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April 9th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â Volunteers and child advocates gathered at the Whitley County Courthouse in observation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month Tuesday.
Steve Weaver, director for Whitley Countyâs Department of Child Services, passed out pinwheels, which were placed around the Courthouse gazebo as a symbol of prevention awareness.
âThis is about unity and solidarity in making children a priority,â said Weaver. âChild abuse prevention is a cause that should mobilize our communities to blend our resources, talents and efforts in order to protect vulnerable children.â
WHITLEY COUNTY â Members of the Solid Waste District Board approved raising the recycling user fee for Whitley County residents from $42 to $53 a year.
A public hearing was held Nov. 18, 2013, and the increase was passed. Residential owners will see the change on the property tax bills due in May.
County Councilman Glen LaRue is the representative from the council that was appointed to the board.
He said the charge for recycling, although it appears as a line item on the bills, is not a tax, but a fee.
PIERCETON â It isnât just students being graded in schools across Indiana. Teachers were recently evaluated and ranked on a 0 to 4 scale.
The Indiana Department of Education released the results earlier this week and reported one district in Whitley County that fell into the mandated evaluation criteria.
Whitko Community School Corporation evaluated 109 educators. Of those teachers, 22 were deemed âhighly effective,â 85 were given a status of âeffectiveâ and 2 were designated as âimprovement necessary.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Two weeks ago, Park Director Mark Green informed Columbia Cityâs Common Council that part of the bank of Blue River collapsed into the water, creating a hazard for those on the greenway trail.
As Green worked toward a solution for the first collapse, another portion of the eroded bank fell into the river this weekend.
What is expected to be a pricey fix is also an emergency one, as the erosion has created safety concerns for those using the trail.
Linda Scott, a member of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force, places her pinwheel in the ground next to the Whitley County Courthouse gazebo Friday to generate awareness for child abuse prevention in the area. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
COLUMBIA CITY â Seven Whitley County voters cast ballots on the first day of absentee primary voting Tuesday. Absentee ballots may be cast at the Voter Registration Office at the Whitley County Courthouse, 101 W. Van Buren St, Room 18, Columbia City, during business hours, until May 5 at noon. The primary election day is May 6.
A photo identification is required. A person does not need a reason to vote early. Office hours for early voting are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Two Saturdays will also have voting hours: April 26 and May 3. The hours for those dates are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Post & Mail debuts a new daily puzzle today on its Classified Advertising pages.
âPoint & Solve,â created by renowned puzzlemaker Frank Longo, will anchor The Post & Mailâs Classified pages and will routinely be situated in the top left quadrant of the lead Classified page.
PIERCETON â Whitko Community School Corporation has taken an aggressive approach to implement technology in the classroom.
Although the district has already made steps in its 1:1 technology plan, school board members are making student achievement a number one goal by expanding the program.
What many schools call 1:1, Whitko has named the Personal Learning System (PLS).
COLUMBIA CITY â Community leaders will morph into chefs to ladle out a dose of competitive fun in The Center for Whitley County Youthâs annual cookoff.
This yearâs cookoff will be held Thursday at First Church of God. The event will start at 6:15 p.m., and the dinner is served for a freewill donation.
âThe cookoff raises about a third of our annual budget,â said Executive Director Jeff Wike. âItâs the only fundraiser we do, so we want to make it fun and successful.â
Early voting for the primaries is open to the public starting today. Voting booths are set up on the second floor of the Whitley County Courthouse.