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‘This was his happy place’: Fairfield school hosts ‘Superbubz’ visitation

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:53 PM

A public visitation was held at Fairfield Central Elementary

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.

MORE: 3 life lessons we could all learn from Fairfield’s ‘Superbubz’

A public visitation for Walter was held Thursday evening at the school.

Hundreds of people attended a visitation Thursday, Oct. 12, at Fairfield Central Elementary for Walter “Superbubz” Herbert. Attendees were given yellow ribbons to wear. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

“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.

MORE: Fairfield ‘superhero’ youngster graduates with high school diploma

Hundreds of people attended a visitation Thursday, Oct. 12, at Fairfield Central Elementary for Walter “Superbubz” Herbert. Attendees were given yellow ribbons to wear. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

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.

Hundreds of people attended a visitation Thursday, Oct. 12, at Fairfield Central Elementary for Walter “Superbubz” Herbert. Attendees were given yellow ribbons to wear. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

Strong winds, snow, dropping temps to impact area today

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:42 AM

Snow squalls cause rapid loss in visibility and slick roads.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Strong wind gusts 30-40 mph today
  • Snow squalls possible late morning through afternoon
  • Temperatures drop through the day w/ single digit wind chills

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: There could be some issues for the morning drive today due to slick spots and strong winds, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Temperatures are at or above 32 degrees with mist and drizzle across the area, but as temperatures drop, slick spots could develop. As of early morning, snow is set up off Lake Michigan in northern Indiana. That snow, along with colder air, will arrive later this morning. Winds are already begun gusting between 25-35 MPH, which could produce some issues for the morning drive. As wind flow becomes more favorable off Lake Michigan, some lake effect snow bands are expected to develop. 

Active snow will likely start later this morning. There’s a chance for snow squalls during the day, and they will gradually turn northeast as the winds shift late afternoon. One to two inches of snow is possible in the bands. Outside of bands, it will be cloudy with flurries, but less than half an inch is expected.

RELATED: Whiteout conditions possible Tuesday as snow squalls move through

Rapid drops in visibility and slick roads are the main concern if caught in one of these bands, called a snow squall. The bands will be thin, so not everyone will experience snow but everyone will deal with strong winds on the road. Temperatures will fall through the day and wind chills will drop to the single digits by about 4 p.m. Any snow ends into early evening. Tonight temperatures drop into the teens with wind chills in the low single digits.

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WEDNESDAY: Not much of a break. Isolated slick spots on the roads possible and BITTER cold with temperatures in the teen and wind chills in the single digits in the morning. Another quick system will aproach Wednesday. Temperatures climb into the low 30s during the day. Breezy with scattered snow showers in the afternoon. More scattered snow showers at night. Accumulation should stay light around 1” but temperatures drop to the upper teens overnight so that will keep roads snowy by Thursday morning.

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THURSDAY: Slick roads early and COLD. Mostly cloudy day but quiet. Highs in the upper 20s which is colder than normal.

FRIDAY: Another cold morning in the upper teens. Mostly cloudy with some passing snow showers possible mainly north. Highs in the upper 20s.

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SATURDAY: A better start to the weekend. Temperatures improve to around 40 during the day with partly cloudy skies.

Who is Doug Jones, Democrat facing Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race?

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:22 AM

FILE- In this Dec. 4, 2017 file photo, Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones speaks at a news conference, in Dolomite, Ala. In Alabama’s special Senate election, underdog  Jones and his fellow Democrats are intent on not sinking his upset bid against Republican Roy Moore.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
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FILE- In this Dec. 4, 2017 file photo, Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones speaks at a news conference, in Dolomite, Ala. In Alabama’s special Senate election, underdog Jones and his fellow Democrats are intent on not sinking his upset bid against Republican Roy Moore. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)(Brynn Anderson/AP)

After sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's special election in Alabama, critics began lining up behind Democrat Doug Jones in the closely watched race.

>> 5 things to watch in Alabama's U.S. Senate election

Here's what we know about Jones, a 63-year-old former federal prosecutor from Birmingham:

>> Who is Judge Roy Moore?

1. He became the U.S. attorney for Alabama's Northern District in 1997. President Bill Clinton appointed him to the post, which Jones held until 2001, according to NBC News.

2. Jones prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members behind the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that killed four black girls in Alabama. In the early 2000s, Bobby Frank Cherry and Thomas Blanton were sentenced to life in prison in the case, according to NBC News.

3. He was involved in prosecuting Eric Rudolph, who bombed a Birmingham abortion clinic in 1998. That attack killed an off-duty officer. Rudolph also was behind the deadly 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta.

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4. He has spoken in support of Moore's accusers. “Those brave women are entirely credible; they’re telling the truth,” Jones said, according to Newsweek. “Moore will be an embarrassment to the people and businesses of Alabama, and if he makes it to Senate, he’ll continue to divide our country.”

5. He is against repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Jones also told AL.com that he supports a woman's right to choose to have an abortion but added: "The law for decades has been that late-term procedures are generally restricted except in the case of medical necessity. That's what I support." Read more here.

