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‘A big boom went off over my head’: Butler County woman almost hit by stray bullet
 A Butler County community has taken action against a local gun range after a woman said a bullet from the business came within five feet of her face as she sat inside her home. Berneice Wright was watching television at about 2 p.m. April 12 in her living room of her home in the 1900 block of Gephart Road when she said a bullet burst through...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Butler County community has taken action against a local gun range after a woman said a bullet from the business came within five feet of her face as she sat inside her home. Berneice Wright was watching television at about 2 p.m. April 12 in her living room of her home in the 1900 block of Gephart Road when she said a bullet burst through...
Drone school may be coming to Middletown
 Butler Tech has a new location in mind for its drone school, this news outlet has learned. Butler County Development Director David Fehr had been negotiating with Butler Tech to locate its drone program at the county’s Hogan Field. But Butler Tech spokesman Michael Beauchat told the Journal-News this week that the school has shifted...

Posted: 5 days ago

Butler Tech has a new location in mind for its drone school, this news outlet has learned. Butler County Development Director David Fehr had been negotiating with Butler Tech to locate its drone program at the county’s Hogan Field. But Butler Tech spokesman Michael Beauchat told the Journal-News this week that the school has shifted...
Butler County airport may break even for first time ever
 Butler County’s financially fragile airport Hogan Field may break even operationally this year, a first ever officials say. For years Butler County commissioners have dipped into the county general fund — as much as $100,000 — to bail out the airport by paying its bills. The airport has also not been able to shoulder around...

Posted: 6 days ago

Butler County’s financially fragile airport Hogan Field may break even operationally this year, a first ever officials say. For years Butler County commissioners have dipped into the county general fund — as much as $100,000 — to bail out the airport by paying its bills. The airport has also not been able to shoulder around...
Fired Butler County manager launches allegations against county officials
 The fired Butler County Regional Airport manager launched several allegations against county commissioners and the sheriff in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday. Former airport manager Ron Davis is making allegations against the commissioners, sheriff, county administrator and others in a lawsuit seeking reinstatement to his job and its $93,710...

Posted: 7 days ago

The fired Butler County Regional Airport manager launched several allegations against county commissioners and the sheriff in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday. Former airport manager Ron Davis is making allegations against the commissioners, sheriff, county administrator and others in a lawsuit seeking reinstatement to his job and its $93,710...
Butler County blight busting tool to get review
 The Butler County land bank will once again look to Miami University students to give them a cost/benefit analysis of the blight busting tool. Miami University students in the Center for Analytics & Data Science spent months analyzing data three years ago, to try to determine whether bringing down blight was achieving the goal of stabilizing...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Butler County land bank will once again look to Miami University students to give them a cost/benefit analysis of the blight busting tool. Miami University students in the Center for Analytics & Data Science spent months analyzing data three years ago, to try to determine whether bringing down blight was achieving the goal of stabilizing...
44 miles of Butler County roads to be repaved
 Steamrollers will be trudging county and township roads across Butler County soon, now that the commissioners have approved $5.7 million to resurface 44 miles of county and township roads. Some of the bigger projects include Union Centre Boulevard from the Fairfield border to Ohio 747 in West Chester Twp. and Cincinnati Dayton Road from Mauds...

Posted: 12 days ago

Steamrollers will be trudging county and township roads across Butler County soon, now that the commissioners have approved $5.7 million to resurface 44 miles of county and township roads. Some of the bigger projects include Union Centre Boulevard from the Fairfield border to Ohio 747 in West Chester Twp. and Cincinnati Dayton Road from Mauds...
Butler County communities are putting their checkbooks online. So why isn’t anyone looking?
 Some Butler County communities that have opened their financial books to the public online aren’t getting very many “visits” from their constituents, but officials say transparency is still worth it. Most of the 14 jurisdictions that have their finances online are getting the service for free through Treasurer Josh Mandel&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

Some Butler County communities that have opened their financial books to the public online aren’t getting very many “visits” from their constituents, but officials say transparency is still worth it. Most of the 14 jurisdictions that have their finances online are getting the service for free through Treasurer Josh Mandel&rsquo...
Butler County payroll: 27 elected officials, directors make over $100K
 In Butler County, 27 elected officials, executive directors and managers make $100,000 or more, according to salary information analyzed by the Journal-News. Scroll down to see the full list below. In many cases, those considered “second-in-command” make more than their elected bosses.  The salaries of elected official are...

