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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