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Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 11:28 AM
WEST CHESTER TWP. — IKEA West Chester opened 10 years ago this week at 9500 IKEA Way. The 344,000-square-foot store looms large off of Butler County’s Union Centre Boulevard exit and continues to be a big hit with shoppers near and far.
Here are a few things you may not have known about the store:
1. It’s offering a series of discounts through Saturday
To celebrate reaching the decade mark, IKEA West Chester on March 9 launched a week’s worth of family-friendly activities, marked down prices, gift cards, food and product giveaways.
The first 10 visitors each day through March 17 who present valid photo identification showing their birthday is March 12 will receive a $10 IKEA Gift Card.
Each day of the celebration features family-friendly activities such as “Kids eat FREE Tuesday,” face painting, balloon art, story time and an appearance by the Cincinnati Museum Center. For a complete list of activities, click here.
2. It donates to local organizations
IKEA West Chester generates a healthy profit margin, but it also gives back to numerous area organizations. Some of those who have been recipients of the retailer’s generosity are Lakota Local Schools, University of Cincinnati, Ronald McDonald House, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Artworks, Toys for Tots, Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, One Way Farm, Bethany House, First Step Home, Reach Out Lakota, Lighthouse Youth Services, Hannah’s Treasure Chest, and Cincinnati Red Cross.
3. 50 employees who started at the store are still there
The West Chester location employs 250 people, of which one-fifth are among the original employees who greeted shoppers when the store opened its doors March 12, 2008. A co-worker rally this week featured the store’s manager recognizing the milestone, plus cake and cupcakes. Employees who attained the decade-long milestone received a $500 IKEA gift card.
4. It’s eco-friendly
On Jan. 24, 2012, the store plugged-in a solar energy system installed there. The 128,000-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,026-kW system, built with 4,186 panels.
That investment by IKEA reinforces the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic technology. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or a power purchase agreement.
5. It was Ohio’s first IKEA
When it opened on 28 acres of a 56-acre parcel along I-75 at the southeastern corner of Allen and Muhlhauser roads, IKEA West Chester was the first and only Ohio store. New locations debuted 114 miles away in Columbus in June 2017 and 122 miles away near Indianapolis in October 2017.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:55 PM
— Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures slowly falling through the 30s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
Friday: Skies will be mostly sunny with temperatures rebounding into the middle 40s.
Saturday: Skies will be cloudy with snow likely, especially south. The snow may be heavy with accumulation likely depending on the storm track. Highs will hold in the upper 30s.
Sunday: Skies will clear with temperatures climbing back into the lower 40s.
Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. Temperatures will rebound to near 50 degrees.
Tuesday: Milder temperatures arrive but so will the threat for showers. Highs will top out in the middle 50s.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:50 AM
A group of Florida junior high school students lost their final flag football game of the season Thursday, but they won an equal opportunity fight for boys and girls.
Forget powder puff. Armoni Peppers knows how to play with the boys.
"She's awesome. I love her," coach Bobby Burke said. "She's aggressive. She can catch."
Peppers tried out for Brevard County’s Odyssey Charter School's junior high flag football team and made it.
"It makes me feel good, and also, it gives me muscle mass and stuff," the seventh-grader said.
But after several games, the Space Coast Christian Athletic Association told her that girls can't play on the team.
"At first, I was, like, kind of sad," she said.
"She was very upset. She was crying," Kimberly Peppers-Coney said. "I said, 'We're going to work on this.'"
The 12-year-old walked up to her final game Thursday in uniform, but the league's athletic director told her that she couldn't go on the field.
The athletic director declined an on-camera interview, but said that two years ago, the association voted to make football a boys-only sport and volleyball a girls-only sport.
"If they established that, I was never told that," Burke said. "The actual A.D. of our school didn't know that."
The league's athletic director said the rule keeps girls from being grabbed in their genitals or losing their pants by accident.
"That should be my decision," Peppers-Coney said. "I keep her fully dressed. She wears another outfit underneath her uniform."
The uniforms that the Pepper family wore Thursday carried a clear message -- and it worked, because the opposing team's coach gave the OK and the league let Armoni play.
"I think with the presence of having us here and the media they have allowed her to play today," Peppers-Coney said.
Next season is up in the air for now, but Armoni's dreams go far beyond the field.
"Flag pulling is easy," she said. "But, like, tackling -- I could do that easier."
Peppers plays like a girl -- one without limits.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 2:22 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Two suspected metal thieves caught red-handed at Hewitt Soap Factory
Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight.
The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV.
The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.
Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.
We will continue to update this story with more details.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:22 AM
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