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Kings Local School District employees recently received youth mental health training through a $2.4 million grant awarded to the Warren County Educational Service Center. CONTRIBUTED

Warren County ESC leads mental health initiative

LEBANON – The Warren County Educational Service Center is leading the way in a national initiative to support teachers, schools and communities in recognizing and responding to youth mental health concerns.WCESC is one of only three educational agencies in Ohio to receive a five-year, $2.4 million U.S. Department of Health ...

1 injured in Monroe chemical explosion

A worker injured in a chemical explosion at a Reed Road manufacturing plant Friday afternoon was flown by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.Multiple medical helicopters and fire and hazardous materials units from Monroe, Middletown and Liberty Twp. responded to Alfrebro LLC, 1055 Reed Road, a flavor manufacturing ...

Assurex Health, which provides genetic tests and analysis to help guide doctors’ treatment decisions, is currently headquartered at the city-owned Mason Campus. (April 2015) CHELSEY LEVINGSTON/STAFF

Region’s bioscience industry will be hiring at job fair next week

The city, growing company Assurex Health and trade association BioOhio are teaming up once again to host a job fair to help fill local positions in the field.The BioOhio Regional Career Fair will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Mason Municipal Building, 6000 Mason Montgomery ...

Area school cancels Muslim cultural event

The principal of Mason High School has canceled a club event encouraging students to wear hijabs, a headscarf worn by Muslim women.Mindy McCarty-Stewart announced cancellation of the Covered Girl Challenge to be held at school on Thursday, April 23, in an email made public late Thursday. The cancellation followed an ...

Kings Island opens Saturday for its 44th season

Kings Island opens for its 44th season at 10 a.m. Saturday. Daily operation of the Warren County amusement park begins May 8, and the Soak City Waterpark opens on May 23. After a record-setting year last year thanks in large part to the debut of new $24 million roller coaster ...

Financial forensic expert Leo Fernandez reviews a binder of financial documents while on the witness stand on Thursday during the Pete Beck criminal trial in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in downtown Cincinnati.

Investor money was deposited, withdrawn in another company’s account

A forensic accountant testified Thursday the man charged with raising funds for Christopher Technologies paid people and entities other than the tech start-up, including more than $15,000 going to Pete Beck’s political campaign.Leo Fernandez, a forensic accountant with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, testified Thursday on the expenditures of ...

Defense attorney Ralph Kohnen gestures with a hand during the cross-examines a witness on Wednesday during the Pete Beck criminal trial in Hamilton County Court in downtown Cincinnati.

Is it possible Beck didn’t sign some C-Tech financial documents?

The defense attorney for Pete Beck has assertedthat his client’s signature on documents may not in fact be his.Ralph Kohnen, the lead attorney on Beck’s defense team, asked John Fussner, the former CEO and co-founder of the start-up firm Christopher Technologies, if anyone was authorized to sign on Beck’s behalf, ...

Defense attorney Ralph Kohnen gestures with a hand during the cross-examines a witness on Wednesday during the Pete Beck criminal trial in Hamilton County Court in downtown Cincinnati.

Defense: Evidence shows Beck was never a C-Tech employee

The defense team for Pete Beck attempted in day 17 of his criminal trial to shine a shadow of doubt as to whether or not he was the hired chief financial officer of Christopher Technologies.Former Christopher Technologies co-founder and CEO John Fussner, however, remained adamant that he hired Beck in ...

An asthma patient at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center uses a valved holding chamber device that connects to an inhaler to make it easier for the medication to reach the lungs.

Ohio pledges more funding for asthma research

Thousands of pediatric asthma sufferers in Ohio are now getting coordinated care through a multi-million dollar initiative to align the state’s children’s hospitals.Gov. John Kasich in 2011 pledged $2 million in research funds to improve the health of Ohio’s children. Last week, he pledged a second round of $2 million ...

Pete Beck listens to testimony Monday during his criminal trial in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in downtown Cincinnati.

Cross-examination begins with former Beck co-defendant

Defense attorney Ralph Kohnen talked a lot at the end of day 15 of the Pete Beck trial about the importance of Christopher Technologies’ former president and CEO John Fussner telling the truth.And one of the first questions Kohnen, the lead attorney on Beck’s defense team, asked was about the ...

