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Middletown raising sewer rates in advance of mandatory improvements
 Middletown residents will pay more for sewer services in 2018. City Council is expected to approve a 15 percent increase in sewer rates at its Nov. 21 meeting. This rate increase will cost a typical residential user an additional $4.41 per month based on 600 cubic feet of usage for sewage. The rate hike marks the second increase in as many...

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Middletown residents will pay more for sewer services in 2018. City Council is expected to approve a 15 percent increase in sewer rates at its Nov. 21 meeting. This rate increase will cost a typical residential user an additional $4.41 per month based on 600 cubic feet of usage for sewage. The rate hike marks the second increase in as many...
A growing Monroe buys more building space for city services
 Location, location, location is the real estate mantra, and Monroe officials are jumping on an opportunity to purchase an adjacent building so that it can expand its Public Works Department as well as have room for future growth. Monroe City Council on Tuesday approved an emergency ordinance to purchase the property at 980 Holman Ave., which...

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Location, location, location is the real estate mantra, and Monroe officials are jumping on an opportunity to purchase an adjacent building so that it can expand its Public Works Department as well as have room for future growth. Monroe City Council on Tuesday approved an emergency ordinance to purchase the property at 980 Holman Ave., which...
Will rates change with Middletown trash contract extension?
 Middletown will extend its waste collection and recycling contract for another two years, but with no rate increases City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance to extend its contract with Rumpke of Ohio for through 2019. The city’s current contract expires at the end of the year. MORE: 
            
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Middletown will extend its waste collection and recycling contract for another two years, but with no rate increases City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance to extend its contract with Rumpke of Ohio for through 2019. The city’s current contract expires at the end of the year. MORE: Middletown...
Monroe to rename former Americana Amusement Park property
 Monroe City Council unanimously voted to rename a landmark piece of property in honor of its bicentennial. At the end of Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Robert Routson made a motion to rename the former Americana Amusement Park to Bicentennial Park. The city closed on its land swap acquisition of the former amusement park on Nov. 7 and will...

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Monroe City Council unanimously voted to rename a landmark piece of property in honor of its bicentennial. At the end of Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Robert Routson made a motion to rename the former Americana Amusement Park to Bicentennial Park. The city closed on its land swap acquisition of the former amusement park on Nov. 7 and will...
Middletown creates custom grants for new small businesses
 Middletown officials are developing a pair of pilot agreements for small business economic development grants for two businesses. City Manager Doug Adkins said the pilot agreements were customized using city funds for these businesses as they would not meet the criteria for other economic development programs. “With downtown starting...

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Middletown officials are developing a pair of pilot agreements for small business economic development grants for two businesses. City Manager Doug Adkins said the pilot agreements were customized using city funds for these businesses as they would not meet the criteria for other economic development programs. “With downtown starting...
Cause of Franklin industrial fire under investigation
 The cause of an industrial fire early Monday morning in Franklin has not been determined, but the city’s fire chief told this news outlet he believes it may have been accidental. The fire started just after midnight at Next Gen Composites, 321 Conover Drive, and required fire and EMS units from Middletown, Franklin Twp., Carlisle, Clearcreek...

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The cause of an industrial fire early Monday morning in Franklin has not been determined, but the city’s fire chief told this news outlet he believes it may have been accidental. The fire started just after midnight at Next Gen Composites, 321 Conover Drive, and required fire and EMS units from Middletown, Franklin Twp., Carlisle, Clearcreek...
Franklin teacher’s work garners national attention
 A Franklin teacher recently participated in setting national standards for accomplished teaching. Sally Runge, a teacher in the Franklin City School District, was one of 271 teachers across the nation who met in Dulles, Va. to help set the National Board Certification performance standards across 25 certificate areas. MORE: What could more...

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A Franklin teacher recently participated in setting national standards for accomplished teaching. Sally Runge, a teacher in the Franklin City School District, was one of 271 teachers across the nation who met in Dulles, Va. to help set the National Board Certification performance standards across 25 certificate areas. MORE: What could more...
Butler, Warren families have multiple members in public office
 Public office has become a family tradition in some Butler and Warren County communities. After Tuesday’s election, Middletown Mayor Larry Mulligan will be joined in public office by his mother and brother. MORE: 3 members of same Middletown family to serve in public office Cathie Mulligan won a seat on the Middletown City Schools Board...

