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 or in this rare case (vacation) on Tuesday.
Homearama 2013 reflects rebound in economy – Million-dollar houses are back for Homearama’s 2013 show, thanks to an improving economy, Lance Lambert reported last week. For the first time in the 51-year history of the new home show, all six houses on display have been sold. Buyers paid between $850,000 and $1.3 million for the homes in the Carriage Hill community in Liberty Township. The show begin July 13 and runs through July 28.
What makes our community so special - Six months into 2013, I thought last week was a good time to share WestChesterBuzz’s best human-interest stories in West Chester and Liberty Township so far this year. By reading through this weeklong series, it will be easy to tell why this community is so special.
J. Gumbo’s coming to West Chester – A new J. Gumbo’s restaurant has opened in Blue Ash. Located at 11255 Reed Hartman, it serves Cajun dishes, ranging from sweet to spicy, such as etouffée, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and of course, gumbo.The restaurant’s owners have a J. Gumbo’s in Finneytown, and they’re planning a store at Union Center in West Chester, 6096 West Chester Road (in the former Cornerstone Café building). That store is expected to open sometime in August.
Portion of Hamilton-Mason Road to close – A portion of Hamilton-Mason Road near West Chester will be closed for three months in Fairfield Township so that it can be widened, Sue Kiesewetter reported last week. About 1,400 feet of Hamilton-Mason Road between the north and south legs of Morris Road, closed this week. Only residents living in that section will be allowed access.
Local schools map out security changes – When it comes to improving school security there is no such thing as a summer break this year for local officials, Michael D. Clark reported last week. Instead of the usual leisurely, summertime pace of school board meetings overseeing district operations, many boards are now huddling over key questions about school safety.
School board puts tax hike before Lakota voters – Residents in Southwest Ohio’s second-largest school system will decide on a school tax hike after the Lakota school board voted unanimously last week (for the second and final time) to put a levy on the ballot. The Butler County district has cut millions from its operating budget in recent years and officials said they hope voters will end their string of tax levy rejections that has seen no new school tax since 2005.