A 10-year-old Aurora girl was found within hours of being reported missing Sunday, thanks to an automated alert system that sent a pre-recorded message out to more than 600 local residents. Sgt. Chad Mertz with the Aurora Police Department confirmed Monday that a tip from that Sunday evening phone alert helped locate the missing girl. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
After holding a lengthy executive session, the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners voted to seek applications for a full-time planning, zoning and floodplain administrator. Scott Stuhr is currently in the position, having signed on as an independent contractor in January. Previously, highway office manager Corina Kuta filled the position.
Aurora's curfew ordinance for minors has been revised to allow those who are 16 and older to be outside of the established guidelines. The policy was updated a few years ago clarifying that anyone under the age of 17 would not be allowed to remain in a public place between the hours of 10 p.m and 5 a.m. on any day. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
An Aurora man charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree murder pleaded not guilty in district court Friday and now awaits a jury trial scheduled for November. Rob Honken appeared in orange, prison-issue coveralls and showed no emotion as Rachel Daugherty, District 5 Hamilton County district judge, explained the options facing the suspect accused in a murder-for-hire case. Given the options of guilty, not guilty or no contest, Honken, through his attorney, Charles Brewster, informed the judge of his desire to plead not guilty on both counts. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The Rude Band will headline Saturday night’s entertainment at this year’s Hamilton County Fair, which is filled with a variety of activities throughout the four-day event for people of all ages. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Growing old can be a worrisome process for some as the years go by and they reflect upon their life's achievements. Every retired person has a story to tell, one that can be a valuable resource for those in their younger years like East Park Villa resident Eva ‘O'Dean’ Coleman. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The Hampton Village Board approved a new ordinance Monday allowing golf carts to be driven on local streets and also reviewed pending plans to burn an abandoned house as part of a nuisance abatement program implemented last year. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
A new foundation set up by Robert R. Kolar has begun after his passing in 2004. The Kolar Charitable Family Trust was recently established to have a place for the family's assets to reside while providing help for local causes. The trust's funds stayed with Kolar's wife Bethel until her passing in 2013, which allowed the trust to start paying out to charitable causes not long after. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.