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AIDING NEW TEACHERS: Mentoring program helps first-year educators

August 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Teachers who will enter the Whitley County Consolidated Corporation as first-year teachers in August will receive mentoring through the district’s New Teacher program.
Research shows educators are more likely to stay in education if they are supported or mentored during their first two years on the job, according to Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) Dr. Patricia O’Connor.
“It’s a coaching model to really help our new teachers,” said O’Connor.

AUTISM PROGRAM: WCCS's Implementation one of best in state

August 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — For the third year in a row, Whitley County Consolidated Schools will be offering teacher training for autistic students, implementing a strategy teachers can follow to better meet the needs of students.
After receiving a two year grant, WCCS has already been working with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, who provides trainers and expert consultants to schools in the state, and this year WCCS’ teachers will receive training again using the special education grant dollars.

TOP MECHANIC: City Chevy tech garners top award

August 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Russell Scriver now has “bookend” awards for achieving World Class Technician status – the highest level of professional development through the GM Service Technical College.
Scriver, a top service technician at City Chevrolet in Columbia City, was the sole auto mechanic to achieve the designation in Indiana during the second quarter of this year – and one of only six nationally.
Mastering his craft during high school and post-high school vocational-education studies, Scriver has plied his auto technician trade professionally for the past 15 years.

HINEN: City 4-Her beefs up state fair resume

August 10, 2012


INDIANAPOLIS — In the Coliseum at the Indiana State Fair Sunday a competition with no less drama and emotion than the Olympics was taking place.
Grand Champion and Reserve honors were bestowed on some of the best 4-H livestock in the state during the Grand Champion 4-H Drive earlier this week.
Jennifer Hinen, 18, of Columbia City, won Reserve Grand Champion Maine Anjou Steer at the Indiana State Fair Sunday.
“It was awesome being in the Grand Drive,” said Hinen. “I’ve never done this well before. It was crazy.”

DROUGHT INFO: Regional event to provide farmers with helpful resources

August 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — As farmers try to learn how to manage their way through the destruction caused by the summer’s intense drought, Purdue Extension offices across the state are offering a hand by providing instructional advice through meetings.

POW WOW: Event kicks off tonight

August 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The 17th annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow begins today and will run through Sunday at Morsches Park, Columbia City.
The event opens today at 5 p.m. with 32 vendors displaying and selling native crafts and products.
Three vendors will sell buffalo burgers, buffalo tacos, fry bread and more.
Soaring Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation will be in the Family Tent from 6 to 8 p.m. Holly Meyers will tell stories. At 7 p.m. Young Native Nite will be performing a freewill concert featuring Adam Strack. Strack plays guitar and his music is for by all ages.

WCCS: Looking into recycling fundraiser

August 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools is looking into using a recycling group out of New Haven known as PaperGator to recycle paper and draw more revenue back to the schools.
“We have the opportunity for them to come into our district,” said WCCS Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor to the school board Monday at a work session. “It basically is a fundraising recycling effort.”
O’Connor said she talked to several principals on the subject, and none of them had any objections.

CRIME PERCEPTION POLL: Aggressive law enforcement, fears cited

August 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – The most recent postandmail.com On Line Poll, located on this web site's home page, reveals that 35% of respondents support aggressive local law enforcment; 33% are concerned about Fort Wayne crime coming here; 21% believe local crime is bad and it's getting worse; and 11% assert Whitley County has no crime problem.
Take this week's new On Line Poll located on the home page.

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