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Tropical Storm Matthew

Hurricane Matthew strengthens to Category 2 storm

UPDATE @ 8:40 a.m.The category 2 storm is continuing to gain strength as it churns in the warm waters south of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.The forecast indicates the storm will strengthen into a Category 3 storm, with sustained winds over 100 mph early Saturday.By Sunday morning, the storm is ...

Bruce Moore

Death of Springboro councilman ‘unexpected,’ mayor says

A city councilman who died unexpectedly was featured this week in a regional report on evangelical Christians and the presidential election. The Rev. Bruce Moore, 64, was in his third term on council when he died “unexpectedly” at his home in Springboro sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday, said Mayor ...

Jake Gresham and Ashia Banks clean the inside of the East Coast Eatz food truck. The Butler County Health Department puts brick-and-mortar restaurant inspection reports on its website but doesn’t do the same for mobile food units.

How safe are food trucks?

The surge in popularity of food trucks has added a new challenge for health inspectors who must evaluate the safety of every food-service operation whether it has four wheels or a front door.Local food trucks are licensed every year, but their initial inspection takes place when the mobile unit is ...

Warren County Career Center Superintendent Maggie Hess. CONTRIBUTED

WCCC superintendent announces retirement

After 40 years dedicated to students and education, Warren County Career Center (WCCC) Superintendent Maggie Hess has announced her retirement, effective Dec. 31.Hess began at WCCC on Sept. 15, 2004. During her tenure:• the district increased their satellite programs at the associate high schools and now serve between 1,800-1,900 students ...

Butler, Warren educators double as family farmers

The sun is just starting its climb, but Dustin Goldie has already fed his cattle, checked on chickens and turkeys, fed the farm pond fish and surveyed the corn and soybean crops from atop his massive combine reaper.Despite the cool wetness of lingering, early morning fog, the father of five ...

Mason High School in Warren County is one of only eight schools in Ohio to win the 2016 Blue Ribbon award. The school previously won the national honor in 2002.

Blue Ribbon winner: Mason High School earns national honor

Mason High School is one of only eight in Ohio to win the 2016 National Blue Ribbon School award, federal education officials announced Wednesday.The high school, which is the largest in Ohio, was among 279 public schools and 50 private schools in America so honored.“Our high school is very honored ...

Fall colors at Aullwood Metro Park in 2014. (Contributed)

Fall colors to peak at different times across state

Temperatures have finally caught up with the season in the Maimi Valley and Southwest Ohio.Even though it feels like fall, it doesn’t look like it just yet. You may have noticed though some isolated spots in neighborhoods or around cities where leaves are starting to turn yellow and drop. This ...

Displaced Carousel students get Career Center help

When Carousel Beauty College shuttered its five southwest Ohio campuses after Labor Day, students didn’t know where to turn.Now, thanks to an agreement with the Warren County Career Center, those students may finish their certification at the WCCC Adult Education Cosmetology program.“We heard about the school closing, and with all ...

Becca Robinson (right) of Mason spent 12 weeks in Cambodia researching the feasibility of marketing handwashing stations to rural villages. CONTRIBUTED

Local native spent summer in Cambodia

Spending the summer in rural Cambodia was more than a holiday for Mason native Becca Robinson.Robinson dedicated 12 weeks to interning with Jumpah, a non-government organization working to help the southeast Asian country overcome three decades of war, turmoil and genocide.While the organization has an orphanage for children whose parents ...

The Kings Local School Board of Education recently held a teambuilding retreat. Shown are board members (front row) Kerry McKiernan and Robert Hinman and (back row) Bonnie Baker-Hicks, Peggy Phillips and Kim Grant. CONTRIBUTED

Kings board members hold teambuilding retreat

The Kings Local School District Board of Education is taking time to set goals and improve communication.The five board members — Bonnie Baker-Hicks, Kim Grant, Robert Hinman, Kerry McKiernan and Peggy Phillips – recently met with Steve Horton, School Board Services Consultant from the Ohio School Boards Association, in a ...

