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Published: Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 7:30 AM
— Bill’s Donut Shop asked. And its customers answered — big time.
The iconic doughnut shop at 268 N. Main St. in Centerville put out the word yesterday morning on Wednesday asking customers to “Help Us Help Houston” by donating items such as diapers, Depends, rubber boots and gloves, mosquito repellant, new underwear, and plastic totes with lids. The shop’s owners parked an empty panel truck in the parking lot and asked customers to fill it up.
Boy, did they.
>> RELATED: What to know about Bill’s Donut Shop
As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, the panel truck was filled from floor to ceiling, and the donations continued to pour in, filling much of the doughnut shop itself.
The owners of Bill’s told WHIO-TV news anchor James Brown last night that the shop had “enough for two more trucks,” and a second truck was secured later in the day.
Here’s what the shop’s owners told me as of 7:15 this morning, Aug. 31:
“We will start loading truck number three mid-morning. Will keep doing this until Monday."
Other local businesses and groups are finding ways to help the hurricane’s survivors, including The Caroline restaurant in Troy, which will donate $1 for every meal it serves through Saturday night to the Houston Foodbank.
Bill’s Donut Shop has become a fixture in the Centerville community and a favorite among doughnut enthusiasts from all over the region. It moved from its original downtown Dayton location to Centerville in 1967. In the 1970s, there were several Bill’s locations in the Dayton area, including Vandalia, Kettering and Huber Heights. The shop moved to its current location on Ohio 48 in 1979.
The shop has garnered plenty of national accolades and shout-outs, including from People Magazine, which included Bill’s Donuts among the 12 doughnut shops in America that collectively represent one of the “100 reasons to Love America.”
Local doughnut shop among top 50 in the U.S., magazine says (February 2013)
People also has ranked Bill’s #2 in the nation, behind only to Dough in New York City. And Bill’s also made the list of “The 15 Best Donut Shops in America” as compiled by BusinessInsider.com.
Bill’s was also the only doughnut shop in Ohio to be included in Saveur magazine’s March 2013 story entitled “The World’s Best Donuts: The 50 Finest Donut Shops in America.” A month later, USA Today named Bill’s one of the “10 Great Places to Get Doughnuts” in the U.S.
And in June 2015, a food blog on HuffingtonPost.com identified the devil’s food doughnut at Bill’s as one of the “Dozen Best Donuts in America,” proclaiming that it “begged to be dunked in chocolate.”
We tried $150 worth of Schuler’s Donuts (April 2016)
Bill’s Donuts is open 24 hours a day. For more information, check out the Bill’s Donut Shop Facebook page or call (937) 433-0002.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:31 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:35 PM
XENIA — UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m.
A male was shot tonight at the intersection of Pocahontas and South Detroit streets after a report of an altercation between the suspect and victim, police said.
A Xenia detective at the crime scene did not say whether the victim was an adult or juvenile, and said his condition was not available.
Police also did not release information about the suspect, but no arrest has been made.
Police are investigating a shooting that happened tonight in the area of Pocahontas and South Detroit streets in Xenia.
The shooting was reported around 8:15 p.m.
According to initial reports, the victim was headed to Greene Memorial Hospital. The victim’s name, age and condition were not available.
The suspect is possibly a juvenile, according to reports.
We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:18 PM
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:00 PM
— A few passing showers are possible overnight, but more dry time is expected heading toward daybreak, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures overnight will be somewhat steady in the 40s.
Monday: A dry start is expected before more rain returns in the afternoon and early evening. Some of that rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower to middle 50s.
Tuesday: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day. There is a chance for snow showers or flurries as well.
Wednesday: Another cool day is expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the middle to upper 30s.
Thursday: Temperatures top out in the upper 30s under partly sunny skies.
Friday: It will be mild under mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the upper 40s.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:43 PM
Lawmakers in Congress on Sunday failed to reach a deal on plan to fund the federal government, meaning the work week will being with furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers across the nation, but there was a hint of progress as a Senate vote on a temporary funding measure was delayed until noon on Monday, with Republican leaders offering a plan which would guarantee a Senate debate on immigration matters in February, in hopes that Democrats would then help to fund the government in the meantime.
“Let’s step back from the brink,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor late on Sunday evening, as he urged Democrats to allow the government to re-open, and continue negotiations on a host of issues, including immigration.
“The shutdown should stop today,” McConnell added.
McConnell outlined a plan to fund operations of the government through February 8, and said that if by that date no agreement had been reached on how to deal with DACA and illegal immigrant “Dreamers” in the United States, then he would agree to bring the issue up on the Senate floor for debate and votes.
That immediately won the support of two Republicans who have been trying to broker a deal on the issue.
“The Senate should act like the Senate,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who endorsed the idea of regular order on the Senate floor on immigration.
“This is more than a reasonable proposal by the Majority Leader,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who spent much of the last three days shuttling between McConnell, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, and a host of Senators in both parties, in search of common ground.
“It would be my intention to resolve these issues as soon as possible, so we can move on to other issues important to our country,” McConnell added.
But Senate Democrats were not ready to accept, as Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer objected to McConnell’s attempt to hold a vote Sunday night on the plan for a temporary budget that would last until February 8, which is just 18 days away.
Still – Senate observers saw that as a positive, as neither McConnell nor Schumer engaged in any scorched earth exchanges, unlike earlier in the day. To some, that may mean a deal is in the works.
Originally, the Senate was to have voted at 1 am on Monday morning, but that vote was delayed until noon, as Republicans
hope Democrats will re-think their opposition, and allow a funding measure to go through the Congress.