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2015-01-29

VT ridership bounces back from slow start

Valley Transit ended 2014 with slightly fewer riders, compared to the year before, but bus system officials say there's reason for optimism. Spokeswoman Nikki Voelzke says the frigid weather last winter led to a 15 percent drop in ridership, at…

posted 2015-01-29 05:02 by WHBY

Appleton police upgrade more vests

Appleton police officers will be safer during SWAT calls. The department is buying more, upgraded bulletproof vests, thanks to a grant from Octoberfest. The new vests can withstand bullets that are fired from a rifle. Acting Deputy Chief Rudy Nyman…

posted 2015-01-29 05:01 by WHBY

2015-01-28

Chamber reacts to Menasha Corp. decision

The Menasha Corporation is staying in Neenah, and the head of a business group says it's great news for economic vitality and growth. Shannon Full is the president of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. She says when a company…

posted 2015-01-28 13:05 by WHBY

Walker plans trips to more primary states

While he decides whether to run for president in 2016, Governor Walker says he's going to travel to more of the early primary states. He says he's planning trips to South Carolina, Nevada, and Florida. Walker spoke at a conservative…

posted 2015-01-28 13:04 by WHBY

Orphan immigrants focus of community read

Local libraries and bookstores are stocking up on a book about immigrant orphans, for this year's Fox Cities Reads. Organizer Jeff Keupper says "Orphan Train" focuses on the lives of two orphan girls. He says they were moved from the…

posted 2015-01-28 13:03 by WHBY

County looking at options with e-cigarettes

Outagamie County might consider putting rules on the books for e-cigarettes. The health and human services committee wants to look at different options, after hearing from the county's public health department yesterday. Mary Dorn is the public health officer, and…

posted 2015-01-28 13:02 by WHBY

Combined Locks parish loses longtime priest

A longtime priest at St. Paul Catholic Church in Combined Locks passed away yesterday. Deacon George Schraufnagel says Father Bob Vandenberg started working in the parish in the early 1970s. He stayed there for 34 years, until he retired. Schraufnagel…

posted 2015-01-28 13:01 by WHBY

Fire damages Greenville building

Firefighters in Greenville made quick work of a fire this morning at the corner of Highways 76 and 96. They went to Coyote's Western Shop around 3 a.m. The Outagamie County sheriff's department blocked traffic on Highway 76, for about…

posted 2015-01-28 05:15 by WHBY

Menasha Corp. to build new headquarters

A global company that's based in Neenah is going to build a new headquarters in its same spot, along Highway 41. The Menasha Corporation plans to tear down its existing offices, south of Breezewood Lane, and replace them with a…

posted 2015-01-28 05:05 by WHBY

UW-Fox dean reacts to budget proposal

The leader of UW-Fox Valley says the school is bracing for the possible impact of Governor Walker's proposed budget for the UW System. The governor wants to cut about $300 million, or 13 percent. He also wants to give the…

posted 2015-01-28 05:04 by WHBY

Recycling totals up in Appleton

Appleton collected more recyclables in the second full year of the city's single-stream program. Public works director Paula Vandehey says they topped 6,000 tons, and that's up 22 percent from when they introduced the automated carts in 2012. She says…

posted 2015-01-28 05:03 by WHBY

Senate holds hearing on accountability bill

Republicans in the Senate talked about their own version of a school accountability bill yesterday. Sen. Paul Farrow of Pewaukee doesn't want to convert consistently failing public schools into charter schools. A competing bill in the Assembly would. Both proposals…

posted 2015-01-28 05:02 by WHBY

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