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Manufacturers Expanding Hamilton Facilities

(Hamilton)--Hamilton City Council has unveiled two tax incentive packages that will bring hundreds of jobs to the city. Economic Development Director Joey Gunderson says ThyssenKrupp Bilstein plans a $20 million expansion, adding 75 new jobs, and Vinylmax plans to add 150 new jobs with a $15 million expansion of their facility at Hamilton Enterprise Park.Both companies are being offered a 75% tax abatement over 10 years. The city is offering Vinylmax a deal on 16 acres of land next to their facility, and ThyssenKrupp will get a two year  break on their utilities. The package should get final approval during council's February 9th meeting. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has already approved a tax incentive package for the two companies.

Letter Carrier Hurt In Crash Near Oxford

(Oxford Township)--A letter carrier was taken to the hospital after a crash Wednesday morning in Oxford Township. 47 year old Jennifer Back  of Middletown was delivering mail in her truck on Southbound US-27 in front of 3891 Oxford Middletown Road, when she was hit from behind by a Mercedes SUV driven by 22 year old Nuoija Deng of Oxford. A crash report from Oxford Township police says the mail truck spun around and flipped, landing back on it's wheels, and facing northbound. Back was taken to McCollough-Hyde Hospital, where she was treated for neck and back injuries. Deng told officers his glasses fogged up before the crash, and he didn't see the truck. He was cited for assured clear distance.

 

Fairfield Hires City Manager

(Fairfield)--Fairfield City Council has voted to hire former finance director and assistant city manager Scott Timmer as the new city manager, effective February 7th. The vote came in the middle of the new council's first meeting Monday night, after an executive session was held. Timmer has been the assistant administrator for Butler County since last July. He was finance director for Fairfield between 2018 and 2021, and served as assistant city manager from January-July of last year. Timmer will succeed acting city manager Don Bennett, who will return to his job as fire chief.

 

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Councilwoman Leslie Besl announces the hiring of Timmer.




Besl says it's good to welcome Timmer back to the city.




Besl also had words of thanks for Fire Chief Don Bennett, who has been serving as acting city manager the past year. 

 

Illness Closes Hamilton City Schools

Students in the Hamilton City School District won't return to the classroom until Tuesday. The district is closed because staffing levels are described as critically low because of illness. There were also 452 student quarantines, according to the district's COVID dashboard. All athletic events and extra curricular activites at Hamilton City School District venues have been postponed. Officials with the Talawanda School District have closed Talawanda Middle School until Tuesday, due to illness.

Hamilton Marks 20 Years Since Bush Visit

Saturday is the 20th anniversary of President George W. Bush's visit to Hamilton High School to sign the No Child Left Behind Act. The ceremony on January 8, 2002 was attended by local congressman John Boehner, who served as chairman of the House Education Committee, and would later become House Speaker. The late Senator Ted Kennedy also attended the event held in the Big Blue gym, which is now the cafeteria area after renovations to the Eaton Street campus. Bush was a wartime president, riding a wave of popularity four months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Operation Enduring Freedom was entering its third month at the time of the signing ceremony for the bi-partisan education reform package. The visit is memorialized by a sculpture near the front entrance of the campus.

RTA Considering Route Cuts

The Butler County Regional Transit Authority is once again considering the possibility of suspending the R-2 Oxford to Middletown, and R-4 Hamilton to Tri-County routes because of staffing shortages. A virtual public hearing will be held next Tuesday, January 11. If the board approves the cuts, they will go into effect February 6th. Meanwhile, if you are looking for a job, the BCRTA is hiring bus drivers. An on-the-spot hiring event will be held Tuesday at the offices on 3045 Moser Court, from 11am-7pm. Please bring your driver's license and Social Security card.

Bengals Celebrate AFC North Title

(Cincinnati)--The Cincinnati Bengals clinched the AFC North title with a 34-31 win over the Chiefs. Evan McPherson hit a 20yd Field Goal as time expired to win it. Joe Burrow passed for 446 yards and 4 TD's. Ja'marr Chase 11 Receptions, 266 yards, and 3 TD's. (Photo: Zach Vaughn)

Ross Firefighter Laid To Rest

(Ross Township)--Funeral services were held for a Ross Township firefighter Monday. 23 year old Brandon Lee Sparks, who had recently celebrated 5 years with the fire department, died in a motorcycle crash in Reily Township last week. Speakers at the funeral described Sparks as someone who loved to make people laugh, pulling pranks on fellow firefighters and family members. After the services at Charles Young Funeral Home, there was a procession to Venice Cemetary for a burial with honors. Hamilton City, Morgan Township, Harrison, Colerain, and St. Clair Township firefighters covered the fire calls for the township during the visitation and funeral.

