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MIDDLETOWN CONSIDERS AMUSEMENT PARK DEVELOPMENT

Middletown city leaders unveiled plans for a $1.3 Billion indoor amusement park and entertainment complex called Hollywoodland during Tuesday's city council meeting. The park would be located along the Great Miami River between Central Avenue and 6th Avenue. The city would invest $7.5 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding into the project under an agreement with Main Street Community Capital, LLC. Along with the amusement park, the development would also feature three hotels, a convention center, a water park, apartments or condos, sound stages, restaurants, bars, and a concert venue. The city estimates the development will bring 3.5 million visitors to Middletown annually.

FAIRFIELD APPROVES KOCH DEAL

Fairfield City Council has approved a tax incentive and utility improvement agreement with Koch Foods which will result in a $140 million expansion of their facility on Port Union Road. The company is planning to build a second manufacturing plant on over 18 acres behind the current facility. Koch is already Fairfield's largest industrial employer, with 1,190 full time workers currently at the site. The expansion will initially add another 400 jobs, with 200 more possibly in the future.

The city will give the company a 10-year, 75% property tax incentive on the expansion. The agreement also calls for the company to compensate the Fairfield City School District 30% and Butler Tech .5% of the tax abatement each year of the abatement.

HAMILTON CONSIDERS DORA EXPANSION

Hamilton City Council will get their first look at a proposal to expand the DORA program in the city, including longer hours and expanded boundries. In a report issued to council, City Manager Joshua Smith and Jacob Stone with the Department of Neighborhoods says the expanded boundries include Heaton Street from MLK Boulevard to North 8th Street, Maple Avenue from MLK to 7th Street, and Park Avenue from North B Street to Eaton Avenue. The program would also operate extended hours, beginning at 9:00am and lasting through midnight. Currently, DORA hours are from12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight. An October 27th public hearing is planned on the proposal.

 

IN MEMORIUM: COVID CLAIMS DEPUTY/HALL OF FAME ATHLETE

COVID has claimed the life of a hall of fame athlete, lawman, fisherman, and family man. Craig Mills passed away early Sunday at Mercy Hospital Fairfield. He was 57. Mills is a member of the Hamilton High School and Butler County Softball Halls of Fame. He was drafted in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Detroit Tigers in 1982. He spent several years in the Tiger's organization, returning to Hamilton after injuries cut short his baseball career. Mills was a Butler County Sheriff's deputy from 2000-2019, becoming a part-time deputy after his 2019 retirement. He also worked for late county prosecutor John Holcomb. Mills played on six city softball championship teams in Hamilton, and also played for the nationally acclaimed Jay's team. Mills also became a pro fisherman, winning two Major League Fishing tournaments, and placing in the top ten 15 times. He was also a beloved coach at West Side Little League. Funeral arrangements are pending.

BIG CHANGES FOR BUTLER COUNTY ON GOP LEGISLATIVE MAP

Republicans in the Ohio Senate have released a proposed re-districting map that would 

mean major changes to Butler County's legislative districts. According to the map, the  4th Senate District would continue to serve Butler County, with the exception of Milford and Wayne Townships, Trenton, and Seven Mile, which would be represented by the 5th Senatorial District. The 5th district also encompasses Preble and Miami counties, along with parts of Montgomery and Darke Counties. On the house side, the 44th house district will represent Hamilton and Oxford, as well as Reily, Hanover, and Fairfield Townships. The 45th house district would cover Ross, Morgan, and West Chester Townships as well as the city of Fairfield. The 46th District would represent St. Clair, Madison, and Liberty Townships, along with the cities of Middletown and Monroe. Trenton, Seven Mile, Milford and Wayne Townships would be included in the 39th house district, which also includes Preble County and parts of Montgomery County.  

 

COUNCIL APPROVES BENNINGHOFEN MILL DEAL

Hamilton City Council took an historic vote for the Lindenwald area last night, approving a deal with developers Bloomfield/Schoen, who are planning to turn the old Benninghoffen Mill on Pleasant Avenue into a 20 million dollar mixed use development featuring apartments and retail venues much like the Marcum downtown. Under the plan, the city will buy the old factory for $650,000, making it eligible for historic tax credits. The city will then turn the property over to the developers, along with a $695,000 dollar grant and a 15 year tax abatement. Bloomfield/Schon has developed several projects in the area, most noteably the Peters Cartridge Plant Site in Warren County.

