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Anonymous donor pays $40,000 in layaway bills at Walmart

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:58 AM

Anonymous Donor Pays off $40,000 in Layaway Bills at Pa. Walmart

“Santa B” has struck again, and more than 200 families received a wonderful Christmas gift.

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For the second straight year, an anonymous donor paid for all of the items on layaway for 200 families at a Pennsylvania Walmart, WJAC reported. 

According to the staff of the Walmart store in Everett, “Santa B” paid more than $40,000 of layaway items. Last year, the same donor paid off $46,000, Fox News reported.

The store had been notifying the families of Santa B’s generosity. Monday was the layaway pickup day, but Walmart officials said there was a grace period of a couple of days.

“In this area you don’t hear a lot, I mean you hear small things where somebody pays somebody’s grocery bill or things like that, but this was pretty big,” employee Barbara Karns told WJAC.

Kristen Martin said she received a call from Walmart and said she “couldn’t wait” to get to the store.

“I was like driving and shaking,” she told WJAC. “Look at me, I'm shaking. It's crazy.”

Martin's kids can now get their X-Box games and toys, WJAC reported.

"I think it means more to me, but I think they'll be happy. I remember when I was growing up for Christmas. I was just telling my mom the other day that I want my kids to have Christmas like that," she said.

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Country music personality Hazel Smith has died at the age of 83

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 10:35 PM

Hazel Smith during 54th Annual BMI Country Awards - Arrivals at BMI Offices in 2006. The
Hazel Smith during 54th Annual BMI Country Awards - Arrivals at BMI Offices in 2006. The "outlaw country" journalist died in 2018 at age 83. (Photo by Tony R. Phipps/WireImage for BMI Nashville)(Tony R. Phipps/WireImage for BMI Nashville)

There are many who have played a part in the landscape of country music, many who have added their talents to the tapestry of the music genre that has had an impact on so many lives. many who have affected the history of Nashville and country music and many who have left us sooner than we would have liked.

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One of those people is Hazel Smith.

According to “The Tennessean,” the longtime Nashville media personality passed away at her home on March 18 following “a period of declining health.” She was 83.

Declaring herself country music’s mother hen, Hazel was a fixture on Nashville’s Music Row for decades. She was a journalist when female journalists weren’t a common thing. She was also a songwriter, a publicist, a cookbook author and a television personality as host of CMT’s “Southern Fried Flicks.”

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Yet, one of her most meaningful and lasting contributions to country music is the fact that she coined the term “outlaw music” while she was working as a publicist back in the early 1970s for the Glaser Brothers’ Hillbilly Central office and studio.

“Now, it doesn’t say this in mine or any other dictionary I’ve seen, but it said that ‘outlaw’ meant virtually living on the outside of the written law,” Hazel told “The Nashville Scene” in 1997, as reported on by “The Tennessean.” “It just made sense to me, because [record producers] Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins were doing marvelous music, but this was another step in another direction.”

Soon after the news of her death was released, many in the country music community headed to their social media accounts to express their sadness over the news, including producer Buddy Cannon.

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Hazel Smith,” Buddy said. 

Hazel was a wonderful lady who was a great friend to many of us. She was a colorful, tell it like she saw it kind of a person, and you never had to wonder about her stand on something. Willie Nelson credits Hazel with connecting the term ‘outlaw music’ with himself, Waylon, Tompall [Glaser] and all the musical renegades that broke out of the Nashville music factory prison back in the 1970s. We all loved Hazel, and her presence will not soon be forgotten. Rest easy Hazel Smith,” Cannon said.

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Home-grown Mexican chain heads south — WAY south — for new restaurant

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 8:01 AM

Hot Head Burritos expands to Alabama

A home-grown, Kettering-based Mexican restaurant chain is invading the Deep South with a new location that is poised to open tomorrow, March 21.

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The newest franchise location for Hot Head Burritos will be in Auburn, Alabama. The town is home to Auburn University and is in the eastern part of the state, not far from the Georgia state line. And there is a second Alabama location of Hot Head Burritos already in the works in Gadsden, about 125 miles north of the Auburn restaurant. 

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“Our new location is ready to serve Auburn and its surroundings with the best burrito around,” Hot Head Burritos co-franchisee Z.A. Hughes told Auburn-area media in a release. “We’re excited to bring a brand-new option to the area, but we’re also committed to being good neighbors. We look forward to supporting local organizations that work to make Auburn the great area it is.”

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Hot Head Burritos was founded in Dayton in 2007 and now operates more than 70 locations in seven states. Its menu includes burritos, bowls, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and salsas served in a build-your-own service concept similar to Chipotle and Subway, and available with eight sauces that range “from Mild to Wild,” as Hot Head officials put it.

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The locally based burrito chain also has been adding alcoholic beverages to many of its restaurants, with an emphasis on craft beers and margaritas. And Hot Head is renovating many of its restaurants to give them more of a cantina-like feel.

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Hot Head co-founder Ray Wiley is also co-founder of locally based Rapid Fired Pizza, which also is in the process of opening franchise locations in multiple states outside Ohio.

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Fuyao worker killed in forklift accident at Moraine plant

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

SCENE: Coroner requested to Fuyao Glass after reported accident

UPDATE @ 9 a.m.:

A forklift operator of Fuyao Glass America Inc. was killed this morning in an accident at the Moraine plant, according to Moraine police. 

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No one else was reported injured in the accident, according to a statement released by the Moraine Police Division. 

Deputy Chief Jason Neubauer said the police division is investigating the accident that was reported at 2801 W. Stroop Road after one person reportedly unresponsive about 5:20 a.m. 

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Police are investigating the “circumstances surrounding the accident,” according to the statement. 

The coroner’s office is not yet releasing the identity of the worker.

UPDATE @8:15 a.m.

 An employee of Fuyao Glass America Inc. was killed this morning in an accident at the Moraine plant, according to Moraine police. 

Deputy Chief Jason Neubauer said the police division is investigating the accident that was reported at at 2801 W. Stroop Road after one person was unresponsive around 5:20 a.m. 

The coroner's office is not yet releasing the identity of the worker.

UPDATE @ 5:58 a.m: 

The Montgomery County Coroner been requested to Fuyao Glass America, Inc. in Moraine after a reported forklift accident occurred Tuesday morning. 

Initial reports indicate the incident was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to 2801 W. Stroop Road with one person reportedly unresponsive.

Additional details have not been released.


Crews are responding to Fuyao Glass America, Inc. in Moraine on reports of an accident involving a forklift.

The incident was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. at the business located at 2801 W. Stroop Road, per initial reports. 

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story. 

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Shooting reported at Maryland high school

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 8:35 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

VIDEO: Shooting Reported At Maryland High School

Authorities responded Tuesday morning to reports of a shooting at Maryland’s Great Mills High School, school district officials confirmed.

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