New Butler County restaurant to serve comfort food

Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 5:41 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 4:43 PM

            Wooden Barrel is scheduled to open Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at 9303 Cincinnati-Columbus Road in West Chester Twp. The new restaurant will specialize in homestyle cooking and offer breakfast all day.
Wooden Barrel is scheduled to open Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at 9303 Cincinnati-Columbus Road in West Chester Twp. The new restaurant will specialize in homestyle cooking and offer breakfast all day.

A new Butler County restaurant specializing in homestyle cooking is set to make its debut Friday.

Wooden Barrel, 9303 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, will offer comfort food and breakfast all day, according to general manager Robert Combs, of Trenton, who also manages Dad’s Restaurant in Middletown.

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The new restaurant’s menu will feature everything from country fried steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders and meatloaf to fried chicken, haddock, pork chops and liver and onions, Combs said.

About 10 people will be employed by the new restaurant, which will open at the former site of the Crooked Nail Pub, he said.

Middletown health commissioner joins county DD board

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

            Middletown Heath Commissioner Jackie Phillips is sworn as a board member for the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities on Jan. 11 by Butler County Commissioner T.C. Rogers. PROVIDED
Middletown Heath Commissioner Jackie Phillips is sworn as a board member for the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities on Jan. 11 by Butler County Commissioner T.C. Rogers. PROVIDED

Middletown Heath Commissioner Jackie Phillips is the newest board member for the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Phillips was sworn in on Jan. 11 by Butler County Commissioner T.C. Rogers.

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“In reviewing the strengths and skill sets of the Board members, we determined we did not have a member knowledgeable in the healthcare field, nor did we have a board member from the Middletown community,” said county Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Lisa Guliano.

“We are excited that Jackie wants to serve on our Board. Her depth of knowledge about Middletown will assist us in furthering our mission in that area of Butler County.”

Phillips is a registered nurse and prevention educator with more than 30 years experience providing the community with health education.

Phillips also serves on the Centerpoint Health Board of Directors, Great Miami YMCA Board of Trustees, Family Children First Council of Butler County, Community First Solutions and the Middletown Arts Center Board of Governors.

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The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities consists of seven members, four of whom are required to have family members eligible to receive services from the board. The other three board members are required to be from the Butler County community.

Phillips’ first term will end on Dec. 31, 2021.

Board member Connie Sullivan also took the oath of office for her third term on the board. She’s served eight years, and her third term also ends on Dec. 31, 2021.

Sullivan is a resident of Hamilton and has a family member who is eligible to receive services from the board. She is involved in many parent groups and serves on the board for Butler County Special Olympics.

“Connie brings a wealth of knowledge to our Board,” Guliano said. “I appreciate the balanced perspective she provides as a family member and a longstanding member of our community.”

The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Janet Clemmons Center, 282 N. Fair Ave. in Hamilton. The board supports 3,600 people with developmental disabilities in Butler County and employs 150 full-time staff.

Threat of government shutdown wearing on workers

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

What You Need to Know: Government Shutdown

The specter of a partial federal government shutdown looms at midnight Friday, but many federal employees feel “immune” to the threat of being sent home in a repeated cycle of last-minute stopgap spending measures to avert a shutdown, union leaders say.

“I think employees are actually getting immune to it,” said Troy Tingey, president of the American Federal of Government Employees Council 214, which represents several thousand employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

But many also have lost patience.

“A lot of them are starting to look for other career fields in the private sector,” he said in a telephone interview Thursday from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. “They’ve had about enough of this.” And some are rethinking who should represent them in Congress, he added.

Congressional leaders are faced with the prospect for the fourth time since September voting for a short-term spending measure – called a continuing resolution – to avoid a government shutdown through mid-February. The consequences of a shutdown would likely furlough thousands of civil service workers at Wright-Patterson, as it did in 2013.

The House passed a stopgap spending measure in a 230-to 197-vote late Thursday. The bill now heads to the Senate where its fate was uncertain Friday.

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President Donald Trump injected confusion by tweeting Thursday that a children’s health care program should not be part of a short-term budget agreement. The White House quickly said Trump indeed supports the House GOP measure, which would extend the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, for six years and keep the government’s doors open through Feb. 16.

