To let West Chester and Liberty Township residents catch up with the news that they need to know, WestChesterBuzz.com will list and link to all of last week’s top local stories every Monday.
30,000 jam West Chester for Mitt Romney rally – Cindi Andrews and Paul Kostyu reported on last Friday’s Mitt Romney rally: The presidential race returned to Ohio for the final push Friday as GOP challenger Mitt Romney held a massive rally in the Republican heartland north of Cincinnati and President Barack Obama cut a swath through central Ohio. Romney spoke to a crowd of 30,000, according to West Chester Fire chief Tony Goller – making it the largest rally of the campaign, said Romney spokesman Chris Maloney.
Lakota East wins OT thriller 45-38 against Springboro -It took 16 years for Lakota East to earn its first trip to the postseason in school history, but it only took one try to win its first playoff game as the Thunderhawks defeated Springboro 45-38 in overtime at CareFlight Field in front of more than 5,000 cold fans on the campus of Springboro High School last Saturday. Lakota East will now play Moeller in the regional semifinal at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium at 2 p.m. this Saturday.
Fricker’s in West Chester scheduled to open mid-January - A Dayton-based wing joint is poised to open a new location in West Chester off Tylersville Road in mid-January, Fricker’s director of human resources and franchising Paul Curtis told WestChesterBuzz.com last week. The new Fricker’s will be located at 7844 Kingland Drive.
East vs. West food drive brings in roughly 74,000 cans - Lakota East may have won the football game, but the winner of the annual food drive was Lakota West High School. Principals of both high schools said last week that the entire Lakota school district donated roughly 74,000 cans to Reach Out Lakota in just one week.
Lakota West falls in penalty kicks to Mason in regional final -Lakota West lost its regional final matchup with Mason Saturday. The game was scoreless through regulation and through the 30-minute sudden victory overtime. The Comets then won in penalty kicks, 2-1.
Lakota East comes up short in volleyball regional final - The Ursuline Lions continued the tradition of Girls Greater Cincinnati League volleyball teams winning local regional titles with a 25-18, 25-8, 14-25, 25-14 win against Lakota East on Saturday at Lebanon High School. For the Thunderhawks, it was their first time in the school’s 16-year history that they advanced to the regional semifinal. The loss also marks the end of the high school career of one of the state’s top players in Purdue commit Ashley Evans, who finished the match with a game-high 19 kills and 8 digs.
Lawyer to fight West Chester’s Lady Liberty ruling - The fight to put Lady Liberty back out on a busy street corner in West Chester Township next tax season isn’t over, Sheila McLaughlin of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported last week. The 12th District Court of Appeals has ruled against Liberty Tax Service’s “waver,” saying West Chester gave the company a fair shake in hearings to decide whether the mascot was allowed under the township’s sign code. Last Tuesday, the company’s lawyer asked the appeals court to take another look at the case before the constitutionality question is broached.
Reach Out Lakota seeks gifts and coats for holidays - Reach Out Lakota is seeking volunteers for its adopt-a-child program and donations for its winter coat drive to help families in need this holiday season. The adopt-a-child program will provide approximately 1,000 local children with gifts during the holidays. Reach Out Lakota officials hope to provide each registered child with two $25 gifts.