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Coronavirus: 2 Dead, 68 Confirmed Cases In Butler County

(Hamilton)--The Ohio Department of Health is reporting 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Butler County, with the death count at two deceased patients. Butler County Health Commissioner Jennifer Bailer told a news conference on Friday that the county's second death was a 77 year old man, who passed away with his family by his side in a local hospital. The family was wearing personal protective equipment, and are now under a two week quarantine. The man, who lived in Oxford, had underlying health issues, but it's unknown how he contracted the disease. Statewide, the Department of Health reported that there are 4,043 cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 1,104 hospitalizations, and 119 deaths. 

WMOH 1450 The Ticket Presents: High School Game Night Classics

While the high school sports season is on hold, WMOH 1450 The Ticket presents "High School Game NIght Classic," a replay of big games from the past.


Wednesday, April 8th at 5:00pm, we will bring you the 2019 Division Two Regional Baseball Semi-Final between the Ross Rams and the Franklin Wildcats


Stay tuned for more encore presentations of high school sports with High School Game Night Classic, on WMOH 1450 The Ticket, and on WMOH.COM.

Coronavirus: DeWine Orders Ohioans To Stay Home

(Columbus)--Governor DeWine and State Health Director Dr. Amy Acton have signed a "Stay at Home" order in which Ohioans are being told to shelter in place, and forego non-essential travel, starting Monday at 11:59pm. Under the plan, you will be allowed to go outside, as long as you comply with social distance guidelines. You will be allowed to pick up food and groceries, as well as report to essential jobs and medical appointments. 

Stay at Home Order FAQ's


(Screen Capture Courtesy Ohio Channel)

Storms Leave Behind Flooding, Damage

(College Corner)--Water rescue teams from West Chester and Monroe were in College Corner helping with swift water rescues in Preble County after overnight severe storms. A Rumpke driver was trapped in high water in Hueston Woods State Park, and was rescued by Monroe firefighters. A mobile home park near Camden had to be evacuated because of flooding from a nearby creek. A car was trapped in rising water at State Route 732 and County Road 227.  The National Weather Service says overnight storms dumped anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain on the region. The Miami Conservancy District reported 3.7 inches of rain in West Alexandria.

Storms that rolled through the area shortly after Midnight caused damage in Hamilton County.
Several trees were reported down on Wales Drive in Symmes Township. A car dealership sign was also damaged. Winds partially blew over a semi on I-71 near the 19 mile marker.

Earlier in night, a Tornado Warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Boone County, Kentucky, and Hamilton County, covering Cleves, Dent, and Cheviot. The storm died down before it crossed the Ohio River, and no major damage was reported.

(Photo Courtesy of Monroe Firefighters Local 3824)


Local Governments Restrict Visitors

(Hamilton)--Local governments are trying to limit visits from the public during the Coronavirus scare. The cities of Hamilton and Fairfield have decided to close their municipal buildings to the public. Those doing business with the cities will need to use the telephone or go online on their websites. West Chester Township
is asking the public to call before visiting their offices. 

Hamilton City Website


Fairfield City Website


West Chester Township Website


Announcement From Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

 Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zion’s Church Council has chosen to follow the State, County and City Health Department Recommendations for group activities and high-risk populations.  Currently all activities at church will be suspended or moved off site to smaller groups.  Council will meet on March 29 to evaluate the situation further.  God’s peace be with you as we care for our neighbors by assisting the efforts to slow the virus and protect our high-risk members.

First Local Coronavirus Cases Confirmed

The first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Butler County and Southwest Ohio have been reported at UC Health's West Chester Hospital. Four patients have tested positive for Coronavirus, according to a release by UC Health. The statement says all four patients were treated and released, and no other details will be provided because of patient privacy.



Here is the statement....

CINCINNATI (March 13, 2020) — UC Health confirms that four patients have tested positive for COVID-19. The patients, initially seen at UC Health’s West Chester Hospital, have been treated and released. In order to protect patient privacy, no other details will be provided.

Our physicians, nurses, caregivers, and staff are continuing to take appropriate precautions to protect all patients and staff in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

UC Health is Greater Cincinnati’s leader in emergency preparedness and has been preparing for COVID-19 for several weeks. We have been working with the CDC, the Cincinnati Health Department, EMS, police and fire to closely monitor developments related to COVID-19 and will continue to do so. An internal task force meets daily to discuss patient care, supplies, logistics, emergency management procedures and other necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees, and our community.