Waiting for word

Although a base spokesperson said Wright-Patterson has not received instructions to prepare for a shutdown, the last time a closure happened some civil service employees, such as police, fire, and medical workers, or those who were involved with the protection of life and property, were exempt. Military personnel stayed on the job.

Even so, when they report to work, they would likely not be paid until a funding deal was reached, two Wright-Patterson firefighter union leaders said.

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“There is some stresses for some of our guys because they aren’t sure what’s going to happen,” said Brian Grubb, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local F88 at Wright-Patterson.

“I think for some of the newer employees that haven’t had to navigate this or just not knowing how long this potential shutdown could be …. there’s that uncertainty,” said Steven E. McKee, Local F88 secretary-treasurer and a firefighter.

“I can’t imagine a Google, Facebook or Ford Motor co. … running as inefficiently,” McKee said, adding “it’s a huge impediment, a hindrance and it’s not right. It’s not fair to either the federal worker and or the citizen.”

Tingey said many members have lost confidence in Congress and the White House.

“When we get out there and we talk to (employees), they just have lost all confidence and respect in not only in (the) House and Senate, but in the administration as a whole,” he said.

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Congressional vote

U.S. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Brad Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati, both members of the House Armed Services Committee, indicated Thursday they would vote for stopgap funding to keep the government open.

“We’re in the sad position of having to vote for another continuing resolution which shortchanges our military and our men and women in uniform,” said Turner, who has Wright-Patterson in his congressional district. “I believe that will pass the House … and then the Senate will be in a position to on a short-term basis continuing funding the government.

“The Senate has to stop holding the budget deal hostage,” Turner added. “They refuse to negotiate and discuss the budget deal until immigration is resolved and the government hasn’t been funded since the end of September. These are unrelated issues. They need to proceed in a decoupled fashion and it’s doing real damage to our military that Senate Democrat leadership continues to take that stand.”

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Democrats are demanding a deal on legislation to offer protection from deportation to younger immigrants who were brought to the country as children and now are here illegally as a prerequisite for any longer-term government funding agreement. They say the four-week duration of the House continuing resolution is too long and would take the pressure off of immigration negotiations.

“We can’t keep careening from short-term CR to short-term CR. If this bill passes, there’ll be no incentive to negotiate and we’ll be right back here in a month with the same problems at our feet,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.“Eventually, we need to make progress on the biggest issues before us.”

Wenstrup said lawmakers were “diligently” trying to prevent a shutdown.

“I think we’ll get there, but I’ve been wrong before,” he said.

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Funding the military is the highest priority with the threats the United States faces around the world, he said.

“Although a CR likely will not have what we want in terms of funding our military fully, a CR is probably our least bad option and closing down the government is an even worse option,” said Wenstrup, who added a shutdown would mean training for National Guard and reserve troops would stop.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has not indicate how he will vote on a short-term funding measure. He is waiting to see what is in the legislation before making a decision, his office said Thursday.

“There is no reason for a government shutdown,” the senator said in a statement. “Congress needs to come together and do its job.”

A spokeswoman for Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Portman would vote yes on a short-term spending resolution.

“Rob believes both parties have a responsibility to keep the government funded and ensure safety and stability for all Americans, especially those serving in our armed forces,” spokeswoman Emily Benavides said in an email. “He will certainly vote to keep the government open.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Follow the and for the latest news on a potential government shutdown Friday.

Zac Efron shows off the creepy Ted Bundy he’ll play in the movie filmed here

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:30 AM

Zac Efron will play the role of Ted Bundy in a movie that will be filmed in part in this region.

From the looks of it, he’s got the character nailed.

Efron posted a photo of himself in character on Instagram this week, causing the Internet to basically say, “Yep, that’s Bundy.”

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Police: Man performed satanic ritual on passed-out woman

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:50 AM

Man Arrested After Performing Satanic Ritual on Passed-Out Woman, Police Said

A Pennsylvania man is behind bars after police said that he performed what he called a satanic ritual on a friend.

Kyle Parker is accused of cutting the victim on her palm during an argument, TribLive reported.

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The woman passed out, but when she woke up, she said found razor blade cuts on her calf.

The next day the victim said that Parker told her, “I sold your soul to the devil,” Trib Live reported.

Parker was charged with simple assault and harassment and was taken to Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bond, Trib Live reported.