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Chris Stewart

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Montgomery County proposing sales tax increase
 A proposed 0.25 percent retail sales tax increase for Montgomery County purchases could go into effect as early as Oct. 1 if approved by county commissioners. The proposed tax, recommended by the county administrator, would generate $19.1 million and help plug a $9 million general fund budget gap from the loss of managed care sales tax revenue...

Posted: a day ago

A proposed 0.25 percent retail sales tax increase for Montgomery County purchases could go into effect as early as Oct. 1 if approved by county commissioners. The proposed tax, recommended by the county administrator, would generate $19.1 million and help plug a $9 million general fund budget gap from the loss of managed care sales tax revenue...
Rainfall wreaks havoc: ‘Small portion of the road is gone’
 Heavy rains have washed away sections of some local roadways, prompting emergency closures and repairs by Montgomery County and Miamisburg officials to keep drivers safe. Rainfall ate away a stretch of Upper River Road near Miamisburg, leaving a guardrail dangling above the Great Miami River and forcing the county to close a stretch of Upper...

Posted: 2 days ago

Heavy rains have washed away sections of some local roadways, prompting emergency closures and repairs by Montgomery County and Miamisburg officials to keep drivers safe. Rainfall ate away a stretch of Upper River Road near Miamisburg, leaving a guardrail dangling above the Great Miami River and forcing the county to close a stretch of Upper...
What does it mean? All that paint on sidewalks and streets 
 All those colored lines you see spray painted on the ground, streets and sidewalks typically mean one thing: someone’s going to start digging.  Each color tips off a worker to what’s underground. The lines identify where underground utilities run so those excavating nearby don’t hit a line and knock out phone service...

Posted: 8 days ago

All those colored lines you see spray painted on the ground, streets and sidewalks typically mean one thing: someone’s going to start digging.  Each color tips off a worker to what’s underground. The lines identify where underground utilities run so those excavating nearby don’t hit a line and knock out phone service...
Take this key step to stay safe during spring yard work
 As homeowners begin digging into their yards this spring, they might tear into something else — buried utilities that can pose extraordinary danger. That’s why local safety experts urged residents — and businesses — to call 8-1-1 before they dig. “There’s a lot of stuff in the ground just in your yard that...

Posted: 10 days ago

As homeowners begin digging into their yards this spring, they might tear into something else — buried utilities that can pose extraordinary danger. That’s why local safety experts urged residents — and businesses — to call 8-1-1 before they dig. “There’s a lot of stuff in the ground just in your yard that...
U.S. attacks Syria: What will happen next?
 U.S., British and French airstrikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities were returned by only heated Russian rhetoric on Saturday, easing fears of an immediately escalating conflict. The strikes were generally supported by allies and Ohio lawmakers. RELATED: Trump claims success in Syria, but chemical weapons remain The more than 100 cruise...

Posted: 11 days ago

U.S., British and French airstrikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities were returned by only heated Russian rhetoric on Saturday, easing fears of an immediately escalating conflict. The strikes were generally supported by allies and Ohio lawmakers. RELATED: Trump claims success in Syria, but chemical weapons remain The more than 100 cruise...
Nuisance hotel in Harrison Twp. to meet wrecking ball
 A problem hotel at 3636 N. Dixie Drive that’s gone by many names — including the North Plaza Inn, which once had nearly 2,000 sheriff’s dispatch calls in a span of two-and-a-half years — will be torn down beginning Tuesday. Harrison Twp. was able get the blighted property declared a nuisance by the courts through emergency...

Posted: 12 days ago

A problem hotel at 3636 N. Dixie Drive that’s gone by many names — including the North Plaza Inn, which once had nearly 2,000 sheriff’s dispatch calls in a span of two-and-a-half years — will be torn down beginning Tuesday. Harrison Twp. was able get the blighted property declared a nuisance by the courts through emergency...
Eyesore no more? 4 big-picture proposals for long-ago amusement park site
 The public got a look Thursday night at several redevelopment plan options for a 54-acre tract of Harrison Twp. that once thrived as a center of amusement, then as a shopping center that declined in recent decades and saw its buildings leveled more recently. Four big-picture proposals for the Forest Park site offered broad themes in which...

Posted: 13 days ago

The public got a look Thursday night at several redevelopment plan options for a 54-acre tract of Harrison Twp. that once thrived as a center of amusement, then as a shopping center that declined in recent decades and saw its buildings leveled more recently. Four big-picture proposals for the Forest Park site offered broad themes in which...
Montgomery County to spend $100K to study jail operations after lawsuits
 Montgomery County commissioners on Tuesday approved money for a new study that will examine the county jail facilities as well as operations, policies and procedures with the goal of eliminating future lawsuits by inmates based on claims of mistreatment. CGL Companies will be paid $100,245 to perform the study for the Justice Advisory...

Posted: 15 days ago

Montgomery County commissioners on Tuesday approved money for a new study that will examine the county jail facilities as well as operations, policies and procedures with the goal of eliminating future lawsuits by inmates based on claims of mistreatment. CGL Companies will be paid $100,245 to perform the study for the Justice Advisory...
County jail commission member welcomes people ‘asking those hard questions’
 A committee looking into conditions at the Montgomery County Jail passed a “major hurdle” Tuesday when county commissioners approved money for a new study. But some – including the sheriff who runs the jail — say the Justice Advisory Committee has made little progress since it was formed last year in response to a...

Posted: 15 days ago

A committee looking into conditions at the Montgomery County Jail passed a “major hurdle” Tuesday when county commissioners approved money for a new study. But some – including the sheriff who runs the jail — say the Justice Advisory Committee has made little progress since it was formed last year in response to a...