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Christian Faith Benge

Local teen who died had pre-existing condition

Christian Faith Benge’s love of God and strong faith are what her family says they will remember most about the 16-year-old who died from a medical condition after visiting the Land of Illusion attraction Friday night.Benge, a sophomore at New Miami High School, was transported to Atrium Medical Center after ...

Death penalty sought in I-75 shooting

A Warren County grand jury delivered a 5-count indictment against Terry Froman, the man accused of shooting and killing his estranged girlfriend on I-75 near Middletown last month. Froman was indicted Monday on two counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said during a ...

Frost advisory in effect

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.It appears the clouds might be a bit slower to clear than first thought, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said."While we won't avoid frost, it could be a situation where areas south and east of Dayton might get clearing so late that we only drop ...

Locked out workers at HTNA (Hayashi Telempu North America), including Greg Simpson, Gilbert Muhirwe, and Doug Perkins, picket outside the plant, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Labor dispute in Oxford joins long-running lockout in Lebanon

Manufacturing workers were picketing last week in Oxford and Lebanon, unable to come to agreements with their employers on wages, pensions and the costs of health insurance premiums. More than 200 workers at Schneider Electric in Oxford began striking on Oct. 6. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ...

Mason Middle School and Mason High School are collecting donations for the Mason Food Pantry as part of the school district’s Make A Difference Week events.

Mason Schools to mark Make a Difference Week

In honor of nationwide Make a Difference Day, Mason City Schools will sponsor a number of collections designated to help local children, support the community, and protect the environment.Any of the following items may be dropped off at Mason schools during the week of Oct. 20-24. All items can be ...

Paul Byrd

Child rape suspect prompts high school lockdown

Franklin High School was under a brief lockdown Wednesday afternoon after a man, who was being sought for the alleged rape of a 7-year-old girl, was reported hiding in the woods next to the school.Police Chief Russell Whitman said officers responded at 2:30 p.m. to a call referencing an “emotionally ...

Mason Baseball Coach Curt Bly (from left), Mason Softball Coach Liann Muff and Susan Murdock, Challenger League President.

Challenger League of Mason continues to grow

It’s not quite time for Opening Day, but the Challenger League of Mason Youth Organization is getting ready for its third season. And they’ve come a long way since their inaugural season in spring 2013. So far, that they have now doubled in size. What started with two teams and ...

$16M OK'd for Warren prison upgrades

The Lebanon and Warren County correctional institutions have been approved for up to $16 million in financing for new energy efficiency and conservation systems.The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority approved the issuance of Air Quality Development Revenue Bonds to finance the project, which is awaiting State Controlling Board approval.The financing ...

Power outages reported across area

UPDATE @1:30 p.m. 10/14/2014 Dayton Power & Light officials said they are working to determine the cause of a power outage Tuesday afternoon. As of 1:30 p.m., 500 customers were without power in Champaign County and 200 were without power in Montgomery County. Power was also restored to most Duke ...

Man dies in motorcycle competition in Warren County

For the second time in three years a professional motorcycle rider has died competing at the Devil’s Staircase Pro Hillclimb event in Warren County. Todd Libhart, 44, of Maytown, Pa., died after the motorcycle he was riding flipped over and landed on top of him, according to Warren County Sheriff’s ...

Spectators look over various aircraft during the Vectren Dayton Air Show held at the Dayton International Airport, Sunday, June 29, 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Vectren Dayton Air Show announces 2015 dates

The Vectren Dayton Air Show has announced dates for next year's event, and organizers are promising another exciting lineup of aerial displays. The air show is set for June 20, 21 at the Dayton International Airport, event organizers announced Monday. Among the attractions organizers hope to secure is an aerial ...

Rick Smith

Funding, finance issues top concerns for Democrat Rick Smith

Internet consultant Rick Smith, a Democrat, is challenging another political newcomer, Paul Zeltwanger, in November for Ohio House District 54 — the Warren County political base that opened up after its embattled incumbent, Pete Beck, was ousted in the primary.Smith, who is 54 and from Mason, ran unsuccessfully in 2006 ...

ID of Hillclimb participant who died released

UPDATE @10:30 a.m. 10/13/2014: The identity of a participant killed Sunday in the Devil's Staircase Hillclimb has been released. Todd D. Libhart, of Maytown, Penn., died when the motorcycle he was riding flipped over and landed on top of him, according to the Warren County Sheriff's Office. FIRST REPORT 10/12/2014: ...

Clouds linger, storms on the way

UPDATEClouds linger into the night, but most stay dry as temperatures slowly fall out of the 60s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said."A few showers will be developing late evening into the overnight," Zontini said.Overnight skies will remain cloudy. Temperatures fall into the upper 50s, but will rise a ...

Sauerkraut smell wafting from Waynesville this weekend

The streets in Waynesville are filled with people, craft vendors and the unmistakeable smell of sauerkraut today.The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival continues on its second day at the village in the northeast corner of Warren County.The event has been held there since 1970 and now attracts an estimated 350,000 people each ...

Small aircraft lands too hard at Caesar Creek club

UPDATE@1:19p.m.A female pilot was complaining of back pain after landing a small airplane too hard, according to Brian Stoops, flight operations director at the Caesar Creek Soaring Club.The landing didn't cause any visible damages to the aircraft.Stoops said the pilot was taken by squad to the hospital more as a ...

NASCAR'S Matt Kenseth at Field & Stream today

NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth is meeting fans at Austin Landing's new Field and Stream store today.The No. 20 driver will be at the store until 1 p.m.Kenseth, 42, finished 19th in the Bank of America 500 Saturday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.During the post race, Kenseth was involved in a ...

Clouds decrease; frost advisory overnight

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m. A frost advisory remains in effect from 2 to 9 a.m. Sunday for Miami, Clark, Champaign, Darke, Shelby, Auglaize, Mercer and Logan counties, which was issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington.The advisory means that areas of frost are likely to develop, and that sensitive ...

Fire damages vehicles at M&M Towing in Middletown

Firefighters responded to the 2900 block of Terry Drive around 6:25 a.m. Saturday and saw "several vehicles on fire," according to Captain Jeff Spaulding, Middletown Division of Fire. "They were extinguished without significant difficulty," Spaulding said. He said the investigation is in its early stages and the cause of the ...

Charlene Schneider

‘Machine gun’ event divides politicians

The two candidates for the 62nd Ohio House District, which covers most of Warren County, are embarking on very different campaign fundraisers. Charlene Schneider, the Democratic challenger, has held a series of small events at supporters’ homes, one featuring the wife of former Gov. Ted Strickland. Rep. Ron Maag, the ...

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