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October 8th

Knippen Triple Threat: Triplets prove to be their own support system

October 8, 2011

For some high school students, it is not uncommon for siblings to be a big part of a support system for one another.
For one Wapakoneta family, the support group grows a little larger, as the Knippen triplets are always there for each other in their lives.
Wapakoneta High School seniors Ashley, Courtney and Jim Knippen have been able to lean on each other through the years, and with this being their last year in high school they are thinking about the next chapter in their lives — college.

Wal-Mart honors Wapak teachers with grants

October 8, 2011

As part of a national program, 10 Wapakoneta Elementary School teachers each received $100 gift cards to use in their classrooms.
Throughout the country, Wal-Mart plans to award $4.5 million to 45,000 teachers with teacher reward certificates as part of the annual program.
Each year, Wal-Mart stores are to honor local teachers of kindergarten through eighth-grades with the gift cards. Last year, Cridersville teachers received the cards, which are treated as grants, while this year it was Wapakoneta’s turn, Wapakoneta Wal-Mart Community Involvement Coordinator Martha Steinbrugge said.

Wapa Theatre to enter digital age

October 8, 2011

While ticket prices are still the least expensive around, a Wapa Theater spokeswoman says attendees will see an increase in movie prices beginning Nov. 1 followed by an improvement in picture and sound quality.
The change is being made due to the industry completely switching over to digital from 35mm film. The transition is expected to be completely finished by October 2012.
“This will enable us to get more first-run movies,” theater manager Becky Jordan said. “However, we do have to raise the prices to be able to stay open. The equipment alone for the upgrades will cost $85,000.”

October 6th

Emergency run

October 6, 2011

CareFlight leaves a machine shop in Botkins after an accident reportedly left an employee injured.

Brown proposes bill to stop unfair practices

October 6, 2011

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has proposed legislation to give the government broader powers aimed at cracking down on illegal Chinese trade practices.
Brown, who spoke for approximately 30 minutes during a media teleconference Wednesday, addressed a bill he introduced titled the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011 and which passed the Senate this week. The bill would create more oversight on Chinese manipulation of their currency in an attempt to lower their prices and inflate U.S prices.

Sun to power Wapak

October 6, 2011

Solar energy power production is coming to Wapakoneta.
Two executives from Westerville-based SolarVision Inc. addressed more than 100 people gathered Wednesday for the annual Public Power luncheon in the Wapakoneta Electric Department garage regarding the role solar energy will play in the city’s future.

Reviewing fire safety tips during month of October

October 6, 2011

October has been named as Fire Safety Month, and members of the local fire department stress the importance of staying safe.
“Every month should be Fire Safety Month,” Wapakoneta Firefighter Doug Kill said.
Fire Safety Month is celebrated every October and this is because October is the month when the Great Chicago Fire occurred in 1871. This fire was one of the largest U.S. disasters of the 19th century.
This week is being celebrated Fire Safety Week, and members of the Wapakoneta Fire Department said this is a good time to review fire safety at home.

October 5th

Wapak girl, Botkins teen crowned

October 5, 2011

A Wapakoneta girl and a Botkins teen were crowned winners during the Miss West Central Ohio Outstanding Teen and Little Miss Scholarship Program last weekend.
Ali Wayman, 11, of Wapakoneta, was named Little Miss West Central Ohio, and Shelby Boyd, 16, of Botkins, was named Miss West Central Ohio’s Outstanding Teen. Matti Lynn Chrisman, 16, of Nashport, was named Miss Crystal Lake’s Outstanding Teen.
Boyd’s platform was preventing childhood obesity while Chrisman’s was “don’t text and drive.”

National walk to remember

October 5, 2011

Walking is a great way to get exercise and have fun as well as a great way to get from one place to another, an organizer of a National Walk to School Day event says, but it needs to be done safely.
Wapakoneta City School District administrators and city of Wapakoneta administrators along with members of the community organized a local event for next week to coincide with Monday’s National Walk to School Day.

Botkins staff’s close shave

October 5, 2011

BOTKINS — Botkins High School Principal Jeff McPheron is finding out the hard way that maybe he will not underestimate the student body again.
The students had never managed to raise more than $1,660 in any given year for its annual drive to raise money for the Shelby County United Way, so McPheron naturally felt safe with this year’s event.
Annually, the school’s Student Council members come up with a unique approach to raising the money. This year, vocational agriculture teacher Chad Berning agreed to let students shave his head if $1,800 was raised.

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