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Warren County Career Center Treasurer Karen Royer recently received the Outstanding Service Award from the Ohio Association of School Business Officials. She is shown with David Varda, OASBO executive director. CONTRIBUTED

Karen R. Royer, treasurer/CFO, Warren County Career Center

Warren County Career Center Treasurer Karen Royer was recognized recently with the Outstanding Service Award from the Ohio Association of School Business Officials for her service from 2008 to 2014 as the Southwest Region Director.The school also recently earned the Auditor of State Award for its filing of timely reports ...

The Butler County Engineer’s Office has its 15 plow and salt trucks loaded and ready to be deployed in the event of snow.

Snowfall could reach 5 inches by Sunday

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the region including Butler and Warren counties. Between 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected to fall in Butler County from Saturday night until the Super Bowl ends Sunday, said meteorologist Allen Randall, of the National Weather Service in Wilmington. “But ...

Jeremiah Morrow bridge

I-71/Jeremiah Morrow bridge lane closure delayed

The bridge work scheduled for today has been pushed off until Friday due to the inclement weather, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.Bridge work on the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge, originally scheduled for this morning, will require closing from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday the left lane of southbound ...

Duke Energy donates toward $9.5M sports complex in Warren County

Duke Energy has donated $15,000 to the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau for a proposed $9.5 million destination sports complex project in Warren County.According to the WCCVB, the 87-acre, multi-sport complex, to be constructed off Ohio 741 at Otterbein Village in Turtlecreek Twp. will attract approximately 700,000 people annually, ...

Freezing rain advisory in effect

A freezing rain advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. It covers Clark, Mercer, Auglaize, Shelby, Logan and Champaign counties, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. “A few patches of freezing drizzle can’t be ruled out in the Dayton area, but by the time a more consistent rain ...

Community commits to kindness in memory of Justin Back

On the one-year anniversary of her son’s murder, Sandy Cates was encouraging others to perform random acts of kindness. The random acts of kindness, she’s said, are reflective of her son, Justin Back, 18, who would offer to help carry groceries for elderly people to their vehicles or step in ...

Warren County native Jess Lamb auditioned for “American Idol” and earned a golden ticket to advance to Hollywood Week. CONTRIBUTED

‘American Idol’ picks Warren County native for Hollywood trip

If her airtime on “American Idol” is any indication, Jess Lamb is one contestant to watch this year. Lamb, who grew up in Red Lion in Warren County, was featured for nearly five minutes – singing and playing “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, earning a golden ticket to advance ...

A cold sunny day. Photo by Bob Garlock

Another frigid night on tap; rain/snow Thursday

Expect few clouds and chilly air with temperatures falling into the teens as refreeze once again will be an issue on back roads and shoulders of main roads tonight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek said Tuesday afternoon. The continued snowpack and a mostly clear sky will produce another really ...

Butler County’s unemployment averaged 4.9% in 2014

Butler County’s unemployment rate averaged 4.9 percent in 2014, after ending the year with two consecutive months of unemployment below 4 percent.The year before, county-level unemployment averaged 6.9 percent. The number of people searching for a job but unable to find one fell from 13,200 county residents on average in ...

Menards to open store in Warren County

An Menards store is expected to open southern Warren County in March.County staffers told the Warren County commissioners on Tuesday that the store, the source of opposition from neighbors, should open by mid- or late-March in Deerfield Twp.The 162,340-square-foot store, featuring an outdoor lumberyard, is being built on 24 acres ...

 International flavors company Frutarom USA Inc. is planning an expansion of its West Chester Twp. facilities, which would include a U.S. headquarters and 45 new jobs.

Company to open U.S. headquarters in West Chester

A growing international flavors company plans to expand its operations in Butler County and open a new U.S. headquarters here.The expansion could create 45 new full-time jobs within three years, and see approximately $3 million in building and equipment investments, according to the township.Frutarom USA Inc., which creates, develops, manufactures ...

DeWine files lawsuit challenging health care law

A lawsuit was filed this morning by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in federal court in Cincinnati, challenging the section of the Affordable Care Act under which state and local governments are assessed fees to fund the health care law’s transitional reinsurance program. Attorney General Mike DeWine said his office, ...

Middletown’s Hightowers sets sights on international expansion

Oil and natural gas distributor Hightowers Petroleum Co. of Middletown could expand overseas in the year ahead, which President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hightower said he sees to be key to the company’s future growth strategy.“We’re continuing to grow the business nationally and have really focused internationally for 2015 ...

Steve Hightower, owner of Hightowers Petroleum Company.

Hightowers Petroleum recognized as top supplier

Hightowers Petroleum Co., led by President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hightower, has a new award to add to its list of accolades. This time, the Middletown company is being recognized for its sales and job growth, consistent delivery of quality services to corporate clients, contributions to the growth of ...

Warren County veterans invited to free screening of movie

Warren County veterans are invited to a free screening of the movie “American Sniper.”The event, hosted by the Warren County Veterans Office and Vineyard Cincinnati at Middletown, is open to veterans living in Warren County and their spouses.The free screening is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Danbarry ...

Assurex Health, which does genetic testing for personalized prescriptions. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Assurex Health to stay in Mason, plans new local HQ

A successful local startup company ready to grow commercial production and fielding offers from other states to relocate has decided to keep its headquarters in Mason after all.Assurex Health, which employs 240 people, announced Thursday plans to build a new and bigger headquarters facility and clinical laboratory in the Warren ...

Man arrested in Lebanon SWAT incident

A Cincinnati man faces weapons and sex charges following an incident tonight that brought SWAT officers to an apartment complex. Police were called around 4 p.m. to La Luz Apartments, 485 La Luz Blvd, after a man reportedly threatened to shoot his girlfriend. Along with Lebanon police, the Warren County ...

Cincinnati hip-hop artist and motivational speaker Keenan West is bringing his anti-bullying message to students across Warren County and the nation in high-energy musical assemblies as part of Secret Deodorant’s “Mean Stinks” Nicest Tour Ever. CONTRIBUTED

Hip-hop artist inspires students with anti-bullying message

Cincinnati hip-hop artist Keenan West recently visited students at Donovan Elementary School in Lebanon to raise awareness about the seriousness of bullying and to inspire them to stand up and be nice.School officials hope the third- and fourth-grade students will feel empowered to say bullying will not be accepted and ...

Ohio 122 ramp to I-75 South in Middletown Jan. 19, 2015. (Nick Graham/Staff)

Injuries reported in crash on I-75 S to Ohio 122

UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m.Two medics just left the scene as the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigates the crash.It’s unclear how many people were injured and taken to the hospital.The crash was located on the on-ramp from Ohio 122 to I-75 South. Traffic is able to get by the wreckage on ...

Clouds decrease, temps drop into 20s

Clouds will decrease through the night, then redevelop Monday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.Overnight, temperatures will drop into the upper 20s by morning.“Any wet spots on the roads, sidewalks and parking lots from recent snow melt could become slick,” Vrydaghs said.Monday: Clouds and some sun is expected with highs ...

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