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Magistrate dismisses lawsuit over West Chester schoolhouse sale
 The appeal and accompanying consent decree that sanctions the sale of the historic Station Road schoolhouse to the owners of the Community Montessori School has been dismissed. Magistrate Justin Lane issued his opinion Friday morning, nullifying the appeal by Todd and Jamie Minniear, owners of the Montessori school, against the township and...

4:48 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The appeal and accompanying consent decree that sanctions the sale of the historic Station Road schoolhouse to the owners of the Community Montessori School has been dismissed. Magistrate Justin Lane issued his opinion Friday morning, nullifying the appeal by Todd and Jamie Minniear, owners of the Montessori school, against the township and...
Longtime Butler County veterans board member steps down on record note
 Lowell Stewart has been a Butler County veterans service commissioner for 22 years, and his final meeting follows a record-breaking month for the number of veterans served by the commission. The agency reported assisting 614 veterans in November. Stewart said that made for an awesome send off for him. “It feels real good, it’s...

3:51 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Lowell Stewart has been a Butler County veterans service commissioner for 22 years, and his final meeting follows a record-breaking month for the number of veterans served by the commission. The agency reported assisting 614 veterans in November. Stewart said that made for an awesome send off for him. “It feels real good, it’s...
Major Butler County road widening project delayed
 More than $10 million has been cut from the Butler County Engineer’s Office budget for 2017 because the widening of Ohio 747 has been delayed due to utility relocation problems. Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens removed $10.7 million from his department’s budget because the massive road widening and improvement to the major...

2:22 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

More than $10 million has been cut from the Butler County Engineer’s Office budget for 2017 because the widening of Ohio 747 has been delayed due to utility relocation problems. Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens removed $10.7 million from his department’s budget because the massive road widening and improvement to the major...
Butler County paying down $2.1 million in debt
 The Butler County commissioners authorized issuing $7 million in bond anticipation notes for the public safety communication system and a $2.1 million accelerated debt repayment Monday. The commissioners learned earlier this fall that Motorola, the maker of the public safety communications system, no longer makes the current radios and will...

3:15 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

The Butler County commissioners authorized issuing $7 million in bond anticipation notes for the public safety communication system and a $2.1 million accelerated debt repayment Monday. The commissioners learned earlier this fall that Motorola, the maker of the public safety communications system, no longer makes the current radios and will...
West Chester retiring 30-year-old fire truck
 After decades of service in the West Chester Fire Department fleet, Heavy Rescue 71 has retired. The 1984 Ford L9000 Ranger carried firefighters and specialized equipment as they responded to structure fires, car accidents, people trapped in machinery, and water and trench rescues among other emergencies for more than three decades, according...

9:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

After decades of service in the West Chester Fire Department fleet, Heavy Rescue 71 has retired. The 1984 Ford L9000 Ranger carried firefighters and specialized equipment as they responded to structure fires, car accidents, people trapped in machinery, and water and trench rescues among other emergencies for more than three decades, according...
West Chester’s new leader lured by township’s reputation
 West Chester Twp.’s status as one of the best places to live lured its new township administrator, Larry Burks, here, and he said he intends to keep the township on top. Burks has spent his entire life in Nebraska but now he is picking up his family of four and moving them to Ohio so he can head the community named one of Money magazine&rsquo...

2:26 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

West Chester Twp.’s status as one of the best places to live lured its new township administrator, Larry Burks, here, and he said he intends to keep the township on top. Burks has spent his entire life in Nebraska but now he is picking up his family of four and moving them to Ohio so he can head the community named one of Money magazine&rsquo...
Legal issues may doom sale of West Chester historic schoolhouse

3:20 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

The sale of the historic Station Road schoolhouse is pending after a Butler County magistrate decided he needs to think about whether the court even has jurisdiction over the appeal of a zoning board ruling. West Chester Twp. trustees agreed to sell the schoolhouse to the owners of Community Montessori School last May, but the zoning board...
Liberty Twp. bans all medical marijuana businesses
 Liberty Twp. trustees have agreed to ban all medical marijuana businesses, but may reconsider later allowing dispensaries after more research can be done. The township’s legal counsel advised trustees that extending the moratorium that has been in place for over a year could be problematic, so trustees began the process to ban such...

4:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Liberty Twp. trustees have agreed to ban all medical marijuana businesses, but may reconsider later allowing dispensaries after more research can be done. The township’s legal counsel advised trustees that extending the moratorium that has been in place for over a year could be problematic, so trustees began the process to ban such...
Butler County family drug court to add counseling service
 The Butler County Family Treatment Drug Court is about to move into its next phase by seeking bids for the “Celebrating Families” family counseling service. The family drug court now has 11 clients who meet with Juvenile Court Magistrate Pat Wilkerson every Thursday. Soon the parents will have another tool to help them on their...

3:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

The Butler County Family Treatment Drug Court is about to move into its next phase by seeking bids for the “Celebrating Families” family counseling service. The family drug court now has 11 clients who meet with Juvenile Court Magistrate Pat Wilkerson every Thursday. Soon the parents will have another tool to help them on their...
Retired Army Master Sergeant newest Butler County veteran commissioner
 Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers has appointed retired Army Master Sergeant Bruce Jones to the Veterans Service Commission. Jones, a 63-year-old Hamilton resident, was one of three veterans recommended by AMVETS Post 1983. He will replace Commissioner Lowell Stewart, who has served on the board for 22 years. Powers said a number...

5:04 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers has appointed retired Army Master Sergeant Bruce Jones to the Veterans Service Commission. Jones, a 63-year-old Hamilton resident, was one of three veterans recommended by AMVETS Post 1983. He will replace Commissioner Lowell Stewart, who has served on the board for 22 years. Powers said a number...
Liberty Twp.’s 2018 focus: Expanding its commercial footprint

4:02 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

Most of Liberty Twp.’s spending priorities for next year center on infrastructure planning and economic development to expand its commercial footprint and services to the ever-growing township. The proposed budget for 2018 is $27.2 million for all funds and $17.2 million for operations against $27.1 million and $16.6 million in revenues...
West Chester Twp. has found a new administrator
 West Chester Twp. has found a new township administrator, and he hails from Nebraska. Larry D. Burks, assistant city manager of Bellevue, Neb., has accepted the position and the township is in the process of negotiating a contract. RELATED: West Chester Twp. administrator resigns The trustees are expected to vote on the new hire Dec. 5. Longtime...

4:28 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

West Chester Twp. has found a new township administrator, and he hails from Nebraska. Larry D. Burks, assistant city manager of Bellevue, Neb., has accepted the position and the township is in the process of negotiating a contract. RELATED: West Chester Twp. administrator resigns The trustees are expected to vote on the new hire Dec. 5. Longtime...
West Chester winter farmers market open for business
 The West Chester Farmers and Artsian Home Producers Market offers only home grown, home produced foods, crafts, jewelry and other items and is now open for the winter months at the Muhlhauser Barn. The winter market is open from now until March and is held the first and third Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Market co-manager Reuben Schwartz said...

4:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

The West Chester Farmers and Artsian Home Producers Market offers only home grown, home produced foods, crafts, jewelry and other items and is now open for the winter months at the Muhlhauser Barn. The winter market is open from now until March and is held the first and third Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Market co-manager Reuben Schwartz said...
Butler County wants 20 major drug companies to pay $5 million
 Butler County wants 20 major drug companies and distributors to pay $5 million for the role commissioners say they played in the opioid epidemic. The lawsuit, filed last week in United States District Court in Columbus, alleges the companies have violated racketeering laws by fueling the epidemic. FIRST REPORT: Butler County to sue major...

