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Night lane closures planned for I-71/Socialville-Fosters project

Construction on the Interstate 71/Socialville-Fosters project requires night work beginning Sunday and will last for approximately three weeks.Lane closures on I-71 at the Socialville-Fosters Bridge will occur between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.The night work includes demolition and removal of the center pier ...

The Mason Municipal Building.

Mason looking for police, firefighters during job fair Saturday

The City of Mason is scheduled to host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Mason Municipal Center, 6000 Mason Montgomery Road.Individuals seeking a career in police or fire services are encouraged to attend, according to the city.During the event, participants will have ...

New leads in case of missing Middletown woman

Middletown police have new leads the case of a 30-year-old mother who has been missing since September. Skeletal remains found in the Dayton area this week are being tested as a possible match to Lindsay Bogan, whose case is considered a homicide. Middletown detectives are also following up on information ...

Jill Pratt, Safe Space teacher adviser, Kings High School.

Jill Pratt, Safe Space adviser, Kings High School

A new club at Kings High School was started to create a safe space for all students.Teacher adviser Jill Pratt says the Safe Space club offers a supportive and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.She talks more about its purpose and work.Q: What is Safe Space?A: ...

The growing frequency of school closures due to threats locally and in Ohio, including one last week at Springboro High School (pictured) has prompted some districts to update their student codes of conduct.

Schools update policies to address social media threats

Students at Southwest Ohio’s second largest school district will soon have new rules of conduct after a growing frequency of school closures due to threats made on social media locally and throughout the state. The Lakota Board of Education last week approved changes to its student code of conduct to ...

Eugene Gall, current prison photo

 Court rescinds Beth Ann Mote’s killer’s jail credit

A convicted serial murderer and child rapist has lost 16 years of credited jail time in a court ruling this week.In Dayton, the Second District Court of Appeals ruled that Eugene Gall should not be credited with any time he spent incarcerated in a Kentucky penitentiary toward his Ohio convictions ...

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Cool start to May expected

April has been a bit of a roller coaster as far as temperatures concerned with cooler air returning as we wrap up the month.Long-range forecast models are showing that slightly cooler than average temperatures will likely stick around into the start of May.Average highs for the end of April in ...

A prescription drop off box is available for use inside the Hamilton Police Department building at 331 S. Front St.

Get rid of your old pills on Drug Tack-Back Day

Local law enforcement agencies are participating in an event to give residents the chance to prevent drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, and area police departments will be collecting unwanted prescription drugs in ...

A new contract for Mason Schools’ 630 teachers will nearly triple the number of hours educators have for professional development and will alter the school calendar for students, giving them two “Personal Learning Days.” The change in the 2016-2017 school calendar will also result in starting the school year one day earlier.

Students impacted by new labor pact for Mason teachers

The teachers in Warren County’s largest school system have a new labor contract.Mason Schools’ 630 teachers and the Mason Board of Education have both approved a three-year labor pact that will mean raises for classroom instructors but also higher health care costs.The new contract will nearly triple the number of ...

Environmental cleanup around the old Peters Cartridge factory in Warren County is just one of many issues and developments Warren County Chamber Alliance members and county community leaders will discuss with elected officials and their staffs during an April 26 to April 28 “fly in” to Washington, D.C.

Warren County chamber group heads to D.C. to talk issues, development

The Warren County Chamber Alliance is hosting its second fly-in to Washington, D.C., to promote issues important specifically to Warren County during meetings with lawmakers, including representatives from Ohio, and government agency staffers.A group consisting of chamber board members, other business leaders and local government officials traveled to the nation’s ...

Bond was increased to $1 million during an arraignment April 20 in Warren County Common Pleas Court for Anna Ritchie, the Franklin woman accused of scalding Austin Cooper, her stepson, and causing his death.

Medication, more seized from home of stepmom accused in scalding death

Just hours after 4-year-old Austin Cooper was found dead by his father at his Franklin home, police began building a case against his step-mother, Anna Ritchie, who allegedly held him in a tub full of scalding water. Four search warrants were signed by Franklin Municipal Court Judge Rupert Ruppert on ...

Little Miami High School senior Maggie Tullis was selected as the county winner of the Franklin B. Walter Award presented by the Warren County Educational Service Center. She is shown with LMHS teacher Randy Gray, who also was honored. CONTRIBUTED

​Little Miami senior wins countywide honor

A high-achieving Little Miami High School senior got a pleasant surprise recently when she received not one but two awards for her outstanding academic performance.Maggie Tullis was selected as the winner of the Franklin B. Walter Award, a new award presented by the Warren County Educational Service Center.The WCESC launched ...

Forty-seven Kings students along with several Kings High School staff and parents volunteered with Back2Back Ministries, an international Christian nonprofit organization founded by Kings parents Beth and Todd Guckenberger, in Monterrey, Mexico. CONTRIBUTED

Beth Guckenberger, Back2Back Ministries

Nearly 50 Kings Local School District students recently traveled to Monterrey, Mexico, to make a difference in the lives or orphans.Forty-seven students along with several Kings High School staff and parents volunteered with Back2Back Ministries, an international Christian nonprofit organization founded by Kings parents Beth and Todd Guckenberger.The couple and ...

Mica Glaser, one of three owners of the Windamere Event Venue & Art Gallery in Middletown. Middletown, Fairfield, Hamilton and Mason toped a list of communities that help small businesses get started. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Study: Middletown tops in Butler, Warren for starting a business

Middletown ranks the highest in Butler and Warren counties on a list of the best small-sized cities to start a business in the United States, according to a study by WalletHub.Middletown was 330th, putting it above Fairfield (394), Mason (556) and Hamilton (743) out of 1,268 small-sized cities in the ...

Kings Island’s Tropical Plunge nearly complete

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m. (April 23): Only one slide piece is left to install for the new Tropical Plunge water slide at Kings Island. Construction began earlier this year for the seven-story complex that will feature six different water slides. It is scheduled to debut Memorial Day Weekend when Soak ...

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Person taken for $2K in Warren Co. jury scam call

One person was scammed out of $2,000 in a jury phone scam call.The Warren County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning Friday night about a caller who identifies himself as a sheriff’s deputy and tells residents they have a warrant for their arrest for missing jury duty. The caller then requests ...

For special needs students, Daylight Prom a magical event

It may have been a Thursday this week on your calendar, but for more than 100 local special needs students, it was prom day. At Edgewood High School, the students’ classroom was transformed into a frenzied prom party prep room as girls donned elegant dresses with volunteer hair stylists and ...

Mason businesswoman accused of spying for China

A woman with ties to Mason acted as a spy for the People’s Republic of China, according to U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley.Amin Yu, 53, of Orlando, Florida, is accused of obtaining systems and components for marine submersible vehicles from U.S. companies, and then exporting those items to co-conspirators working ...

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Man arrested after girlfriend’s fatal OD in Lebanon

The boyfriend of a woman who died of an apparent heroin overdose is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon. Steven K. Lay, 34, was booked early Wednesday into the Warren County Jail on suspicion of tampering with evidence, a felony, and two counts of endangering children, both misdemeanors. He ...

Bond increased to $1M for Franklin stepmom in scalding death of boy

Bond was increased Wednesday to $1 million for a Franklin woman facing charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter in the scalding death of her 4-year-old stepson, Austin Cooper. Attorneys for Anna Ritchie, 24, of Bolder Drive, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf Wednesday morning in Warren County Common ...

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