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Past articles by Mike:

Hamilton firefighter jobs with higher pay now easier to get

For those looking for good-paying careers, the Hamilton fire department has some opportunities that recently became more attainable, which could remove a barrier for minorities, low-income people and people just out of high school. → Read More

Hamilton’s Bob Harris so tough, he beat Chuck Norris in karate

Bob Harris of Hamilton is so tough, he defeated legendary Chuck Norris in Karate. He also was a national and world Karate champion → Read More

UC scientists study how robotic dogs, art-therapy app help depression and other maladies

Robotic dogs and other pets: How much do they lift moods, help the elderly stay engaged during a pandemic and provide other assistance to people? University of Cincinnati researchers are working to find out. → Read More

Hamilton’s vice mayor hopeful local students will write to Ohio leaders about Amtrak stops

Hamilton Vice Mayor Michael Ryan hopes city students will write Gov. Mike DeWine and lawmakers on behalf of Amtrak stops in the city → Read More

‘Fortified Hill,’ Native American mounds, to partly open in March

Fortified Hill, a group of Native American mounds in Ross Township that officials say is a cultural treasure, will open on a limited basis in March. → Read More

Public invited to North Hamilton Crossing meeting tonight

A majority of Hamilton City Council is expected to attend a meeting of 'stakeholders' interested in where the proposed North Hamilton Crossing to provide a second major east-west traffic corridor through the city. → Read More

Hamilton church’s temporary overnight warming shelter sees quick growth

Open Arms Community Church opened its doors during frigid weather to people needing shelter and has seen quick growth in the number of people seeking that help. → Read More

Hamilton council votes to buy part of Chem-Dyne site

Hamilton City Council last week authorized City Manager Joshua Smith to purchase about 27.9 acres of property that were part of the highly toxic Chem-Dyne Superfund site, which made national headlines during the 1970s and ‘80s because of chemicals that were leaking into the area of the Great Miami Aquifer and fires that happened there. → Read More

Hamilton announces streets planned for upcoming levy-paid resurfacing

Hamilton has announced the streets it plans to pave in 2022 using money from the street-repair levy. The city also has created street signs to let people know those hat have been paved using that money. → Read More

‘B’ Street in Hamilton, closed for Spooky Nook construction, to reopen in April or May

Hamilton's B Street will reopen in April or May, City Manager Joshua Smith told City Council → Read More

Hamilton planning new Amtrak stations, including possibly near the relocated CSX depot

Hamilton is planning Amtrak station platforms for both the Cincinnati-Columbus-Cleveland and Cincy-Indy-Chicago route → Read More

Hamilton-based 80 Acres Farms planning new facility in N. Kentucky

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 80 Acres Farms, based in Hamilton, will create 125 well-paying jobs with a $74 million investment in an existing 200,000-square-foot building located on 22-plus acres in the commonwealth. → Read More

‘Go Bengals, Who Dey, and Amen’: Hamilton City Council shows support for NFL team

Who Dey gonna root hardest for those Cincinnati Bengals this weekend? Among Hamilton City Council, the odds-on favorite is Vice Mayor Michael Ryan, although Council Member Eric Pohlman may have one-upped Ryan at Wednesday’s council meeting by praying for the team. → Read More

Linden Theater in Hamilton sparks interest from Revivalists frontman David Shaw

Hamilton native David Shaw, leader of New Orleans-based adult alternative rock band the Revivalists, has shown interest in transforming the Lindenwald neighorhood’s former Linden Theater, later renamed the Grand, into an music entertainment venue. → Read More

Remembering Ann Antenen: Hamilton’s only female mayor had passion for preserving history

Ann Antenen was the first female Mayor of Hamilton. She passed away Thursday at age 96. → Read More

Hamilton, Oxford, Oxford Twp. win state grants for police body cams

Hamilton, Oxford and Oxford Township all won state grants for body cameras police can wear. The grants will help Hamilton get the equipment, while Oxford Township and Oxford have had them for years and will make upgrades → Read More

Steve Timmer, ‘born in Marcum Park,’ soon to semi-retire from parks conservancy

Steve Timmer, who has transformed Hamilton's park system from a rough state to a polished gem, will retire soon from the Hamilton Parks Conservancy. He's lived 65 of his 67 years in Hamilton and is as proud of his city as anyone. He recently was named one of the Top 100 Influencers in Local Government nationally. → Read More

Leader of popular Blue Ash park will now work for Hamilton Parks Conservancy

The Hamilton Parks Conservancy has hired Adam Cornette, a leader in the Blue Ash park system, to replace its retiring founding director, Steve Timmer, who has led it since 2015 and made significant upgrades to the parks and Hamilton's two municipal golf courses. → Read More

Uptick in catalytic converter thefts in Hamilton leads to tightened recycling requirements

Hamilton City Council last week reversed course on its approach to curtail sales of stolen catalytic converters, and were thanked by a leader of Cohen Recycling for listening to what he, Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser and others believe will be a more effective approach. → Read More

Ohio Fairs’ Queen wants to ‘blur the lines’ of traditional farm kids and those without agriculture backgrounds

Maya Kidd is Butler County's first-ever Ohio Fairs Queen, having beat out competition from 77 other fairs. A look at how she and her family love 4H, and what she hopes to accomplish at fairs across Ohio with her platform. → Read More