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NAACP leader on Franklin Twp. firefighter: ‘I hope he learned from this’
 Local leaders are weighing in after the resignation of a Franklin Twp. firefighter who last week posted a racially charged comment on social media. Tyler Roysdon submitted his resignation as a volunteer firefighter on Monday, according to township officials. Over the past few days, the presidents of the NAACP branches in Dayton and in...

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Local leaders are weighing in after the resignation of a Franklin Twp. firefighter who last week posted a racially charged comment on social media. Tyler Roysdon submitted his resignation as a volunteer firefighter on Monday, according to township officials. Over the past few days, the presidents of the NAACP branches in Dayton and in...
Franklin hires interim law director
 A Dayton-area attorney has been hired as Franklin’s acting law director. Franklin City Council on Monday approved a one-year contract for Lynnette Dinkler to serve as acting law director. The position is required by the city’s charter. Dinkler replaces Donnette Fisher, who resigned to become Xenia’s law director last month...

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A Dayton-area attorney has been hired as Franklin’s acting law director. Franklin City Council on Monday approved a one-year contract for Lynnette Dinkler to serve as acting law director. The position is required by the city’s charter. Dinkler replaces Donnette Fisher, who resigned to become Xenia’s law director last month...
Suspended Franklin Twp. firefighter who issued racial slur resigns
 A Franklin Twp. firefighter who posted a racially charged comment on social media last week has resigned. Tyler Roysdon submitted his resignation as a volunteer firefighter on Monday, according to township officials. Trustees President Brian Morris confirmed Roysdon’s resignation. Fire Chief Steve Bishop indefinitely suspended Roysdon...

Posted: 23 hours ago

A Franklin Twp. firefighter who posted a racially charged comment on social media last week has resigned. Tyler Roysdon submitted his resignation as a volunteer firefighter on Monday, according to township officials. Trustees President Brian Morris confirmed Roysdon’s resignation. Fire Chief Steve Bishop indefinitely suspended Roysdon...
Middletown leaders voice progress in overdose fight
 Three months after some dire predictions were made, the number of heroin overdose runs and deaths have declined . About 50 community and professional leaders attended the 11th Heroin Summit held Monday at Atrium Medical Center to hear updates in Middletown’s efforts in its battle with the opioid epidemic that has gripped the city and...

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Three months after some dire predictions were made, the number of heroin overdose runs and deaths have declined . About 50 community and professional leaders attended the 11th Heroin Summit held Monday at Atrium Medical Center to hear updates in Middletown’s efforts in its battle with the opioid epidemic that has gripped the city and...
Middletown NAACP president calls for firing of firefighter
 The president of the Middletown NAACP branch is calling for the termination of a Franklin Twp. firefighter who posted a racially charged comment on social media last week. In a statement, Dora Bronston, NAACP president and Middletown’s vice mayor, said comments made on social media by Firefighter Tyler Roysdon warrant his termination...

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The president of the Middletown NAACP branch is calling for the termination of a Franklin Twp. firefighter who posted a racially charged comment on social media last week. In a statement, Dora Bronston, NAACP president and Middletown’s vice mayor, said comments made on social media by Firefighter Tyler Roysdon warrant his termination...
Volunteer Franklin Twp. firefighter suspended amid alleged racist comments
 Roysdon indicated in the post that if he had to choose between saving a dog or a black man from a burning building that he would save the dog first because “one dog is more important than a million” and then used a racial slur.   Stivers said that Bishop took the most aggressive step he was legally allowed to take as...

Posted: 4 days ago

Roysdon indicated in the post that if he had to choose between saving a dog or a black man from a burning building that he would save the dog first because “one dog is more important than a million” and then used a racial slur.   Stivers said that Bishop took the most aggressive step he was legally allowed to take as...
Missing clause in fire contract gives Franklin Twp. trustees pause
 Franklin Twp. trustees opted not to approve a fire contract renewal after having some reservations. Last week, Middletown City Council approved a 10-year renewal of its contract to provide fire suppression services for areas of Franklin Twp. south of Manchester Road, north of Central Avenue/Coles Road, and west of Interstate 75. “The...

