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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

6 things to know about Basil 1791, Hamilton’s newest restaurant
 Basil 1791 recently opened at 241 High St. in Hamilton in a space that formerly was home to Ryan’s Tavern, a business that helped kick off booming growth in the city’s downtown a decade ago. Here are six things to know about the new dining spot: Basil doesn’t only have the menu items you’d expect to find at a full...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Basil 1791 recently opened at 241 High St. in Hamilton in a space that formerly was home to Ryan’s Tavern, a business that helped kick off booming growth in the city’s downtown a decade ago. Here are six things to know about the new dining spot: Basil doesn’t only have the menu items you’d expect to find at a full...
The area’s newest brewery debuts TODAY in downtown Hamilton
 The long-awaited Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub is set to make its debut today at 103 Main St. in Hamilton. Hours for the soft opening will be 4 p.m. to 9 p.m today through Saturday. The restaurant, which has a location at 107 E. Church St. in Oxford, offers craft beers, a diverse wine selection and a varied menu that includes traditional American...

Posted: a day ago

The long-awaited Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub is set to make its debut today at 103 Main St. in Hamilton. Hours for the soft opening will be 4 p.m. to 9 p.m today through Saturday. The restaurant, which has a location at 107 E. Church St. in Oxford, offers craft beers, a diverse wine selection and a varied menu that includes traditional American...
5 ways this change to I-75 opened up BIG growth in Liberty Twp.
 The Liberty Way Interchange, a $42 million locally funded infrastructure project, sparked a series of changes to the township and to the area, in part by opening up 600 undeveloped acres for commercial development. Here are five big changes that have happened: When the interchange opened, it paved the way for the 100-acre mega retail development...

Posted: a day ago

The Liberty Way Interchange, a $42 million locally funded infrastructure project, sparked a series of changes to the township and to the area, in part by opening up 600 undeveloped acres for commercial development. Here are five big changes that have happened: When the interchange opened, it paved the way for the 100-acre mega retail development...
7 things to know about the 30-hour hostage standoff in Liberty Twp.
 A 10-year-old boy is reportedly safe after being held hostage in his own home in Liberty Twp. for nearly 30 hours this weekend. The suspect is in the Butler County Jail on charges of kidnapping, felonious assault and inducing panic. The standoff with police began late Friday night and ended early Sunday. Here are key things to know about...

Posted: 2 days ago

A 10-year-old boy is reportedly safe after being held hostage in his own home in Liberty Twp. for nearly 30 hours this weekend. The suspect is in the Butler County Jail on charges of kidnapping, felonious assault and inducing panic. The standoff with police began late Friday night and ended early Sunday. Here are key things to know about...
Health care boom continues in Butler, Warren counties
 Area health systems continue to add new facilities, services and technologies to strengthen and expand the region’s medical infrastructure. Health care growth this year will include four new medical or health centers in Middletown, Monroe and Liberty Twp., plus new treatments and equipment throughout Butler and Warren counties. The...

Posted: 3 days ago

Area health systems continue to add new facilities, services and technologies to strengthen and expand the region’s medical infrastructure. Health care growth this year will include four new medical or health centers in Middletown, Monroe and Liberty Twp., plus new treatments and equipment throughout Butler and Warren counties. The...
Man in 30-hour police standoff released from prison in July
 A heated late Friday night incident that boiled over into a nearly 30-hour standoff with SWAT ended early Sunday with the arrest of a man who held a 10-year-old boy hostage at an apartment complex in Liberty Twp.. That suspect, Donald Tobias Gazaway, 31, surrendered at 6:36 a.m. Sunday morning in the 7000 block of East Hamilton Place in Liberty...

Posted: 3 days ago

A heated late Friday night incident that boiled over into a nearly 30-hour standoff with SWAT ended early Sunday with the arrest of a man who held a 10-year-old boy hostage at an apartment complex in Liberty Twp.. That suspect, Donald Tobias Gazaway, 31, surrendered at 6:36 a.m. Sunday morning in the 7000 block of East Hamilton Place in Liberty...
An interchange opened explosive growth in Liberty Twp. Here’s how.
 Liberty Twp. could be on its way to doubling in size, and the Liberty Way interchange will play a major role in that growth. The interchange, which opened in 2009, helped to open up land for development that saw the Liberty Center create a 100-acre development just two years ago. Then earlier this month, The Christ Hospital Health Network...

Posted: 4 days ago

Liberty Twp. could be on its way to doubling in size, and the Liberty Way interchange will play a major role in that growth. The interchange, which opened in 2009, helped to open up land for development that saw the Liberty Center create a 100-acre development just two years ago. Then earlier this month, The Christ Hospital Health Network...
This cancer fundraiser has a lofty $100K this year. Here’s how to help.
 Relay for Life at Lakota East just launched its fundraising campaign and is shooting for its loftiest goal ever. The student-run fundraiser for American Cancer Society raised $66,528.67 via its 568 total participants, and 16 survivors attended the May event. This year, Lakota East’s goal is to raise $100,000 through the event, which...

Posted: 4 days ago

Relay for Life at Lakota East just launched its fundraising campaign and is shooting for its loftiest goal ever. The student-run fundraiser for American Cancer Society raised $66,528.67 via its 568 total participants, and 16 survivors attended the May event. This year, Lakota East’s goal is to raise $100,000 through the event, which...
OhioMeansJobs-Butler County offers Lean Six Sigma certification course
 OhioMeansJobs-Butler County is working with Breakthrough Performance Group to offer Lean Six Sigma White Belt certification to those who attend a morning seminar later this month. The free course is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at OhioMeansJobs-Butler County, 4631 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. Individuals will learn what Lean Six Sigma...

Posted: 5 days ago

OhioMeansJobs-Butler County is working with Breakthrough Performance Group to offer Lean Six Sigma White Belt certification to those who attend a morning seminar later this month. The free course is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at OhioMeansJobs-Butler County, 4631 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. Individuals will learn what Lean Six Sigma...
Downtown Middletown business to close storefront, shift focus
 Flores Leather Works in downtown Middletown will close at 6 p.m. today. Owners Eber and Rebekah Flores started the business in a basement, then moved to a studio in the Pendleton Art Center before opening a storefront location at 1050 Central Ave. in 2015. The closure came as the business has shifted and picked up numerous manufacturing work...

Posted: 5 days ago

Flores Leather Works in downtown Middletown will close at 6 p.m. today. Owners Eber and Rebekah Flores started the business in a basement, then moved to a studio in the Pendleton Art Center before opening a storefront location at 1050 Central Ave. in 2015. The closure came as the business has shifted and picked up numerous manufacturing work...
Another company will add a location in Monroe, bringing jobs
 A natural pet food company with a Monroe location just west of Interstate 75 will open a second location just east of the highway. Blue Buffalo plans to occupy a nearly 144,000-square-foot logistics building at 675 Gateway Blvd. in Monroe, in Warren County. The new building, which is scheduled to be operation by March, will be the second...

Posted: 5 days ago

A natural pet food company with a Monroe location just west of Interstate 75 will open a second location just east of the highway. Blue Buffalo plans to occupy a nearly 144,000-square-foot logistics building at 675 Gateway Blvd. in Monroe, in Warren County. The new building, which is scheduled to be operation by March, will be the second...