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Lawrence Budd

Covers Warren County, including Springboro, Lebanon and surrounding communities. He has worked as a reporter for 30 years, more than 20 years in Ohio. He has won two awards for investigative reporting from Ohio AP and one for community service from the Society of Professional Journalists of Ohio. He was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University in 1995-96.

Latest from Lawrence Budd

Warren County senior housing development pursuing another subsidy
 Hopkins Commons, the 160-unit, $22-million senior community under construction in Warren County, is being annexed by the Village of Mainevillle. The annexation, currently pending, will enable the project - which has already been granted $10 million in subsidies - to avoid payments to the local school district in lieu of taxes set aside to...

Posted: a day ago

Hopkins Commons, the 160-unit, $22-million senior community under construction in Warren County, is being annexed by the Village of Mainevillle. The annexation, currently pending, will enable the project - which has already been granted $10 million in subsidies - to avoid payments to the local school district in lieu of taxes set aside to...
What we know now about attempts to demolish the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge
 A section of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge carrying Interstate 71 over the Little Miami River was still standing this week, despite four sets of explosions detonated over the past month designed to bring it down. The final ensnarled piece of the steel structure for the old southbound span still rested on the cement pier from which it had...

Posted: 2 days ago

A section of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge carrying Interstate 71 over the Little Miami River was still standing this week, despite four sets of explosions detonated over the past month designed to bring it down. The final ensnarled piece of the steel structure for the old southbound span still rested on the cement pier from which it had...
Warren County expects to OK permit for medical marijuana farm
 Warren County expects to issue a permit, perhaps this week, to grow marijuana for medical use in a rural township in the county. The permit would be used to qualify for one of up to 24 medical marijuana cultivator licenses the Ohio Department of Commerce can issue “prior to” Sept. 9, 2018, according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana...

Posted: 4 days ago

Warren County expects to issue a permit, perhaps this week, to grow marijuana for medical use in a rural township in the county. The permit would be used to qualify for one of up to 24 medical marijuana cultivator licenses the Ohio Department of Commerce can issue “prior to” Sept. 9, 2018, according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana...
Three inmates indicted in “quite frightening” prison melee

Posted: 6 days ago

The Warren County prosecutor described as “quite frightening” the alleged assault of six guards at the Warren Correctional Institution on Dec. 13. Three inmates at the prison west of Lebanon were indicted Monday for assaulting the guards “locking down” an imate found with “hooch” in his cell. Before the...
I-71 back open, but work still needed to demolish old bridge 
 I-71 was shut down for a third time this morning to accommodate work to remove a stubborn portion of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge, but more work is required, according to Matt Bruning, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The bridge was reopened to traffic before 11 a.m. after a planned five-hour shut down. Bruning said...

Posted: 8 days ago

I-71 was shut down for a third time this morning to accommodate work to remove a stubborn portion of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge, but more work is required, according to Matt Bruning, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The bridge was reopened to traffic before 11 a.m. after a planned five-hour shut down. Bruning said...
60-year-old man accused of sexual conduct with 13-year-old Lebanon boy

Posted: 10 days ago

A 60-year-old man is facing charges in Warren County alleging he twice engaged in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old boy and stored child pornography on his cellphone. John T. Hopkins was in the county jail on Thursday on charges of illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented display and criminal child enticement. Bond was set at $20,000....
Springboro staff to meet with developers of historic farm
 Springboro officials plan to meet with the developers of the historic 101-acre Easton Farm over the next week in hopes of completing the local government’s review of the plan and a request for rezoning. On Wednesday night, staff and the city’s planning commission told Hills Properties its submissions were still lacking, preventing...

Posted: 10 days ago

Springboro officials plan to meet with the developers of the historic 101-acre Easton Farm over the next week in hopes of completing the local government’s review of the plan and a request for rezoning. On Wednesday night, staff and the city’s planning commission told Hills Properties its submissions were still lacking, preventing...
Warren County ups lodgings tax to pay for $15 million sports complex
 A 1-percent lodgings tax hike approved Tuesday in Warren County is expected to finance a $15 million sports complex anchoring a 1,400-acre planned community. RELATED: 12,000 residents, $1.5B in investment expected at Union Village The Warren County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of the tax hike. A vote was delayed in...

Posted: 12 days ago

A 1-percent lodgings tax hike approved Tuesday in Warren County is expected to finance a $15 million sports complex anchoring a 1,400-acre planned community. RELATED: 12,000 residents, $1.5B in investment expected at Union Village The Warren County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of the tax hike. A vote was delayed in...
Beavercreek, Springboro schools consider substitute levies
 The results of the May 2 election have yet to be certified, but at least two area school districts already are working for passage in Nov. 7 of substitute levies — an alternative to traditional tax issues, particularly in growing school districts. In coming months, the Springboro Community City Schools are expected to join the Beavercreek...

Posted: 15 days ago

The results of the May 2 election have yet to be certified, but at least two area school districts already are working for passage in Nov. 7 of substitute levies — an alternative to traditional tax issues, particularly in growing school districts. In coming months, the Springboro Community City Schools are expected to join the Beavercreek...
Local teen accused of having ties to Crips street gang
 A Warren County teen, accused of trying to recruit for the Crips street gang and fomenting “war” with rivals, is in the Butler County Detention Center, charged with robbery, participating in criminal gangs, improper furnishing of firearms to a minor and felonious assault. The boy, 16, was charged earlier this week in Butler County...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Warren County teen, accused of trying to recruit for the Crips street gang and fomenting “war” with rivals, is in the Butler County Detention Center, charged with robbery, participating in criminal gangs, improper furnishing of firearms to a minor and felonious assault. The boy, 16, was charged earlier this week in Butler County...
Why this community is spending $7M on this new intersection design
 Warren County plans to spend about $7 million in the next 18 months on roundabouts — rather than traditional intersections with traffic lights — to manage traffic and other safety hazards. The spending is the another example of the growing popularity on road construction designed to angle merging drivers into the circular roadways...

Posted: 17 days ago

Warren County plans to spend about $7 million in the next 18 months on roundabouts — rather than traditional intersections with traffic lights — to manage traffic and other safety hazards. The spending is the another example of the growing popularity on road construction designed to angle merging drivers into the circular roadways...