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March 24th, 2014

COMMON CORE NO MORE: Governor Pence Signs Bill Taking Indiana Out of Common Core

March 24, 2014

Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today signed Senate Enrolled Act 91, which requires Indiana to adopt its own academic standards. The Governor issued the following statement:

“I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level. By signing this legislation, Indiana has taken an important step forward in developing academic standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high, and I commend members of the General Assembly for their support.

March 23rd

REPLACEMENT: WCCS hires business manager

March 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — In the words of Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Patricia O’Connor, Kirk Doehrmann has “big shoes to fill.”

Doehrmann will be replacing longtime WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf, who announced his retirement last fall.

Zickgraf has 19 years of experience as the the business manager, and will end his term June 30 of this year.

“We’ve been fortunate to have Tony for all of these years, and I think we’re going to be fortunate to have Kirk as his replacement,” said Don Armstrong, school board president.

March 22nd

Chili cook off to raise funds for charity

March 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A chili cook off will be held Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Columbia City United Methodist Church, located at 605 N. Forest Parkway, Columbia City.
The cook off is opened to the public. Eleven teams will vie for bragging rights and the Golden Ladle Award.
The event will raise funds for local missions and church ministries. The cost is $5 at the door, per person, to taste all 11 varieties of chili. Included in the cost is a dinner, which is comprised of a grilled cheese sandwich, homemade cookies and beverage.

Selfie Saturday

March 22, 2014

Teresa Ousley, of Columbia City, was born in Louisville, Ky.
She is a stay at home mom, and in her free time, she goes to church, draws, and volunteers at different places and events. She has lived in Columbia City for eight years.

P&M: What is your favorite wild animal?
Ousley: “A tiger”
P&M: What do you love about living in Whitley County?
Ousley: “I see someone I know everywhere I go.”
P&M: If you could go back to high school, what would you do differently?
Ousley: “I would be more out going.”

FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE: Comedic approach, serious subject

March 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “Popular prognosticator” and “witty concerned citizen,” Jim O’Donnell, returned to Columbia City for his annual discussion regarding the twists and turns of the global and U.S. economy.

O’Donnell took a comedic and casual approach to a serious topic — investments and money management.

The financial and investment luncheon was sponsored by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and was held Friday at Parkview Whitley Hospital.

March 21st

NEW HIRE: Auer added as new sheriff deputy

March 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Sheriff’s Department hired a new deputy and several confinement officers, who were all sworn in at the Whitley County Courthouse Friday afternoon.

Deputy Dustin Auer was hired as a deputy after working for five years as a confinement officer.

Auer said it has been one of his career goals to become a deputy. He spent two years as a reserve in South Whitley.

Auer also has military experience, working in the armory for the military police maintaining weapons. He also served a tour in Iraq.

WCCF

March 21, 2014

The Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities honored the Whitley County Community Foundation for its support of those with disabilities. Pictured is the award that was given to the WCCF at a recent event in Indianapolis.

Sunday bulletin

March 21, 2014

Columbia City UM
Sunday’s sermon title is “The House of the High Priest: Courage,” from the book, “24 Hours That Changed the World,” by Adam Hamilton.
The Scripture will be from Mark 14:53, 55, 61-68, 70-72. Columbia City United Methodist Church will be studying this book through Lent. Sunday school classes are also participating in the study.
There will be a cook-off Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Columbia City United Methodist Church, located at 605 N. Forest Parkway, Columbia City.

CCHS choirs qualify for state event; competition Saturday

March 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Columbia City High School’s two show choirs, City Heat and City Lights, along with backup band and tech crew, will travel to the Indiana State School Music Association's 10th Annual State Show Choir Championships Saturday.

More than one hundred show choirs participated in officially sanctioned Show Choir Invitational contests held across Indiana in January, February and March.

The 36 show choirs receiving the highest scores qualified to participate in this prestigious event.

Historic farms sought for Ind.rural preservation award

March 21, 2014

LOGANSPORT (HSPA) — Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau are accepting nominations for the 2014 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation.

The award recognizes the preservation and continued agricultural use of historic farm buildings in Indiana.

Anyone, including farm owners, can submit a nomination for the Arnold Award, which will be presented during Farmers’ Day festivities at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 13.

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