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Recent articles by Eric:

Mail delivery slowdown part of postal service’s 10-year plan: What it means locally

There’s a reason why the letters, bills, tax documents and other mail you send out of state are taking longer to reach their destination. → Read More

Labor Day travel forecast: higher gas prices, more people on the road

Motorists looking to get out of town for Labor Day weekend could see an increase in gas prices because Hurricane Ida shut down oil refineries, but pent-up demand during summer’s last hurrah likely won’t affect the large amount of vehicles expected on roadways, experts say. → Read More

Homebuyers facing ‘extremely unusual’ market. Here’s what can help

The lack of available homes for sale continues to impact not only sales figures, but it’s also forcing potential buyers to adopt new strategies to find a home. → Read More

CDC issues new guidance on outdoor mask-wearing. Expert: ‘We’re still learning.’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. → Read More

Kings Island ends outdoor mask requirement in most instances, but retains indoor rule

Guests visiting Kings Island and Cedar Point this year will no longer be required to don masks outdoors in most situations. → Read More

Ice cream sold at Kroger, other Ohio stores recalled

Velvet Ice Cream announced today it is voluntarily recalling all of its ice cream and sherbet products made on or after March 24 as a precaution. → Read More

Job hopping becoming more common as pandemic ebbs

Prudential Financial’s most recent latest Pulse of the American Worker Survey shows that 1 in 4 workers, 76%, plan to look for a job at a different company once the pandemic has subsided. → Read More

Speeding, impaired driving increase on Ohio highways during pandemic

Ohio highway crashes and fatalities involving impaired drivers increased in 2020 even as fewer motorists were on roadways during the pandemic. → Read More

FEMA program to help cover expenses for COVID-related funeral expenses

Approximately $2 billion was provided to FEMA through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act of 2021 to reimburse individuals and households for COVID related funeral expenses incurred between Jan. 20 and December 2020, according to FEMA’s website. → Read More

Pandemic, weather: Why it might take 120 days to get that new dining room set

Those who ordered furniture in the past year have faced months-long delays brought on by various pandemic-related factors and further worsened by a winter storm. → Read More

Kroger see profits rise, average pay increase

Kroger’s total sales for 2020 rose to $132.5 billion compared to $122.3 billion the year before. Total sales without fuel grew 14.2% in 2020. → Read More

Local gas prices expected to keep rising: Here’s why

Gas prices may seem high right now, but they’re likely to keep on climbing for the next several months. → Read More

Kings Island’s parent company revenue down half a billion in 2020; optimistic about 2021

Cedar Fair, which owns and operates Kings Island in Mason, today reported an operating loss of more than half a billion dollars, but said it was “optimistic” about this year. → Read More

Police investigating racist, threat-filled letter sent to Black Butler County family

Police in Butler County’s West Chester Twp. are investigating a complaint by a family that they received a letter filled with racial slurs and and threats for them to take down yard signs backing Joe Biden and the Black Lives Matter movement. → Read More

7 recent restaurant openings and other moves in Butler and Warren counties

Multiple restaurants have made news with openings or other moves in the past few months in Butler and Warren counties. → Read More

Lakota grads part of new southwest Ohio brewery, restaurant

On tap are 14 of its own creations, which include beer and hard seltzer. Cider eventually will be added, Collins said. Chloe Schaefer and Kelly Montgomery head up what he said is Third Eye’s “awesome” brewing team. “They’re the mix of art and science,” Collins said. “She is a microbiology major and went to UC Davis (for) a brewing program so she really brings a lot of the science, quality… → Read More

Company plans to grow West Chester workforce following relocation

The company relocated in March from Muhlhauser Road to an 86,000-square-foot facility at West Chester Trade Center on the corner of Ohio 747 and Union Centre Boulevard. The new facility also gives Fameccanica about 14,000 square feet of office space. “We relocated here ... from a smaller space that had a layout and infrastructure not suited anymore for our business,” Venturato said. The biggest… → Read More

Monroe, Liberty Twp. team up to create I-75 district supporting development

The board would then review the improvements and forward them on to each individual community’s elected officials for final approval. “Once everybody’s on the same page, the building or property owner ... they do the project normally, but there’s a special assessment that recoups those costs down the road for them,” Patterson said. “Instead of having cash up front for the project, they basically… → Read More

Liberty Twp. bar transforms kitchen with help of food truck, hot dog stand

“The entire menu was changed with the exception of four items — loaded nachos, stadium chips, fries and tots,” he said. “We kept some items and improved them, for example the traditional wings are now smoked then deep fried.” In concocting the new menu, East Coast Eatz and Morgan’s Friends tried to incorporate items customers don’t often see in bars and also retain traditional bar fare. “We want… → Read More

Butler County bar, restaurant owners divided on early last calls in Ohio: What they’re saying

Frame, who said his business “lost of a lot of money” during and after the two-month mandatory shutdown of indoor dining and drinking earlier this year, said he fears the new measure will destroy what little businesses have struggled to rebuild. The business, which is open daily from 11 a.m. until 2:30 a.m., enjoys a steady flow of foot traffic from neighbor Combs BBQ, but sees a significant… → Read More