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ELECTION 2018: Candidates have different priorities for 52nd House district
 The candidates running for the 52nd Ohio House District say each of their priorities if elected are the linchpin to addressing societal issues. Focus on these top priorities — business and job development for Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., and education for Democrat Kathy Wyenandt, of Liberty Twp. — will also address...

Posted: 2 days ago

The candidates running for the 52nd Ohio House District say each of their priorities if elected are the linchpin to addressing societal issues. Focus on these top priorities — business and job development for Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., and education for Democrat Kathy Wyenandt, of Liberty Twp. — will also address...
99 become American citizens at Hamilton ceremony
 Being a part of the U.S. Armed Forces for many is being a part of “something bigger,” which is why 25-year-old Jeffery Asubeng joined the Army Reserves about one year ago. “I just didn’t want to be in the country and do nothing,” said the Fairfield resident, who is a member of the 706th Transportation Company...

Posted: 4 days ago

Being a part of the U.S. Armed Forces for many is being a part of “something bigger,” which is why 25-year-old Jeffery Asubeng joined the Army Reserves about one year ago. “I just didn’t want to be in the country and do nothing,” said the Fairfield resident, who is a member of the 706th Transportation Company...
5 things to know about the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day
 Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, the final day of the Constitutional Convention. Now every Sept. 17 in the U.S. is known as Constitution Day. Here are 5 things to know about the U.S. Constitution: Nearly 150 people were involved in creating or signing some of the country&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, the final day of the Constitutional Convention. Now every Sept. 17 in the U.S. is known as Constitution Day. Here are 5 things to know about the U.S. Constitution: Nearly 150 people were involved in creating or signing some of the country&rsquo...
New Fairfield finance director hired from the city’s ranks
 Scott Timmer has been promoted to finance director for the city, some six weeks after the job was vacated. Timmer, 31, was hired to be the city’s financial services manager until he was promoted last week to succeed former finance director Mary Hopton, who left for a similar position with Great Parks of Hamilton County. Timmer had served...

Posted: 5 days ago

Scott Timmer has been promoted to finance director for the city, some six weeks after the job was vacated. Timmer, 31, was hired to be the city’s financial services manager until he was promoted last week to succeed former finance director Mary Hopton, who left for a similar position with Great Parks of Hamilton County. Timmer had served...
Fairfield Food Pantry moving to bigger location, months after car crashed into its building
 For the first time in 21 years, the Fairfield Food Pantry will have a new home next month. And Judy Dirksen, one of the co-founders of the pantry, said the May 3 accident where a vehicle crashed through the front wall may have been a sign that it was time to move. “The accident did cause a lot of changes,” she said. “It...

Posted: 10 days ago

For the first time in 21 years, the Fairfield Food Pantry will have a new home next month. And Judy Dirksen, one of the co-founders of the pantry, said the May 3 accident where a vehicle crashed through the front wall may have been a sign that it was time to move. “The accident did cause a lot of changes,” she said. “It...
New industrial park coming to Butler County
 The city of Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. are working to help attract new industrial and distribution businesses to a planned industrial park on Seward Road. On Monday, Fairfield City Council approved an agreement among the city, township and Duke Realty to develop a state-of-the-art industrial park in the township, invest funds in improving...

Posted: 10 days ago

The city of Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. are working to help attract new industrial and distribution businesses to a planned industrial park on Seward Road. On Monday, Fairfield City Council approved an agreement among the city, township and Duke Realty to develop a state-of-the-art industrial park in the township, invest funds in improving...
How Butler County communities, officials are remembering 9/11 today
 Today, many people have taken to social media to remember the lives lost 17 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked the country. Here are a few social media posts from around the region: The city of Fairfield posted this on Monday afternoon, Sept. 10:

Posted: 11 days ago

Today, many people have taken to social media to remember the lives lost 17 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked the country. Here are a few social media posts from around the region: The city of Fairfield posted this on Monday afternoon, Sept. 10:
18-year-old dies in multi-vehicle crash in Fairfield Twp.
 Fairfield Twp. police aren’t yet saying what caused the accident that killed 18-year-old Dorian Gray, whose 2013 Kia struck two vehicles, said police Capt. Doug Lanier. At 2:44 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to Bypass Ohio 4, south of Hamilton-Mason Road for a report of a multi-vehicle accident. Lanier said Gray’s Kia...

