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Weekend shooting at Fairfield bar may have been self defense
 Fairfield police are trying to determine if a 22-year-old man acted in self-defense, or if he should be charged in the Saturday morning shooting of a 23-year-old man. Police were called out at 1:45 a.m. Saturday to Sneaky Pete’s bar, 3152 Lighthouse Drive, for a man shot in the leg in the parking lot outside the bar. RELATED: 
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Posted: 20 days ago

Fairfield police are trying to determine if a 22-year-old man acted in self-defense, or if he should be charged in the Saturday morning shooting of a 23-year-old man. Police were called out at 1:45 a.m. Saturday to Sneaky Pete’s bar, 3152 Lighthouse Drive, for a man shot in the leg in the parking lot outside the bar. RELATED: ...
8 things to watch in today’s election
 Ohio voters head to the polls today in one of the most high-profile Ohio primary elections in years. There are contested races all over the ballot, from local races to the big-money primaries for governor and U.S. Senate. Voters will also decide on State Issue 1, a major overhaul to how the state draws congressional district lines. Check...

Posted: 20 days ago

Ohio voters head to the polls today in one of the most high-profile Ohio primary elections in years. There are contested races all over the ballot, from local races to the big-money primaries for governor and U.S. Senate. Voters will also decide on State Issue 1, a major overhaul to how the state draws congressional district lines. Check...
Summer in Fairfield has something for everyone, plus a NEW concert series
 Quality of life is a term Fairfield takes seriously — especially in the summer. With a new concert series kicking off in June, there’s likely something for everyone nearly every day of the week in the city. RELATED: 
            
               New Fairfield farmer’s market manager has big hopes, goals for 2018 “Part...

Posted: 21 days ago

Quality of life is a term Fairfield takes seriously — especially in the summer. With a new concert series kicking off in June, there’s likely something for everyone nearly every day of the week in the city. RELATED: New Fairfield farmer’s market manager has big hopes, goals for 2018 “Part...
Miss earlier Butler County election coverage? Here’s your comprehensive list
 There have been many stories on the three Butler County races to be decided on Tuesday in the May 8 primary election. Republican voters will decide on the Butler County Commission and 51st Ohio House District primary races as their Democratic Party counterparts are unopposed in the election. On the Democratic side, voters will decide which...

Posted: 21 days ago

There have been many stories on the three Butler County races to be decided on Tuesday in the May 8 primary election. Republican voters will decide on the Butler County Commission and 51st Ohio House District primary races as their Democratic Party counterparts are unopposed in the election. On the Democratic side, voters will decide which...
Cramped quarters no more: Fairfield Twp. OKs new fire station
 Construction of the new Fairfield Twp. fire station, which will replace the undersized Five Points station, will begin this summer as trustees unanimously approved a $3.99 million contract with an area builder. The fire station is needed, trustees say, because the conditions at the current Tylersville Road facility, known as Station 211,...

Posted: 21 days ago

Construction of the new Fairfield Twp. fire station, which will replace the undersized Five Points station, will begin this summer as trustees unanimously approved a $3.99 million contract with an area builder. The fire station is needed, trustees say, because the conditions at the current Tylersville Road facility, known as Station 211,...
Fairfield to fix dangerous intersection
 Motorists who drive through the Michael Lane/Camelot Drive intersection on Ohio 4 will eventually have a safer, and quicker, experience once the $1.6 million fix is complete. And while the end product won’t be a perfect 90 degrees at all four corners, the lanes on Michael Lane and Camelot Drive will be a directly across from each other...

Posted: 22 days ago

Motorists who drive through the Michael Lane/Camelot Drive intersection on Ohio 4 will eventually have a safer, and quicker, experience once the $1.6 million fix is complete. And while the end product won’t be a perfect 90 degrees at all four corners, the lanes on Michael Lane and Camelot Drive will be a directly across from each other...
Butler County candidate for Statehouse has yet to file required financial form
 One of the four candidates for Ohio’s 51st House District seat has yet to file a legally required financial disclosure, and knowingly not doing so can result in a criminal charge. Candidates for all Statehouse offices — which includes the House and Senate — are required to file the disclosure form with the Joint Legislative...