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Public office has become a family tradition in some Butler and Warren County communities. After Tuesday’s election, Middletown Mayor Larry Mulligan will be joined in public office by his mother and brother. MORE: 3 members of same Middletown family to serve in public office Cathie Mulligan won a seat on the Middletown City Schools Board...
OVI checkpoint tonight in Butler County
 The Butler County OVI Task Force will be conducting an OVI checkpoint tonight, Nov. 10, in Monroe. The checkpoint will be located at 6262 Hamilton-Middletown Road (Ohio 4), according to the Task Force. MORE: 2 pedestrians hit in Hamilton; medical helicopters called The northbound lane will be checked from 7 to 10 p.m., according to the Task...

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The Butler County OVI Task Force will be conducting an OVI checkpoint tonight, Nov. 10, in Monroe. The checkpoint will be located at 6262 Hamilton-Middletown Road (Ohio 4), according to the Task Force. MORE: 2 pedestrians hit in Hamilton; medical helicopters called The northbound lane will be checked from 7 to 10 p.m., according to the Task...
Larger plans approved for indoor skydiving in Middletown
 A proposed wind tunnel at a Middletown business to be used for indoor skydiving has already gone on a growth spurt, even though construction hasn’t yet started. Start Skydiving received approval this week to increase the height of its proposed vertical wind tunnel another 50 feet, from 130 feet to 180 feet. The approval amended a previous...

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A proposed wind tunnel at a Middletown business to be used for indoor skydiving has already gone on a growth spurt, even though construction hasn’t yet started. Start Skydiving received approval this week to increase the height of its proposed vertical wind tunnel another 50 feet, from 130 feet to 180 feet. The approval amended a previous...
Start date for new Middletown judge clarified
 Some confusion on when the newly-elected judge of the Middletown Municipal Court will take the bench has prompted the Butler County Board of Elections to issue a clarification statement. MORE: James Sherron cruises to win in contentious Middletown judge race In a statement issued today, the winner of the election “may assume office...

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Some confusion on when the newly-elected judge of the Middletown Municipal Court will take the bench has prompted the Butler County Board of Elections to issue a clarification statement. MORE: James Sherron cruises to win in contentious Middletown judge race In a statement issued today, the winner of the election “may assume office...
Ousted Middletown council member plans another run for office
 Despite her loss Tuesday to retain a seat on Middletown City Council, Vice Mayor Dora Bronston said she plans to run again in two years, possibly for mayor. Newcomer Ami Vitori was the leading vote-getter Tuesday for one of two open seats on Middletown City Council. Vitori received 33.8 percent of the vote in Butler County for a four-year...

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Despite her loss Tuesday to retain a seat on Middletown City Council, Vice Mayor Dora Bronston said she plans to run again in two years, possibly for mayor. Newcomer Ami Vitori was the leading vote-getter Tuesday for one of two open seats on Middletown City Council. Vitori received 33.8 percent of the vote in Butler County for a four-year...
Incumbents re-elected to Franklin school board; 1 has possible recount
 Two of the three incumbents for Franklin school board lead the four-candidate field on election night, but one seat may face a possible recount due to a close margin. Incumbent board members Rachel Ruppert-Wolfinbarger and Chris Sizemore were re-elected with comfortable margins. According to final, unofficial results from the Warren County...

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Two of the three incumbents for Franklin school board lead the four-candidate field on election night, but one seat may face a possible recount due to a close margin. Incumbent board members Rachel Ruppert-Wolfinbarger and Chris Sizemore were re-elected with comfortable margins. According to final, unofficial results from the Warren County...
Franklin Twp. loses another fire levy
 Voters in Franklin Twp. rejected another fire levy Tuesday. According to final, unofficial results from the Warren County Board of Elections, the additional, continuing 4.31-mill fire levy was defeated by a vote of 61.6 percent against to 38.4 percent for the levy. Had the levy passed, it would have cost the owner of a home with $100,000...

