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WMOH Updates Archives for 2020-10

Drop Box Wait Causes Traffic Nightmare

Voters are beginning to drop off their absentee ballots at the only drop box in Butler County--in front of the Board of Elections on Princeton Road--and it's causing traffic problems. Hamilton Councilwoman Susan Vaughn says a major traffic flow change has been made, effective last Wednesday afternoon. Northbound Hampshire Drive will be closed between Princeton Road and the Butler Regional Highway during early voting hours at the Board of Elections campus on Princeton Road. That means in order to get to the Board of Elections, you have to take By-Pass 4 to Princeton Road. Traffic was backing up on both directions of the Butler Regional Highway at Hampshire until the changes were made. 

 

Here are the hours for early voting, and the closure
of Northbound Hampshire Drive:

October 19 – October 25
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25

October 26 – November 1
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 (Saturday before Election Day)
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 1 (Sunday before Election Day)

Week of Election Day: November 2 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2 (Monday before Election Day)

Detour:

Eastbound SR 129: Take Exit 18 onto Bypass 4. Turn left on Bypass 4. Turn left on Princeton Rd. The Board of Elections is located at the end of Princeton Rd.

Westbound SR 129: Take Exit 18 onto Bypass 4, Turn right on Bypass 4. Turn left on Princeton Rd. The Board of Elections is located at the end of Princeton Rd. Exiting: When leaving the Board of Elections southbound Hampshire is open to SR 129.

 

City Battles Lindenwald Odor

The City of Hamilton is working to eliminate a foul odor that's been roiling the neighborhood between the 600 and 800 blocks of Corwin Avenue in Lindenwald. City Manager Joshua Smith says they met with neighbors last week to update them on the situation. Among the solutions being tried is A Manhole Odor Eliminator
(better known as a MOE) which is being installed in eight manholes.They're also using biological tablets, placing monitors in manholes to check the levels of Hydrogen Sulfide, and testing the wastewater coming from businesses at Hamilton Enterprise Park.


(Image Courtesy: TV Hamilton)

Ground Broken On Saica Plant

Hamilton City Leaders and officials with Saica Group held groundbreaking ceremonies at the site of the company's new facility at 2995 McBride Court in Hamilton Enterprise Park. The company is planning a 350,000 square foot facility where corrugated paper products will be made, marking a return of the paper industry to Hamilton. The $72 million facility is the first North American plant for the Spanish based company. Saica plans to employ 64 workers in Hamilton, including 27 skilled operators, 15 manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain professionals, 13 sales staff, and 9 office and management jobs. State and local tax credits helped secure the facility, which is expected to be completed by March of 2022.

(Image Courtesy: TV Hamilton)

Elections Trio Tests COVID-19 Positive

The Butler County Board of Elections says early voters have not been exposed to three workers who have tested positive for COVID-19. All staff members who came into contact with the trio have been notified. The area where the workers were located has been cleaned, according to guidelines from the Butler County Board of Health. The Board says they continue to require masks for all workers and have gloves and disinfectant materials available at the early voting site.

Two Hurt In Motorcycle Crash

Two people have been hospitalized after a motorcycle crash in Reily Township. The wreck was reported around 11:08am Tuesday on the 5700 block of Dunwoody Road near Gardner Road. The operator of the motorcycle was Air Cared to Univerwsity Hospital with a head injury, and a female passenger was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital with a leg injury.

 

Remembering Joe Morgan

Cincinnati Reds fans are remembering Big Red Machine member Joe Morgan, who passed away Sunday at the age of 77. The second baseman was traded to the Reds in a 7 player deal that sent Lee May to the Houston Astros in 1971. Joe went on to win two World Series with the Reds in 1975 and 1976. He was also the National League Most Valuable Player both seasons. After his retirement, Morgan started a career in broadcasting, calling TV games for the Reds. Morgan eventually landed on ESPN, where he spent two decades calling Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts with Jon Miller. Morgan served as a consultant to the Reds, and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. Morgan owned a Honda dealership in Monroe, which opened in 2011.

Middletown Shooting Victim Identified

Middletown police are investigating a deadly shooting early Sunday morning. Police were called to the 513 Lounge around 12:49am, and found a male victim with a gunshot wound to his chest, hip, and leg behind 601 N. Verity Blvd. The victim was pronounced dead shortly after medics arrived on the scene. The Butler County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 36 year old Brandon Frank Nathaniel Moneyham, Sr. Moneyham's death has been ruled a homicide.  Police say anyone with information on the shooting should call (513) 425-7733.

Hamilton Pain Doctor Sentenced

The former owner of a Hamilton pain clinic was sentenced to spend a decade in prison for illegally prescribing opioids and committing health care fraud. 55 year old Nilesh Jobalia of Cincinnati ran the Cincinnati Centers for Pain Relief office in Hamilton from March of 2013 through December of 2017. He pleaded guilty to charges that he wrote perscriptions for fentanyl, oxycodone, methadone, morphine, and other medicines, sometimes without a doctors visit. Jobalia helped patients file over two million dollars in false claims with the Bureau of Worker's Compensation. He also recieved over $100,000 for participating in phony speaking engagements about a fentanyl spray. Jobalia was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution to Medicaid, Medicare, and the Bureau of Worker's Comp.

Local Schools Get Million Mask Windfall

Representatives from government agencies in nine counties gathered at the Butler County Fairgrounds Tuesday morning, where Ohio Emergency Management Agency officials and the Department of Homeland Security helped distribute more than one million N-95 and cloth masks to be used at Southwest Ohio school districts. The Butler County Educational Services Center facilitated the distribution.

 

Smith: Next Decade To Bring Neighborhood Focus

HAMILTON-Despite a year of economic struggles due to Coronavirus, Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith was upbeat during his recent State of The City Address.
Smith pointed to the $145 million Spooky Nook mixed development under construction at the former Champion Paper site, 80 Acres Farm's new 70,000 square foot facility at Hamilton Enterprise Park, and the upcoming groundbreaking of Saica Group's first North American corrugated paper plant as a reason for optimism. Smith pointed out that the city jumped in to help local restaurants and small business impacted by Coronavirus, and nearly all of them have been able to survive. Smith has been with the city for a decade, and he says the next ten years will be spent on improving the city's 17 neighborhoods, including beautification and blight removal.

 

(Photo Courtesy: TV Hamilton)

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