Posted: 23 days ago

One of the four candidates for Ohio’s 51st House District seat has yet to file a legally required financial disclosure, and knowingly not doing so can result in a criminal charge. Candidates for all Statehouse offices — which includes the House and Senate — are required to file the disclosure form with the Joint Legislative...
Why this township may see Butler County’s ‘next burst in development’
 West Chester and Liberty townships may be benefitting from an explosion of development along Interstate 75 , but one candidate for Butler County Commissioner says another township is primed for “the next burst in development.” Incumbent Cindy Carpenter and her challenger, current West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong, talked economic...

Posted: 24 days ago

West Chester and Liberty townships may be benefitting from an explosion of development along Interstate 75 , but one candidate for Butler County Commissioner says another township is primed for “the next burst in development.” Incumbent Cindy Carpenter and her challenger, current West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong, talked economic...
Planning to vote Tuesday? This Butler County voting location has changed
 Voters who typically cast Election Day ballots at Fellowship of Praise in Butler County’s Madison Twp. will not vote there in the May 8 primary election. Registered voters in two Madison Twp. precincts should receive a blue postcard in the mail this week notifying them of the change to their polling location, according to the Butler...

Posted: 25 days ago

Voters who typically cast Election Day ballots at Fellowship of Praise in Butler County’s Madison Twp. will not vote there in the May 8 primary election. Registered voters in two Madison Twp. precincts should receive a blue postcard in the mail this week notifying them of the change to their polling location, according to the Butler...
Fairfield’s historic Cooper House demolished
The historic Cooper House was demolished Monday, which cleared the way for the expansion of Marsh Park. City Council unanimously voted last week to demolish the structure, despite efforts by a community group to save the home built by one of the first settlers in the area now known as Fairfield.

Posted: 26 days ago

The historic Cooper House was demolished Monday, which cleared the way for the expansion of Marsh Park. City Council unanimously voted last week to demolish the structure, despite efforts by a community group to save the home built by one of the first settlers in the area now known as Fairfield.
WATCH: Historic home in Fairfield demolished
 The historic Cooper House was demolished Monday, which cleared the way for the expansion of Marsh Park. City Council unanimously voted last week to demolish the structure, despite efforts by a community group to save the home built by one of the first settlers in the area now known as Fairfield. Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller said the...

Posted: 27 days ago

The historic Cooper House was demolished Monday, which cleared the way for the expansion of Marsh Park. City Council unanimously voted last week to demolish the structure, despite efforts by a community group to save the home built by one of the first settlers in the area now known as Fairfield. Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller said the...
Wong says Hamilton, Middletown need high-paying jobs to succeed; Carpenter says both cities are on a path to success
 Butler County Commission candidates Cindy Carpenter and Lee Wong didn’t pull punches Thursday night at the only scheduled debate between the campaign rivals. Carpenter, the incumbent commissioner, took offense when Wong, who’s serving his fourth term as West Chester Twp. trustee, implied that Middletown and Hamilton needed high-paying...

Posted: 27 days ago

Butler County Commission candidates Cindy Carpenter and Lee Wong didn’t pull punches Thursday night at the only scheduled debate between the campaign rivals. Carpenter, the incumbent commissioner, took offense when Wong, who’s serving his fourth term as West Chester Twp. trustee, implied that Middletown and Hamilton needed high-paying...
Fairfield loses one of its top leaders to the California sun
 The city of Fairfield is looking for a new assistant city manager after Greg Preece left for the sunny weather of Oakland, Calif. Literally. Nicer — and warmer — weather is why Preece, who’s been with the city since August 2015, is leaving Ohio to be the human resource manager for the city of Oakland. RELATED: ‘Fantastic...

Posted: 28 days ago

The city of Fairfield is looking for a new assistant city manager after Greg Preece left for the sunny weather of Oakland, Calif. Literally. Nicer — and warmer — weather is why Preece, who’s been with the city since August 2015, is leaving Ohio to be the human resource manager for the city of Oakland. RELATED: ‘Fantastic...
3 issues on May ballot could raise taxes in these Butler County communities
 Taxpayers in three western Butler County communities will decide May 8 on a set of pocketbook issues involving infrastructure, public safety and a recreation trail. Residents of Milford and Morgan townships, and the city of Oxford would pay more in taxes if measures in each of these communities are approved by voters. VOTER GUIDE: Compare...

