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During this political endorsement season, experts debate their importance
 The Butler County GOP last week could not come to a consensus on whom to endorse for Ohio governor or U.S. Senate. The party was close, but the number of votes did not reach the 60 percent threshold required for either endorsement. During this endorsement season, including a the county party not endorsing an incumbent state representative...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Butler County GOP last week could not come to a consensus on whom to endorse for Ohio governor or U.S. Senate. The party was close, but the number of votes did not reach the 60 percent threshold required for either endorsement. During this endorsement season, including a the county party not endorsing an incumbent state representative...
With primary elections coming soon, some wonder if they’re worth it
 Feb. 7 is the filing deadline for the 2018 primary elections, and both Butler County Republicans and Democrats will have choices to make. There are potentially four GOP primary races in which voters will decide who will run for election in November. There’s only one contested primary race on the Democratic Party side. RELATED: Reformer...

Posted: 21 days ago

Feb. 7 is the filing deadline for the 2018 primary elections, and both Butler County Republicans and Democrats will have choices to make. There are potentially four GOP primary races in which voters will decide who will run for election in November. There’s only one contested primary race on the Democratic Party side. RELATED: Reformer...
Fairfield chooses from within for next police chief
 Fairfield Police Lt. Steve Maynard will be the next police chief for the city, according to City Manager Mark Wendling. Maynard was one of nine candidates to succeed Chief Mike Dickey, 70, who will retire on Feb. 26. Maynard’s first day as chief will be that same day. His starting salary is $113,000 a year. “He knows the...

Posted: 22 days ago

Fairfield Police Lt. Steve Maynard will be the next police chief for the city, according to City Manager Mark Wendling. Maynard was one of nine candidates to succeed Chief Mike Dickey, 70, who will retire on Feb. 26. Maynard’s first day as chief will be that same day. His starting salary is $113,000 a year. “He knows the...
2018 could end the pain on Route 4. What else will happen in Fairfield this year?
 Fairfield commuters will once again need to navigate road construction along Ohio 4 this year, but this should be the last year for major work along that stretch for some time, city officials say. In 2017, a two-mile stretch of Ohio 4 was under construction to replace a cast iron water main that was prone to breaks. That was one of the city&rsquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

Fairfield commuters will once again need to navigate road construction along Ohio 4 this year, but this should be the last year for major work along that stretch for some time, city officials say. In 2017, a two-mile stretch of Ohio 4 was under construction to replace a cast iron water main that was prone to breaks. That was one of the city&rsquo...
Bullet-proof vests now part of daily life for Fairfield firefighters
 Fairfield firefighters and paramedics are now equipped with red ballistic vests. The 44 vests will be part of the everyday equipment on all fire department vehicles, which were purchased in October so personnel can be protected if called to assist potentially violent situations, said Deputy Fire Chief Tom Wagner. “We have 44 vests distributed...

Posted: 24 days ago

Fairfield firefighters and paramedics are now equipped with red ballistic vests. The 44 vests will be part of the everyday equipment on all fire department vehicles, which were purchased in October so personnel can be protected if called to assist potentially violent situations, said Deputy Fire Chief Tom Wagner. “We have 44 vests distributed...
This tool is helping Fairfield police train for high-pressure situations
 Fairfield debuted its newest police training tool to City Council on Jan. 22, which police Lt. Steve Maynard said will improve an officer’s ability to react to high-pressure situations. “You have to train for the worst and hope for the best,” said Maynard about the new Meggitt training simulator the city purchased for...

Posted: 27 days ago

Fairfield debuted its newest police training tool to City Council on Jan. 22, which police Lt. Steve Maynard said will improve an officer’s ability to react to high-pressure situations. “You have to train for the worst and hope for the best,” said Maynard about the new Meggitt training simulator the city purchased for...
Ohio House leadership member apologizes for comments during roast that made a local lawmaker ‘livid’
 Ohio Rep. Bill Seitz has apologized for remarks he made at the Athletic Club of Columbus Tuesday night “and for any shame that was brought upon the Ohio House of Representatives.” The apology from the Cincinnati Republican comes days after a report that Seitz and others roasted exiting Ohio House Republicans Chief of Staff Mike...