If someone is experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have experienced some exposure risk factor such as travel or close contact with another sick person, we ask that that person call their physician’s office, or the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) before visiting an emergency room or a doctor’s office. This line is monitored 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. As always, if someone requires a true emergency response, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department and upon arrival immediately advise that you believe you are experiencing symptoms before entering a crowded waiting area.


Pair Indicted In Monroe Woman's Death

HAMILTON--Two men have been indicted by a Butler County grand jury in connection with the shooting death of a Monroe woman last week. 22 year old Jordan Lay of Mason is facing charges of murder, felony assault, and tampering with evidence, and 23 year old Nicholas Mattox of Trenton is accused of tampering with evidence in the death of 32 Amy Risner, who's body was found at a home on the 100 block of Anne Road in Monroe. The pair will be arraigned February 19th in front of Common Pleas Judge Gregory Howard.

Fairfield Company Closing

FAIRFIELD--A Fairfield delivery company who does work for Amazon is closing. Bear Down Logistics has filed a WARN notice with the State Department of Job and Family Services, saying there will be a total closure of the facility at 4520 Port Union Road on April 13th. The company employs 105 workers, all of whom will lose their jobs.

Pedestrian Accident Claims Retired And Beloved School Cook

FAIRFIELD--A woman who was hit by a car in Fairfield Monday has died of her injuries. The victim, 62 year old Mary Ann Rapien of Ross Township, passed away Tuesday at University Hospital in Cincinnati, according to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office. The accident happened at the intersection of Nilles Road and Bibury Road. "Mimi" Rapien was a longtime cook at St. Joseph Consolidated School in Hamilton, retiring in 2018 after 25 years of service. 

West Chester Police Looking For Theft, Pursuit Suspects

WEST CHESTER--Police have released photos of four suspects who allegedly stole a number of items from the Walmart on Cincinnati-Dayton Road on January 19th. The suspects got into a silver Buick, and later led police on a pursuit that had to be stopped because of safety concerns. If you have any information, you can call West Chester Police at (513) 777-2231, or Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3040.

Prosecutor Wants Hearing Delay For Accused Killers

HAMILTON--Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser is asking for a one day delay in the preliminary hearing for two murder suspects. 22 year old Jordan Lay of Mason and 23 year old Nicholas Mattox of Trenton are facing aggravated murder charges in the death of Amy Risner, who's body was found at a home on Anne Road in Monroe last week. Gmoser wants the hearing held Thursday 1pm at Area One Court in Oxford.

Pair Charged With Monroe Murder

Two men are due in Area Two Court this morning to face arraignment on Aggravated Murder charges. 22 year old Jordan James Lay of Mason, and 23 year old Nicholas Alan Mattox are accused of killing 32 year old Amy Louise Risner, who's body was found on the 100 block of Anne Road in Monroe around 4pm Tuesday evening. Risner's death has been ruled a homicide by the Butler County Coroner's office, even though her cause of death has not been released. According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, Lay confessed to killing Risner on Monday. Both men are being held without bond in the Butler County Jail.

Miami Students Being Tested For Coronavirus

OXFORD--A Miami University student is being tested, along with their travel companion, for the Coronavirus. The student reported to the Student Health Services with mild symptoms on Monday, and health officials say the pair, who recently traveled to China, met the criteria for further testing by the Centers for Disease Control. Both are being kept in isolation at their off- campus residence until the test results come back.

Here is the e-mail sent to the Miami community this morning:

Good morning, 

On Monday morning, one student at Miami University presented at Student Health Services with very mild symptoms, and with their recent travel, met the criteria and are being tested for possible infection with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Health providers quickly recognized that the presenting patient met the criteria for 2019-Coronavirus testing; results should be back from the CDC in the coming days. This student and his traveling companion are isolated in their off-campus residence while awaiting the test results. Miami and healthcare professionals continue to communicate and collaborate daily with the Butler County Health District and the Ohio Department of Health and are following their recommendations and protocols. We will share information with the community as it becomes available.

