breaking news

New Carlisle seeks to block income tax change from November ballot



Eric Schwartzberg

Eric covers business and housing for the Journal-News. Since being hired by Cox Media Group Ohio in 2005, he has reported on local government, crime, business, education, politics and entertainment in Butler and Warren counties.  Eric earned a bachelor's of science in journalism from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He is married with three children.

Latest from Eric Schwartzberg

Shop owner lauded as Hamilton’s Small Business Person of the Year
 The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year is a woman who helped pave the way for economic growth and promote revitalization in downtown Hamilton, nominators say. Sara Vallandingham, owner of Sara’s House, started the business in 2012 at Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Twp., then moved it to High...

Posted: a minute ago

The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year is a woman who helped pave the way for economic growth and promote revitalization in downtown Hamilton, nominators say. Sara Vallandingham, owner of Sara’s House, started the business in 2012 at Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Twp., then moved it to High...
Monarch Market brings upscale, boutique shopping to Lebanon, Hamilton
 A two-day upscale, boutique shopping experience is coming to Lebanon and Hamilton to highlight each city’s small business owners. Market Monarch, which migrates from community to community across Indiana and Ohio, lets shoppers peruse boutique clothing and accessories, vintage, boho chic, rustic farmhouse, gifts, furniture, decor, repurposed...

Posted: 13 days ago

A two-day upscale, boutique shopping experience is coming to Lebanon and Hamilton to highlight each city’s small business owners. Market Monarch, which migrates from community to community across Indiana and Ohio, lets shoppers peruse boutique clothing and accessories, vintage, boho chic, rustic farmhouse, gifts, furniture, decor, repurposed...
Butler County home sales hold steady through first half of 2017
 Home sales in Butler County and throughout the region are holding steady through the first half of the year. Butler County has seen 2,490 sales so far in 2017, compared to a nearly identical amount — 2,489 — in the first half of 2016. The average home sold in Butler County for $179,406 in the first half of 2017, up from an average...

Posted: 14 days ago

Home sales in Butler County and throughout the region are holding steady through the first half of the year. Butler County has seen 2,490 sales so far in 2017, compared to a nearly identical amount — 2,489 — in the first half of 2016. The average home sold in Butler County for $179,406 in the first half of 2017, up from an average...
Job fair in Butler County to feature 17 companies
 At least 17 companies are planning to be part of a job fair Aug. 15 in Butler County. Planning to be at the OhioMeansJobs-Butler County event are companies that include Amazon, Amstan Logistics, C&K Industrial, Darana Hybrid, Dunkin’ Donuts, ECI, Gardens Alive, Gilligan Oil, Goco Shell, Home Instead Senior Care, LCD Home Health Agency...

Posted: 16 days ago

At least 17 companies are planning to be part of a job fair Aug. 15 in Butler County. Planning to be at the OhioMeansJobs-Butler County event are companies that include Amazon, Amstan Logistics, C&K Industrial, Darana Hybrid, Dunkin’ Donuts, ECI, Gardens Alive, Gilligan Oil, Goco Shell, Home Instead Senior Care, LCD Home Health Agency...
Smashburger closes 1 of 2 Butler County locations
 Smashburger has closed its Bridgewater Falls Lifestyle Shopping Center location at 3397 Princeton Road, in Fairfield Twp. The fast-casual burger restaurant opened in the shopping center in 2011, but closed July 30 when its lease expired, according to a store official with Smashburger’s other Butler County location at 7598 Cox Lane in...

Posted: 17 days ago

Smashburger has closed its Bridgewater Falls Lifestyle Shopping Center location at 3397 Princeton Road, in Fairfield Twp. The fast-casual burger restaurant opened in the shopping center in 2011, but closed July 30 when its lease expired, according to a store official with Smashburger’s other Butler County location at 7598 Cox Lane in...
Have you tried these 12 new restaurants in Butler County?
 Looking for a new place for lunch or dinner this weekend? Butler County has plenty of them. Here are a few new restaurants that have opened in recent months — and one longtime eatery with a revamped menu: All the items on the menu at Fireside Cafe are prepared from scratch by owner/chef Bruno Bas and his crew and focus on a mix of American...

Posted: 17 days ago

Looking for a new place for lunch or dinner this weekend? Butler County has plenty of them. Here are a few new restaurants that have opened in recent months — and one longtime eatery with a revamped menu: All the items on the menu at Fireside Cafe are prepared from scratch by owner/chef Bruno Bas and his crew and focus on a mix of American...
Procter & Gamble’s new ad ‘The Talk’ tackles racial bias
 Procter & Gamble has, in the past, worked to used commercials to not only advertise its brands, but to bring greater awareness to bias that exists in many forms The Cincinnati-based company’s latest effort, “The Talk,” is no exception. A 2-minute version of the commercial depicts “the inevitable conversations...

Posted: 18 days ago

Procter & Gamble has, in the past, worked to used commercials to not only advertise its brands, but to bring greater awareness to bias that exists in many forms The Cincinnati-based company’s latest effort, “The Talk,” is no exception. A 2-minute version of the commercial depicts “the inevitable conversations...
Sandwich eatery opens in Fairfield Twp.
 Sandwich Cafe is now open at 5574 Eureka Drive in Fairfield Twp., just off Ohio 4 and west of the Liberty-Fairfield Road Kroger. Owner Melissa Portillo, of Fairfield, opened the 1,100-square-foot storefront in July, offering various deli, bagel, panini and pita sandwiches, as well as Chicken Salad on Texas Toast. There’s also potato...

Posted: 18 days ago

Sandwich Cafe is now open at 5574 Eureka Drive in Fairfield Twp., just off Ohio 4 and west of the Liberty-Fairfield Road Kroger. Owner Melissa Portillo, of Fairfield, opened the 1,100-square-foot storefront in July, offering various deli, bagel, panini and pita sandwiches, as well as Chicken Salad on Texas Toast. There’s also potato...
Middletown gym owner starts youth boxing program
 A new non-profit program in Middletown will use youth boxing and fitness to help local children lead a healthy lifestyle. Steve Thompson, owner of IronDawgz Training Academy in Middletown, says he is starting the IronDawgz Kids Project to help local children find success, regardless of any adversity they may encounter.  “The program...

Posted: 18 days ago

A new non-profit program in Middletown will use youth boxing and fitness to help local children lead a healthy lifestyle. Steve Thompson, owner of IronDawgz Training Academy in Middletown, says he is starting the IronDawgz Kids Project to help local children find success, regardless of any adversity they may encounter.  “The program...
Oxford’s Bagel & Deli Shop makes best college town food list
 An Oxford eatery is making headlines of the most delicious kind. Tasting Table’s list of the best college town food in every state includes Bagel & Deli Shop, a business that opened in 1975 on High Street less than a half-block from the Miami University campus. Well known for its steamed bagel sandwiches and subs, the restaurant had...

Posted: 19 days ago

An Oxford eatery is making headlines of the most delicious kind. Tasting Table’s list of the best college town food in every state includes Bagel & Deli Shop, a business that opened in 1975 on High Street less than a half-block from the Miami University campus. Well known for its steamed bagel sandwiches and subs, the restaurant had...