Beech Acres Parenting Center supports families with a range of services, including foster care and adoption, mentoring, counseling and therapy and educational services for parents. Shown is the Lebanon location on Columbus Avenue. CONTRIBUTED

​Beech Acres helps parents across southwest Ohio

Beech Acres Parenting Center (BAPC) has been helping parents throughout southwest Ohio for nearly 170 years.The nonprofit organization strives to help create better outcomes for children.“Our rich history in helping children has taught us that the best way to help create sustainably better outcomes for kids is to focus our ...

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Trial begins today in Madison Twp. toddler’s death

Instead of celebrating the third birthday of Kinsley Kinner this week, the toddler’s family will be in a Butler County courtroom for the trial of her mother’s boyfriend, who is charged with murder, felony endangering children and involuntary manslaughter in Kinsley’s death last December.In addition to a number medical witnesses, ...

Fatal crash reported on Ohio 48 in Hamilton Twp.

Woman ID’d in fatal crash involving motorcycle, horse trailer

UPDATE @ 3:15 a.m. Police have identified the woman killed in a Hamilton Twp. crash Sunday afternoon. Police told our news partner WCPO-TV a Chevrolet Silverado towing a horse trailer, driven by 43-year-old Dawn York of Mason, was traveling southbound on Ohio 48. A vehicle driven by 83-year-old Stella Blackburn ...

Charles Osgood (Courtesy of CBS News)

Jane Pauley to succeed Charles Osgood as ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ host

Charles Osgood, beloved anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning” for 22 years, hosted his last show today Sept. 25, and CBS has announced that Jane Pauley will take over as anchor of the nation’s No. 1 Sunday morning news program.Osgood, 83, is retiring after working nearly 50 years at CBS News. ...

School cafeteria inspections reveal flaws, historic trend

They are some of busiest restaurants in our communities and your children eat there almost daily.Local school cafeterias feed millions of students during the school year, and just like other restaurants in Butler County, they are inspected by county or city health departments, with more of these offering public access ...

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar

Miami Valley sees shortfall in rainfall

The Miami Valley has been in a bit of a dry spell.It’s been more than a week since we’ve seen rain at the Dayton International Airport. This has put much of the Miami Valley into a rainfall deficit. We are 2.55 inches below where we should be for this time ...

Kim and Jason Allison of Springfield ride their bikes along the Little Miami Scenic Trail in this 2014 file photo. The trail is closed in Milford near the Shawnee Run overpass due to a sinkhole. (Bill Lackey/Staff)

Section of Little Miami Scenic Trail back open

UPDATE @ 6:40 p.m. (Sept. 23)The portion of the Little Miami Bike Trail closed for a culvert collapse is now passable, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported today.A temporary detour has been created to allow bikers to pass this section of the trail while work is done to repair ...

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53 people indicted in Butler, Warren counties

Grand juries, which meet in secret, review criminal charges brought by police and prosecutors and investigate possible criminal behavior. The proceedings are usually one-sided, the accused is not present and witnesses are not cross-examined.A grand jury may issue an indictment if it finds probable cause that a crime was committed ...

Springboro and Centerville fans dressed in orange for the high school football game Thursday night, Sept. 22, 2016, in Springboro to show support for a Springboro senior diagnosed with leukemia. (Caroline Reinwald/Staff)

Rival teams embrace orange to rally around Springboro senior

Rival high school teams and fans were awash in orange Thursday night as they joined together in support of a student athlete battling cancer. The “orange-out” at Springboro High School’s football stadium in honor of senior Matt Reese is to mark the growing “#MacStrong” movement in honor of the Springboro ...

O’Charley’s in Middletown, shown after a 2014 renovation (Staff File Photo)

Smoldering mulch led O’Charley’s in Middletown to evacuate

UPDATE @ 8:10 p.m.Smoldering mulch led smoke to permeate O’Charley’s, which led the restaurant to evacuate while Middletown firefighters checked the building.Capt. David Hoerst of the Middletown Division of Fire said there was no fire inside the restaurant, 3446 Village Drive. Mulch outside the building was smoldering, which Hoerst said ...

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