Liberty Center gets final OK – Butler County commissioners and Liberty Township trustees each voted unanimously this past Thursday to pave the way for Steiner + Associates to break ground on the much-awaited, $325-million Liberty Center retail complex. The development would be the region’s second-biggest shopping draw, behind Kenwood Towne Centre.
Trucker sentenced for accident – The Morrison family received some closure last Monday when Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman sentenced a Hamilton truck driver to six months in jail in connection with a fatal accident on Interstate 75 that took the life of Dylan Morrison on March 28, 2011.
Sheriff to assume dog warden duties – Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones will take on an additional title come Sept. 29: Dog Warden, Sheila McLaughlin reported last week. The move is expected to save $50,000 a year, County Administrator Charles Young said. This year’s budget for the dog warden was expected to be about $420,000, he said.
Liberty Twp. coach charged with voyeurism – Officials at Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club said they immediately suspended coaching director Craig Rhodis after he was charged with voyeurism for allegedly videotaping two women changing while they were at his Liberty Township residence for “training sessions.” Club president Nick Goodwin declined further comment about the accusations involving Rhodis.
Board of Trustees approve merit-based raises – The West Chester Township Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night in favor of giving performance-based pay increases for its 67 non-contract employees. However, not every eligible employee is expected to get a raise. The merit-based system was originally approved by the trustees in Feb. 2006 and only awards raises to employees, who are considered “top performers”.
Family to mental health hospital: Take extra step – Lee Kraus shared the story this week of his first-born son, Justin, with the staff at Beckett Springs, a private West Chester mental health hospital that is scheduled to open its doors July 30. He concluded by encouraging the staff to take the extra step to talk to one more person in each patient’s family. He said it could mean all the difference in providing that person with the appropriate long-term care. He also said that it could save a life.
School supplies cost how much? – Huntington National Bank’s annual Backpack Index shows school supply prices jumped an average of 7.3 percent this year, far outpacing inflation at 1.39 percent. Almost every basic item has risen in cost since last year, some by only pennies, others by up to $10, according to the analysis.
Guns in schools? – Typically, WestChesterBuzz will not share news that takes place outside West Chester and Liberty townships, but sometimes a story comes along that could ultimately make an impact here. Michael D. Clark reported last week that a fellow Butler County school district approved a new policy that will allow school principals and assistant principals to carry loaded handguns in schools. Do you think the Lakota School district will ever approve a similar policy?