Mobile dental care a first in Butler County

Published: Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 8:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 03, 2013 @ 1:04 AM

A Hamilton-based nonprofit is taking its effort to promote good oral health on the road.

Primary Health Solutions’ new dental care vehicle will provide on-site dental care to children in Butler County schools and serve other under-served populations, such as the severely mentally ill and substance abuse patients, according to PHS spokeswoman Lajuana Miller.

For many in Ohio who live below the poverty line, access to affordable health care is a problem, including dental care for children, said Marc Bellisario, Primary Health’s CEO.

“We know that children who have dental pain are unable to concentrate in school and they fall behind their peers,” Bellisario said. “Many of these children come to school day after day experiencing this pain and unable to study.”

Primary Health will start by serving Hamilton City Schools this August, but will eventually partner with schools countywide, he said.

Using design to make the vehicle age-appropriate and appealing for school-age children “shows a lot of vision and a lot of experience and understanding of health care,” said Janet Baker, superintendent for Hamilton schools.

“The draw of how the van looks makes it really inviting and warm and it’s going to have the same impact on our students,” Baker said. “Our job as educators is to really set them up for success and certainly this van is a great step in that direction.”

The vehicle is the result of funding from the Hamilton Community Foundation, Miami Valley Health Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“The Hamilton Community Foundation gets the opportunity to participate in many, many worthwhile projects in the community, said John Guidugli, the foundation’s president and CEO. “I have a hard time thinking of any project that we’re involved with that will have a greater personal impact on those served” than Primary Health’s dental vehicle.

PHS is looking for community support, both from area foundations and individuals, to continue operating the van, Bellisario said.

“Even though it’s paid for, it’s still going to be expensive to operate,” he said.

The 40-foot-long vehicle features two patient chairs, full treatment X-ray and a waiting area for children to watch movies.

Jeff Diver, vice chairman for Primary Health’s board of trustees, said there is no other mobile dental van outside of Cincinnati.

“This is going to fill a great community need that we have in Butler County,” Diver said.

If a student needs to return to have more work done, the vehicle will remain on site, said Peggy Vazquez, director of clinical operation for Primary Health Solutions.

“We will not leave a school until all the kids are done,” Vazquez said.

Embracing bodies found in national park believed to be missing hikers

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:09 AM

Embracing Bodies Believed To Be Missing Hikers

Search and rescue efforts in California's Joshua Tree National Park led to the discovery of two bodies embracing one another. They are believed to be Joseph Orbeso, 21, and Rachel Nguyen, 20.

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According to KESQ and KABC, the couple was last heard from in late July, and search teams later located their car near the beginning of one of the park’s trails. Their last known contact was a cellphone ping in the area, and their belongings were found still inside the Airbnb they were renting, as they never checked out.

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Orbeso’s father, Gilbert, and a group of search and rescue workers launched a months-long search for the hikers, making a huge breakthrough on Sunday as they scaled 30-foot cliffs and covered new ground. Clothing, food wrappers and water bottles led them to the bodies, which were picked up by a helicopter and sent to a coroner’s office to confirm the identities. Orbeso’s father, however, is certain that the remains belong to his son and his son’s girlfriend.

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“A sense of relief that we have found them after going a long time on these hikes. I feel like we have closure. We know we found them. That was our main goal, to find them. And I’m glad we did that,” he said, according to KESQ.

"Hope they can rest in peace now," he added, KABC reported.

Official identification of the remains is pending and will follow completed autopsies.

'Nuclear war may break out any moment': North Korea intensifies rhetoric against USA

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 7:15 PM

North Korea: 'Nuclear War May Break Out Any Moment'

North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.”

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Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s -- and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense.

He pointed to large-scale military exercises every year using “nuclear assets” and said what is more dangerous is what he called a U.S. plan to stage a “secret operation aimed at the removal of our supreme leadership.”

This year, Kim said, North Korea completed its “state nuclear force and thus became the full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges, including the atomic bomb, H-bomb and intercontinental ballistic rockets.”

“The entire U.S. mainland is within our firing range and if the U.S. dares to invade our sacred territory even an inch it will not escape our severe punishment in any part of the globe,” he warned.

Kim’s speech follows escalating threats between North Korea and the United States, and increasingly tough U.N. sanctions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that his country is curtailing economic, scientific and other ties with North Korea in line with U.N. sanctions, and the European Union announced new sanctions on Pyongyang for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis “will continue until the first bomb drops.” His commitment to diplomacy came despite President Donald Trump’s tweets several weeks ago that his chief envoy was “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he derisively referred to as “Little Rocket Man.”

North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador called his country’s nuclear and missile arsenal “a precious strategic asset that cannot be reversed or bartered for anything.”

“Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the U.S. is thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table under any circumstances,” Kim said.

He told the disarmament committee that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea -- North Korea’s official name -- had hoped for a nuclear-free world.

Instead, Kim said, all nuclear states are accelerating the modernization of their weapons and “reviving a nuclear arms race reminiscent of (the) Cold War era.” He noted that the nuclear weapon states, including the United States, boycotted negotiations for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was approved in July by 122 countries at the United Nations.

“The DPRK consistently supports the total elimination of nuclear weapons and the efforts for denuclearization of the entire world,” he said. But as long as the United States rejects the treaty and “constantly threatens and blackmails the DPRK with nuclear weapons … the DPRK is not in position to accede to the treaty.”

New roundabout in Liberty Twp. closing temporarily

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:25 AM

            Butler County’s newest roundabout, at Yankee and Princeton roads in Liberty Twp. opened Sept. 22, ahead of schedule, according to the Engineer’s Office. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Butler County’s newest roundabout, at Yankee and Princeton roads in Liberty Twp. opened Sept. 22, ahead of schedule, according to the Engineer’s Office. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

The newest roundabout in Liberty Twp. at Princeton and Yankee roads will close temporarily so the final course of asphalt can be installed.

The new roundabout will close for approximately 24 hours beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, according to the Butler County Engineer’s Office.

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Construction crews will be applying the final surface course of asphalt and completing lane striping.

All four legs of the roundabout should reopen by Saturday evening, but timing will depend on various factors, according to the engineer’s office.

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The new roundabout opened at Yankee and Princeton last month without the top course of asphalt in an effort to re-establish traffic flow through the intersection as quickly as possible.

12 companies looking for employees at Butler County job fair today

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:17 AM


A “hiring extravaganza” at OhioMeansJobs-Butler County in Fairfield will last all day today and include a dozen area companies.

The companies that will be at OhioMeansJobs, 4631 Dixie Highway, at various times today include:

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  • Spectrum, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Trinity Couriers, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Clippard Instruments, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • MS Companies, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • McDonald’s, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Prestige Technical Services, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Adecco, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The Job Store, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • BC Forward, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Barclaycard, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Triumph, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Autopart International, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For details on the positions each company is seeking to fill, visit or call 513-785-6500.