Archive - Feb 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ More than two million American children are homeschooled.
This number continues to rise as public school funding, education quality and safety cause concern for some parents.
Some families choose to homeschool for religious reasons. Homeschooling lets parents reinforce their personal values and beliefs in a school day environment.
âIt doesnât really take a village to raise a child,â said mother Charity Adair. âIt takes parents who are involved.â
SOUTH WHITLEY â South Whitley has a newly operational wastewater treatment plant.
Town council members were informed last week that as of Jan. 24, the project had reached a substantial completion status and is operational.
There are still some minor items to finish before the project is completed. Training on new equipment is underway and smaller items are being installed.
But the council was concerned with an entirely different pipe problem. A storm sewer pipe at 306 S. Main St. had collapsed, but the pipeâs failure seemed to originate with its installation.
The National Weather Service has issued a forecast consisting of scattered snow showers, mainly before 4 p.m., and wind gusts as high as 40 mph for Tuesday. In the evening, the wind chill is estimated to be as low as -5 and wind gusts to remain strong at 30 mph.
Columbia City High School Show Choir is having a give-back night at Dairy Queen in Columbia City Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Dairy Queen will donate 10 percent of sales made in that time.
The CCHS Show Choir will give those funds to the Austin Show Choir, which lost most of its equipment earlier in February when the choirâs truck and trailer went off the road while traveling to a competition.
Donations for the Austin Show Choir will also be accepted.
Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus will have an open house Monday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Attendees can learn more about Ivy Tech programs, admissions, financial aid, student life, career services, the Center for Academic Excellence, disability support services, the TRiO program, College for Working Adults, Corporate College, the American Honors Program, and the FOCUS Hospitality Internship Program.
Also on hand will be Francineâs Friends mobile mammography unit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Red Cross Bloodmobile from 1 to 6:30 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS â House Republicans tossed out Indiana Governor Mike Penceâs call for a tax cut Friday.
Indiana has an approximate $500 million annual surplus that Pence proposed could benefit Hoosiers if that money was turned back to the people.
However, House Representatives would rather see those funds used for education and transportation.
âWeâre continuing fiscal integrity, we will have a balanced budget, weâre making priority investments in education and priority investments in transportation,â House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs show choir, City Stars, held its 5th annual Sounds of the City Invitational.
Seven different middle school choirs competed Friday night, with Norwell Middle School taking the top honors. The choir also won Best Vocals and Best Choreography awards. As the night came to an end, City Stars entertained the crowd with its competition show, performing in an exhibition status.
âThe invitational ran very smoothly thanks to all the hard work from parents and supporters of the choir,â said Karyle Genth, City Starsâ director.
SOUTH WHITLEY â After a sticker shock of close to $500,000 to stabilize the Eel River bank, South Whitley Town Council members researched ways to cut costs and has found some viable solutions.
With erosion running rampant along the riverbank, it is only a matter of time before the Eel River uncovers newly laid wastewater lines.
Project engineers advised council members that the erosion could cause pipes to be exposed creating a possible threat to the wastewater lines.
But the council received some good news at Tuesdayâs meeting when alternatives were suggested to fund the project.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Parents and teachers gathered for a chance to discuss the academic well-being of Whitko High School students recently.
The second round of parent-teacher conferences was held Wednesday evening to touch base on studentsâ educational progress.
With a 30 percent attendance, the amount of parents choosing to take part in the evening was up approximately four percent from last year.
Parents had the chance to talk to faculty members and receive progress reports, as well as updated balances on book fees.
Editorâs note: The following is the final installment of a two-part series on the special education services offered at Whitko High School.
PIERCETON â Developing students into contributing community members is one of the many goals for Whitko Community School Corporation. However, when those students are faced with certain challenges that threaten their education, that goal can appear to be impossible to reach.
Donna Lehman, director of Special Services for WCSC, works with a group of teachers and administrators to remove those obstacles.