Storm knocks out power to thousands, damages neighborhood

Published: Saturday, September 08, 2012 @ 4:05 PM
Updated: Saturday, September 08, 2012 @ 4:05 PM

KETTERING — A storm that tore through the region Friday night and early Saturday left hundreds of customers without power and ripped through a Kettering neighborhood, where trees were torn from their roots and several homes were damaged.

At its height, the storm knocked out power to as many as 580 residents in Preble County. According to DP&L, about 150 customers in Montgomery County also lost power, along with more than 50 in Greene County. In all, as many as 5,000 customers were impacted by the storm, according to Kevin Hall, a DP&L spokesman.

Most customers lost power due to blown fuses from lightning, but some transformers were also damaged, Hall said. Power had been restored to all but about 100 customers by Saturday afternoon.

But one Kettering neighborhood may take longer to recover.

Sue Clagg, a Kettering resident whose was home when the storm struck, said it was like something from a movie.

“It looked like branches were swirling out of the air,” she said. “I immediately thought of ‘The Wizard of Oz.”

The storm struck particularly hard in an area that included Eureka Drive, Circle View Drive and Dexter Avenue, just off Wilmington Pike.

Ronald Bradford, who lives in the 1100 block of Dexter, was sleeping on his couch when a tree from across the street was torn from its roots, collapsing the roof of his 2000 Chevy Blazer. The storm sounded like a bomb going off, he said.

“We heard the alarm go off on the truck and I’m thinking, ‘Where’s the truck at?’” Bradford said. “Here it was under the tree.”

The storm blew the a rocking chair off Marissa Andrews’ deck, destroyed her potted plants and left debris scattered throughout her yard.

“It shredded all my flowers and broke all my pots,” said Andrews, who lives in the 1200 block of Eureka.

Two tall pines trees toppled onto the deck and rested on top of two vehicles in front of a home on Hampton Road. Nancy Miro, who lives there with her family, said she was thankful no one was injured.

“It sounded like a train or a jet engine coming up along the side of the house,” Miro said.

Butler County Walmart first in Ohio to debut Pickup Tower technology

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

            The Walmart Supercenter at 2900 Towne Blvd. in Middletown will be the first store in Ohio to debut the company’s new Pickup Tower technology, which functions like a high-tech vending machine and can fulfill a customer’s online order in less than one minute. CONTRIBUTED
The Walmart Supercenter at 2900 Towne Blvd. in Middletown will be the first store in Ohio to debut the company’s new Pickup Tower technology, which functions like a high-tech vending machine and can fulfill a customer’s online order in less than one minute. CONTRIBUTED

The Walmart Supercenter in Middletown will be the first store in Ohio to debut the company’s new Pickup Tower technology.

The 16-foot tall, 8-foot wide Pickup Tower functions like a high-tech vending machine and can fulfill a customer’s online order in less than one minute, according to Walmart officials.

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To use it, customers choose from millions of items available on and select the Pickup option at checkout.

When the item arrives at the local store, an associate loads it into the Pickup Tower and the customer retrieves by scanning a bar code sent to their smartphone.

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The feature is scheduled to go live on Friday, Sept. 22, at the store at 2900 Towne Blvd. and precede a storewide remodel scheduled for completion in October.

“Pickup Towers are the latest example of Walmart’s commitment to digital acceleration and innovation, as well as convenience, helping customers save time and shop however, whenever, wherever they want,” said Middletown store manager Darren Dooley. “The pilot phase has been so successful Walmart is expanding it to additional locations across the country, and we’re proud to be the very first in Ohio.”

In addition, the Middletown Walmart Supercenter will also be adding the company’s popular free online grocery pickup service beginning Friday.

National Pepperoni Pizza Day 2017: Deals, bargains from Domino’s, Pizza Hut and more

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

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To many of us, every day is pepperoni pizza day, but on the calendar of official “food days,” Wednesday is National Pepperoni Pizza Day.

With pepperoni as the most ordered topping on pizza, you are going to want to celebrate, right? Who wouldn’t?

Here are some some National Pepperoni Day (and other day) deals.

Chuck E. Cheese: Chuck E. is offering a crispy pepperoni pizza Wednesday and Thursday when you buy any large regularly-priced pizza. Use coupon code #5485.

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Domino’s: You can get a free pepperoni (or any kind) in a buy one/get one deal. The BOGO is good through Sept. 24.

Marco’s Pizza: Get an extra-large, 1-topping pizza for $8.99.

Papa John’s: Get a free large 1-topping pizza when you buy any pizza using Visa Checkout. Order the pizza online, then you will get an email with a code for the free pizza.

