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January 11th, 2013

Sixth-grader confesses to writing bomb threat

January 11, 2013

A sixth-grade Wapakoneta City Schools student confessed to writing a note on a school desk Thursday which led to the evacuation of Wapakoneta Middle School.

Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said through an officer’s investigation a student of interest was identified and interviewed. During the interview, an 11-year-old girl confessed to leaving the note.

School officials have confirmed the girl did not have access to a bomb or materials to make one. The case has been forwarded to prosecutors with the Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Young artists in spotlight

January 11, 2013

A local art gallery is gearing up for an annual art show — one that members say is rewarding for everyone involved.

The Riverside Art Center’s fifth annual Children’s Art Exhibit is currently being set up, and the opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 19, and a member says its one of the Riverside Art Center’s favorite shows of the year.

GED program changes in 2014

January 11, 2013

A new GED test will be starting in 2014, and an area instructor encourages all who are considering to take the test to do so now.

“This test is going to be much harder and more expensive,” West Central Ohio ABLE-GED Program instructor Candice Dicke said. “We would like the people in Wapakoneta to be aware that the last time you will be able to take the old test will be the summer of 2013.”

The current GED test is multiple choice and essay questions. It consists of five parts, and once a part is passed it will not have to be taken again.

Betty Keim, 88

January 11, 2013

Betty V. Keim, 88, of Bellefontaine, passed away Jan. 10, 2013, at Logan Acres Care Center in Bellefontaine.
Services are at 4 p.m. Sunday at Shoffstall Funeral Home in Lakeview.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Other arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.

Donald Davis, 83

January 11, 2013

“Praise the Lord” were the last words of Donald E. Davis, 83, of rural Wapakoneta, who went to his heavenly home at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.
He was born July 6, 1929, in Lima, the son of the late Koneta (Moyer) and Chester Davis. On July 22, 1950, he married Loretta J. Kennedy, his sweetheart of over 62 years, who survives.

Charles Moeller, 85

January 11, 2013

Charles Diller Moeller, of Spencerville, distinguished entrepreneur and beloved father and grandfather, passed into eternity on Jan. 8, 2013, at St Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. He was 85 years old.
Born on a humble farm outside Columbus Grove on March 28, 1927, Charles was the son of Frances and Roy Moeller, who preceded him in death.
He married Phyllis Snavely, now deceased, in 1949. He later married Frances Jarvis in 1960 and later divorced.

Madeline Funk, 90

January 11, 2013

Madeline J. “Maggie” Funk, 90, of Wapakoneta, died at 7:22 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born Jan. 16, 1922, in Lima, the daughter of Ethel E. (Musser) and Cloyd Shellenbarger, who preceded her in death. On Dec. 4, 1936, she married Robert H. Funk, and he preceded her in death Jan. 10, 1982.

January 10th

Bomb Threat Update

January 10, 2013

The building was cleared and students returned to Wapakoneta Middle School at approximately 11:30 a.m. Nothing was found and the investigation into who made the threat continues, Keith Horner told the Wapakoneta Daily News.

Wapak Middle School evacuated

January 10, 2013

Approximately 700 students were evacuated this morning from Wapakoneta Middle School after school officials discovered a bomb threat.

Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner confirmed to the Wapakoneta Daily News that they were tipped off to a bomb threat this morning, but he would not disclose how the threat was made at this time.

“This is one of the few evacuations we have done,” Horner said. “Usually we learn about them prior to the school day.”

Part-time teachers hired

January 10, 2013

Two part-time teachers were hired by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members during an organizational meeting this week.

Nikki Barger was hired for 2.75 hours per day to teach computer literacy at Wapakoneta Middle School. Barger, who has a master’s degree, is to be paid approximately $6,690, step zero on the salary schedule.

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