January 21st, 2013
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Smith-Green Community Schools started classes Monday morning with a new superintendent, Galen Mast. Before the transition, SGCS took the time to honor its departing district leader and long-time servant of public education, Ralph Bailey.
Bailey had been with SGCS since July 2012, serving as interim superintendent.
Administrators, Bailey‚Äôs family and other well-wishers were on hand for the reception. Among Bailey‚Äôs visitors were two Indiana State Representatives, Rep. David Ober and Rep. Kathy Heuer.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs the middle of winter, but vendors are already preparing for Whitley County‚Äôs Farmers Market that will open in the spring.
With fresh produce, baked good and crafts, the market is preparing for some possible new features to draw in larger crowds.
Chris Lilly, the market master, will be attending a conference in February centered on preparing markets to accept SNAP Benefits.
The government food assistance program would allow market shoppers to purchase foods from vendors using their SNAP Benefits.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Homestead verification work has been keeping the Whitley County Auditor‚Äôs Office busy.
The deadline to file for homestead tax credits has come and gone. Now, those homeowners who did not file a verification will have to answer to the auditor‚Äôs office or pay a higher tax bill.
Jenny McGuire, Whitley County auditor, said she has been working with individuals who filed past the Dec. 31 deadline.
‚ÄúWe were keeping them on up to Jan. 15,‚ÄĚ she said.
Here are the sports headlines in Monday's Post & Mail:
Eagles finish on right side of NHC dogfight
Churubusco captures second in NECC wrestling
Whitko places sixth in conference tournament
Col. City's high seeds fall to upsets at conference
Whitko girls knock off 17th ranked Northfield
Here are the headlines in Monday's Post & Mail:
Whitko athletics loses a devotee
Farmers market preps for 2013
SGCS bids farewell to Bailey
Homestead verification update
Indiana to reward teachers with grants
President Obama swears in for second term
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs new coroner will get to spend his retirement doing what he loves. Randy Dellinger, who was elected in November as county coroner, has been interested in crime scene investigation for many years.
The passion was born from 28 years as a law enforcement officer, it was nurtured during his eight years as deputy coroner under Scott Smith and grew while taking a crime scene investigation class at the Indiana State Police Academy.
‚ÄúIt was meaningful work and I liked it,‚ÄĚ Dellinger said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ One challenge associated with changes in technology is using it responsibly. Whitley County Consolidated School District (WCCS) has approached this issue from both sides of the coin. The first wrinkle involved is related to students using the technology in compliance with school rules. The second consideration is ensuring that teachers, while they are using technology, do not interact with students in an inappropriate fashion.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ By most measures, 2012 was a heavy year for the court systems in Whitley County. Whitley County Circuit Court had more criminal cases last year than in 2011. The court heard 314 total cases in 2012, up from 250 the year before that. In one respect, though, 2012 was lighter than 2011. Last year, there were no jury trials, as opposed to the two in 2011.
Beverly (Simmons-Wiley) Sailors, 72 of Fort Wayne, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Renaissance Village in Fort Wayne.
Beverly was a 1958 graduate of Huntington Township High School. She attended International Business College. She was employed in the medical field for many years, including Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Sun Coast Hospital in Florida and Dr. B. Trent Cooper in Roanoke.
She was a past member of the American Business Women‚Äôs Association Huntington Chapter.
She was born on Oct. 7, 1940, in Huntington, a daughter of James and Zelma (Hillegas) Simmons.
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the fourth of a four-part series on Columbia City‚Äôs football team
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ One might wonder if anything could have been done to prevent the onslaught of injuries the Columbia City football team suffered in 2012.
‚ÄúSometimes it‚Äôs just a freak-type injury,‚ÄĚ said head coach Randy Hudgins. ‚ÄúYou‚Äôre not really sure you can prevent that, especially with bone breaks and concussions.‚ÄĚ
In regards to seasons to come, Hudgins said concentrated steps have already been taken to lessen the likelihood of players injuring themselves.