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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.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From Your Friends at WMOH!

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: bpendergest@BadinHS.org.

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.

Headlines For Friday September 6

(Monroe)--The Butler County OVI Task Force says a checkpoint will be held in Monroe tonight. Crews will set up in the northbound lanes of Cincinnati-Dayton Road at Todhunter Road. The checkpoint will be held between 7:00pm and 10:00pm.


(Lebanon)--Prosecution testimony continues in the aggravated murder trial of 20 year old Brooke Skylar Richardson in Warren County. The  Carlisle woman is accused of killing her newborn baby, and burying the remains in her back yard. She claims the child was stillborn.


(Hamilton)--The investigation continues into an apparent explosion and house fire Thursday at 864 Ross Avenuein Hamilton . The blaze was reported at 4:15am. First responders reported smoke coming from the two story frame home, and a partial collapse of a rear addition to the building.


(Hamilton)--The Butler County Incident Management Team has arrived home after spending the past several days in Florida, helping the Emergency Operations Center there gear up for Hurricane Dorian.  They were scheduled to spend 16 days in Florida, but the storm took a different path.


(Lockland)--A Hamilton County man faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted of raping and taking pornographic photos of a 5 year old boy. 25 year old William Bustillos the Third was indicted on multiple counts of rape and pandering obscenity.


(Cincinnati)-A second victim has died as the result of a lightning strike at Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery last week.  55 year old Patricia Herlinger of Colerain Township died at University Hospital's ICU ward five days after she and two others were struck by lightning. 27 year old Danielle Brosius died of her injuries shortly after the incident during a thunderstorm on Friday.




Headlines for Tuesday August 27th

(Hamilton)--It's been a busy year so far for the Butler County BURN Task Force. The agency says they have executed 73 search warrants the first half of the year, resulting in 64 arrests and 53 felony indictments. The unit has seized over 4900 grams of meth, 5100 grams of cocaine, and 900 grams of fentanyl/heroin. They have also taken 24 guns off the street, and recovered over $231,000 in cash. 


(Wayne Twp)--Crews from several Butler County fire departments were on the scene of an early morning barn fire at 4050 Somerville-Jacksonburg Road. Tankers from several jurisdictions have been hauling water used to battle the flames. The blaze broke out around 2:00am, and first responders reported the barn was fully engulfed when they arrived on the scene.


(Dayton)-Police in Dayton continue to investigate the crash that killed 2 children and injured several other victims in front of the library in downtown Dayton. A suspect had stolen a Riverside police cruiser, and crashed into several vehicles in front of the library. Eleanor McBride and Penelope Jasko, both 6 years old,  died at the hospital, and nearly a dozen others were injured, including the suspect.


(Hamilton)--It was all a hoax. The Butler County Sheriff's Office says the good Samaritan who brought Dani the dog to a veterinarian is actually the canine's owner, who made up the story about finding the dog, because they couldn't afford treatment for injuries suffered when Dani became caught in a barbed wire fence.


(Ross Twp)--The Ross Local School District is waiting for the next state report card, but they already know one stat. The graduation rate for Ross High School is expected to be 99.5%, which is the highest in school history. Principal Brian Martin says even though they're obviously pleased, it's not 100%, so they still have some work to do.


(Lebanon)--Warren County officials broke ground on their new county jail this morning. The facility will have nearly 500 beds, and is expected to meet capacity needs for 15-20 years. The project is expected to cost $57 million.


Headlines for Wednesday August 14

(Sharonville)--A Sharonville police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting of a Hamilton man. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says Officer Sean Grogan was justified when he shot 53 year old Duane Harrison during a SWAT standoff at the Sonesta Suites on East Kemper Road. Police say Harrison was holding his daughter hostage, and fired a shot at officers when he left the room. Harrison is in stable condition and is facing an array of charges, including Attempted Murder on a Police Officer, and Felony Assault.

(Columbus)--Governor DeWine will lead his first business development mission overseas next month. DeWine will head up a delegation traveling to Japan. The nation is Ohio's top international investor, with over 72,000 employees at 852 Japanese owned businesses across the Buckeye State. Japan is also Ohio's 5th largest export market, with over $1.6 billion in products sent to the Land of the Rising Sun.

(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service says there is a chance for cold air funnel clouds to develop in the region this afternoon.  Those funnels rarely touch down, and cause very little damage if they do. There is a chance of afternoon thunderstorms in the area.

(Hamilton)--The family of 59 year old Ronald Boyd, a former Green Beret killed in a motorcycle crash last week, is asking local motorcyclists to ride in his funeral procession tomorrow. Services will be held 11am at the Webster Funeral Home in Fairfield. The procession will head to the Dayton National Cemetery.

(Fairfield)--A Fairfield woman is facing a negligent homicide charge after the shooting death of her husband. 57 year old Tika Katel died of his injuries two days after he was Air Cared from his home on Sigmon Way. His 43 year old wife Subha was arraigned in Fairfield Municipal Court yesterday. She is under house arrest until her next court appearance on August 21st at 1pm.

