Eric Schwartzberg

Eric covers business and housing for the Journal-News. Since being hired by Cox Media Group Ohio in 2005, he has reported on local government, crime, business, education, politics and entertainment in Butler and Warren counties.  Eric earned a bachelor's of science in journalism from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He is married with three children.

Latest from Eric Schwartzberg

Fort Hamilton Hospital adding community physicians, expanding services
 Fort Hamilton Hospital is targeting aggressive new growth by adding a slew of physicians in the community and expanding medical services. The hospital is going through “a major expansion” when it comes to recruiting and hiring primary care providers, according to Fort Hamilton Hospital President Ron Connovich, who started in the...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Fort Hamilton Hospital is targeting aggressive new growth by adding a slew of physicians in the community and expanding medical services. The hospital is going through “a major expansion” when it comes to recruiting and hiring primary care providers, according to Fort Hamilton Hospital President Ron Connovich, who started in the...
Family's 5 Butler County auto service locations to change names after being bought
 Monro Inc. recently acquired Jeff Pohlman Tire & Auto Service Inc., a five-store chain that has been serving the Butler County area since 1990. Locations includes Fairfield, Middletown and Oxford and two in Hamilton. Rochester, NY-based Monro is converting the Jeff Pohlman stores to different names, with the Fairfield one becoming a...

Posted: a day ago

Monro Inc. recently acquired Jeff Pohlman Tire & Auto Service Inc., a five-store chain that has been serving the Butler County area since 1990. Locations includes Fairfield, Middletown and Oxford and two in Hamilton. Rochester, NY-based Monro is converting the Jeff Pohlman stores to different names, with the Fairfield one becoming a...
Kroger’s robot-powered warehouse to create over 400 jobs in Monroe
 Kroger announced today that Monroe is its choice for America’s first automated warehouse. The $55 million robot-powered project, Kroger’s first customer fulfillment center, is expected to generate at least 410 new jobs. Known as a “shed,” the 335,000-square-foot facility with digital and robotic capabilities will be...

Posted: a day ago

Kroger announced today that Monroe is its choice for America’s first automated warehouse. The $55 million robot-powered project, Kroger’s first customer fulfillment center, is expected to generate at least 410 new jobs. Known as a “shed,” the 335,000-square-foot facility with digital and robotic capabilities will be...
Pizza franchise closes Middletown location
 A Marco’s Pizza in Middletown has shut its doors as it looks for a new home. “Our lease has ended so we are forced to close and relocate,” reads a sign posted on the door to the restaurant at 1300 S. Breiel Boulevard. “Until then please visit one of our other 40 Cincinnati and Dayton area locations. Visit www.marcos...

Posted: a day ago

A Marco’s Pizza in Middletown has shut its doors as it looks for a new home. “Our lease has ended so we are forced to close and relocate,” reads a sign posted on the door to the restaurant at 1300 S. Breiel Boulevard. “Until then please visit one of our other 40 Cincinnati and Dayton area locations. Visit www.marcos...
3-vehicle crash injures one, shuts down Ohio 129 in Liberty Twp.
 A 3-vehicle crash involving an injury briefly shut down eastbound Ohio 129 this morning. Dispatchers received calls regarding the incident and emergency crews responded to the scene just east of the Cincinnati-Dayton Road exit. One person was taken to West Chester Hospital, according to dispatchers. Traffic was briefly shut down on the roadway...

