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By day, he helps power military aircraft. And now, he’s back on the Franklin School Board.
 A former member of the Franklin Board of Education was selected to fill a vacant board seat. This week, the board appointed Andrew Fleming to fill the seat vacated by Robyn Donisi, who resigned last month. Fleming will complete the final two years of Donisi’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2019. Donisi, an asssistant superintendent in...

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A former member of the Franklin Board of Education was selected to fill a vacant board seat. This week, the board appointed Andrew Fleming to fill the seat vacated by Robyn Donisi, who resigned last month. Fleming will complete the final two years of Donisi’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2019. Donisi, an asssistant superintendent in...
Second of three Middletown students appears in court for school fight
 The second of three Middletown High School students who were charged with assault following a cafeteria fight last month appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court on Friday morning. The 17-year-old boy, who was charged with delinquency by way of disorderly conduct and two counts of assault, appeared in court to answer the charges against him...

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The second of three Middletown High School students who were charged with assault following a cafeteria fight last month appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court on Friday morning. The 17-year-old boy, who was charged with delinquency by way of disorderly conduct and two counts of assault, appeared in court to answer the charges against him...
WATCH: Crews in Mason use a unique way to clear a flooded road
 Motorists who use a Mason road found high water this morning following last night’s rain. The area near the 7600 block of Innovation Way, between Western Row and Socialville-Foster roads, was flooded as catch-basins were clogged from dirt, straw and other debris from the ongoing road construction project, according Assistant City Engineer...

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Motorists who use a Mason road found high water this morning following last night’s rain. The area near the 7600 block of Innovation Way, between Western Row and Socialville-Foster roads, was flooded as catch-basins were clogged from dirt, straw and other debris from the ongoing road construction project, according Assistant City Engineer...
OVI blitz planned this weekend in Butler County
 The Butler County OVI Task Force will conduct an OVI blitz along Ohio 4 and Bypass 4 this weekend. Law enforcement agencies that are part of the task force will have additional officers along those roads on OVI patrols to detect and deter impaired drivers from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday, according to Pete Reising, task force coordinator...

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The Butler County OVI Task Force will conduct an OVI blitz along Ohio 4 and Bypass 4 this weekend. Law enforcement agencies that are part of the task force will have additional officers along those roads on OVI patrols to detect and deter impaired drivers from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday, according to Pete Reising, task force coordinator...
2 Middletown students charged in cafeteria fight fail to appear in court
 Two of three Middletown High School students who were charged with assault following a cafeteria fight failed to appear in Butler County Juvenile Court as scheduled on Tuesday. The fight occurred during lunch period on Jan. 22 and involved at least three students, according to Middletown police. A 17-year-old boy and two 15-year-old girls...

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Two of three Middletown High School students who were charged with assault following a cafeteria fight failed to appear in Butler County Juvenile Court as scheduled on Tuesday. The fight occurred during lunch period on Jan. 22 and involved at least three students, according to Middletown police. A 17-year-old boy and two 15-year-old girls...
Middletown man recently released from prison arrested for three robberies on the same day
 A Middletown man who had been out of prison for a few weeks was arrested Saturday for committing three robberies on the same day. Andre Pruden, 25, is scheduled to appear for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. today in Middletown Municipal Court on three counts of aggravated robbery, which are first-degree felonies. Police filed the aggravated robbery...

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A Middletown man who had been out of prison for a few weeks was arrested Saturday for committing three robberies on the same day. Andre Pruden, 25, is scheduled to appear for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. today in Middletown Municipal Court on three counts of aggravated robbery, which are first-degree felonies. Police filed the aggravated robbery...
MUST SEE: The inside of Middletown’s historic Studio Theater looks haunting in the light
 Middletown officials are accepting a final round of project proposals for the historic Studio Theater, hoping to save the building that has strong emotional ties for many in the area but that is now gutted and a drag on nearby structures. Our reporter and photographer spent time inside the theater recently to see what it looks like today...

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Middletown officials are accepting a final round of project proposals for the historic Studio Theater, hoping to save the building that has strong emotional ties for many in the area but that is now gutted and a drag on nearby structures. Our reporter and photographer spent time inside the theater recently to see what it looks like today...
Carlisle will consider another 6-month moratorium on medical marijuana (except for one sliver)
 Carlisle Village Council will consider continuing its medical marijuana moratorium for another six months at its meeting tonight. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 760 Central Ave. Council initially approved the ban on Feb. 14, 2017 and extended it another six months on Aug. 8. It prohibits the issuance of permits for the establishment...

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Carlisle Village Council will consider continuing its medical marijuana moratorium for another six months at its meeting tonight. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 760 Central Ave. Council initially approved the ban on Feb. 14, 2017 and extended it another six months on Aug. 8. It prohibits the issuance of permits for the establishment...
Franklin police still seeking suspect from weekend armed robbery
 Franklin police are continuing to investigate an armed robbery that occurred Saturday night shortly after 7:30 p.m. at an address in the 4400 block of Beal Rd. Police Chief Russ Whitman issued a statement saying the initial investigation revealed that a suspect entered a house under construction on Beal Road, encountered the homeowner and...

