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Rebuilt McDonald’s is open

The rebuilt and modernized Hillsboro McDonald’s location reopened for business on Tuesday after more than a three-month hiatus when the old building, which had stood on North High Street for half a century, was razed and a new building sporting an updated, contemporary architectural design and interior was built in its place, according to owner Leigh Chamness.
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Blanchester native trains to be a U.S. Navy warfighter

GREAT LAKES, Ill. — Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this training requires highly-dedicated instructors. At Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), instructors at advanced technical schools teach sailors to be highly skilled, operational, and combat ready warfighters, while providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.
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Leesburg woman sentenced to 2 years in prison

A Leesburg woman was sentenced to a total of 24 months in prison in Highland County Common Pleas Court for two separate cases for possession of heroin and failure to appear. Kayla Valentine, 29, was sentenced to 10 months for possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, which was ordered to be consecutive to her sentencing of 14 months for failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony, in the Ohio Reformatory for Women. Court records state that Valentine was given 68 days of jail-time credit for the first case but zero days for the second case.

Ross Co. woman pleads guilty to arson

ROSS COUNTY, Ohio — A Ross County woman pleaded guilty this week to arson. 44-year-old Tara N. Payne was indicted in February of last year after investigators say she intentionally set fire to a residence in the 1100 block of Scott Road in Frankfort. Reports say Payne, attempting to...

Teen football player crushed by tree at friend's birthday party

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A 13-year-old Blanchester boy is recovering at Cincinnati Children's Hospital after a tree fell on him at friend's birthday party. The tree fractured two of Lucas Cirivello's neck bones as well as his cheek and jaw bones. It also broke his nose and caused minor brain bleeding.

Get Fit and ready to roll

Members of Paula Stewart’s Spinning cycling class at Get Fit in Wilmington saluted her upcoming participation in the Race Across the Sky — a prestigious mountain bike race for elite competitors based in Colorado — on Saturday. A feature story on Stewart was published in the Aug. 4 News Journal. She is the assistant swim coach and director of the wellness program at Wilmington College, along with being a certified yoga, Spinning and personal training instructor, and strength and conditioning coach at both WC and Get Fit. Flanking Stewart (center) and attired in “Paula’s Crew” T-shirts are, from left, Cindy Maher, Stephanie Hughes, Kathy Havey, Pam Stephens, Cheryl Roberts, Liz McAllister, Stephenie Ison, Elizabeth Vance and Terri Sandoval.
Xenia Daily Gazette

Outrider stays active to save horses

XENIA — Christina Smith made a quick assessment of the situation on Wednesday where two horses roamed free on the grandstand track at the Greene County Fair and acted swiftly. Working as an outrider during the harness racing program, she saw one of the horses heading toward an open...

You can learn a lot from a fridge

When did women start having affairs with refrigerators? That appliance’s open doors in front of which children stand, in expectation that the whole McDonald’s menu will appear on its shelves. I am old, but not so old that I remember men hauling blocks of ice. My grandmother had...

Locals de-stress with yoga

WILMINGTON — Helping to relax people’s minds and deal with their anxiety are goals of some locals helping others by leading yoga classes. Tammy Reed — who owns Conscious Yoga and is one of the members of the Wilmington Yoga Collective on Main Street — is a certified instructor of Kundalini Yoga. Reed started her yoga joined in 2001 after the birth of her first child.

Celebrating women in business

Laughter and excitement filled Veterans Memorial Park Monday as local female entrepreneurs gathered around to celebrate their career accomplishments in the first-annual celebration of the “women business owners” of downtown Washington Court House. Fourteen ladies were recognized for their accomplishments and at least eight others weren’t able to...

Colgate-Palmolive to acquire three Red Collar pet food manufacturing plants for $700 million

Colgate-Palmolive Co. CL, -0.21% has announced plans to purchase three dry pet food manufacturing plants from Red Collar Pet Foods for $700 million. The acquisition will support the growth of Colgate-Palmolive's Hill's Pet Nutrition business, according to a statement released before market open on Monday. The plants, which are in Orangeburg, South Carolina; Clinton, Oklahoma; and Washington Court House, Ohio, will produce dry pet food for Hill's Science Diet and Prescription Diet brands. "This investment will help further strengthen the Hill's business today and for the long term," said Colgate-Palmolive CEO Noel Wallace, in the statement. Approximately 350 employees involved in the dry pet food operations will be transferred. The acquisition is not included in Colgate-Palmolive's current guidance and is not expected to have a material impact on the company's diluted EPS in 2022. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as legal advisor to Colgate-Palmolive on the deal and Perella Weinberg Partners acted as financial advisor. Kirkland & Ellis served as legal advisor to Red Collar Pet Foods on the transaction, and Centerview Partners served as financial advisor. On Friday Colgate-Palmolive reported second-quarter earnings that fell from a year earlier but topped estimates. The company's sales rose to $4.484 billion from $4.260 billion a year ago, topping the FactSet consensus of $4.350 billion. Colgate-Palmolive, which has raised pricing by 8.5%, also reiterated its expectation of full-year sales growth at the high end of its 1% to 4% range. The company's shares, which are down 5% this year, rose 3% to $81.11 on Monday. The S&P 500.

Coffee with a purpose, Ohio's Coffee Hub making an impact with delicious coffee and acts of service.

I met a group of fellow art lovers, at a new location. The Beavercreek, Ohio Coffee Hub at 3375 Dayton-Xenia road. We set up our art supplies on the picnic table shaded by trees, next to the Coffee Hub. I noticed a few people had went inside the coffee shop to get drinks, before I arrived. I started on my art project and made conversation. While my sculpture was drying, I thought I would go indoors and check out the Coffee Hub.

‘Rack Room Shoes’ opens at Destination Outlets

Destination Outlets in Jeffersonville continues to add retailers, including “Rack Room Shoes.”. Known for its ongoing “Buy One, Get One 50 Percent Off” promotion, Rack Room Shoes offers an extensive selection of nationally-recognized brands at value prices. Located at 8000 Factory Shops Blvd., the family footwear retailer...