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Journal-News | Friday, September 25, 2020 OUR COMMUNITY B LOCAL& STATE LOCAL FOCUS HIGHLIGHTS AREA NEWS, EVENTS B2 News: Delivery: 513-863-8200, ext. 82203 | journal-news.com/subscribe or 877-267-0018 | Where a bigger newspaperm­eans more local news. HAMILTON Official applauds schools on virus Hamilton health commission­er says city district doing ‘tremendous job’ keeping everybody safe. to just take precaution­s.” The city’s health department has been receiving notificati­on of seven to 15 new cases daily. Hamilton has had 14 coronaviru­s deaths, and none was living in long-term care facilities, she said. As of Tuesday, cases at Miami University totaled 1,396, with a 13-day increase of 312. “That has settled down, andwhat the state has seen aswe’ve opened up colleges is as classes start, we’re getting less of the bad behavior off campus, and the numbers come down,” Farrar said. total cases, with one new one this week. Farrar noted that as of Tuesday, 146,753 Ohioans had tested positive, and 126,023 of them were presumed to have recovered. That left 21,730 who currently are in isolation to prevent the virus’ spread. “As a look back, two weeks ago, that number was 14,845,” she said. “I highlight that just because Iwant everyone to realize that the numbers are increasing as far as the numbers around us that are positive, so it becomes ever more important for everyone Hamilton Health Commission­er Kay Farrar likes what she sees fromHamilt­on schools. “City of Hamilton schools, we’ve had five total cases in the two weeks that we’ve reported. Therewas only one newone this week. And I will tell you, it’s good to know that four of them were from one family. “We have not had any cases associated from sitting next to each other in the classroom, and I think that’s good, andwe’ll continue to watch that.” St. Joseph Consolidat­ed School ByMikeRutl­edge StaffWrite­r — Hamilton Health Commission­er Kay Farrar had praise for schools in the city for what they are doing to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronaviru­s duringWedn­esday’s City Council meeting. “Iwant toapplaudt­he schools,” she said. “They’re doing a tremendous job. HAMILTON had two new cases this week, and a total of two. St. Ann Catholic School has had one, but no new cases this week. St. Peter in Chains, Immanuel Lutheran School and Richard Allen Academy all have reported zero cases. Badin High School has had four MIDDLETOWN FAIRFIELD ‘Newlife’ coming to old Stefano’s site Fairfield school boardmembe­r resigns for move Board has 30 days to fill seat vacated by O’Neal, who is leaving district. vacancy created by the sudden death of Fairfield board member JeromeKear­ns in December 2016. O’Neal was a long-time volunteer for the school system, and a local businesswo­man when she was unanimousl­y appointed to the board. Shewon election and a four-year term inNovember 2019. Theremaini­ngfourboar­dmembers will now have 30 days to advertise for candidates, conduct interviews and vote on an appointmen­t to fill O’Neal’s seat. Should the board’s vote end in a 2-2 tie, a local probate judge will decide the appointmen­t. The appointee will then serve through Dec. 31, 2021, unless they decide to seek and win election ByMichaelD. Clark StaffWrite­r — A member of the governing board overseeing the 10,000-student Fairfield school system has resigned. Fairfield Board of Education memberCarr­ieO’Nealannoun­ced her resignatio­n Wednesday, citing a coming move outside of the district. “Iamcurrent­ly inthe process of sellingmy home and will be relocating outside the district,” said O’Neal, who was first appointed to the board in 2017 to fill the FAIRFIELD Boardconti­nued onB4 Bandanas Italian Eatery will open nextmonth in the former Stefano’s location on Central Avenue in Middletown. Monica Nenni, co- owner of Bandanas, works on some of the interior decoration­s. She said there is said there is “immense pressure” to live up to Stefano’s legacy. NICK GRAHAM PHOTOS / STAFF Bandanas co-ownersMeli­ssa Kutzera andMonicaN­enni excited about future. ByRickMcCr­abb StaffWrite­r Steve O’Neil owned and operated Stefano’s Italian Cafe for 30 years before closing it last year. Newowners have been found andO’Neil is excited about the future of the Central Avenue restaurant. “It’s great that new life can be brought into that place,” he said. Melissa Kutzera andMonica Nenni, co-owners of West CentralWin­e on Central Avenue, are leasing the building that housed Stefano’s and are opening Bandanas Italian Eatery next month. O’Neil said their proven experience in the bar business and work ethic they have shown at West MIDDLETOWN— “It has been a complete honor to servewith each of you over the past three years,” CarrieO’Nealwrote in her resignatio­n letter sent to fellowboar­dmembers. She has served on the board since 2017, when shewas appointed to fill the late Jerome Kearns’ term. Bandanas will offer some of the same Italian dishes thatmade Stefano’s so popular, said co- owner Melissa Kutzera. FILE CONTINUING­COVERAGE Central Wine will “serve them well. They are a good tag team.” Accused cop-shooter Hubbard locked up Bandanasco­ntinued onB4 ELECTION 2020 Hehadbeen released, but nowawaits results of incident from prison. Christophe­r J. Hubbard is accused of shooting a Middletown police officer. WARRENCOUN­TY Incumbent challenged in state house race ByLaurenPa­ck StaffWrite­r Democratic challenger looks to unseat House Health Committee chair. ELECTION 2020 A man accused of shooting a Middletown police officerAug. 31 following a chase from Middletown to Warren County is in prison. Officer Dennis Jordan and the suspect, Christophe­r J. Hubbard, were shot shortly before 5 p.m. after a pursuit that began in the area of 18thAvenue inMiddleto­wn and ended in the 2600 block of Mason-Montgomery Road in Turtlecree­k Twp. Jordan was shot in the arm, finger and right leg. Hewas released from the hospital a day later and has returned toworkonli­ght duty. Hubbard, 35, received multiple gunshot wounds when eight officers returned fire, according to officials. Hewas released from University of Cincinnati­Medical Center and booked into the Butler County Jail on Sept. 13. Hewas held for five days without bond on what local officials called a parole violation and outstandin­gwarrants from Fairfield Municipal Court for allegedly driving without a license and from Hamilton Municipal Court Count on theJournal-News foreveryth­ing you need to knowthis election season. We are the only news source covering all local candidates and issues onyourball­ot, and digging into a safe and accurate vote. ByLawrence­Budd StaffWrite­r Erin Rosiello, a Democrat in her secondWarr­en County race, is challengin­g the reelection of Republican state Rep. Scott Lipps in Ohio House District 62. Rosiello, 54, ran unsuccessf­ully last year for a seat on the board of trustees in Hamilton Twp., one of the county’s fastest growing unincorpor­ated areas. Erin Rosiello and Scott Lipps are running in Ohio House District 62. district including the Franklin, HamiltonTw­p. andMorrowa­reas in Warren County. Lipps, 63, a Franklin resident and a former councilman and mayor there, is in his second two-year term representi­ng the District62­continued onB3 Hubbardcon­tinued onB4 THE MOST CREDIBLE, RELIABLE OFLOCAL SOURCE NEWS PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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