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August 13th, 2013
PIERCETON â When school grading, funding and testing came under fire, the future of Indiana Department of Education policies and procedures became uncertain.
The wake of these areas of controversy and debate are still being felt by school districts.
However, Whitko Community School Corporation is ready to greet the 2013-14 school year â eager to see some long-awaited plans take shape.
The Post & Mail recently asked WCSCâs Superintendent Steve Clason weigh-in on some of the issues possibly facing the district.
The abundance of summer rain has brought farmers a bumper crop as well as pests.
This plane, owned and operated by AgriFlite Services, Inc., of Wakarusa, was spraying fungicide on many corn fields in Thorncreek Township Saturday.
AgriFlite is a family business owned and operated by David Eby.
COLUMBIA CITY â After exceeding its goal of $190,000 by $15,000, the United Way of Whitley County awarded $100,000 in grants to local organizations.
âThis is almost $20,000 more than we gave back last year,â said Executive Director Cindy Baker. âWe know the dollars raised are not as important as how those dollars are invested into the community to give hope and change lives.
âBut we do know that it is those dollars that make change possible. Change cannot happen without people in our community.â
Grants awarded included:
âąInterfaith Mission (The Lighthouse) â $16,725
CHURUBUSCO â A Whitley County Sheriffâs Deputy put his training to good use Monday morning, saving his wifeâs life.
After dropping off their son at Churubuscoâs football practice, Becky Rennaker called her husband and 22-year deputy, Paul, and told him she was going to the hospital because she didnât feel well.
âShe said she was having chest pains and her arms were hurting,â Rennaker said. âShe was probably just thinking that she needed to get to the hospital right away.â
Rennaker said he told his wife to come home so he could drive her in to the hospital â a life or death decision.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Students from all over Whitley County will be back in the classroom this week, as summer break comes to a close for children across the state.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools start Tuesday, Whitko Community Schoolâs first day is Wednesday and Smith-Green Community Schools begin Friday.
ANDERSON (AP) â Glenda Ritz says sheâs dismayed by the tasks she faces succeeding Tony Bennett as Indianaâs superintendent of public instruction.
Ritz told about 200 supporters that not only must she overhaul some of the changes Bennett made during four years in office and implement her own program, but now she must also deal with the investigation into Bennettâs manipulation of school grades.
CHURUBUSCO â An economic shot in the arm has boosted Churubuscoâs small town status and created an economic swing in the townâs favor.
Whitley County has been touted for its ability to make a strong comeback from the economic slump seen across the state in recent years, according to Indiana Economic Development reports.
Churubusco is another extension of the countyâs growth.
Recently, Town Council President Frank Kessler shared his perspective on the townâs success with The Post & Mail.
Morsches Park, in Columbia City, played host to the 18th Annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow over the weekend.
Gates opened Friday at 5 p.m., and events carried through Sunday evening. Food vendors served fry breat, buffalo burgers and buffalo tacos.
Pictured, people who attended the Pow Wow enjoyed the Grand Entry Dance Saturday evening.
WHITLEY COUNTY â As part of a large grant, Whitley Countyâs fire departments are in the process of installing a new radio system.
In an effort to improve communications with dispatchers and between townships, six repeaters are being installed throughout the county in âdead spotsâ â where radio transmissions are frequently broken.
Repeaters take a weak signal and retransmit it at a higher capacity â helping communications reach a longer distance but maintain clarity.
COLUMBIA CITY â A woman allegedly involved in a mobile meth lab busted in June had a pretrial conference in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Braidon Hall, 19, was arrested in June and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of two or more meth precursors, along with other drug-related charges.
She pleaded not guilty in June and hired Greggory Hockemeyer as her attorney.
Hockemeyer asked for a two-week continuance to Hallâs pretrial conference, as he needs to review discovery information.