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First of two early voting Saturdays is tomorrow

Weekend early voting starts Saturday.The boards of elections in Butler and Warren counties, as well as the other 86 counties in the state, will be open for early voting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.The Butler County Board of Elections is at 1802 Princeton Road in Hamilton and ...

Rep. Pete Beck, R-Mason

State Rep. Pete Beck may have new trial date

The criminal trial for state Rep. Pete Beck has been delayed once again.Beck, a 61-year-old Mason Republican, was indicted on 16 charges in July 2013 ranging from securities fraud and theft, and in February, 53 additional charges that included telecommunications fraud, perjury, public corruption, and additional charges of securities fraud ...

Union files charges claiming unfair labor practices in Lebanon lockout

Charges of unfair labor practices have been filed against Hayashi Telempu North America in Lebanon, which locked out union-represented employees in June after an extended labor contract expired. The auto parts supplier and United Auto Workers have so far failed to agree on a new labor agreement that determines wages, ...

Teen’s family, friends gather for funeral

Dozens of family and friends of 16-year-old Christian Benge are gathering today to honor the life of a girl they say will be remembered for her love of God and strong faith. Benge died suddenly Friday after visiting a Halloween attraction at the Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park. The ...

Victoria Gore, of Fairfield, fills out an application during a September job fair at the OhioMeansJobs center at the Fairfield Crossing Shopping Center.

Butler County unemployment at year-long low

Butler County’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in September, unchanged from August, after falling below a healthy 5 percent in April for the first time in six years, according to new preliminary statistics released Tuesday by the state government. County-wide unemployment fell from 6.7 percent a year ago to 4.5 ...

Hospital’s prayer vigil focuses on heroin epidemic

The Pastoral Care Department of Atrium Medical Center will host a “Community Call to Action and Prayer Vigil in response to the Heroin Epidemic,” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The purpose of the event is to acknowledge the devastating impact of this crisis, encourage communication and cooperation among those affected by ...

Towne Mall Galleria, Middletown.

Burlington delays Middletown opening, cites “unforeseen circumstances”

Burlington Coat Factory said Monday night it’s delaying the opening of its new Towne Mall Galleria store until spring of next year.Earlier this month, the retailer had set an opening date of Nov. 21 in renovated space at 3455 Towne Blvd. However, plans have changed “due to unforeseen circumstances,” a ...

Area home prices rise as for-sale inventory shrinks

Despite year-over-year declines in the number of homes sold in greater Cincinnati, the average price of homes that did sell rose more than 10 percent in September, according to new estimates released Tuesday by Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors.Last month, buyers closed deals to buy 1,961 single family homes and ...

Jean Benge holds a photo of her daughter Christian Faith Benge. Christian, 16, died Oct. 17, 2014. LOT TAN / STAFF

Funeral set for teen who died after visiting haunted house

UPDATE @ 12:15pm: Visitation for Christian Faith Benge will be held Tuesday, October 21, from 5-8 p.m. at the Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home on Millville Ave. in Hamilton. Funeral service will be held at the same location Wednesday, October 22 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Rose Hill ...

Funeral set for teen who died after visiting haunted house

UPDATE @ 12:15pm: Visitation for Christian Faith Benge will be held Tuesday, October 21, from 5-8 p.m. at the Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home on Millville Ave. in Hamilton. Funeral service will be held at the same location Wednesday, October 22 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Rose Hill ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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