 

SPOOKY NOOK BEGINS BOOKING TOURNAMENTS

The owner of the Spooky Nook development at the old Champion mill updated Hamilton City Council about the project Wednesday night. Sam Beiler says they are now booked solid with sports tournaments from April through August of next year, and they may book earlier dates, depending on the progress of construction. Beiler says the tournaments should draw 8,000-10,000 visitors a day to the city. Beiler says the collapse of the frame for building 500 during a severe windstorm in March affected the project, but now they've finally been able to start moving the steel that had been on the ground hampering construction. Beiler says they've also contracted with an orthapedic practice, Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio, to set up a 22,000 square foot office in Mill One of the sprawling development.

 

LITTLE LEAGUERS RETURN HOME

HAMILTON--Hamilton's West Side Little League All-Stars, runners-up of the Little League World Series, arrived in Hamilton Monday, and were greeted by friends, family, and fans alike. The team and their families gathered at Garfield Middle School for photos and interviews with local media before climbing in their cars and heading over to the West Side Little League complex on Eaton Avenue under a police escort provided by Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones. Fans cheered when the boys arrived at the ballfields, hopped out of their cars, and started signing autographs for younger kids. The City of Hamilton is planning an official welcome home celebration Thursday, beginning with a parade from West Side Little League to Marcum Park, where a short program will be held. The parade gets underway at 7:00pm.

WEST SIDE FALLS IN TITLE GAME, BUT THEIR INCREDIBLE RUN WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.

WILLIAMSPORT, PA---Hamilton's West Side Little League All-Stars fell to Michigan 5-2 in the Little League World Series Championship game at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Hamilton had its chances, stranding ten runners on base, and failing to score after loading the bases three times. Hamilton's lone run came in the 2nd inning when Chase Moak hit a triple, and scored on Cooper Clay's RBI single. Gavin Saylor came off the bench to go 2-for-2 for Hamilton.

 

© Photos Courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball

WEST SIDERS TWO WINS AWAY FROM WORLD SERIES TITLE

WILLIAMSPORT, PA--Hamilton's West Side Little League All-Stars have advanced to the semi finals of the Little League World Series with a 4-2 win over California, the team that put Hamilton in the elimination bracket of the tournament. Chance Retherford's 5th inning triple drove in two runs, putting Hamilton into the lead for good. Noah Davidson drove in Retherford with a base hit to add the insurance run for Hamilton. Davidson also came through on the mound, throwing four innings and giving up one run on six hits and striking out six California batters. Retherford started the game for Hamilton, going two innings, giving up one run on one hit, while striking out four. Retherford also scored on a wild pitch in the 4th inning. Hamilton will meet South Dakota in the Tom Seaver Bracket finals at Lamade Stadium Saturday at 12:30pm on ABC. The winner of that game will play the Hank Aaron Bracket winners (Michigan or Hawaii) Sunday at 3:00pm for the Little League World Series Championship.

 

© Photos Courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball

 

Vogel Pitches Gem As West Siders Avoid Late Rally, Advance

WILLIAMSPORT, PA- JJ Vogel threw another brilliant game on the mound as the West Side Little League All-Stars advanced with a 4-3 win over New Hampshire at Volunteer Stadium Wednesday. Vogel went five innings, giving up one hit and striking out 11. JJ gave up a double and a walk before being removed in the 6th inning because he had hit the 85 pitch count limit. Kaleb Harden came in and saw his first pitch leave the yard as New Hampshire's Calen Lucier clobbered a three run homer to make it 4-3. Chance Retherford made a spectacular play in right field for the first out of the inning, and Harden struck out the next batter before Tyler Chauvette reached on a base hit to left field. With the potential tying run on second, and winning run at the plate, Harden struck out the next batter to give Hamilton another landmark win. Harden also had two hits and drove in a run for Hamilton. Chance Retherford also had two hits, including a double, and an RBI single in the top of the 3rd inning. Krew Brown also had two hits and an RBI. West Side will meet California again in an elimination bracket game Thursday 7:00pm at Howard J. Lamade Stadium on ESPN. California fell to South Dakota 1-0 Wednesday. The West Siders are hoping to avenge Sunday's 9-0 loss to the team from L.A. County. The winner of Thursday's game will go on to play South Dakota Saturday in the Tom Seaver Bracket finals. The winner of that game will meet the Hank Aaron Bracket winners for the World Series title Sunday on ABC.