Posted: 15 days ago

In Butler County, 27 elected officials, executive directors and managers make $100,000 or more, according to salary information analyzed by the Journal-News. Scroll down to see the full list below. In many cases, those considered “second-in-command” make more than their elected bosses.  The salaries of elected official are...
Pitch made to make Butler County military museum more accessible to disabled
 With Butler County poised to reopen the newly renovated Sailors Soldiers and Pioneers Monument, Commissioner Cindy Carpenter wants to see if the downtown Hamilton icon can be made more accessible for those with physical disabilities. RELATED: Restored monument to soon reopen to the public Carpenter said with two levels of steep stairs, the...

Posted: 15 days ago

With Butler County poised to reopen the newly renovated Sailors Soldiers and Pioneers Monument, Commissioner Cindy Carpenter wants to see if the downtown Hamilton icon can be made more accessible for those with physical disabilities. RELATED: Restored monument to soon reopen to the public Carpenter said with two levels of steep stairs, the...
Case involving Jewish discrimination claims by former magistrate proceeds
 A federal judge has ruled a former magistrate can try to prove Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens fired her because she is Jewish, but 12 other claims are out in the case against Stephens and Prosecutor Michael Gmoser. Kimberly Edelstein filed a $1 million lawsuit against Stephens, Gmoser and Assistant Prosecutor Dan Ferguson...

Posted: 17 days ago

A federal judge has ruled a former magistrate can try to prove Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens fired her because she is Jewish, but 12 other claims are out in the case against Stephens and Prosecutor Michael Gmoser. Kimberly Edelstein filed a $1 million lawsuit against Stephens, Gmoser and Assistant Prosecutor Dan Ferguson...
In many cases, those considered “second-in-command” make more than their elected bosses
 In Butler County, 27 elected officials, executive directors and managers make $100,000 or more, according to salary information analyzed by the Journal-News. In many cases, those considered “second-in-command” make more than their elected bosses. The salaries of elected official are set by state law. Until the state legislature...

Posted: 19 days ago

In Butler County, 27 elected officials, executive directors and managers make $100,000 or more, according to salary information analyzed by the Journal-News. In many cases, those considered “second-in-command” make more than their elected bosses. The salaries of elected official are set by state law. Until the state legislature...
Butler County communities cleaning up after heavy rain, storms
 In Middletown, the Great Miami River overflowed its banks Wednesday afternoon, impacting some businesses and residents and closing the bike path.   But Scott Tadych, Middletown’s public works and utilities director, and officials from the Middletown Division of Fire said they were unaware of any flooding issues in the city...

Posted: 21 days ago

In Middletown, the Great Miami River overflowed its banks Wednesday afternoon, impacting some businesses and residents and closing the bike path.   But Scott Tadych, Middletown’s public works and utilities director, and officials from the Middletown Division of Fire said they were unaware of any flooding issues in the city...
New Miami speed cameras case ripe for Supreme Court scrutiny
 Attorneys for the speeders caught by New Miami speed cameras are asking the Ohio Supreme Court not to consider the village’s appeal in the $3 million-plus case. The village filed with the high court in March after both Judge Michael Oster and the 12th District Court of Appeals denied its argument they can’t be sued because they...

