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August 13th

SAFETY COMMISSION: School resource officer on city’s agenda tonight

August 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety, as well as the Common Council, are expected to discuss the possibility of a school resource officer at tonight’s meetings.

Dr. Pat O’Connor, Superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, said at the board meeting last week that the district is heading up the county’s School Safety Commission, which includes all three of Whitley County’s districts.

Currently, Smith-Green Community Schools is working out a budget for their own school resource officer.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH: Hill pleads guilty in local dead body case

August 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A woman involved in a suspicious death in Whitley County pleaded guilty in Superior Court last week.

Brooke Hill, 22, of Spenceville, accepted a plea deal last week which will give her a three-year sentence for altering the scene of a suspicious death, a Class D felony. She will be incarcerated for two of those years and will serve the third on suspended sentence.

Hill will serve a one-year sentence, all behind bars, for failure to report a dead body. That sentence will be concurrent with the first charge.

Work begins

August 13, 2013

Whitley County’s Circuit Courtroom is undergoing remodeling this week.

New carpet will be put in the room on the third floor of the Courthouse.

The courtroom is expected to be open next week as remodeling continues throughout the Courthouse this summer.

WHAT’S UP AT WHITKO: Clason offers his take on education issues

August 13, 2013

PIERCETON — When school grading, funding and testing came under fire, the future of Indiana Department of Education policies and procedures became uncertain.

The wake of these areas of controversy and debate are still being felt by school districts.

However, Whitko Community School Corporation is ready to greet the 2013-14 school year — eager to see some long-awaited plans take shape.

The Post & Mail recently asked WCSC’s Superintendent Steve Clason weigh-in on some of the issues possibly facing the district.

A light dusting

August 13, 2013

The abundance of summer rain has brought farmers a bumper crop as well as pests.

This plane, owned and operated by AgriFlite Services, Inc., of Wakarusa, was spraying fungicide on many corn fields in Thorncreek Township Saturday.

AgriFlite is a family business owned and operated by David Eby.

UNITED WAY: Big bucks distributed across county

August 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After exceeding its goal of $190,000 by $15,000, the United Way of Whitley County awarded $100,000 in grants to local organizations.

“This is almost $20,000 more than we gave back last year,” said Executive Director Cindy Baker. “We know the dollars raised are not as important as how those dollars are invested into the community to give hope and change lives.

“But we do know that it is those dollars that make change possible. Change cannot happen without people in our community.”

Grants awarded included:

•Interfaith Mission (The Lighthouse) — $16,725

QUICK RESPONSE: Deputy saves wife’s life with AED

August 13, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy put his training to good use Monday morning, saving his wife’s life.

After dropping off their son at Churubusco’s football practice, Becky Rennaker called her husband and 22-year deputy, Paul, and told him she was going to the hospital because she didn’t feel well.

“She said she was having chest pains and her arms were hurting,” Rennaker said. “She was probably just thinking that she needed to get to the hospital right away.”

Rennaker said he told his wife to come home so he could drive her in to the hospital — a life or death decision.

August 12th

School begins this week

August 12, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — Students from all over Whitley County will be back in the classroom this week, as summer break comes to a close for children across the state.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools start Tuesday, Whitko Community School’s first day is Wednesday and Smith-Green Community Schools begin Friday.

Schools chief dismayed over her 3 jobs

August 12, 2013

ANDERSON (AP) — Glenda Ritz says she’s dismayed by the tasks she faces succeeding Tony Bennett as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction.

Ritz told about 200 supporters that not only must she overhaul some of the changes Bennett made during four years in office and implement her own program, but now she must also deal with the investigation into Bennett’s manipulation of school grades.

Whitko football camp

August 12, 2013

Whitko football campers for 2013.

First row, from left: Third graders Reise Thomas, Owen Hobbs, Alex Yohe and Hunter Miller.

Second row, from left: Fourth graders Austin Kreeps, Wyatt Slusher, Slater Craig, Hunter Sills, Ashton Sheppard and Rob Werstler.

Third row, from left: Fifth graders Hagan Slusher and Zachardy Rimersma and sixth graders Mason Lehman and Clayton Ebbinghouse.

Fourth row, from left: Eighth graders Shad Ebbinghouse, Logan Busz and Kaleb Busz and seventh graders Zach Gardner, Cade Bechtold and Brad Trump.

Not pictured: Brighten Back (eighth grade).

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