Joey Brumfield, RN, shows one of the two trauma bays inside Atrium Health Center Mason during a tour Monday, April 13, at the facility on Mason-Montgomery Road in Mason. Atrium Medical Center’s Mason Emergency Center will accept all patients with minor to severe injuries and conditions.

Premier Health debuts $11.5M facility in Mason

Premier Health’s latest multi-million dollar investment in Warren County is now open for business.The Dayton-based health system celebrated with weekend-long events its $11.5 million Atrium Health Center Mason, located at 7450 Mason-Montgomery Road. The 24-hour emergency center and other services open to patients at 7 a.m. Tuesday.“Free-standing emergency centers with ...

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Warren County teen’s death prompts response from president

President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth. The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn in ...

Bob Arledge, a national champion pole vaulter, wears two of his national medals, while holding some of his many local and state medals.

Warren County man is national pole vaulting champion

In his early 70s, Bob Arledge decided to rekindle his enthusiasm for pole vaulting, a sport he excelled at in high school. Then at age 82, he became a national champion in the sport.Last month, Arledge won the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. In 2013, ...

 Flash Flood Watch issued for area

Tonight, more thunderstorms will roll throught the Miami Valley, according to StormCenter 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek. “This evening,” he said, “The main threat will be flash flooding.” A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until Thursday. “Many of these showers will be scattered, as opposed to a solid line that ...

Former Christopher Technologies CEO and co-founder John Fussner reviews a document during testifying on the stand on Wednesday during the Pete Beck criminal trial in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in downtown Cincinnati.

Former C-Tech CEO: Beck responsible for $600K in investments, loans

In his second day of testimony, former Christopher Technologies CEO and co-founder John Fussner said Pete Beck recruited investors that injected hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash into the tech start-up company.Fussner, a one-time Beck co-defendant, testified Wednesday that the former state lawmaker and Mason mayor attracted six people ...

Showers return overnight, into the morning

More scattered showers return overnight into Tuesday morning with a few rumbles of thunder possible, StormCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.“Severe weather is not expected, but the chance for localized downpours and lightning does exist,” Vrydaghs said.Tuesday: A front to the north slowly sags southward during the day Tuesday. Computer ...

A&E cancels reality show about Warren Co. swingers

A&E’s realty show “Neighbors with Benefits,” which followed the lives of swingers living in the Thornton Grove subdivision of Hamilton Twp., has been canceled.According to Entertainment Weekly, the show filmed nine hourlong episodes, but only two made it to air before A&E canned the series, our news partner WCPO-TV in ...

Location of planned Kettering Health Network facility in Springboro.

Kettering Health Network plans medical office building in Springboro

The Kettering Health Network is planning to build a nearly 32,000 square foot medical office building in Springboro.The plan submitted by Synergy Building Systems, is the health care provider’s latest move in Warren County and another step toward completion of more than 750 acres in development begun more than a ...

Pete Beck listens to testimony during his criminal trial on Friday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in downtown Cincinnati. Beck, 62, a former state lawmaker, is accused of dozens of felony counts for his involvement in Christopher Technologies.

C-Tech had $1.15M in debt, $15 cash at end of ’09

When former Christopher Technologies board president Jim Ashworth saw the company’s 2009 year-end balance sheet, which reflected a mere $15 in the bank, his initial reaction was: “Oh my Lord.”Ashworth, the president of Recreation Management Services, which operates the Golf Course at Kings Island, spent more than 90 minutes on ...

A string of new business expansions have been announced so far in 2015 in Mason. “One of the strongest things we’ve been able to do in our economic development program… is really learn how to become a part of a company’s growth strategy,” said Mason’s economic development director Michele Blair. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

These companies are building new headquarters in Mason

A string of new business expansions have been announced so far in 2015 in Mason, including plans by 360 Pharma Group LLC and Assurex Health to build new headquarters in the Warren County city.Advanced manufacturer Intelligrated plans to expand its existing Mason headquarters. And, medical device maker AtriCure Inc. selected ...

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