We are assisting and supporting these Miami students who are awaiting test results. We continue to work closely with local and state healthcare professionals and the Butler County Health District and Ohio Department of Health. If you are experiencing symptoms and have traveled to the impacted area, please first call Student Health Services at 513-529-3000 to receive guidance on next steps. Miami has set up a call center to address any general questions or concerns at 513-529-9000.

Meanwhile, we are still in flu season, and these precautions are recommended for both the flu and Coronavirus: 

·         Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
·         It is especially important to wash your hands:

·         Before, during, and after you prepare food.

·         Before you eat and after you use the bathroom.

·         After handling cash.

·         More frequently when someone in your house is sick.

·         Before/after smoking/vaping.

·         Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
·         Clean your doorknobs/light switches and areas commonly touched with disinfectant wipes frequently.
·         Avoid contact with sick people.


Miami Health Services and Student Life professionals acted quickly with appropriate protocol, and we will continue to follow the best practices currently known. We have proactive partners in local and state healthcare. We will post updated information on myMiami as it becomes available. Please check announcements there regularly.

Jayne Brownell
Vice President, Student Life

Terri Buzzell
Director, Student Health Services




Former Congressman Dies

Former Butler County Congressman Walter E. Powell has passed away at the age of 88. He was the last representative of Ohio's 24th Congressional District, and the first congressman of the 8th Congressional District. He served in DC from 1971-1975. He was the father of 12th District Appeals Court Judge Stephen Powell.
Visitation is Wednesday from 4pm-8pm at the Hodapp Funeral Home, 6410 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., Liberty Township. Funeral services will be held at 11am Thursday, tentatively at the funeral home.

Winter Snap Hits Butler County

(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service says Butler County received 4 inches of snow overnight, measured at the ODOT facility in Maustown. Road crews did a good job of plowing the major thoroughfares. Most of the main arteries were wet, while secondary roads were slushy and slick. Edgewood, Madison, and Talawanda schools were under two hour delays Monday morning.


(Wilmington)--We will see a return of wintry weather again tonight. The National Weather Service has issued another Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 11pm tonight through 10am Tuesday. Forecasters are predicting a mix of rain, freezing rain, and less than an inch of snow.


(Photo Courtesy: Butler County Sheriff's Webcam)

Remembering Tom Alf

Hamilton City Schools will be closed Monday in memory of school board member Tom Alf, who passed away this week at the age of 70. Alf was a long time teacher and administrator in the district, and just last week won re-election to the school board. Alf's career in education spanned over 40 years, and also included positions in the New Miami and Talawanda school districts. He was a teacher at Roosevelt Junior High, as well as George Washington and Garfield Junior Highs. Alf also served as assistant principal and principal at Garfield Middle School, and Hamilton High School.
Alf was a 1967 graduate of Garfield High School, and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Miami University. Alf made headlines this past summer when he walked from his Hamilton home to a Reds game at Great American Ballpark to mark his 70th birthday. Visitation will be held 2pm-6pm Sunday at Hamilton High School, and funeral services will take place at 10am Monday at Sacred Heart Church in Fairfield.

Butler County Readies For First Snow Of The Season

(Wilmington)--Butler County may see it's first measurable snowfall of the season. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for 1-to-3 inches of snow between the hours of 6:00pm this afternoon and 8:00am tomorrow. Temperatures will plunge into the teens, which will make for some slick spots during the morning rush hour. The Butler County Engineer's Office is ready after holding their annual snow and ice roadeo this past Thursday. A release from the Engineer's Office says they begin the season with 13,000 tons of salt, stored in two barns. Last year, the county used 4,696 tons of salt, which is significantly less than the average of 6,200 spread in a typical winter.

Badin Football, Soccer Eye Spooky Nook Stadium

HAMILTON--Badin High School confirmed Wednesday that they are in talks with the City of Hamilton and Spooky Nook to play future football and soccer games at the Spooky Nook Champion Mill complex now under construction. Principal Brian Pendergest made the announcement in a letter to parents concerning the Ram's 2020 fall sports schedules. Pendergest says the football team will play 3 home games at Fairfield Alumni Stadium next season, and all home soccer games will be played at Fairfield. The announcement was made after reports surfaced of scheduling conflicts involving Hamilton High's Virgil Schwarm Stadium. Both the Hamilton City School District and Badin issued news releases Tuesday evening.

