Iconic Fairfield Central Elementary demolished

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:17 PM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Fairfield's old Central Elementary is being torn down.

It’s the second oldest school building in Butler County — opening its doors in 1929 — but today saw Central Elementary begin its journey into dust.

Demolition crews used a giant construction claw to tear away one corner of the former Fairfield school as a small crowd of teachers and residents watched from across Ohio 4.

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It was bittersweet for them.

Though the school was outdated, cramped and inadequate for years for the growing, 10,000-student district, so many local residents spent part of their early school years during the school’s 88-year history and it housed many memories.

“It kind of hurt a little bit. It’s very sentimental,” said Central Elementary Principal Karrie Gallo, after watching the large excavator tear down the first walls.

“While we know we have exciting times coming, it’s also a little sad to leave a piece of your history and we have a lot memories that occurred in that building,” said Gallo. “It’s kind of sad to see it go down. It makes it final.”

The sweet part of the bittersweet was hidden from spectator view because directly behind the old Central school stands a nearly-completed, new Central Elementary.

Fairfield City Schools will soon experience what few Southwest Ohio school systems ever have — the district is opening three new schools in early September as part of a historic $80 million building project.

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The district is also building the new Compass Elementary across from Fairfield High School and the Fairfield Freshman School on the high school campus.

“A lot of people don’t realize what’s been going on behind the building (Central) and once the building goes down and they see our new school, I think they will be really excited about what the next (school year) is going to bring for us,” said Gallo.

Jill Arent had two children attend the old Central school and while she’ll miss the old school, she’s excited about the new learning facilities that will soon be available to thousands of Fairfield students.

“It’s a new beginning for a lot of kids and a lot of teachers and a lot of new (learning) environments for them to be in so I’m very excited,” said Arent.

“I’m a little remorseful that an icon has to go, but in the same sense to me it’s all a new beginning,” she said.

The demolition will now switch to removal of interior drop-ceilings and other fixtures before resuming the tear down of the remaining exterior walls later this week.

The adjacent Fairfield Freshman School will also soon begin its demolition, said Fairfield officials.

Classes for Fairfield students will be starting later than normal for the 2017-2018 school year due to the demolition and construction work. Usually classes start in mid-to-late August, but for the coming school year they will begin Sept. 5.

Services today for Springboro soldier killed in West Africa

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 12:59 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, formerly of Springboro, and three other U.S. soldiers were killed Oct. 4 during an attack in the West African nation of Niger, according to the Defense Department. U.S. ARMY PHOTO
Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, formerly of Springboro, and three other U.S. soldiers were killed Oct. 4 during an attack in the West African nation of Niger, according to the Defense Department. U.S. ARMY PHOTO

UPDATE 10/19/17

Services are today for Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, formerly of Springboro, who was killed Oct. 4 in West Africa.

A wake and memorial service will be held for Johnson at the Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville, N.C., according to an obituary posted to the funeral home’s website.

A memorial service is set for Nov. 7 at Fort Bragg, N.C.


A memorial service for a soldier formerly from Springboro and three others killed in an ambush in Niger in West Africa is set for Nov. 7 at Fort Bragg, N.C., according to an Army spokesman.

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, and formerly of Springboro, was among those killed in the Oct. 4 incident, the Defense Department has said. A date for a funeral service was pending Thursday, a spokesman said.

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ISIS-Grand Sahara militants were behind the attack against U.S. soldiers, Maj. Audricia M. Harris, a Pentagon spokeswoman, confirmed to this newspaper Thursday. The attack killed a foreign soldier working with American forces and injured two U.S. soldiers during a reconnaissance patrol, officials have said.

The other Americans killed in the attack were Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, of Puyallup, Wash., Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga., and Sgt. LaDavid Johnson, of Miami Gardens, Fla., the Defense Department reported. Sgt. LaDavid Johnson’s name was released days after the three soldiers were first identified.

They were assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg.

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Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, who was married and had two children, moved to the Springboro area in his 20s to be closer to his mother and stepfather before he enlisted in the Army, friends of the family have told this news outlet.

“This is not another name,” Jeff Baldridge, a Springboro area family friend and Air Force veteran told WHIO-TV last week. “This is a young man who gave his life for his country, and it is hard to wrap your hand around the fact that for us this isn’t just another statistic. For us, every single veteran is precious.”

The soldier was expected to return to the United States in December after a year-long deployment in Africa, friends said. His parents had relocated in recent years to South Carolina.

A time for the memorial service at Fort Bragg had not yet been set, Army Capt. Christopher D. Webb said in an email.

How did DAYTON’S river skyline end up on the label of a MASSACHUSETTS beer?

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Great Miami River overruns River Run in Dayton

We were curious.

How in the WORLD did the Dayton Riverscape fountains, the Great Miami River and the Dayton skyline end up on the label of a beer brewed in Ipswich, Massachusetts?

So we asked — and we got the whole story.

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Here’s the explanation from Bryan Doran, director of sales and development for Clown Shoes Beer in — you guessed it — Ipswich, Massachusetts.

“When we first launched our beers in 2013, the legal alcohol by volume limit in Ohio was 12 percent. We made a beer called ‘Blaecorn Unidragon’ that had 12.5 percent ABV. We re-formulated the beer to be 11.5 percent ABV and released it in 2014 in Ohio as ‘Ohio Unidragon,’” Doran said.

