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John Bombatch

A writer for The Middletown Journal since 1994, John primarily covers area high school sports. With background experience as an Indycar team member, track official and race series public relations assistant, John's true love is reflected in his weekly local motorsports column which can often be found in the Middletown and Hamilton papers.

Latest from John Bombatch

McCrabb: MHS grad hopes to ace commencement speech
After winning the Big Break Sandals Resorts reality TV show on Golf Channel last summer, Middletown’s Carling Coffing is set to return to the LPGA Futures Tour in 2011.

10:00 AM Sunday, May. 10, 2015

After winning the Big Break Sandals Resorts reality TV show on Golf Channel last summer, Middletown’s Carling Coffing is set to return to the LPGA Futures Tour in 2011.
Local educators support use of seclusion rooms
 As the Ohio Board of Education considers a plan regulating the use of restraint and seclusion rooms in public schools, local educators are supporting them as a useful behavior management tool so long as they are used appropriately. Seclusion rooms are enclosed spaces used to calm or restrain children who become violent. Seclusion —...

11:00 AM Monday, Jan. 07, 2013

As the Ohio Board of Education considers a plan regulating the use of restraint and seclusion rooms in public schools, local educators are supporting them as a useful behavior management tool so long as they are used appropriately. Seclusion rooms are enclosed spaces used to calm or restrain children who become violent. Seclusion —...
Carlisle proposes cuts, May levy

9:04 PM Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

The Carlisle Local School board approved $413,000 in budget cuts and the necessity to ask for a 5-year emergency tax levy on Monday night. By a unanimous 4-0 vote, the board approved a financial reduction and adjustment plan, which included: the elimination of a bus route to the Montgomery County Career Tech Center effective Jan. 23, 2013...
Franklin High School investigates threat

8:48 PM Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

Franklin City Schools officials said they are continuing to investigate a claim that two students planned “acts of violence” for Friday’s Christmas program at the high school. “About a week and a half ago, we heard a rumor that two boys in particular would be coming to our Friday assembly to do some acts of violence...
Safety is top priority for local schools

10:10 AM Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

School safety was the top priority of district officials throughout Butler County on Monday, the first day back to school for students across the country after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. School officials said attendance was similar to the previous week, with few related absences reported. District leaders spent much of the day reviewing...
Positive Middie atmosphere attributed to Principal Cotter
 Middletown High School principal Carmela Cotter’s sincere love for her students has created a lasting effect on the entire school. She enjoys talking to and greeting the students as they pass through the hallways of MHS, and the students notice the attention. “She always has a positive attitude, even during stressful times,&rdquo...

11:00 AM Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

Middletown High School principal Carmela Cotter’s sincere love for her students has created a lasting effect on the entire school. She enjoys talking to and greeting the students as they pass through the hallways of MHS, and the students notice the attention. “She always has a positive attitude, even during stressful times,&rdquo...
Talawanda school open after lock down

4:43 PM Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

Talawanda High School were placed in lock down for less than 30 minutes Friday morning while Oxford Police searched for a weapon that was reported to be in a vehicle on the school’s parking lot. “We received an anonymous tip that there was a weapon in a vehicle in our parking lot,” said Holli Morrish, Talawanda’s Director...
Steep cuts, levy crucial for Carlisle schools to avoid takeover by state

9:35 PM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Carlisle Local Schools may consider eliminating at least one bus route in January as part of $400,000 in potential cuts to keep the district from falling into fiscal emergency status and a takeover by the state. The Carlisle Board of Education is set to meet Monday to discuss possible further cuts to a district that has already carved out...
Kids celebrate 12th birthdays on 12/12/12

5:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Kariann Lawhorn, Brooke Fogel and Jack Greenlee didn’t know each other. But it turns out they each will turn 12 years old on Dec. 12, 2012. Twelve on 12/12/12. “It’s special, I guess, but you don’t really think about it,” said Lawhorn, a sixth grader at Independence Elementary. “We’re celebrating...
Fenwick inductees honored

10:08 PM Saturday, Dec. 08, 2012

Fenwick High School announced its 2012 class of Athletic Hall of Fame and Hall of Achievement inductees last Sunday. Mike Abell (football, basketball, Class of 1957); Dick Harmon (football, track & field, Class of 1955); C.J. Martin (football, baseball, basketball, Class of 2001); Marty McQuinn (baseball, basketball, Class of 1984); and Bill...
District begins negotiations with building partners

10:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 06, 2012

Middletown City Schools will begin negotiations with architectural firm Fanning Howey and the construction management team of Quandel Construction to build a new middle school and to renovate the high school for an estimated $29.5 million. Results of the negotiations will allow the district to refine cost estimates that will determine the...