By Michael Pitman, Staff Writer WASHINGTON, D.C. — Andrew Wheeler, a native of Fairfield in Butler County, will become acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after the resignation of Scott Pruitt.President Donald Trump accepted Pruitt’s resignation on Thursday and tweeted he he has “no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda.” RELATED: Pruitt is out as EPA director Wheeler, 53, was confirmed in April to be the deputy administrator, and he had said he was not aiming to take over the agency.Here are some things to know about Wheeler: He is an Eagle Scout Wheeler is an Eagle Scout, a desigation he earned after entering the world of scouting as a member of Boy Scout Troop 960 at Holy Cross in Fairfield.Three years ago, he hiked Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, but he has no aspirations to climb Mount Everest.“I’m a hiker, not a climber,” he said. … [Read more...] about Who is Butler County’s Andrew Wheeler, the acting EPA administrator?
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By Michael D. Pitman, Staff Writer BUTLER COUNTY — Women dominated Butler County politics in Tuesday night’s primary election.The primary victories by Butler County Commissioner Cindy Carpenter, Statehouse candidate Sara Carruthers and congressional candidate Vanessa Enoch were dominate, according to board of elections data. MORE: Political rookie Sara Carruthers beats incumbent Wes Retherford in Statehouse primary Tuesday night set up November to be a strong showing for women in politics as well. Five of the six candidates in the three Butler County Statehouse races, both candidates in the Butler County Commission race and one of the candidates in the 8th Congressional District race are women.“I do think it’s a hopeful sign for both parties that they’re able to recruit very good women candidates for office,” said Miami University political science professor Chris Kelley. “That’s always been a problem with recruitment … [Read more...] about Why Tuesday’s election wins were historic in Butler County
By Denise G. Callahan, Staff Writer BUTLER COUNTY — Butler County is adding another location where drug addicts can get help and exchange needles to help prevent the spread of dangerous diseases.The same van that travels Middletown neighborhoods will be coming to a still-to-be-determined location further south in the county, according to Butler County Health Commissioner Jenny Bailer. MORE: New tool pinpoints where drug overdoses are occurring in Butler County “I prefer that it be called the blood borne pathogen prevention program instead of a needle exchange per se,” Bailer said. “Because that gives the wrong impression about what goes on in the van. While it is true needles can be exchanged in the van there are lots of other services they provide.”One of those services is referrals to substance abuse and medicine assisted treatment for addicts. She said the professionals manning the van talk to the clients to see if they are … [Read more...] about Butler County adding second needle exchange service
MONROE Despite often having a police presence at meetings, some Butler County elected officials say they would be in favor changes to the law permitting CCW holders to carry in government buildings. “Sitting in the front of the room during our trustee meetings, I have thought about my safety, the safety of my fellow trustees, staff and the attendees,” West Chester Twp. Trustee Ann Becker said. MORE: Ohio lawmakers react to Syria attacks Becker, a first-time township trustee elected this past fall, said officials and others are “soft targets” in the Trustee Hall, which is located in the same building that houses the township’s police department. “Potential shooters know that schools and government buildings are gun-free zones. I would vote to pass a resolution that permitted CCW holders to carry in our government buildings,” she said. A Florida high school shooting massacre in February re-inflamed debates on how best to protect … [Read more...] about Some Butler County leaders want option to carry guns at council meetings
• April 1, 1988: 8-year-old April Marie Tinsley, of the 300 block of West Williams Street, disappears around 4 p.m. after telling a friend in the 300 block of West Suttenfield Street she was going to pick up her umbrella at another girl’s house. The Fairfield Elementary School first-grader never makes it to her friend’s house in the 2300 block of East Hoagland Avenue. • April 4, 1988: A police task force of 25 Fort Wayne Police officers joins a 50-member civilian search party in the hunt for Tinsley. A neighborhood girl reports she saw Tinsley being forced into a beat-up blue pickup by a white man in his 30s, but the massive search fails to produce any solid clues. At 3:30 p.m., a DeKalb County jogger discovers Tinsley’s body lying near the bottom of a ditch north of DeKalb County Road 68, between County roads 47 and 51 west of Spencerville. The girl appeared to have been killed elsewhere and dumped in the ditch. An autopsy indicated Tinsley had been … [Read more...] about The April Marie Tinsley case: a timeline of the Fort Wayne girl’s 1988 kidnapping and killingCOMMENTSLocal News30 years later in Fort Wayne: Where is April Marie Tinsley’s killer?KEVIN LEININGER: New county program targeting paper straws will help environment and one local firm all at the same timeFort Wayne residents gather to walk, remember 50th anniversary of death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.Argument over $60 tote bag results in knife jab and arrest, Fort Wayne Police sayDeveloper: Electric Works ‘will not happen’ without more than $50M suggested by Mayor Tom Henry; would room for new arena help?‘The Voice’ opening outreach opportunities for Fort Wayne’s Addison AgenLatest NewsNewsletter