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.
West Chester voters wanted Romney - A total 69 percent of Butler County voters came out to the polls on Election Day, and 62 percent of those voters selected Republican candidate Mitt Romney as their choice for president. However, the state of Ohio and the majority of the nation voted to re-elected President Barack Obama. Furthermore, in a WestChesterBuzz.com exit poll taken at West Chester/Liberty Township’s largest polling location had Romney with 63 percent of the vote and Obama with 36 percent of vote.
Sherrod Brown keeps US Senate seat - Sen. Sherrod Brown won a second term to the U.S. Senate last Tuesday – fending off a hard-charging, well-funded GOP challenger and more than $30 million in withering attack ads from outside groups in one of the most expensive and closely watched match-ups in the country.
Election 2012: Butler County roundup - A Republican newcomer from West Chester Township became the newest Butler County commissioner in preliminary election results with 100 percent of the vote counted, while Sheriff Rick Jones kept his job in a landslide vote.
Liberty Township’s Sharon Kennedy ousts Brown as justice - Butler County Judge Sharon Kennedy helped Republicans continue their dominance of Ohio’s Supreme Court last Tuesday with a win over Yvette McGee Brown, the only incumbent Democrat on the court. Kennedy also made history as the first Butler County resident elected to the state’s high court in almost 150 years.
Carriage Hill could be Homearama’s ‘nicest’ location ever - Ground was officially broken last Thursday on what Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati executive director Dan Dressman called “one of the nicest locations” that has ever hosted its premier home showcase. Carriage Hill, which will have eight homes in this summer’s Homearama, features lakes, streams and woodlands spread throughout the 400-arce Liberty Township community.
Pair charged in possible hotel room meth lab in West Chester - Police arrested two suspects last Wednesday in connection to what they believed to be a potential meth lab in one of the rooms at the Tri-County Inn in West Chester. At around 8:30 a.m., the police received a report of a possible methamphetamine lab in a room at the local hotel. According to West Chester Police Public Affairs Officer Jeff Newman, precursors for a meth lab were found in room 417.
West Chester’s AK Steel imposes price hike - Shares of some U.S. steel manufacturers rose last Tuesday, a day after West Chester-based AK Steel Holding Corp. imposed a $50 per ton increase in spot market base prices for carbon flat-rolled steel used in such products as automobiles and appliances. AK Steel said Monday that the increase was effective immediately on new orders.
Moeller ends Thunderhawks postseason run - Northwestern commit Keith Watkins spoiled an early Lakota East lead by rushing for three second quarter touchdowns, which sparked Moeller to a 46-20 win in the regional semifinals at University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium this past Saturday. The loss ends a surprising run for Thunderhawks, who qualified for the postseason for the first time in their 16-year history. Lakota East also won its first postseason game when it defeated Springboro 45-38 in overtime the previous Saturday and snapped a seven-game losing streak to rival Lakota West in the last week of the regular season.
Kristen Bitonte named Liberty Township administrator - Finance director Kristen Bitonte is Liberty Township’s new administrator. She was unanimously selected by trustees last Tuesday – just two weeks after Dina Minneci announced she was leaving to become Indian Hill’s city manager.