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April 2nd, 2014

Reading, writing and college classes

April 2, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Parents and students will have the opportunity to obtain information regarding education opportunities at Whitko High School from officials with Notre Dame University.

The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about Advance Placement (AP) classes as well as dual-credit programs.

It will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in WHS’s auditorium.

“The initiative we will be participating in is an opportunity to enhance our AP program, which will expand the opportunities for students,” said Rachael Brodbeck, a WHS guidance counselor.

NHES applauds students

April 2, 2014

Northern Heights Elementary School recently celebrated its fourth-grade students who earned all As during the most recent grading period. Front row, from left: Parker Baker, Sawyer Bales, Brody Barker, Gregory Bolt, Carson Bunyan, Rebecca Boyd, Ashlynn Brower-Geiger, Elizabeth Clark, Rachel Cotterman, Gavin Bufford, Rebecca Driver and Eden Freeman. Second row: Corbin Copeland, Samantha Harris, Natalie Haselby, Alexander Hedrick, Samuel Hunter, Isaiah Kessons, Ella Kirchner and Adin Miller.

Clifford steps in as new food service director

April 2, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After announcing her plans for retirement earlier this year, Carol Heinold’s position has been replaced by the Whitley County Consolidated School Board.

Heinold has been the Food Service Director for WCCS since the district was formed in 1990. In January, she announced her wishes to retire in early April.

In preparation for her absence, at a meeting of the Board of Trustees last month, officials replaced Heinold with Carla Clifford, another familiar face in the district.

United Way to offer series for leaders

April 2, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s United Way is known for its community investments.

Thousands of dollars are awarded each year in grants that help nonprofits do what they do best — serve those in Whitley County.

However, the United Way is working to aid nonprofits in a unique way that doesn’t involve grants, but offers education.

A series of workshops is being planned for women in nonprofit leadership.

Gettin’ hip to horses

April 2, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County 4-H Horse and Pony Hippology Team competed at Purdue University Saturday.

Hippology is the greek term for the study of the horse. The contest is broken up into several categories including judging, a knowledge-content test, slides and stations.

Intermediate and Senior Teams are required to present a public speaking and problem solving portion in addition to the other categories.

Succesful students celebrated

April 2, 2014

Fourth graders from Northern Heights Elementary School were recently named to the A-B Honor Roll. Pictured are the pupils who earned all As and Bs during the most recent grading period. Front row, from left: Jenna Akemon, Kameron Beezley, Connor Bloomfield, Christopher Butler, Lilyona Carpenter, Brock Dailey, Trevor Elliott, Noah Finefrock, Trace Geiger, Ashtin Geiger and Chance Grissom. Second row: Ryon Magnuson, Jackson Luther, Conner LaRue, Evan Krick, Chase Kidd, Andrei Jordan, Alexia Johnston, Esther Jagger, Davin Harman, Austin Hall and Gage Hale.

EXTENSION EDUCATOR: Wheat producers need to inspect crops for winter injury

April 2, 2014

While snow cover insulated most Indiana winter wheat from brutal cold, some parts of the state were hit with sub-zero temperatures when wheat was exposed.
In that situation, the crop can suffer a number of injuries that force growers to decide whether to go ahead and apply nitrogen or terminate the crop.
"Whether wheat is at risk depends on where it's located in the state," Purdue agronomist Shaun Casteel said.
"The snow blanket protected the crop in some areas, but in others, particularly in the southern part of the state, we didn't have that snow cover."

April 1st

Zickgraf in the final crunch

April 1, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After 19 years with Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Business Manager Tony Zickgraf is planning to retire this summer.

Zickgraf’s retirement is slated for June, and his replacement, Kirk Doehrmann, was hired at a recent school board meeting.

School board members and school officials said Zickgraf’s expertise and presence will be missed.

“We’ve been fortunate to have Tony for all of these years,” School Board President Don Armstrong said.

State seeks more school funding changes

April 1, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A bill working its way through the Statehouse might aid school districts that are seeing district budgets cut.

House Bill 1062 could lessen the impact of the property tax “circuit breaker” caps on school district budgets across the state. Different versions of the bill passed both the House and Senate; it’s in Conference Committee to resolve legislative differences.

The caps, which are 2 percent for residential properties and 3 percent for nonresidential properties, were placed in the Indiana Constitution by voter referendum in November 2010.

March 31st

TRAIL TROUBLE: Bank erodes, causing safety hazard along Blue River

March 31, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — City officials are working to repair a safety hazard on the Blue River Trail that developed recently.

Weather conditions and erosion of Blue River’s banks caused several trees to fall into the river, stripping dirt from the edge of the trail and creating a potential for safety issues.

The damage is between the Trailhead on South Whitley Street and the Whitley County YMCA on Van Buren Street.

The trail is still passable, but officials have taped off the area to prevent runners and cyclists from getting too close to the edge of the 20-foot drop-off into the river.


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