Papa Murphy’s: Get a large pepperoni pizza for $6 when you donate $4.25 or more to the Children’s Miracle Hospitals. Order online.

Pizza Hut: Get a large pepperoni pizza for $1 when you buy a large pizza at menu price online. Use the code: PEPPEREONI1 at checkout.

Lawmaker slams WSU for email warning of anti-abortion activists

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 11:56 AM

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A local lawmaker is criticizing Wright State University’s handling a planned anti-abortion event on campus today.

State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miami Twp., said Gary Dickstein, WSU’s interim vice president for student affairs, should not have sent out a campus-wide email warning people of the event. In the campus email, Dickstein said that the public university must allow the activists on campus, even if they express views that some might find offensive.

“I’m saddened it seemed as if he were taking a position on this protest when he said it ‘must’ be allowed, that it might be ‘offensive,’ and that he will ensure the group ‘behaves,’” Antani said. “This is disturbing when university campuses already seem to be a bastion of liberal ideology.”

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The campus-wide email speaks to an ongoing issue of free speech on campus that has bubbled up in recent months.

Republicans such as Antani and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana have criticized colleges for not allowing speakers with conservative or controversial views from hosting events on campuses.

Approximately 10 anti-abortion activists from the group “Created Equal” will be in the WSU quad from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, according to a press release from the group. The group will set up 4 feet by 3 feet placards of “very graphic images,” according to the email.

“As an institution of higher education, it is imperative that we embrace diverse thoughts and ideas. Moreover, as a public university, Wright State must allow individuals or groups who wish to exercise their First Amendment rights on its campuses the opportunity to do so. This is true even when individuals and/or groups express views that some in our community find offensive,” the email states.

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Wright State encouraged people uncomfortable with the event to avoid the quad altogether or to seek support from the school’s counseling and wellness center, something Antani also criticized.

“I am disappointed Dr. Dickstein decided to send this email in the tone that he did. Students do not need counseling services because of a protest,” Antani said.

Wright State spokesman Seth Bauguess declined to respond directly to Antani’s comments. But, moving forward the university plans to notify students, staff and faculty every time an off-campus group plans to hold a demonstration on campus, Bauguess said.

“We had people in our community wanting to know about when these types of things were happening,” Bauguess said. “We decided we’re going to be more committed going forward to telling our campus about these things.”

Officials also see the demonstration as a learning experience for students who may not have realized that because Wright State is a public university, it is required to allow demonstrations and protests on campus, Bauguess said.

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Other colleges across the country have turned down controversial speakers recently. Earlier this month, Ohio State announced it would not allow known white supremacist Richard Spencer to host a campus event because of safety concerns.

In August, Wright State posted a “rules sign” near a campus rock that caused controversy a year ago. In September 2016, the rock was painted by students to say “Black Lives Matter.” Shortly after, the word “black” was changed to “white” and later to “all.”

Lift a glass to Oktoberfest

Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 3:45 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 3:51 PM

Since 1972, Octoberfest, the Dayton Art Institute’s largest fundraiser, has been untapped for the community.

The event was started by the DAI’s Associate Board to “encourage the community to have a fun weekend at its museum and have a chance to buy good art objects,” according to a Journal-Herald newspaper article from the time.


While it began primarily as a community event intended to attract a diverse audience to the museum, the Associate Board’s intent was expansion. With the success of that first event, and its subsequent rapid growth, it quickly became an important fundraising event for the museum, according to DAI Director and CEO Michael Roediger.


The first year 7,000 people attended and a glass of beer cost 10 cents. Receipts for admission and beer totaled $11,000. The funds raised now by Oktoberfest assist the DAI’s general operations. Roediger said that in good weather the event can net between $350,000 to more than $400,000.


Without those funds, “our programs and staffing would be cut significantly,” said Roediger. “Just by the numbers, Oktoberfest covers the annual cost and benefits for 10 salaried positions.”


Since its beginning in the 1970s, Oktoberfest has not only grown in numbers but expanded to a larger part of the grounds. Early Oktoberfest activities took place in the cloisters and in a garden where the contemporary gallery is now located. Today scores of artisan exhibitors display and sell their work in sprawling tents in front of the museum.


Attending the event is a tradition for many area families who have collected the commemorative beer steins created for the event since the late 1970s.

“The DAI’s Oktoberfest brings our community together to celebrate art, friendships and Dayton,” said Roediger. “The festival is a great opportunity for the community to get together and celebrate the museum and enjoy a beautiful weekend at one of the most gorgeous settings in town.”