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January 15th, 2014

SCHOOLS ALLOWED TWO WAIVER DAYS FOR SNOW: WCCS to utilize three make-up days for extra week off

January 15, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — With an extra week of vacation last week due to the winter storm, many parents and students are concerned about the school year being extended into the summer.

For students of Whitley Count Consolidated Schools, thanks to two-day a waiver from the state, the last day of school is still May 28 — for now.

Since Whitley County was under a declared state of emergency for two days last week, Monday and Tuesday, Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) officials approved to grant free days to districts under extreme weather conditions.

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January 15, 2014

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Council to partner with preschool, physician

January 15, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley’s Town Council is under new leadership as of Tuesday, when town leaders voted Councilman Bill Boggs as the 2014 president.

Boggs started his term with a community concern brought to the council by Council Vice President Tony Starkey, former president.

South Whitley Elementary School is due for a remodeling project that will begin as the school year comes to a close.

However, the construction project means South Whitley Community Preschool will be forced to relocate.

Wanted: Public input on WCSC plans

January 15, 2014

PIERCETON — Community members are encouraged to attend two special meetings regarding construction projects at Whitko Community School Corporation.

Monday, board members will hold their regular meeting at South Whitley Elementary School, starting at 6:30 p.m.

After a short agenda, the meeting will open up to discuss the remodeling project at SWES.

Plans and schematics will be made available to those who attend, and school officials will map out changes parents and students can expect.

January 14th

BREAKING NEWS: Whitko to hold community meetings on school construction

January 14, 2014

PIERCETON (Jan. 14, 2014) -- Whitko Community School Corporation Superintendent Steve Clason announced that two meetings will be held regarding the district's construction projects.

South Whitley Elementary School will undergo a remodeling project in June. A meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. to hear updates on the project and specifics on the construction plans. The community will be able to ask questions and give feedback on the proposed plan.

SWINE FLU BACK; officials don’t expect 2009 return

January 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The predominant strain of influenza sweeping through Indiana this year is the same one that caused a nationwide pandemic that resulted in about 40 Indiana deaths in 2009.

But state respiratory epidemiologist Shawn Richards said Monday that this season is different than that outbreak for one chief reason.

"What is different than in 2009 was that this was a novel strain that had not infected humans," Richards said. "Now, we've had a few years around the virus ... Now, it's just considered a typical strain."

Local SROs begin a week late

January 14, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s school resource officers (SRO) were expected to officially take their stations in the schools last week.

With most of Whitley County’s school districts closed due to Winter Storm Ion, the official start date was put on hold.

Smith-Green Community Sch-ools, Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Whitko Community Schools all received state grants to help fund school safety equipment and school resource officers.

That money went into effect Jan. 1, and SROs were expected to take their posts after students returned from Christmas Break, Jan. 6.

Artistic discovery

January 14, 2014

Dating violence survivor to share story

January 14, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Domestic Violence Task Force is preparing for a February event aimed at teens.

Johanna Orozco, a victim of teen dating violence, will be speaking at two area high schools as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.

Local task force members have planned a series of events targeted at high school students during the month of February, one being Orozco’s appearance at both Columbia City High School and Whitko High School Feb. 5

Residents applaud street crews

January 14, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — One week after Winter Storm Ion hit Whitley County — dumping more than 16 inches of snow on streets and roadways and closing schools across Northeast Indiana — the work and school week returned to normal Monday.

Columbia City’s Street Department put the finishing touches on downtown snow removal Friday, using dump trucks to haul away excess snow to fully reopen parking in the city. County highway trucks continued to open the more than 600 miles of country roads, and state highway crews worked to remove ice from U.S. 30 and state highways.

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