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Mike Fox’s ‘simple’ choice: ‘I either lose this weight or I lose my life’
 Mike Fox said he should have died last month. He was admitted to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford on Dec. 2 after he collapsed in his home. He was in hospitals, both McCullough-Hyde and Bethesda North in Hamilton County, until Dec. 18, and he doesn’t remember most of that time. While he was in the hospital, he said his heart &ldquo...

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Mike Fox said he should have died last month. He was admitted to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford on Dec. 2 after he collapsed in his home. He was in hospitals, both McCullough-Hyde and Bethesda North in Hamilton County, until Dec. 18, and he doesn’t remember most of that time. While he was in the hospital, he said his heart &ldquo...
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...

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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...
It was a wild week in Ohio statewide politics. Here’s what happened.
 Big decisions announced this past week made the second week of 2018 the political equivalent of professional golf’s “moving day,” or in this case moving week. The first week of the year has seen multiple big news announcements — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel dropping from the Senate race, Democratic Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni...

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Big decisions announced this past week made the second week of 2018 the political equivalent of professional golf’s “moving day,” or in this case moving week. The first week of the year has seen multiple big news announcements — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel dropping from the Senate race, Democratic Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni...
5 things to know about the Hamilton-connected businessman running for lieutenant governor
 Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor formally introduced Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth as her running mate in her bid for Ohio governor. Estruth, 50, was one month from celebrating 27 years with Procter & Gamble when he chose to retire Wednesday from the Cincinnati-based corporation. He was the CEO of P&G subsidiary iMFLUX, an injection molding technology...

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Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor formally introduced Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth as her running mate in her bid for Ohio governor. Estruth, 50, was one month from celebrating 27 years with Procter & Gamble when he chose to retire Wednesday from the Cincinnati-based corporation. He was the CEO of P&G subsidiary iMFLUX, an injection molding technology...
Taylor names Hamilton businessman as running mate in governor race
 Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor announced Wednesday that Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth will join her gubernatorial campaign as candidate for lieutenant governor. Estruth, 50, retired Wednesday morning from his position as CEO of iMFLUX, a Procter & Gamble subsidiary, to join the campaign, an act that Taylor called “a big sacrifice.&rdquo...

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Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor announced Wednesday that Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth will join her gubernatorial campaign as candidate for lieutenant governor. Estruth, 50, retired Wednesday morning from his position as CEO of iMFLUX, a Procter & Gamble subsidiary, to join the campaign, an act that Taylor called “a big sacrifice.&rdquo...
Ohio Rep. Retherford talks about a life-changing moment: ‘I haven’t had a drink since that night’
 Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford said he hasn’t had a touch of alcohol since his March 12, 2017 OVI arrest, when he was found in the early morning hours passed out in his pickup truck parked idling in a fast-food drive-thru lane. Retherford, 33, has been on the campaign trail in his bid for re-election to a possible fourth, and final, term...

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Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford said he hasn’t had a touch of alcohol since his March 12, 2017 OVI arrest, when he was found in the early morning hours passed out in his pickup truck parked idling in a fast-food drive-thru lane. Retherford, 33, has been on the campaign trail in his bid for re-election to a possible fourth, and final, term...
What local officials are doing different in 2018 to battle opioids
 After a year of record-setting deaths and pain caused throughout the community by opioids, public agencies are starting 2018 with new tactics and teams to improve their efforts on overdoses. The problem is stark. More than 80 percent of the 204 fatal overdose cases handled by the Butler County Coroner’s Office through the start of November...

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After a year of record-setting deaths and pain caused throughout the community by opioids, public agencies are starting 2018 with new tactics and teams to improve their efforts on overdoses. The problem is stark. More than 80 percent of the 204 fatal overdose cases handled by the Butler County Coroner’s Office through the start of November...
What does 2018 hold for the political races of Butler County?
 History is on the side of the Republicans in Butler County for this year’s Statehouse and countywide elections, but Democrats will aim to change that. Any Democrat, Republican or Green Party member must file to run in the May 8 primary. Winners of the primary will advance to November’s general election. The filing deadline for...

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History is on the side of the Republicans in Butler County for this year’s Statehouse and countywide elections, but Democrats will aim to change that. Any Democrat, Republican or Green Party member must file to run in the May 8 primary. Winners of the primary will advance to November’s general election. The filing deadline for...
5 things to know about Miami University’s unique role in the Civil Rights movement
 If President Trump signs the African American Civil Rights Network Act, which received unanimous congressional support, Miami University’s story in Freedom Summer in the 1960s will likely have a bigger stage for future generations. The act would establish a National Park Service program to educate the public and provide technical assistance...

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If President Trump signs the African American Civil Rights Network Act, which received unanimous congressional support, Miami University’s story in Freedom Summer in the 1960s will likely have a bigger stage for future generations. The act would establish a National Park Service program to educate the public and provide technical assistance...
A Fairfield goal for 2018: Add a new dog park to well-known Black Bottom
 Marsh Park Lake will be a main focus for Fairfield in the coming year and beyond. The goal is to transform Marsh Park — which today is a 30-acre fishing lake and walking/biking trail — into a 170-acre crown jewel in the city’s park system. Eventually, the Park will become an L-shaped park with three lakes, extending...

