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Hepatitis A cases top 1,000 in Ohio, increase seen among food workers
 An area health department is emphasizing the importance of vaccinations and good hand washing after seeing an increasing number of hepatitis A cases among people who work in the food business. Workers who contract the highly contagious viral liver disease are not allowed to work at a restaurant, but it can take a while for people to notice...

Posted: 22 hours ago

An area health department is emphasizing the importance of vaccinations and good hand washing after seeing an increasing number of hepatitis A cases among people who work in the food business. Workers who contract the highly contagious viral liver disease are not allowed to work at a restaurant, but it can take a while for people to notice...
Butler County Health Department: Food service workers increasingly getting hepatitis A
 The Butler County Health Department said it’s seeing an increasing number of hepatitis A cases among people who work in the food business, a disease that’s generally spread because people don’t wash their hands. Hepatitis A, a highly contagious liver disease, is spread by putting something in your mouth, such as food, a...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Butler County Health Department said it’s seeing an increasing number of hepatitis A cases among people who work in the food business, a disease that’s generally spread because people don’t wash their hands. Hepatitis A, a highly contagious liver disease, is spread by putting something in your mouth, such as food, a...
College students: Want to work in Washington, D.C. for a summer?
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is accepting internship applications for the summer. Internships with Portman's office are designed primarily for Ohio students who have completed at least one year of collegiate undergraduate coursework. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE (2015)

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is accepting internship applications for the summer. Internships with Portman's office are designed primarily for Ohio students who have completed at least one year of collegiate undergraduate coursework. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE (2015)
Butler County doing deep dive on new voting machines
 The Butler County commissioners are conducting an independent analysis into which voting machine vendor and pricing best suit the county, while the Board of Elections does its due diligence. The state has allocated $3.2 million for Butler but anything above that amount is on the county’s dime. There are five state-approved vendors &mdash...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Butler County commissioners are conducting an independent analysis into which voting machine vendor and pricing best suit the county, while the Board of Elections does its due diligence. The state has allocated $3.2 million for Butler but anything above that amount is on the county’s dime. There are five state-approved vendors &mdash...
Hamilton bests Fairfield, but Butler County wins in annual Change War
 Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith will sleep easy after besting “archrival” Fairfield in this year’s Butler County United Way Change War Challenge. For the second time in three years, Hamilton claimed bragging rights over Fairfield in this change battle between the employees of the two Butler County cities. Smith jokingly...

Posted: 4 days ago

Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith will sleep easy after besting “archrival” Fairfield in this year’s Butler County United Way Change War Challenge. For the second time in three years, Hamilton claimed bragging rights over Fairfield in this change battle between the employees of the two Butler County cities. Smith jokingly...
Fairfield plans to move Great Miami Bike trail through Marsh Park
 In 2019, Fairfield Parks Director Tiphanie Howard wants to “start living in” Marsh Park to see the park’s “full potential.” The goal for Marsh Park, at 6440 River Road, is to be transformed into a recreation destination for just about all things nature. The park will be 175 total acres, which will include 60...

Posted: 4 days ago

In 2019, Fairfield Parks Director Tiphanie Howard wants to “start living in” Marsh Park to see the park’s “full potential.” The goal for Marsh Park, at 6440 River Road, is to be transformed into a recreation destination for just about all things nature. The park will be 175 total acres, which will include 60...
Drunk student threatens cops in Oxford
 Police responded to a fraternity house on Tallawanda Road at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 1 on a report of a male falling 10 to 15 feet over a brick wall. They found a Miami student later identified as Benjamin Paul Ferris sitting on the ground looking at his phone. His knees were bloody and he was bleeding from a head wound. An officer tried several...

Posted: 7 days ago

Police responded to a fraternity house on Tallawanda Road at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 1 on a report of a male falling 10 to 15 feet over a brick wall. They found a Miami student later identified as Benjamin Paul Ferris sitting on the ground looking at his phone. His knees were bloody and he was bleeding from a head wound. An officer tried several...
Fairfield amends tax break deal for company growing slower than anticipated
 A local business says changes in its industry have forced it to lower its tax break with the city. Western States Machine Company, a supplier of centrifuges — which separate solids from liquids — that are popular in both the sugar and non-sugar industries, cited declining sugar futures and the commodity’s rising retail price...

Posted: 8 days ago

A local business says changes in its industry have forced it to lower its tax break with the city. Western States Machine Company, a supplier of centrifuges — which separate solids from liquids — that are popular in both the sugar and non-sugar industries, cited declining sugar futures and the commodity’s rising retail price...
Fairfield police to update cruiser cameras
 Fairfield police officers will soon have new in-vehicle cameras, which Chief Steve Maynard said will not only improve departmental efficiency but also transparency. City Council approved the police department to spend $173,800 over five years to purchase 20 new Axon in-vehicle cameras, commonly known as cruiser cams, that will be linked to...

Posted: 12 days ago

Fairfield police officers will soon have new in-vehicle cameras, which Chief Steve Maynard said will not only improve departmental efficiency but also transparency. City Council approved the police department to spend $173,800 over five years to purchase 20 new Axon in-vehicle cameras, commonly known as cruiser cams, that will be linked to...
Butler, Warren election boards in line for state voting machine money
 While the Ohio Secretary of State has approved county boards of elections to begin acquiring new voting equipment, the Butler County Board of Elections is “in a holding pattern” for now, officials said. Ohio lawmakers approved $104.5 million earlier this year to be divided up among county boards of elections to help buy new voting...

