should have an easier time casting their ballots in the November election with the county’s purchase of electronic poll books. Butler County will spend $524,900 on the new technology, with the state paying $394,465, for the equipment. Benefits of electronic poll books, according to the Board of Elections, include...
Veterans boards await word on legislative changes
 Veterans boards across the state can relax, albeit temporarily, now that changes that tread on their autonomy was stricken from the House budget bill. The Butler County Veterans Service Commission protested language Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Chip Tansill had added to the budget bill. The proposals aimed to dictate qualifications...

Posted: 26 days ago

Veterans boards across the state can relax, albeit temporarily, now that changes that tread on their autonomy was stricken from the House budget bill. The Butler County Veterans Service Commission protested language Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Chip Tansill had added to the budget bill. The proposals aimed to dictate qualifications...
Butler County Veterans Board protests attempt to allow non-veterans
 The Butler County Veterans Service Commission is protesting a move by the state that would try to wrest some control over hiring and funding of local veterans’ groups and boards. The board sent a letter to all of the state senators and representatives from Butler County asking them to stop a move by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services...

Posted: 27 days ago

The Butler County Veterans Service Commission is protesting a move by the state that would try to wrest some control over hiring and funding of local veterans’ groups and boards. The board sent a letter to all of the state senators and representatives from Butler County asking them to stop a move by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services...
Staff cuts, renovations at Butler County-run nursing home
 The Butler County Care Facility has struggled financially for years, but the dark, unwelcoming atmosphere has been eradicated and a consultant hired by the county is working on revenue enhancements, process improvements and realigning staff for more efficiency. FIRST REPORT:Taxpayers bail out county home with nearly $1M Butler County hired...

Posted: 28 days ago

The Butler County Care Facility has struggled financially for years, but the dark, unwelcoming atmosphere has been eradicated and a consultant hired by the county is working on revenue enhancements, process improvements and realigning staff for more efficiency. FIRST REPORT:Taxpayers bail out county home with nearly $1M Butler County hired...
Butler County’s newest heroin-fighting tool: Big data
 Butler County is turning to big data as its newest tool to battle the heroin scourge. The county will soon use live data from emergency rooms, first responders and the coroner’s office to uncover hot spots where there have been spikes in overdoses. “Overdose data in real time allows communities — first responders, policymakers...

2:06 PM Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

Butler County is turning to big data as its newest tool to battle the heroin scourge. The county will soon use live data from emergency rooms, first responders and the coroner’s office to uncover hot spots where there have been spikes in overdoses. “Overdose data in real time allows communities — first responders, policymakers...
Liberty Twp. leaders seek more details before setting levy amount
 All three Liberty Twp. trustees say they are leaning toward a November ballot to ask voters for more money for fire services, but not until they obtain more financial information. The township’s finance committee recommends putting a 3.75 mill levy on the November ballot, but Trustee Tom Farrell said he isn’t comfortable with...

2:21 PM Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

All three Liberty Twp. trustees say they are leaning toward a November ballot to ask voters for more money for fire services, but not until they obtain more financial information. The township’s finance committee recommends putting a 3.75 mill levy on the November ballot, but Trustee Tom Farrell said he isn’t comfortable with...
Liberty Twp.’s growth may attract medical pot businesses, trustee warns
 Liberty Twp.’s growth could make it an attractive location for medical marijuana businesses, one trustee says. Marijuana dispensaries will likely be located in more populated areas, Trustee Christine Matacic said, and Butler County is the seventh largest county in the state and Liberty Twp. has been the fastest-growing community in...

3:51 PM Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

Liberty Twp.’s growth could make it an attractive location for medical marijuana businesses, one trustee says. Marijuana dispensaries will likely be located in more populated areas, Trustee Christine Matacic said, and Butler County is the seventh largest county in the state and Liberty Twp. has been the fastest-growing community in...
Butler County could demolish commercial blight with new state help
 Until now, the Butler County land bank has tackled residential blight through demolition work, but the agency soon could expand to take down commercial and industrial eyesores. The land bank board will offer a letter of support — with qualifications — to state legislators for a $50 million budget amendment that would fund demolition...

3:00 AM Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

Until now, the Butler County land bank has tackled residential blight through demolition work, but the agency soon could expand to take down commercial and industrial eyesores. The land bank board will offer a letter of support — with qualifications — to state legislators for a $50 million budget amendment that would fund demolition...
Ryan Widmer’s attorney: Magistrate got it wrong on bathtub death appeal
 Ryan Widmer’s attorney Monday continued her fight for his freedom, despite a ruling from a federal magistrate judge that further appeals would be frivolous. “Because reasonable jurists would not disagree with this conclusion, petitioner should be denied a certificate of appealability and the court should certify to the Sixth Circuit...

