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Task force seizes large amount of ‘date rape’ drug

A large quantity of GHB, a “date rape drug,” and crystal methamphetamine have been seized and three people face charges in Warren County, according to a release from the Warren County Drug Task Force.Samuel Ray, 45, David Price, 42, and Cindy Soeder, 42, all of Georgia, are being held in ...

Joshua Lee Wilson

Gun-waving man on run from police

Police are still looking for a man who eluded capture Saturday afternoon after he was allegedly waving a gun in the parking lot of a gas station.Franklin police officers responded at around 4 p.m. to a complaint that a man, identified as Joshua Lee Wilson, 6-foot white male weighing 200-pounds ...

Average temps, rainfall expected this month

The climate prediction center issues temperature and precipitation outlooks for 30-day periods and on Friday the outlook for the month of August was released.This outlook shows that the Miami Valley should be around average temperature wise for the month of August.Average highs during August are in the lower 80s.Below average ...

Cincy Children’s suburban expansions give families ‘peace of mind’

Before Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center opened in 2008 a pediatric hospital in Butler County at its Liberty Campus, families were forced to make compromises for their child’s health care needs, said one local pediatrician.Multiple community hospitals serve Butler and Warren counties, but their focus is not pediatrics, said Dr. ...

Patrick Paré (left) is the executive director for the Greater Ohio Virtual School, an accredited online public charter school that serves students in grades 7-12 who live in Ohio. CONTRIBUTED

Pat Paré, executive director, Greater Ohio Virtual School

Students from across Ohio gathered together for a unique high school graduation ceremony this summer.The Greater Ohio Virtual School (GOVS) graduated 125 students — the largest class to date — all of whom take their classes online.“The Greater Ohio Virtual School’s Class of 2015 is the largest graduating class in ...

Missy Emery, 16, from Lebanon, washes her dairy goat Josie on the first day of the Warren County Fair Monday in Lebanon.

Warren County Fair results

WARREN COUNTY FAIR RESULTS* Denotes state fair exhibitorJunior Fair, General ProjectsAerospace - Flight - Solid Fuel RocketsFirst: Dawson J Siebert *Second: Thomas C BlackThird: Robert L WilliamitisFourth: Robert T BlackAerospace - Flight - Science Fun with FlightFirst: Thomas M Crossman *Second: Matthew C SandersAerospace - Flight - Champion - AerospaceFirst: ...

Police: Lebanon chamber exec took extra pay

The former executive director of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is free from jail on charges of felony theft for allegedly writing herself extra paychecks. Sara Arseneau was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Lebanon Municipal Court on 13 counts of theft. She was arrested Tuesday night and booked into the ...

Sara Arseneau was booked into Warren County Jail at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday

Police: Lebanon chamber exec took extra pay

The former executive director of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is free from jail on charges of felony theft for allegedly writing herself extra paychecks. Sara Arseneau was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Lebanon Municipal Court on 13 counts of theft after being arrested and taken to the Warren County ...

Six to 10-day outlook (NOAA)

Relief may be in store from heat, humidity

The past couple of weeks in the Miami Valley have been hot and muggy. We’ve seen highs near the middle 80s consistently for the past week, and we’ll be close to 90 at times during the coming week.It begs the question, is there relief in sight?Thanks to the Climate Prediction ...

Heat index on the rise across the region

The dew points are on the rise, slowly but surely.As they do go up, it will start to feel more humid across Southwest Ohio.The dew point is the temperature to which the air must cool for dew to form.Temperatures will be climbing into the upper 80s at times over the ...

Dog flu hits Warren County

Dog owners in Warren County and the Greater Cincinnati area may want to monitor their pets as several cases of canine influenza have been confirmed, said Mason Petsmart Petshotel and Bandfield Pet Hospital officials. “We have seen multiple cases of canine respiratory illness in dogs in our Mason PetsHotel location,” ...

From January through June 2015, 727 new tax and mortgage foreclosures were filed in Butler County. Halfway through the year, that’s on pace with the 1,482 cases filed in all of 2014, according to the Butler County Clerk of Courts office.

Despite declines, Ohio foreclosure activity ranks high nationally

Ohio foreclosure activity through the first half of the year fell to the lowest level since the Great Recession, but the state is still among the leading foreclosure markets in the country, data shows.There were 29,821 Ohio properties with some kind of foreclosure filing — including default notices, scheduled auctions ...

Butler County unemployment sinks again in June

Butler County’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in June, down from 5.6 percent a year ago, according to new state estimates released Tuesday. The number of people searching for a job but unable to find one fell from 10,600 county residents a year ago to 9,100 residents last month, according ...

In June, nearly 2,800 homes sold across the area including Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties. (FILE PHOTO)

Local home prices set new record in June

For the second consecutive month, the average sold price for single family homes and condominiums across Greater Cincinnati marked a new record, according to Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, which provided its monthly sales update Wednesday.The average sold price climbed 5.4 percent from a year ago to $199,954 last month, ...

Obama cutout vandalized at Warren County Fair

It’s something that has now happened every year since 2011 — the Warren County Democratic Party’s fair booth has been vandalized.This time someone ripped the left ear off a cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama just several hours after party members set up its booth Monday at the Warren County ...

Claude Davis

Everest honorees: I-75 from Cincinnati to Dayton set for more growth

The Interstate 75 Growth Corridor between Cincinnati and Dayton is in the midst of explosive growth and the leaders being honored for fostering that growth say the best is yet to come.Daniel Baker, CEO, Baker Concrete Construction; Claude Davis, CEO of First Financial Bank; and Bill Krul, CEO and Senior ...

GE Aviation supplier expands to France

Rhinestahl Corp. of Mason, which makes tools used to assemble, disassemble and conduct maintenance on jet engines for GE and its customers across the globe, announced June 17 the opening of its new branch location in Paris, France.Rhinestahl has been a major manufacturer of aircraft engine overhaul and repair tooling ...

Patrol to step up enforcement along U.S. 127

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will step up patrols at several posts along U.S. 127 to focus on crash causing violations with an emphasis on safety belt use and impaired drivers. Project S.A.F.E. Line 127, Safe And Fatal-free Enforcement, will run from now until Aug. 31, according to a release ...

About 70 tenants have been named so far for the approximately $350 million Liberty Center retail complex in Liberty Twp., including a group of about 50 new tenants names released this past week. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Ride the bus to Liberty Center Career Fair

The Butler County Regional Transit Authority is offering a special, one-day route on Tuesday for job seekers attending the Liberty Center Career Fair, said Chief Operating Officer Matt Dutkevicz. Buses will travel in a loop from the transit authority’s station on Market Street in Hamilton, to the Meijer on Tylersville ...

Paige Schomaker, of Hamilton, comforts her market turkey during the 2014 Butler County Fair. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

Ban on bird shows affects Butler, Warren fairs

Both the Butler and Warren County fairs will look different this year with new entertainment options offered at each and one noticeable absence — no bird exhibits due to avian flu.The 165th installment of the Butler County Fair, which kicks off July 26, will include the return of rodeo events. ...

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