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January 11th, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.