Hamilton CSD Press Release

Hamilton City Schools has completed its fall of 2020 scheduling of Virgil M. Schwarm Stadium for activities that involve Hamilton City School students. 

The scheduling of student activities at Virgil M. Schwarm Stadium in a high school with well over 2,500 students and extra-curricular activities that include football, soccer, and a large, competitive marching band is a challenge.  

In addition, many of these activities are not flexible as the Greater Miami Conference has scheduled games several years in advance. 


Below is the Hamilton High School home football schedule for the 2020 season:

August 28: vs. West Clermont (Youth Night)

September 11: vs. Princeton (Heroes Night)

September 25: vs. Fairfield (Homecoming)

October 09: vs. Mason (Middle School Night)

October 23: Middletown (Senior Night)


These dates have been communicated to Hamilton Badin and the Hamilton City School district has given Badin exclusive rights to the following Friday nights for football:

September 04

September 18

October 02

October 16

October 30


Adding to the 5 nights listed above, Badin was given 12 additional dates the stadium was available. The 17 dates do not include times submitted to Badin where fields at the Freshman Campus would also be available.

Furthermore, Hamilton Badin has elected to play games in the past several years at alternative venues, including Monroe and Fairfield High School.  

Given the fact that less than 25% of all Badin students reside in Hamilton, it is logical that various venues are used by Badin so that students can participate in the community where they reside.

As a partner in education, Hamilton City Schools look forward to a strong working relationship with Hamilton Badin in the future.

Badin High School Release


Recently, there was an article written and posted on social media regarding the use of Hamilton High School’s Virgil Schwarm stadium. I would like to take the opportunity to update our parents, students, alumni and fans on a recently reported change to the location of our football and soccer games starting next school year.

Badin High School and the Hamilton City School District (HCSD) have enjoyed a very positive working relationship for many years. We work closely with the Central Office of the HCSD in various ways, including personnel, state and federal funds, busing, and stadium rentals. This relationship has been strong and we appreciate their willingness to work so closely with us.

In previous years when there have been issues that had a negative impact on our relationship with HSCD, we have been able to work through them. We have met with the HCSD board and superintendent to discuss any issues and find a solution.

For over 50 years we have rented various Hamilton City School stadiums for our football and our soccer teams. Before soccer became a high school sport, we played football at the old Garfield stadium. We had a working relationship with Hamilton High in order to accommodate both teams. This worked well for both schools. When soccer became a high school sport in the 1980’s, we again worked with the district to find a workable solution to the additional games. Hamilton High would schedule their home games and would send us available dates. Our Athletic Director would go through the process of contacting our opponents to move games around to fill in the available dates. This process continued when all games were moved over to Virgil Schwarm Stadium. Even though there were a few hiccups over the years, for the most part it has worked well for many years. In recent years, the usage of the stadium has become more difficult to maneuver. The number of conflicts has grown.

In the summer of 2014, we were informed by the Hamilton High School administration that our junior varsity soccer teams would need to play their games at the Hamilton Freshman school and the varsity would play at the stadium. This was an inconvenience but one we were willing to work with, since the same held true for the Hamilton High soccer program. This arrangement has been part of our rental agreement with HCSD for the last 5 years. We have worked with this and have had a system in place to make sure fans were not charged at both stadiums.

In mid-September, our AD received the list of available dates from the Hamilton High AD for the 2020 season. Our Athletic Director, Geoff Melzer, started scheduling soccer games based on those dates. On Thursday, September 26, Geoff received an email from the Hamilton AD stating the open dates Hamilton could host Badin soccer or football next year; all other dates were filled with Hamilton soccer, football or marching band practice. On Friday, September 27, the two spoke and he was informed that none of the dates Geoff Melzer had already sent would work. Geoff asked why these dates had changed, and the response was “the powers to be have told me that we have a new process for scheduling.” Obviously, this put us in a bad spot as Geoff had already started scheduling games.

After speaking with the Hamilton Principal and Athletic Director, it was very clear that Badin athletic teams would have very limited use of Virgil Schwarm Stadium for home games and we would be forced to look elsewhere for open fields. I expressed my disappointment with the Hamilton principal, but he told me he had the backing of the Central Office and Hamilton City School Board as well.