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A 3-vehicle crash involving an injury briefly shut down eastbound Ohio 129 this morning. Dispatchers received calls regarding the incident and emergency crews responded to the scene just east of the Cincinnati-Dayton Road exit. One person was taken to West Chester Hospital, according to dispatchers. Traffic was briefly shut down on the roadway...
Medical practice spends millions to buy, remodel Liberty Twp. building
 A Butler County office building that underwent a more than $1 million renovation recently reopened as Liberty Endoscopy Center. The project at 7354 Liberty One Drive in Liberty Twp. is the third location of Ohio Gastroenterology and Liver Institute, the largest independent gastroenterology group in Southwest Ohio. The practice focuses on...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Butler County office building that underwent a more than $1 million renovation recently reopened as Liberty Endoscopy Center. The project at 7354 Liberty One Drive in Liberty Twp. is the third location of Ohio Gastroenterology and Liver Institute, the largest independent gastroenterology group in Southwest Ohio. The practice focuses on...
National sandwich chain to open in Liberty Twp.
 A fast-casual sub sandwich franchise is set to open a new location early next year in the same shopping center as a Kroger. Jersey Mike’s Subs serves meats and cheese sliced upon order with bread baked in-store and fresh condiments. The new location along Yankee Road between Wing Eye Care and Han’s White Tiger Tae Kwon Do...

Posted: 2 days ago

A fast-casual sub sandwich franchise is set to open a new location early next year in the same shopping center as a Kroger. Jersey Mike’s Subs serves meats and cheese sliced upon order with bread baked in-store and fresh condiments. The new location along Yankee Road between Wing Eye Care and Han’s White Tiger Tae Kwon Do...
Fairfield Twp. jewelry store expanding into Mason and adding new services, classes
 Sterling Seraph, which opened in Fairfield Twp.’s Bridgewater Falls in 2016, is opening a second location Dec. 1, this one at 108 W. Main St. in Mason, next to Dixie Union Station and Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli. “I’m happy to say in two years we have not just survived but thrived,” said Dawn Singleton, Sterling...

Posted: 3 days ago

Sterling Seraph, which opened in Fairfield Twp.’s Bridgewater Falls in 2016, is opening a second location Dec. 1, this one at 108 W. Main St. in Mason, next to Dixie Union Station and Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli. “I’m happy to say in two years we have not just survived but thrived,” said Dawn Singleton, Sterling...
Fairfield woman’s coffee business helps families fund adoptions
 Call it coffee for a cause. Based out of Debra Liston’s Fairfield home, Mwimbula Fresh Coffee • Fresh Bread donates a portion of proceeds to families seeking to adopt special needs children from parts of the world where they’d be thrown away or enslaved. “My husband convinced me that I should do and declare a cause...

Posted: 3 days ago

Call it coffee for a cause. Based out of Debra Liston’s Fairfield home, Mwimbula Fresh Coffee • Fresh Bread donates a portion of proceeds to families seeking to adopt special needs children from parts of the world where they’d be thrown away or enslaved. “My husband convinced me that I should do and declare a cause...
Dining out at Kroger? Store renovations aimed at providing that option
 Kroger’s renovated and remodeled storefront at 7300 Yankee Road in Liberty Twp. puts a strong emphasis on fast, fresh food. The nearly year-long renovation effort added three new dining options: pizza, chicken and barbecue fare, according to Erin Rolfes, a Kroger spokeswoman. Gone are the store’s clothing department, a Honey Baked...

Posted: 4 days ago

Kroger’s renovated and remodeled storefront at 7300 Yankee Road in Liberty Twp. puts a strong emphasis on fast, fresh food. The nearly year-long renovation effort added three new dining options: pizza, chicken and barbecue fare, according to Erin Rolfes, a Kroger spokeswoman. Gone are the store’s clothing department, a Honey Baked...
Liberty Twp. Kroger grand reopening: Food and beer samples, gift card giveaways and more starting TODAY
 Kroger will celebrate Friday the grand re-opening of its renovated and remodeled store at 7300 Yankee Road in Liberty Twp. Doors will officially re-open at 7 a.m. The first 300 people in line will receive a $10 Kroger gift card, according to Erin Rolfes, a Kroger spokeswoman. An 8 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature remarks by store...

Posted: 4 days ago

Kroger will celebrate Friday the grand re-opening of its renovated and remodeled store at 7300 Yankee Road in Liberty Twp. Doors will officially re-open at 7 a.m. The first 300 people in line will receive a $10 Kroger gift card, according to Erin Rolfes, a Kroger spokeswoman. An 8 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature remarks by store...