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“The original label was Cleveland-centric with elements from the rest of Ohio. I have family in Ohio — my wife is from Cleveland — so it was something that I am sensitive to in that Ohio is a big state with strong regional loyalties. We have fans across the state, so we wanted to make sure to provide them with new labels that represent them.”

“So for the 2015 Ohio Unidragon, our label was Columbus-centric with elements from all over Ohio. And in 2016, our version was a great view of Cincinnati from the bluff of Price Hill.”

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“For this year’s version, we wanted to represent Dayton, because we have a lot of loyal fans there. When I am in town, I often stay in the Oregon District and take runs along the RiverScape Metropark.”

Lee Wolf of Dayton took this photo near RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. He said, "We were hiking along the river when my wife and I saw this rainbow magic over the fountain." CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

“In talking with people, there was an understanding that the fountains were something very recognizable as Dayton. So it seemed like a great image for the label. Our artist, Michael Axt, then translates our thoughts into an image. He typically presents us with multiple sketches and we pick the one we like best. We really enjoyed the idea of the Unidragon playing in the fountain, so it made the label.”

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“We keep doing the project once a year because it is a fun beer that we really enjoy, and Ohio is a great state — and it’s a great state for Clown Shoes sales, too. We do a lot of state-specific beers basically because after doing the Ohio Unidragon, other states said, ‘Where is our special beer?’ So it makes sense to continue doing the beer since it was our first state-specific project.”

Dayton Riverscape fountains, the Great Miami River and the Dayton skyline appear on this Clown Shoes beer label. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

And THAT’S how the Dayton Riverscape fountains, the Great Miami River, and the Dayton skyline ended up on the label of a beer brewed in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

The beer is available at multiple retail shops around town that specialize in craft beers.

Just look for the dragon playing in the fountains.

Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:15 AM

FILE PHOTO - Pumpkins are seen at Petaluma Pumpkin Patch on  in Petaluma, California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
FILE PHOTO - Pumpkins are seen at Petaluma Pumpkin Patch on in Petaluma, California.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A California woman is recovering after she got a bad bacterial infection when she was bitten by a tick during a trip to a pumpkin patch.

Jennifer Velasquez said she was wearing flip-flops and shorts to a pumpkin patch when she was bitten by a tick two years ago, The Sacramento Bee reported. The tick was infected by Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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She posted a photo of the rash to her Facebook page last week, saying that, “I couldn’t walk, my whole body was in pain, my hair fell out, and I almost died.”

And while the bite and the infection that followed happened two years ago, she posted the photo this month after seeing photos of families going to fall activities to remind them to cover up during outings and do a tick check after the trip, The Bee reported.

So what should people look for when it comes to Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

The Mayo Clinic says symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle aches
  • nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion or other neurological changes
  • Distinctive rash

And while Velasquez said to be careful and don’t repeat the mistake she made by wearing flip flops to a pumpkin patch, she said not to avoid going just to prevent a tick bite, The Bee reported.


JUST IN: Local BBQ restaurant to add 2 new locations

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:46 AM

OinkADoodleMoo will add locations in Kettering, WPAFB

A local barbecue restaurant will add two locations, one of them a return engagement in Kettering.

OinkADoodleMoo Barbecue will open a restaurant at 912 E. Dorothy Lane at Ackerman Boulevard, in space that previously housed the original Dayton Beer Company taproom until it shut down two months ago. And after operating out of a mobile trailer since 2010 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OinkADoodleMoo has signed a lease contract to operate out of a facility near the food court in Area A.

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Steven Meyer, owner of OinkADoodleMoo, told this news outlet this morning that the new Kettering location will seat 35 to 40 inside and is projected to open in early 2018. The new WPAFB location will seat 15 to 20, although customers will also be able to take their food to the nearby food court. That location is expected to open in February, Meyer said.

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OinkADoodleMoo previously operated a restaurant at 3910 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering which developed a loyal following, but shut down in August 2015 after failing to re-negotiate its lease, Meyer said.

OinkADoodleMoo will expand in the weeks ahead, adding locations in Kettering and WPAFB. Photo from OinkADoodleMoo Facebook page.(Staff Writer)

Meyer went on to open a new location in Miamisburg, but always had an eye toward returning to Kettering. He said he was attracted to the strong traffic flow and visibility of the former brewery space on East Dorothy Lane. Renovations are already underway in the space, the OinkADoodleMoo owner said.

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OinkADoodleMoo was founded in 2009 with the opening of an Englewood restaurant that later relocated to the Randolph Plaza. In addition to the Miamisburg and Randolph Plaza/Clayton restaurants, OinkADoodleMoo operates a location in the KeyBank Tower lobby in downtown Dayton.

Meyer has a wealth of restaurant experience. He was one of the first franchisees of Penn Station East Coast Subs, has served as managing partner of Longhorn Steakhouse, and as area developer and operating partner for Cici’s Pizza.

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“Barbecue is definitely a niche, and we are proud that we are locally owned and operated, and focused on growing in the region where we are from,” Meyer said in a release. His children work at the restaurant and graduated from Miamisburg High School.