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Super Bowl Sunday forecast

Most Americans look forward to Super Bowl Sunday.It’s a time when friends and family get together to watch the two best teams in the NFL go head-to-head.Although the game is being played in California, residents in the Miami Valley and Southwest Ohio will need to know what the weather will ...

Local ‘Puppy Bowl’ pup huddles, cuddles with fans

On the eve of the nationally televised “Puppy Bowl,” Butler County’s Rugby already had his game face on — Friendly, furry and fun-loving. The 7-month-old mixed terrier is one of the stars of Super Bowl Sunday’s Puppy Bowl, which will be broadcast on the Animal Planet channel prior to the ...

Protect yourself and your money by reviewing your bank account and credit card statements often. CONTRIBUTED

5 scams that target your bank account

With bank account fraud and identity theft on the rise, remaining alert and being aware of the latest criminal tactics is more important than ever.The old saying — “If something seems too good to be true, chances are it is” — is what all of us should be saying to ...

Park officials want to spend nearly $3.5 million on improvements to the park system in Warren County, including the golf course at Armco Park (pictured). STAFF FILE PHOTO/2008

Warren County weighs $3.5 million in park improvements

Warren County is close to financing nearly $3.5 million in improvements to its park system.The financing, projected to cost $384,000 a year over 10 years, would pay for golf cart paths, paddle boats and a wide range of other capital improvements to the county’s 1,600-acre park system.This money would be ...

5 planets still visible in the night sky

Have you noticed five brighter stars in the night sky lately? Those would be planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, which have been visible, simultaneously, since late January. These planets are rarely seen at the same time, but when they are it’s rather spectacular. All five planets will be ...

The billboard at the intersection of State Route 48 and Mason Morrow Millgrove Road in Union Twp.

Warren County hopes billboard leads to heroin arrests

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Warren County Drug Task Force are using a billboard to advertise cash rewards offered for tips leading the arrest of heroin traffickers.Tipsters could already call or text message tips to 513-427-CALL (2255) to report drug trafficking.The billboard is to be funded by donations from ...

Springboro native Jake Ballard won a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants. STAFF FILE PHOTO / 2012

6 Butler, Warren products who have played in the Super Bowl

High schools in Butler and Warren counties have contributed to Super Bowl history, and the NFL is recognizing them with The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.Super Bowl High School Honor Roll schools will receive a commemorative Golden Football produced by Wilson for every player or head coach who graduated ...

Visitors shop at Trader’s World flea market on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. STAFF PHOTO

Police: Drugs, greed drive local black market for stolen goods

Heroin addiction and greed are being blamed for fueling the local black market for stolen goods, including everything from heartburn medication to laundry detergent.A father and son, Charles and Randall Cantrell, of Fairborn, were convicted this week of receiving stolen property for selling Tide Pods at Traders World Flea Market ...

Bamboo invasions prompt bans, crackdowns

Bamboo, a popular ornamental grass widely available at local nurseries, is also an invasive plant that can turn neighbor against neighbor and is prompting local governments from Lebanon to Long Island to enact bans to prevent its spread. Infestations of invasive plants and can negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, ...

 A 120-slip marina is scheduled to open in late April at Caesar Creek Lake in Warren County. The $8.8 million first phase will also include a floating concession stand, fuel facilities and wave attenuators to manage changes in current at the lake east of Waynesville. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

$8 million marina to open in April at Caesar Creek Lake

After four decades on the drawing board, a full-service marina is set to open in late April on Caesar Creek Lake.The $8.8 million first phase of The Marina at Caesar Creek will include 120 boat slips, floating concessions stand and fuel facilities and “wave attenuators” — special floating barriers to ...

Terry Froman. STAFF FILE PHOTO

August trial date set for accused I-75 shooter

The trial scheduled for later this month for accused Interstate 75 shooter Terry Froman will not happen.Due to an illness of a defense witness, the trial was continued Thursday in Warren County Common Pleas Court by Judge Joesph Kirby.Froman, 41, of Illinois, is accused of fatally shooting his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend, ...

 Welsh Development, which has designed, built and managed upscale communities throughout Hamilton, Butler, and Warren counties, is looking to build its next one on 89 acres west of Ohio 747 and north of Millikin Road on the site of what is now the Vista Verde Golf Course. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

New single-family homes set to replace Liberty Twp. golf course

A company that has designed, built and managed upscale communities in Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties is looking to build its next one on 89 acres north of Millikin Road and just west of Ohio 747.The development is planned for what has been, since 1988, Vista Verde Golf Course. Welsh ...

This spring a new building at Otterbein Lebanon, Terrace Place, is scheduled to open, adding 46 independent living one- and two-bedroom apartments with private balconies and below-building parking. CONTRIBUTED

Otterbein Lebanon experiencing construction boom

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices in Lebanon is experiencing a construction boom. The nonprofit health and human service ministry is in the process of adding new ranch homes and apartments with an additional complex expected to break ground this spring. “Otterbein is dedicated to serving elders in every capacity and has ...

Father, son convicted of selling stolen items at Traders World

A father and son are behind bars after being found guilty of selling stolen items at a Warren County flea market. Charles Cantrell, 73, and Randall Cantrell, 52, both of Fairborn, were convicted Tuesday by a Warren County jury. Charles Cantrell was convicted of two counts of receiving stolen property. ...

Mark North, the superintendent of Lebanon City Schools. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Carlisle, Lebanon superintendents among candidates for Fairborn job

Top leaders of Carlisle Local Schools and Lebanon City Schools are among the two dozen applicants for a superintendent job in Fairborn City Schools near Dayton.Mark North, superintendent of Lebanon City Schools, and Larry Hook, superintendent of Carlisle Local School District, were among the 24 people on a list of ...

Warren County delays action on ‘agricommunity’

The Warren County Board of Commissioners delayed a decision Tuesday on plans to build 141 homes on 141 acres of a former farm in Union Twp.The owner, Leslie Ratliff of Pendragon Homes, said the density was necessary to offset the costs of other parts of the development, which is to ...

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Sentencing in Springboro teen rape case delayed

The sentencing of a Springboro teen found guilty last month of raping an intoxicated girl at a house party in September has been rescheduled.The boy, now 15, was found guilty of engaging in sexual conduct with the “severely intoxicated” girl on Jan. 27 after a two-day trial in Warren County ...

Lawyer suspended based on Warren, Hamilton County cases

The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended lawyer Edward Vardiman Jr. for six months for his conduct in representing clients in Warren and Hamilton counties.The court suspended Vardiman’s license to practice law for a year, but stayed six months of the punishment.According to the opinion issued Wednesday, both cases involved ethical ...

The Hamilton South Water Treatment Plant on March 6, 2015.

How safe is your drinking water in Butler County?

There’s good news for area residents concerned about the quality of their local water and lead contamination in the wake of the situation in Flint, Mich. The Journal-News reviewed the latest water quality reports and filings with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for several Butler and Warren county communities and ...

Developer Duke Realty plans to build a nearly 450,000-square-foot speculative distribution center in Fairfield. CONTRIBUTED

Construction starts on Fairfield warehouse, third new building in area

While one developer is recruiting tenants to move into a pair of recently completed speculative industrial buildings on Port Union Road in Fairfield and West Chester Twp., a second developer — Duke Realty — has moved ahead on a project to build a third, nearly 450,000-square-foot industrial building in the ...

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