What You Need To Know About Roy Moore

5 things to watch in Alabama's U.S. Senate election

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 1:56 AM

Alabama voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide the race for U.S. Senate between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, and the outcome is being closely watched across the nation.

>> Who is Judge Roy Moore?

No Democrat has been elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama since 1992, and President Donald Trump won the state by nearly 30 percentage points. But allegations that Moore pursued sexual relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s have rocked the race. He’s denied the claims.

>> Who is Doug Jones, Democrat facing Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race?

Jones, a former federal prosecutor, has highlighted his opponent’s outspoken conservative views in his bid to energize the state’s Democratic base and flip suburban voters who typically vote for the GOP. Polls show a tight race, though special elections like the one Tuesday are notoriously hard to predict.

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Moore is deeply popular with the state’s evangelical voters, a powerful voting bloc that has enthusiastically supported him in past statewide votes. In the closing weeks of the race, he’s had scattered appearances in rural churches while largely relying on supporters to defend him.

What You Need To Know About Roy Moore

Here are five things to watch with Tuesday’s vote to succeed Jeff Sessions, whose seat became open when Trump tapped him to become U.S. attorney general:

>> Trump tweets support for Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

1. It’s a big deal. Republicans now control 52 seats in the U.S. Senate, including the one held by Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill Sessions’ seat and was soundly defeated by Moore in September. A Democratic win would mean that Republicans could only afford one “no” vote to pass a Senate measure on party lines, since Vice President Mike Pence would break a 50-50 tie. Some Republicans fear a Moore victory could be equally unsettling for the party. Moore has repeatedly called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to step down, and he in turn has withheld his support and funding for the former judge’s campaign. And Democrats would look to tie Moore to a host of GOP candidates seeking office in the midterm elections in 2018, highlighting not only accusations that he’s a sexual predator but also his history of controversial statements.

>> WaPo: Another Roy Moore accuser comes forward with evidence of relationship

2. The bombshell allegations. Allegations against Moore of sexual misconduct involving teenagers while a prosecutor in Etowah County, Alabama, from 1977 to 1982 have threatened to upend the race. Moore has denied the allegations while claiming media outlets and Washington status quo enforcers are trying to derail his campaign. The women have stuck by their stories, and several said they are willing to testify under oath. They have left GOP voters who are concerned by the allegations in a quandary, debating between supporting a candidate accused of being a sexual predator or sending a Democrat to Washington. Some could also stay home on Tuesday or write in a candidate.

Roy Moore Accuser Details Alleged Sexual Assault When She Was 16

3. Alabama’s rural base. The state’s rural Republican base holds outsized sway in Alabama, where grass-roots Republicans have helped ensure that no Democrat has been elected to major statewide office since 2006. But Moore’s margins as a statewide candidate show he has underperformed other Republicans. In 2012, he narrowly won a vote for Supreme Court chief justice even as Mitt Romney carried the state by 22 percentage points. And in his 9-point victory over Strange in the primary, Moore struggled in the affluent, conservative suburbs in Birmingham and Huntsville. Moore has tried to shore up his base by crisscrossing rural areas he hopes to carry by overwhelming victories, and his advisers expect enthusiastic turnout to mark the difference in Tuesday’s vote.

4. The key to a Democratic victory. Jones must rely on a two-pronged strategy to flip the seat. He needs Alabama’s black population – a predominantly Democratic voting bloc that accounts for about 27 percent of the state – to turn out in droves. Jones, who is white, has leaned on African-American supporters, including New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, to energize black voters in populous areas like Birmingham in the closing days of the race. He has also wooed voters in Republican-leaning suburbs in the outskirts of Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile in hopes of convincing them to vote across party lines – or not cast a ballot at all. Some suburban voters who have never cast Democratic ballots say they’ve proudly posted Jones signs in their yards.

5. How the election will affect the 2018 elections in other states. For example, although Georgia and Alabama are vastly different states, Peach State strategists are closely watching their neighbor for clues about next year’s elections in Georgia. Like in Alabama, Democrats in Georgia hope to flip independent voters in affluent suburbs who have fled to the GOP. And Republicans in both states see a path to victory through maximizing their advantage in rural areas. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, was among the black leaders enlisted to help Jones’ campaign across the state line. And Stacey Evans, a Democratic candidate for governor, has already made clear she intends to weaponize Moore’s campaign. She called on her GOP rivals to disavow Moore’s candidacy. None did so.

Gusty winds, snow, slick roads to impact Tuesday morning commute

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 1:00 AM

ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75
ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On U.S. 35 westbound exit 44 (N. Fairfield Rd.) in Beavercreek, has reopened after a vehicle fire reported at 1:30 a.m.

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road close to Upper River Road just west of the Great Miami River, closed this week for railroad work. Expected to be closed for three to four days. Detour route signs will be posted at the site. 
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503

MIAMI COUNTY

  • SR 571 between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in Tipp City, ROAD CLOSURE Jan. 2 - 9. The official detour is I-75 to US 40 to SR 202

SHELBY COUNTY  

  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.