Posted: 13 days ago

While the Ohio Secretary of State has approved county boards of elections to begin acquiring new voting equipment, the Butler County Board of Elections is “in a holding pattern” for now, officials said. Ohio lawmakers approved $104.5 million earlier this year to be divided up among county boards of elections to help buy new voting...
Not all of Fairfield council in support of program offering needle exchanges, more
 Butler County is close to having a second Bloodborne Pathogen Prevention Program after Fairfield City Council voted to support it being operated at Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital. The program — which includes a van offering needle exchanges, vaccinations, testing for diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis C and more, and referring people...

Posted: 15 days ago

Butler County is close to having a second Bloodborne Pathogen Prevention Program after Fairfield City Council voted to support it being operated at Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital. The program — which includes a van offering needle exchanges, vaccinations, testing for diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis C and more, and referring people...
Oath of office a family affair for Fairfield firefighters, police officers
 Every oath of office taken by a Fairfield firefighter or police officer is a family affair. This past Monday, firefighters Daniel Korte and Jason Taulbee took their oath of office as they were promoted to lieutenant, and by their sides were their wives, Sarah Korte and Jennifer Taulbee. FAIRFIELD TWP. NEWS: Need to get your child’s...

Posted: 16 days ago

Every oath of office taken by a Fairfield firefighter or police officer is a family affair. This past Monday, firefighters Daniel Korte and Jason Taulbee took their oath of office as they were promoted to lieutenant, and by their sides were their wives, Sarah Korte and Jennifer Taulbee. FAIRFIELD TWP. NEWS: Need to get your child’s...
Winter farmers market an alternative for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping
 The Winter Market at Village Green Farmers Market boasts locally produced food — from salsas, hummus and pickles to desserts to olive oils and winter squash — but also has a number of gift items, such as jewelry, candles, hand-crafted soaps and unique home decor. It’s where you can roll in last-day Thanksgiving Day and Black...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Winter Market at Village Green Farmers Market boasts locally produced food — from salsas, hummus and pickles to desserts to olive oils and winter squash — but also has a number of gift items, such as jewelry, candles, hand-crafted soaps and unique home decor. It’s where you can roll in last-day Thanksgiving Day and Black...
Take a look at Butler County’s oasis of bipartisanship
 Democrats have not had much success getting elected to countywide seats in Butler County for the past two decades, but there are more than two dozen elected to local boards and councils. There is only one Democrat currently in a countywide office — Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Romans — which is technically a non-partisan...

Posted: 27 days ago

Democrats have not had much success getting elected to countywide seats in Butler County for the past two decades, but there are more than two dozen elected to local boards and councils. There is only one Democrat currently in a countywide office — Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Romans — which is technically a non-partisan...
Some Butler County votes won’t count after postmark issues
 More than 120 ballots have gone uncounted in Butler County elections this year because the United States Post Office did not stamp a post office mark on the envelopes received after Election Day. In fact, the post office didn’t include any type of marking on the 123 envelopes — 60 in the Nov. 7 election and 63 in the May 8 primary...

Posted: 28 days ago

More than 120 ballots have gone uncounted in Butler County elections this year because the United States Post Office did not stamp a post office mark on the envelopes received after Election Day. In fact, the post office didn’t include any type of marking on the 123 envelopes — 60 in the Nov. 7 election and 63 in the May 8 primary...
Fairfield city, township reach economic agreement
 The city of Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. have become economic partners in an alliance that could last up to 150 years. The city and township have agreed to a new joint economic development district contract to incorporate 23 acres of land in the township that is accessible by a city-owned road. Duke Realty is building an industrial park on...

Posted: 29 days ago

The city of Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. have become economic partners in an alliance that could last up to 150 years. The city and township have agreed to a new joint economic development district contract to incorporate 23 acres of land in the township that is accessible by a city-owned road. Duke Realty is building an industrial park on...
Firefighter union contract: City rejects recommendation on salary, benefits
 Fairfield City Council rejected a fact finder’s recommendation on proposed wage increases for two years of the firefighter union’s three-year contract. The fact finder suggested the city pay members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 4010 a 2.5 percent increase in 2018 (retroactive to April 1) and 2019. In...

7:01 PM Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

Fairfield City Council rejected a fact finder’s recommendation on proposed wage increases for two years of the firefighter union’s three-year contract. The fact finder suggested the city pay members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 4010 a 2.5 percent increase in 2018 (retroactive to April 1) and 2019. In...
This group of friends will once again feed Butler County’s needy
 Ed Bannon envisioned feeding those in need of his hometown, and thanks to his Butler County business-owning friends that vision will happen for the second consecutive year. On Sunday afternoon, a few hundred people in Butler County will break bread with Bannon and his friends at Strikes at Columbia Lanes. INITIAL STORY: Hamilton man, business...

10:57 PM Friday, Nov. 09, 2018

Ed Bannon envisioned feeding those in need of his hometown, and thanks to his Butler County business-owning friends that vision will happen for the second consecutive year. On Sunday afternoon, a few hundred people in Butler County will break bread with Bannon and his friends at Strikes at Columbia Lanes. INITIAL STORY: Hamilton man, business...
ELECTION ANALYSIS: If Butler County turns purple, it won’t be anytime soon
 The Blue Wave that hit many parts of the country Tuesday causing a flip of power in the U.S. House missed Butler County. But the waters didn’t exactly remain calm as Democratic leaders said they saw hope in Tuesday’s election that their party may soon start winning partisan races. “I think any look at our performance across...

11:00 AM Friday, Nov. 09, 2018

The Blue Wave that hit many parts of the country Tuesday causing a flip of power in the U.S. House missed Butler County. But the waters didn’t exactly remain calm as Democratic leaders said they saw hope in Tuesday’s election that their party may soon start winning partisan races. “I think any look at our performance across...
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