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March 25th, 2014

GOVERNMENT: Pence signs bill to ditch Common Core

March 25, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads establishment voices — such as possible presidential contender Jeb Bush — who hail the standards as a way to improve student performance and, over the long term, competitiveness of American workers.

S. WHITLEY: Preschool procures new location

March 25, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — A collective sigh of relief was exhaled at South Whitley Community Preschool, as plans were finalized for its new location.

When construction plans were unveiled at South Whitley Elementary School, the preschool, which is housed in the basement of the school, was put on notice that there would be no place for the program after May.

However, preschool Director Valerie Weirick said the program will now be located at the Schultz Center, 111 S. Main St., inside the First Baptist Church.

WCCS: Technologically teaching

March 25, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — As a whole, Whitley County Consolidated Schools are working to see how technology fits into its district.

Elementary schools in WCCS have been experimenting with several different programs through an interactive projection screen.

Little Turtle Elementary School first-grade students were present at a WCCS school board meeting last week to show off their skills on the projection screen.

Students were able to mark their attendance, solve math problems, answer questions from a magazine, and spell words by touching a wand to a interactive screen.

Timewarp Tuesday

March 25, 2014

Pictured are the members of the Class of 1936 from Thorncreek Township School. The group of eighth graders were the first to graduate from the school, which is now in the process of being demolished. The photograph was submitted by Kenneth Jones, of Columbia City, who is pictured seated in the front row, third from the left.

Chicks arrive

March 25, 2014

Newly hatched chicks and ducks are a sure sign that spring is on its way. Pictured is a fine-feathered fowl, being held by an associate at Tractor Supply in Columbia City, where the birds can be purchased.

March 24th

St.Patrick's contestants

March 24, 2014

A costume party was recently held at the Woodlands Senior Center, Columbia City, for St. Patrick’s Day. Contestants were (from left) Pat Hartman, Phyllis Shaffer, Bob Leas, Bonnie Harris and Lavon Gaff. Winners were Bob Leas and Bonnie Harris, who took second place.

Classification speech delivered by Hale to Rotarians

March 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Rotarian Wade Hale, a resident of Crooked Lake, north of Columbia City, presented his Rotary Classification Speech this week, outlining his personal and professional life to fellow Rotarians.

Hale has been a club member for about 18 months. Born and raised in Quincy, Washington, located in mid-state, he excelled in academics and athletics as a youngster.

He had aspirations to play football at Washington State University until an injury sidelined his collegiate athletic pursuits.

DYW program schedule announced for county

March 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY ­­— The date for the 50th production of Distinguished Young Woman/Junior Miss program has been set for Saturday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. in the Newell Rice Auditorium of Columbia City High School.

Admission is $10 per person for adults and $5 for students grades kindergarten through 12.

The late Jon Hildebrand and several Columbia City Jaycees produced the first program at Columbia City High School (CCHS) using the Indiana Junior Miss and America’s Junior Miss programs as guides for the establishment of the program.

St. Patrick's contest

March 24, 2014

A cookie bake-off was recently held at the Woodlands Senior Center. Winners were (from left) Janice Kelly, winner of first and second place, and Phyllis Burnsworth took third place.

40 UNDER 40: Carrie Snyder

March 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Out of 40 honorees, three of the Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s 40 Under 40 class are from Columbia City.
The annual recognition applauds young professionals based in Northeast Indiana for their success in business, involvement in community and creative innovation.
This year, the recipients were recognized at a banquet held in Fort Wayne March 19. The three honorees from Whitley County include:

Carrie Snyder
Carries Snyder, 38, is the owner and general manager of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Fort Wayne.

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Columbia City’s girls tennis team recenty held its banquet and awards ceremony. From left: Macie...


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