New Butler County restaurant to serve comfort food

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


            New Butler County restaurant to serve comfort food

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.

Child deaths in Fairfield, Hamilton investigated

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 10:20 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 11:45 AM

Child deaths in Fairfield, Hamilton investigated

Police in Hamilton and Fairfield are each conducting child death investigations today, the Journal-News has confirmed.

Hamilton police Sgt. Brian Robinson confirmed a child death investigation is underway but declined to provide more details.

Police were called to a home on North 6th Street early this morning.

The Butler County Coroner’s Office was also called to a child death investigation in Fairfield in the past 24 hours, Martin Schneider of the coroner’s office told the Journal-News.

Fairfield police said they are investing a child death at an apartment in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive.

Police were called to the apartment at about 4:30 a.m. today about an unresponsive one-month-old baby.

The child was transported to Mercy Hospital-Fairfield, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

New ranking of Ohio — ‘We’re 35th’ — doesn’t roll off the tongue

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 12:01 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 2:31 PM


            New ranking of Ohio — ‘We’re 35th’ — doesn’t roll off the tongue

You’ve seen the Best Colleges rankings and the listings of Best Hospitals. Now, U.S. News & World Report is rolling out a new “Best States” rankings — and Ohio does not fare well.

Ohio comes in 35th out of 50 states when it comes to a wide swath of measurements such as education, health, energy, jobs and transportation, according to U.S. News & World Report inaugural “Best States” report.

RELATED: Ohio ranks 45th for college affordability

Ohio received poor marks when it came to infrastructure, higher education, corrections and public health. But it landed the top ranking when it comes to affordability, budget transparency and government digitalization.

U.S. News, which is well-known for its rankings of colleges and hospitals, evaluated states on 68 metrics and says it’s a “comprehensive effort to provide citizens with a full picture of what’s working and what needs to be improved in their states.”

Data analyzed include eighth grade reading scores, graduation rates, average commute times, parole completions, percentage of households below the poverty line, patents granted per capita, labor force participation rates, violent crime and more.

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The top five states in the overall rankings: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington.

The bottom five are: Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and New Mexico.

The metrics are weighted according to what citizens say they value the most — health care and education top the list. Massachusetts scored well because it has the most educated population and the best access to health care, U.S. News said.

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The report concluded that all the states need to improve when it comes to state integrity, which measures how well they prevent corruption through public access to information, judicial accountability and more. Alaska earned the highest grade — a C — and 11 states failed, the report said.

Top 5 states

Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington

Bottom 5 states

Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and New Mexico.

Ohio’s rank

35th

Source: U.S. News & World Report

’Enhanced risk’ for severe weather issued for tonight

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 5:17 AM

The Storm Prediction Center has issued an “enhanced risk” report that would indicate strong to severe storms are possible late tonight into the overnight.

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  • The real threat for strong to severe storms arrives tonight, mainly after midnight
  • Damaging winds, heavy rain and hail are main threats
  • Scattered showers and storms possible throughout Tuesday during the day

TODAY/TONIGHT: As of 11:30 a.m. the western part of the Miami Valley, including the city of Dayton has been placed under an enhanced risk for severe storms later tonight into tomorrow morning.   


Scattered showers and storms are possible at any point during the day today. The real threat for strong to severe storms arrives tonight, mainly after midnight with damaging winds, heavy rain and hail. The threat for a spin-up tornado is not out of the question and will be monitored throughout the night.

WEDNESDAY: Some storms may become strong with wind, hail and minor flooding the main threat. Highs will be in the low 60s early with temperatures dropping late afternoon and evening behind our front. Some passing rain or snow showers possible at night. Gusty winds over 30 mph possible during the day and night.

THURSDAY: Cooler day in the low 40s. Some passing rain or snow showers late afternoon. Passing snow showers at night.

FRIDAY: Temperatures start in the 20s. Coldest bus stop forecast of the week. Flurries will likely linger especially in the eastern Miami Valley for the first half of the day. Highs in the upper 30s.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, and warmer than normal with highs around 50.

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'I remember when you got arrested': George W. Bush embarrasses daughter on live TV

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 3:50 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 5:35 PM


            'I remember when you got arrested': George W. Bush embarrasses daughter on live TV

While stopping by the set of the “Today” show, former President George W. Bush teased his daughter on live television.

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Jenna Bush Hager sat down with her father and Kathie Lee Gifford on Monday morning, and the former president answered questions about his time in the White House. He also poked fun at his daughter.

“Do you watch Jenna on the show every day?” Gifford asked, to which Bush responded with a curt “No.”

“Dad, you're supposed to say, ‘Yes,’” Jenna Bush Hager joked. 

“Has she ever said anything where you said, ‘I’m going to get that girl!?’” Gifford asked.

“No. That all happened when she was a teenager,” President Bush said.

Then, to his daughter’s horror, he brought up the time the former first daughter was arrested.

“I remember when you got arrested for a fake ID,” he said, laughing.

Bush said he is very proud of his daughter. 

Watch the video below:

WATCH: George W. Bush dishes on if he watches Jenna Bush Hager in the mornings and that one time he passed out from choking on a pretzel…

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