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Franklin Twp. trustees opted not to approve a fire contract renewal after having some reservations. Last week, Middletown City Council approved a 10-year renewal of its contract to provide fire suppression services for areas of Franklin Twp. south of Manchester Road, north of Central Avenue/Coles Road, and west of Interstate 75. “The...
Butler County has first confirmed case of West Nile virus
 A Monroe woman is the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in Butler County. The Butler County Health Department confirmed today the first human case of the virus and the first positive mosquito samples in 2017. Debbie Ridenour of Monroe said she had been sick for three weeks and was hospitalized for four days at Atrium Medical Center...

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A Monroe woman is the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in Butler County. The Butler County Health Department confirmed today the first human case of the virus and the first positive mosquito samples in 2017. Debbie Ridenour of Monroe said she had been sick for three weeks and was hospitalized for four days at Atrium Medical Center...
Middletown planners deny Kettering Health Network’s rezoning request
 UPDATE @ 9:14 p.m.: A request by Kettering Health Network to rezone two parcels in Middletown to develop a $30 million outpatient medical facility was unanimously denied by the city planning commission on Wednesday night. The planning commission rejected the city planning department’s recommendation to approve the request, which would...

Posted: 7 days ago

UPDATE @ 9:14 p.m.: A request by Kettering Health Network to rezone two parcels in Middletown to develop a $30 million outpatient medical facility was unanimously denied by the city planning commission on Wednesday night. The planning commission rejected the city planning department’s recommendation to approve the request, which would...
Franklin collecting donations to help Hurricane Irma, Harvey victims
 A community hurricane relief drive is underway in Franklin. The city is partnering with Caring Partners, a local mission resource center, to collect personal hygiene and cleaning supplies as well as bottled water for areas affected by recent hurricanes. MORE: Hurricane Irma’s destruction as told through social media Residents can drop...

Posted: 7 days ago

A community hurricane relief drive is underway in Franklin. The city is partnering with Caring Partners, a local mission resource center, to collect personal hygiene and cleaning supplies as well as bottled water for areas affected by recent hurricanes. MORE: Hurricane Irma’s destruction as told through social media Residents can drop...
Confederate monument to be repaired after it was scratched in move
 A 90-year-old Confederate monument was scratched by city of Franklin crews when it was moved last month, according to a Franklin Twp. official. MORE: The wild 24 hours of Franklin’s Robert E. Lee Confederate monument The township, which now has possession of the monument, will be repaired by the end of the month, according to Traci...

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A 90-year-old Confederate monument was scratched by city of Franklin crews when it was moved last month, according to a Franklin Twp. official. MORE: The wild 24 hours of Franklin’s Robert E. Lee Confederate monument The township, which now has possession of the monument, will be repaired by the end of the month, according to Traci...
Middletown dog park plans take step forward
 Middletown City Council will soon give consideration for future improvements at Miami Park that include a new dog park. Jeff Repper of the Middletown Young Professionals gave a presentation to council on the proposal to create the dog park as well as to raise funds to pay for it. Repper said fundraising will start once council gives...

Posted: 8 days ago

Middletown City Council will soon give consideration for future improvements at Miami Park that include a new dog park. Jeff Repper of the Middletown Young Professionals gave a presentation to council on the proposal to create the dog park as well as to raise funds to pay for it. Repper said fundraising will start once council gives...
Middletown spends $50,000 to fix weather damage at airport
 Last spring’s severe weather that damaged infrastructure at the Middletown Municipal Airport/Hook Field has required additional funds to make repairs. Middletown City Council has approved an emergency resolution to provide an additional $50,000 to the Airport Fund for infrastructure maintenance issues that present safety hazards, according...

Posted: 8 days ago

Last spring’s severe weather that damaged infrastructure at the Middletown Municipal Airport/Hook Field has required additional funds to make repairs. Middletown City Council has approved an emergency resolution to provide an additional $50,000 to the Airport Fund for infrastructure maintenance issues that present safety hazards, according...
Franklin High School to induct 8 into Hall of Fame
 Franklin High School will induct its newest class of eight alumni into its Hall of Fame this week. MORE: 7 great Franklin High School athletes This year’s class of inductees includes:
               
                  Danny Retherford, class of 1965. He lettered in three sports, is Franklin High School’s sixth all-time scorer...