1:00 PM Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

Taxpayers in three western Butler County communities will decide May 8 on a set of pocketbook issues involving infrastructure, public safety and a recreation trail. Residents of Milford and Morgan townships, and the city of Oxford would pay more in taxes if measures in each of these communities are approved by voters. VOTER GUIDE: Compare...
Fairfield City Council open to discussing allowing guns at meetings
 While Monroe City Council took another step toward allowing members to carry a firearm during meetings, Fairfield City Council members are not unanimous in supporting a similar piece of legislation. But most would say they’d entertain the discussion. RELATED: Monroe takes next step in allowing council to carry guns at meetings &ldquo...

11:00 AM Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

While Monroe City Council took another step toward allowing members to carry a firearm during meetings, Fairfield City Council members are not unanimous in supporting a similar piece of legislation. But most would say they’d entertain the discussion. RELATED: Monroe takes next step in allowing council to carry guns at meetings &ldquo...
Fairfield unanimously votes to raze historic home
 Fairfield City Council unanimously voted Monday night to demolish the historic home a group of residents attempted to save. “If we had the money, we would gladly preserve that building. But unfortunately, it’s just not in the budget,” Mayor Steve Miller said, noting there are an infinite number of park projects with a finite...

8:00 PM Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018

Fairfield City Council unanimously voted Monday night to demolish the historic home a group of residents attempted to save. “If we had the money, we would gladly preserve that building. But unfortunately, it’s just not in the budget,” Mayor Steve Miller said, noting there are an infinite number of park projects with a finite...
2 GOP candidates for Butler County commissioner will debate this week
 Butler County Republican voters will get a chance to hear from the two county commission candidates seeking their support in the May 8 partisan primary election. Incumbent Butler County Commissioner Cindy Carpenter is being challenged by West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong for the party’s nomination. Both will debate at 7 p.m. Thursday...

9:00 AM Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018

Butler County Republican voters will get a chance to hear from the two county commission candidates seeking their support in the May 8 partisan primary election. Incumbent Butler County Commissioner Cindy Carpenter is being challenged by West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong for the party’s nomination. Both will debate at 7 p.m. Thursday...
Jobs, opioid epidemic highlight forum with 51st Ohio Statehouse candidates
 Business and economic issues were a primary focus in what was likely the only forum featuring all four candidates seeking Ohio’s 51st House District seat. Incumbent Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, is being challenged in the GOP primary election, which is May 8, by former lawmaker and county commissioner Greg Jolivette and local...

9:00 PM Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018

Business and economic issues were a primary focus in what was likely the only forum featuring all four candidates seeking Ohio’s 51st House District seat. Incumbent Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, is being challenged in the GOP primary election, which is May 8, by former lawmaker and county commissioner Greg Jolivette and local...
ALDI just announced a new grocery store is coming to Butler County. Find out where
 No-frills grocery discount chain ALDI has submitted plans to build a new location in Fairfield. Officials with the grocery chain have received approvals from the city’s Design and Review Committee and Planning Commission to build a new 22,000-square-foot store on a 2.25-acre lot at the corner of Pleasant Avenue and Patterson Boulevard...

1:00 PM Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018

No-frills grocery discount chain ALDI has submitted plans to build a new location in Fairfield. Officials with the grocery chain have received approvals from the city’s Design and Review Committee and Planning Commission to build a new 22,000-square-foot store on a 2.25-acre lot at the corner of Pleasant Avenue and Patterson Boulevard...
Fairfield’s Fantastic Race a chance to be ‘silly’ while helping kids stay drug free
 Be prepared to not take yourself seriously if you participate in the second annual “Fairfield’s Fantastic Race.” The race, presented by the Fairfield Prevention Coalition, will have a few dozen teams race — and running, or even jogging, is not required — from station to station at Fairfield’s Village Green...

9:30 AM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

Be prepared to not take yourself seriously if you participate in the second annual “Fairfield’s Fantastic Race.” The race, presented by the Fairfield Prevention Coalition, will have a few dozen teams race — and running, or even jogging, is not required — from station to station at Fairfield’s Village Green...
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