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WMOH Updates Archives for 2022-01

Bengals Punch Super Bowl Ticket With Comeback Win Over Chiefs

(Kansas City)--Evan McPherson kicked a 31 yard field goal in overtime to lift the Bengals to a 27-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, capturing the AFC Championship and a trip to Super Bowl LVI. Kansas City had a 21-10 lead at halftime, but the Bengals engineered an epic comeback in the second half. Joe Burrow passed for 250 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The Bengals defense shut down Kansas City's offense in the second half, taking a 24-21 lead until the Chief's Harrison Butker hit a game-tying 44 yard field goal as time expired in regulation. Chief's quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 275 yards, 3 touchdowns, and two interceptions. The Bengals will play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XVI (56) at the Ram's home venue SoFi Stadium on February 13th. LA beat the 49'ers 20-17 in the NFC title game. The Bengals last appearance in the Super Bowl was on January 22, 1989, when the San Francisco 49'ers beat Cincinnati 20-16.

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.

 

Audio:

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)

 

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