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February 18th, 2013

STATE SURPLUS: Pence left ‘disappointed’ after tax cut rejection

February 18, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — House Republicans tossed out Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s call for a tax cut Friday.

Indiana has an approximate $500 million annual surplus that Pence proposed could benefit Hoosiers if that money was turned back to the people.

However, House Representatives would rather see those funds used for education and transportation.

“We’re continuing fiscal integrity, we will have a balanced budget, we’re making priority investments in education and priority investments in transportation,” House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, said.

REACHING FOR THE STARS: Sounds of the City hosts middle school choirs

February 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indian Springs Middle School’s show choir, City Stars, held its 5th annual Sounds of the City Invitational.

Seven different middle school choirs competed Friday night, with Norwell Middle School taking the top honors. The choir also won Best Vocals and Best Choreography awards. As the night came to an end, City Stars entertained the crowd with its competition show, performing in an exhibition status.

“The invitational ran very smoothly thanks to all the hard work from parents and supporters of the choir,” said Karyle Genth, City Stars’ director.

EEL RIVER BANK: Grassroots work to lower stabilization project costs

February 18, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — After a sticker shock of close to $500,000 to stabilize the Eel River bank, South Whitley Town Council members researched ways to cut costs and has found some viable solutions.

With erosion running rampant along the riverbank, it is only a matter of time before the Eel River uncovers newly laid wastewater lines.

Project engineers advised council members that the erosion could cause pipes to be exposed creating a possible threat to the wastewater lines.

But the council received some good news at Tuesday’s meeting when alternatives were suggested to fund the project.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES: Convene for educational progress

February 18, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Parents and teachers gathered for a chance to discuss the academic well-being of Whitko High School students recently.

The second round of parent-teacher conferences was held Wednesday evening to touch base on students’ educational progress.

With a 30 percent attendance, the amount of parents choosing to take part in the evening was up approximately four percent from last year.

Parents had the chance to talk to faculty members and receive progress reports, as well as updated balances on book fees.

Ronald Eberhard, 70

February 18, 2013

Ronald O. Eberhard, 70, of Mishawaka, passed away at 1:40 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in his home surrounded by family. Ron was born on Jan. 18, 1943, the son of the late Walter W. and Edith M. (Humbarger) Eberhard.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sharon K. Eberhard; two daughters, Kimberly K. McGlothlin of Indianapolis and Jacqueline M. (Matthew) Termont of Richmond, Va.; with his first grandchild due in July 2013. He is also survived by a sister, Andrea M. Eberhard of Columbus, Ohio.

Richard Hawkins, 74

February 18, 2013

Richard D. “Hoss” Hawkins, 74, of South Whitley, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 in Winter Haven, Fla. where he resided during the winter months. He had been in failing health.
He was born Aug. 29, 1938, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, a son of the late Clarence Dean and Elizabeth (Hootman) Hawkins. He spent his formative years in New Philadelphia.
On Oct. 12, 1961, he entered the U.S. Army. He became a heavy equipment operator and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

February 15th

SPECIAL SERVICES: Whitko works to give ‘best possible chance’ to kids

February 16, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a two-part series on the special education services offered at Whitko High School.

PIERCETON — Developing students into contributing community members is one of the many goals for Whitko Community School Corporation. However, when those students are faced with certain challenges that threaten their education, that goal can appear to be impossible to reach.

Donna Lehman, director of Special Services for WCSC, works with a group of teachers and administrators to remove those obstacles.

POLICE REPORT: No gun seized at CCHS

February 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Looks may have been deceiving for students leaving Columbia City High School Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to North Whitley Street for a domestic dispute between a man, Cody Miller, of Columbia City, and his girlfriend who was dismissed from school at 3:20 p.m.

While the scene wasn’t an uncommon setting for police, many students believed they witnessed a handgun being apprehended from the man — but Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said the threat wasn’t what it seemed.

“After a pat-down the officer found a BB gun,” Longenbaugh said.

SKILL SHARPENING: Local law enforcement brings in special training

February 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s law enforcement officers are getting more than the average training this week. Whitley County’s Sheriff’s Department rented a F.A.T.S (firearms training simulator) and every officer in the county is scheduled to use it this week.
WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said the simulator brings real-life experience to training.

“The F.A.T.S machine sharpens us up and keeps us from becoming complacent,” Gatton said. “With all of the different environmental settings it gave us, we could never duplicate that in a shooting range setting.”

CITY ADDRESS: Past, present, future of City

February 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “The government that is closest to the people is what is best for the people.”

That was a phrase spoken near the end of Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel’s State of the City address Friday. The mayor said it is an expression he often quotes and one he sincerely believes.

It is with this mentality that the city must tackle coming issues. There is optimism; as Daniel noted, the city had a better year than many in 2012, but there are also difficulties to come.

 

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