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Springboro OKs combined $9.7 million in street repairs, refinancing

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 1:54 PM

On Thursday, the Springboro City Council approved contracting with R.A. Miller Construction Co. for more than $1.1 million for repair and resurfacing of local streets, curbs and gutters, sidewalks and driveway aprons.

Streets included in this year's program include Artesian Court, Barley Court, Bentbrook Court, Cedar Hill Lane, Cold Springs Court, Huntley Court, Saddlebrook Court, Woodstream Drive, Parkridge Court, Twincreek Court, Creekview Court, Roundtree Court, Paw Paw Drive, Catalpa Drive, Red Bud Drive, Graham Drive, State Street and King Court.

Property owners are assessed for the curb work.

In addition, the council approved refinancing $8.6 million for road, building and other infrastructure projects.

The council also passed a resolution opposing centralized collection of business net-profit tax returns by the State of Ohio and other municipal income-tax provisions that are in the 2017-2018 State of Ohio budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich.

Additionally, council approved a $259,600 contract with Maguire Iron Inc. for exterior painting and repairs to the water tower on Lytle Five Points Road and a plan for a proposed coffee shop at 860 W. Central Ave.

The council meets at 320 W. Central Ave. Work sessions begin at 6 p.m., formal meetings at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 937-748-4343.

Suspicious package found at the White House

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

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UPDATE @ 11:50 a.m.

A man was taken into custody near Pennsylvania Avenue, his suspicious package is still being investigated according to the US Secret Service. The Secret Service cleared the White House just before noon and lifted all lockdowns. 

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The White House press briefing room has been placed on lockdown after the discovery of a suspicious package according to multiple eye witness and media reports. 

The North Lawn of the White House has been evacuated, and journalists are being held in a briefing room. 

We are working to learn more and will update you with the latest in this developing story. 

Centerville could get 44-unit housing complex

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 9:38 AM


            Yankee Trace in Centerville is both a housing community and an attractive golf course in Montgomery County. TREMAYNE HOGUE/STAFF
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Residential developments in Centerville continues to boom, and now another housing community being proposed in the city.

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Preliminary development plans for Savannah Place at Yankee Trace, a proposed housing development on Yankee Street, were submitted to Centerville. The plans are scheduled to be discussed Tuesday at a planning commission meeting.

The community would be south of another development—Common Place at Yankee Trace—and north of the housing community that surrounds the Yankee Trace golf course.

MORE: City approves more than $60M in residential developments

The proposed development would have 44 duplex units, distributed among 22 buildings over 14 acres south of the Commons at Yankee Trace.

Each building will include a one-story unit combined with a two-story unit. Each unit would include a three-car garage, plus two spaces in the driveway.

4 people say they are eyeing Wes Retherford’s Statehouse seat

Published: Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 8:09 PM


            Clockwise from top left: Joe Statzer; Don Carpenter; State Rep. Wes Retherford; Mike Snyder; and Chad Oberson.

At least four people have told the Journal-News they are interested in the Ohio House 51st District seat if State Rep. Wes Retherford steps down — either voluntarily or by statute if he’s convicted of a felony.

Retherford was found at 3:23 a.m. March 12 allegedly passed out drunk in the driver’s seat of idling pickup truck in a McDonald’s drive-thru.

Retherford is charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, a misdemeanor, and improperly handling a firearm, a felony.

MORE: Retherford has racked up tickets across the state

The Ohio House 51st District includes the cities of Hamilton and Fairfield, and all or parts of Ross, Fairfield and Sinclair townships.

The number of people interested in the seat grows when talking with various members of the Butler County GOP, but here’s who has confirmed their interest on the record:

Don Carpenter: The insurance agent told the Journal-News, “I’m interested in exploring the opportunity to run.” Carpenter has worked behind the scenes on many political campaigns within Butler County. He has also served on the Butler County GOP Central Committee and is an active member within the party.

Chad Oberson: The owner of Oberson’s Nursery and Landscaping is currently serving his first term on Fairfield City Council. He “is interested” in the Statehouse position, but also told the Journal-News he is considering a re-election run in Fairfield.

Mike Snyder: The Fairfield City Council member will wrap up a third-term in December. He served two terms and part of an unexpired term representing the city’s First Ward from 2001 until December 2011 when he was forced off council for two years due to term limits. He was elected to his at-large seat four years ago.

“It’s very early, but I’ve started to give it some serious consideration. I have an interest in it at this point,” Snyder told the Journal-News.

Snyder is up for re-election in Fairfield, but said at this time he does not plan to seek a second term.

Joe Statzer: The long-time political consultant and current instructor at Cincinnati State Middletown said he would be qualified for the seat. “My business, government and educational background, along with my connections to the district, would give me a unique perspective and strong resume to seek the role,” Statzer told the Journal-News.

Statzer has served as an adviser within Butler County, consulting on campaigns and helping political officials.

Senators, congressman to tour Wright-Patterson Friday

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 4:01 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 4:01 PM

Five U.S. senators will tour Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Friday for an inside look at the base’s military operations, officials say.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio and co-chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, will be joined by caucus co-chairman John Boozman, R-Arkansas.

Senate Armed Services Committee members Jack Reed, D-R.I., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii along with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio and U.S. Rep. Mike turner, R-Dayton, will be part of the congressional visit, according to the offices of Brown and Portman.

Brown invited the senators to highlight the base’s key role in research and development for national security, his office said.