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October 10th, 2011

W’field drug bust: New K-9 helps in car stop

October 10, 2011

The newest member of the Waynesfield Police Department has made his first bust exactly two weeks after beginning work.
Yukon, the department’s recently acquired drug sniffing dog, sniffed out a 34 grams of marijuana, some drug paraphernalia and $8,040 cash during a routine traffic stop at 7:08 p.m. Friday night.
“I am very happy with Yukon’s work,” Police Chief Nathan Motter said. “Exactly two weeks after we certified as a K-9 team, to come across a find like this is very rewarding.”

Finding the way

October 10, 2011

A new sign on West Auglaize Street directs visitors to the football field, the high school, city hall and the county fairgrounds.
The first of 38 new signs, which are to be installed throughout Wapakoneta, was unveiled by Wapakoneta Wayfinding Committee members
The sign, now on display on West Auglaize Street near the Blackhoof Street intersection, was uncovered in front of approximately 30 guests Thursday.

Partners devote month to awareness

October 10, 2011

Community Partnering for Effective Domestic Violence Response Committee members say they hope several events this month make people aware of and recognize the dangers domestic violence.
“We are trying to enhance the community’s understanding of domestic violence,” Auglaize County Crisis Center Director Shirley Longworth said.

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.

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