Posted: 11 days ago

Fairfield Twp. police aren’t yet saying what caused the accident that killed 18-year-old Dorian Gray, whose 2013 Kia struck two vehicles, said police Capt. Doug Lanier. At 2:44 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to Bypass Ohio 4, south of Hamilton-Mason Road for a report of a multi-vehicle accident. Lanier said Gray’s Kia...
Looking for something to do this fall? Don’t look past Fairfield city, township
 Fall events in Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. are beginning to heat up. And officials from both communities say there’s something for everyone. “It’s important to have resources and amenities to draw people to our community,” said Fairfield Twp. Trustee Shannon Hartkemeyer. Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller echoed similar...

Posted: 12 days ago

Fall events in Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. are beginning to heat up. And officials from both communities say there’s something for everyone. “It’s important to have resources and amenities to draw people to our community,” said Fairfield Twp. Trustee Shannon Hartkemeyer. Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller echoed similar...
Butler County overdose epidemic traced to 1990s medical practices
 The opioid epidemic has been called the worst public health crisis in American history. People talk about the crisis as if it’s a new phenomenon, but officials say it’s the culmination of a decades-term problem stemming from prescription opioids. “The reason we’re number one in the nation for overdose deaths is because...

Posted: 13 days ago

The opioid epidemic has been called the worst public health crisis in American history. People talk about the crisis as if it’s a new phenomenon, but officials say it’s the culmination of a decades-term problem stemming from prescription opioids. “The reason we’re number one in the nation for overdose deaths is because...
Police ID woman who died Saturday in four-vehicle crash in Fairfield Twp.
 The woman who died in the multi-vehicle car accident Saturday afternoon has been identified as 18-year-old Dorian Gray, of Cincinnati, according to Fairfield Twp. Capt. Doug Lanier. A medic crew from the Fairfield Twp. Fire Department transported Gray to U.C. Health West Chester where the medical staff later pronounced her dead, according...

Posted: 13 days ago

The woman who died in the multi-vehicle car accident Saturday afternoon has been identified as 18-year-old Dorian Gray, of Cincinnati, according to Fairfield Twp. Capt. Doug Lanier. A medic crew from the Fairfield Twp. Fire Department transported Gray to U.C. Health West Chester where the medical staff later pronounced her dead, according...
Fairfield woman allegedly stabbed boyfriend to death
 Stephanie Gabbard allegedly stabbed her boyfriend, David Mitchell, to death, according to police and the Butler County Coroner’s Office. Gabbard, 33, is in the Butler County Jail charged with murder after police on Tuesday found Mitchell dead in their Fairfield apartment at 5419 Eastgate Drive. Mitchell died of a stab wound and his...

Posted: 16 days ago

Stephanie Gabbard allegedly stabbed her boyfriend, David Mitchell, to death, according to police and the Butler County Coroner’s Office. Gabbard, 33, is in the Butler County Jail charged with murder after police on Tuesday found Mitchell dead in their Fairfield apartment at 5419 Eastgate Drive. Mitchell died of a stab wound and his...
Fairfield woman charged with murder after boyfriend found dead
 Fairfield police have charged a 33-year-old woman with murder, after police found her boyfriend dead Tuesday at an apartment building. Police were called at 5:15 p.m. to 5419 Eastgate Drive, an apartment building about a half-mile southwest of the city’s Village Green Park. When police arrived, they found David Mitchell, 41, dead, according...

Posted: 16 days ago

Fairfield police have charged a 33-year-old woman with murder, after police found her boyfriend dead Tuesday at an apartment building. Police were called at 5:15 p.m. to 5419 Eastgate Drive, an apartment building about a half-mile southwest of the city’s Village Green Park. When police arrived, they found David Mitchell, 41, dead, according...
Pace of overdose deaths has slowed this year in Butler County
 Middletown was once hailed as an All-American City — a national portrait of the American dream. In recent years it got a different label: the epicenter of the nation’s heroin epidemic. The numbers didn’t entirely support that national name, but pictures have power — and Middletown’s image felt overtaken by one...

