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48 apply for Lakota community relations position

1:45 AM Sunday, Jul. 08, 2012

LIBERTY TWP. — A new director of school and community relations for the Lakota Local School District is expected to be in place before the start of next school year. Superintendent Karen Mantia said the district has begun screening and conducted discussions about the 48 candidates who applied to fill the position. The administrative...
Liberty Twp. man dies in four-vehicle crash

2:13 AM Friday, Jul. 06, 2012

GREENDALE, Ind. — An area man died Wednesday in a four-vehicle crash along U.S. 50 in Indiana. William M. Ensor, 55, of Liberty Twp. was the only person injured in the crash that occurred about 6:30 p.m. on eastbound U.S. 50 at Interstate 275. He was taken to Dearborn County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Preliminary investigation...
West Chester Twp. prepares to host national triathlon

4:25 AM Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2012

WEST CHESTER TWP. — About 600 triathletes from across the country are expected to compete in swimming, biking and running events during the 2012 USA Triathlon Junior and Youth National Championship in August. Athletes ages 7-19 are scheduled to compete at age-appropriate distances in a number of races during the two-day event on Aug...
Fairfield graduate enjoyed people, laughter and pets

2:02 AM Saturday, Jun. 30, 2012

Samantha Hope Morris of Fairfield Twp., an animal lover who loved to make people laugh, died Tuesday, June 26, from complications from cystic fibrosis. She was 20 years old. She was born in Cincinnati on July 2, 1991, to Melvin and Sherry (Steele) Morris. Samantha also was a 2009 graduate of Fairfield High School. Her older sister, Brandi...
West Chester golf course unsold so far

1:57 AM Saturday, Jun. 30, 2012

WEST CHESTER TWP. — No one stepped up at an auction Thursday to purchase the Beckett Ridge Golf Club. The auction of the club, at 5595 Beckett Ridge Blvd., was conducted online by AuctionPoint and NAIBergman of Cincinnati with a starting bid of $2.9 million. Even though the club did not sell Thursday, 57 individuals, corporations and...
Son of Hamilton couple killed in Afghanistan

2:50 AM Friday, Jun. 29, 2012

HAMILTON — The son of a Hamilton family died in Afghanistan this week. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert A. Massarelli, 32, died in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Sunday, June 24, according to his mother. He was a 1998 graduate of East Kentwood High School, in Kentwood, Mich., and the son of Pat and Mary (Renneker) Massarelli. He has two brothers...
Soldier with Butler Co. ties killed in action

2:06 AM Friday, Jun. 29, 2012

An Army soldier, the son of a Hamilton family, died in Afghanistan this week. Staff Sgt. Robert A. Massarelli, 32, was killed in Kandahar on Sunday, June 24, his mother confirmed Thursday night. He was a 1998 graduate of East Kentwood High School, in Kentwood, Mich., and the son of Pat and Mary (Renneker) Massarelli. He has two brothers,...
Former Lakota schools teacher charged with child pornography

12:21 AM Thursday, Jun. 28, 2012

A former Lakota Local Schools elementary school teacher has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession and transportation of child pornography. Ryan Fahrenkamp, 43, of Mason was, sentenced in U.S. District Court Tuesday to 180 months in prison, followed by court supervision for the rest of his life, for assessing child pornography...
Lakota promotes Vogelmann, announces levy

1:52 AM Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012

LIBERTY TWP. — Lakota Local Schools has promoted one of its administrators to serve as the new assistant superintendent, and will forego a fall levy attempt. The board has made more than $10 million in cuts to offset a budget deficit next school year. District officials said they will not seek a tax increase on the November ballot to...
Grant needed for new vests

3:48 AM Monday, Jun. 25, 2012

WEST CHESTER TWP. — The West Chester Twp. Police Department has been given the green light to seek a federal grant to replace 20 bulletproof vests with new ones. The township’s Board of Trustees approved a motion Tuesday, June 12, authorizing the department to apply for the 2012 U.S. Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest grant...
State funding helps Lakota keep former administrators

12:41 AM Sunday, Jun. 24, 2012

LIBERTY TWP. — Lakota Local Schools has been able to retain the services of two of its former top administrators thanks to funding from the state that is unrestricted. Assistant Superintendents Ron Spurlock and Lon Stettler retired in December, but at Superintendent Karen Mantia’s request, they rejoined the district as consultants...
Study seeks to prevent cancer

1:05 AM Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2012

WEST CHESTER TWP. — Residents in Warren and Butler counties are being sought to participate in what is being called an “historic” nationwide study to help identify new ways to prevent cancer. The American Cancer Society is looking for “community champions” to help recruit men and women between the ages of 30...
Petrey leaving Lakota school district

3:39 AM Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2012

LIBERTY TWP. — Todd Petrey, the current principal at Creekside Early Childhood School in the Lakota Local School District, has been named the new superintendent of Springboro Community City Schools. Petrey, 39, of South Lebanon, has served as principal at Creekside for three years. His last day at the school is July 31. He said he will...
Former Franklin mayor denies OVI charge

4:50 AM Monday, Jun. 18, 2012

FRANKLIN — A former Franklin mayor and current council member was arrested and cited early Sunday for suspected OVI. Carl Bray was stopped about 1:25 a.m. Sunday and was issued a citation for operating a vehicle impaired and left of center on Martha and Millard drives in Warren County, said Sgt. Scott Bierer of the Ohio State Highway...
Liberty Twp. lands 2013 housing showcase

9:29 PM Friday, Jun. 15, 2012

LIBERTY TWP. — The Carriage Hill development in Liberty Twp. has been named the Homearama 2013 location, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. Dan Dressman, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati, said the development — located on a 400-acre homestead along Ohio 747...
Lack of interest forces cancellation of Father’s Day race

10:18 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2012

WEST CHESTER TWP. — Organizers of the Father’s Day version of the Great American Race scheduled this weekend at Keehner Park have cancelled the event due to a lack of interest. Greg Benton, organizer of the event for Flying Color Sports, said the race is being cancelled because not enough teams have signed up. As of Tuesday, only...
Some Lakota board members against placing levy on ballot

11:49 PM Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2012

LIBERTY TWP. — Even though the Lakota School District Board of Education has not reached a decision about whether to place a tax increase on the November ballot, a few members do not support such a move. Board President Ben Dibble said the board conducted preliminary tax levy discussions last month, which are expected to continue at...
Lakota appoints 3 principals

1:40 AM Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2012

LIBERTY TWP. — Three veteran administrators have been appointed Lakota Local School District principals. Melissa Alexander will move from assistant principal at VanGorden and Heritage elementary schools to principal at Heritage effective Aug. 1. She has been serving as interim principal at Heritage and is replacing Marco Pangallo, who...
Lakota is replacing two administrators with one

10:57 PM Thursday, Jun. 07, 2012

LIBERTY TWP. — Lakota Local Schools is searching for a new assistant superintendent to replace two assistant superintendents who retired. The new position, which was posted Monday at, is to replace the positions of assistant superintendents Ron Spurlock and Lon Stettler, who both retired effective Dec. 30. The board...
Summer school numbers decrease

1:30 AM Monday, May. 28, 2012

Increasing costs of summer courses and more online options have contributed to the shrinking number of students enrolling in traditional summer school programs according to local school officials. Hamilton City Schools has seen its summer school enrollment plummet from 668 high school students in 2008 to 376 in 2011 according to a Hamilton...
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