Posted: 29 days ago

Ohio Rep. Bill Seitz has apologized for remarks he made at the Athletic Club of Columbus Tuesday night “and for any shame that was brought upon the Ohio House of Representatives.” The apology from the Cincinnati Republican comes days after a report that Seitz and others roasted exiting Ohio House Republicans Chief of Staff Mike...
WATCH: These thieves easily got into driveway vehicles. Police are using the video to warn about locking doors.
 Thefts from vehicles combine to be one of the most reported crimes in the city of Fairfield and occur in all areas of the city and at all hours of the day. The Fairfield Police Department has shared a video (watch above) that demonstrates how easy it is for criminals to steal from an unlocked vehicle. A pair of thieves were caught on...

Posted: 29 days ago

Thefts from vehicles combine to be one of the most reported crimes in the city of Fairfield and occur in all areas of the city and at all hours of the day. The Fairfield Police Department has shared a video (watch above) that demonstrates how easy it is for criminals to steal from an unlocked vehicle. A pair of thieves were caught on...
‘On its last legs’: Why election boards are seeking new voting machines
 Voting equipment in many Ohio counties, including Butler County, is becoming obsolete as replacement parts are more difficult to obtain and software continues to age. State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, said he knows of at least one county board of elections that has used parts from an auto supply store. He said replacing voting machines before...

8:23 PM Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Voting equipment in many Ohio counties, including Butler County, is becoming obsolete as replacement parts are more difficult to obtain and software continues to age. State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, said he knows of at least one county board of elections that has used parts from an auto supply store. He said replacing voting machines before...
U.S. immigrant naturalizations up 37 percent since 2005
 The United States saw a 37 percent increase in naturalized immigrants from 2005-15, led by larger naturalization rates for the largest 20 immigrant groups, according to the Pew Research Center. And during that decade, the government denied nearly 1 million applications, which is roughly 11 percent of the 8.5 million applications filed over...

12:00 AM Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

The United States saw a 37 percent increase in naturalized immigrants from 2005-15, led by larger naturalization rates for the largest 20 immigrant groups, according to the Pew Research Center. And during that decade, the government denied nearly 1 million applications, which is roughly 11 percent of the 8.5 million applications filed over...
New Fairfield Vice Mayor ‘looking forward’ to new role
 Fairfield Vice Mayor Craig Keller said he’s “looking forward” to serving alongside Mayor Steve Miller for the next year, leading both the city council and the city of Fairfield. Miller made Keller, who’s entering his third year as the Second Ward City Council member, vice mayor for 2018. “It means a lot to serve...

10:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

Fairfield Vice Mayor Craig Keller said he’s “looking forward” to serving alongside Mayor Steve Miller for the next year, leading both the city council and the city of Fairfield. Miller made Keller, who’s entering his third year as the Second Ward City Council member, vice mayor for 2018. “It means a lot to serve...
Former elections board member to run for Ohio Statehouse
 The reason why former Butler County Board of Elections member Kathy Wyenandt
            resigned her board seat last month is so she can run for office. Wyenandt told the Journal-News she will formally announce on Sunday afternoon at Grainworks Brewing Company that she will run against Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., who was...

8:51 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

The reason why former Butler County Board of Elections member Kathy Wyenandt resigned her board seat last month is so she can run for office. Wyenandt told the Journal-News she will formally announce on Sunday afternoon at Grainworks Brewing Company that she will run against Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., who was...
5 ways Mike Fox changed Butler County during his legendary statehouse career
 There’s not much in Butler County that hasn’t been impacted by former state lawmaker Mike Fox. He sponsored and pushed to enact more than 100 pieces of legislation — either a bill or an amendment — as a member of the Ohio General Assembly from 1975 to 1997. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars were directed to Butler...

12:18 AM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

There’s not much in Butler County that hasn’t been impacted by former state lawmaker Mike Fox. He sponsored and pushed to enact more than 100 pieces of legislation — either a bill or an amendment — as a member of the Ohio General Assembly from 1975 to 1997. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars were directed to Butler...
Democrat sworn in as newest BOE member
 Mariann Penska was sworn in as the newest member of the Butler County Board of Elections on Thursday. The Butler County Democratic Party picked Penska to succeed Kathy Wyenandt, the Democratic board member who resigned on Dec. 18. Wyenandt also resigned as the party’s Central Committee chair. INITIAL REPORT: Penska set to join Butler...

5:28 PM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Mariann Penska was sworn in as the newest member of the Butler County Board of Elections on Thursday. The Butler County Democratic Party picked Penska to succeed Kathy Wyenandt, the Democratic board member who resigned on Dec. 18. Wyenandt also resigned as the party’s Central Committee chair. INITIAL REPORT: Penska set to join Butler...
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...

4:43 PM Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

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...

12:00 AM Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018

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...

6:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

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...

3:54 PM Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

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...

6:09 PM Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

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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