Archive - 2013 - News Article
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” With Halloween events beginning this weekend, county and state officials want to ensure the safety of each and every â€śghoul and gobblin.â€ť
County commissioners offered a word of warning at their meeting Monday.
â€śKeep a close eye on those little ones,â€ť Commissioner Amber said. â€śWe want a safe Halloween, so we need to be mindful of kids out trick-or-treating.â€ť
According to the Indiana State Police, a few reminders can help parents observe a safer Halloween holiday.
â€˘Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County residents have two opportunities to have a hand in the decisions made for the area.
Whitley County Commissioners recently announced a vacant position on the Whitley County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals board.
A second seat is open on the South Whitley Plan Commission.
Both spots require that the Whitley County Commissioners appoint an individual. However, interested parties may submit their information for consideration.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Offering students the chance to gain real-world trade skills is a mission of Jay Ocken, a vocational instructor for Whitko High Schoolâ€™s Industrial Technology program.
A new machine, donated by a local manufacturing company, will take Ocken one step closer to his goal.
â€śWe are helping students become work ready,â€ť said Ocken at a May school board meeting. â€śA lot of these students will have earned credit to help them further their education in college. Some of them will have learned enough here that they can start working right after to school and make a decent wage.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” The title â€śmayorâ€ť can mean a variety of roles and responsibilities, dependent on who sits behind the desk and what city that desk is in.
Several of Columbia Cityâ€™s Councilmen agreed that the cityâ€™s mayorâ€™s position is worth more than its current salary â€” $56,600.
â€śI want to come up with a plan to pay our mayor more,â€ť Councilman Dan Weigold said. â€śWhen you look at what all Columbia Cityâ€™s mayor is responsible for, itâ€™s quite extensive â€” heâ€™s running a multi-million dollar operation.â€ť
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SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Town officials reviewed appraisals on South Whitleyâ€™s water and infrastructure at Tuesdayâ€™s council meeting.
An average value of $1.4 million was derived from two appraisals.
The assessment was conducted when town leaders started to entertain the idea of selling the townâ€™s water utility to American Water, a company that services 1.2 million people in 126 communities throughout Indiana.
Town Council member Steve Smith wanted clarification that the bid for sale might differ from the appraised value.
PIERCETON â€” A vote to reconstruct Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s administrative office in Pierceton passed 4 to 1.
As construction plans and designs are beginning for a new Pierceton Elementary School, the district had the opportunity to revisit where the administrative offices should be located.
Currently the offices are attached to Pierceton Elementary School, but with the current structure slated to be demolished and replaced with a new elementary school, board members discussed in September the possibility of moving the corporationâ€™s offices to a more central locale.
PIERCETON â€” Numerous negative comments encircled Indianaâ€™s ISTEP+ testing process when computer malfunctions upset the online assessment.
However, at Pierceton Elementary School, faculty and students celebrated some good news that came from the standardized test.
Ryan Brown, now a fourth grader at PES, achieved a perfect score on the test in the spring.
At Mondayâ€™s school board meeting, much applause was given to the boy for his academic success.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioners discussed a two-year plan for spending CEDIT funds.
Commissioners agreed to not â€śskimpâ€ť on maintenance for the Community Corrections Work Release building.
When air conditioning units leaked into the walls and insulation, costly repairs started accumulating.
â€śThis is a jewel of the community,â€ť Commissioner Don Amber said. â€śI donâ€™t want to short the building.â€ť
Courthouse maintenance was on the list and included plans to make roof repairs and install carpeting.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A decline in enrollment turned out to not be as grim as initially forecasted.
Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) adopted its 2014 budget officially Monday. A total general fund of $7,498,714 was passed 4-0.
The situation is assisted by transfer numbers, which boosted enrollment. For the district, Fleetwood projected a decline of 12 students. It ended up being just a decline of five from last year.
Superintendent Galen Mast said that approximately 100 students in the school system have transferred in from outside the district.