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.

Jimmy Kimmel: Senator ‘lied right to my face’ about healthcare

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 7:35 AM

FILE PHOTO - Jimmy Kimmel at Clayton Kershaw's 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose Celebrity Tournament at Dodger Stadium on July 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Kershaw's Challenge )
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FILE PHOTO - Jimmy Kimmel at Clayton Kershaw's 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose Celebrity Tournament at Dodger Stadium on July 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Kershaw's Challenge )(Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had harsh words for a lawmaker who told him that he’d put all health care bills under what the senator called the “Jimmy Kimmel Test,” then announced his support that many believe goes against that pledge.

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Kimmel , during Monday night’s show, said that Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) “lied right to my face” when the senator talked about his “test” on any health care bill proposed back in May. The test would make sure that “No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise because they can’t afford it.”

Kimmel said that, “He [Cassidy] agreed to that. He said he would only support a health care bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs, no matter how much money his parents make.”

Cassidy teamed up with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) for the bill that, according to Cassidy, repeals Obamacare and replaces it with grants that are given each year to states to help the population pay for health care, CNN reported.

The grants will be run through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. 

Cassidy, during his appearance on the show in May, said that lifetime limits would not be set. But in the bill as it stands, itwill be up to individual states to run the health care programs as lawmakers in state capitals see fit, meaning that states can decide if there are caps or if someone with a preexisting condition will be charged more for their coverage, The Washington Post reported.

The Washington Post reported that the bill could lead to a per capita cap on Medicaid. Some states may turn to a single-payer system. Other states could eliminate coverage for some who need it or make it so expensive that some can’t afford it.

Kimmel announced in May that his son had to undergo open heart surgery shortly after he was born. Kimmel said that if a child has to have multiple open heart surgeries, the cost can be hundreds of thousands of dollars each. 

Kimmel has urged his viewers to call their senators and tell them their views on the proposed bill. He posted the number to the Capitol Hill switchboard to his Twitter page.

Despite Kimmel calling Cassidy a liar on his show, Cassidy has not responded directly to the monologue, CNN reported. Cassidy did release the following statement:

“We have a September 30th deadline on our promise. Let’s finish the job. We must because there is a mother and father whose child will have insurance because of Graham Cassidy Heller Johnson. There is someone whose pre-existing condition will be addressed because of GCHJ.”

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Opening day today for 2nd Dayton-area MOD Pizza 

Published: Monday, August 07, 2017 @ 11:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

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The Cornerstone of Centerville’s newest restaurant is opening today, Sept. 20.

MOD Pizza is poised to launch its second Dayton-area location at the large-scale retail and mixed-use development near I-675 and Wilmington Pike. The quick-serve casual pizza restaurant opened its first Dayton-area location at 9196 N. Main St. (Ohio 48) in Englewood in April.

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The new pizza restaurant hosted a soft-opening “bridge day” on Sept. 19, according to MOD Pizza Operations Director Nick Doll.

Pizza wars rage on throughout the Miami Valley

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The Seattle-based pizza chain will occupy 2,800 square feet in the Shoppes at Cornerstone III, a four-tenant retail building along Wilmington Pike on the western edge of the Cornerstone development. It will share the building with three other restaurants: Firehouse subs; First Watch, the breakfast-and-lunch chain that operates three other Dayton-area locations; and Zoup!, which opened its first Dayton-area location next to Whole Foods in Washington Twp. last year.

>> RELATED: MOD Pizza confirms 1st Dayton-area restaurant will open in Englewood (August 2016)

In Butler County, a MOD Pizza opened in West Chester across from the Liberty Center in December.

Founded in 2008, MOD is among the pioneers of the fast casual pizza segment, in which individual pizzas are made on demand, then cooked in an 800 degree oven in less than three minutes. Made-to-order salads also are available, as are milkshakes, house-made lemonades and iced teas, and local craft beers and wine.

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The concept is similar to that of Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza, which has opened multiple restaurants across the Miami Valley in the last 18 months, and Cleveland-based pizza chain PizzaFire, which opened its first Dayton-area location last August in Kettering.

At MOD Pizza, you can build your own or try one of the restaurant’s creations, including a seasonal pie such as Ella (pictured) that holds white sauce, mozzarella, spicy chicken sausage, diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, a lemon wedge and Sriracha. LIGAYA FIGUERAS / LFIGUERAS@AJC.COM(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Teen returns lost wallet with $1,500 stuffed inside and it was all caught on camera

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:48 PM

Home Surveillance Video Shows Teen Returning Lost Wallet With $1,500 Still Inside

A big hug for a California teenager who found a wallet with $1,500 inside and returned it to its rightful owner.

That’s what Melissa Vang did when 18-year-old Tyler Opdyke showed up at her door to make sure she had found the lost wallet. He had hidden it under her doormat when no one answered his knock.

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This is how it happened. Opdyke was handing out fliers for his uncle’s pesticide business, according to KOVR, when he stumbled upon the wallet bulging with cash. 

Vang’s husband had dropped it as he was leaving the home

“I just really thought about what I would want someone to do if I were to drop my wallet,” Opdyke told KOVR. “And then I thought about the house. I thought about the family who lived there.”

When he rang the doorbell to return the wallet, no one answered, because Vang was afraid to go to the door, but surveillance video captured Opdyke holding up the wallet .

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So he hid the wallet under the doormat and returned later to make sure the family had found it. This time Vang and her two daughters answered the door. They hugged Opdyke and thanked him for his honesty and integrity in returning the lost money.

Earthquake insurance: Something you may want to consider

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:08 AM

The devastating earthquake in Mexico City may have you thinking about the earthquake risk in the Miami Valley and whether or not your home and belongings are covered by insurance.

In general, most standard homeowners insurance policies do not include earthquake coverage, according to the Ohio Insurance Institute. 

The cost of coverage depends on your home’s location, what it is made out of, deductibles, and your insurer. 

Earthquake insurance is calculated on a “per $1,000 coverage” basis, and coverage for wood-frame structures is typically cheaper, according to the OII.

In Ohio, the cost for earthquake insurance is about 25 cents per $1,000 on a wood frame home and 47 cents per $1,000 of coverage on a brick home. 

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There have been six reported earthquakes in Ohio in 2017- none of them in the Miami Valley, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

At least 200 earthquakes with an Ohio-epicenter have been reported since 1776 with at least 15 of them causing minor to moderate damage, according to the ODNR. 

RELATED: Rescuers still working to free victims in Mexico earthquake

News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray is finding out more about the earthquake risk in the Miami Valley and whether or not you should consider adding earthquake insurance on to your homeowners policy. Watch today at 5pm.