Butler County News

Ohio Primary: Ohioans have until April 28th to Cast their Ballots in the March 17th Primary Election

Ohioans have until April 28th to Cast their Ballots in the March 17th Primary Election Butler County Connect Staff Report After Governor Dewine canceled the in-person voting scheduled for March 17th due to a public health threat, the Ohio Legislature crafted a new law that changes the deadline that Ohioans have to cast their ballots in the March 17th primary. The new deadline is April 28th.  Governor DeWine and Secretary of State LaRose originally wanted to extend the voting deadline until June 2nd, 2020, but the Ohio Legislature had other ideas. On March 25, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose ...
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The Middletown Community Foundation: The Foundation Exists to Help Donors make a Positive Impact on the Community.

Middletown Community Foundation establishes ‘Coronavirus Emergency Fund’ By Staff Report The Middletown Community Foundation has established a Coronavirus Emergency Fund (CEF) to provide grants to area nonprofits that help individuals and families adversely affected by the coronavirus. “The trustees have allocated an initial $50,000 in funding and will be asking community members to donate to the fund with the goal of reaching a minimum of $100,000,” said Traci Barnett, executive director, of the Middletown Community Foundation.  Middletown Community Foundation serves the communities of Middletown, Franklin, Monroe, Trenton, Madison Twp. and Lemon Twp. “I’ve never had to raise money in these ...
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Fairfield City School District Employee Tested Positive for COVID-19. Other Staff and Students may have been Exposed.

Fairfield City School District Employee Tested Positive for COVID-19. Butler County Connect Staff Report The Fairfield City School District posted a COVID-19 update to their website. "A West Elementary School staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. There may have been students and staff members who could have had a possible exposure." The District posted the following:  "To protect those students and staff members, we are asking that you monitor for the following symptoms through March 27: Fever of above 100.4 Cough Difficulty breathing In addition to the above, sore throat, headache and diarrhea should also be monitored. These additional ...
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COVID-19 Virus and the Current State of Butler County, Ohio. Updates and Information from Butler County Sheriff Jones and Health Commissioner Jennifer Bailer

Butler County and Corona Virus/COVID-19 March 19, 2020, Staff Report Butler County Connect Sheriff Richard K Jones and Butler County Health Commissioner Jennifer Bailer held a press conference on March 19, 2020, to provide an update concerning the COVID-19 virus and the current state of Butler County, Ohio. Press Conference high points: - Eight people in Butler County have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All are quarantined at home. - Keep six feet apart - A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the reading that indicates a fever. Any person having such a fever should go home. All businesses ...
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Stephen T. Badin High School to Host Service Fair. Over 30 Nonprofits have Registered to Participate in this Year’s Service Fair.

Stephen T. Badin High School to Host Service Fair By Staff Report Badin High School in Hamilton is hosting a Service Fair on Thursday, March 19 to allow students to be introduced and learn more about many of the nonprofits in Butler County. The Service Fair is part of a new program that was introduced last year, that continues to require students to have service hours in order to graduate. The Service Fair will be held in the Pfirman Family Activity Center at the high school and it will run throughout the course of the school day. It will start ...
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Due to the collaborative efforts of Hamilton’s 17 Strong, RENEW, and the local Schools, North End has been on a Path of Revitalization in Recent Years.

North End’s Development Plan Marks Continued Path to Neighborhood’s Revitalization By: Jeff Gambrell HAMILTON - At its inception, the North End neighborhood was the center of industry offering a plethora of job opportunities to its residents, many of whom were brought in via the railway from Appalachia. However, like most things, this age of industry did not last forever and many of these jobs were either relocated or became obsolete as technology evolved. This left behind a population of individuals who lacked the skills and resources to find compatible jobs elsewhere leading to a steady decline in the neighborhood and ...
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Booker T. Washington Center is celebrating Black History Month with a free Luncheon and Art Exhibit.

Booker T. Washington Center Celebrates Black History On Saturday, February 29th, The Booker T. Washington Center will celebrate Black History Month by hosting a free luncheon and art exhibit. The event is free and open to the community. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy an art exhibition and lunch. The menu includes traditional food such as pinto beans and cornbread. This free event is scheduled from 11 am- 2 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet staff and Board members of the Booker T Washington Center. The Center is located at 1140 S Front St, Hamilton, OH. About ...
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An open letter from Hamilton Ohio Mayor Pat Moeller regarding Issue #1, the temporary street levy that will be on the March 2020 ballot

A message from Mayor Pat Moeller regarding Issue #1, the temporary street levy that will be on the March 2020 ballot: For a number of years, members of City Council and I have spoken to many of our residents regarding their concerns about the state of our streets. These concerns have led to Issue #1, a temporary 10-year street levy, being placed on the ballot next month. During several Plan Hamilton meetings held in 2017-2018 and in City Council’s discussions with residents at Council meetings, deteriorating streets were mentioned as a primary and critical concern. However, with limited funds and ...
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Fairfield Community Foundation: Impacting the Quality of Life in Greater Fairfield

Fairfield Community Foundation: Impacting the Quality of Life in Greater Fairfield By Staff Report The Fairfield Community Foundation continues to impact the quality of life in Greater Fairfield through the grants it awards to nonprofits and the scholarships it provides to students on an on-going basis. The Fairfield Community Foundation was incorporated in 1999 as a not-for-profit by a group of dedicated Fairfield and Fairfield Township businessmen. Since then, the foundation has grown to hold nearly $4 million in assets. In 2019, the foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary. “One of the things that we really focus on is the needs ...
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Fairfield Responds to Residents ‘Connectivity’ Request

Fairfield Connects: City looks at more sidewalks, trails, and paths By Staff Report Connectivity has been a key concern for those that live, work or visit the City of Fairfield. Residents have overwhelmingly expressed the need for more sidewalks as well as walking and biking trails in response to recent comprehensive plan update. The comprehensive plan, Fairfield Forward, was adopted in December 2019. The comprehensive plan looks at things like zoning, goals, policies and land use as well as the city’s vision in the future. As part of that process, the city received a lot of input about connectivity, sidewalks, ...
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