© Photos Courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball

 

Audio: JJ Vogel says he felt good on the mound

 

Audio: Kaleb Harden talks about shutting the door on New Hampshire

 

Audio: Ken Coomer talks about Vogel's contributions to the team

 

 

 

 

West Siders Savor Landmark Win In Williamsport

Hamilton's West Side Little League All-Stars have gone where no other Hamilton team has gone before...winning two games at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The West Siders saw their bats come alive with eight runs on 8 hits to advance in the Tom Seaver Elimination bracket 8-2 over the Southwest Regional Champion Louisiana. Hamilton took a 3-2 lead into the 4th inning, when JJ Vogel blasted a three run home run to right center field, and Chase Moak doubled in a run. Chance Retherford hit an RBI double in the 2nd inning, and scored twice. Cooper Clay drove in a run in the first inning. West Side pitching was tremendous, with starter Noah Davidson going three innings, giving up two runs on two hits and six strikeouts. Kaleb Harden pitched three scoreless innings, giving up a lone hit, and striking out three batters. West Side will play the winner of the Oregon/New Hampshire game Wednesday 1:00pm at Volunteer Stadium on ESPN.

 

Audio: Coach Ken Coomer says the team had a
meeting early Monday morning

 

Audio: Coach Ken Coomer says they worked to
have better at-bats 

© Photos Courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball

Hamilton Falls To California At Williamsport

VOLUNTEER STADIUM--The West Side Little League All-Stars were rocked by a hard hitting California squad 9-0 Sunday morning at the Little League World Series in Williamsport. The team from Torrance, California was led by Grant Hays, who came off the bench to hit two towering homers, driving in five runs. Three California pitchers, Xavier Navarro, Isaac Mora, and Brandon Perez combined for a one hit shutout, with Kaleb Harden's first inning leadoff double being the only hit for Hamilton. West Side Coach Ken Coomer says they have been in this position before, losing games in the state and regional tournament, only to rebound through the elimination bracket. West Side will face Louisiana 5pm Monday at Volunteer Stadium. Coomer says Louisiana is a good team, just like all the teams participating in the World Series. 

(© Photos Courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball)

West Siders Win Pitcher's Duel

Noah Davidson's misplayed ground ball with the bases loaded in the Bottom of the 8th Inning scored Chase Moak, and the West Side Little League All-Stars walked off with a 1-0 victory over Tennessee in the opening round of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. West Side starter JJ Vogel threw 5 and 2/3rds innings, striking out six batters and giving up just one hit on his final pitch. Reliever Cooper Oden was also brilliant, giving up just one hit and striking out two batters in 2 1/3rd innings of relief.

Tennessee pitcher Nolan Brown also shined on the mound, going 7 full innings, giving up just one hit while striking out 4 batters. West Side will play Torrance, California Sunday at 9:00am at Volunteer Stadium.

(© Photos Courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball)

West Siders Begin World Series Run

Hamilton's West Side Little League begins play in the Little League World Series this afternoon against Nolensville, Tennessee. First pitch from Lamade Stadium is 3:00pm on ESPN. COVID has canceled opening ceremonies at Williamsport, PA. The Grand Slam Parade and Player's Picnic were also canceled. If West Side wins, they will play Sunday 9:00am at Volunteer Stadium against the winner of the New Hampshire/California game. If they lose, they will play Saturday 1:00pm at Volunteer Stadium against the losing team from New Hampshire/California.

(Photo Courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball)

West Siders Arrive In Williamsport

The West Side Little League All-Stars pulled into Williamsport, Pennsylvania Sunday, hours after rolling away on a bus from Whitestown, Indiana, where they finished as runner-up in the Great Lakes Regional tournament. Coach Kenny Coomer told WMOH that the kids have a busy day Monday, being measured for their uniforms, which will be red with a black trim. The kids will also receive new baseball bats from Easton, Incorporated. On Tuesday, they will have their pictures taken, and record team introductions and outtakes for the ESPN broadcasts. Coomer says each team had to have a COVID test upon arrival at the facility. The team's movements will be restricted, and access to recreational games and activities will be on a team-by-team basis. 
Hamilton will play Nolensville, Tennessee at Howard J. Lamade Stadium Thursday at 3:00pm. The game will be carried live on ESPN.

 

(Photo Courtesy: West Side Little League Facebook)

Next Stop: Williamsport!

