Battle with cancer ends for Fairfield’s brave ‘Superbubz’

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:32 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Walter Herbert, a first grade student battling cancer, is getting a special graduation ceremony.

Cancer-stricken youngster Walter Herbert’s life was short, but his legacy isn’t.

The Fairfield Central Elementary student who went by the nickname of “Superbubz” — and for many embodied a superhero’s courage — died earlier this morning at his home.

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The first-grader’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.

“He was a wonderful little boy who touched so many in such a short period of time. His walk on this Earth will never be forgotten,” said Gina Gentry-Fletcher, spokeswoman for the Butler County school system.

Grief counselors will be made available today at Central Elementary, said Gentry-Fletcher.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

In a letter posted on the Fairfield Schools website this morning, Central Elementary Principal Karrie Gallo, who was close to Walter and his family, wrote:

“It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Walter, aka Superbubz, Herbert, a first grade student at Central Elementary in Mrs. Pam Gemperle’s class. Superbubz bravely fought Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer for 2 years and his journey ended peacefully on October 6th at 2:40 in the morning.”

“For those of you who knew Superbubz, we ask that you remember his happy spirit and celebrate his life. No matter how sick he was, he always maintained a smile that would light up the room. His love for school and his passion for life will never be forgotten,” said Gallo.

Thanks to Gallo and many others, Walter’s last months were filled with thrills that including his own special high school graduation ceremony, meeting and getting a bat during a Cincinnati Reds game from Joey Votto, being showcased and honored by players of the Cincinnati Bengals and many other activities.

Fairfield Schools Superintendent Billy Smith said of the youngster “anyone that had the pleasure of meeting Superbubz will remember his bright smile that could light up any room. He showed the courage of a true superhero as he fought a hard and brave battle against cancer.”

“He was a delightful young man who loved going to school, and Fairfield is a better place because he was, and will always be, a part of us. As we navigate this grieving process, our focus as a district is on providing support and encouragement to the Herbert family, as well as the many friends, and entire Fairfield community who will greatly miss him,” said Smith.

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Square doughnuts? Find them at Butler County’s newest doughnut shop

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:14 PM


            Dave Bryan draws a cup of Nitro Brew coffee at the recently-opened Dough-Versity Neighborhood Donut and Coffee Company, at 5 S. Beech St. CONTRIBUTED/BOB RATTERMAN
Dave Bryan draws a cup of Nitro Brew coffee at the recently-opened Dough-Versity Neighborhood Donut and Coffee Company, at 5 S. Beech St. CONTRIBUTED/BOB RATTERMAN

National Doughnut Day marked the official opening of Butler County’s newest outlet for the sweet treat, this one in Uptown Oxford.

Dough-Versity opened for business June 1 at 5 S. Beech St., billing itself as “The Neighborhood Donut and Coffee Company.”

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Here are five things to know about the new business:

1. 3 area bakeries supply doughnuts, including square

They get that variety of doughnuts buying from three bakeries with daily deliveries a unique mix of offerings.

Square Donuts, of Richmond, Ind., makes square doughnuts which have proven popular at Ball State University and Indiana University as well as points all around the region.

“They are unique. We don’t cut corners,” owner Dave Bryan joked. “We’ve cornered the market.”

They also receive daily deliveries from Donut Haus, in Springboro, which provides pastries and cake doughnuts as well as apple and cherry turnovers.

Bear Creek Donuts, from Miamisburg, provides specialty doughnuts called “cereal killers” using Fruity Pebbles, Reece’s candy and Andes Mint.

“Three different ones give us the opportunity for best of each of what they do,” Bryan said. “It gives us a bit of an edge. It gives us more variety.”

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2. Coffee just as important as the doughnuts

Coffee is another important piece of the offerings at Dough-Versity. They provide small-batch specialty coffees from artisanal roasters as well as Nitro Brew iced coffee. That Nitro Brew coffee is served like beer out of a keg. It is cold-brewed and steeped in cold water for 12 to 24 hours.

“It is smoother and creamier, almost naturally sweeter,” Bryan said. “We are one of only two places in town that offer it. We have sold more of the cold, nitro-brewed coffee than hot coffee. Of course, it is summer weather.”

