Butler County

Three southwest Ohio counties - Hamilton, Butler and Warren - will conduct recounts next week in nine suburban races that were extremely close in the official vote count.

Any race where there is a difference of one-half of one percent or less after the official count qualifies for an automatic recount.


Liberty Center, the huge new addition in Liberty Township, offers shopping, dining and events along with condos, offices, a movie theatre, park and more. The $350 million development was packed on its opening day just a month ago. It continues to bring in visitors from inside and outside the region. With the holiday season fast approaching, Liberty Center is expected to bring in even more shoppers.

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The president of West Chester-based AK Steel is retiring. James Wainscott has been with the company since 1995 and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2003. A company release says he'll stay on as Chairman of the Board of Directors after his retirement January 1.

Roger Newport will take over as CEO. He first joined AK Steel in 1985. Kirk Reich will serve as President and Chief Operating Officer.


Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds has filed papers with the Federal Elections Commission for a possible run for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by House Speaker John Boehner

But Reynolds told WVXU he has yet to make up his mind about whether or not he will run.

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A large mixed-use development opening next month in Butler County is likely to bring customers from all over the region. The $350 million Liberty Center is located at the 1-75 and State Route 129 interchange.

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House Speaker John Boehner is known for getting emotional. But even on the Golf Channel?

In an interview with David Feherty at 10 p.m. Monday on “Feherty,” the West Chester Township Republican gets misty – he calls them “Boehner moments” -- talking about his golf idol Jack Nicklaus, military veterans and opportunities for young Americans.


Former state representative and Butler County Commissioner Michael Fox is out of federal prison. He is finishing his four-year sentence in home confinement. His final release date is scheduled for December 15.

A tax levy for Lockland City Schools failed for the third time in a row in Tuesday’s primary election – this time by a scant 15 votes.

And, also in Hamilton County, a bond issue and levy for the Northwest Local School District and a bond issue for the Winton Woods School District went down to defeat.

There are plenty of local tax levies and bond issues to be decided in southwest Ohio in Tuesday's primary election, but contested candidate races are few and far between.

The Butler County Sheriff wants to take over policing duties in Fairfield Township.

In a letter to the township administrator, Sheriff Richard Jones says a proposed 4.8 mil public safety levy is too high. He says he can provide police services for what the levy currently generates, about $1.8 million he says.

He's proposing a five year agreement.

Township officials say they’ve received the sheriff’s letter but no formal action has been taken at this time.