 

Photo Courtesy: Ross Township Fire Department on Facebook.

 

Finneytown Athlete Dies In Butler County Crash

(Liberty Township)--A Colerain Township teenager was killed in a motor vehicle crash on the Butler Regional Highway Thursday. 17 year old Alex Harris was the driver of a Chevy Cavalier heading westbound on Ohio 129 when he lost control, crossed the median, and hit two eastbound SUV's at the State Route 747 interchange. Harris was taken to UC-West Chester, then transfered to UC-Clifton, where he was pronounced dead. The drivers of the other vehicles were treated for minor injuries. Harris was a football and basketball player for Finneytown High School.

 

(Photo: Finneytown Local School District Facebook)

 

The entire staff at WMOH 1450 The Ticket would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year!

Region Braces For Overnight Storms

The National Weather Service says a strong cold front will slam into Southwest Ohio overnight, bringing a line of thunderstorms expected to cause damaging winds, and possibly tornadoes. The storms were expected to hit sometime after 1:00am, according to a briefing from the weather service office in Wilmington. The damaging wind impact is expected to be significant. Duke Energy spokesperson Sally Thelen tweeted that sustained winds after the storm blows through may hinder restoration efforts. Since the storms will take place at night, you should have a weather radio to alert you. The @WMOHNEWSWIRE Twitter account forwards real time weather warnings for Butler County when issued by the National Weather Service.

Badin License Bill Advances

Fans of Badin High School are a step closer to driving home their support for the Rams...literally. The Ohio House Transportation and Public Safety Committee has approved H.B. 394, which would create a license plate dedicated to Badin High School. Butler County State Representative Sara Carruthers (pictured) provided sponsor testimony in favor of the bill. If approved, supporters will pay a $30 annual fee for the plates, which would include Badin's logo. The money would go to the school's general fund. The bill now goes on to the full house for a vote. Carruthers says Hamilton, Fairfield, and Ross High Schools already have their own license plates.

Expansion Plans Approved For Two Hamilton Manufacturers

More jobs are coming to Hamilton after two major manufacturers get tax credits from the state. ThyssenKrupp Bilstein will create 75 new jobs and 6 million dollars in new payroll after getting an eight year tax credit for the expansion of their facility. Vinylmax will add 150 new jobs at their facility in Hamilton Enterprise Park. They get a seven year credit that will add $5.6 million in annual payroll. Lt. Governor Jon Husted (pictured) made the announcement Monday.

 

Jones: Those Who Prey On Elderly Will Regret It

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says the suspect in a purse snatching case wanted police to hurry and take him into custody. Jones says 58 year old Derek Vaughn was tackled by 27 year old Deshawn Pressley and other shoppers at the Engle's Corner Kroger Store after he took the purse of an 87 year old woman. Jones says sometimes suspects can get roughed up during citizen arrests.Vaughn was released after posting $55,000 bond in Middletown Municipal Court. He has been ordered to appear in court again for a preliminary hearing on December 13th.

(Photo: Butler County Sheriff's Office on Facebook Live)

 

Badin Falls Just Short of State Title

CANTON--Sean Carr's two yard touchdown run with just over a minute to go lifted the Chardon Hilltoppers to a 21-14 win over the Badin Rams in the Division-III State Championship game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. Badin senior running back  Jack Walsh scored with a two yard run in the 2nd Quarter and Carter Russo had a six yard run in the 3rd for the Rams, who finished the season at 14-1 and state runner-up. Walsh ran for 96 yards on 27 carries. Sophomore quarterback Alex Ritzie was 7-of-16 for 62 yards, and was sacked three times by Chardon's tough defense. The Hilltoppers have won two Division-III state titles in a row.

(Photo: Coin Flip Before Friday's Division-III State Final, Jeremy Lance)

 

Badin vs. Chardon D-III State Final Stats

Madison Township Man Dies In Apparent Fall

MADISON TOWNSHIP--A Madison Township man is dead after apparently falling out of a tree stand at his property Monday night. The Butler County Sheriff's Office says 63 year old Richard Munafo was located in a wooded area by his wife about a half mile from his Hetzler Road home. Madison Township firefighters immediately performed CPR on the victim, but it was too late. The Butler County Emergency Response Services team had to be called to the scene, where they provided ATV's and lighting used to extricate the victim from the woods. The Butler County Coroner's Office has yet to release a cause of death. There's no word on whether Munafo's death may be hunting related. Monday was the first day of deer gun hunting season in Ohio.