3. A family operation

It’s a family operation for the time being, but owner Dave Bryan sees a good future for the business, which has been several years in the making. They leased the property last November and have been busy setting up since then.

“Our core business will be students but so many people walk Uptown,” Bryan said. “I grew up here. I love the community. I love the people. I love the diversity.”

Aside from his lifetime in Oxford, he has other ties to the community. His father, Bill Bryan, was principal at Kramer and Marshall elementary schools.

His wife, Wendy, has been a preschool teacher at Kramer for 12 years and is spending her summer at Dough-Versity along with their sons Colson and Blake, who is now a high school graduate and headed to Miami University this fall. Their daughter, Ellie, is currently serving in the Army stationed in South Korea, close to the Demilitarized Zone and expecting to leave the Army next year.

“She is anxious to come home and be part of the business. She should be home by spring,” Bryan said.

4. Late-night doughnuts available

Dough-Versity opened on National Doughnut Day and will continue with what Bryan calls a soft opening all summer as they prepare for the return of students for Miami University classes in August.

When students are back, they will be open until 2 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Those late-night doughnuts will be made fresh in the late afternoon, not just from larger deliveries in the morning, Bryan said.

They are currently open 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Once more employees are hired to cover those hours, the Sunday time break will end, Bryan said.

They are currently opening for several hours on Thursday nights to serve people Uptown for the Summer Music Festival. That is not being done with afternoon-baked doughnuts, but they are half-price.

5. Still hiring

Hiring continues so all the work does not fall only on family members, according to Bryan. He and his wife both have day jobs, she at Kramer and he as finance manager at Jeff Couch’s RV Nation.

Dough-Versity is also looking at hiring for deliveries, he said.

The business is working with the city and the property owner to add outdoor seating, which Bryan hopes will happen by fall.

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Woman killed in Dayton double shooting identified; 1 arrested on murder charge

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:19 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

Shooting on Norman Avenue in Dayton

UPDATE @ 12:08  p.m.:

Willie James Henry Jr., the man in custody in connection with a fatal double shooting, had an active warrant for his arrest, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas records.  

The warrant was reportedly issued May 22 for a probation violation.

Henry pleaded guilty to robbery in a 2015 case and ultimately was given community control for up to five years. He was wanted because Henry’s whereabouts “have been unknown since March 1, 2018.”  

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Henry had been found to have violated his probation previously but was not given additional sanctions by Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Dankof.

In November 2016, Henry’s supervision was dropped from intensive to basic because he had made “positive strides in working toward the completion of his sanctions of supervision,” according to court documents.  

UPDATE @ 8:25 a.m.:

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a fatal shooting on East Norman Avenue as Barbara A. Goubeaux, 41, of Dayton. 

A man arrested at the same address of a fatal double shooting in Dayton has been booked into jail on a preliminary charge of murder, jail records indicate. 

Willie James Henry Jr., 43, was arrested at the same address on East Norman Avenue in Dayton around 5:30 a.m., according to jail records. He is facing preliminary charges of murder and felonious assault. 

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Police said a woman was pronounced dead at the scene while a man was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

Willie James Henry Jr. (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

FIRST REPORT

One person has died and another is at an area hospital with life-threatening injuries after a shooting on Norman Avenue early Thursday morning.

Officials say the two victims, only described as a male and female in their 40s, were found with gunshot wounds in the 30 block of Norman Avenue around 1:15 a.m.

The female victim was pronounced dead on scene, while the male was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

There is a suspect in custody that detectives are questioning, according to police. 

A neighbor who called 911 reported the male victim was shot first. The female victim went inside, and the neighbor heard an additional shot.

The neighbor said the suspect was sitting on the porch with a gun. Police confirmed the suspect had been walking around the area with a gun. The suspect, who has not been identified, was taken into custody without incident.

The incident remains under investigation. 

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Trump calls US-Mexico border 'a big mess' as House prepares for immigration vote

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

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President Donald Trump called the U.S.-Mexico border “a big mess” on Thursday morning as the House prepared to vote on a pair of immigration bills.

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Update 12:20 p.m. EDT June 21: First lady Melania Trump is making an unannounced visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday.

