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Teachers, board reach an agreement

Mason teachers and school board members have found something to agree upon: a new contract.“We appreciate all of our staff’s hard work in continuing to deliver outstanding academic results. We benchmarked our compensation with other high-performing school districts and recognized that we’re at a point where employees deserve a raise ...

3-vehicle crash injures two

Emergency crews responded late this afternoon to the border of Butler and Warren counties for a 3-vehicle crash that injured two people.The crash occurred at 5:51 p.m. at the busy intersection of Butler-Warren and Tylersville roads. One of the three vehicles was overturned with the driver trapped inside.Units from the ...

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Jury visits Franklin home where teen was killed

Jurors who will decide the fate of a Franklin man accused in the beating death of a 16-year-old Dayton boy visited the scene of the slaying Monday during the first day of the murder trial.The jury of seven men and five women was chosen shortly after noon in Warren County ...

Hearing for Pete Beck delayed

A hearing for Rep. Pete Beck, R-Mason, for Monday was continued minutes before it was scheduled to take place due to a trial already scheduled.The hearing was to discuss discovery and if an ending date for the fact-finding stage of the court case has been determined by the prosecution and ...

Burglary reported this morning at Franklin restaurant

The Warren County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary Monday morning at Mama Joe's Catfish Alley, 9636 N. Dixie Highway, in Franklin Twp.Deputies responded to the restaurant at approximately 5:20 a.m.Investigators remained at the scene hours later.An officer at the scene said the burglar broke in through a side door.It's ...

Severe weather threat over for region

The severe weather threat is now over, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said. The National Weather Service in Wilmington has canceled a tornado watch for all but Warren County. The NWS earlier issued severe thunderstorm warnings for several counties, but it either allowed them to expire or canceled ...

Flood threat overnight is much lower

The overnight flood threat is much lower after afternoon storms stabilized the atmosphere enough to drive the late-evening batch of storms farther south, Storm Center 7 Jamie Simpson said. "Still, we will likely see a few more showers and storms overnight, even after our current batch moves out. Some could ...

Saturday storms knock out power

Severe storms knocked out power to handfuls of customers across the region.At its peak, there were more than 350 outages reported, most centered in Miami County, according to the online outage map on the Dayton Power & Light Co. website. By 11:30 p.m., there were no DP&L outages in the ...

Food pantry fundraiser to feature local brews, band

For Dave Johnson of Mason volunteering for the Mason Food Pantry is a family affair.First his wife, Nicole, helped to distribute groceries five years ago. Then his daughter Harper, 14, took photos for the nonprofit’s marketing. Now, he’s performing for the pantry’s fundraiser.From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, the ...

Shown with their cruisers are (from left) Sgt. Matt Landrum, Chief Heath Kilburn and Patrolman Craig Roberts of the Morrow Police Department. CONTRIBUTED

Morrow official talks Night Out Against Crime

The Morrow Police Department will join with other departments across the country to promote safe communities during the annual National Night Out Against Crime.The National Association of Town Watch began the outreach program 30 years ago as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood ...

Casual steakhouse chain plans early 2015 opening

A casual American eatery will land in Mason in early 2015.Firebirds Wood Fired Grill will open its third Ohio location in the Deerfield Towne Center off Mason-Montgomery Road. Firebirds is known for hand-cut, spiced steaks cooked over local wood but also serves salads, pastas and seafood.“It’s known as one of ...

Kroger employees to vote on new labor contract

About 16,000 Kroger employees in the company’s Cincinnati/Dayton division will vote July 29 whether to accept a new four-year labor agreement affecting their wages, health plans and other benefits. After almost a year of negotiating, Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75 reached a tentative ...

Driver in double-fatality crash could face charges

A Highland County woman could face vehicular homicide charges in connection with the double-fatality crash Tuesday in Warren County, according to authorities. Evidence indicates Jacqueline Montgomery, 45, of Leesburg, Ohio, caused the crash that resulted in the death of Robert and Margaret Large, both 66, from Mount Vernon, Ind., according ...

Butler County home prices rise 9 percent in June

Greater Cincinnati’s housing market recorded its best June since 2006 for the number of homes sold — 2,450. The number of closings for sales of single family homes and condominiums also rose 5 percent from a year ago in primarily Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties.Average sold prices were relatively ...

Miami Valley Gaming to host Celtic festival party

Celtic music and dancers will fill the Center Bar at Miami Valley Gaming on Wednesday as the gaming and entertainment complex hosts the kick-off party for the United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival. The Celtic band Sons of Blarney will play and dancers from the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance ...

Dense fog this morning

A Dense Fog Advisory has been issued for all of the Miami Valley, Southwest Ohio and Eastern Indiana until 9 a.m. Poor visibility may result in hazardous driving conditions and drivers should use caution. Showers could fall late Sunday afternoon before temperatures and humidity heat up next week, according to ...

Monthly City Walks to boost foot traffic

In a culture where people value speed and convenience, taking the time to stop and take a close look at what’s in our neighborhood often falls by the wayside. Every day, countless people drive through downtown Mason to get to their destination and local businesses fly by car windows unnoticed. ...

The Rotary Club of Mason-Deerfield purchased 180 pairs of shoes to donate to Shoes for Orphaned Souls, a nonprofit organization providing new shoes and socks to orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world. CONTRIBUTED

Kevin Werst, Rotary Club of Mason-Deerfield

The Rotary Club of Mason-Deerfield is dedicated to building relationships while making a difference in local communities and across the globe.Efforts include eradicating polio, training more skilled peacemakers and providing lasting solutions for communities fighting disease, hunger, illiteracy and poverty.We talked with Kevin Werst, the Rotary Club of Mason-Deerfield’s membership ...

Construction is now underway in Monroe on a total 232,000-square-foot auto parts plant for UGN Inc. Additionally, UGN has room on the property to expand another 150,000-square-feet in the future, according to IDI Gazeley.

Auto supplier expands plans for new factory in Monroe

An automotive supplier opening in Monroe has expanded its plans and will build a bigger factory that will bring more jobs than originally announced.Illinois-based UGN Inc. has upped its plans to build an approximately $50 million, 206,400-square-foot manufacturing plant in a Monroe business park near the intersection of Interstate 75 ...

Co-defendant files civil suit against Beck

Embattled state lawmaker Pete Beck has a co-defendant filing a civil lawsuit against him in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.The Mason Republican is facing 54 criminal charges in a securities fraud scandal where a group of investors claim the certified public accountant used his financial acumen to lure them into ...

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