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Franklin police are continuing to investigate an armed robbery that occurred Saturday night shortly after 7:30 p.m. at an address in the 4400 block of Beal Rd. Police Chief Russ Whitman issued a statement saying the initial investigation revealed that a suspect entered a house under construction on Beal Road, encountered the homeowner and...
The Middletown community talked honestly last night about the human costs of the opioid epidemic
 About 50 people from the Middletown area and regional journalists spent two hours at the MidPointe Public Library on Monday evening talking about and listening to the impact the opioid epidemic has had on the community in terms of human life and damage to families. The participants came from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from addicts...

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About 50 people from the Middletown area and regional journalists spent two hours at the MidPointe Public Library on Monday evening talking about and listening to the impact the opioid epidemic has had on the community in terms of human life and damage to families. The participants came from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from addicts...
Officials investigating fire at Middletown recycling center
 Middletown firefighters are investigating what caused a fire at a Middletown recycling center Monday afternoon. The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. at Cobalt, 3110 S. Verity Parkway, an electronics recycling center that is owned by Cohen USA, according to Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli. He said a shredding machine caught fire and took...

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Middletown firefighters are investigating what caused a fire at a Middletown recycling center Monday afternoon. The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. at Cobalt, 3110 S. Verity Parkway, an electronics recycling center that is owned by Cohen USA, according to Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli. He said a shredding machine caught fire and took...
Federal government gives final approval on Middletown’s $269M sewer plan
 The U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with the city of Middletown on a consent decree under the Clean Water Act to address discharges of untreated sewage into the Great Miami River and Hydraulic Canal. The settlement was filed in the U.S. District...

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The U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with the city of Middletown on a consent decree under the Clean Water Act to address discharges of untreated sewage into the Great Miami River and Hydraulic Canal. The settlement was filed in the U.S. District...
Remake of Middletown Visitors Bureau continues with new executive director
 There has been significant change with the Middletown Visitors Bureau board in the past four months, and more change is coming in 2018. Last March, a new board was appointed by Middletown City Council to reboot the organization.Since Jan. 1, the leadership changed as board president Ami Vitori stepped down to take a city council seat. Former...

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There has been significant change with the Middletown Visitors Bureau board in the past four months, and more change is coming in 2018. Last March, a new board was appointed by Middletown City Council to reboot the organization.Since Jan. 1, the leadership changed as board president Ami Vitori stepped down to take a city council seat. Former...
Reward offered for information in large Middletown Paperboard fire ruled arson
 Middletown fire investigators have determined last weekend’s fire at the former Middletown Paperboard facility was the result of an intentional act. The Middletown Arson Task Force said Thursday that a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered through the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information that leads to the arrest and conviction...

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Middletown fire investigators have determined last weekend’s fire at the former Middletown Paperboard facility was the result of an intentional act. The Middletown Arson Task Force said Thursday that a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered through the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information that leads to the arrest and conviction...
Middletown bar that police called a known nuisance is being demolished
 Middletown will have one fewer building this week as the former Bar Boca bar is undergoing demolition. In September, Middletown City Council approved the purchase of the problematic bar at 124 Charles St., which became a nuisance in the neighborhood. City Manager Doug Adkins told council at the time that purchasing the bar was not a tool...

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Middletown will have one fewer building this week as the former Bar Boca bar is undergoing demolition. In September, Middletown City Council approved the purchase of the problematic bar at 124 Charles St., which became a nuisance in the neighborhood. City Manager Doug Adkins told council at the time that purchasing the bar was not a tool...
Carlisle wants to grow. One question: How to get residents more involved?
 Carlisle Village Council members and staff met for a planning session last month to discuss ways to expand the village’s economic development efforts, improve village parks and increase community outreach and engagement. During the discussion, council members reviewed the strengths and weaknesses of the village, such as low taxes, plenty...

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Carlisle Village Council members and staff met for a planning session last month to discuss ways to expand the village’s economic development efforts, improve village parks and increase community outreach and engagement. During the discussion, council members reviewed the strengths and weaknesses of the village, such as low taxes, plenty...
Franklin sets new contracts for police, service and clerical unions
 Franklin City Council gave its approval for tentative agreements with three of its unions on Monday. Following an executive session, council unanimously approved three-year agreements with the Franklin Law Enforcement Association and Teamsters Local 100, which represents the city’s clerical and public works units. According to the executive...

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Franklin City Council gave its approval for tentative agreements with three of its unions on Monday. Following an executive session, council unanimously approved three-year agreements with the Franklin Law Enforcement Association and Teamsters Local 100, which represents the city’s clerical and public works units. According to the executive...
Middletown officials want to fix housing issues in 2018. Here’s what they’re thinking.
 City Manager Doug Adkins told Middletown City Council that developing a new housing policy “will be one of the hardest things we’ll do over the next several years.” Adkins made his comments during the January council retreat held at Hueston Woods State Park Lodge. He said the development of the new housing policy and using...

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City Manager Doug Adkins told Middletown City Council that developing a new housing policy “will be one of the hardest things we’ll do over the next several years.” Adkins made his comments during the January council retreat held at Hueston Woods State Park Lodge. He said the development of the new housing policy and using...
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