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If you need help in Butler County but can't call 911 for some reason, now you can send a text. The Butler County Sheriff's Office says it is now capable of receiving text messages from "most areas of Butler County" requesting emergency services.

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The proposed utility service tax for Hamilton County is not a feasible option and won't be enacted, according to the president of the county commissioners.

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Update Friday 11:00 a.m.: Dennis Deters has been sworn into office. Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Tracy Winkler administered the oath of office.

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Hamilton County Commissioners are deciding how to pay for emergency communications as current revenue sources shrink. Before they vote, they want to hear public input on a possible solution.

Verizon users can now text 911 for emergency help in Hamilton County. The county Department of Communications says texted messages for help should only be used if someone is hearing or speech impaired or if you're unable to make a voice call like in the case of a home invasion. “Insuring that residents and visitors in Hamilton County receive emergency assistance in the most
timely manner possible is our primary mission," says Communications Center Director Jayson Dunn in a release. "The...

While Cincinnati City Council looks into its emergency communications operations following a recent television news investigation, Hamilton County is offering one possible solution. Commissioners Wednesday approved a resolution supporting a joint city/county emergency communications center. Commissioner Greg Hartmann says this is a great opportunity for shared services. "I think that our response times are better," he says. "We're fully staffed. We've got EMT's answering every call and giving...

More then 100 angry property owners called the Kenton County tax office today, upset about an new fee on their bill. The Judge Executive scheduled a news conference to clear up any confusion. Kenton County property tax bills went out over the weekend and residents noticed a new $85 fee. It's to pay for the consolidated county dispatch center that now includes Covington. Judge Executive Steve Arlinghaus said he was pushing for a monthly electric bill increase but without enough votes and a...