2:23 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Butler County wants 20 major drug companies and distributors to pay $5 million for the role commissioners say they played in the opioid epidemic. The lawsuit, filed last week in United States District Court in Columbus, alleges the companies have violated racketeering laws by fueling the epidemic. FIRST REPORT: Butler County to sue major...
Middletown gets Butler County support for housing overhaul
 The city of Middletown is receiving support from Butler County officials and the county’s land bank board in a quest to flip the city’s stock of vacant and functionally obsolete housing. City Manager Doug Adkins recently told land bank members that the city “shot itself in the foot” when it significantly increased...

2:02 PM Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

The city of Middletown is receiving support from Butler County officials and the county’s land bank board in a quest to flip the city’s stock of vacant and functionally obsolete housing. City Manager Doug Adkins recently told land bank members that the city “shot itself in the foot” when it significantly increased...
Butler County union’s raises will be erased if levy fails
 A new union contract for Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities employees has a clause that allows a two percent raise to be erased if voters don’t approve a tax levy next year. The contract for 25 developmental specialists runs through 2020 and provides for two percent raises, based on performance. But Board of DD Superintendent...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

A new union contract for Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities employees has a clause that allows a two percent raise to be erased if voters don’t approve a tax levy next year. The contract for 25 developmental specialists runs through 2020 and provides for two percent raises, based on performance. But Board of DD Superintendent...
West Chester, Montessori School agree to enrollment, traffic limits
 West Chester Twp. trustees and the owners of Community Montessori School have submitted a consent degree in Butler County Common Pleas Court that limits students and car stacking to ease traffic at the Station Road Schoolhouse at 6670 Station Road. Addressing concerns some residents have voiced regarding traffic at the site, the township...

9:00 PM Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

West Chester Twp. trustees and the owners of Community Montessori School have submitted a consent degree in Butler County Common Pleas Court that limits students and car stacking to ease traffic at the Station Road Schoolhouse at 6670 Station Road. Addressing concerns some residents have voiced regarding traffic at the site, the township...
Madison Twp. home previously used for bear wrestling to be razed
 The Butler County land bank approved funding a new demolition this week — a home in Madison Twp. that used to be the place where a man would wrestle his bear in the fenced-in yard. PHOTOS:
            
               Buddy, a 500-pound North American Black Bear, and his human wrestling partner The house in the 8100 block of Meyers Road...

8:10 PM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

The Butler County land bank approved funding a new demolition this week — a home in Madison Twp. that used to be the place where a man would wrestle his bear in the fenced-in yard. PHOTOS: Buddy, a 500-pound North American Black Bear, and his human wrestling partner The house in the 8100 block of Meyers Road...
Hamilton girl with leukemia among those to be adopted Saturday
 Heidi was suffering from untreated leukemia when the Matthews family took her in, and on Saturday the Hamilton couple will officially make her part of their family. Butler County Probate Judge Randy Rogers will finalize nine adoptions on Saturday as part of National Adoption Day. Renee and Jody Matthews said Heidi and the 15 other children...

2:20 PM Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Heidi was suffering from untreated leukemia when the Matthews family took her in, and on Saturday the Hamilton couple will officially make her part of their family. Butler County Probate Judge Randy Rogers will finalize nine adoptions on Saturday as part of National Adoption Day. Renee and Jody Matthews said Heidi and the 15 other children...
Future of Liberty Twp. suburbia: Pedestrian walkways
 Someday soon people may be able to walk from Lakota East High School and Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus to mega retail shopping center Liberty Center on a pedestrian bridge over Ohio 129. Liberty Twp. will commission a design and engineering study to get a better cost estimate on the first part of a broader plan to make the township...

11:00 AM Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Someday soon people may be able to walk from Lakota East High School and Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus to mega retail shopping center Liberty Center on a pedestrian bridge over Ohio 129. Liberty Twp. will commission a design and engineering study to get a better cost estimate on the first part of a broader plan to make the township...
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