An annual report measuring the health outcomes of residents in counties nationwide found Butler County on the decline while Warren County remained relatively steady and in the state’s top 10 best in outcomes. Butler County dropped four spots to 56 out of 88 counties in the most recent rankings, while Warren County dipped just one spot from fifth to sixth, according to a County Health Rankings report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute The rankings, which are being released to the public today, are “an easy-to-use snapshot” of the health of nearly every county in the nation, according to Karen Odegaard, action learning coach for County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, which has ranked county health for the last 10 years. “What the county health rankings show us is that where we live makes a difference in how well and how long we live,” Odegaard said. “What we can see (from the rankings) … [Read more...] about How healthy is Butler County? Drop in state ranking has several causes
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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?
By Denise G. Callahan, Staff Writer BUTLER COUNTY — Butler county’s two largest townships — Liberty and West Chester — have forged an automatic mutual aid agreement to ensure crews get on every fire scene as quickly as possible.“Our residents should not care what it says on the side of the truck, whether it says West Chester, Liberty, Sharonville, nor should they care what color the truck is,” West Chester Twp. Fire Chief Rick Prinz said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be a West Chester truck to provide the fastest, most efficient emergency service. The emergency service is what counts because we know that a structure fire typically doubles in size every minute it burns.” RELATED: Butler County fire chiefs collaborate on ways to save taxpayer money Liberty Twp. Fire Chief Ethan Klussman said fire departments universally have mutual aid agreements, but with the “automatic” response, for example, a … [Read more...] about Butler County fire departments erasing borders to better their response times
Jennie Key [email protected] Published 9:19 p.m. UTC May 22, 2018 Butler County Sheriff's Deputy Richard K. Jones told schools, the governor and President Donald Trump today that talk is cheap. He took local schools to task in letters sent to every board of education in Butler County. “We can’t keep just talking about what we need to do. We need to act on this now," he said in the letter. "The schools need to do something. Talking about it doesn’t keep our kids safe. "What are you waiting for? The one time it happened here was too much... Take action before one of your schools is attacked and many of your students and teachers are taken away from you by an active shooter." More: Sheriff Rick Jones: The making of Ohio's mini-Trump More: Butler Sheriff Rick Jones: I'm not running for Senate He wants school boards to start making changes to keep students safer in school. He wants changes in how schools conduct fire drills and wants metal … [Read more...] about Sheriff Richard Jones to Butler County schools: ‘What are you waiting for?’ on school safety
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