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January 10th, 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.”
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.
A wish list for additional personnel in the city fire and police departments likely will not be approved this year because of a tight budget, a Wapakoneta City Council member says, but she is willing to listen to the department chiefs’ justifications.
Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members reviewed several funds Wednesday including the Wapakoneta Police Department. Committee members discussed the Wapakoneta Fire Department budget earlier in the process during a December meeting.
A year after a powerful wind storm hit Auglaize County, local officials are making plans for a full-scale training exercise to become better prepared should such an event strike again.
The June 29 windstorm left sections of Auglaize County without power for days and caused substantial damage, but the focus for emergency responders taking part in the training is to improve communications
BOTKINS — Botkins Mayor Steve Woodruff delivered a brief “State of the Village” address during Tuesday’s Botkins Village Council meeting.
Woodruff focused on three issues currently facing the village during his speech.
Adults will have the opportunity to visit a foreign country — a country that the roots of residents in the area may be connected.
The Wapakoneta Sister Cities program is hosting an adult trip to Germany this summer, and all who are interested in traveling may attend an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the small group room at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.
Telephone Service Co. (TSC) and Middle Point Home Telephone Co. (MPH) officials announced a merger Monday as TSC purchased the stock of the Van Wert-based telephone company.
TSC acquired the company and will pay MPH shareholders cash for their shares. The deal is subject to customary terms and conditions and is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2013.
Matching skills and experience of Wapakoneta City Council members to the issues facing the city, the council president made minor adjustments to his committee assignments for 2013.
Wapakoneta Council President Steve Henderson, who typically does not change assignments in the middle of his term, announced he will have Councilor-at-large Tom Finkelmeier Jr. chair the Utilities Committee and appointed new Councilor-at-large Randy Fisher as chair of the Health and Safety Committee.
UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council President Greg Ritchie will officially serve as acting mayor, and village councilors collectively selected Dave Kohlreiser to serve as the new council president during Monday’s council meeting.
However, the council seat left vacant by Ritchie’s move to the new position will be left open to save money.
From the time this Wapakoneta area native sought an elected position to represent his sixth grade class, he knew he wanted to serve others in political office.
Starting later today, Randy Fisher will get his chance on a larger scale as he becomes the newest member of Wapakoneta City Council.