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Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:53 PM
FAIRFIELD — Walter “Superbubz” Herbert loved his Fairfield elementary school and Thursday saw those who loved the heroic boy and backed his brave struggle against cancer turn out by the hundreds to honor his life.
Walter — the Fairfield Central Elementary first-grader who went by the nickname of “Superbubz” — and for many embodied a superhero’s courage — died Oct. 6 at his home.
A public visitation for Walter was held Thursday evening at the school.
“This was his happy place, so it just made sense that we would offer this and be able to share his happy place with everyone for a final goodbye,” said Central Elementary Principal Karrie Gallo, who was close to Walter and his family.
People were given yellow ribbons to wear, many pinning them to their gray shirts that read “Superbubz.” Therapy service dogs were also on hand to comfort young children.
The boy’s brave struggle and buoyant attitude captured the hearts of the region as he was honored by major area sports stars, police departments, and enjoyed a special early graduation from high school courtesy of Fairfield Schools.
Walter loved school and superheroes and among his last wishes was to graduate from high school, which he did in a special ceremony at Central Elementary attended by more than 300, including some of his favorite costumed comic book heroes.
That special graduation ceremony “showed how it takes a village to raise a child,” Gallo said Thursday night. “We all came together and were able to help support one another and to fulfill his dreams.”
A funeral service for the 6-year-old will be private and limited to family and friends, school officials have said.
Staff writer Greg Lynch contributed to this report.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:40 PM
— Many rivers are in flood stages due to the recent rains, which included a record-breaking day for Dayton, which saw 1.84 inches of rain Saturday to surpass the old daily rainfall record of 1.63 inches set in 2016.
With all the rain, the Great Miami River in Dayton is expected to crest around 7 p.m. today at 32.2 feet, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Other rivers are considered in minor flood stage, such as the Mad River near Springfield, the Little Miami River near Spring Valley in Greene County and the Great Miami River near Middletown in Butler County. These rivers are expected to recede heading into Monday.
The Great Miami River near Sidney is expected to crest in minor flood stage early Monday, then recede, Collar said.
There are flood alerts over the next couple days.
There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.
The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend.
In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.2 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.
The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.
When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)
DAYTON (Great Miami River)
SIDNEY (Great Miami River)
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:50 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 7:17 AM
SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Two donkeys were rescued early Sunday after being stuck in a flooded field in four feet of water.
Springfield Twp. Fire Department was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to the 3600 block of Lower Valley Pike to a report of of the donkeys stuck in a field with water up to their necks, according to scanner traffic.
Animal rescuers also were called to the scene with additional personnel requested at 5:45 a.m.
A fence was cut and rescue workers walked the donkeys to the road, according to Clark County dispatch.
The donkeys were not injured but the smaller donkey was restless due to swimming, dispatch said.
The smaller donkey, Poncho, reportedly rested its head on the larger donkey, Eddie, to help keep its head above water.
It is not known how long they were in the water or who their owners are.
A neighbor took them in their care following the rescue.
Lower Valley Pike was reportedly flooded at the time.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:50 PM
— The rain may be over, but rivers remain in flood stage and some area roadways are closed due to high water, including Lower Valley Pike near state Route 4 in Clark County.
Dayton set a record with 1.84 inches of rain on Saturday, which broke the old record for daily rainfall of 1.63 inches set in 2016. However, the most rainfall reported in the region was 2.07 inches in Fairfield in Butler County.
How much did your area see? Following are 24-hour rainfall totals reported in inches as of 12:26 p.m. today by the National Weather Service.
2.07, Fairfield, Butler County
2.05, Eaton, Preble County
1.87, New Lebanon, Montgomery County
1.74, Kettering, Montgomery County
1.73, Centerville, Montgomery County
1.64 Vandalia, Montgomery County
1.6, Tipp City, Miami County
1.44, Botkins, Shelby County
1.25, Pleasant Hill, Miami County
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 2:20 PM
— Partly cloudy skies are expected this afternoon. It will be dry with highs in the upper 40s. Some spots may get into the lower 50s. It also will be breezy with winds gusting over 25 mph at times, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Tonight: A dry and cool night is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s.
Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.
Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.
Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.