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June 8th, 2012

ISTEP: Preliminary results ‘trending upward’

June 8, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Dr. Patricia O’Connor shared news with the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) Corporation Board concerning preliminary ISTEP results at its work session Monday.
“This is only the preliminary data,” said O’Connor. “I wanted to share with you the trends thus far, and we are trending ever upward.”
O’Connor said third, fourth and fifth graders who took the ISTEP, tested well in English.
“Our third graders for the last few years have been soaring ahead,” said O’Connor. “They are really doing a great job.”

TUITION HIKE: Cost to attend TROY Center on the rise

June 8, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The TROY Alternative Center for Learning was a topic of discussion at the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board work session Monday.
The discussion revolved around TROY’s large increase in tuition.
Dr. Patricia O’Connor, superintendent of WCCS, said, “They are raising their tuition rates, more than doubling the cost of tuition.”
Board members were curious as to why there was a 40 percent increase in tuition costs.
“Why all of a sudden do we have a 40 percent increase in tuition?,” asked board member Tim Bloom.

Grand opening: Mattress store opens

June 8, 2012

A ribbon cutting was held last week to commemorate the grand opening of a new business in Columbia City.
Mayor Ryan Daniel, fourth from the right and owner Mark Jones, fourth from the left, cut the ribbon to officially open Discount Mattress Center, located at 535 N. Line St.
Pictured left to right, are Mary Carroll Jones, Gary Kiser, Ralph Bailey, Mark Jones, Daniel, Max Jones, Logan Jones and Dylan Kiser.

Mayer competes at regionals

June 8, 2012

Churubusco senior Ryan Mayer was 2011-12’s last athlete to compete this season, as Whitley County’s only linkster to make it to regionals.

Mayer scored an 88 at Orchard Ridge Thursday morning.

He shot a 45 in the front nine and a 43 in the back nine.

FESTIVAL POLL: Respondents enjoy OSD, Turtle Days

June 8, 2012

Respondents to the most recent online poll at www.thepostandmail.com showed that 56 percent "always" attend Old Settlers Days in Columbia City, Turtle Days in Churubusco – or both of the popular Whitley County festivals. Both festivals occur later this month.

June 7th

CRASH: SUV T-boned and rolled into ditch on U.S. 30

June 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Multiple people were injured Thursday afternoon in a crash at U.S. 30 and CR 300 E.

An SUV was T-boned before it rolled into the ditch on the north side of U.S. 30.

Multiple patients were transported to the hospital.

The accident is currently under investigation by the Whitley County Sheriff's Department.

BUTTERFLY DAY CARE: Local woman has passion for winged insects

June 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Laurie Butts, 52, didn’t really know she loved butterflies until she moved to a new home in a bean field near Tri-Lakes a few years ago.
In April 2005, Butts was walking on her property, which is surrounded by eight acres of grasslands, a pond and a well-pathed woods and that’s when she fell in love with bugs.
“It was the first spring we lived here,” said Butts, who shares her home with Beth Hauenstein.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

June 7, 2012

Fireworks benefit
Portside Pizza will host a pair of fundraisers designed to raise money for the annual Tri Lake fireworks. On Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m., a hog roast will be held which will include a silent auction, a corn hole tournament and live music. Anyone wanting to donate items to the silent auction should call Portside Pizza at 691-3333. On Saturday, June 16, a golf outing at Crooked Lake Golf Course will be held. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Sign ups will be held at Portside Pizza.

Mobile Mammography

NEW PRINCIPAL: WCCS school board appoints candidate

June 7, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board approved the appointment of Jacob Hoag as the principal of Northern Heights Elementary School at their meeting Monday.
The position required attention since Robert Hoke retired after 27 years of service.
After screening several candidates, Dr. Patricia O’Connor said the interview team had a recommendation ready for the board’s approval.

MOVING FORWARD: Commissioners approve project

June 7, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Amy Lybarger, district conservationist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Columbia City, came before the commissioners Monday, requesting the approval of a project concerning the highway.
The area Lybarger is concerned about is CR 600 N., approximately a mile and a half west of Ind. 109. After investigation, Lybarger said they realized there was a tile blow hole.
“We are very nervous over this situation,” said Lybarger. “We want to get it fixed and repaired as fast as possible. It would be a very easy repair, and quick repair.”

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