(Hamilton)--A Liberty Township firefighter has been given the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Saved By The Belt award. William Devore was wearing his seat belt when his fire truck was hit by a semi driver on I-75 during the early morning hours on July 9th.
Devore was hospitalized after the crash. The trucker was reportedly driving while fatigued.




(Mason)--The Western & Southern Open continues at the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason. In second round action Wednesday, Ashleigh Barty defeated Maria Sharapova
6-4, 6-1. Simona Halep won a three set battle against 
Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.


(Washington, DC)--New Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer was the scheduled starter as the Reds wrap up their 3 game series with the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the Nats. 
The Reds lost 3-1 Tuesday.

Headlines For Monday August 12th

(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service says Butler County is under an upgraded risk for severe thunderstorms overnight. Damaging winds are the primary risk. The storms are expecteds to move through between 1 and 3am.

(Trenton)--Three people are being treated for serious injuries after an early morning residential fire in Trenton. The blaze broke out around 3:30am on the 400 block of East State Street. First responders were met with heavy smoke and three victims who had climbed out of a front window. One juvenile had to be flown to Dayton Children's Hospital by Care Flight. Another child and an adult were taken to Atrium Medical Center. No cause has been listed yet. Trenton firefighters recieved mutual aid from Madison and St. Clair Township firefighters, as well as the City of Monroe.

(Middletown)--Middletown will be looking for a new police chief.  The city has announced that current chief Rodney Muterspaw will retire in January after a 30 year career in law enforcement. Muterspaw became chief in 2014, and agreed to serve 5 years. He was won numerous awards, especially in his efforts to bridge the gap between the black community and law enforcement. The city says they will test internally before announcing the new chief later this year.

(Hamilton)--It's the first day of school in the Hamilton City School District. Close to 10,000 students started classes, kicking off the 2019-2020 school year. Motorists should be careful, especially around school zones, bus stops, and crosswalks.

(Cincinnati)--Gas prices are trending downward to begin your work week. Gas Buddy says the price of regular unleaded is down 25 cents from last week. The average price is $2.51/gallon, with the lowest price at $2.18/gallon at the UDF in Trenton.



(Cincinnati)--The Reds will open the 2020 season vs. the Cardinals on Thursday, March 26th. They will play at Toronto March 30-April 1st. They will host the Rays, Orioles, and the Red Sox in inter-league series games.


(Cincinnati)--Cincinnati Reds rookie sensation Aristides Aquino has been named the National League Player of the Week. Aquino batted .500 (11-for-22) hitting six home runs, and driving in 11 RBI. Aquino hit 3 home runs Saturday night against the Cubs.

(Washington, DC)--The Reds will begin a three game series with the Washington Nationals tonight. Anthony DeSclafani will take the mound for the Reds against Erick Fedde. 

Headlines for Thursday August 8

(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service says Butler County is under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The greatest threat is damaging winds and large hail. Most of the activity is expected between Interstate 70 and the Ohio River.

(Hamilton)--The investigation continues into a fatal motorcycle crash in the city of Hamilton. The accident was reported around 12:24pm Wednesday on South Erie Boulevard between Hanover and the underpass. Police say the motorcycle was traveling southbound when it rear ended a southbound SUV, and veered into the path of a semi truck, also heading southbound. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

(Madison Township)--The animal cruelty case against a Madison Township man has been upgraded to a felony. 60 year old Charles Miller was led away in handcuffs from his home on Elk Creek Road Wednesday. He was booked on a 5th degree felony charge of cruelty to a companion animal. Miller is accused of attacking his neighbor's 8 month old German Shepherd with a baseball bat, resulting in fatal head injuries. Miller said the dog was on his property, but the dog's owner says Miller let Ruger out of his back yard.

(Hamilton)--The Hamilton Parks Conservancy says the splash pad at Crawford Woods is closed until further notice. Vandals apparently hit the park overnight.

(Hamilton)--Three local tax issues will be on the November ballot in Butler County. Liberty Township has a 3 mill renewable fire levy for five years, and Ross has a 2.75 mill renewable fire levy, also for five years.  The City of Trenton has a 3.9 mill additional levy for roads.


WMOH Headlines for Wednesday, August 7th

(Madison Township)--A Madison Township man is facing animal cruelty charges for beating his neighbor's dog with a baseball bat. The dog, an 8 month old german shepherd named Ruger, had to be euthanized because of serious head injuries. Charles Miller of 4497 Elk Creek Road told officers he was trying to protect himself from the dog, but the dog's owners say Ruger wouldn't hurt anyone, and believes Miller let the dog out of their yard before the beating. A crowd of angry protesters gathered on Elk Creek Road to support Ruger's family, and to protest Miller. Sheriff Richard Jones called the attack on the dog intolerable. The charge against Miller is currently a first degree misdemeanor.

(Whitewater Township)--A young man from Preble County is dead after a head-on crash late last night in Whitewater Township. 18 year old Austin Bruner of Eldorado, Ohio was heading northbound in his pickup truck when he went left of center and hit a semi truck driven by 43 year old Richard Reilmann of Sunman, Indiana. Bruner was pronounced dead at the scene, and Reilmann was taken to UC Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Bruner was not wearing his seat belt. Speed or impairment are not believed to be factors in the crash.

