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Butler County commissioners: Administrator is worthy of raise
 Saying Butler County Administrator Charlie Young steered them through some knotty problems last year, the commissioners gave him a two percent bump to his base pay and 2.5 percent in lump sum payments. Young was making $151,755 last year, with the pay hike his salary goes up to $154,790 plus $3,870 divided into four lump sum payments, he...

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Saying Butler County Administrator Charlie Young steered them through some knotty problems last year, the commissioners gave him a two percent bump to his base pay and 2.5 percent in lump sum payments. Young was making $151,755 last year, with the pay hike his salary goes up to $154,790 plus $3,870 divided into four lump sum payments, he...
105-year-old woman trying to help grandson gets scammed out of $4,800
 Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser is warning scammers who prey on the elderly they will be caught and they will be imprisoned. Several years ago, monetary crimes against the elderly generally were misdemeanors and often settled in civil court. A change in the law prioritized these cases and gave prosecutors like Gmoser more options. ...

9:30 AM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser is warning scammers who prey on the elderly they will be caught and they will be imprisoned. Several years ago, monetary crimes against the elderly generally were misdemeanors and often settled in civil court. A change in the law prioritized these cases and gave prosecutors like Gmoser more options. ...
Ex-magistrate who claims discrimination for being Jewish continues fight against judge, prosecutors
 A former Butler County magistrate, who claims she was fired for being Jewish, fired back objections to a federal magistrate judge’s ruling dismissing most of her claims. Kimberly Edelstein filed a $1 million lawsuit against Judge Greg Stephens, Prosecutor Michael Gmoser and Assistant Prosecutor Dan Ferguson in May, claiming Stephens...

1:39 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

A former Butler County magistrate, who claims she was fired for being Jewish, fired back objections to a federal magistrate judge’s ruling dismissing most of her claims. Kimberly Edelstein filed a $1 million lawsuit against Judge Greg Stephens, Prosecutor Michael Gmoser and Assistant Prosecutor Dan Ferguson in May, claiming Stephens...
New bridge may be coming to downtown Hamilton
 Butler County Commissioners have asked the county engineer’s office to develop preliminary plans and cost estimates for a new bridge over the Great Miami River in Hamilton. “The whole idea would be to make a connection to Hamilton’s west side other than High Street,” Commissioner Don Dixon told the Journal-News. &ldquo...

8:30 AM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

Butler County Commissioners have asked the county engineer’s office to develop preliminary plans and cost estimates for a new bridge over the Great Miami River in Hamilton. “The whole idea would be to make a connection to Hamilton’s west side other than High Street,” Commissioner Don Dixon told the Journal-News. &ldquo...
Road construction season started early in Butler County, and here’s what it means for you
 Spring is orange cone and detour sign season, and the season is in full swing in Butler County. The Butler County engineer got an early start on $26 million worth of road improvements this year, starting with the Ohio 747 widening project that began last month. As promised, there will likely be only one full closure for that project, and...

5:00 PM Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018

Spring is orange cone and detour sign season, and the season is in full swing in Butler County. The Butler County engineer got an early start on $26 million worth of road improvements this year, starting with the Ohio 747 widening project that began last month. As promised, there will likely be only one full closure for that project, and...
One makes beer. The other helps the needy. Together, they have a new idea to help the community.
 Reach Out Lakota will soon be able to pour on more help for the needy through a new partnership with DogBerry Brewing in West Chester Twp. Starting in April — and hopefully quarterly thereafter — DogBerry will distill a new Reach Out Lakota-themed brew, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Lakota food pantry. Peyton Gravely...

7:00 PM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

Reach Out Lakota will soon be able to pour on more help for the needy through a new partnership with DogBerry Brewing in West Chester Twp. Starting in April — and hopefully quarterly thereafter — DogBerry will distill a new Reach Out Lakota-themed brew, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Lakota food pantry. Peyton Gravely...
An area police chief needed a new kidney. He never knew his savior was so close by.
 The woman who will save the Ross Twp. Police Chief Darryl Haussler’s life with a kidney donation said the decision was simple, “God prompted, and I listened.” Haussler, 53, suffers from a rare, painful and incurable disease called scleroderma and still has to go for dialysis three times a week, but not for much longer. Maria...