We will still work closely with their Central Office personnel and continue to have a positive working relationship with those with whom we work with. During my time here at Badin, we have enjoyed working with the district and look forward to continuing that relationship. We will work with Hamilton High School for Civics Day and for the limited number of sporting events we are able to hold there next year.

During the last few years, we have played a football game each season at Fairfield. They have been very easy to work with and have been open to Badin playing more games there. Geoff Melzer has been working with Fairfield to schedule our soccer games at their field. As of now, we are planning on playing all of our home soccer games at Fairfield, as well as three home football games.

It is unfortunate that we are in this position with Hamilton, but we look forward to working with Fairfield for the next few years as we play our games at their facilities. I would ask that the Badin community remain positive and refrain from posting negative comments on social media. Negativity will not help the situation. We are currently working with the city of Hamilton and the owners of Spooky Nook to move our soccer and football games to the new Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill when it opens.

If you have any questions, please contact me at school by phone: 513-863-3993 or by email:

God Bless and Go Rams,
Brian D. Pendergest


Davidson Votes Against Syrian Resolution

(Washington)--8th District Congressman Warren Davidson last week voted against a house resolution condemning the withdrawl of U.S. troops from the Syrian border with Turkey. Davidson agrees with President Trump's goal of sending the soldiers home. Davidson's office released the following statement:

"America cannot indefinitely be the guarantor of the stability in the Middle East. American actions have  ultimately empowered Iran, rather than check its relentless efforts to destabilize the region. At some point, we must restore America’s foreign policy to more limited objectives. President Trump bringing our troops home is an essential and important step in this process. It is an overdue rejection of the flawed consensus that caused much of this present situation. A directive to exit should not enable a disorderly evacuation, but should empower better alternatives.

"To be sure, America’s military makes even foolish missions look achievable. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines possess incredible skill, valor, creativity, resourcefulness, and individual compassion. I share the confidence American saber-rattlers have in the ability of America’s military to solve problems. However, more wars in more places do not make America more secure. The neoconservative consensus has left America less free, less safe, and burdened by unprecedented debt."

Davidson is a former Army Ranger, and is a graduate of West Point.

Train Collision Sends Crew To Hospital

(Hamilton)--A collision between two trains on the Norfolk Southern tracks near North Gilmore and Bobmeyer Roads early Tuesday resulted in a derailment. A southbound train rear ended the second train just after 1:30am, causing three cars to come off the tracks, including two tankers. Two crew members on the first train were taken to the hospital for treatment. Hazmat crews were sent to the scene because the cars were carrying pulpwood and two loads of Butane. Norfolk Southern Media Relations released the following statement to WMOH:

"At approximately 1:33 AM, Norfolk Southern Intermodal train 25A heading southbound in Hamilton, OH collided into the rear of another Norfolk Southern train, number 143, derailing the rear three cars of train 143. One crew member of 25A reported an injury. Both crew members of 25A have been taken by ambulance to a local hospital for examination."

"The rear three cars of 143 comprise one load of pulpwood and two loads of butane. No leaks and no fires have been reported. However, Norfolk Southern has called in a hazardous materials team to oversee the recovery process. Additionally, Norfolk Southern subcontractors are en route to address the derailed cars themselves."

Fairfield City Schools were on a two hour delay because of the incident.

Ross Students Injured in Crash

(Ross Township)--Ross Township police and the Butler County Sheriff's Office continue their investigation into a crash that hospitalized three Ross High School students late Friday afternoon. The wreck on Cincinnati-Brookville Road (OH-126) and Brown Farm Road involved a semi and a compact car in which the three female students were riding. Two of the girls, the driver and a passenger, were flown to Cincinnati, and the third was taken to Childrens Hospital Liberty. The truck driver was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital. Edgewood High School held a moment of silence for the victims after Friday's football game versus Ross.

Fairfield Native War Hero Remembered

(Fairfield)--A war hero is being remembered by his former classmates. 43 year old Staff Sgt. Christopher Federmann was a 1994 Fairfield High School graduate, and played football for the Indians, wearing number 44. He later enlisted in the Army, and ended up fighting with the Special Forces in Iraq. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for actions on the battlefield. Staff Sergeant Federmann will be laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. He died at his Illinois home on September 11th.

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