Melania Trump was in Texas on Thursday morning and planned to tour two facilities holding child immigrants, CNN reported.

She previously spoke out against the policy of separating migrant children and parents at the border.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

The Trump administration policy was ended Wednesday by an executive order from the president.

Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 21: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called a pair of proposed Republican immigration reform bills a “compromise with the devil.”

She said that the bills make Republicans complicit in Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The policy, which directs prosecutors to pursue cases against any person suspected of coming to the country illegally, resulted in the separation of hundreds of children from their parents at the border.

Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 21: House Speaker Paul Ryan said officials are working on reuniting families that have been separated in recent weeks at the border.

“I believe (the Department of Homeland Security) is working on that,” Ryan said Thursday at a news briefing. “We obviously want to have families reunited.”

He said DHS officials are working with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring the families back together.

“What we’re trying to do is put the families at the head of the queue so they can be adjudicated faster,” he said.

The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents were separated from their children as they faced prosecution. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump ended the policy Wednesday with an executive order days after he first started calling on Congress to stop the separations through legislation.

The House is set to vote Thursday on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills, although neither appeared likely to succeed.

Original report: “The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years,” Trump wrote. “At some point (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer and (House Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem.”

The president’s tweet comes one day after he ended his administration’s much-derided policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border and as the House readies to debate and vote on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills.

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It was not immediately clear whether the bills would be successful. House Republican leaders were still trying Thursday morning to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP, although the measure is unlikely to pick up much, if any, Democratic support.

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Ahead of the planned vote, the president accused Democrats of “only looking to Obstruct” the immigration bills in order to gain political clout ahead of the mid-term elections.

“What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms),” Trump wrote Thursday morning in a tweet. “Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”

>> Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order

Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from parents suspected of coming to the country illegally at the border. The controversial policy was a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement push announced in April.

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Two area Walmarts add quick online grocery, store pickup

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:42 AM


            Starting today, Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup, a free service that allows customers to pickup online orders the same day without leaving their cars, is available at Lebanon Walmart.
Starting today, Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup, a free service that allows customers to pickup online orders the same day without leaving their cars, is available at Lebanon Walmart.

The Lebanon Walmart is the newest in a string of stores to take on faster pickup methods for customers.

Starting today, customers of the supercenter at 1530 Walmart Drive now have two pickup options after ordering groceries and other items online.

Without leaving their cars, shoppers will be able to choose from 40,000 online grocery items and choose the best time to pick them up. When the customers arrive, a Walmart personal shopper loads the groceries into their cars at no additional cost. Same-day pickup is available if placed by 10 a.m.

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This is the first location in Warren County to offer the Online Grocery Pickup service. Franklin Walmart will also debut the service this week, according to a release.

The Lebanon Walmart is the ninth Ohio store to debut the Walmart’s Pickup Tower, a 16-foot tall vending machine that can fulfill online orders in less than a minute. Lebanon customers can order from the millions of items online and select the pickup option.

When the items arrive at the store, Walmart employees load vending machine with the order, which customers can retrieve by scanning a bar code sent to their smart phones.

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Middletown was the first Ohio city to take on a tower in September. Since then, Walmart stores in Fairfield Twp., Holland, Steubenville, Bryan, Athens, Zanesville, Franklin and Lebanon have debuted the towers.

“Like never before technology is enabling customers to order anything they want, no matter where they are and to get it whenever they want it,” said Walmart online grocery pickup manager Adam Duncan. “Walmart recognizes how important time and value are to our customers and we are proud to offer innovations like Online Grocery Pickup and the Pickup Tower to meet their needs whether they are shopping in person or ordering through the Walmart app.”

In April, Walmart announced it expects to spend an estimated $94 million in the remodels of 27 Ohio stores and innovations over the next year.

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In recent months, Walmart has announced a number of new initiatives to attract and keep shoppers. It’s new personal shopping service called JetBlack allows customers to order products via text message for $50 a month.

Just last month, Walmart also announced it was buying a controlling stake in India’s largest retailer. Walmart purchased a 77 percent stake in India’s Flipkart for $16 billion, making it the discount chain’s largest acquisition to date.

Walmart has 38 stores located in the greater Dayton area, according to the company’s store locator.

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