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Fairfield Twp. trustee candidates on new business, medical pot ban
 Incumbent Fairfield Twp. trustees Susan Berding and Shannon Hartkemeyer are running to keep their seats in this Nov. 7 election while township residents Pete Bohrofen and Ben Bultman are seeking a seat on the board. The Journal-News asked each candidate about issues facing the township, the future leadership of the township and it’s...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Incumbent Fairfield Twp. trustees Susan Berding and Shannon Hartkemeyer are running to keep their seats in this Nov. 7 election while township residents Pete Bohrofen and Ben Bultman are seeking a seat on the board. The Journal-News asked each candidate about issues facing the township, the future leadership of the township and it’s...
Fairfield Fire Department names new leaders

Posted: 4 days ago

Fairfield’s fire department internal restructuring is nearly complete as officials promoted two firefighters to deputy fire chiefs and promoted another to captain. The department recently hired three firefighter/paramedics — Mark Bittner, Kyle Schauer and Andrew Wilkens — and is in the process to promote two from its ranks...
Don Hassler elected to Fairfield Community Foundation Wall of Fame

Posted: 4 days ago

Don Hassler loves his community, which is why at 84 years old he still is involved even after more than five decades. It is also why he was elected to the Fairfield Community Foundation’s Wall of Fame, and honored this past Tuesday. RELATED: ‘This was his happy place’: Fairfield school hosts ‘Superbubz’ visitation...
Middletown judge accused of campaigning in city newsletter
 Middletown may no longer allow the city court system to share information through city newsletters and inserts after some say a candidate for Municipal Court Judge used those resources to campaign for the November election. The discussion came after some complained that Middletown Municipal Court Judge Melynda Cook Howard used city-paid collateral...

Posted: 6 days ago

Middletown may no longer allow the city court system to share information through city newsletters and inserts after some say a candidate for Municipal Court Judge used those resources to campaign for the November election. The discussion came after some complained that Middletown Municipal Court Judge Melynda Cook Howard used city-paid collateral...
Butler County Democrats target West Chester trustee with website
 Those who want to see West Chester Twp. Trustee Mark Welch lose in November have launched an opposition website while the candidate’s landing page is still “under construction.” Butler County Democrats launched MarkWelchForTrustee.org on Tuesday, the day before early voting was set to start in Ohio. The landing page of Welch&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Those who want to see West Chester Twp. Trustee Mark Welch lose in November have launched an opposition website while the candidate’s landing page is still “under construction.” Butler County Democrats launched MarkWelchForTrustee.org on Tuesday, the day before early voting was set to start in Ohio. The landing page of Welch&rsquo...
Fairfield heart attack victim: ‘God sent those two angels’
 Steve Moore likely would be dead today if just one in a series of events on July 1 didn’t happen. The 50-year-old Fairfield resident was walking to his car after just finishing a workout at the Mercy HealthPlex on Mack Road when he began to feel sick. Thinking he might be coming down with the flu, he decided to go back into the HealthPlex...

Posted: 7 days ago

Steve Moore likely would be dead today if just one in a series of events on July 1 didn’t happen. The 50-year-old Fairfield resident was walking to his car after just finishing a workout at the Mercy HealthPlex on Mack Road when he began to feel sick. Thinking he might be coming down with the flu, he decided to go back into the HealthPlex...
Davidson introduces Market Data Protection Act in wake of SEC breach
 In the wake of the 2016 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission breach revealed last month, Congressman Warren Davidson said Congress will help make sure the commission’s “house is in order.” On Thursday, Davidson, R-Troy, introduced the Market Data Protection Act in the House which directs the SEC to develop and implement...

Posted: 12 days ago

In the wake of the 2016 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission breach revealed last month, Congressman Warren Davidson said Congress will help make sure the commission’s “house is in order.” On Thursday, Davidson, R-Troy, introduced the Market Data Protection Act in the House which directs the SEC to develop and implement...
Halt of the death tax increase apparently started in Springfield
 Thursday’s withdrawal of an Obama-era estate tax rule began when a Springfield business owner questioned it to Congressman Warren Davidson after reading about it in the Wall Street Journal. That’s when Davidson, R-Troy, who represents the 8th Congressional District that includes Butler, Clark, Darke Mercer, Miami and Preble counties...

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Thursday’s withdrawal of an Obama-era estate tax rule began when a Springfield business owner questioned it to Congressman Warren Davidson after reading about it in the Wall Street Journal. That’s when Davidson, R-Troy, who represents the 8th Congressional District that includes Butler, Clark, Darke Mercer, Miami and Preble counties...
Elected to Butler County office? Not these 16 people
 The appointments of Fairfield City Council member Leslie Besl and Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., last month marked the 15th and 16th times an elected official has been appointed into office in Butler County since 2015. While that is less than 10 percent of all Butler County offices, which includes three state representatives...

Posted: 13 days ago

The appointments of Fairfield City Council member Leslie Besl and Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., last month marked the 15th and 16th times an elected official has been appointed into office in Butler County since 2015. While that is less than 10 percent of all Butler County offices, which includes three state representatives...
Coroner’s office: More pressure, little financial aid in heroin crisis

Posted: 14 days ago

A rising number of overdose deaths are straining operations at the Butler County Coroner’s Office, and financial help is needed, an official with the office said. Butler County Coroner Administrator Martin Schneider projects more than 200 people could die this year in Butler County from an overdose — with the majority related...
3 things to know about voting in November’s election
 Voting in Ohio begins in less than two weeks, as does the deadline for voter registration. Here’s what you need to know about how to participate in this year’s local elections: RELATED: How do I register to vote? 1. Voter registration The deadline for voter registration for those wishing to vote in the upcoming Nov. 7 election...