Posted: 22 days ago

Attorneys for the speeders caught by New Miami speed cameras are asking the Ohio Supreme Court not to consider the village’s appeal in the $3 million-plus case. The village filed with the high court in March after both Judge Michael Oster and the 12th District Court of Appeals denied its argument they can’t be sued because they...
West Chester spent $152,000 on a government transparency tool. Why it’s not yet fully functional
 West Chester Twp. locked in a three-year deal with government transparency portal OpenGov one year ago, and since the technology went live in October, officials are questioning if the phased project is on track. The first phase put the township’s revenues, expenses and other budget related information on the portal, making it easier...

Posted: 23 days ago

West Chester Twp. locked in a three-year deal with government transparency portal OpenGov one year ago, and since the technology went live in October, officials are questioning if the phased project is on track. The first phase put the township’s revenues, expenses and other budget related information on the portal, making it easier...
Why white vans will soon be seen in neighborhoods throughout Butler County
 Vans taking photos will be seen throughout Butler County neighborhoods in the coming months as the auditor’s office begins the 2020 property reappraisal process. All 160,000 commercial and residential parcels in the county must be photographed as part of the state-mandated reappraisal. To accomplish that task, a countywide property-imaging...

Posted: 24 days ago

Vans taking photos will be seen throughout Butler County neighborhoods in the coming months as the auditor’s office begins the 2020 property reappraisal process. All 160,000 commercial and residential parcels in the county must be photographed as part of the state-mandated reappraisal. To accomplish that task, a countywide property-imaging...
4 Butler County road closings that will impact your drive
 Road closings continue in Butler County as spring road construction ramps up. Here are some new road closures that may affect your drive: West Alexandria Road in Madison Twp. will close between Dickey Road and Hursh Road beginning Monday, April 2. The road, which is closed for a culvert replacement,  is tentatively scheduled to reopen...

Posted: 24 days ago

Road closings continue in Butler County as spring road construction ramps up. Here are some new road closures that may affect your drive: West Alexandria Road in Madison Twp. will close between Dickey Road and Hursh Road beginning Monday, April 2. The road, which is closed for a culvert replacement,  is tentatively scheduled to reopen...
A Supreme Court decision could benefit Butler County’s budget — in a huge way
 Officials in Butler County and all over the country are watching what might happen with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on universal internet sales tax collections. Sales taxes are the biggest contributor to Butler County’s operating budget — collections totalled $43.6 million last year — and those revenues could get a big boost...

Posted: 26 days ago

Officials in Butler County and all over the country are watching what might happen with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on universal internet sales tax collections. Sales taxes are the biggest contributor to Butler County’s operating budget — collections totalled $43.6 million last year — and those revenues could get a big boost...
How Butler County hopes to spend $34M on roads, intersections and bridges
 Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens’ to-do list includes $34 million in infrastructure projects this year, and county commissioners have added to that list for the future by asking for plans for a new bridge over the Great Miami River in Hamilton. Wilkens’ road, bridge, intersection, interchange and repaving plans stand at around...

Posted: 27 days ago

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens’ to-do list includes $34 million in infrastructure projects this year, and county commissioners have added to that list for the future by asking for plans for a new bridge over the Great Miami River in Hamilton. Wilkens’ road, bridge, intersection, interchange and repaving plans stand at around...
‘Do I choose between food or the ambulance?’ Communities address concerns about transport bills
 Butler County jurisdictions differ in how they handle emergency transportation billings, and one West Chester Twp. resident is worried people will be afraid to dial 911 because of concerns about possible bills. David Sanders said his mother, Thelma, fell and broke her shoulder on Feb. 11. She dialed 911, and a West Chester medic squad took...

Posted: 28 days ago

Butler County jurisdictions differ in how they handle emergency transportation billings, and one West Chester Twp. resident is worried people will be afraid to dial 911 because of concerns about possible bills. David Sanders said his mother, Thelma, fell and broke her shoulder on Feb. 11. She dialed 911, and a West Chester medic squad took...
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