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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 5:30 AM
— National Pizza Day is Feb. 9, a time to celebrate the Italian taste treat that’s served as thin-crust, deep dish or anywhere in between.
One things for certain about these six local pizza places: they’ve earned a dedicated following of customers throughout Butler County and beyond during their decades in business.
Chester’s Pizzeria, 2929 Dixie Highway in Hamilton, was founded by Chester and Mary Dadabo back in 1947 in the kitchen of their Lindenwald home, then as a standalone business in 1954.
Mary Dadabo first presented her pizzas for sale, half-baked and frozen, in their Chester’s Market grocery store on Pleasant Ave. That’s the way the pizzeria still does it today.
“Mom and Dad gave us one recipe to follow and we wouldn’t change it for anything,” the business says on its website.
In addition to pizza, the business also serves sandwiches, chicken wings, spaghetti and salads.
Richards Pizza, which sells pizza, steak sandwiches and more, opened in 1955 at 2343 Dixie Highway, but moved in 2011 to 3015 Dixie Highway. A West Side Richards opened at the corner of Main and “D” streets in 1956. The current West Side location at 417 Main Street, Richards’ flagship restaurant, opened in 1970.
Since taking over the business from their father in the late 1980s, co-owners Karen and Gayl Underwood opened three additional locations in Trenton (2004), Fairfield (2006) and Monroe (2009).
The business also serves a World Famous Steak Sandwich, calzones, sandwiches, pastas, spaghetti and salads. To ensure pizza toppings hold their flavor, Richards puts its cheese on top.
Milillo’s Pizza, 1010 Main St. in Hamilton, was founded in 1968 by the late Jack and Ruth Milillo along with Jack’s brothers, Lawrence and John, and sister Ann Milillo Diefenbacher.
The restaurant, which has no seating inside and no delivery, does a steady business off its pizza and other Italian specialties, such as penne, ziti and lasagna, made in both meat and vegetarian versions.
Shaddock’s Pizza and Drive-Thru
Want to order a pizza but not get out of your car? Shaddock’s Pizza at 4713 Central Ave. in Middletown has a drive-thru for food pick-up. That drive-thru also allows for pick up of other store merchandise, including a diverse selection of wine, beer, other alcohol and sodas.
Also listed on the menu at Shaddock’s: spaghetti, lasagna, calzones and hot wings, plus a bevy of side dishes, breads and sandwiches.
SDS Pizza and Subs
SDS Pizza and Subs is located at 7 E. Chestnut St. in Oxford in the heart of Miami University. Founded in 1975, it’s family-owned and operated by the Amarantos family, which is originally from Chicago and has been in the food business for more than 40 years.
The business is run by Andy, Terry and Tommy Amarantos and serves pizza, subs and wings.
Big Dog’s Pizza
Founded in 1997, Big Dog’s Pizza is located at 7967 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd. in West Chester Twp. and owned by Chris Sackrider.
Specialty “West Chester Style Pizzas” include numerous meat and veggie options, including the “Taco Pizza,” “The Hawaiian,” “The Teriyaki Chicken,” “The BBQ Chicken” and “The Bacon Cheeseburger,” which features bacon, hamburger, onions, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, ketchup, mustard and pickles
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:16 PM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:32 PM
WEST CHESTER TWP — UPDATE @ 2:30 P.M.:
The fire on Hollywood Drive appears to be “knocked down” but crews have not yet cleared the scene, according to Butler County scanner traffic.
We have a reporter in route to the scene and will update this story when more information is available.
Emergency crews are responding to a reported fire at a West Chester house.
Dispatchers got the call at 1:41 p.m. for a fire at a two-story home in the 7300 block of Hollywood Drive.
West Chester Fire Department is on the scene and, as of 2:09 p.m., fire departments from Sycamore and Deerfield townships are on the way.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:43 PM
Dion described what it felt like to lose Angélil — who died at age 73 after a cancer battle —after decades of marriage.
“For three years, my husband did not have a sip of water or food. He was eating through a tube,” Dion said. “The only thing I hoped while he was in three years of agony: I wanted him to live in peace. I wanted him to feel so light and no worries. He had a little heart attack. It’s so quick; he didn’t even feel anything. I thought that he was like liberated from his pain.”
“He’s the only man I’ve seen. The only man I’ve loved. The only man I’ve kissed,” the Canadian added.
Angélil — with whom Dion shared sons René-Charles Angélil, 17, and twins Eddy and Nelson Angélil, 7 — died two days before his 74th birthday and days before the death of Dion’s brother, Daniel Dion. As Dion’s longtime music manager, Angélil had always had a role in her life personally and professionally.
Dion has a bronze replica of Angélil’s hand that she brings along to every one of her performances. With two Las Vegas residencies that combined have spanned well over a decade and counting, she’s had many performances with his hand in hers since his passing.
Dion put her residency on hold during her husband’s bout with cancer, but it was Angélil’s constant support even through his illness that quickly led Dion back to the stage.
“I shake my husband’s hand and knock on wood with him every night before every show,” Dion, 49, told The Daily Telegraph. “Even after he’s gone, I still talk to him.”
A month before Angélil’s death, the longtime couple celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary.
“My husband wanted me to go back onstage before he passed; that’s what he wanted the most,” Dion said. “So I went back onstage while he was still alive; he wanted to make sure I could keep going. So I did prove to him (that), yes, I could keep going. I told him I’ve got the kids and that he’s got to trust me, he’s got to relax.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM
— The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Ohio River at Cincinnati from late Sunday until early Friday.
The river has been rising at a steady pace with the recent rain and there are even ducks floating in water where a road once was.
According to our news partner WCPO, the Ohio River is expected to rise to about 55 feet by Wednesday in areas near Cincinnati. Several major roads in Cincinnati have already closed for flooding including Kellogg Road, Eight Mile Road and Four Mile Road.
The Ohio River is expected to fall back below flood stage by Friday afternoon.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:50 PM
LEBANON — A company seeking to double its local workforce debuts its new $10 million facility today in Lebanon’s Kingsview Industrial Park.
Kadant Black Clawson, a global supplier of fiber processing systems for the pulp and paper industry, is opening a 130,000-square-foot facility at 425 Kingsview Drive.
The company is relocating 65 employees from office space at 7312 Central Parke Blvd. in Mason to the new building and adding 50 new full-time production employees to their ranks.
More than half of America’s recycled waste paper is processed on equipment made by Kadant Black Clawson, whose roots stretch back to Butler County in 1873.
Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer said the city, the city manager and the economic development department had been working for an extensive period of time on securing the company for the community, which she said is “beyond exciting” for Lebanon.
“To bring in such a quality business and industry for our city is outstanding, but it took a lot of work,” she said. “As we all know … businesses are always looking to locate and choosing the right location and so there’s a lot of competition.”
The company’s expansion is fueled by a state tax credit approved in January by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. The 1.687 percent, eight-year Job Creation Tax Credit for the company’s expansion project is expected to create 62 full-time positions, generating $3.5 million in new annual payroll and retaining $7.4 million in current payroll