October 25th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County residents have two opportunities to have a hand in the decisions made for the area.
Whitley County Commissioners recently announced a vacant position on the Whitley County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals board.
A second seat is open on the South Whitley Plan Commission.
Both spots require that the Whitley County Commissioners appoint an individual. However, interested parties may submit their information for consideration.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Offering students the chance to gain real-world trade skills is a mission of Jay Ocken, a vocational instructor for Whitko High Schoolâ€™s Industrial Technology program.
A new machine, donated by a local manufacturing company, will take Ocken one step closer to his goal.
â€śWe are helping students become work ready,â€ť said Ocken at a May school board meeting. â€śA lot of these students will have earned credit to help them further their education in college. Some of them will have learned enough here that they can start working right after to school and make a decent wage.â€ť
WOODLAN â€” Churubuscoâ€™s volleyball team fell to South Adams in three sets Thursday in a sectional quarterfinal match-up.
The Lady Starfires beat the Lady Eagles by a final of 25-23, 25-10 and 25-20.
The defeat leaves â€™Busco with a record of 17-16 for the season.
Churubusco Head Volleyball Coach Trinda Goings said 2013 was a solid year for the program.
â€śWe saw our volleyball IQ increase greatly,â€ť she said. â€śThe program is gaining respect in the conference and the area as we have posted our third consecutive winning season.â€ť
MONROEVILLE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s volleyball team saw one of the best seasons in school history come to a close Thursday.
The Lady Eagles lost to fifth-ranked Bellmont 25-23, 26-24 and 25-21.
Columbia City played a much closer match against the Squaws than when the two teams met in the regular season, but still fell just short.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” The title â€śmayorâ€ť can mean a variety of roles and responsibilities, dependent on who sits behind the desk and what city that desk is in.
Several of Columbia Cityâ€™s Councilmen agreed that the cityâ€™s mayorâ€™s position is worth more than its current salary â€” $56,600.
â€śI want to come up with a plan to pay our mayor more,â€ť Councilman Dan Weigold said. â€śWhen you look at what all Columbia Cityâ€™s mayor is responsible for, itâ€™s quite extensive â€” heâ€™s running a multi-million dollar operation.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEYâ€” Last week, Whitko captured a share of the Three Rivers Conference championship for the first time since the Wildcats won it outright in 2010.
The team from Whitley Countyâ€™s southwest side is likely hoping for a stronger postseason run in 2013. In 2010, the Wildcats fell by just three points to Bremen in the sectional opener.
This year, the Wildcats draw Bellmont in the first round.
The Braves posted a 4-5 record this season, but did so as the smallest school in their conference, the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
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COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A week is only seven days long, but sometimes it can feel like a longer passage of time.
Columbia Cityâ€™s football team will be looking for a much different result this Friday when it plays Norwell than it earned last week.
Norwell beat the Eagles 35-21 in Columbia City. Now, the stakes are higher in the rematch: Win or go home.
Columbia City will have to travel for its sectional quarterfinal. The Knights will host the game, which has a 7 p.m. kickoff, in Ossian.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Town officials reviewed appraisals on South Whitleyâ€™s water and infrastructure at Tuesdayâ€™s council meeting.
An average value of $1.4 million was derived from two appraisals.
The assessment was conducted when town leaders started to entertain the idea of selling the townâ€™s water utility to American Water, a company that services 1.2 million people in 126 communities throughout Indiana.
Town Council member Steve Smith wanted clarification that the bid for sale might differ from the appraised value.
PIERCETON â€” A vote to reconstruct Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s administrative office in Pierceton passed 4 to 1.
As construction plans and designs are beginning for a new Pierceton Elementary School, the district had the opportunity to revisit where the administrative offices should be located.
Currently the offices are attached to Pierceton Elementary School, but with the current structure slated to be demolished and replaced with a new elementary school, board members discussed in September the possibility of moving the corporationâ€™s offices to a more central locale.