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Middletown Council doesn’t have votes to decide future of $1.3B Hollywoodland

There were only two Middletown City Council members available to vote, which was not enough, for the proposed $1.3 billion Hollywoodland project. Two councilwomen are business owners who are waiting an ethics decision, and the vice mayor said he is recusing himself because his family owns property near the planned development. → Read More

Monroe City Council trying to ‘balance’ needs of residents, business owners

A Monroe property owner and a Monroe resident were on opposite sides regarding the future use of 109 acres in the city. → Read More

‘There is light at the end of the tunnel,’ says Middletown oncology nurse who became breast cancer survivor

For Kelly Huntey, an oncology nurse at Atrium Medical Center’s outpatient infusion treatment center, it was supposed to be a routine 3-D mammogram. → Read More

Opinions mixed on whether $1.3 billion Hollywoodland project will break ground, benefit Middletown

The proposed $1.3 billion entertainment and destination district that would encompass more than 50 acres in downtown Middletown and along the Great Miami River either is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity or an economic development project doomed to fail in the city. → Read More

Firefighters honored for delivering babies in 2 Middletown homes

Rich Morrett, emergency medical services director at Atrium Medical Center, said Middletown firefighters/paramedics “see death and destruction and wha → Read More

City unveils street sign for beloved police officer who served 44 years, 26 in Middletown schools

If not for two persistent police officers most Middletown residents may not have heard of Mike Davis. → Read More

Middletown Works decision part of several recent moves by Cleveland-Cliffs: What we know

Cleveland-Cliffs has idled the coke oven at Middletown Works and spent $775 million buying a scrap business, according to the company and union officials. → Read More

President: Butler United Way has learned to be more ‘collaborative’ throughout pandemic

Founded 101 years ago, the United Way has been challenged and learned to adjust the last 20 months throughout the coronavirus pandemic, said Krystal Tipton, president and CEO of Butler County United Way. → Read More

Coke oven at Middletown Works idle, may be torn down; no layoffs planned, according to union

The coke oven at Middletown Works has been idled and may be torn down, according to Neil Douglas, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 1943. → Read More

McCrabb: Former addict was ‘an angel’ in Hamilton who helped people get off streets, into recovery

For three years, Christine Birhanzl and Lawrence “Slim” Williams took bologna sandwiches to the streets and fed the needy every Sunday in Hamilton. → Read More

Butler County leaders target development along the Great Miami River to use ‘great asset’

Communities up and down the Great Miami River are investing in projects along the river to create economic development and connect visitors to their downtowns. → Read More

Middletown plans ‘Hollywoodland,’ a $1.3 billion riverfront destination

The proposed "Hollywoodland" development in downtown Middletown would bring $1.3 billion in investment and thousands of jobs to the city, officials said. → Read More

Middletown council to consider plan for $1.3B riverfront development

About 20 Middletown residents, including former Middletown Mayor Larry Mulligan, spoke against proposed $1.3 billion riverfront development, entertainment destination called "Hollywoodland." → Read More

McCrabb: Butler County golfer ‘pulled it together,’ three-peats as Special Olympian gold medalist

Matt O’Bryan is a young man with an intellectual disability, so while some of his buddies were playing sports, he sat on the sidelines. → Read More

Middletown council approves no fares for bus service through 2022

Despite opposition from the mayor, Middletown City Council approved extending the no fare policy through next year for those who ride the Middletown Transit System. → Read More

Community, companies come together to welcome military families

Three events are planned during “Blue Star Welcome Week” when local residents and companies help often-traveling military families feel a sense of belonging to their new community. → Read More

Middletown mixed-media art exhibit takes visitors into another dimension

You wouldn’t call Portōpia just an art exhibit the same way you wouldn’t call a Ferrari just an automobile. → Read More

Middletown council divided about possible vaccine mandate; Vitori: ‘ordinance has no place’

Middletown’s mayor said she’s considering writing legislation that would keep the city from mandating its employees get the COVID-19 vaccine, though there is no such mandate in the city. → Read More

New popcorn business offers 45 flavors, including birthday cake, maple bacon

Christopher Nelson finally listened to his wife. → Read More

Renovated 131-year-old Sorg Opera House continues revitalization: 17 more shows planned this year

Once considered another empty historic building in downtown Middletown, the Sorg Opera House has been rejuvenated, survived the coronavirus pandemic and is flourishing, said Nancy Griffith, board president of the Sorg Opera Revitalization Group (SORG). → Read More