August 13th, 2013
PIERCETON â€” 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 â€” eager to see some long-awaited plans take shape.
The Post & Mail recently asked WCSCâ€™s Superintendent Steve Clason weigh-in on some of the issues possibly facing the district.
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After exceeding its goal of $190,000 by $15,000, the United Way of Whitley County awarded $100,000 in grants to local organizations.
â€śThis is almost $20,000 more than we gave back last year,â€ť said Executive Director Cindy Baker. â€śWe know the dollars raised are not as important as how those dollars are invested into the community to give hope and change lives.
â€śBut we do know that it is those dollars that make change possible. Change cannot happen without people in our community.â€ť
Grants awarded included:
â€˘Interfaith Mission (The Lighthouse) â€” $16,725
CHURUBUSCO â€” A Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy put his training to good use Monday morning, saving his wifeâ€™s life.
After dropping off their son at Churubuscoâ€™s football practice, Becky Rennaker called her husband and 22-year deputy, Paul, and told him she was going to the hospital because she didnâ€™t feel well.
â€śShe said she was having chest pains and her arms were hurting,â€ť Rennaker said. â€śShe was probably just thinking that she needed to get to the hospital right away.â€ť
Rennaker said he told his wife to come home so he could drive her in to the hospital â€” a life or death decision.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” 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 Schoolâ€™s first day is Wednesday and Smith-Green Community Schools begin Friday.
ANDERSON (AP) â€” Glenda Ritz says sheâ€™s dismayed by the tasks she faces succeeding Tony Bennett as Indianaâ€™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 Bennettâ€™s manipulation of school grades.
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).
CHURUBUSCO â€” An economic shot in the arm has boosted Churubuscoâ€™s small town status and created an economic swing in the townâ€™s favor.
Whitley County has been touted for its ability to make a strong comeback from the economic slump seen across the state in recent years, according to Indiana Economic Development reports.
Churubusco is another extension of the countyâ€™s growth.
Recently, Town Council President Frank Kessler shared his perspective on the townâ€™s success with The Post & Mail.
Morsches Park, in Columbia City, played host to the 18th Annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow over the weekend.
Gates opened Friday at 5 p.m., and events carried through Sunday evening. Food vendors served fry breat, buffalo burgers and buffalo tacos.
Pictured, people who attended the Pow Wow enjoyed the Grand Entry Dance Saturday evening.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” As part of a large grant, Whitley Countyâ€™s fire departments are in the process of installing a new radio system.
In an effort to improve communications with dispatchers and between townships, six repeaters are being installed throughout the county in â€śdead spotsâ€ť â€” where radio transmissions are frequently broken.
Repeaters take a weak signal and retransmit it at a higher capacity â€” helping communications reach a longer distance but maintain clarity.