(Westfield, IN)--West Side Little League's run in the Great Lakes Regional tournament is over. They fell to River Forest, Illinois 6-3 in the elimination bracket. Hamilton scored three times in the bottom of the 4th inning, but Illinois answered with three runs in both the 5th and 6th innings to take the wins. Connor Cuozzo had two hits to lead the west siders.


Lang Enters Senate Race

HAMILTON--West Chester State Representative George Lang has thrown his hat in the ring for the 4th District Ohio Senate race next year. Lang will be joined in the GOP primary by West Chester Trustee Lee Wong and Middletown area State Representative Candice Keller. Lang says he will run on a pro-business platform. He says Ohio has lost congressional representation and electoral votes since 1970, due to passage of a state income tax, as well as numerous taxes and regulations imposed on businesses. Lang has already received endorsements from several Republican county office holders.

Kroger Breaks Ground On Monroe Facility

MONROE--A Cincinnati based grocer has broken ground on their new e-commerce center in Butler County. Kroger is teaming up with online grocer Ocado to build America's first fully automated customer fulfillment center, known as a shed. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Thursday at the 335,000 square foot site in Monroe. The $55 million warehouse will use digital technology and robotics to store and deliver groceries. The facility is expected to generate 400 new jobs. "Ohio is a premier destination for businesses to grow, and I welcome Kroger and Ocado's decision to choose  the Cincinnati region for this exciting project," said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. "This is a state-of-the-art facility that represents the intersection of Ohio's budding tech and food sectors and the next step in advancing Kroger customers' shopping experiences."

"The Kroger-Ocado partnership brings advanced technology to Monroealong with the Kroger grocery name that our residents recognize," said William Brock, Monroe City Manager. "This facility reinforces that Monroecan provide workforce solutions to meet the needs of an innovative company, and we appreciate the investment in our community."

OVI Checkpoint Tonight In Hamilton

HAMILTON--The Butler County OVI Task Force will be holding a checkpoint in Hamilton tonight (Friday). The operation will run from 10pm through 2am on Martin Luther King Boulevard near Walnut Street, next to Downtown Hamilton. Only the northbound lanes will be checked, although saturation patrols will be held in the area.

Hamilton Planning To Extend Bike Trail

HAMILTON--The City of Hamilton is planning an expansion of the Miami 2 Miami bike trail linking the Great Miami and Little Miami rivers. Under a plan in front of City Council tonight, the city would team up with Butler County MetroParks to construct an extension of the trail from By-Pass Four to the Gilmore Ponds area. The cost of the section of trail is expected to be $637,580, but the OKI Regional Council of Governments has provided $510,064 worth of grants, which dropped the local share to $127,516.

Council To Consider Hamilton Caster Grant

HAMILTON--Hamilton City Council will consider approving a $200,000 grant for Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Company during their meeting tonight. The company is planning a $7.3 million dollar expansion at their facility on the 1600 block of Dixie Highway. They plan to build an extension into the former Hamilton Inn property which was recently demolished. The company promises to have 89 full time workers on site within the next three years as part of the agreement. The grant is recoverable if the terms are not met.

Celebrating 75 years Since Nuxy's MLB Debut

HAMILTON--Today marks a big anniversary for the sports world.
75 years ago today, Hamilton's own Joe Nuxhall made his major league debut at the age of 15. He was signed out of Wilson Junior High School after major league rosters were depleted by players fighting in World War II. Nuxhall's record as the youngest major league player stands to this day. Nuxhall's hometown will celebrate Joe Nuxhall Day on Saturday at L.J. Smith Park in Hamilton's North End. The event runs from 10:00am-2:30pm, with the fields being dedicated in honor of the Ol' Left Hander. There will also be free food, displays, and pickup baseball games. Organizer Tom Spoonster says he is trying to raise the money to put up an historical marker at the park by 2020. Saturday is also Hamilton Night at Great American Ballpark, where the Reds are taking on the Texas Rangers. 

Butler County Jail Gets Special Delivery

HAMILTON--The Butler County Jail resembled a maternity ward this morning when a female inmate went into labor as deputies were getting ready to take her to a medical facility. 
Corrections Officer Benjamin Stultz and jail medic Brandy Browder worked together to deliver a baby girl. “This is the 3rd full delivery in the last 5 years at the Butler County Jail," said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones. "It’s sad that children are being born in a correctional environment. We have a problem in this Country where children are often being born from addicted Mothers. Today we are pleased Mother and daughter are safe and getting the care they need.”

Man Found Dead In River Identified

HAMILTON--The man found dead in the Great Miami River this morning has been identified. The Butler County Sheriff's Office says the victim is 35 year old Nathan Durbin of Fairfield. 
Durbin's body was spotted by a man walking to work on the Black Street Bridge. Detectives say nothing appears suspicious about the case, but an investigation is underway into how the death occurred.

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