Archive - Dec 2010 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City schools have â€śoverwhelmingâ€ť parental involvement in the progress and future of their students, according to Whitley County Consolidated Schoolâ€™s Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor.
Oâ€™Connor presented the numbers of the most recent parent-teacher conferences to the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees at a work session Monday.
â€śWe were very pleased by the high school percentage of parents that attended the conference,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor, saying that the 50 percent participation in the conferences, or 588 parents, was much higher than in recent years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At Mondayâ€™s work session of the Whitley Consolidated School Corporation, Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor and corporation Business Manager Tony Zickgraf presented a document to the board that was drafted by the John Glenn School Corporation.
The document â€” a call out to the Indiana Legislature.
The Walkerton-based school corporation drafted a resolution to Indiana lawmakers and sent letters to WCCS and other districts around the state.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” County planner Dave Sewell, several weeks removed from a disappointing setback involving the ordinance designed to regulate wind farms, appealed to the Whitley County Commissioners for guidance Monday.
â€śBefore the (Whitley County) Plan Commission goes back to any consideration of the proposed wind ordinance, I wanted to come to you and ask the commissioners for any direction you might have,â€ť said Sewell.
Sewell was instrumental in drafting a proposed ordinance that would oversee the arrival and construction of any â€śwind farmâ€ť in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While most youngsters might be content making a rudimentary house or fort out of building blocks, talented students at Indian Springs Middle School are taking construction with the popular LEGOs to all new heights.
A team of six 8th-graders from the Columbia City school, with scientific minds way too sophisticated for a Neanderthal newspaper reporter, are constructing robots with electronic brains advanced enough to compete against the best of the best in Indiana â€” and hopefully the world.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new system was approved by the Whitley County Commissioners Monday that will help emergency crews in South Whitley communicate better with the countyâ€™s new 800 MHz radios.
Scott Jones, Whitley Countyâ€™s 911 Director presented a proposal to the commissioners Monday for a Dispatch Voter System to be used to enhance signal in South Whitley, which has traditionally had reception issues because of what Jones described as low elevation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Commissioners updated a resolution declaring the countyâ€™s office as a â€śdrug-freeâ€ť workplace.
The resolution was presented to the commissioners by Matt Showalter, community development director for Region III-A of the Economic Development District & Regional Planning Commission.
Region III-A worked with the county to update the resolution as part of a grant application with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
The Leatherneck Coffee Club, comprised of U.S. Marine veterans of Whitley County were busy Tuesday packing care packages for local troops serving overseas. The bulk of donations came from the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Central office staff, according to Grant and Linda Loy, organizers. The boxes will be sent to Adam Neireiter, Jeff Daniel and Preston Lewis from Whitley County who are all serving in Afghanistan, as well as others from northeastern Indiana. The addresses were acquired from the Mothers of Marines organization for Northeast Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Technology Director Anne Plunkett presented the school districtâ€™s new technology plan to the Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ Board of School Trustees Monday night.
During her presentation, Plunkett told the board that information technology grows in importance with each passing year, making a technology plan in the school system vital.
â€śItâ€™s important for the staff and students that the technology is there,â€ť said Plunkett.
The second weekend of the Clugstonâ€™s first Christmas Walk was well received according to director Tammy Nicholson. â€śI think the community is thankful for this.â€ť
The event in the lobby of the Clugston features several artificial trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. Each tree will be raffled off to one lucky person who voted for that particular tree, with decorations included.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A rural South Whitley woman opened her door Friday afternoon to a man claiming to be selling cleaning chemicals to households in the area, instead the man placed the bottle next to her nose making her feel instantly nauseous and dizzy.
The victim told police she immediately shut the door and locked it and the men left.