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Cat recovering after being shot with arrow in Middletown
 A female cat that was shot with an arrow is having surgery today at Monroe Family Pet Hospital, according to Meg Melampy, president of a Butler County animal rescue. Melampy said she was notified by a Middletown resident that a cat — later named Arrow — was shot and needed to be rescued. Since the arrow was about 12 inches long...

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A female cat that was shot with an arrow is having surgery today at Monroe Family Pet Hospital, according to Meg Melampy, president of a Butler County animal rescue. Melampy said she was notified by a Middletown resident that a cat — later named Arrow — was shot and needed to be rescued. Since the arrow was about 12 inches long...
Middletown YMCA celebrates 100th anniversary with ‘monumental event’
 One of the pillars of downtown Middletown recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a “monumental event,” said Angela Howard, executive director of the Middletown Area YMCA. On Saturday, there was a reunion for current and former members and directors, but most of all, as a fundraiser for the Urban Youth Endowment Fund, which...

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One of the pillars of downtown Middletown recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a “monumental event,” said Angela Howard, executive director of the Middletown Area YMCA. On Saturday, there was a reunion for current and former members and directors, but most of all, as a fundraiser for the Urban Youth Endowment Fund, which...
West Chester woman dedicates 20 years to counseling the grieving
 When you’ve accomplished what Sheila Munafo-Kanoza has for 20 years, people tend to notice. So it’s no surprise that her tiny office in the basement of a professional building on Cincinnati-Dayton Road is lined with awards and plaques. If you’re on a committee that recognizes a Woman of the Year, and you haven’t presented...

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When you’ve accomplished what Sheila Munafo-Kanoza has for 20 years, people tend to notice. So it’s no surprise that her tiny office in the basement of a professional building on Cincinnati-Dayton Road is lined with awards and plaques. If you’re on a committee that recognizes a Woman of the Year, and you haven’t presented...
3 groups spend $30,000 to improve Middletown’s Smith Park
 If cities want to “elevate their perceptions,” they must invest in their parks, said David Pearce, treasurer of the Ohio Balloon Challenge in Middletown. That’s exactly what three local organizations and the city of Middletown accomplished recently when a 41,000-square foot parking area at Smith Park was repaved. Light Up...

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If cities want to “elevate their perceptions,” they must invest in their parks, said David Pearce, treasurer of the Ohio Balloon Challenge in Middletown. That’s exactly what three local organizations and the city of Middletown accomplished recently when a 41,000-square foot parking area at Smith Park was repaved. Light Up...
Night of drinking leads to assault, OVI charges for Middletown man
 After a night of drinking, two men got into an argument that led to one of them to being charged with felonious assault and OVI, according to Middletown police. Austin Napier, 23, of Middletown was charged with the crimes Sunday morning and placed in Middletown City Jail, according to a police report. MORE: Middletown rescue: Dead animals...

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After a night of drinking, two men got into an argument that led to one of them to being charged with felonious assault and OVI, according to Middletown police. Austin Napier, 23, of Middletown was charged with the crimes Sunday morning and placed in Middletown City Jail, according to a police report. MORE: Middletown rescue: Dead animals...
Butler County Sports Hall of Fame inducts 11
 The 36th class to be inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame is “well rounded” and represents a diverse sports background, said Stu Eversole, chairman. He said the inductees played in a “broad spectrum” of sports and excelled as high school and college athletes or improved athletic complexes in Butler County...

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The 36th class to be inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame is “well rounded” and represents a diverse sports background, said Stu Eversole, chairman. He said the inductees played in a “broad spectrum” of sports and excelled as high school and college athletes or improved athletic complexes in Butler County...
Middletown rescue: Dead animals on tracks ‘makings of serial killer’
 The president of a Middletown animal rescue said it’s “disturbing” that someone may be killing animals and dumping them near railroad tracks. Meg Melampy of Joseph’s Legacy said neighbors along the train tracks near Vannest Avenue have reported finding animals, from cats to canines, dead along the tracks. Melampy doesn&rsquo...