Badin Punches Ticket To Canton

LONDON, OH--Jack Walsh ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns as the Badin Rams defeated the Granville Blue Aces 14-0 to advance to the Division-III State Championship Game Friday in Canton. Badin's defense held Granville's rushing attack to only 2 yards, sacked the quarterback five times, and had two interceptions. Walsh scored both touchdowns in the 2nd Quarter, with a 3 yard run at the 7:31 mark, and a 22 yard run with just 34 seconds left in the first half. Badin's victory sets up a championship game with defending champion Chardon, who beat West Holmes 41-7. Chardon has been ranked at the top of Division-III all season long, while Badin has been ranked #2 for much of the season. Friday's game kicks off 3:00pm Friday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. 

OVI Checkpoint Coming To Fairfield Wednesday

The Butler County OVI Task Force has announced the location of a sobriety checkpoint that will kick off the Thanksgiving holiday for local law enforcement. Police will set up on the northbound lanes of Route 4 (4400 Dixie Highway) at Symmes Road in Fairfield between the hours of 11:00pm and 3:00am. The checkpoints, along with saturation patrols, are meant to cut down on the number of OVI related crashes that cause injuries and fatalities.

Holiday Travel Expected To be Heavy

More than 2.2 million Ohioans are planning to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday period, the highest single-year increase since 2005. That's according to the Ohio AAA, who says 53.4 million Americans are expected to travel during the five day holiday period, which begins Wednesday, and runs through Sunday. Spokesperson Kimberly Schwind says motorists should know their route ahead of time in order to avoid delays. She also says tracvelers should make sure their vehicles are "road trip ready" by checking thier tires, oil, batteries, windshield wipers and fluid. Schwind says her agency is expecting to help over 400,000 motorists who are predicted to break down on the highways. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 11 people died in traffic crashes during last year's Thanksgiving Day weekend. 
(Photo Credit: ODOT)

BLACK MOLD, BEDBUGS, AND ROACHES FUEL HIGH RISE HEALTH FEARS

At least 13 residents of Hamilton's Henry Long Towers have been treated at the ER for respiratory illness, apparently due to black mold that has innundated the building. That claim was made this week by resident Paul Trinka, who told Hamilton City Council about the issue during their regular meeting. Henry Long Tower is a seven story, 129 unit public housing high rise on North B Street, overlooking the Great Miami River and downtown Hamilton. Trinka says the mold is coming from the heating and air conditioning units, and is spreading to the walls and ceilings of the apartments. Trinka also says there is a roach and bedbug infestation inside the building. Trinka told council the building's supervisors have been masking the problem by painting over the mold, and moving residents in the apartments most affected by the mold.

NO VACCINE MANDATE FOR HAMILTON SCHOOLS

The Hamilton City School District announced Thursday that they will not impose a vaccine mandate for students or staff. Board of Education President Laurin Sprague says the board has no interest in mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for students or staff. He says the choice on whether to receive a vaccine is a parent, family, or individual decision. The announcement came as welcome news to parents who have clashed with the district over mask mandates. Jonetta Hughes-Deweese thanked the board, saying "God gave us our bodies, and it should be our choice what we put in them."

WILSON TEACHER DIES

Grief counselors were on hand Friday at Wilson Middle School, where students, teachers, and staff were mourning the loss of science teacher Jennifer Williams. Principal Kristin Yordy released a statement confirming William's death, calling it a tragic passing. The statement says Ms. Williams has worked in the Hamilton City Schools for seven years, all at Wilson. The letter goes on to say that Williams has positively impacted thousands of students, and she will be sorely missed.

SHERIFF: NO CHARGES IN AMUSEMENT PARK DROWNING

The Butler County Sheriff's Office says there will be no charges resulting from the drowning of a Middletown teen at a Madison Township water park. 14 year old Mykiara Jones went under water in the pond at the Land of Illusion Adventure Park on June 20th, and never came back up. She was not wearing a life jacket at the time. She was pulled from the water about a half hour after she went under. Jones was Care Flighted to Dayton Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She would have been a freshman at Middletown High School. The investigation is being described as thorough and in consultation with the Butler County Prosecutor's Office. Sheriff Richard Jones says the incident was tragic, and their continued thoughts are with the family.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FATAL BAR SHOOTING IN FAIRFIELD

A Hamilton man was killed and two other people were injured in a shooting at a Fairfield bar early Sunday. Police say a man identified as 20 year old Miguel Galliher of Hamilton (pictured) got into an argument with 44 year old Robert C. Strong, and opened fire inside of Lug Nutz Bar & Grill on Donald Drive. Strong was taken to University Hospital in Cincinnati, where he was pronounced dead. Also injured in the shooting was 21 year old Hailey Vierling and 30 year old Jerome Golston. Their injuries were not considered life threatening. Police say Galliher fled in a car and crashed after a short police pursuit. He was arraigned on a murder charge in Fairfield Municipal Court, and has been ordered held without bond until a preliminary hearing next week.

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