Ed Richter

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Middletown’s largest development in history opening today
 Officials from NTE Energy will cut the ribbon today on its new Middletown Energy Center. MORE: Number of Butler County veterans needing assistance rises The project began construction in October 2015 at 3439 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. The facility will be able to generate 475 megawatts of electricity, enough energy for 400,000 homes, according...

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Officials from NTE Energy will cut the ribbon today on its new Middletown Energy Center. MORE: Number of Butler County veterans needing assistance rises The project began construction in October 2015 at 3439 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. The facility will be able to generate 475 megawatts of electricity, enough energy for 400,000 homes, according...
Americana tour bittersweet: Good memories of park now in poor condition
 The Journal-News was the only news outlet to participate in a recent tour of the former Americana property in Monroe. During the tour, participants shared their personal memories of the iconic Butler County attraction and their hopes for its future. Here’s what they had to say: Christina McElfresh, a Monroe City Council member...

Posted: 12 hours ago

The Journal-News was the only news outlet to participate in a recent tour of the former Americana property in Monroe. During the tour, participants shared their personal memories of the iconic Butler County attraction and their hopes for its future. Here’s what they had to say: Christina McElfresh, a Monroe City Council member...
Miami County woman injured in one-car crash on I-75 in Franklin Twp.
 A Miami County woman was taken to a Middletown hospital as a precaution following a one-car crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 75 north in Franklin Twp. According to preliminary information from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Lebanon post, the motorist was traveling on I-75 about 70 mph in a Ford Fusion when she told troopers that her...

Posted: a day ago

A Miami County woman was taken to a Middletown hospital as a precaution following a one-car crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 75 north in Franklin Twp. According to preliminary information from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Lebanon post, the motorist was traveling on I-75 about 70 mph in a Ford Fusion when she told troopers that her...
2 fallen Monroe students, including victim of prom night car crash, honored during graduation
 There were 180 seniors who walked across the stage during the annual Monroe High School graduation ceremonies on Saturday. The memories of two fallen class members were also also present during the ceremonies. At each end of the stage at Princeton Pike Church of God, there was a memorial graduation gown hanging over a chair and a small pillar...

Posted: a day ago

There were 180 seniors who walked across the stage during the annual Monroe High School graduation ceremonies on Saturday. The memories of two fallen class members were also also present during the ceremonies. At each end of the stage at Princeton Pike Church of God, there was a memorial graduation gown hanging over a chair and a small pillar...
NEW DETAILS: How Monroe plans to use old Americana rides into new park
 Monroe will “combine the old with the new” in developing the former LeSourdsville Lake/Americana amusement park property along Ohio Route 4 just south of the Ohio 63 interchange as Monroe Bicentennial Commons park. But with many buildings in various states of disrepair, cleanup costs will be part of the project’s estimated...

Posted: 2 days ago

Monroe will “combine the old with the new” in developing the former LeSourdsville Lake/Americana amusement park property along Ohio Route 4 just south of the Ohio 63 interchange as Monroe Bicentennial Commons park. But with many buildings in various states of disrepair, cleanup costs will be part of the project’s estimated...
Report: Woman started fire in jail cell when wait for ‘hygiene products’ took too long
 An inmate in the Middletown City Jail is charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she allegedly started a fire in her cell around 7 a.m. Thursday. Georgia Osborne, 35, of Middletown, was charged after she allegedly used a lighter to catch a blanket on fire while she sat on the concrete floor, according to the police report. MORE...

Posted: 2 days ago

An inmate in the Middletown City Jail is charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she allegedly started a fire in her cell around 7 a.m. Thursday. Georgia Osborne, 35, of Middletown, was charged after she allegedly used a lighter to catch a blanket on fire while she sat on the concrete floor, according to the police report. MORE...
Middletown rejects fact-finding report in fire contract talks
 Middletown City Council has unanimously rejected a fact-finders report in its contract negotiations with its fire union. MORE: Driver in fatal prom night crash waives court appearance The city and the Middletown Firefighters Association, Local 336, International Association of Fire Fighters, have been in negotiations for a new contract as...

Posted: 3 days ago

Middletown City Council has unanimously rejected a fact-finders report in its contract negotiations with its fire union. MORE: Driver in fatal prom night crash waives court appearance The city and the Middletown Firefighters Association, Local 336, International Association of Fire Fighters, have been in negotiations for a new contract as...
WATCH: A $10M plan is set for the former Americana Amusement Park. Take an aerial tour.
 The city of Monroe has unveiled a nearly $10 million plan to redevelop Monroe Bicentennial Commons, formerly known as Americana/LeSourdsville Lake amusement park. As those plans unfold, watch the video above to take an aerial tour of the site in a unique view from our Sky7 drone. Remnants of the park can still be recognized,...

Posted: 5 days ago

The city of Monroe has unveiled a nearly $10 million plan to redevelop Monroe Bicentennial Commons, formerly known as Americana/LeSourdsville Lake amusement park. As those plans unfold, watch the video above to take an aerial tour of the site in a unique view from our Sky7 drone. Remnants of the park can still be recognized,...
Plans unveiled for 3 Monroe parks, including former Americana property
 Monroe City Council heard a presentation on a draft master plan for Baker and Community Parks as well as the Monroe Bicentennial Commons, formerly known as Americana/LeSourdsville Lake amusement park. These individual park master plans were the next step following the completion of the Monroe Parks and Recreation Master Plan in April 2016...

Posted: 6 days ago

Monroe City Council heard a presentation on a draft master plan for Baker and Community Parks as well as the Monroe Bicentennial Commons, formerly known as Americana/LeSourdsville Lake amusement park. These individual park master plans were the next step following the completion of the Monroe Parks and Recreation Master Plan in April 2016...
Americana Amusement Park property: Here are the plans for new park in Monroe
 The city of Monroe has unveiled a nearly $10 million plan to redevelop Monroe Bicentennial Commons, formerly known as Americana/LeSourdsville Lake amusement park. Monroe Bicentennial Commons is envisioned to have nine separate areas starting with an entrance plaza that will use a 1940s art deco design for the gateway into the park. The building...

Posted: 7 days ago

The city of Monroe has unveiled a nearly $10 million plan to redevelop Monroe Bicentennial Commons, formerly known as Americana/LeSourdsville Lake amusement park. Monroe Bicentennial Commons is envisioned to have nine separate areas starting with an entrance plaza that will use a 1940s art deco design for the gateway into the park. The building...
Police ID Franklin man injured in motorcycle crash
 The condition for a Franklin man who was injured in a motorcycle crash Thursday afternoon is improving.   Terry Hembree, 25, was reported in stable condition at Atrium Medical Center this morning.   First responders said Hembree was reported in critical condition after a collision with a vehicle and a parked car about...

Posted: 9 days ago

The condition for a Franklin man who was injured in a motorcycle crash Thursday afternoon is improving.   Terry Hembree, 25, was reported in stable condition at Atrium Medical Center this morning.   First responders said Hembree was reported in critical condition after a collision with a vehicle and a parked car about...