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Franklin High School will induct its newest class of eight alumni into its Hall of Fame this week. MORE: 7 great Franklin High School athletes This year’s class of inductees includes: Danny Retherford, class of 1965. He lettered in three sports, is Franklin High School’s sixth all-time scorer...
Middletown approves using federal funds for new airport plans
 The future development of the Middletown Regional Airport/Hook Field took off as the city accepted federal funding for a new airport master plan and airport layout plan update. City Council approved receiving the $386,448 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to create the new documents and approve Woolpert, Inc., the firm that will...

Posted: 9 days ago

The future development of the Middletown Regional Airport/Hook Field took off as the city accepted federal funding for a new airport master plan and airport layout plan update. City Council approved receiving the $386,448 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to create the new documents and approve Woolpert, Inc., the firm that will...
Hamilton’s Dragon Boat race continues to grow
 More than 200 people on nine boat teams competed in Saturday’s second annual Hamilton Dragon Boat Festival & Asian Culture Celebration. Organizers said the Hamilton Dragon Boat Festival and Asian Culture Celebration is about community, culture, teamwork, and families. The teams are comprised of businesses, church and civic groups, school...

Posted: 10 days ago

More than 200 people on nine boat teams competed in Saturday’s second annual Hamilton Dragon Boat Festival & Asian Culture Celebration. Organizers said the Hamilton Dragon Boat Festival and Asian Culture Celebration is about community, culture, teamwork, and families. The teams are comprised of businesses, church and civic groups, school...
3 new Fairfield schools impress residents during dedication events
 Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. residents walked away impressed after public tours Saturday of Fairfield City Schools’ three new buildings. The public tours were offered at the district’s new schools — Fairfield Freshman School, Compass Elementary and the new Central Elementary — after dedication ceremonies today at each...

Posted: 10 days ago

Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. residents walked away impressed after public tours Saturday of Fairfield City Schools’ three new buildings. The public tours were offered at the district’s new schools — Fairfield Freshman School, Compass Elementary and the new Central Elementary — after dedication ceremonies today at each...
Fire department employees owe Butler County Twp. money after payroll error
 Several fire department employees owe Morgan Twp. a combined $2,139 after a series of retroactive payments meant to remedy underpayments caused overpayments, state auditors found. A report released this week by the state auditor shows the employees were underpaid at least once from 2014 through the early months of 2017 for a combined $2,139...

Posted: 10 days ago

Several fire department employees owe Morgan Twp. a combined $2,139 after a series of retroactive payments meant to remedy underpayments caused overpayments, state auditors found. A report released this week by the state auditor shows the employees were underpaid at least once from 2014 through the early months of 2017 for a combined $2,139...
Franklin to combine Skokiaan and Stadia intersections into one
 A problematic traffic problem on East Second Street in Franklin is set to get a major fix next month. City officials are expected to combine the Skokiaan Drive and Stadia Drive intersections with East Second Street into one intersection. MORE: Franklin awards summer street paving contract “The project realigns the intersection of Stadia...

Posted: 10 days ago

A problematic traffic problem on East Second Street in Franklin is set to get a major fix next month. City officials are expected to combine the Skokiaan Drive and Stadia Drive intersections with East Second Street into one intersection. MORE: Franklin awards summer street paving contract “The project realigns the intersection of Stadia...
Middletown firefighters receive federal grant to replace SCBA gear
 Middletown firefighters can breathe a sigh of relief as the city received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant to replace its inventory of self-contained breathing apparatus equipment. Fire Chief Paul Lolli said the city was notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that it will receive a $337,690 grant to replace the equipment they...

Posted: 11 days ago

Middletown firefighters can breathe a sigh of relief as the city received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant to replace its inventory of self-contained breathing apparatus equipment. Fire Chief Paul Lolli said the city was notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that it will receive a $337,690 grant to replace the equipment they...
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