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 morning. (Stories are listed in order of date)
West Chester Police identify passengers in fatal crash: Two people, who were killed in a strange crash Jan. 29 were identified and both tested positive for alcohol, according to information provided by the West Chester Police Department last Monday. The men, German Francisco Mejia-Rodriguez and Jorge Rosalio Rodriguez Lopez, are believed to have died from blunt-impact injuries and may have been dead for more than four hours by the time the wreckage was discovered.
Liberty Town Square gets key go-ahead: Liberty Town Square, billed as the largest retail development ever in Butler County, cleared a key hurdle this past Monday when county commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding. The $300 million project, with its promise of 3,200 jobs during construction and another 4,600 permanent jobs for people who work there when shops open, languished for several years because of the economy.
Steel beams installed by J&B Steel being examined: The Cincinnati Enquirer reported last Tuesday that steel beams fabricated by a Jackson, Miss., firm and installed by J&B Steel Erectors Inc. of West Chester will be examined as part of dual investigations into the collapse Jan. 27 of the future Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. Investigators are trying to determine why a steel beam supporting a section of the second floor collapsed while cement workers poured concrete on sheet metal on top of it.
Lakota student athletes honored on Signing Day: A total 30 seniors from Lakota high schools were honored on National Signing Day last Wednesday. Signing Day marks the first day high school football, soccer and cross country athletes can sign letters of intent. Many high schools across the country, like Lakota East and Lakota West, hosted special signing ceremonies throughout the week.
Lakota West upsets Lakota East: Down by a point with 10 seconds to go, Lakota East missed two shots as the game clock expired in a 40-39 loss to rival Lakota West Wednesday. The Firebirds’ win snapped a three-game losing steak against Lakota East. Prior to Lakota East’s three-game winning streak, Lakota West had taken down the Thunderhawks in 18 straight contests.
Lakota proceeds with $9 million in cuts: Before Lakota Schools can tackle its looming budget shortfall, all officials need to be on the same page – especially administrators and the governing board, said Superintendent Karen Mantia. Mantia, at last Wednesday’s board meeting, asked for clarification as to whether its five members agree that cutting $9 million to balance next school year’s budget is the way to go. After board discussion, members agreed and unanimously voted to order Mantia’s administration to proceed with planning the $9 million in reductions.
Anniversary of VOA marks beginning of national museum: Voice of America, which sent its original broadcast overseas 70 years ago this month, will see backers of its first-built transmitting station begin fundraising this year to become a national museum. Once restoration is completed in the spring, it will be up to the museum’s board of directors to raise approximately $12 million to make it a revenue generating landmark.
Lakota West knocks off Mason, 73-65: Senior wing Jackson Blue calmly hit two free throws with 45 seconds, as the Firebirds held on to upset Mason 73-65 last Friday night at Mason. The win moved Lakota West into a four-way tie for second place in the Greater Miami Conference. The Firebirds have won three games in a row and have three more to play until the regular season is over.