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The president of a Middletown animal rescue said it’s “disturbing” that someone may be killing animals and dumping them near railroad tracks. Meg Melampy of Joseph’s Legacy said neighbors along the train tracks near Vannest Avenue have reported finding animals, from cats to canines, dead along the tracks. Melampy doesn&rsquo...
Middletown churches learn how to better secure their buildings
 Pastors said after meeting with representatives from the Middletown Division of Police they left better prepared in case an active shooter enters their church. The meeting between the police and church leaders was arranged by Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw on the heels of the Texas church shooting on Nov. 5 that left 26 people dead...

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Pastors said after meeting with representatives from the Middletown Division of Police they left better prepared in case an active shooter enters their church. The meeting between the police and church leaders was arranged by Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw on the heels of the Texas church shooting on Nov. 5 that left 26 people dead...
Middletown bridge reopens after crash between 2 semis
 The Ohio 122 bridge reopened at 11 a.m. today following a semi crash that closed the bridge between Middletown and Madison Twp. for most of the morning. Justin Hardesty, one of the drivers of a semi involved in this morning’s crash said he is “lucky to be alive.” Hardesty said he was driving over the bridge on Ohio 122 after...

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The Ohio 122 bridge reopened at 11 a.m. today following a semi crash that closed the bridge between Middletown and Madison Twp. for most of the morning. Justin Hardesty, one of the drivers of a semi involved in this morning’s crash said he is “lucky to be alive.” Hardesty said he was driving over the bridge on Ohio 122 after...
New details on Middletown man killed in wrong-way crash
 The Middletown man killed this week in a wrong-way crash died of multiple traumatic injuries and his death was ruled an accident, according to new information released today by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. The coroner’s office released its autopsy results today. Alex Johnson, 30, was driving a Pontiac G6 east — the...

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The Middletown man killed this week in a wrong-way crash died of multiple traumatic injuries and his death was ruled an accident, according to new information released today by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. The coroner’s office released its autopsy results today. Alex Johnson, 30, was driving a Pontiac G6 east — the...
Middletown student, 15, charged with felonious assault after fight
 A 15-year-old Middletown High School student was charged with felonious assault and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center after he allegedly beat up another 15-year-old student Monday morning in the school. MORE: “Death threats” drive 1-19 Middletown coach to resign A video showed a student, after being tapped on his arm by...

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A 15-year-old Middletown High School student was charged with felonious assault and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center after he allegedly beat up another 15-year-old student Monday morning in the school. MORE: “Death threats” drive 1-19 Middletown coach to resign A video showed a student, after being tapped on his arm by...
Middletown human trafficking survivor considers herself ‘very lucky’
 After listening to Ann Marie Babb’s story — and at times, just sitting there, almost numb in disbelief — there are lots of things you might expect her to say. One of them isn’t: “I’m one of the lucky ones. Very lucky.” Consider that Babb, now 50 and living in Middletown for two years, was a teenage...

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After listening to Ann Marie Babb’s story — and at times, just sitting there, almost numb in disbelief — there are lots of things you might expect her to say. One of them isn’t: “I’m one of the lucky ones. Very lucky.” Consider that Babb, now 50 and living in Middletown for two years, was a teenage...
Ousted Middletown council member plans another run for office
 Despite her loss Tuesday to retain a seat on Middletown City Council, Vice Mayor Dora Bronston said she plans to run again in two years, possibly for mayor. Newcomer Ami Vitori was the leading vote-getter Tuesday for one of two open seats on Middletown City Council. Vitori received 33.8 percent of the vote in Butler County for a four-year...

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Despite her loss Tuesday to retain a seat on Middletown City Council, Vice Mayor Dora Bronston said she plans to run again in two years, possibly for mayor. Newcomer Ami Vitori was the leading vote-getter Tuesday for one of two open seats on Middletown City Council. Vitori received 33.8 percent of the vote in Butler County for a four-year...
3 members of same Middletown family to serve in public office
 After Tuesday’s election, Middletown Mayor Larry Mulligan will be joined in public office by his mother and brother. Cathie Mulligan won a seat on the Middletown City Schools Board of Education, and Joe Mulligan won a seat on the Middletown City Council. MORE: Newcomer, former councilman win seats on Middletown City Council MORE: Challenger...