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Marsh Park Lake will be a main focus for Fairfield in the coming year and beyond. The goal is to transform Marsh Park — which today is a 30-acre fishing lake and walking/biking trail — into a 170-acre crown jewel in the city’s park system. Eventually, the Park will become an L-shaped park with three lakes, extending...
8 top stories of 2017 in Fairfield and Fairfield Twp.
 Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. had an up and down year. Each lost a valued member of their local government leaders to changes — or pending changes in the case of the city — at the top of their respective police forces. Here are some of the top stories in 2017 from the city and township. Fairfield City Councilman Bob Myron, 76,...

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Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. had an up and down year. Each lost a valued member of their local government leaders to changes — or pending changes in the case of the city — at the top of their respective police forces. Here are some of the top stories in 2017 from the city and township. Fairfield City Councilman Bob Myron, 76,...
A touching moment drew applause at Fairfield’s council swearing-in ceremony
 Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller is excited for the next four years in his second, and last, term. “It’s an incredible honor to sit in the center chair as the mayor of my hometown,” said Miller as he and the three at-large council members took an oath of office Thursday evening. While Miller said he’s proud of the work...

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Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller is excited for the next four years in his second, and last, term. “It’s an incredible honor to sit in the center chair as the mayor of my hometown,” said Miller as he and the three at-large council members took an oath of office Thursday evening. While Miller said he’s proud of the work...
5 from the region to be interviewed for Fairfield police chief
 Five area police officers will be interviewed in January to be Fairfield’s next police chief. Six took an assessment test this month, and the city’s civil service rules mandate the top five candidates be tested. Fairfield City Manager Mark Wendling said those interviews have not yet been set up. FIRST REPORT: Fairfield’s...

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Five area police officers will be interviewed in January to be Fairfield’s next police chief. Six took an assessment test this month, and the city’s civil service rules mandate the top five candidates be tested. Fairfield City Manager Mark Wendling said those interviews have not yet been set up. FIRST REPORT: Fairfield’s...
Butler County works to protect homeless and needy during cold stretch
 With freezing temperatures forecase throughout the region through the weekend, Butler County agencies are working to help the homeless and those in need get through the dangerously frigid weather. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office, for instance, has opened its lobby on Hanover Street in Hamilton. “When it’s this cold, it&rsquo...

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With freezing temperatures forecase throughout the region through the weekend, Butler County agencies are working to help the homeless and those in need get through the dangerously frigid weather. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office, for instance, has opened its lobby on Hanover Street in Hamilton. “When it’s this cold, it&rsquo...
Already seeking more voters, Penska set to join Butler County elections board
 Mariann Penska is set to be the next member of the Butler County Board of Elections. Now it’s up to the Ohio Secretary of State to formally swear the West Chester Twp. resident in to succeed Kathy Wyenandt, the Democratic board member who resigned on Dec. 18. The Democratic Party picked Penska on Dec. 21 to succeed Wyenandt, who also...

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Mariann Penska is set to be the next member of the Butler County Board of Elections. Now it’s up to the Ohio Secretary of State to formally swear the West Chester Twp. resident in to succeed Kathy Wyenandt, the Democratic board member who resigned on Dec. 18. The Democratic Party picked Penska on Dec. 21 to succeed Wyenandt, who also...
Their first date was at an amusement park, and they’re still married — 78 years later
 Fielding and Marion Lee’s first date was a trip to the Riverside Amusement Park in Chicago, which included a ride in the Tunnel of Love, some eight decades ago. The couple — Fielding, 99, and Marian, 98 — celebrated 78 years of marriage on Friday, Dec. 22, at Chesterwood Village, 8073 Tylersville Rd. in West Chester Twp...

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Fielding and Marion Lee’s first date was a trip to the Riverside Amusement Park in Chicago, which included a ride in the Tunnel of Love, some eight decades ago. The couple — Fielding, 99, and Marian, 98 — celebrated 78 years of marriage on Friday, Dec. 22, at Chesterwood Village, 8073 Tylersville Rd. in West Chester Twp...
Fairfield Twp. coffee shop owner says business in danger of closing
Coffee Cup Overflowing in Fairfield Twp. is more than just a coffee shop. Many groups, such as a group of women who decorated holiday and Christmas cookies for area first responders, use the space to meet. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

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Coffee Cup Overflowing in Fairfield Twp. is more than just a coffee shop. Many groups, such as a group of women who decorated holiday and Christmas cookies for area first responders, use the space to meet. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF
Fairfield Twp. coffee shop owner says business in danger of closing
 Coffee Cup Overflowing isn’t just a coffee shop on Winford Avenue, as dozens of people and community groups rely on its value as a communal space. But it’s in danger of closing, said owner Angie Payne, and not following through on its goal of donating proceeds to the Shepherd’s Crook, a nonprofit ministry for orphans with...

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Coffee Cup Overflowing isn’t just a coffee shop on Winford Avenue, as dozens of people and community groups rely on its value as a communal space. But it’s in danger of closing, said owner Angie Payne, and not following through on its goal of donating proceeds to the Shepherd’s Crook, a nonprofit ministry for orphans with...
Fairfield residents want to save historic home from wrecking ball
 A group of Fairfield residents has asked the city to delay a vote on demolishing a 19th century home in hopes it will be converted into an educational facility. The Save the Cooper House committee, lead by resident Dean Bruewer, is passionate about saving the building because it was owned by Thomas Cooper, an immigrant that was one of the...

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A group of Fairfield residents has asked the city to delay a vote on demolishing a 19th century home in hopes it will be converted into an educational facility. The Save the Cooper House committee, lead by resident Dean Bruewer, is passionate about saving the building because it was owned by Thomas Cooper, an immigrant that was one of the...
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