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Voters in Franklin Twp. rejected another fire levy Tuesday. According to final, unofficial results from the Warren County Board of Elections, the additional, continuing 4.31-mill fire levy was defeated by a vote of 61.6 percent against to 38.4 percent for the levy. Had the levy passed, it would have cost the owner of a home with $100,000...
Newcomers Centers, Jennings win Franklin Twp. trustee seats
 Newcomers Shane Centers and Matt Jennings have been elected as Franklin Twp. trustees in their first run for office. According to unofficial final results from the Warren County Board of Elections, Centers was the leading vote-getter receiving 31.4 percent of the vote. Jennings was the second-highest vote-getter receiving nearly 26.6 percent...

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Newcomers Shane Centers and Matt Jennings have been elected as Franklin Twp. trustees in their first run for office. According to unofficial final results from the Warren County Board of Elections, Centers was the leading vote-getter receiving 31.4 percent of the vote. Jennings was the second-highest vote-getter receiving nearly 26.6 percent...
Two of three incumbents re-elected in Franklin city council race
 Former Franklin councilman Matt Wilcher was elected back to council after losing his seat two years ago. On Tuesday, Wilcher joined incumbent Mayor Denny Centers and Councilman Michael Aldridge in winning four-year terms on council. Incumbent Vice Mayor Carl Bray lost his re-election bid in the four-way race for three open seats. According...

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Former Franklin councilman Matt Wilcher was elected back to council after losing his seat two years ago. On Tuesday, Wilcher joined incumbent Mayor Denny Centers and Councilman Michael Aldridge in winning four-year terms on council. Incumbent Vice Mayor Carl Bray lost his re-election bid in the four-way race for three open seats. According...
Newcomer, former councilman win seats on Middletown City Council
 Newcomer Ami Vitori was the leading vote-getter for one of two open seats on Middletown City Council. Vitori received 33.8 percent of the vote in Butler County for a four-year term and just under 33.5 percent of the vote in Warren County, according to unofficial results. MORE: Middletown’s image: Here’s what 5 council candidates...

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Newcomer Ami Vitori was the leading vote-getter for one of two open seats on Middletown City Council. Vitori received 33.8 percent of the vote in Butler County for a four-year term and just under 33.5 percent of the vote in Warren County, according to unofficial results. MORE: Middletown’s image: Here’s what 5 council candidates...
James Sherron cruises to win in contentious Middletown judge race
 James Sherron was the leader throughout the night in both Butler and Warren counties and cruised to a convincing victory to become the new judge of Middletown Municipal Court. “I’m ecstatic,” he said. “I’m glad the voters could see through everything and weigh all of the issues and politics of it.” MORE...

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James Sherron was the leader throughout the night in both Butler and Warren counties and cruised to a convincing victory to become the new judge of Middletown Municipal Court. “I’m ecstatic,” he said. “I’m glad the voters could see through everything and weigh all of the issues and politics of it.” MORE...
Middletown designated a Purple Heart City
 Middletown is joining more than 30 communities in Ohio designated as a Purple Heart City. Middletown City Council today is officially recognizing Purple Heart Day and its designation as a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Other Purple Heart Cities in the region include Hamilton, Franklin, Springboro and West Carrollton...

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Middletown is joining more than 30 communities in Ohio designated as a Purple Heart City. Middletown City Council today is officially recognizing Purple Heart Day and its designation as a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Other Purple Heart Cities in the region include Hamilton, Franklin, Springboro and West Carrollton...
State panel recommends fines for Middletown judge candidate
 UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m. Judge Melynda Cook-Howard deferred any comment on the matter to Butler County Republican Party chairman Todd Hall. “James Sherron was fined today for ethics violations in his campaign, and appropriately so,” Hall said. “Our voters expect higher standards from those running for office, particularly judicial...

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UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m. Judge Melynda Cook-Howard deferred any comment on the matter to Butler County Republican Party chairman Todd Hall. “James Sherron was fined today for ethics violations in his campaign, and appropriately so,” Hall said. “Our voters expect higher standards from those running for office, particularly judicial...
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