3:00 PM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

The woman who will save the Ross Twp. Police Chief Darryl Haussler’s life with a kidney donation said the decision was simple, “God prompted, and I listened.” Haussler, 53, suffers from a rare, painful and incurable disease called scleroderma and still has to go for dialysis three times a week, but not for much longer. Maria...
Back healthier after financial struggles, developmental disabilities board won’t seek new levy
 Taxpayers in Butler County will not be asked for any more money from county agencies this year, because belt-tightening by the Board of Developmental Disabilities negated the need, the board said. During budget hearings with the county commissioners last October, DD Board Superintendent Lisa Guliano painted a rather bleak financial picture...

4:55 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Taxpayers in Butler County will not be asked for any more money from county agencies this year, because belt-tightening by the Board of Developmental Disabilities negated the need, the board said. During budget hearings with the county commissioners last October, DD Board Superintendent Lisa Guliano painted a rather bleak financial picture...
Historic schoolhouse fight: Court battle continues with appeal dismissal
 The 12th District Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal over the controversial sale of the historic Station Road schoolhouse in West Chester Twp., due to unresolved issues. West Chester Twp. was poised to sell the old school to Community Montessori School owners Todd and Jamie Minniear for $250,000 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit...

1:39 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

The 12th District Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal over the controversial sale of the historic Station Road schoolhouse in West Chester Twp., due to unresolved issues. West Chester Twp. was poised to sell the old school to Community Montessori School owners Todd and Jamie Minniear for $250,000 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit...
New UDF that will replace Ross Twp. restaurant expected to (finally) start construction soon
 Earth movers have begun work on the site of the new United Dairy Farmers convenience store and gas station in Ross Twp., and construction shouldn’t be far behind. It has been a long process — the township and store struck a deal two years ago — but it appears the new UDF could be open for business by late summer or early...

8:30 AM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

Earth movers have begun work on the site of the new United Dairy Farmers convenience store and gas station in Ross Twp., and construction shouldn’t be far behind. It has been a long process — the township and store struck a deal two years ago — but it appears the new UDF could be open for business by late summer or early...
New Miami speed camera case could be heard by Ohio Supreme Court
 As promised, the tiny village of New Miami has officially asked the Ohio Supreme Court to take up its $3 million speed camera case on immunity issues. The village filed with the high court late last week after both Judge Michael Oster and the 12th District Court of Appeals denied its argument they can’t be sued because they are a government...

1:53 PM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

As promised, the tiny village of New Miami has officially asked the Ohio Supreme Court to take up its $3 million speed camera case on immunity issues. The village filed with the high court late last week after both Judge Michael Oster and the 12th District Court of Appeals denied its argument they can’t be sued because they are a government...
A decorated local serviceman will be honored on Saturday in a special way
 A portion of Lakota Drive West will be formally dedicated to Army Master Sgt. Corey Hood on Saturday, and the West Chester VFW will also honor the veteran with a brick at the Voice of America Memorial Park. Trustees, at the urging of a group of residents, planned to rename all or part of Lakota West Drive in honor of Hood, who died in 2015...

4:35 PM Friday, Mar. 09, 2018

A portion of Lakota Drive West will be formally dedicated to Army Master Sgt. Corey Hood on Saturday, and the West Chester VFW will also honor the veteran with a brick at the Voice of America Memorial Park. Trustees, at the urging of a group of residents, planned to rename all or part of Lakota West Drive in honor of Hood, who died in 2015...
After significant departures, Butler County still seeks new assistant administrator (not administrative assistant)
 More than a year ago, the Butler County commissioners announced they were looking for an assistant county administrator. They’re still looking, but they might have someone in their sights. The county advertised the job last year, and almost 250 people — including two former pro football players, a bartender, an aircraft inspector...

9:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

More than a year ago, the Butler County commissioners announced they were looking for an assistant county administrator. They’re still looking, but they might have someone in their sights. The county advertised the job last year, and almost 250 people — including two former pro football players, a bartender, an aircraft inspector...
With West Chester’s new administrator in place, trustees are considering more changes
 Larry Burks has taken the helm as West Chester Twp. Administrator, and more personnel changes could be on the way. Burks moved from Nebraska, and his first day on the job was Feb. 19. He replaces long-time administrator Judi Boyko, who left last summer to take the number two spot as Hamilton County’s assistant administrator. RELATED...

8:21 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Larry Burks has taken the helm as West Chester Twp. Administrator, and more personnel changes could be on the way. Burks moved from Nebraska, and his first day on the job was Feb. 19. He replaces long-time administrator Judi Boyko, who left last summer to take the number two spot as Hamilton County’s assistant administrator. RELATED...
Butler County’s coroner is ‘saddened’ by the growing number of drug overdose deaths. Here’s why.
 Butler County Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix called the opiate epidemic “a big beast” and confirmed 232 overdose deaths in the county last year, a 20.8 percent increase from 2016. Mannix, the county health commissioner and executive director of the mental health and addiction board, held a joint press conference Tuesday morning to reveal...

6:09 PM Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2018

Butler County Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix called the opiate epidemic “a big beast” and confirmed 232 overdose deaths in the county last year, a 20.8 percent increase from 2016. Mannix, the county health commissioner and executive director of the mental health and addiction board, held a joint press conference Tuesday morning to reveal...
Liberty Twp.’s growth means the fire department needs to expand. Here’s what it’s doing.
 New Liberty Twp. Fire Chief Ethan Klussman has been on board for about six months, and he is poised to make some significant changes he says will enhance safety for residents and fire crews alike. Klussman told this news organization on Monday that he will be creating three battalion chief positions which will necessitate hiring two additional...

5:13 PM Monday, Mar. 05, 2018

New Liberty Twp. Fire Chief Ethan Klussman has been on board for about six months, and he is poised to make some significant changes he says will enhance safety for residents and fire crews alike. Klussman told this news organization on Monday that he will be creating three battalion chief positions which will necessitate hiring two additional...
Attorneys for speeders in New Miami traffic camera case will ask for $1.1M fee, but the plaintiffs can fight it
 The 33,000 members of the New Miami speed camera class action lawsuit may soon get official notice their attorneys want a $1.1 million fee, and they can object to it. Despite the fact the village plans to ask the Ohio Supreme Court to consider its appeal of the recent 12th District Court of Appeals decision, the parties will move forward...

10:50 PM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

The 33,000 members of the New Miami speed camera class action lawsuit may soon get official notice their attorneys want a $1.1 million fee, and they can object to it. Despite the fact the village plans to ask the Ohio Supreme Court to consider its appeal of the recent 12th District Court of Appeals decision, the parties will move forward...
Farm animals at home? Butler County commissioners confused by some recent requests
 The Butler County commissioners recently balked at some proposed rural zoning amendments, such as above-ground pool regulations, as overreaching. The commissioners were taken by surprise at a recent meeting when they were asked to approve zoning amendments that would impose the same regulations for above and in-ground pools, allow chickens...

4:14 PM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

The Butler County commissioners recently balked at some proposed rural zoning amendments, such as above-ground pool regulations, as overreaching. The commissioners were taken by surprise at a recent meeting when they were asked to approve zoning amendments that would impose the same regulations for above and in-ground pools, allow chickens...
Butler County’s transportation company says it has resolved Medicaid payment issues
 The state auditor highlighted the number of Medicaid providers it has flagged for erroneous payments this week, and the list included Butler County’s transportation provider. But Universal Transportation Systems says it already repaid the $72,000. State Auditor Dave Yost issued a report Tuesday that highlighted some of the Medicaid...

8:33 PM Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

The state auditor highlighted the number of Medicaid providers it has flagged for erroneous payments this week, and the list included Butler County’s transportation provider. But Universal Transportation Systems says it already repaid the $72,000. State Auditor Dave Yost issued a report Tuesday that highlighted some of the Medicaid...
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