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2 Franklin men arrested in stabbing incident
 Two Franklin men involved in a late night fight that resulted in a stabbing have been arrested. Franklin police charged Timothy Tinch, 32, with one count of assault, a second-degree misdemeanor, and Christian Vick, 34, with felonious assault, a second-degree felony. MORE: These Butler, Warren businesses want to become medical marijuana stores...

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Two Franklin men involved in a late night fight that resulted in a stabbing have been arrested. Franklin police charged Timothy Tinch, 32, with one count of assault, a second-degree misdemeanor, and Christian Vick, 34, with felonious assault, a second-degree felony. MORE: These Butler, Warren businesses want to become medical marijuana stores...
FIRST LOOK: Massive energy plant opens in Middletown
 NTE Energy officially opened its $600 million Middletown Energy Center today. NTE Energy’s new power plant near the intersection of Cincinnati-Dayton and Oxford State roads is part of a nationwide natural gas boom. The facility will be able to generate 475 megawatts of electricity, enough energy for 400,000 homes, according to company...

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NTE Energy officially opened its $600 million Middletown Energy Center today. NTE Energy’s new power plant near the intersection of Cincinnati-Dayton and Oxford State roads is part of a nationwide natural gas boom. The facility will be able to generate 475 megawatts of electricity, enough energy for 400,000 homes, according to company...
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
Monroe approves reconstruction for Butler Warren Road
 The Butler Warren Road reconstruction and overlay project is moving forward after Monroe City Council on Tuesday approved entering a contract with Barrett Paving Materials. The city received four bids on the project, with Barrett Paving Materials being the apparent low bidder with a bid of $122,851, according to City Manager William Brock...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Butler Warren Road reconstruction and overlay project is moving forward after Monroe City Council on Tuesday approved entering a contract with Barrett Paving Materials. The city received four bids on the project, with Barrett Paving Materials being the apparent low bidder with a bid of $122,851, according to City Manager William Brock...
$4 beer dings Butler County Visitors Bureau in state audit
 Paying attention to detail is what state auditors do when they audit a local governmental agency’s books. The Butler County Convention and Visitors Bureau found that out when they were listed for a finding of recovery. MORE: Monroe driver in fatal prom night crash won’t be tried as adult A finding of recovery is when a governmental...

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Paying attention to detail is what state auditors do when they audit a local governmental agency’s books. The Butler County Convention and Visitors Bureau found that out when they were listed for a finding of recovery. MORE: Monroe driver in fatal prom night crash won’t be tried as adult A finding of recovery is when a governmental...
Middletown Memorial Day Parade honors former firefighter, veteran and his mother
 The mother of a deceased veteran and city firefighter will serve as grand marshal in the 2018 Middletown Memorial Day Parade. “The committee based its selection on what was in our hearts after discussing the person who best represents the meaning of Memorial Day,” said Jeri Lewis, the parade committee’s chairwoman. This...

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The mother of a deceased veteran and city firefighter will serve as grand marshal in the 2018 Middletown Memorial Day Parade. “The committee based its selection on what was in our hearts after discussing the person who best represents the meaning of Memorial Day,” said Jeri Lewis, the parade committee’s chairwoman. This...
Monroe makes decision on council members carrying guns in meetings
 Monroe City Council voted 4-2 against giving its members with valid concealed carry permits the option to carry a firearm at meetings or other specific city-owned properties. Vice Mayor Dan Clark who presided over Tuesday’s meeting in Mayor Robert Routson’s absence had suggested tabling the proposed resolution for another two...

Posted: 14 days ago

Monroe City Council voted 4-2 against giving its members with valid concealed carry permits the option to carry a firearm at meetings or other specific city-owned properties. Vice Mayor Dan Clark who presided over Tuesday’s meeting in Mayor Robert Routson’s absence had suggested tabling the proposed resolution for another two...
Incumbent Cindy Carpenter will face Middletown resident in November Butler County commission race
 Cindy Carpenter has won her seventh countywide race for the Republican nomination for a new four-year term as a Butler County commissioner. Carpenter defeated West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong by a margin of 59 percent to nearly 41 percent in Tuesday’s GOP primary election, according to final, unofficial, results from the Butler County...

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Cindy Carpenter has won her seventh countywide race for the Republican nomination for a new four-year term as a Butler County commissioner. Carpenter defeated West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong by a margin of 59 percent to nearly 41 percent in Tuesday’s GOP primary election, according to final, unofficial, results from the Butler County...
Tax levies pass in Oxford, Milford Twp., Morgan Twp.
 Levies to improve infrastructure, fire protection or recreational services in Milford and Morgan townships and the city of Oxford won by 62 percent or better at the polls on Tuesday, according to final, unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections. MORE: Mike DeWine easily defeats Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in GOP governor race...

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Levies to improve infrastructure, fire protection or recreational services in Milford and Morgan townships and the city of Oxford won by 62 percent or better at the polls on Tuesday, according to final, unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections. MORE: Mike DeWine easily defeats Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in GOP governor race...
Monroe council members carrying guns in meetings: What we know now

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Monroe City Council is set to decide if it will permit its members to carry concealed weapons into meetings. MORE: Some Butler County leaders want option to carry guns at council meetings Here’s what we know now: 1. A decision is expected today The resolution is slated for a second reading and possible adoption at today’s council...
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