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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

$5.6 million road spurring development in Lebanon
 The construction of a $5.6 million stretch of road bypassing downtown Lebanon is spurring commercial development. The Lebanon Planning Commission reviewed plans on Tuesday for a five-building, 10-acre development on the northwest corner of Neil Armstrong Way and West Main Street. The development would be diagonally across the intersection...

Posted: a day ago

The construction of a $5.6 million stretch of road bypassing downtown Lebanon is spurring commercial development. The Lebanon Planning Commission reviewed plans on Tuesday for a five-building, 10-acre development on the northwest corner of Neil Armstrong Way and West Main Street. The development would be diagonally across the intersection...
Springboro officials react to planned development of historic farm
 City officials sent the proposed developers of a historic farm comprising one of the last large tracts of land along Main Street in Springboro back to the drawing board. But the plan by Hills Properties to build a mix of commercial and residential development on fields of the 101-acre Easton Farm was not rejected by the Springboro Planning...

Posted: 5 days ago

City officials sent the proposed developers of a historic farm comprising one of the last large tracts of land along Main Street in Springboro back to the drawing board. But the plan by Hills Properties to build a mix of commercial and residential development on fields of the 101-acre Easton Farm was not rejected by the Springboro Planning...
I-71 bridge, Ohio’s tallest, nears completion after 6 years, $104M
 For the first time in more than six years, traffic is moving - unimpeded by construction obstacles - on the section of Interstate 71 over the Little Miami River on the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge. More than 40,000 cars a day cross this 2,300-foot bridge, on the way between Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. State transportation officials expect...

Posted: 5 days ago

For the first time in more than six years, traffic is moving - unimpeded by construction obstacles - on the section of Interstate 71 over the Little Miami River on the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge. More than 40,000 cars a day cross this 2,300-foot bridge, on the way between Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. State transportation officials expect...
Decision postponed on $62 million Warren County water system
 Shannon Jones, the veteran state lawmaker now serving as a Warren County Commissioner, could cast the decisive vote on water- and sewer-rate and fee hikes proposed to help pay for as much as $62 million in system upgrades. On Tuesday, the commissioners again postponed completion of a public hearing, begun in November and expected to set the...

Posted: 8 days ago

Shannon Jones, the veteran state lawmaker now serving as a Warren County Commissioner, could cast the decisive vote on water- and sewer-rate and fee hikes proposed to help pay for as much as $62 million in system upgrades. On Tuesday, the commissioners again postponed completion of a public hearing, begun in November and expected to set the...
Two developments planned on 160 acres of farmland in Springboro
 Two more big developments are proposed on more than 160 acres of farm land in Springboro. Meijer wants to build a 157,000-square-foot store, a gasoline service station and convenience store and four retail out lots on the southern portion of 83 acres at the northeast corner of West Central Avenue (Ohio 73) and Clearcreek-Franklin Road. And...

Posted: 9 days ago

Two more big developments are proposed on more than 160 acres of farm land in Springboro. Meijer wants to build a 157,000-square-foot store, a gasoline service station and convenience store and four retail out lots on the southern portion of 83 acres at the northeast corner of West Central Avenue (Ohio 73) and Clearcreek-Franklin Road. And...
Neighbors oppose off-road bike park plan in Lebanon
 Michael Dougherty and his family want to put the brakes on plans to build an off-road bike park atop Lebanon’s former landfill. Dougherty and his family live in homes dotting about 30 acres featuring several ponds in Turtlecreek Twp., across Turtlecreek-Union Road from the proposed park site. “I’m concerned about the hazardous...

Posted: 11 days ago

Michael Dougherty and his family want to put the brakes on plans to build an off-road bike park atop Lebanon’s former landfill. Dougherty and his family live in homes dotting about 30 acres featuring several ponds in Turtlecreek Twp., across Turtlecreek-Union Road from the proposed park site. “I’m concerned about the hazardous...
Prosecutor: Son delayed 911 call in father’s murder

Posted: 14 days ago

Prosecutors say a Lebanon man waited several hours before making the 911 call reporting that he had fatally shot his father. Driven by a heroin addiction, Freddie Green delayed the call after the fatal shooting during a confrontation over financial advantage he had been taking of his 64-year-old father, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell...
Lebanon man pleads guilty to child pornography charge
 A 59-year-old Lebanon man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to accessing with the intent to view child pornography found on his computers last June, the latest twist in an investigation begun more than a year ago by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Cleveland. Federal authorities found 84 images on Michael Kirkwood’s computers...

Posted: 15 days ago

A 59-year-old Lebanon man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to accessing with the intent to view child pornography found on his computers last June, the latest twist in an investigation begun more than a year ago by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Cleveland. Federal authorities found 84 images on Michael Kirkwood’s computers...
New Warren County jail to cost more than $40 million
 Warren County is a step closer to spending more than $40 million on a new jail. In her first meeting as a county commissioner, Shannon Jones on Tuesday joined Commissioner Dave Young in supporting plans to build a new facility, rather than renovate the existing jail, parts of which were built in 1975. “We obviously need to build a new...

Posted: 15 days ago

Warren County is a step closer to spending more than $40 million on a new jail. In her first meeting as a county commissioner, Shannon Jones on Tuesday joined Commissioner Dave Young in supporting plans to build a new facility, rather than renovate the existing jail, parts of which were built in 1975. “We obviously need to build a new...
$42 million subdivision planned on 152 acres south of Springboro
 Plans for a proposed $42 million development on 157 acres south of Springboro in Red Lion no longer includes any commercial construction. The latest plan for the former farm land — stretching away from the northeast corner of Ohio 741 and Ohio 122-Ohio 123, as well as the town center of Red Lion in Warren County — calls for the...

Posted: 16 days ago

Plans for a proposed $42 million development on 157 acres south of Springboro in Red Lion no longer includes any commercial construction. The latest plan for the former farm land — stretching away from the northeast corner of Ohio 741 and Ohio 122-Ohio 123, as well as the town center of Red Lion in Warren County — calls for the...