Posted: 18 days ago

Middletown was once hailed as an All-American City — a national portrait of the American dream. In recent years it got a different label: the epicenter of the nation’s heroin epidemic. The numbers didn’t entirely support that national name, but pictures have power — and Middletown’s image felt overtaken by one...
Local candidates, minus one, agree to debate before November election
 Voters in most corners of Butler County will have a chance to hear from candidates for elected office as they debate issues important to the county and state. Miami University Regionals and the Journal-News are working to present a voter education series featuring candidates for the Ohio Statehouse, the Butler County Commission and Ohio&rsquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

Voters in most corners of Butler County will have a chance to hear from candidates for elected office as they debate issues important to the county and state. Miami University Regionals and the Journal-News are working to present a voter education series featuring candidates for the Ohio Statehouse, the Butler County Commission and Ohio&rsquo...
Ross Twp. firefighters to receive new equipment
 The Ross Twp. Fire Department will receive nearly $170,000 in federal funds to pay for new equipment, Sen. Rob Portman announced last week. The grant award from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program through the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide the department resources for additional protective equipment. The grant...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Ross Twp. Fire Department will receive nearly $170,000 in federal funds to pay for new equipment, Sen. Rob Portman announced last week. The grant award from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program through the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide the department resources for additional protective equipment. The grant...
Bitter faces tough battle in Republican-leaning district
 Sara Bitter says she is “a mom on a mission.” That mission is fighting for those with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and addiction, and why she said she is running for the Ohio 7th Senate District in November. OHIO POLITICS: Ohio Supreme Court kicks statewide kidney dialysis issue off the ballot “I...

Posted: 20 days ago

Sara Bitter says she is “a mom on a mission.” That mission is fighting for those with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and addiction, and why she said she is running for the Ohio 7th Senate District in November. OHIO POLITICS: Ohio Supreme Court kicks statewide kidney dialysis issue off the ballot “I...
Survey: Miami U. one of country’s best colleges for student voting
 Miami University is one of the best places of higher education for student voting, according to a recent survey of hundreds of colleges and universities. ELECTION 2018: Pocketbook issues, charter amendments set to be on November ballot Washington Monthly, a D.C.-based political magazine, measured 1,488 colleges and universities against four...

Posted: 21 days ago

Miami University is one of the best places of higher education for student voting, according to a recent survey of hundreds of colleges and universities. ELECTION 2018: Pocketbook issues, charter amendments set to be on November ballot Washington Monthly, a D.C.-based political magazine, measured 1,488 colleges and universities against four...
Driver admits using meth ‘fairly recently’ before car crash
 Police respond to a single-vehicle crash in the 1900 block of Princeton Road and arrested the driver for drug possession. Andrew Mays, 45, of Hamilton, told police he wasn’t sure what happened to crash his car, but admitted to paramedics and a police officer to using meth “at some point fairly recently” after he also said...

Posted: 28 days ago

Police respond to a single-vehicle crash in the 1900 block of Princeton Road and arrested the driver for drug possession. Andrew Mays, 45, of Hamilton, told police he wasn’t sure what happened to crash his car, but admitted to paramedics and a police officer to using meth “at some point fairly recently” after he also said...
Fairfield Twp.’s new $4M fire station set to open in the spring
 The days Fairfield Twp. will have to deal with its outdated and undersized Tylersville fire station are numbered. Township officials broke ground Tuesday afternoon to kick off the construction of their new $4 million fire station on Gilmore Road, next door to the new soon-to-open StoryPoint, a planned independent living, assisted living and...

Posted: 30 days ago

The days Fairfield Twp. will have to deal with its outdated and undersized Tylersville fire station are numbered. Township officials broke ground Tuesday afternoon to kick off the construction of their new $4 million fire station on Gilmore Road, next door to the new soon-to-open StoryPoint, a planned independent living, assisted living and...
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