Posted: 16 days ago

Voting in Ohio begins in less than two weeks, as does the deadline for voter registration. Here’s what you need to know about how to participate in this year’s local elections: RELATED: How do I register to vote? 1. Voter registration The deadline for voter registration for those wishing to vote in the upcoming Nov. 7 election...
Fairfield gives city manager a raise
 Fairfield City Council unanimously gave City Manager Mark Wendling a $4,500 raise, the second raise in as many years. Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller said the 3 percent raise “is in line with what you’re seeing across the board in both the private and public sectors.” PAYROLL PROJECT: Search our online database for public salaries...

Posted: 18 days ago

Fairfield City Council unanimously gave City Manager Mark Wendling a $4,500 raise, the second raise in as many years. Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller said the 3 percent raise “is in line with what you’re seeing across the board in both the private and public sectors.” PAYROLL PROJECT: Search our online database for public salaries...
ELECTION 2017: Voter registration ends soon for November election

Posted: 18 days ago

Ohio residents have just more than a week to register to vote in this November’s election, which in Butler and Warren counties feature two statewide issues, several pocketbook levies and dozens of local races. And on Oct. 11, the day after voter registration ends, Ohioans can begin casting votes at local boards of elections. RELATED...
At least two dozen local locations on list of proposed pot growers
 The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program on Friday released 372 pages of information on the 185 entities applying for grower licenses, including locations of where they want to put their pot farms. At least 24 operations are proposed for the Miami Valley, including six in Dayton, three in Wilmington, two in Huber Heights and one...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program on Friday released 372 pages of information on the 185 entities applying for grower licenses, including locations of where they want to put their pot farms. At least 24 operations are proposed for the Miami Valley, including six in Dayton, three in Wilmington, two in Huber Heights and one...
How is Fairfield spending money? City’s finances now online
 The city of Fairfield is the latest Butler County government to put its finances online, though it has elected not to use Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s free online checkbook. Fairfield will pay about $22,000 annually to contract with OpenGov.com to collect, organize and share its budget data. PAYROLL PROJECT: Search our online database...

Posted: 20 days ago

The city of Fairfield is the latest Butler County government to put its finances online, though it has elected not to use Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s free online checkbook. Fairfield will pay about $22,000 annually to contract with OpenGov.com to collect, organize and share its budget data. PAYROLL PROJECT: Search our online database...
Fairfield Twp. to demolish 4 blighted homes
 Fairfield Twp. is slated to demolish its first homes this year using the Hardest Hits Funds maintained by Butler County’s land bank. The four homes are in the township’s Five Points area — a pair on Parkamo, one on Fairfax and one on Pater avenues — and will be demolished once bids are sent out. It could take a few...

Posted: 22 days ago

Fairfield Twp. is slated to demolish its first homes this year using the Hardest Hits Funds maintained by Butler County’s land bank. The four homes are in the township’s Five Points area — a pair on Parkamo, one on Fairfax and one on Pater avenues — and will be demolished once bids are sent out. It could take a few...
Davidson to Congressional Budget Office: Show your work
 Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, wants the Congressional Budget Office to do what every school child is required to do: show your work. Davidson introduced the CBO Show Your Work Act in the House with Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, on Monday pushing for the CBO to disclose data and other details...

Posted: 22 days ago

Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, wants the Congressional Budget Office to do what every school child is required to do: show your work. Davidson introduced the CBO Show Your Work Act in the House with Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, on Monday pushing for the CBO to disclose data and other details...
Experts weigh in on impact George Lang may have in Statehouse
 Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., said “ the power of one” is why he feels he can make an impact in the 99-member Ohio House, and on the direction of the state. RELATED: 5 things about Ohio Rep. George Lang’s appointment Lang was appointed on Sept. 13 to replace former Ohio Rep. Margy Conditt to represent the constituents...

Posted: 24 days ago

Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., said “ the power of one” is why he feels he can make an impact in the 99-member Ohio House, and on the direction of the state. RELATED: 5 things about Ohio Rep. George Lang’s appointment Lang was appointed on Sept. 13 to replace former Ohio Rep. Margy Conditt to represent the constituents...
8 certified to be on ballot for Lang’s old West Chester trustee seat
 The field is now set in the race to replace former West Chester Twp. trustee George Lang. Eight people were certified on Monday afternoon, which officially makes this race for the final two years of the unexpired term tied for the second-most crowded on November’s local ballot. RELATED: 
            
            
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Posted: 25 days ago

The field is now set in the race to replace former West Chester Twp. trustee George Lang. Eight people were certified on Monday afternoon, which officially makes this race for the final two years of the unexpired term tied for the second-most crowded on November’s local ballot. RELATED: 5 things...
Middletown Fire Department gets federal funds to replace oxygen masks
 Middletown will receive more than $370,000 in federal funds for fire department operations. The $337,690 grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. MORE: Thousands of dollars in equipment donated to Hamilton firefighters Middletown Division of Fire Chief Paul Lolli said the money...

Posted: 27 days ago

Middletown will receive more than $370,000 in federal funds for fire department operations. The $337,690 grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. MORE: Thousands of dollars in equipment donated to Hamilton firefighters Middletown Division of Fire Chief Paul Lolli said the money...
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