9:30 PM Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Ryan Widmer’s attorney Monday continued her fight for his freedom, despite a ruling from a federal magistrate judge that further appeals would be frivolous. “Because reasonable jurists would not disagree with this conclusion, petitioner should be denied a certificate of appealability and the court should certify to the Sixth Circuit...
Liberty Twp. fire levy timing divides trustees
 Liberty Twp. voters likely will face a levy request to fund the fire department, but two trustees have changed their minds about when is the best time to be on the ballot. One now wants it on the ballot later she has said, the other sooner than he first thought. RELATED: Trustees disagree on fire levy timing Trustee Board President Christine...

6:22 PM Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Liberty Twp. voters likely will face a levy request to fund the fire department, but two trustees have changed their minds about when is the best time to be on the ballot. One now wants it on the ballot later she has said, the other sooner than he first thought. RELATED: Trustees disagree on fire levy timing Trustee Board President Christine...
Property tax rates high in Ohio and Cincinnati area
 Ohio has one of the highest property tax rates in the U.S., and the Cincinnati metro area also ranks high among the nation’s largest metro areas, according to a new report by housing market data tracker, ATTOM Data Solutions. Ohio homeowners paid an average annual property tax of $2,616 last year, or an effective tax rate 1.68 percent...

11:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017

Ohio has one of the highest property tax rates in the U.S., and the Cincinnati metro area also ranks high among the nation’s largest metro areas, according to a new report by housing market data tracker, ATTOM Data Solutions. Ohio homeowners paid an average annual property tax of $2,616 last year, or an effective tax rate 1.68 percent...
Butler County: new administrator good investment for residents
 Butler County is one step closer to picking a new assistant county administrator and officials say it is not just about adding another body, customer service, efficiency and furthering financial goals are at the heart of the hiring. The person who gets the $81,000 a year position will be expected to be another set of eyes and ears for County...

8:11 PM Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017

Butler County is one step closer to picking a new assistant county administrator and officials say it is not just about adding another body, customer service, efficiency and furthering financial goals are at the heart of the hiring. The person who gets the $81,000 a year position will be expected to be another set of eyes and ears for County...
Butler County child support payments now taken by phone
 Parents can now make their child support payments by phone in Butler County. Since February, the Butler County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) has been taking phone payments. So far the agency has collected 115 payments totaling $74,677. “We are constantly looking for ways to not only increase collections, but improve our processes...

1:49 PM Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017

Parents can now make their child support payments by phone in Butler County. Since February, the Butler County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) has been taking phone payments. So far the agency has collected 115 payments totaling $74,677. “We are constantly looking for ways to not only increase collections, but improve our processes...
Final order on $3 million New Miami speed award needed, court says
 The 12th District Court of Appeals basically said slow down to the village of New Miami’s request to appeal issues in its speed camera case. The village filed a notice of appeal a month ago on several matters, including whether the village is liable for the entire $3 million amount the program collected, rather than just the $1.8 million...

1:20 PM Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017

The 12th District Court of Appeals basically said slow down to the village of New Miami’s request to appeal issues in its speed camera case. The village filed a notice of appeal a month ago on several matters, including whether the village is liable for the entire $3 million amount the program collected, rather than just the $1.8 million...
Middletown veterans office opens after 18-month closure
 A Middletown Marine veteran said he had to borrow money for gas to get to the Butler County Veterans Service Commission office in Hamilton after the Middletown office closed in 2015. On Monday, Cornelius Clay and other veterans attended the unveiling of the new Middletown office. “It means everything, because sometimes we don&rsquo...

1:28 PM Monday, Apr. 10, 2017

A Middletown Marine veteran said he had to borrow money for gas to get to the Butler County Veterans Service Commission office in Hamilton after the Middletown office closed in 2015. On Monday, Cornelius Clay and other veterans attended the unveiling of the new Middletown office. “It means everything, because sometimes we don&rsquo...
Opiate epidemic focus of new Butler County Family Drug Court
 Combating the opiate epidemic in the Children Services realm will get a boost in June when the new Butler County Family Treatment Drug Court debuts. Interim Job and Family Services Executive Director Bill Morrison said they have a bit of a “chicken and egg” situation because grants can’t be gotten until there is an actual...

3:40 PM Friday, Apr. 07, 2017

Combating the opiate epidemic in the Children Services realm will get a boost in June when the new Butler County Family Treatment Drug Court debuts. Interim Job and Family Services Executive Director Bill Morrison said they have a bit of a “chicken and egg” situation because grants can’t be gotten until there is an actual...
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