Posted: 11 days ago

After Tuesday’s election, Middletown Mayor Larry Mulligan will be joined in public office by his mother and brother. Cathie Mulligan won a seat on the Middletown City Schools Board of Education, and Joe Mulligan won a seat on the Middletown City Council. MORE: Newcomer, former councilman win seats on Middletown City Council MORE: Challenger...
Middletown police: Man killed in wrong-way crash was not being chased
 A Middletown man killed Monday evening in a wrong-way crash was not being chased by officers at the time of the crash as some had speculated, according to police. Alex Johnson, 30, was driving a Pontiac G6 east — the wrong way — on Verity Parkway at 5:30 p.m. Monday when he apparently lost control of his car and hit a Dodge Avenger...

Posted: 12 days ago

A Middletown man killed Monday evening in a wrong-way crash was not being chased by officers at the time of the crash as some had speculated, according to police. Alex Johnson, 30, was driving a Pontiac G6 east — the wrong way — on Verity Parkway at 5:30 p.m. Monday when he apparently lost control of his car and hit a Dodge Avenger...
Butler County lawmaker hires security for pro-life fundraiser, cites Texas church shooting
 Citing Sunday’s mass shooting in Texas, State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, who is also executive director of the Community Pregnancy Center, said she has hired Butler County Sheriff’s deputies to work security at her pro-life fundraiser this week in West Chester Twp. “That’s the times we live in,” said...

Posted: 13 days ago

Citing Sunday’s mass shooting in Texas, State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, who is also executive director of the Community Pregnancy Center, said she has hired Butler County Sheriff’s deputies to work security at her pro-life fundraiser this week in West Chester Twp. “That’s the times we live in,” said...
Butler County pastors, police urge churches to create safety plan
 Butler County pastors and law enforcement officers are encouraging local churches and other public places to have a safety plan in place after the country’s most recent mass shooting. The deaths of 26 people Sunday at a Texas church — following the 2015 killing of nine people in a Charleston, S.C., prayer group — reveals...

Posted: 13 days ago

Butler County pastors and law enforcement officers are encouraging local churches and other public places to have a safety plan in place after the country’s most recent mass shooting. The deaths of 26 people Sunday at a Texas church — following the 2015 killing of nine people in a Charleston, S.C., prayer group — reveals...
Teacher misconduct: Butler County mirrors statewide trend
 Several recent allegations of teacher misconduct in Butler County mirror a statewide increase in the number of educator misconduct referrals, according to state records examined by this news outlet. Within the past few weeks in Butler County, a Middletown City Schools teacher came under investigation by police for possible inappropriate behavior...

Posted: 15 days ago

Several recent allegations of teacher misconduct in Butler County mirror a statewide increase in the number of educator misconduct referrals, according to state records examined by this news outlet. Within the past few weeks in Butler County, a Middletown City Schools teacher came under investigation by police for possible inappropriate behavior...
Area coaches react to ‘death threat’ allegations by Middletown coach
 After Middletown High School’s football coach resigned, citing he received online “death threats,” football coaches and administrators reacted, saying they were shocked and concerned that parents allegedly involved had lost perspective. Lance Engleka, who coached the Middies for two seasons, compiling a 1-19 record, wrote...

Posted: 16 days ago

After Middletown High School’s football coach resigned, citing he received online “death threats,” football coaches and administrators reacted, saying they were shocked and concerned that parents allegedly involved had lost perspective. Lance Engleka, who coached the Middies for two seasons, compiling a 1-19 record, wrote...
Volunteer of the Year’s joy spreads throughout Middletown
 You may not know his name, but his infectious smile is unforgettable. And when you see that look on Jimmy Muzquiz’s face — when he flashes his teeth under that bushy mustache — you feel better about yourself and mankind. As coordinator of the Broad Street Bash, a downtown Middletown musical event, Adriane Scherrer has seen...

Posted: 17 days ago

You may not know his name, but his infectious smile is unforgettable. And when you see that look on Jimmy Muzquiz’s face — when he flashes his teeth under that bushy mustache — you feel better about yourself and mankind. As coordinator of the Broad Street Bash, a downtown Middletown musical event, Adriane Scherrer has seen...
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