Archive - 2013 - News Article
Editorâs note: The following is the third of a four-part series highlighting women in businesses throughout Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â If a patron happens to meet Chris Redman while visiting Redman Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in downtown Columbia City, that customer has not only found a business owner, theyâve found a friend.
âYou have to have patience and always be nice to peopleâ Chris said. âPeople donât remember if you were nice to them, but they never forget if you were mean.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Spelling words like diluvial, propinquity and ungulate, the Indian Springs Middle School Spell Bowl team came in first place among seven Class 1 schools Tuesday at the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl Junior Division area contest held at Indian Springs.
A total of 18 schools competed in three different classes.
This area contest was one of 18 held throughout the state Tuesday night.
Eight rounds of nine words each are held for a total of 72 possible words in competition.
WHITLEY COUNTY â With Halloween events beginning this weekend, county and state officials want to ensure the safety of each and every âghoul and gobblin.â
County commissioners offered a word of warning at their meeting Monday.
âKeep a close eye on those little ones,â Commissioner Amber said. âWe want a safe Halloween, so we need to be mindful of kids out trick-or-treating.â
According to the Indiana State Police, a few reminders can help parents observe a safer Halloween holiday.
âąKeep 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 Schoolâs Industrial Technology program.
A new machine, donated by a local manufacturing company, will take Ocken one step closer to his goal.
âWe are helping students become work ready,â said Ocken at a May school board meeting. âA 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
COLUMBIA CITYâ The title âmayorâ 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 Cityâs Councilmen agreed that the cityâs mayorâs position is worth more than its current salary â $56,600.
âI want to come up with a plan to pay our mayor more,â Councilman Dan Weigold said. âWhen you look at what all Columbia Cityâs mayor is responsible for, itâs quite extensive â heâs running a multi-million dollar operation.â
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SOUTH WHITLEY â Town officials reviewed appraisals on South Whitleyâs water and infrastructure at Tuesdayâs 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 townâs 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 Corporationâs 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 corporationâs offices to a more central locale.
PIERCETON â Numerous negative comments encircled Indianaâs 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 Mondayâs school board meeting, much applause was given to the boy for his academic success.