October 8th, 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 â college.
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 Wapakonetaâs turn, Wapakoneta Wal-Mart Community Involvement Coordinator Martha Steinbrugge said.
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.
âThis will enable us to get more first-run movies,â theater manager Becky Jordan said. âHowever, we do have to raise the prices to be able to stay open. The equipment alone for the upgrades will cost $85,000.â
The Wapakoneta Redskins dropped back into the shotgun and unloaded both barrels of the âWing-and-Flingâ offense on the St. Marys Roughriders.
Junior quarterback Kyle Gibson threw for 289 yards and rushed for 118 more to lead the Redskins to a dominating 48-22 win over rival St. Marys on Friday at Harmon Field.
Wapak scored on seven of its nine possessions. Of the two in which they did not score, the Redskins had a touchdown nullified by a penalty on one and ran out the clock to end the game in the other.
FORT LORAMIE â The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers, ranked 11th in Region 24, had a chance to make up some ground in computer points as the weeks tick down to the Ohio state playoffs.
The Tigers faced the Fort Loramie Redskins, who entered the contest ranked first in Region 24 and fifth overall in the state in Division VI.
The Redskins, who will join the Northwest Central Conference in 2012, imposed their will on the Tigers in a 62-8 thrashing.
The Tigers turned the ball over five times by putting the football on the carpet, leading to four touchdowns for the Redskins.
Klor A. Newland, 70, of Wapakoneta, died at 3:26 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at St. Ritaâs Medical Center in Lima.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.
Viola M. (Kinninger) VanSkiver, formerly of Maria Stein, died at 2:55 a.m. Thursday, October 6, 2011, at Otterbein St. Marys, where she had been a resident for over six years.
She was born July 19, 1923, in Uno, the daughter of Emma (Varno) and Harry Kinninger. On Sept. 27, 1937, in Minster, she married Randall K. VanSkiver at St. Augustine Church in Minster.
She attended schools in St. Patrick and Minster, graduating from Minster High School in 1942. In the late 1940s, she lived in Dayton with her two older sisters and worked at the National Cash Register Company.
LaVida âRustyâ B. Grimm, 90, formerly of 400 E. Warren Street, Celina, died Thursday Oct. 6, 2011, at the Gardens of Celina.
She was born June 9, 1921, in La Carne, the daughter of Gertrude (Cunningham) and the Rev. Gaile Van Tilbrough.
Surviving are two daughters, Peggy D. Wheeler, of Celina, Marilyn C. (Edward) Pfister of Huntertown, Ind.; and a son, Rick A. Grimm. of Franklin.
She was preceded in death by a husband Robert âLloydâ Grimm.
Becky Ann Metz Grillot, 47, Townline-Lima Road, Wapakoneta, died at 9.25 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, after being seriously ill for a year.
She was born April 4, 1964, in Sidney, the daughter of Lois Ann (Schmidt) and William Wayne Metz, who survive in Jackson Center. On July 2, 1988, at St. Remy Church in Russia, she married Andrew James Grillot and he survives.
CareFlight leaves a machine shop in Botkins after an accident reportedly left an employee injured.