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January 14th, 2013

Wilker state queen

January 14, 2013

ST. MARYS — A member of Auglaize County Junior Fair royalty now has a new crown to add to her collection.

University of Dayton freshman Sarah Wilker took home the title of Ohio Fairs Queen for 2013 following a competition during the first week of January in Columbus. Wilker qualified for the event when she was named the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen in July.

Area woman needs heart, local man a hero

January 14, 2013

For the typical person turning 21, their birthday is a day of celebration as they enter the next phase of adulthood.

For Botkins native Rachel Doseck, she had to celebrate her 21st birthday on Sunday in the Intensive Care Unit at the Cleveland Clinic on the hospital’s transplant list.

January 11th

Giving 'Kash for Kibera'

January 12, 2013

Eighth-graders at Wapakoneta High School are working together to make a change in how students 8,000 miles away are learning.

“We’re trying to raise money to make a school,” Kacey Gerlach said.

She and a friend, Lacey Hayes, said they were touched by seeing all the pictures of young children in Africa who need their help.

The girls, who are helping to advertise for a drive to raise money to build a school in Africa, said they want to bring in as much money as possible.

Buckland considers income tax

January 12, 2013

BUCKLAND — A new tax will soon be coming to Buckland residents. And village leaders would like to have another tax generating income.

Buckland Village Council members approved Thursday the first reading of an ordinance establishing a 1 percent income tax to residents.

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.

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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