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Hamilton's Fitton Center for Creative Arts is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and preparing for the 2018-19 season. 

Robert McCloskey, Illustration for Make Way for Ducklings (detail), Viking Press, The May Massee Collection, Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives, Emporia State University. © 1941, 1969 Robert McCloskey, u

Robert McCloskey was born in Hamilton in 1914 and went on to become a renowned illustrator and artist, best known for writing and illustrating popular children's books. 

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CITY OF HAMILTON

For more than a century Hamilton, Ohio was a major manufacturing city. Paper mills, safe companies, automobile parts manufacturers fueled the small city along the Great Miami River. Beginning in the 1960s those factories began closing, transforming it into the classic Midwestern Rust Belt city.

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Hamilton city leaders, key stakeholders and a New York City architectural firm hope to make a splash by redeveloping the Great Miami riverfront. Monday night is the first public meeting to create a Riverfront Master Plan.

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Middletown's FM 105.9 – the "Country Rebel" when bought by Northern Kentucky University in 2011 – returns to its country roots today as "Southwest Ohio's Classic Country Giant."

Jeff Ziesmann's Grant County Broadcasters, which operates Classic Country WNKR-FM (106.7) in Northern Kentucky, will duplicate the classic country music on the powerful Middletown station that reaches from north of Dayton International Airport to south of CVG. The station will start broadcasting sometime Monday, Oct. 2.

Hamilton's Fitton Center for the Arts is kicking off a new season of exhibits, events and classes with a free community party on Friday, August 18. 

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What do you do after winning the Tony Award for choreographing the Broadway smash hit "Hamilton?" If you're Andy Blankenbuehler, you win the Tony Award for "Bandstand," and choreograph two other current Broadway musicals and ABC "Dirty Dancing" movie.

Just north of Cincinnati is one of the most active community arts centers in the region. 

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A Butler County Grand Jury has returned a "no indictment" decision in the case of a fatal officer-involved shooting Aug. 22.

A Hamilton police officer shot and killed 34-year-old Kelley Brandon Forte as police say he charged at the officer with a knife.

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Hamilton Police are investigating  an officer involved shooting. The department detailed the incident at Walgreens on High Street during a news conference Monday morning.

Police say the suspect held a pharmacist at knifepoint during a robbery. They say he didn't respond to an order to drop the weapon and a Hamilton officer shot and killed him.

The officer is a nine-year veteran of the department.

Hamilton Police may hold another news conference Monday.

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The opening shot of the "Marauders" trailer gives a bird's eye view of the Roebling Suspension bridge, thanks to veteran Cincinnati video pioneer Bob Gerding.

Gerding will talk with me on WVXU-FM's "Cincinnati Edition" 1-2 p.m. Thursday about how his drones provided cool aerial shots to "Marauders," the bank heist thriller opening July 1 starring Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier.

Former "Family Feud" host Ray Combs – arguably the funniest person  to come from Hamilton -- died on this day 20 years ago.

Tragically, it was a suicide. But I choose to remember Ray for all the fun and laughs he gave us in his 40 years -- not how he died.

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President Theodore Roosevelt called them the most American thing in America. He was talking about the chautauqua tent assemblies that originated in the 19th century and quickly grew across rural America, bringing entertainment and culture to entire communities.

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Imagine it's 1971, you and some high school buddies record a couple songs. You sell the 45 to your friends, put it in a few jukeboxes in your hometown and... life just goes on. Then 45 years later, you get an unexpected email.

Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke will star in a boxing feature film called “Tiger” to be filmed in Hamilton and Cincinnati.

The Hamilton Film Office held auditions last week for “Tiger,” looking particularly for “any boxing/sports enthusiasts.”

Rourke, nominated for a 2009 Academy Award for “The Wrestler,” will play Frank Donovan in the movie, which is based on a true story.

There is a lot going on at Butler County’s Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, highlighted by their upcoming fun fundraising event, the Zombie Ball.

The developers behind a plan to turn a former paper plant in Hamilton into a multi-use sports facility say they're gaining momentum. Property Manager Frances Mennone says the list of community leaders and development partners backing the renovation plan at the former Champion Paper site is growing.

“Goat,” a major motion picture, will be filmed in Cincinnati beginning next month, according to the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission.

The film – adapted from a memoir of fraternity hazing – is being produced by producers Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films, along with Rabbit Bandini Productions’ James Franco and Vince Jolivette, a Hamilton native.

The executive producer is John Wells, who has won Emmy awards for "ER" and "The West Wing;" and is executive producer of the Showtime series "Shameless."

Developers are a step closer to turning a former manufacturing facility in Hamilton into a multi-use sports complex.

A pair of feasibility studies suggests the former Champion Paper site could be converted into a successful indoor and outdoor sports facility focusing on court and turf sports like soccer, lacrosse, volleyball and basketball.

The legendary song Paper Doll (most notably performed by Piqua, Ohio natives The Mills Brothers) was written by a Hamilton, Ohio native, songwriter and boxer, Johnny S. Black.

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The name Harry T. Wilks is nearly synonymous with the arts scene in Butler County. The attorney was an avid collector and supporter of the arts.

He died Tuesday on what was his 89th birthday.

Wilks is probably most widely known for creating Pyramid Hill  - an outdoor sculpture park with more than 60 works of art and a 10,000 square foot ancient sculpture museum. He also aided in helping the city of Hamilton brand itself "The City of Sculpture."

Hamilton's InsideOut Studio

Sep 20, 2013

Jane Durrell introduces listeners to the InsideOut Studio, based in Hamilton, which serves artists with various physical and mental challenges. They have recently closed exhibits at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts and Miami University-Hamilton campus. Art Education Coordinator Steve Smith and artists Ashley Parris and Jody Mann describe the program and its meaning to them and the community.

The Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park sits atop 265 acres in Hamilton Ohio.  It is beautifully decorated by many distinctive pieces of outdoor art located in and among the rolling hills and ponds.  The park hosts many events throughout the year – from live music to yoga to weddings.

House Speaker John Boehner says the sooner the government starts addressing its fiscal problems, the sooner the economy will begin to improve.  Boehner spoke with employees of Vinylmax, a window manufacturer in Hamilton, during a tour of the company's plant Monday. 

He says investors and business people around the country are looking for some certainty about what Washington is going to do.

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Hamilton's popular IceFest is back this weekend. The two-day festival features more than 80 ice sculptures scattered throughout downtown.

Chairman Tim Naab says this year's theme is "landmarks of the world".