Hamilton's West Side Little League All-Stars are going to the Little League World Series in Williamsport. They beat Illinois Friday 12-0 in a 5 inning run-rule game. JJ Vogel pitched a no-hitter and hit a two run home run to lead Hamilton, who will play Michigan in the Great Lakes Regional Final Saturday in Whitestown, Indiana. Two teams from each region will play in the World Series this year, because international teams are restricted from traveling due to  COVID restrictions. This is the 5th team from Hamilton to make it to the World Series. West Side teams alsomade it to Williamsport in 1991, 1993, 2007, and 2010.

Health Districts: Please Mask, Even If Vaxxed

The Butler County General Health District, along with the health departments in Hamilton and Middletown, are recommending residents utilize universal masking in all indoor public spaces. This includes those who have already been vaccinated.
In a joint release, the health districts say the number of new COVID-19 cases have doubled over a two week period, and the positivity rate has jumped drastically in the span of one week. Health officials believe the new Delta variant is responsible for the latest outbreak. 

 

 

Trenton Names New Top Cop

The City of Trenton has a new police chief. Patrick Carr was sworn-in during Thursday night's council meeting. Carr had been serving as Captain for the Ross Township Police Department. He is retired from Forest Park PD, and is a 29 year law enforcement veteran. (Photo: City of Trenton)

Couple's Deaths Ruled Homicide/Suicide

The Butler County Coroner's Office has ruled the deaths of a Hamilton couple this week a homicide/suicide. 90 year old Donna Hall died of a gunshot wound, and her death was ruled a homicide. 90 year old Gerald Hall died of a gunshot wound, and his death was ruled a suicide.
The incident happened at the couple's home on Hamel Drive.

West Chester Police Look For Accused Robber

West Chester Police are looking for 20 yr old Corey Bates. He is suspected in four separate robberies on July 30th. The robberies at Meijer on Tylersville and Walmart on Cincinnati-Dayton were purse snatchings. The other robberies took place at a Marathon and Speedway on OH-747.

Two Men Shot In Hamilton

Hamilton Police are investigating the shooting of two men Tuesday at 1030 Ross Avenue. Both victims were described as having critical injuries, according to paramedics at the scene. The men were taken to Kettering Health-Fort Hamilton Hospital, where their condition is unknown. Police were looking for suspects involved in the shooting, but no arrests were reported as of early Wednesday morning.

Three Dead In West Chester Fire

Three people are dead after an early morning trailer fire at the Princeton Crossing Mobile Home Park in West Chester. Fire Chief Rick Prinz tells WMOH News the fire broke out around 12:41am on the 9100 block of Erie Circle. A police officer smelled smoke in the area, and discovered the blaze. Firefighters pulled three victims from the burning trailer, and took two of the injured to UC Hospital West Chester and one to Mercy Hospital Fairfield. All three succumbed to their injuries, and were pronounced dead. A firefighter was also taken to UC-West Chester for treatment of apparent heat exhaustion. Prinz says the Ohio Fire Marshals office has been called to assist with the investigation into the cause of the fire.
(Photo By: Google Earth)

Commissioners Solve Dispatch Billing Quandry

Butler County Commissioners have come up with a solution for some townships and villages experiencing sticker shock after the Butler County Sheriff's Office started billing them for 911 dispatch services. The commissioners have approved a resolution allowing the use of CARES Act funding to foot the bill for Fairfield, Ross, and Oxford Townships, as well as the villages of New Miami and Seven Mile, and Butler County Metroparks. The total price tag is over $392,000.
Here are the amounts that were owed, according to the resolution:

Fairfield Township:   $219,637.92
Ross Township:  $75, 780.00

Oxford Township: $34,650.96

Village of New Miami:  $47,541.96

Village of Seven Mile: $ 5,763.96

Butler County Metroparks:  $6,999.00

Council Approves Moving Train Depot

Hamilton City Council on Wednesday voted to save the entire historic train depot downtown, which was built 164 years ago. Council decided 5-2 to move the two story structure 600 feet north to a city owned lot at 409 Maple Avenue. The move will cost the city an estimated $650,000. Council considered a proposal to move just one story of the building for $400,000, but decided to preserve the entire building at the urging of historians like Dan Finfrock.
 

Mayor Pat Moeller says it will cost more to move both stories of the building, but it's the right thing to do in preserving the city's history.

Future plans for the building could include a restaurant, museum, or office space.

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